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Lilo Vilaplana is a Cuban-born director and screenwriter of the recently released movie Plantados, which documents the brutal horrors of Cuba’s Castro regime over dissidents and the opposition.

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Dora de Ampuero is an Economist at the University of Guayaquil and Master in Economics from George Mason University and Director and founder of the Ecuadorian Institute of Political Economy,  established in 1991 whose hard work markedly resulted in the process of dollarization in Ecuador, (finally enacted in 2000). Dora is a tireless fighter for the cause of freedom. She has worked with young people of various generations, many of whom are already leaders in her country. Through the work of the Ecuadorian Institute of Political Economy, she has brought the ideas of liberty to many corners of Ecuador: with young people, in different and diverse seminars on liberty throughout the country; she led the organization of the first El Cato University – IEEP based in Guayaquil in 2015, and the first FEE – IEEP seminar in Ecuador, replicated in Guayaquil and Quito. The Foundation Caminos de Libertad awarded her the prize “A Life Devoted to Liberty,” in Mexico, in 2017.

Asiel Babastro is a film director and screenwriter, known primarily for his work in advertising, short films, and music video. He is the director of the audiovisual production company Alternativo Art. He studies at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) and at the EICTV International Film School. He is recognized by many, as one of the best directors on the island of Cuba, he has been awarded at the Lucas Awards in his country on several occasions for his work. He is the director of the video clip “Patria y Vida” that has generated a great controversy in recent months for exposing the Cuban dictatorship.

Carlos Henrique Blohm is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He has served as president of Cedice Libertad since 2020. He is a textile industry entrepreneur in Venezuela and has degrees from MIT and Harvard Business School. He is the former president of Venamcham.

Stephen Brooks is the founder and director of Punta Mona in Costa Rica. Brooks identified the problems faced by small farmers and communities in Central America and Costa Rica and wanted to present possible solutions. Punta Mona, founded in 1997, grows more than 200 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices, produces all its electrical needs from solar panels and obtains methane gas from the septic system to power the kitchen. Thousands of students, scholars, and guests have been trained at Punta Mona over the past 18 years, and the place has become known as a world leader in sustainable tropical agriculture and sustainable living techniques.

Guillermo Cabieses (Peru, 1980) is a lawyer and academic dedicated to promoting the ideas of classical liberalism and the study of the economic analysis of law in Latin America. He has an intense academic activity that has led him to teach courses in Economics and Law, Antitrust, Contracts, Economic Incentives and Environment, Freedom and Development, among other courses, at the University of Lima, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the University of Applied Sciences - UPC. He is a frequent speaker at events in Peru and abroad on issues of law, economics, philosophy, public policy and liberalism. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He has been a columnist for Expreso and Altavoz.pe. His columns are frequently published by the newspaper El Comercio and the portal of the CATO Institute.
 

Gabriela Calderón de Burgos es editora de ElCato.org, investigadora del Cato Institute y columnista de El Universo (Ecuador). Se graduó en el 2004 con un título de Ciencias Políticas con concentración en Relaciones Internacionales de la York College of Pennsylvania y en 2007 obtuvo su maestría en Comercio y Política Internacional de George Mason University. Desde enero del 2006 ha escrito para El Universo (Ecuador) y sus artículos han sido reproducidos en otros periódicos de Latinoamérica y España como El Tiempo (Colombia), La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador), Libertad Digital (España), El Deber (Bolivia), El Universal (Venezuela), La Nación (Argentina), El Diario de Hoy (El Salvador), entre otros. Es autora del libro Entre el instinto y la razón (Cato Institute / Paradiso Editores, 2014) y autora del capítulo sobre Ecuador del libro El estallido del populismo (Editorial Planeta).

Cristofer Correia is the author of the book Inclusive Urban Regeneration, where public policies are proposed for poverty eradication in cities, through capacities and freedom enhancement.

