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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'.

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Basanta Adhikari is the Founder and Director of Bikalpa-an Alternative; an organization which envisions a Nepal where rule of law is supreme and all citizens can have an equal opportunity to prosper in their own country and enjoy their rights to life, liberty and property. Prior to this, he has worked with Samriddhi-the Prosperity Foundation, leading “Gari Khana Deu” (Livable Nepal) campaign to promote the fundamental principles of rule of law, right to life and property, and Freedom to Enterprise. Mr. Adhikari also served as a volunteer for three years (1999-2002) at Youth Development Program in Biratnagar and joined Youth Initiative in 2007 where he worked with different stakeholders to educate and trained young people on the issue of civic leadership. He graduated from SungKongHoe University, Seoul, South Korea on Master’s in Inter-Asia NGOs Studies (MAINS). Besides this, Basanta is alumni of US Department of State IVLP program, Accountapreneur for Accountability Lab Accountability Incubator program and an Asia 21 young Leader’s fellow.

Martin Ågerup is president of CEPOS, a free market think tank located in Copenhagen, Denmark, which he cofounded in 2004. He has a B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Bristol, UK, and an MA in European Economics from the University of Exeter, UK. He is a former research fellow at the Copenhagen institute for Futures Studies aiding the decision-making process in both public and private organizations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present. Martin has also worked as a management consultant specializing in business development and strategy for government and corporate clients and ran his own small start-up management consultancy. During those years he took part in more than 100 events a year as a professional speaker. Martin is former chairman of Addition, an IT consulting business providing web solutions and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Danish European Movement. He has written four books and contributed to numerous anthologies. Martin writes a bi-weekly column for a Danish national paper and appears regularly in the media.

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.

Rachel Ayerst Manfredi is AEI’s managing director of development and strategic initiatives. She oversees AEI’s coalitions and external relations outreach to business and citizen leaders across the country, including the AEI Leadership Network. She also develops multi-million dollar venture philanthropy programs and strategic investment opportunities for individual, foundation, and corporate donors. Manfredi has developed AEI pitches for numerous efforts, including the Road to Freedom Project, the Program on Human Flourishing, and the Human Dignity Project. Together these initiatives have helped grow AEI’s annual revenues more than 150 percent since 2008. In 2010, Manfredi served as a consultant at the John Templeton Foundation assisting with grantmaking in their freedom and free enterprise portfolio. For the past five years, she has taught a popular seminar on metrics and measurement for nonprofit leaders.  She graduated from McGill University and holds a graduate degree from Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute.

Lawson Bader is president and CEO of DonorsTrust, a donor-advised fund/community foundation that works with donors and charities to promote limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility. Since its founding in 2000, DonorsTrust has granted more than $700 million to liberty-minded groups in academia and public policy. In addition to his foundation work, Lawson has more than 20 years of experience leading free-market research and advocacy groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a master’s in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University. Lawson is an avid reader of U.S. Civil War history, and will teach anybody about the joys of single malt whisky or wearing a kilt.

Elisa Bishop is Director of Institute Relations and Programs at Atlas Network. She manages the grants and awards programs of the Atlas Network, including the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award and the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program. Originally from Brazil, Elisa joined Atlas Network in 2010 as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow. She was the winner of the VI Donald Stewart Jr. Award presented by Instituto Liberal (Atlas Network’s partner in Rio de Janeiro) in 2009 and worked closely with Atlas Network’s Portuguese language platform, OrdemLivre.org, organizing annual freedom lecture tours and the first Brazilian liberty summer seminar in 2012. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria.

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.  

Marianna Brashear is the curriculum development and outreach manager at the Foundation for Economic Education aimed at teaching the humane values and ethical principles of free markets to FEE’s student audience. She is a Ukrainian immigrant whose life passion is to promote the ideas and virtues of liberty and free markets. Marianna has served as a Russian instructor for the US Air Force and is a huge advocate of homeschooling. For fun, Marianna is an accomplished ballroom and Latin dance instructor. She also enjoys international travel and reading about positive psychology and philosophy. Marianna holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Aspen University.

