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.

Maria Corina Machado - Member of Parliament, Venezuela

Maria Corina Machado is a Member of Parliament in Venezuela, representing the state of Miranda. She won the seat in 2010 by a historically large voting margin. Machado currently leads the Independent Parliamentary Faction and sits on the Interior Policy Committee. After being the only independent presidential candidate in Venezuela running in the opposition primaries in February 2012, she is now a national coordinator for the opposition's presidential campaign, Comando Venezuela, leading and organizing efforts that focus on independent voters and civil society supporters of the Unity platform. Previously, Machado was Co-Founder and Chairwoman of SUMATE, Venezuela's leading watchdog for electoral transparency and promoter of civil and political rights. Under her guidance, SUMATE's network of volunteers grew to include more than 30,000 members from all over Venezuela. In 2004, SUMATE successfully organized national petition-signing drives that reached more than a quarter of all registered voters in the country. Machado has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and a post-graduate degree in Finance. She is a 2009 Yale World Fellow.

Former Governor Luis Fortuño - Center for Economic Renewal, Excellence and Growth, Puerto Rico

Luis G. Fortuño was born October 31, 1960, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The son of a dentist, Fortuño was educated at a private high school and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s of science in foreign service in 1982. He attended law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, earning a J.D. in 1985, after which he returned to Puerto Rico and began practicing at one of the island’s premier law firms. He made a name for himself in the legal world of corporate finance, and in 1993 he was appointed executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, where he worked to attract new business to the island. In 1994 PNP governor Pedro Rosselló selected Fortuño to lead Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce, an umbrella agency that was responsible for the oversight of several government bureaus. Fortuño and his wife, Lucé, have triplets (two sons and a daughter).

In 2008, Fortuño ran for governor of Puerto Rico against incumbent Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá. Federal prosecutors had indicted Acevedo-Vilá earlier in the year on multiple counts of violating campaign finance law, and though he was cleared of all wrongdoing a few months later, the incident cast a long shadow over the campaign. The island needed new leadership in order to “re-establish the people’s confidence in their government,” Fortuño said. That November Fortuño won the governor’s mansion by a wide margin.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Dean Ball - Manhattan Institute, United States

Dean Ball is the Director of the Adam Smith Society. In this role he oversees strategy, national and chapter-based programming, and initiatives to grow SmithSoc’s membership. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of MI’s State and Local Policy team, managing scholars covering issues such as public finance, infrastructure, K-12 education, and urban policy. In addition to his role with the Adam Smith Society, he oversees MI’s Hayek Book Prize, its Walter B. Wriston Lecture, and its MI on Campus program. He graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in History in 2014, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Pancho Búrquez - Ola Libertad, Mexico

Pancho Búrquez is a businessman and, sometimes, he is involved in politics. He is an industrial engineer and a MBA. He was President of COPARMEX-Noroeste, Mayor of Hermosillo (Sonora), President of the Sonora Council for Investment Promotion and the only libertarian Senator in the history of Mexico.

In the Senate, Pancho presented bills for a single flat tax, to enshrine the Right of Private Property in the Constitution, to establish a nationwide school vouchers system, to eliminate all tariffs and other trade restrictions, a Constitutional amendment for a balanced budget, among others. Currently he is an entrepreneur in the aeronautical sector and President of OLA LIBERTAD. A citizen’s platform to promote freedom and to tackle down the government size and powers.

Professor Walter Castro - Fundación Libertad, Argentina

Walter Castro holds a PhD in Economics from ESEADE University Institute; a Master in Economics from the same institution and a Master in Business Administration from Universidad del CEMA. He is a Certified Public Accountant with a degree from the National University of Rosario (UNR). He has been Ordinary Associate Professor of Graduate and Postgraduate studies for more than 25 years at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA Rosario), where he also coordinates the Chair of Economics. He is in charge of Academic Affairs at Fundación Libertad. He also serves as coordinator of the "Ideas de Libertad" Program, co-organized with the Liberty Fund of the United States. He is Professor of Institutions in Economics of the University of the Latin American Educational Center. In addition, he is a Tenured Graduate Professor by Contest at the UNR, and dictates the subject "Macroeconomics" in the Master of Business Management of the Faculty of Engineering. In 2017 he was appointed Associate Professor at UCA. Having already served more than 25 years in specialized journalism, he currently hosts his radio program "El Regreso" on a daily basis on CNN Radio Rosario, and participates weekly as an economic columnist for a television program broadcast by Cablevisión.