He is a political activist for democracy who has held different roles, such as Director-General of Citizen Participation in the National Assembly of Venezuela and Executive Director of Volunteers for Venezuela. Correia is a lecturer of Public Management at his alma mater, the Catholic University Andres Bello. He was a Chevening Scholar for studying a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Bristol in 2018. He also studied for a Master's in Government and Public Administration at the Complutense University of Madrid and attended a specialization course on Strategic Urban Planning by the Iberoamerican Center for Strategic Urban Development. He recently undertook a new business: an “Escape Room” in Caracas.

Hane Crevelari joined Atlas Network in July 2019. As an institute relations manager, Hane specializes in reporting compliance and think tank partner project evaluation. She also manages Atlas Network's Global Voices for Open Trade program and oversees activities in Brazil, Mexico, and Central America. A native Brazilian, Hane is fluent in Portuguese and English and speaks advanced Spanish. She completed her bachelor's degree at Utah State University in economics and international business and her M.A. in applied economics at George Mason University, where she was a MA Fellow with the Mercatus Center.

Dr. Juan José Daboub is Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership, Vice-Chairman of Dorado Group, and Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute. He has taught at Princeton University and is a member of several Boards of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of industries in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Between 1992-2004, he served under different capacities for  three consecutive Governments in El Salvador without belonging to any political party, including as President of the Electric Utilities. He restructured and privatized El Salvador’s state-owned telephone company and was concurrently Minister of Finance and Chief of Staff to the President of El Salvador, where he coordinated several reforms that helped El Salvador achieve investment grade rating; he was also responsible for dollarizing the economy. From 2006 to 2010 he was Managing Director of the World Bank Group, with oversight functions of 110 countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America and led his family-owned businesses in industry, commerce and services for over a decade in Central America.  Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is married with four children.

Candelaria de Elizalde is the general coordinator of Fundación Libertad y Progreso. Her main responsibilities are strategic planning, youth group coordination, events planning, and stakeholder follow-up. In 2009 she joined Foro Republicano as general coordinator, which then merged with two other think tanks to become Fundación Libertad y Progreso. Prior to that appointment, during 2008, she was in charge of the high school educational programs of Junior Achievement Argentina. Candelaria holds a BA in Social Communication from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She attended several seminars on free markets and open society and since 2010 has coordinated Foro Republicano/Fundación Libertad y Progreso’s Reading Club.

Agustin Etchebarne is director general of Argentina-based Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso, He is an economist specializing in economic development, strategic marketing, and international markets. He has been a professor of economics at UBA and ESEADE, and is currently a professor at Universidad de Belgrano. He is a member of Red Liberal de América Latina (RELIAL) and member of the Institute of Ethics and Political Economy of the National Academy of Moral and Political Sciences.

Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In his work Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex's writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in media outlets across the world including The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, The Washington Post, WIRED, and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, briefed the European Parliament and US State Department, and serves as faculty at Singularity University and as an advisor to Blockchain Capital, a leading venture firm in the fintech industry. He frequently speaks and writes about why Bitcoin matters for freedom, and co-authored The Little Bitcoin Book in 2019.

Rocio Guijarro is the General Manager of CEDICE. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in Enterprise Management from the Central University of Venezuela.  She also has course specialization in Think Tank Management, from Atlas Economic Research Foundation; Advanced Management Program, from Instituto de Estudios Avanzados IESA; Business Organization Management (ILGO), from Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE); and Management of Non-Profit Organizations, from International Visitors Programs, from United States Information Agency (USIA).

Manuel Hinds is a consultant to private and public institutions, including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has served as minister of finance in El Salvador twice -- first from 1979 to 1980, then between 1995 and 1999 -- and as division chief at the World Bank, working with more than thirty countries. From 2004 to 2005 he was the Whitney H. Shepardson fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He authored,  The Triumph of the Flexible Society: The Connectivity Revolution and Resistance to Change and Playing Monopoly with the Devil: Dollarization and Domestic Currencies in Developing Countries and co-authored  Money, Markets, and Sovereignty, 2010 winner of the Manhattan's Institute's Hayek Prize. Hinds lives in San Salvador and has three daughters and five grandchildren.

