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José Piñera is a Chilean economist, one of the famous Chicago Boys, who served as minister of Labor and Social Security, and Minister of Mining. He is the architect of Chile's private pension system based on personal retirement accounts and the author of Chile’s Constitutional Mining Law. Piñera has been called "the world's foremost advocate of privatizing public pension systems" as well as "the Pension Reform Pied Piper" (by the Wall Street Journal). He is now Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Founder and President of the International Center for Pension Reform, Senior Fellow at the Italian think tank Istituto Bruno Leoni, and member of the Advisory Board of the Vienna-based Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe. José Piñera is a Board Member in Chile and an active supporter of SOS Children's Villages, the largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity in the world. Dr. Piñera is also the editor of the magazine Economía y Sociedad, relaunched in November 2016. 

John Tomasi 

Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Philosophy, is a Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Brown University, where he has twice been awarded University prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is the founding director of the Political Theory Project, an independent research center at Brown that supports scholarship and encourages political dialogue on campus. Tomasi also holds an appointment at the University of Arizona's Center for the Philosophy of Freedom where he is a University Associate and Research Professor. Tomasi received his B.A. from Colby College and did his graduate work in political philosophy at the University of Arizona (M.A.) and Oxford University (B.Phil., D.Phil.). He has held positions at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, the Department of Philosophy at Stanford, and the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Tomasi is the author of Liberalism Beyond Justice (Princeton, 2001) and Free Market Fairness (Princeton, 2012).

Jose Ramon Valente - Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism, Chile 

José Ramon Valente is the current Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile. During the last two decades, he has been a permanent and active actor on public policies, macroeconomic issues and financial markets in Chile. He has been a board member at several Chilean and foreign companies and was a columnist for La Tercera newspaper, El Libero online newspaper and radio panellist on Radio Duna. Valente has an MBA from University of Chicago (1988) and graduated with his bachelor degree in economics in Universidad de Chile in (1985).

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Pelayo Covarrubias - Univerity of Desarrollo, Chile

Pelayo Covarrubias is Director of Institutional Relationship at Univerity of Desarrollo and President of País Digital Foundation. A Business Engineer and MBA with extensive experience as a consultant to numerous companies and public organizations, in matters related to education, telecommunications, concessions, transport and other sectors of the economy. He has led various projects at the University of Desarrollo, the Municipality of Santiago, the SIPSA holding and the Bank Edwards among others. In 1999 he received the Young Leader of the Year award given by Diario Financiero, a Chilean business daily. He has also served as Director of economics and business of El Mercurio newspaper, the Santiago’s Municipal Theatre among other companies. Pelayo is currently President

of the Fundación País Digital and Director of Institutional Relations at the University of Desarrollo. Fundación País Digital is an institution that works for the development and massification of technology in Chile in the areas of education, smart cities, and digital development and the University of Desarrollo is known not only for its academic excellence but also for its entrepreneurial hallmark. This feature has earned it a place of privilege in higher education in Chile and Latin America a mere 20 years since it was founded.
 Entrepreneurship is a characteristic that distinguishes its students and professors.

Dr. Roberto Salinas León - Mexico Business Forum, Mexico

Dr. Roberto Salinas León is President of the Mexico Business Forum, in Mexico City, where he works on a variety of projects of policy analysis, investment advisory and economic Consultancy. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy, History and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph. D. in Philosophy, 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 is currently Senior Debate Fellow and Debate Lecturer, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, Vermont. He has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past twenty-five years in Mexico, including the annual roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009. He is President of Alamos Alliance, which organizes an annual economic and policy symposium in Álamos, Sonora. For twenty-five years, this gathering has hosted the most recognized names in economic policy in Latin America and the world, as well as some of the most distinguished minds in the field of economics. He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including occasional 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. He is occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latinamerica, CNCB, the BBC, and others. 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.

Sergio Melnick - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile

Sergio Melnick is a Chilean commercial engineer from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Ph.D in Planning/Future Research and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UCLA. General manager and member of the board of directors of several companies. He was executive director of two tv channels and commentator on technology issues on two tv channels. Minister of state during Augusto Pinochet military government. Currently member of the board of directors of Universidad Mayor and professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez; columnist of different magazines and professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Business School. He is also business consultant and also conferencist at ICARE and ENADE. His favourites topics are: technology, strategy, innovation, management, awareness, creativity, and spirituality. Publications: Among other books, he wrote, E-business, Sí o Sí,3, ETAN, Estrategia, Tecnología, Adaptabilidadm y Negocios,4, Modelo, Drivers De Valor Para Los Negocios Y Organizaciones Modernas.