Since 1992 he has been a Founding Partner of "Castro y Fernández", a consultancy specialized in business re-engineering and consulting.

Enrique Ghersi - Catholic University and The University of Lima, Peru

Enrique Ghersi is a professor of Law & Economics at Lima's Catholic University and The University of Lima. He is also a visiting professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala) and Honorary Professor of Universidad Laica Vicente Rocarfuerte (Guayaquil) and Honorary Professor of Universidad César Vallejo (Trujillo). Honoris Causa Doctor in Social Sciencies at Francisco Marroquin University {Guatemala) and Adjunt Scholar of Cato lnstitute {Washington D.C.} and member of Mont Pelerin Society, Philadelphia Society and The Latin American Law & Economics Association. Co-author of the book “The Other Path” with Hernando de Soto and Mario Ghibellini. Former Congressman for Lima.

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.

Axel Kaiser - Fundación para el Progreso, Chile

Axel Kaiser is a lawyer with a Master of Arts and a PhD from Heidelberg University, Germany. He is the co founder and executive director Fundación para el Progreso in Santiago de Chile and the director of the Friedrich Hayek Chair at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. He is an opinion columnist and a best selling author.  

Martín Krause - University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Martín Krause is a Chair Professor of Economics at the Law School, University of Buenos Aires, the largest university in the country, where he is also a professor at the School of Economics. He teaches Political Economy at the first, and History of Economic Thought at the second. He is a Visiting Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, and at OMMA-Ayau, an online program offering graduate courses based in Madrid, Spain. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he is also an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute from Washington, D.C.; and a member of the Academic Council of Fundación Libertad y Progreso, a think tank in Buenos Aires.

Beltrán Gómez Híjar - Instituto Político para la Libertad, Perú

Beltrán Gómez Híjar is Co-founder and Vice-President of the Political Institute for Freedom (IPL-Peru). He is a Political scientist and has a Masters in Administration and Social Management from the National University Federico Villarreal (Peru). Additionaly, he is an articulator and lecturer on political issues, currently a department politician of the Embassy of Japan in Peru and a teacher at the Professional School of Science Politics of the National University of San Marcos (Lima).

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.

Sary Levy-Carciente - Academia Nacional de Ciencias Económicas (ANCE), Venezuela

Sary Levy-Carciente is an economist with a Doctorate in Development Studies, a Master's Degree in International Economy and, Specialization in Cs. Administrative. She is also the director of the National Academy of Economic Sciences in Venezuela and professor of the Central University of Venezuela, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Cs. Economic and Social. Additionally, she was a Fullbright Visiting Scholar of the Center for Polymer Studies (Boston University) and the Dept. of Economics (UMASS). She is responsible for the calculation and analysis of the International Index of Property Rights, is as a business consultant, and has been a speaker at various meetings as an academic and a professional.

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.

Carlos Augusto Chacón Monsalve - Centro de Estudios Libertad y Paz, Colombia

Carlos Augusto Chacón Monsalve was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia on April 12, 1982 and is a Lawyer of the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, Master in National Security and Defense of the Escuela Superior de Guerra of Colombia, Master in Political and International Studies of the Universidad del Rosario. Former fellow of the European Parliament in Brussels. In 2018, together with his wife Luisa Fernanda Sierra, they created the Centro de Estudios Libertad y Paz. With 15 years of experience in issues of development and regulatory harmonization, management and parliamentary diplomacy, political control and legislative technical assistance. He has served as Deputy Secretary of Political Affairs of the Andean Parliament. Since 2008 he has served as Technical Secretary in the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly -EUROLAT and since 2016 he has been the Co-secretary of the Security Working Group, Fight against Organized and Transnational Crime, and Terrorism.