Dugan Bridges films have been featured in USA Today, New York Times, Huffington Post, and MSNBC. After studying film production at the University of Georgia, Dugan moved to New York City where he cut his teeth on projects for Samsung, Ford, and AT&T as the director of production for a marketing firm. Switching gears back into film, his feature The Little Tin Man went on to be distributed worldwide by Gravitas Ventures and screened at over 20 film festivals. In Los Angeles, Dugan freelanced with Dreamworks, Lionsgate, and Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) on the lot at Universal Studios. His recent screenplay Gravedigger has garnered the attention of Mary Parent (The Revenant), Roy Lee (The Departed), and Bill Block (Elysium). And having lost his first rep to rehab, Dugan finally feels validated that his love for film is greater than any agent’s love for a good party.

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Peter Calcagno is currently a Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston and directs the Center for Public Choice & Market Process, an undergraduate free market center. His primary areas of research are in applied microeconomics, specifically public choice economics and the political economy. Dr. Calcagno is a member of the Editorial Board of Journals of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and is a board member of the Public Choice Society. He has also served on the board of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Calcagno is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters, and the editor of Unleashing Capitalism: A Prescription for Economic Prosperity in South Carolina. He Earned his B.S. in Economics and History from Hillsdale College and Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. Prior to College of Charleston, he taught at Wingate University, Jacksonville State University, and Georgia State University.

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.

Cindy Cerquitella joined Atlas Network in 2006. She graduated from Hillsdale College, where she received a BA in Political Economy. Prior to attending Hillsdale, Cindy spent four years in Budapest, Hungary where her parents ran an International Christian School. Cindy is the director of the Atlas Leadership Academy, a new program launched in 2012. She develops training programs, both online and in person to serve the needs of the Atlas Network. Previously, she worked part-time as the Director of Programs, planning events for Americas Future Foundation.

Dr. Alex Chafuen serves as president of Atlas Network and has previously served as president and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its board in 2009. He joined Atlas Network in 1985 and worked alongside its founder, Sir Antony Fisher. He is a trustee of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and he's been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was a professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. Dr. Chafuen serves on several boards including the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Fraser Institute (Canada), and is Honorary Active Member and member of the Member’s Committee of the John Templeton Foundation, the World Charity Foundation, and The Templeton Religion Trust. He is a member of the board of advisers of The Philanthropic Enterprise, and was a member of the founding committee of Donors Trust. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. Dr. Chafuen is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, writing a column called “Intellectual Entrepreneurs” which focuses on think tanks and policy scholars. He received the Global Leadership Award from the Leadership Institute, the Bow Group (U.K.), the World Congress of Families/Howard Center for Family, and recently received the 2014 Walter Judd Freedom Award. His book Faith and Liberty about the Christian roots of free-market economics has been published in several editions in seven countries. In 2010, Atlas Network recognized Dr. Chafuen for 25 years of service.

Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright joined IHS in November 2016 with an accomplished record as an academic leader, scholar, and educator. From 2012 to 2016 she served as provost and dean at Washington College and was previously the Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics and associate dean at Beloit College. Emily earned her PhD in economics from George Mason University and has published six books. She is a former W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and received the excellence in teaching award from Beloit College, a Distinguished Alumna Award from George Mason University, and the 2014 Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award.

Brian Lee Crowley is Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. MLI is the only think tank in Ottawa dealing with the full spectrum of issues falling under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Institute, which opened its doors officially in March 2010, fills a glaring gap in Canada’s democratic infrastructure. Prior to MLI’s founding, Canada was the only G7 country not to have such a full-service think tank in its national capital speaking to the national electorate, policy decision-makers and opinion leaders, about national policy. MLI exists to make poor quality public policy in Ottawa unacceptable to Canadians and their political and opinion leaders, by proposing thoughtful alternatives through non-partisan and independent research and commentary.

