KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Aristides N. Hatzis - Professor of Law, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Athens and Member of the Academic Board of the Center for Liberal Studies, Athens, Greece

Aristides Hatzis is a Professor of Law & Economics and Legal Theory at the University of Athens with a doctorate on Law & Economics from the University of Chicago (under the supervision of Judge Richard Posner). He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Research in Economics and Fiscal Issues, a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of European Contract Law, the Steering Committee of the European Network for Better Regulation and the Editorial Board of the European Review of Contract Law. He is a member of the scientific boards of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, the Center for Liberal Studies and the Institute for Justice and Growth (EPLO). He served (from 2014 to 2016) as a member of the National Council for Research & Technology, the supreme advisory body of the Greek government for the formulation of the Research, Technology and Innovation policy and for four years (2002-2006) as a member of the steering committee of the European Association of Law & Economics. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards and his papers have been published in such journals as the International Review of Law & Economics, European Journal of Law & Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics, Revue de Philosophie Economique, Managerial and Decision Economics, etc. and in international collective volumes. He has refereed papers for over 30 journals and he has taught as Visiting Professor in several Greek, European and North-American universities. He is the co-editor of Law and Economics: Philosophical Issues and Fundamental Questions (Routledge, 2015) and the author (in Greek) of Liberalism (Papadopoulos 2017), Arguments for Liberty (Papadopoulos 2017) and Institutions (Papadopoulos 2018). His op-eds have been published by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the CNBC and other major international and Greek media. He has also given interviews to major international media outlets: BBC, Bloomberg News, Economist, Euronews, Guardian, Spiegel, U.S. National Public Radio, Time, Voice of America, Australian, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish State TV and Radio, etc.)

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Martin Ågerup - Center for Political Studies (CEPOS), Denmark

Martin Ågerup is president of CEPOS, a free market think tank located in Copenhagen, Denmark, which he co-founded in 2004. He has a B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Bristol, UK, and a MA in European Economics from the University of Exeter, UK. He is a former research fellow at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and aids the decision-making process in both public and private organizations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present. Martin has also worked as a management consultant specializing in business development and strategy for government and corporate clients and ran his own small start-up management consultancy. During those years he took part in more than 100 events per year as a professional speaker. Martin is former chairman of Addition, an IT consulting business providing web solutions and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Danish European Movement. He has written four books and contributed to numerous anthologies. Martin writes a column on ethics for a Danish national paper, blogs at another and appears regularly in both print and electronic media.

Kate Andrews - Institute of Economic Affairs, United Kingdom

Kate is Associate Director at the IEA. She joined in February 2016 as the IEA’s News Editor, overseeing the IEA’s digital platforms. Kate previously worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, where she handled media and donor relations.Kate regularly features across the national media, including appearances on BBC’s Any Questions and BBC’s Question Time. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Spectator Coffee House, and writes a weekly column on Fridays for City AM.

Adam Bartha - European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER), Belgium

Adam is the Director of EPICENTER, with the responsibility to enable the cooperation of the network and organise the private and public events programme in Brussels. He was previously European Outreach Manager at EPICENTER and a Koch Summer Fellow in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary. Adam has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.

Michael Carnuccio - E Foundation for Oklahoma, United States

Michael Carnuccio is president and CEO of E Foundation for Oklahoma. Prior to joining E Foundation, Carnuccio founded Oklahoma City-based JTK Group, a strategic leadership coaching firm specializing in fundraising, personal growth and team management. Previous experience also includes serving as president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, as well as creator and host of The Middle Ground, a Sunday morning news talk show on KOKH FOX 25 in Oklahoma City focused on state and national political issues.

Carnuccio is a member of Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and The Downtown Club of Oklahoma City. He serves on the board of directors for Operation Homefront, The Fairness Center, Cavett Kids Foundation, and the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, and as a trustee for Salt and Light Leadership Training (SALLT).

Carnuccio earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism, and a master's in political science from Oklahoma State University, where he later served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Political Science. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kayla, and their three children.

Rob Chatfield - Free To Choose Network, United States

Rob Chatfield serves as President and CEO of Free To Choose Network (FTCN), the media company that produced the original Milton Friedman series Free To Choose in 1980 and still going strong nearly 40 years later.  Rob manages the global media and distribution - facilitating alliances, channels and support for documentary and online projects, as well as leading FTCN’s educational division, izzit.org.

Robert Guest - The Economist, United Kingdom

Robert Guest is The Economist's Foreign Editor. His previous jobs include US Editor, Business Editor, Africa Editor, Washington Correspondent and "Lexington" columnist. He has reported from more than 80 countries and won numerous awards. He is the author of “The Shackled Continent”, a book that tries to explain how more liberty would help Africa prosper, and “Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism”, which argues that migration makes the world brainier. 