Agustín Etchebarne - Libertad y Progreso, Argentina

Agustín Etchebarne (General Director of Libertad y Progreso) is an economist specialized in economic development, strategic marketing and international markets. He was an economics professor at the University of Buenos Aires and ESEADE and currently teaches at the University of Belgrano. He is a member of Red Liberal de Latinoamerica (RELIAL) and the Ethics and Political Economy Institute of the Nation Academy of Political and Moral Sciences. He was a founder of Delphos Investment and C&E Consulting. Etchebarne also served as president of the Republic Investment Management, fund manager at Fondos Aleph and executive at Techint and Medsystem. He was president and founder of Ciudadanos por el Cambio, executive director of Democracia Directa and founder and director of Foro Republicano.

Carlos Montúfar - Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Carlos Montúfar is an Ecuadorian physicist devoted to education throughout his whole life. He studied undergraduate and graduate programs in the University of Notre Dame where he earned his Ph.D. in Physics. Carlos is a Liberal Arts firm believer and was one of the founders of Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, the top university in Ecuador after just 30 years of foundation. In 1995, Carlos was also one of the founders of Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito (Elementary, Middle and High School) recognized as one of the best in the city. The school has over 1,600 students and owns the AdvancEd accreditation, one of the most important in the world. Recently, a new campus in Guayaquil was opened with overwhelming acceptance. The success of these institutions lays over the quality of their teachers, its curriculum based in Liberal Arts and the foundational principles of “Goodness, Beauty and Truth.” Carlos strongly believes that education is essential for development and transcendental for the future of a country. Particularly, he considers that education in science and technology is the only way in which a country can move into the future.

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.

Brad Lips - Atlas Network, USA

Brad Lips has served as Atlas Network's Chief Executive Officer since 2009, after previously acting as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He co-founded an Internet startup (subsequently sold to DoubleDutch), after spending his first years out of college at an online service provider while writing for music magazines. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily Caller, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network. 

Ramón Parellada Cuadrado -  Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala

Ramón Parellada Cuadrado is an entrepreneur of several companies in flexible packaging, blow molding and plastics recycling; director of Exploraciones sobre la libertad, a joint colloquia program between Liberty Fund and Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM); treasurer of UFM; Director of CEES (Centro de Estudios Económico-Sociales) and RANA (Red de Amigos de la Naturaleza), Columnist at Siglo21 and RepúlbicaGT; Member of The Mont Pelerin Society and Philadelphia Society; former president of Antigua Forum.

Axel Kaiser B. - Fundación para el Progreso, Chile

Axel Kaiser B. (FPP Executive Director) Bachelor in Legal and Social Sciences from Diego Portales University, Lawyer, a Masters Degree in Investment, Commerce and Stock Trade, and Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He's a regular columnist for the newspapers Financiero and El Mercurio. University professor, winner of several international awards, including the Hayek Essay Contest of the Mont Pelerin Society, of which he is currently a member. Author of several books, including “The Upcoming Chile” (2007), “The Fatal Ignorance” (2009), “The Misery of Interventionism” (2012), and “The Tyranny of Equality” (2015), he is also co-author with Gloria Álvarez of the book “The Populist Deception” (2016). Currently, he is the Executive Director of the liberal think tank at Fundación para el Progreso (FPP).

Armando Holzapfel H. - Fundación para el Progreso, Chile

Armando Holzapfel H. (FPP General Manager) Bachelor in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Since 2013, he is a member of the philanthropic area of the Drake Group, which includes, among others, the Ideas, Virtues, Elderly People, and Culture divisions. He is also the Manager of several foundations and leads the Society in Action project, together with the CPPUC. Between the years 2009 and 2012, he led the Coorporación de Adelanto Amigos de Panguipulli, in the XIVth region.

Rafael Rincón - Fundación para el Progreso, Chile

Rafael Rincón – Urdaneta Z. (FPP Director of Strategy, Innovation and International Relations) Bachelor in Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies and Graduate from the National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies of the Chilean Ministry of Defense. He worked in the transnational oil industry (Preussag Energie GmbH) and has been a consultant and professor (Adolfo Ibáñez University). He is the author of the book “From Consensus to Crossroads. The Debate Around the Chilean Model” (2013).