Franklin Cudjoe is the founding president and chief executive officer of the IMANI Center for Policy and Education, which is dedicated to the promotion of the institutions of a free society throughout Africa. IMANI has been consistently ranked among the top 10 think tanks in Africa and among the top 100 worldwide. Cudjoe is also general editor of AfricanLiberty.org. He has consulted the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa, and in 2010 led the World Bank's Africa region's task force. He has won two John Templeton Foundation awards and is the only named think tank leader in the Africa Report's 2012 “Top 50 Africans”. Cudjoe was named a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012. He is an Earhart Doctoral Fellow at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation's Think Tank MBA program and the Montreal Economic Institute's Think Tank Training program.

Marty Cummins, Jr is a Florida Licensed Attorney since 1984, a Florida Real Estate Broker, business consultant, and entrepreneur. He attended Duke University School of Law in 1973/74 and graduated from Ohio State University’s School of Law in 1976, becoming a member of the Bar that same year. Since 2005, Marty has practiced law, served as a business consultant while he and his wife have continued to conduct their book business from the internet and specialty convention bookshops around the country. In the summer of 2007, Marty began the EB5 Regional Center petition process.

Simeon Djankov, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, was deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. Djankov is director of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics. Previously he was rector of the New Economic School in Russia and a visiting lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He was associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics from 2004 to 2009 and chairman of the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2012–13. He is also a member of the Knowledge and Advisory Council at the World Bank. He has published over 70 articles in professional journals. He obtained his doctorate in economics in 1997 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Richard Durana is a co-founder of INESS – Institute of Economic and Social Studies, leading Slovak economic think tank. Since its inception in January 2006 he is Director of INESS.

He has published numerous articles published in Slovak and foreign newspapers, magazines and books and he has appeared frequently in broadcast media. He is a co-author of several books and studies and he is a frequent speaker at various domestic and international conferences and lecturer at international forums and local events. Fields of his professional interest include public finance, economic and social policy, and entrepreneurial environment, effects of regulation, labor market, and intellectual property rights.

Dr. Richard Durana holds M.Sc. in organic chemistry and Ph.D. in biochemistry. Prior working at INESS he was working as a research scientist at the Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he was developing vaccines.

Nouh El Harmouzi is the editor of the Arabic-language news and analysis site, MinbarAlHurriyya.org, of the Atlas Network and university professor at Ibn Toufail University in Kenitra, Morocco. He is also the Director of Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies.

Javier El-Hage is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and the chief legal officer of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, an organization that promotes civil and political liberties in closed societies around the world. El-Hage has several publications in the fields of comparative constitutional law and international law. El-Hage's opinions have been published in journals in the US, Europe and Latin America, including the Washington Post, Wired and El País, and he has appeared on television outlets such as CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. In 2017, Deusto published the second edition of El-Hage's Spanish translation of Thomas Sowell’s classic book “Basic Economics.”    

Robert Enlow was an integral part of the Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice from its founding in 1996 before the establishment of EdChoice in 2016. He served as fundraiser, projects coordinator, vice president and executive director prior to being named president and CEO of the Foundation in 2009.

Under his leadership, EdChoice has become one of the nation’s most respected and successful advocates for educational choice, working in dozens of states to advance parental freedom in education by disseminating research, undertaking training, sponsoring seminars, conducting advertising campaigns and investing in and organizing community leaders.

Robert has authored numerous articles, book chapters and op-eds that have appeared in journals, books and papers across the country. He is also the co-editor of Liberty and Learning: Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty.

Prior to joining EdChoice, Robert lived and worked in England where he worked at St. Botolph’s Project, an organization providing care and services to homeless men, women and families. While in England, he also served on the school board of two inner-city schools in London—Hillmead Infants and Juniors School—where he chaired the finance committee.

