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 served as president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Previous experience also includes work as senior advisor for Oklahomans for Responsible Government, director of public affairs for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, director of public affairs for Saxum PR, and adjunct faculty for the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State University.

He also founded Oklahoma City-based JTK Group, a strategic leadership coaching firm specializing in fundraising, personal growth and team management, and was the host of “The Middle Ground,” a weekly television news talk show on FOX.

Carnuccio is an Oklahoma State University graduate, where he earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's in political science with a focus on international relations.

He is the current co-chair of the Transatlantic CEO Summit, an international leadership retreat hosted by the Atlas Network that has been held in Denmark, England, Hungary, and Lithuania, and has been invited to speak on the topic of free market principles at several international forums. He recently hosted a Taiwanese delegation visiting Oklahoma and is working with state leadership to expand international trade opportunities. 
 
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).

He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kayla, and their three children.

Admir Čavalić - Associaiton "Multi", Bosnia and Herzegovina

Admir Čavalić is a founder and Director of Association «Multi», the first and the biggest libertarian organization registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Čavalić holds MA degree in economics and is currently a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics, University in Tuzla. He (co)wrote two books – «Islam and Free Market» and «CSR and employes» - and has written numerous scientific papers regarding economics. He teaches at couple of universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and gives lectures worldwide. Also, he is one of the most famous economics analysts in domestic media, and regularly writes articles and columns. As a Director of Association «Multi», Čavalić has realized major projects regarding the promotion of ideas of liberty. Some of these are «OPEN Fest» - biggest libertarian festival in Europe; Catallaxy seminar – basic economic education that has couple of thousands participants; development of European Students For Liberty movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as translation of libertarian books into Bosnian language («Capitalism and Freedom»; «Hayek, Essential»; «Economics of Freedom» and others). Čavalić is a graduate of Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program, a national ESFL coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fellow of the British Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a member of the Swiss Embassy Alumni Network, and an active partner of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation from Germany. He also finished the LAAD program under the mentorship of Francis Fukuyama and CPR school of research in India.
 

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.

Erik Eppig - Atlas Network, United States

Erik Eppig started at Atlas Network in 2018 and serves as an Associate on the Institute Relations team. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Erik joined Atlas Network in 2018 through the Charles Koch Institute's Associate Program. Erik attended Boston College with a semester abroad at Jagiellonian University and where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Arts in History and International Studies (2017). Before joining Atlas Network, Erik led a year of service at Jesuit College Preparatory School and maintained an internationally-focused blog. He currently lives in Washington, DC and enjoys the outdoors, reading, and sampling some of the DMV's finest restaurants. 

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.

Matija Gavrilović - Lipa, Croatia

I have worked as a Public Relations and Digital Marketing Consultant in Briefing Communications ltd. for the last two years. I have a Masters in Economics and I specialised in Marketing. After university, I continued my education by taking online and offline courses to gain the latest knowledge in my sector. I have been advocating for economic liberalism in Croatia for many years in various ways, mostly through activism in Lipa. I started working in Lipa as Head of Communications during „Campaign Against Property Tax in Croatia“ in 2017. My personal long-term goal is to continue professional development in the fields of PR and marketing by working as a PR and marketing consultant, and by additional education and volunteer work as Head of Communications in Lipa. My personal goals are fully aligned with those of Lipa, which offers me the opportunity to work on the promotion of liberal and pro-market ideas.

Brad Lips - Atlas Network, United States

Brad Lips is the chief executive officer of Atlas Network, which increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing. In the decade since he became CEO, the budget of Atlas Network has more than doubled and the scope of its programs has extended worldwide. Lips is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. He serves on the boards of directors of the American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Institute of Economic Studies—Europe. As a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Lips chaired the Organizing Committee of its General Meeting in 2016. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips co-founded an Internet start-up, conducted equity research for Smith Barney, Inc., and worked in a policy research capacity for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He has spoken on five continents on solutions to poverty, and his work has been published in Regulation, National Review Online, Investor's Business Daily, The Daily Caller, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips received his MBA from the Giozueta Business School of Emory University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Brad lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children in Falls Church, Virginia.  

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, Belgium

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.

Melissa Mann - Atlas Network, United States

Melissa Mann joined Atlas Network as Director of Partnerships in 2018 and became the Vice President of Communications in 2019. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Melissa spent seventeen years as Director of Development at Reason Foundation, a public policy and media organization that advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. She is a 2016 graduate of Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program. Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in public policy and law at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken and Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, both in what was then West Germany. From her home in Los Angeles, Melissa spends her free time reading liberty-themed non-fiction; doing voiceovers for commercials, videogames, and telephone answering systems; and chasing peacocks around her backyard.

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 - Atlas Network, 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.

Asta Narmontė - Lithuania Free Market Institute, Lithuania

Asta Narmontė is Lithuania Free Market Institute’s Head of Communications with a 10-year experience as TV journalist an editor. Asta is responsible for developing, planning and implementing LFMI’s communication strategy and communication campaigns, building and maintaining relationships with the media, and publishing activities. Asta holds a BA in journalism from Vilnius 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.