Sary Levy-Carciente is a Venezuelan economist with expertise in the field of financial macroeconomics. She holds a PhD in Development Studies, a Master in International Economics and a Professional Specialization in Administrative Sciences. She is a Board Member of the International Institute of Advanced Economic and Social Studies in Italy; Center for the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge CEDICE-Venezuela; journal Perfil de Coyuntura Económica in Colombia, journal La Finanza in Italy, and journal Anales Americanista in Spain. She has a number of writings in books and papers in specialized journals, as presentations in academic and professional meetings. 

Rómulo López is an economist from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and holds a M.A. in business from ITESM Monterrey (Mexico). Originally from Guayaquil, he is a proud husband and father. A technology enthusiast, Rómulo has held several positions at Atlas Network since 2001. Rómulo is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Ana Lilia Moreno is an economist who graduated from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and  holds a Master Degree in Economics at University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. She is a senior researcher at México Evalúa, a Mexican think tank engaged in researching public policies and performing proposals for improvement. She has served as an economic advisor on the board of Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, the telecom and competition regulator, and served as senior researcher and manager at the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) where she coordinated competition and regulation projects. For 14 years she worked at big four companies; at KPMG and Deloitte mainly as senior manager of transfer pricing projects of the main multinational companies within the oil & gas, manufacturing, banking, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. She has lectured at Universidad Anáhuac in the field of Industrial Economics.

Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes "The Americas," a weekly column on politics, economics and business in Latin America and Canada that appears every Monday in the Wall Street Journal. Ms. O'Grady joined the paper in August 1995 and became a senior editorial page writer in December 1999. She was appointed an editorial board member in November 2005. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Indianapolis-based Liberty Fund. In 2012, Ms. O’Grady won the Walter Judd Freedom Award from The Fund for American Studies. In 2009 Ms. O'Grady received the Thomas Jefferson Award from The Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2005 Ms. O'Grady won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism awarded by the International Policy Network for her articles on the World Bank, the underground economy in Brazil and the bad economic advice the U.S. often gives to Latin American countries. In 1997 Ms. O'Grady won the Inter-American Press Association's Daily Gleaner Award for editorial commentary. Ms. O'Grady received a bachelor's degree in English from Assumption College, an M.B.A. in financial management from Pace University and an honorary doctorate from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City.

Axel Kaiser is a lawyer with a PhD from the University of Heidelberg. He is the presidente of Fundación para el Progreso in Chile, the director of the Hayek Chair at Adolfo Ibañez University in Santiago and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Latin America Atlas Network.

Anamely Ramos González is an artist and defender of cultural rights in Cuba. She worked for twelve years as a professor and researcher at the University of the Arts (ISA), but was expelled for exercising her rights to free expression and movement. Currently she coordinates projects to rescue the historical memory and forms of organization in Cuba, through works of art and culture, which have been historically censored. Anamely is studying for her doctorate in Anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Dr. 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.

Lucía Santa Cruz has a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford; Bachelor of Arts, University of London and MA in History London University. She is a full member of the Academy of Political and Moral Social Sciences. She is a Counselor of several academic and cultural institutions, including Libertad y Desarrollo. 

Antonella Marty is the Associate Director at the Center for Latin American at Atlas Network. She is also the Director at the Center for Latin American Studies at Fundación Libertad (Argentina) and Senior Fellow at Fundación Internacional para la Libertad (Spain), think tank led by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.

Antonella received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Argentina) and she is finishing her master’s degree in Public Policies from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina).

She worked at the Argentinian Parliament as a public policy advisor from 2015 to 2017. She has also worked as an intern at the Cato Institute, The IFEF, Fundación para el Progreso and Cedice Libertad. Antonella became the first Regional Director for Argentina and also for countries like Chile when Students for Liberty was in its beginnings. She also became a member of the first Executive Board for Estudiantes por la Libertad. Antonella published her first book The Intellectual Populist Dictatorship (2015) with Unión Editorial, her second book What Every Revolutionary of The 21st Century Should Know (2018) and her third book Capitalism: Antidote to Poverty (2019).