Scott Hodge - Tax Foundation, United States

Scott Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., and is recognized as one of Washington’s leading experts on tax policy, the federal budget and government spending. During his tenure, the Tax Foundation has become one of the most influential organizations on tax policy in Washington and in state capitals. He led the development of the Tax Foundation’s most successful programs, the Taxes and Growth Dynamic Tax Modeling project and the State Business Tax Climate Index; two projects that have changed the terms of the tax debate at the federal and state level. Over the past 25 years Scott has been a leader in many successful efforts to change public policy. During the 1990s, he helped design the major tax components for the Contract with America. These tax cuts were the eventual centerpieces of the 1997 tax bill and the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. Scott has written and edited three books on the federal budget and streamlining the government and has authored over 100 studies on tax policy and government spending. He has also authored dozens of editorials and opinion pieces for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Post and The Washington Times. Hodge has conducted over 600 radio and television interviews—including NBC Nightly News, CBS Nightly News, CNN, Fox Network, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and C-SPAN. Scott began his career in Chicago where he helped found the Heartland Institute in 1984. Before joining the Tax Foundation, Scott was Director of Tax and Budget Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. He also spent ten years at The Heritage Foundation as a fellow analyzing budget and tax policy. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vera Kichanova - Journalist, Russia

Vera Kichanova is an urbanist and journalist from Russia currently doing her PhD on the topic of private cities at King’s College London. In parallel, she works as a researcher at Zaha Hadid Architects. At the age of 20, she became the first libertarian ever elected to public office in Russia. After the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine she moved to Kyiv to work for Atlas Network as Editor-in-chief of an educational media portal focusing on post-Soviet countries. Vera is a regular panelist at international conferences and the 2013 Democracy Award winner (by the US National Endowment for Democracy). Apart from leading Russian media outlets, her comments were published by The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, and Spiegel. Vera holds Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and a BA in Journalism from Moscow State University.   

Dr. Barbara Kolm - Austrian Center, Austria

Dr. Barbara Kolm, Vice President of the Austrian Central Bank, is founding Director of the Austrian Economics Center and the Free Market Road Show, President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut and serves as CEO in private enterprises as well as NGOs and teaches at universities. Main fields of her academic work are efficiency processes, transparency, financial and legal foundations of administrative and state institutions – on regional, national and supranational level and provides expertise on smart structural reforms and creation of sustainable growth. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and serves as board member of several economic and academic associations e.g. supervisory board of ÖBB (Austrian Railways), Vienna Insurance Group Versicherungsverein, WU (Business University Vienna). Barbara Kolm received numerous awards, e.g. the winner of the Global IP Award by the Global Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Center of the US-Chamber of Commerce. She was voted among the 100 most influential libertarians in 2017, one of only 15 women. Because of her Engagement for providing pro market solutions to today’s challenges she now ranks on 64th place worldwide and is ranked the most influential European. Both, the Austrian Economics Center and the Hayek Institute have reached top international ranking under her leadership.

Michael Iakovidis - Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM), Greece

Co-founder and marketing director of Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM). Living as a quarter Scottish, quarter English, two quarters Greek has offered him a unique perspective on Greek society. He holds a Beng in Civil Engineering (University of Surrey), MSc in Geotechnical Engineering (UMIST), as well as an Executive MBA (AUEB). Initially worked as a civil engineer for 9 years in major projects such as the Athens and Thessaloniki Metro, then became a business owner in Greece (MSP GROUP- provider of health and safety products). In December 2014, in partnership with Dimitris Pefanis, he established Greek Liberties Monitor in order to promote public discourse in regards to freedom and liberties within Greece. Currently active in European liberal/libertarian affairs, he was one of the coordinators of the individual members of ALDE for Greece (2013-2015), and firmly believes that financial freedom and free markets being established in Greece are crucial for the propagation of liberties in Greece, as well as the betterment and growth of Greek society and economy. As co-founder and marketing director of the GLM (www.liberties.gr ) has been project manager in a number of prominent projects, including the Greek Crisis Success Stories, the Souvlaki Project, the production of a number of economic bulletins and papers, both in Greece and abroad.