Libertad y Paz is a Think Tank with the mission to promote knowledge and contribute to the debate and decision-making process of strategic ideas intended to build a free, pacific, safe and prosperous society. A society founded on the supreme and indivisible value of individual and economic freedoms, inalienable to all human beings and a society which guarantees the outmost respect to life, private property and freedom. We promote and defend free markets, private initiatives and voluntary exchanges, as power units to generate wealth and overcome poverty.  All of this within a legal and institutional framework, governed by the rule of law, the division of powers, accountability, equality under the law, a limited and reduced government, diminution of public spending and indebtedness. 

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.

Gonzalo Schwarz - Archbridge Institute, USA

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. 

Dr. Lyall Swim - Atlas Network, USA

Dr. Lyall Swim is the vice president of training and events 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 organization 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.

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.

Rod Richardson - Grace Richardson Fund, United States

Rod Richardson is President of Grace Richardson Fund, a private foundation that pioneers new free market solutions for critical issues in gridlock. A strategy of collaborative policy innovation led Rod to co-found the Clean Capitalist Coalition, a group of think tanks and scholars exploring outside-the-box, laissez-faire policy solutions that reduce tax, trade, regulatory and market barriers, to accelerate innovation and deployment for clean free enterprise. He also co-founded the Clean Capitalist Leadership Council, a group of clean capitalists, conservation conservatives and environmental donors lending advice and support to this work. In 2015 GRF invited policy makers to collaborate on exploring a powerful new class of “liberdynamic-lift” policies – Clean Tax Cuts – that could be designed by targeting tax barriers, applying traditional supply side tax rate cuts to increasingly profitable clean free enterprise, to accelerate clean capital flows (both human and financial) without the downsides of either current subsidies or punitive pollution taxes or regulations. In 2018, Clean Free Market proposals expanded that exploration to include trade and market based barriers, aiming to mobilize huge global private capital markets by maximizing economic freedoms for clean free enterprise.  As a columnist for The American Spectator, Rod makes the case that clean capitalism and basic economic freedoms go hand-in-hand, and can best be expanded, together, side by side.  These new concepts and proposals have been developed collaboratively by transpartisan expert-level “charrette” working groups and teams, convening, more than 300 scholars and experts to explore and shape these proposals.  Since 2016, such policy design discussions have been co-convened by a variety of groups, including: Living Room Conversations; The Jack Kemp Foundation; Rocky Mountain Institute; The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University; R Street Institute, American Sustainable Business Council; The Nature Conservancy; Earth Day Texas; American Renewable Energy Institute, ASU LightWorks, and this year, by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy; Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum; American Council for Capital Formation; Atlas Network, Center for Latin America; and MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT CEEPR).  Rod’s current work is strongly influenced by innovative grant making strategies he helped oversee during his service as a Governor of the Smith Richardson Foundation, starting in the Reagan era.  

María Teresa Romero - Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela

Journalist with a Master's and Doctorate in Political Sciences and International Relations (University of Pittsburgh, United States, and at the Central University of Venezuela, UCV). She is a retired full professor  from the School of International Studies at the UCV, she has also been a teacher and researcher at several foreign universities, such as the University of Salamanca in Spain, and John Fisher College, Miami Dade College, Johns Hopkins University and Florida International University in the USA. She has had a long career as a journalist, analyst and political consultant, and is the author of several books and specialized articles on Venezuelan and Latin American foreign policy, as well as three political biographies. Her more recent publication is titled The Fight that does not finish: political life of Rafael Guerra Ramos (2017). She currently serves as Director of the International Institute for Democracracy in the United States and has been appointed by the Venezuelan National Assembly as ambassador in Guatemala.

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.