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Daniel Anthony is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the 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.

Peter J. Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center.  He received his PhD in economics from George Mason University in 1989.  Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, Boettke taught at New York University. Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic years and the F. A. Hayek Fellow in 2004 and 2006 at the London School of Economics.  The author of numerous books and articles, he has a particular interest in the ways that institutional arrangements shape entrepreneurial behavior in transitioning, weak, and failed states.  His publications include Why Perestroika Failed: The Politics and Economics of Socialist Transformation, Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy, Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School, Robust Political Economy for the 21st Century, and Living Economics: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  

Gabriel Calzada is president of UFM, the pioneering free-market university founded in 1971 in Guatemala. He is current president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and board member of the Mont Pelerin Society.  In his native Spain, he was founding president of Juan de Mariana Institute, a think-tank that has gained international relevance for the impact of its innovative research and, a two-time recipient of Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award. His 2009 study on the negative impact of the Spanish government’s promotion of “green jobs” reverberated around the world. In Spain, subsidies in place since 1996 were reversed. The study—featured on Fox News, Glenn Beck, and John Stossel—along with Gabriel’s testimony before the U.S. Congress helped bury that initiative.  He holds a doctorate in economics from Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain, and has published over 1000 articles in national and international media. He has served as professor of economics at Rey Juan Carlos University and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Gabriel also specializes in environmental and energy economics, the Austrian business cycle, and defense economics. He is passionate about cinematography and teaches a class in cinematographic language at UFM’s film school. He spends his weekends adventuring along the back roads of Guatemala with his wife Karen, three daughters, and two border collies.

Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller 'Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World', and Sunday Times bestseller 'Vote Leave'. His latest book is 'What Next: How to get the best from Brexit'.

Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council from March 2006 to December 2008 after having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006. Early in his career he practiced law and then went into business as an associate in a company specializing in employee training. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Kelly-Gagnon served on the boards of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST). He was one of six people from Quebec honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. The winners were chosen from among 1,100 nominees by an independent selection committee. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon serves on several boards of directors, including that of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which disburses several hundred million dollars a year in order to finance Canada's research infrastructure. He is back at the helm of the MEI since January 2009.

Greg Lindsay is the executive director and founder of the Centre for Independent Studies in Australia. While studying philosophy at Macquarie University in the early 1970s, Mr Lindsay became interested in the ideas underpinning a free and open society. A maths teacher by training, Mr Lindsay taught for some years at Richmond High School in Western Sydney, and while there, founded the Centre in 1976. Since then, he has overseen the development of CIS into Australia's largest independent think tank covering the three major policy areas – economic, social and international. He has been active in the international liberal movement and is a former President of The Mont Pelerin Society.

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, ForbesFox NewsAmerican SpectatorAmerican Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network. 

Stephanie Giovanetti Lips joined Atlas Network in 2007 and currently serves as Atlas Network’s Director of Outreach. Additionally, Stephanie oversees Atlas Network’s flagship events, which include Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner and the Think Tank MBA. She previously served as Atlas Network’s Director of Communications and Events. Before joining Atlas Network, Stephanie served as a meeting and event planner for a variety of for profit and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves on several community boards. Mother of three and originally from New York, she earned her BA degree from Marymount University in Virginia.

James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation, a private grant-making foundation located in New York City.  The foundation has broad charitable interests in the fields of education, religion, and problems of youth.  Mr. Piereson is also a senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute in New York.

Mr. Piereson was executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation from 1985 through 2005 when, following longstanding plans, the foundation disbursed its remaining assets and closed its doors.  The John M. Olin Foundation maintained program interests in public affairs and public policy, and awarded grants in these areas to support research, fellowships, books and journals, and television documentaries.  Most of its funds were allocated each year to major universities and private research institutions.

Mr. Piereson is also trustee of the William E. Simon Foundation. He serves on the boards of several other tax exempt institutions, including The Pinkerton Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, The Center for Individual Rights, The Philanthropy Roundtable, the Foundation for Cultural Review (Chairman), the American Spectator Foundation, Donors Trust, the William F. Buckley Program at Yale University, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Institute.

He is also a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Searle Freedom Trust.  He is a member of the selection committee for the Hayek Book Prize, and a member of the publication committees of City Journal and National Affairs. 

Mr. Piereson is the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism (Encounter Books, 2007), and Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order (Encounter Books, 2015).  He is also the author of The Inequality Hoax (Encounter, 2014) and Why Redistribution Fails (Encounter, 2015).

He has also published articles and reviews in numerous journals, including Commentary, The New Criterion, The American Political Science Review, The Public Interest, Philanthropy, The American Spectator, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and The Washington Post.