Mykhailo Lavrovskyi - Ukrainian Students for Freedom, Ukraine

Mykhailo is a COO in the Ukrainian Students for Freedom. He grew up in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia. He studied in the University of Chernivtsi from 2014 to 2016 and Donetsk National University from 2016 to 2018 pursuing a degree in political science. In 2017 Mykhailo moved to Kyiv to develop Ukrainian Students for Freedom – an NGO he co-founded to promote the ideas of liberty among Ukrainian youth. From 2015 Mykhailo is an active member in Students For Liberty where he currently holds a position of Regional Director for Eastern Europe. During the spring of 2018 he was a research intern in the Cato Institute, and the Charles Koch Institute in Washington DC.

Mark Littlewood - Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), UK

Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. Since his appointment in 2009, Mark has been instrumental in expanding the IEA’s reach, both inside and outside Britain. He was recently ranked number 45 on the right-wing power list. Mark is recognised as a powerful spokesman for free markets and features as a regular guest on flagship political programs such as BBC Question Time, Newsnight and the Today Program. He writes a regular column for The Times and features in many other print and broadcast media such as The Telegraph, City AM and Any Questions. Mark campaigned strongly for Brexit and hopes to see an open, global and free-trading Britain post Brexit.

Dmytro Lyvch - EasyBusiness, Ukraine

Dmytro Lyvch is an economist with 5+ years of professional experience in public policy and market research. He is now a Project Manager / Head of Analytics at EasyBusiness, where he oversees policy and market research in the fields of agriculture, energy and IT. Also, Dmytro is a Manager of Economic Development Group at Reanimation Package of Reforms, the biggest coalition of civil society organizations in Ukraine. Dmytro is a well-known public policy expert with 10+ co-authored policy papers and analytical reports, 30+ published articles and 20+ national TV and radio appearances, focused on business climate and investment attractiveness improvement, deregulation and farmland market reform. Dmytro Lyvch holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Economics and Marketing and Master's Degree in Business Administration, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.  

Natalia Macyra - European Centre for International Political Economy, Denmark

Natalia Macyra is a General Manager and a Head of Communications at ECIPE. She oversees daily operations and develops external communications strategy. She also manages communications projects and is responsible for coordinating ECIPE’s networks and partnerships. As a certified project manager, Natalia oversees and supports the research project teams. Her previous research experience as policy analyst was focused on European trade policy; the impact of trade on development, migration, antidumping investigations and issues related to intellectual property rights.  Natalia holds a Master degree in International Relations with specialization in International Trade Policy from the University of Warsaw, she also studied at the United States and Denmark.

Nataliya Melnyk - Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), Ukraine

Nataliya Melnyk is Communications Director and Project Coordinator at Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), an independent Ukrainian think tank founded in 2015. She is a postgraduate researcher at Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, research on issues of national sovereignty in the globalized world and political identification in Ukrainian society. Additionally, she was the Development and Event Manager at the International Center for Reforms and is a Business Development Manager at the American English Center. Nataliya graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a Master’s Degree in European Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Nikolaos Monoyios - Eagle Valley Ranch LLC, United States

Nikolaos (Nikos) Monoyios is a private investor and co-owner of Eagle Valley Ranch LLC in Salmon, Idaho. He has more than 35 years of investment management experience. Monoyios retired as senior vice president and head of the Main Street Team of mutual funds at OppenheimerFunds in June 2008. He was named to Barron’s Top 100 Fund Managers list for five consecutive years (2003–2007). Prior to his tenure at OppenheimerFunds, Monoyios was a vice president and portfolio manager at Guardian Investor Services, the investment management subsidiary of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, from 1979 to 1998. Monoyios is a chartered financial analyst and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1972. He also holds an MBA in finance and master’s degree in economics from Columbia University.

Roxana Nicula - Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, Spain

Roxana Nicula, Chair of the Board of Trustees of FUNDALIB and a TTMBA Atlas Graduate, is one of the founders of the Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty, a Spanish libertarian think tank and free market grassroots entities incubator. She is an independent online communication Consultant and Translator and a Law School Graduate at both National Bucharest University and Ecological University. Born in Romania under the Ceausescu communist dictatorship in a middle of a class classic liberal leaning family, she began to promote free market actively since her university years. She moved to Spain where she co-founded the Spanish Libertarian Party in 2009. Roxana lives near Madrid with her daughter, Irene and her husband, Juan whom she met while campaigning as a political activist in Romania and they share common Libertarian ideas. She is an active social media influencer on libertarian policies, sharing economy, new technology and Internet. She speaks several languages and she has developed a wide experience in project management, activism management, Internet-related strategies and apps, multicultural and multi-language leadership.