Agustín Etchebarne 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. Now he is General Director of Libertad y Progreso.

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Federico N. Fernández is President of Fundación Internacional Bases (Rosario, Argentina) and a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria). He is also the president of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century,” which has taken place every two years since 2006 in Rosario (Argentina). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade. 

He is author of scholarly articles, he is member of the Editorial Board of the academic journal “Libertas Segunda Época,” editor of the book “De Viena a Rosario. Ensayos para una sociedad abierta”, and he is the co-editor of the books “La escuela austríaca de economía en el siglo XXI” and “An Austrian in Argentina: Essays in honor of Alberto Benegas Lynch (Jr).”

Fernández writes for the popular press and blogs on the “Free Market Diaries,” “Values4Europe,” and “La Opinión Incómoda.”

Casey Given is Young Voices’ Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer of its Board of Directors. Casey joined Young Voices in January 2014 when it was a project of Students For Liberty and oversaw the project’s transition to an independent nonprofit in May 2016. Casey has also served as Students For Liberty’s Director of Communications. Casey is a political columnist at Rare and contributor at The Washington Examiner. Casey holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a Master’s in Public Policy candidate at The George Washington University.

Hilary Gowins is the vice president of communications for the Illinois Policy Institute. 

Before taking the helm of the communications team, Hilary managed the Institute's award-winning team of writers and editors, who produce informative, compelling and persuasive content. Hilary writes about a broad range of topics including Chicago food truck and food cart laws, criminal justice reform, and budget and tax issues, and has received two Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club, as well as a PR News Award for her writing. 

Before joining the Institute, Hilary was a reporter at the Northwest Herald, where she covered local government and wrote enterprise stories focusing on politics at the state level. During her time at the Northwest Herald, she was awarded an Illinois Press Association award for feature writing. Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Kenyon College and her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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 Network, 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, sponsored by the United States Information Agency (USIA).

Rainer Heufers is the founder and executive director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decision-making processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government. Heufers is also the founder and managing director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counselling, public policy consulting, leadership training, organizational development and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network. Heufers designed the first Atlas Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings of the Atlas Network where top think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations. He lives in Indonesia.

Randy Hicks is the president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), an independent, non-partisan organization that conducts public policy research and mobilizes community resources to address the three elements of the success sequence: education, employment, and family formation. Under Hicks’ leadership, GCO has led successful statewide efforts to improve access to quality education for low-income children, promote stronger families, boost adoption safety, and increase employment opportunities for ex-offenders and the chronically underemployed.

Dustin Hurst serves as the Communication Director for the Idaho Freedom Foundation. He attended college at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and Boise State University in Boise. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, with a minor in Political Science. Before joining IdahoReporter.com, Dustin worked as a social media coordinator and reporter for Watchdog.org, a nationally recognized good journalism organization. His work there has been featured or recognized by Fox News, Human Events, Reason.com, TownHall.com, Public Sector Inc. HotAir and The Daily Caller, among others. Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes also tweeted one of Dustin’s stories.5 Dustin lives in Middleton with his beautiful wife, Julia, and two wonderful kids. 

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Linda Kavuka Kiguhi began promoting the Ideas of Liberty in 2013 on joining SFL as a Charter Teams Member. She was later accepted to the Inaugural African Executive Board in 2014, serving as Regional Director for East Africa where she helped to launch SFL in the region. She served as chair of the African Executive Board in 2015 and is the host of the annual Eastern African Regional Conference. On behalf of African Students For Liberty Kenya Linda was selected to represent the youth interest in the project ,” Fostering Issue Based Political Dialogue in Kenya towards the 2018 General Elections,” a project in partnership with Liberal Alliance Denmark, Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Eastern African Policy Centre January 2016 – November 2017. Linda completed a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nairobi and the Advocates Training Program from the Kenya School of Law. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and previously practiced law at Muma and Kanjama Advocates. Linda recently joined Students For Liberty as staff and is the current African Programs Manager. 