Ratko Nikolić - Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies, Serbia

Ratko Nikolić is the president of Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies, a Serbian libertarian think tank aimed at promoting and protecting the unrestricted freedom of expression and empowering young journalists and social activists to excel at their profession while promoting the values of individual liberty. A sociologist of culture and politics by education, before founding CAAS in 2015, he has spent several years running pro-liberty non-profits and served as the regional director for ex-Yugoslavia at Students for Liberty. Ratko is currently pursuing an MA in computing in social sciences at the University of Belgrade. Additionally, he was the Winner of 2018 Think Tank Shark Tank competition in Copenhagen. He is interested in filmmaking and data science.

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.

Stoyan Panchev - Bulgarian Libertarian Society, Bulgaria

Stoyan Panchev is Executive Chairman of the Bulgarian Libertarian Society, Managing Director of EKIP policy platform and assistant-professor at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohirdski. He is the inaugural Atlas Network Smith Fellow and former Chairman of the Executive Board of European Students For Liberty.

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.

Tanja Porčnik - Visio institut, Slovenia

Tanja Porčnik is president and co-founder of the Visio institut in Slovenia and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. She is co-author of The Human Freedom Index. Porčnik was formerly a senior fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Government Teaching Fellow of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague, Czech Republic, and a Research Associate & Manager of External Relations of the Cato Institute. Her articles on human rights, law, international relations, and economic policy appear regularly in printed media, and she is a frequent commentator on television and radio. Porčnik is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation in American Studies.

Juan Pina - Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, Spain

Juan Pina was Vice-President of the Liberal International from 1997 to 2002. For five years, he was editor of Perfiles Liberales, a monthly classic liberal magazine sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and distributed throughout Latin America and Spain. With a background in political science and institutional communication, Juan has been head of Corporate Communication at several companies. In 2009 he was one of the founders of Spain’s Libertarian Party, and he presided over it until 2016. Since then he is secretary-general of Spain’s Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty, and as such he is in charge of the Foundation-incubated Unión de Contribuyentes (UC, Taxpayers Union).

Dr. Bican Şahin - Freedom Research Foundation

Bican Sahin is a professor of political science in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hacettepe University, Ankara. He is the President of Freedom Research Association. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. Among his research topics are classical liberal and libertarian philosophy, the relation between liberal democracy and Islam, and the relationships between state and civil society in Turkey.

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.

Austin Skiera - Atlas Network, United States

AJ first joined Atlas Network in 2016. He attended the University of Miami (FL) with a semester abroad at Charles University in Prague and where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. In his role as associate director of marketing and communications, he helps to craft and facilitate Atlas Network's content strategy across email, web, print, video, and social media platforms. He is managing Atlas Network’s photojournalism and film project for its Doing Development Differently initiative, which features real stories of individuals who are the downstream beneficiaries of free-market reforms successfully championed by Atlas Network’s most effective partners in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He is a graduate of three professional development programs with the Charles Koch Institute and a recipient of the Illinois State Society Scholarship for his time working for Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14). Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, he currently resides in Arlington, Virginia

Andriy Shpakov - EasyBusiness, Ukraine

Andriy Shpakov is a finance and policy professional. He is now a CEO of EasyBusiness, where he provides policy advice and complex analytical services to governments, investors, and private firms. Within his work for the Ukrainian government, Andrew served as Advisory Team Member on Business Climate Improvement at Ministry of Economy designing the national deregulation strategy and action plan aimed at improvement of Ukraine’s positions within World Bank’s Doing Business ranking. He delivered speeches on the progress of Ukrainian reforms at venues from Kyiv to New York while being featured on Forbes, Voice of America and Ukraine’s national TV and radio stations. Apart from his policy work, Andrew engages in strategic and financial advisory projects serving leading industry players, private equity firms and international organizations in CEE region. He received MSc in Finance from the National Agricultural University of Ukraine and fluently speaks English, Russian, and Ukrainian.

Anastasios Spanidis - Generation Y Group, Greece

Anastasios is the CO-Founder & CEO of a market leading, innovative internet consulting, web design and development International Interactive Agency which helps its clientele to drive cost-effective sales and spread its brand awareness to the public. His experience and exposure in multiple industries and cultures have rewarded him with a multi scope perspective towards any business endeavor, idea or goal. 

He founded Generation Y - International eBusiness Experts in 2000 and during the past 17 years he created market leaders, in any sector its customers operate (retail, F&B, services, etc.) by developing a full-scale plan for Digital Transformation. He is a public speaker and influencer with more than 500 speeches. He also actively participates either as an investor and shareholder or as a member of boards of directors, in multiple organizations and companies, both in Greece and abroad. Last but not least, the digital community has featured him as a jury in many institutions.

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 and studied Public Law and Politics in Athens, Paris, Boston, and London. He worked as a journalist and tv host in Greece and 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. 

Kathryn Washburn - Atlas Network Board Member, United States

Before retiring, she was director of international affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She retains a strong interest in foreign affairs, including property rights in developing countries. Washburn is active in historic preservation and several charitable boards on the eastern shore of Maryland where she resides in the summer, including Coastal Hospice and the Princess Anne Main Street Partnership, where she serves as president. She has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s degree from George Washington University. She lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., during the winter.

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.