Thomas Palermo - Contrepoints.org, France

Thomas Palermo is the publishing director of Contrepoints.org, the classical liberal news website in French. Contrepoints draws 1.6 million visits per month and has been the recipient of the Templeton Freedom Award. Palermo has worked as a digital marketing expert for companies like Astrata and Qualcomm in Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer - Atlas Network, United States

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Casey Pifer - Atlas Network, United States

Casey joined the Atlas Network team as an intern in 2014, transitioned into the Development and Events Associate before serving as Institute Relations and Programs Manager and now as Associate Director, Institute Relations and Programs. She grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. During college, she tutored students in economics, helped manage a catering company and was active in Students for Liberty. Before graduation, she spent a summer as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow working with the policy team at Citizens Against Government Waste. Casey loves playing ultimate frisbee, reading and talking with people about freedom.

Gonzalo Schwarz - Archbridge Institute, United States

Gonzalo is the President & CEO of the Archbridge Institute, a think tank working to lift barriers to human flourishing, focusing exclusively on social mobility, inequality and poverty reduction. Growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Gonzalo saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Bolivia and his master’s in economics from George Mason University, he began his life’s work of reducing poverty. While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas, he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the Templeton Freedom Award and the Latin American program. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs and is currently a Latin American Fellow with the Atlas Center for Latin America. 

Alexander Skouras - KEFiM, Greece

Alexander Skouras is the president of the Greek free-market think tank Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM). Prior to his role at KEFIM he served as Director of External Relations at the DC based Atlas Network where he helped think tanks from around the world to achieve impact and grow their capacity. Alexander has also been involved in major political campaigns in Greece and the US, including a major republican primary candidacy during the 2012 cycle. Alexander graduated from the American College of Greece with a degree in business and did some postgraduate work at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University.

Juan Ángel Soto - Civismo, Spain

Juan holds a Bachelor in Laws (LL.B.) and a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Navarra (Spain). He has also pursued graduate studies in economics at HEC Montréal (Canada) and the University of Paris 1. Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), and holds a BA in Political Science from the Spanish National Distance Education University (UNED). Finally, he holds a Master of Arts in Legal and Political Theory from University College London (UCL). He has worked as researcher in public policies and development economics, and collaborated with various think tanks such as the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies as researcher and advisor. He is currently director of Civismo, a Madrid-based classical liberal think tank.

Roy Spencer - Conscious Capitalism, United States

Roy started his contracting business, Perma-Seal Basement Systems in 1979 with only $1,700 in the bank and an F150 Ford pickup truck. Today, 40 years later, Roy is still running that business that has since grown to over 80 trucks and nearly 200 employees. He credits his success to his early commitment to hard work work, ethical treatment of his clients and employees, and maintaining a long term decision making process. In addition to being the president and visionary of Perma-Seal, Roy serves on the executive board of the Chicagoland and Northern Illinois Better Business Bureau and is chairman of the Chicago chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

Karin Svanborg-Sjövall - Timbro, Sweden

Karin Svanborg-Sjövall is the president of Timbro, Scandinavias´ biggest, pro- market think tank. She is a policy expert, journalist and author who have wide experience of public sector reform.

Dr. Lyall Swim - Atlas Network, United States

Dr. Lyall Swim is the director of training at Atlas Network. In his role, Lyall provides leadership for the entire suite of Atlas Network training offerings. For the past 17 years, he has engaged with more than 20,000 adult learners in dozens of organizations around the world. His focus has been to build increased leadership and operational capacity and enable organizations to successfully navigate various forms of change. He is a sought-after speaker on ethics, leadership, innovation adoption, and education innovation. As the director of operations for Sutherland Institute, Lyall helped lead a redesign of the organization that enabled the Institute to better leverage the strengths of each staff member and increase the profile and influence of the Institute in Utah. Lyall holds a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. He also holds a bachelor’s in communications and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. His research and writing on leadership, ethics, education reform, adult learning, and innovation adoption have been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and various local and national outlets. Above all, Lyall enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three teenage children.

Marek Tatala - Civil Development Forum, Poland

Marek Tatala is Vice President and Economist at the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) in Warsaw, Poland – a think tank founded by Professor Leszek Balcerowicz. He received his BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol in England and MA in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. He completed the CPPR-ACE Winter School in Public Policy Research Methods in India and the Think Tank MBA program organized by the Atlas Network. He is the graduate of the Atlas Leadership Academy and alumni of the Promoting Tolerance program organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and American Jewish Committee. Marek Tatala frequently speaks at various conferences and comments on economic and political topics on television, radio and other media outlets in Poland and abroad. He is also very active on social media. 

John Tillman -  Illinois Policy Institute, United States

John Tillman is best known for leading the relaunch of the Illinois Policy
Institute in 2007. He also founded Illinois Policy, a 501(c)(4), and the Liberty
Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) public-interest law firm.