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.

Matt Kibbe is President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning Millenials on to the values of liberty. He is also President of AlternativePAC, a political organization supporting Liberty candidates for federal office including  Gary Johnson for President in 2016. . Kibbe is also a senior editor at Conservative Review. In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, where he served as President for 11 years. He also served as Senior Advisor to a Rand Paul superPAC. Kibbe has worked as chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman, an economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and at the Republican National Committee.Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is most recently author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto(HarperCollins 2014).  He appears frequently on national media, including FOX News, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and CSPAN.

Terry Kibbe is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Free the People, which uses pop-culture and video story-telling to turn on the liberty-curious. She is also a Senior Advisor to AlternativePAC, a SuperPAC which supported Libertarian Gary Johnson’s Presidential campaign.During the 2016 GOP primary, she was a fundraiser for a SuperPAC supporting U.S. Senator Rand Paul for President. Terry was also President of Curated Innovation, a medical research foundation delivering breakthrough products that save and improve lives. From 2009 to 2014, Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands. She has more years than she cares to admit of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Júlio César Bratz Lamb received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and his specialized degree in Economic and Business Strategic Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). Currently he serves as president of IEE – Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (Instituto de Estudos Empresariais, in Portuguese), having also served in 2016/2017 as institutional relations director. He is also manager at Lamb Construções, a family-run construction business.

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.

Richard N. Lorenc is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). FEE is making the ideas of liberty familiar and credible to the rising generation. As COO, Lorenc supports FEE’s business unit leaders, supervises program measurement, directs artwork and corporate communications, and participates in fundraising and strategic planning. Lorenc also serves as managing director of FEE’s Youth Education & Audience Research (“YEAR”) project to develop and promote new content and distribution techniques for free-market ideas.

Lorenc is involved in a variety of civic, educational, and professional development organizations. He serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., an advocacy group established to place meaningful controls on federal spending. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of America’s Future Foundation (AFF), the nation’s premier network of liberty-minded young professionals.

Carrie L. Lukas is the president of Independent Women's Forum. Lukas is the co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women, and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing.  She is also a contributor to National Review, Forbes.com, and Acculturated; and the vice president for policy and economics at Independent Women's Voice.

Lukas has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Post. Carrie has testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. 

Before joining IWF in 2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and at the Cato Institute. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  She lives with her husband and five children in Virginia. 

Karen Maeyens is the coordinator of Ongoing Learning for faculty at UFM, facilitation trainer, former director of Michael Polanyi College at UFM, founding member of Juan de Mariana Institute, linguist and economist.

Melissa Mann is Reason Foundation's director of development and spends her days chatting up folks about free minds and free markets and hunching over her computer, where she creates a steady stream of informational letters, funding proposals, and marketing prose that shares Reason’s award-winning public policy research and broadcast journalism with a growing supporter base.  In her free time, Melissa writes occasionally for lifestyle publications and has done a fair bit of voiceover work for commercials, videogames, and telephone answering systems. After losing her husband to cancer in 2014 she started writing Maxims From My Dead Husband, a book about the transformative experience of widowhood. 

Dr. Patrick Mardini is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and is also the coordinator of the finance concentration. His publications are in the field of financial crisis, banks’ instability and monetary systems. He also publishes on the danger of government intervention in a sectarian society. Dr. Mardini holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris Dauphine University. His past employment includes four years at the Paris mutual fund Modèles & Stratégies.

Kris Mauren is co-founder and executive director of Acton Institute, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan with international offices in Rome, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The Institute publishes scholarship and film and organizes educational seminars around the world for current and future religious leaders across denominations promoting an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the free market economy.  The Institute also works with business leaders, helping them to embrace their work as a worthy calling and to encourage their positive moral defense of a free society characterized by individual liberty and personal moral responsibility.  Since its inception in 1990, The Acton Institute has experienced tremendous growth and today employs more than 50 people with an annual budget of $11,500,000.