Cecilia G. de Vázquez Ger - Instituto Acton, Argentina

Cecilia G. de Vázquez Ger es casada, madre de tres hijos y abuela de Francisco. Es Licenciada en Economía por la Universidad de Buenos Aires, y Magíster en Economía y Ciencias Políticas por el ESEADE. Se ha desempeñado como profesora en temas de Economía en la Universidad Austral, UBA, Universidad de Belgrano, y ESEADE, en el área de Introducción a la Escuela Austríaca de Economía. Se desempeñó como investigadora en el Área de Investigaciones de ESEADE, y participó distintos coloquios Liberty Fund. Ha escrito cantidad de artículos sobre estos temas y ofrecido conferencias en diferentes lugares. Fue Gerente General de la Revista Criterio por seis años. Desde el 2005 se desempeña como Directora Ejecutiva del Think Tank Instituto Acton, del cual es co-fundadora.

Pablo Arosemena Marriott - Empresarial President of the Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Pablo Arosemena Marriott is a businessmen in the areas of commerce, services and consulting, president at the Commercial Chamber of Commerce at Guayaquil and at the Institute for Professional Developement - IDERPO, founder and partner at Entrepreneurial Intelligence (IE), has a PhD in Economics (ESADE, Argentina), an MA in Finances (Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile and ESADE, Spain), an MA in Politics (Francisco de Vitoria University/ Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain), is a Diplomat in Leadership (Georgetown University), is a professor of Business Environment Analysis - at ESPAE and UCSG MBA, designated among 150 most influential people in Latinamerica by the América Economía Ecuador 2016, Review, a Young Global Leader, 2017-2022, World Economic Forum, and Coauthor together with Pablo Lucio Paredes of: "La culpa es de las vacas flacas: ahorro, comercio, empleo y futuro".

Lorenzo Montanari - Property Rights Alliance, USA

Lorenzo Montanari is executive director of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) an advocacy research group affiliated with Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) for the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally.  He organized training workshops in Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. On the international stage, PRA works closely with famed property rights champion and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru, Hernando de Soto and other 110 think tanks.  At Property Rights Alliance, he is in charge of publishing the International Property Rights Index, an international comparative study focus on intellectual and physical property rights. Previously, Montanari worked for a public affairs firm and for the international department of the GSPM/George Washington University in Washington, DC as well as a political analyst and electoral observer in Latin America. Montanari holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and MA in Political Management from the George Washington University. He collaborates with Forbes, The Daily Caller, The Urban Folks (Japan), Formiche and Atlantico.

Luis Henrique Ball - PanAm Post, Venezuela

Luis Henrique Ball was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He attended High School in the United States and is an alumnus of Carnegie-Mellon University of Pittsburgh, Penn., with a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics. He also holds an advanced degree from I.E.S.A. in Caracas. Currently, Ball is chairman and CEO of GrupoCiencia and Allegheny Medical Systems LLC, both companies based in Boca Raton, Fla., that are engaged in the distribution of high-tech medical devices in a dozen Latin American countries. He is also the founder, publisher, and owner of PanAm Post, an online bilingual publication dedicated to news and opinion about the Americas.  PanAm Post has been certified by Google and Alexa as one of the top websites of its kind worldwide.

Rocio Guijarro​ - ​Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimiento Economico para la Libertad, Venezuela

Roccio 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).

Francisco Pérez Mackenna - Quiñenco, Chile 

Francisco Pérez has served as Chief Executive Officer of Quiñenco since 1998. He is currently Chairman of the Boards of Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores and of Enex, and Director of many Quiñenco Group companies, including Banco de Chile, CCU, Inversiones y Rentas, LQ Inversiones Financieras, ECUSA, CCU Argentina, Viña San Pedro Tarapacá, Foods, Cía. Pisquera de Chile, Banchile Corredores de Seguros, Madeco, Madeco Mills, Indalum, Nexans, and SM SAAM. Prior to joining Quiñenco, between 1991 and 1998, Mr Pérez was CEO of CCU. Mr Pérez has a degree in Business Administration from Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Bettina Horst - Libertad y Desarrollo, Chile 

Bettina Horst von Thadden is Deputy Director of Public Policy at the Libertad y Desarrollot Think Tank. She was previously a Senior Fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington DC. She was also a member of the Regional Council of the Metropolitan Region in Chile and head of the Monetary Area of the Chilean Central Bank's Research Department. She holds a master's degree in Economics with a minor in public policy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Guillermo Carey - Carey Law Firm, Chile 

Guillermo Carey is a partner at Carey, the largest law firm in Chile, and co-head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology, and Venture Capital and Private Equity Groups. He is also the head of the Life Sciences Group. Guillermo has advised high-impact Chilean technology companies on technology transfer, and the internationalization of these. He is currently the Chief Legal Counsel of Crystal Lagoons. He has also advised the Chilean Government on various fronts related to IP and transfer of technology.