Fátima Masse is the director of inclusive society at the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness. Her research focuses on how to strengthen human capital and include more women in the workforce. She has a degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University.

Fátima was a consultant at IMCO from 2012 until 2018, when she was appointed as a project coordinator. Her research topics are competitiveness, public health, social development, environment, mobility and urban development. Her leadership and tenacity have been reflected in the coordination of various competitiveness indices, which require the majority of the institution's staff. In addition, she has promoted research on public health and well-being from IMCO. She writes a fortnightly opinion column on CNN Expansión and has collaborated with other media such as Reforma, Animal Político, Letras Libres, Revista MOI, and The Guardian. She worked previously as an independent consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Institute of Ecology. She also taught basic microeconomics and environmental policy at ITAM and is a member of the Women in Motion Mexico network.

Carlos Augusto Chacón Monsalve is a lawyer from the Universidad Autónoma Bucaramanga. He is a Magister in National Security and Defense from the Escuela Superior de Guerra and a Magister in Political and International Studies from the Universidad del Rosario. He serves as a Senior Specialist in Integration at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. Carlos graduated from the Security and Defense Course in the Caribbean from the William J. Perry Center of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the "Democracy fellowship program of the European Parliament” in Brussels, Belgium.

He has 17 years of experience in political, parliamentary, international and national security and defense affairs, in the direction of international organizations and think tanks.

Carlos is currently the Academic Director of the Instituto de Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría Olózaga - ICP (Since June 2019), the Director of the ICP Legislative Observatory Project- Konrad Adenauer KAS Colombia (Since July 2019), and Coordinator of the "Security and Strategy  ICP-Policy Lab" (Since 2020).

Ignacio Munyo is Executive Director of CERES (Uruguay). He is Professor of Economics at IEEM Business School, University of Montevideo. He is a board member of the Montevideo Stock Exchange, member of the Academia Nacional de Economía, member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, and Treasurer of the Sociedad de Economistas del Uruguay. He is a regular columnist of the newspaper El País, the most important newspaper in Uruguay.

He has written for several scientific  journals such as The Review of Economic Dynamics, The Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and The Scandinavian Journal of Economics. He received the Raul Trajtenberg National Prize in Economics 2014, the most prestigious award in the field of economics of Uruguay. He was Senior Economist of CERES (Uruguay), Nonresident Fellow at Brookings Institution (US), consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank (US), and Research Assistant at the University of Chicago (US). His media presence includes The Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Financial Times, CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, AFP, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, El País (Spain), Folha S. Paulo (Brazil), O Globo (Brazil), La Nación (Argentina), El Cronista Comercial (Argentina), Diario Financiero (Chile), Gestión (Peru), La Nación (Paraguay), and several Uruguayan newspapers, radios and TV channels. He has a PhD in Economics from Universidad de San Andrés and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he also completed the PhD courses. He holds a Licentiate in Economics and a degree in Management from University of the Republic.

Carlos Newland has a degree in Economics from the UCA, El Salvador. He has a master's degree in history from the University of Oxford, USA, a doctor  in history from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a professor at ESEADE University and Torcuato di Tella University, both in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has obtained the following distinctions: Claude Lambe Fellowship (1990); Fortabat Fellow at Harvard University (1999); Guggenheim Fellow (2000).

Juan Carlos has several publications of articles in journals on Economic History and Development, among them,  Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Economic Development, Revista de Historia Económica, Hispanic American Historical Review,  and  Journal of Latin American Studies.

Dr. Tomás Páez has a Ph.D. and M.Phil in Planning from University College in London. He is a sociologist at Venezuelan Central University. Since 2013 Dr. Páez was coordinator of the global project of the Venezuelan Diaspora, which included the “Obervatory of the Venezuelan Diaspora” and the "Platform of the Venezuelan Diaspora". He is a member of the Academic Committee of CEDICE (Center for Economic Disclosure for Freedom).