Alexander McCobin is CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a US-based organization dedicated to elevating humanity by improving the practice and perception of business. Alexander became CEO of Conscious Capitalism in July, 2017, after serving 15 months as co-CEO alongside Doug Rauch. Alexander joined Conscious Capitalism with experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, and academic fields.

Most recently before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as co-founder and president of Students For Liberty, a nonprofit organization that teaches the principles of a free society to young people and empowers them to make a difference in their communities; in Alexander’s last year as president, Students For Liberty was operating in over 100 countries, included nearly 2,000 student groups, organized 100 conferences for 20,000 participants, and trained over 1,500 volunteer leaders.

David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Under Nott's leadership, Reason's public policy experts have advised President George W. Bush, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and numerous other officials on how to shrink the burden of government. Reason, a monthly magazine of political and cultural commentary, was named one of the "50 Best Magazines" two straight years by the Chicago Tribune and is described as "a kick-ass, no-holds-barred political magazine" by the New York Post.

John O’Connell joined the Tax Payers Alliance as an intern in 2009. Since then he has worked at every level of the organization which made him uniquely qualified to become Chief Executive beginning August 2016. As a researcher, and later Research Director, he wrote major reports for the TPA on quangos, government capital procurement, regional business policy and local government pensions. He co-authored the influential paper, How to Save £50 Billion: reducing spending for sustainable public finances, released in conjunction with the Institute of Directors. He also uncovered how local councils were spending Preventing Violent Extremism grants, finding more detailed information than could be gathered by Parliamentary Questions. John oversaw the work of the 2020 Tax Commission. He also wrote and edited several sections of its final report, The Single Income Tax, which won the Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Network.

Justin Owen is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. He advances the strategic growth and mission of the organization and manages day-to-day operations. He previously served as Beacon’s director of policy and general counsel.

Justin advances Beacon’s mission – empowering Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives – by promoting free market solutions at the state and local level. In his time as president & CEO of Beacon, Justin has helped bring about Tennessee’s first ever private school choice program, stop an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, usher in comprehensive tort reform, and assisted in the repeal of collective bargaining by government unions. Under his leadership, Beacon has also helped repeal Tennessee’s Hall Income Tax and death tax, saving taxpayers nearly $2 billion.

Prior to joining Beacon, Justin served as a law clerk to the U.S. Attorney in Memphis and at the Pentagon as a legal intern to the General Counsel of the United States Navy. He is involved in various local nonprofits, including serving as vice-chairman of the board of STRIVE Collegiate Academy, a charter school in Nashville. He also serves on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2011, Justin was honored with the Nashville Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, given to young professionals who excel in their professions and are leaders in the local community.

Kara Pally is a digital strategist with more than 10 years experience in website development, product management, and social media marketing. Prior to joining Free the People, she served as the Vice President of Product Development at Hirepurpose, a career site for military veterans in New York City, and from 2010 to 2014, Kara led the technology efforts of FreedomWorks as Chief Technology Officer in Washington, DC.

She holds a M.S. in Internet Technology from Pace University and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University. Kara lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son. She enjoys defending liberty and fueling the next political revolution with technology. Wave of the future, Dude. 100% electronic.

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 WeltCaixing, 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.

Juan E. Pardinas is the general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). Prior to his current position, he was a CNN correspondent in Spanish in India, the Philippines and Japan. He collaborates weekly in the newspaper Reforma. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master in Economics from the University of Sophia in Tokyo, and a Bachelor in Political Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Bhakti Patil is Assistant Manager, Development, at the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a liberal public policy thank tank based in New Delhi, India. As a part of the Development & Strategy team at the Centre, she manages resource mobilisation, donor engagement and communication.