In 2018, the Illinois Policy Institute and Liberty Justice Center shared the State
Policy Network’s Bob Williams Award for Outstanding Policy Achievement in
recognition of their U.S. Supreme Court victory in Janus v. AFSCME. The case
overturned a 41-year-old precedent and restored the free speech rights of 5
million workers nationwide.

In April 2017, Tillman assumed the chairmanship of the Franklin Center for
Government & Public Integrity. Under his leadership the board was reconstituted
and veteran newsman Chris Krug assumed the presidency. Franklin now operates
in over two dozen states and continues to grow its news distribution focused on
statehouse news, competing with The Associated Press.

Tillman’s success has become a model for liberty-based organizations across the
country. He is frequently asked to consult with other nonprofits on fundraising,
leadership, marketing and organizational strategy.

In 2011, Tillman won the State Policy Network’s prestigious Roe Award for his
leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the world of public policy. This
annual award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose
achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy.

Massimiliano Trovato - Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy

Massimiliano Trovato is a Research Fellow at Istituto Bruno Leoni, where he currently focuses on tech policy and the digital economy. He has edited two books and he has written 50+ papers and book chapters on a variety of policy issues, including telecommunications, broadcasting, postal services, and lifestyle regulation. His work has been featured internationally by the Wall Street Journal, BBC World, and Politico Europe.

Aneta Vainė - Lithuanian Free Market Institute, Lithuania

Aneta Vainė is Vice President at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute responsible for the institute’s programs, foundation relations and international outreach. She first joined LFMI in 1994 as project coordinator and worked consecutively as public relations director and senior policy analyst until 2004. In 2013 Aneta resumed her work at LFMI as Director of Development and Programs and has served as Vice President since 2018. Aneta has authored and managed numerous national and international research, advocacy and educational projects. She played a key role in LFMI’s winning Templeton Freedom Awards in 2014 and 2016. From 1999 until 2009 she served as Lithuania’s national rapporteur for the Freedom House’s Nations in Transit report. In 1997 she was a National Forum Foundation’s internship grantee with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, USA. Aneta holds Master Degrees in English and Economics from Vilnius University and a certificate in European studies from Surrey University, U.K.

Gregory Vallianatos - Liberal Alliance, Greece

Gregory Vallianatos was born in Athens, Greece, studied Public Law and Politics in Athens, Paris, Boston, and London. Worded as a journalist and tv host in Greece. He worked in marketing for both Athenian candidacies for the Olympic Games of 1996 and 2004 and with most advertising agencies in Greece. He is a known individual rights activist for LGBTQI, migrants and refugees, prisoners, substance users, the handicapped, the non-religious, sex workers, Roma, Jews,  and national minirities in Greece and abroad. He is a two term elected chair of the Liberal Alliance political party and MEP candidate in the elections of May 26, 2019.

Matt Warner - Atlas Network, United States

Matt Warner is president and senior fellow of Atlas Network. Under the direction of the CEO, he is responsible for strategy, programming, and personnel management. Matt also leads the development of a research agenda to further demonstrate the invaluable role of think tanks in achieving freedom around the world. Matt writes, speaks, and consults internationally on the topics of economics, institution building, nonprofit management, measurement, and impact philanthropy. Matt coined the term "the outsider's dilemma" to describe the challenge of helping low-income countries develop without inadvertently and perversely getting in the way of their most viable paths to prosperity. His work has appeared in Cato Journal, Forbes, Harvard's Education Next, Real Clear Markets, Foundation for Economic Education, EconTalk, and Washington Times, among others. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 2010, Matt served in various policy leadership positions at nonprofit think tanks with a focus on energy, education, and property rights. Matt has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and is certified by Georgetown University in organizational development consulting. 

Matt and his wife Chrissy, an attorney, live in Vienna, Virginia with their four children. 

Linda Whetstone - Atlas Network, United States

Linda Whetstone is chairman of the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society and a board member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Istanbul Network for Liberty. She was previously on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society and co-organizer of MPS meetings in Nairobi and Istanbul.  She has written on development, trade and agricultural topics and recently co-edited Islamic Foundations of a Free Society.  She runs a small business in Sussex, UK with her husband.

Maryan Zablotskyy - Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation, Ukraine

Maryan Zablotskyy chairs the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation. His teams successfully worked on development and adoption of a dozen pieces of legislation in Ukraine. Those helped eliminate and deregulate over 30 business licenses and permits, improved land rights and slashed tax rates. Has conducted a number of high profile investigations into corruption, has successfully implemented legislation that stopped a number of corruption schemes.