Dario Paya  - Leadership Insitute, Chile 

Ambassador Dario Paya is the co-founder and secretary general of UDI, the largest political party of Chile. He served in the Congress of Chile for 16 years. He was first elected in 1993 by defeating one of the most prominent communist leaders for a seat which had been in the left´s hands for 60 years. In 1994 he founded The Leadership Institute-Chile, whose graduates include dozens of current members of Congress and Mayors. Dario Paya has trained friendly parties in 11 countries, including 7 presidential candidates. In 2010 he was appointed Ambassador of Chile to the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.

Jorge Acosta - Instituto Res Publica, Chile

Jorge Acosta is a physician for the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was recognized with the “Espíritu UC” Award in 2011 which is given to former students that embody the values of the university. He is the Executive Director and co-founder of Instituto Res Publica, a think tank dedicated to promoting the interest of young people in public issues, inspired by the ideas of liberty. Since 2016 he is Councilman at the Municipal Council of Santiago and is currently the most voted councilman holding the first electoral majority. He is a leading voice within Republicans, a young political movement member of the ruling coalition, ChileVamos.
 

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. 

Ulisses Ruiz de Gamboa - Centro Mackenzie de Libertad Económica, Brazil

Magister en Economía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. PHD en Economía, Universidad de Sao Paulo. Post Doctorado en Historia Económica, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA). Ex Consultor del Banco Mundial. Visiting Scholar en la University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Economista Senior de la Sao Paulo Chamber of Commerce. Professor e Investigador del Centro Mackenzie de Libertad Económica. Ex Consultor de la Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (SOFOFA). Ex Professor de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y de la Universidad del Desarrollo.

Daniel Anthony - Atlas Network, USA

Daniel Anthony is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications & Training at Atlas Network. He joined the team in 2014. He received his MBA in International Business from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and his BA in Foreign Languages from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Atlas Network, Daniel worked with one of the U.S.’s leading state-based, free-market think tanks, the Illinois Policy Institute. During his time there he oversaw all marketing and communications, playing a key role in winning a Templeton Freedom Award and an SPNovation Award. Prior to that, he worked as manager of client strategy and brand activation for Saatchi & Saatchi S, the sustainability division of the global ideas firm Saatchi & Saatchi. While with Saatchi, he worked with Walmart, General Mills, Procter & Gamble and NBCUniversal. Daniel has appeared on various media outlets, including Univision, FOX Chicago News, NBC Chicago and WGN Radio, focusing on topics such as government transparency and marketing and communications analysis. Daniel grew up living in Mexico and Singapore. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife Denise, and they spend their free time enjoying all things film, brunch, and southern Italian cuisine.

Rodrigo A. de Ouro Preto Santos - Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), Brazil

Rodrigo A. from Ouro Preto Santos has a Master of Laws (LLM) in Patent and Intellectual Property Laws from The George Washington University Law School. Rodrigo is also a General Counsel and Member of the Board of the Associação Brasileira da Propriedade Intellectual - ABPI. He has been a lawyer since 1992 and partner of Ouro Preto Advogados. 
 

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.

Jorge Errázuriz Grez - Fundación Errázuriz, Chile

Jorge is on the board of directors for Endeavor Chile and a member of the Group of Fifty, a network of Latin American business leaders, on the Board of Counsellors of Chile’s Center for Public Policy (CEP), a prestigious think tank. He is also a board member at the media group El Dínamo; the Arturo López Pérez Cancer Treatment Foundation FALP and Panal, a nonprofit Foundation that fosters political awareness among youth. He founded Celfin Capital S.A., an investment bank in Chile, in 1988. In 2012, Celfin Capital was merged with Banco BTG Pactual, a Latam investment bank operating in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. In 2016, Jorge created Fundación Errázuriz for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with it’s focus in promoting regional entrepreneurship projects in the 4th, 5th and 6th Region in Chile. He majored in economics and business administration at the Instituto de Economia, Universidad Católica de Chile. (1975)