KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Manuel Hinds - Former Minister of Finance of El Salvador

Manuel Hinds is an economist and an economic consultant. He was Minister of Finance of El Salvador between 1994 and 1999. He is considered the father of dollarization because he was the one who proposed the idea in his country. He is the author of  Playing Monopoly with the Devil: Dollarization and Domestic Currencies in Developing Countries  (Yale University Press, 2006) and co-author with Benn Steil of Money, Markets and Sovereignty  (Yale University Press, 2009). Hinds is also a columnist for  El Diario de Hoy  in El Salvador. In 2010 he won the Hayek Award from the Manhattan Institute.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Dr. Roberto Salinas León - Atlas Network, Mexico

Dr. Roberto Salinas León is well-positioned to elevate the work of Atlas Network and its partners in Latin America. He is currently President of the Mexico Business Forum, as well as the President of Alamos Alliance, which was described glowingly in Forbes in 2013 as “one of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman’s favorite retreats,” with Roberto Salinas León noted as “a major driving force of efforts for free markets.”

Roberto Salinas León holds a B.A. in political economy, history and philosophy from Hillsdale College, Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University, Indiana.

He has been an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor of Political Economy at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (1989-2002), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1989-1992) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in Mexico City (since 2004). He was also a Visiting Professor of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala (1997).

He is currently Senior Debate Fellow and Debate Lecturer at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. He has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past 25 years in Mexico, including the annual Mexico roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009.

He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Investor’s Business Daily, Barrons, and others. He was a weekly editorial columnist in El Economista, from 1993 to 2011 and now published occasional op-ed’s in different media outlets. He is an occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latinamerica, CNCB, BBC, and others; and is a weekly commentator on economics and global finance in AND 40, in Mexico City.

He has delivered over 900 lectures in Mexico and the U.S., Canada, several countries in Central and South America, and throughout Europe and Asia. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on three occasions – on NAFTA and free trade, structural reform in Mexico, and monetary and exchange rate policy.

Gonzalo Schwarz - Archbridge Institute, USA

Gonzalo Schwarz is the President and CEO of the Archbridge Institute. The mission of the institute is to remove the barriers that prevent social mobility and keep people in poverty. Before founding the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo worked for six years as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Atlas Network. Gonzalo has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University in Virginia, United States. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children, reading and watching football.

Antonella Marty - Latin American Fellow at Atlas Network, Argentina

Antonella Marty works at the Argentinian Parliament as a public policy advisor for the party bloc Propuesta Republicana (PRO). She is also a researcher at Fundación Libertad (Rosario, Argentina), and a specialist in Latin America. Antonella published two books (The Intellectual Populist Dictatorship, 2015; and What Every Socialist of the 21st Century Should Know, 2018). She has a Degree in International Relations.

Ernesto Selman - Centro Regional de Estrategias Economicas Sostenibles (CREES), Dominican Republic

He has a degree in Economics from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), with a master's degree in Economic Policy Management from the Columbia University in New York. He completed post-graduate degrees in international finance and project evaluation at Georgetown University and at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), respectively.

He has worked as a Consultant in the International Financial Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank; Alternate Executive Director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Administrative Vice President and Broadband at Centennial Dominicana; Economic Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic (BCRD); and, General Director of Nexus RD. As Executive Vice President of the Regional Center for Sustainable Economic Strategies (CREES) he leads the only center of economic thought and research in the Dominican Republic that promotes a free and prosperous society based on work, ethics and economic freedom.

He is a university professor, teaching subjects of International Economy, Political Economy and Economy for Business, among others. He has taught regular classes at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and guest professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). He has published dozens of articles in different newspapers of national circulation on various topics in the social sciences: economics, internal and international politics, sociology and history, among others.

Mónika Melo Guerrero - Instituto OMG, Dominican Republic

Graduated magna cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santo Domingo in 1994, she obtained a Master in Corporate Law and Economic Legislation from the same university in 1998. In addition, she has completed various postgraduate courses, among them “Emerging Telecommunications Technologies” offered by TPG Technologies (1999), “Telecommunications Regulation” by the International Telecommunication Union (2000), “Mergers and Acquisitions” by Euromoney in New York (2004), as well as “Academic Course on International Trademark Law” offered by The John Marshall Law School of Chicago (2005). She also completed postgraduate studies in Strategic Planning and Entertainment Law in 2010. Ms. Melo specializes in regulatory law with concentration in social security, securities, financial regulation, electricity and telecommunications, as well as intellectual property, licensing, geographical indications and entertainment law. She has collaborated on the review and modification of various related preliminary law drafts such as the new cinema law, the commercial restructuring law, regulation fort the securities market and for competition, among others, and has also written publications related to these topics. She is a member of the Asocación Dominicana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ADOPI) and the International Trademark Association (INTA), and has been appointed member of INTA’s Geographical Indications Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee for 2010-2013 and recently appointed as member of the Development of Rights Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee for 2014-2015. She is also an active member of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has extensive knowledge of French.

Matt Warner - Atlas Network, USA

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. 

Dr. Tom G. Palmer - Atlas Network, USA

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.