Ramon Parallada is an entrepreneur, chemical and industrial engineer and holds an MBA.  He is director of Exploraciones sobre la libertad, a joint colloquia program between Liberty Fund and Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) and Treasurer and Trustee at UFM. He is the Director of the think tanks, CEES and RANA. He is a member of “Instituto Fe y Libertad”, APEE, “Philadelphia Society,” and the Mont Pelerin Society.  He is also a weekly columnist at Prensa Libre.

Guillermo Peña is a political economist focused on economic development through the private sector.  He is President of Fundación Eléutera, founded in 2013, where they focus on upward social mobility, migration, education, electricity market reform, e-government and bureaucratic simplification.

In the private sector, he is President of Orchid Properties, a special economic zone development company, and Managing Partner of Blackbeard Media Group, a brand and strategy firm.  He is also serves as a non-profiit board member of the Free Zone Association of the Americas, Asociación Nacional de Industriales (Honduras), and as the Vice Chair of the Honduran Electricity Market Operator (ODS)

Sergio Sarmiento is one of Mexico’s top print, radio and television journalists. His daily newspaper column is published by Reforma and is syndicated in more than 20 other newspapers throughout Mexico. Since 1997, he anchors La Entrevista con Sarmiento, Mexico’s longest-running political interview television show. He was news vice-president of TV Azteca, a national media network, and is now vice-president of TV Azteca’s Editorial Board. He anchors a daily news show at El Heraldo Radio. He is President of Caminos de la Libertad, a pro-liberty foundation of Grupo Salinas. Mr. Sarmiento was made chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters and has received the Order of Isabella the Catholic by the government of Spain.

Gonzalo Schwarz saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity while growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia. 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. This led Gonzalo to found the Archbridge Institute, an organization dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent individuals across the globe from bettering their lives.

While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at 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, the Latin American program, and the Sound Money Project. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs such as the Think Tank MBA and the Think Tank Leadership Training, focusing on outcome measurement and best practices.

Andrea Rondon is a Juris doctor, Procedural Law Specialist, honors (2006); LLM degree (2014) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She is a teacher at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and member of the Academic Committee of CEDICE Libertad.

Álvaro Vargas Llosa (born 18 March 1966) is a Peruvian-Spanish writer and political commentator and public speaker on international affairs. He is also the writer and presenter of a documentary series for National Geographic Channel on contemporary Latin American history that is being shown around the world. He leads the business advisory committee of the Fundación International para la Libertad (FIL). He was very involved in the struggle for the return of democracy in Peru at the end of the 1990s and the years 2000/1.

Bernardo Vidigal is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Born and raised there, Bernardo became acquainted with the liberty movement and SFL through his Alma Mater Ibmec Business School, a pro-market college in Brazil, where he majored in International Relations. Within Students For Liberty, Bernardo first joined as a volunteer, later being hired to work with SFL Brasil. He has since moved to Academic Programs and now works with Learn Liberty.

Matt Warner is president of Atlas Network, a nonprofit grantmaking organization committed to supporting local NGOs in more than 90 countries. Matt is the editor of Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies on Global Economic Development and coined the term "the outsider's dilemma" to describe the challenge of helping low-income countries develop without getting in the way of their most viable paths to prosperity. Matt writes, speaks, and consults internationally on the topics of economics, institution building, nonprofit management, and impact philanthropy. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Hill, Cato Journal, Forbes, Harvard's Education Next, and EconTalk, among others. Matt has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and is certified by Georgetown University in organizational development consulting. He is also a 2019-2020 Penn Kemble Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, a member of American Enterprise Institute's Leadership Network and a recipient of America's Future Foundation's 2019 Buckley Award. Matt and his wife Chrissy, an attorney, live in Vienna, Virginia with their four children.

María Cecilia Villegas is a lawyer from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the Universidad de Lima. She obtained a Master of Laws at the Law School of Duke University and a Master of International Public Policy at the School of International Studies (SAIS) from Johns Hopkins University. She is a specialist in public policy and development. She dedicates part of her time to research addressing issues of informality, poverty, social vulnerability, and exclusion and gender. She is Director of the Think Tank Respeto and Professor at the Universidad del Pacifico and the ESAN University. She publishes quarterly essays on the Economic Focus blog.