Bhakti has previously worked as Executive, Fundraising at Sshrishti, a Delhi-based non-profit that operates learning centres for children from migrant communities in Delhi and Haryana. At Sshrishti, she managed the organization’s institutional fundraising, documentation and communication.

She holds an M.Phil and a Master’s in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her undergraduate training has been in Anthropology and Sociology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Her own research interests include Gandhian ideas of Swaraj (freedom), and non-western traditions of liberal thought.

Alexander Pesey is a political entrepreneur and founder of Le Coquetier. He is also the founder of the Tocqueville Fellowship, a yearly trip for French students to D.C. to learn about the American Conservative Movement.  Alexandre is also the founder of the Institut de Formation Politique (IFP) which trains students from throughout France how to effectively promote individual freedom and personal responsibility in the public sphere. More recently, he launched the first civic incubator to bring toward success entrepreneurs dedicated to make their convictions prevail through their innovative companies.

Alexandre lives in the western suburbs of Paris with his wife and five children.

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.

Casey Pifer joined the Atlas Network team as an intern in 2014, transitioned into the Development and Events Associate and now serves as the Institute Relations and Programs Manager. She grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. During college, she tutored students in economics, helped manage a catering company and was active in Students for Liberty. Before graduation, she spent a summer as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow working with the policy team at Citizens Against Government Waste. Casey loves playing ultimate frisbee, reading and talking with people about freedom.

Ms. Amy Proulx currently serves as Program Officer, Individual Freedom and Free Markets, at the John Templeton Foundation. In this capacity, she identifies and supports grantees whose work promotes our understanding of freedom, entrepreneurship, competition, and personal responsibility.

Previously she was the Director of Academic Talent Development at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. There, she developed a suite of intensive educational and career development programs for undergraduate and graduate students, specifically designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers. Amy earned her BA from Ashland University, where she studied history, philosophy, and politics.

Rob Raffety is the Senior Director of Academic Outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In this capacity, Mr. Raffety is responsible for engaging a broad network of students, scholars, and academic entrepreneurs across the world who have a shared interest in understanding the rules and institutions most conducive to fostering civil society. Aside from his duties at Mercatus, Mr. Raffety serves as an adjunct professor of law and public administration at GMU.  He is also a screenwriter and filmmaker. Mr. Raffety is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College (’97) and received a JD/MPA joint degree from Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (’00).

Rod Richardson, as President of Grace Richardson Fund, convenes policy design charrettes (expert working groups) to pioneer new free market solutions to critical issues stuck in partisan gridlock.  One such research project is Clean Tax Cuts (CTC), the surprising application of Ronald Reagan’s supply-side tax cuts to the problems of waste and pollution-causing free-riders… who dump costs on the taxpayer, entrench barriers to capital for clean solutions, and blemish the benefits of capitalism.  Early research shows that CTC has the potential to reduce barriers to capital, to powerfully accelerate profitable clean solutions, increase ROI, accelerate investment and drive down the cost of capital and outputs.  Clean Tax Cuts offer a rare opportunity to teach environmentalists to love supply-side economics.  Earlier this year, seven transpartisan working groups of think tank experts and university scholars (altogether, the CTC working group) completed sector-specific CTC implementation plans.  Summaries and reports can be found at www.cleantaxcuts.org.   Rod, as co-chair with fellow green conservatives Andy Sabin and Trammell Crow, is currently launching the Clean Capitalist Leadership Council, a donor and thought leader conclave that will guide future CTC development.  Rod is a contributing columnist to The American Spectator (“The Free Market Optimist”), a pioneer of original glass flow sculpting techniques, and helped build the first US mussel aquaculture farm.

Russ Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fred Roeder is the vice president of Students For Liberty. He has been working in the field of grassroots activism for over six years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform and market access in North America, Europe, and former Soviet Republics. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost.

Jaroslav Romanchuk is the president of Scientific Research Mises Center, presidential candidate in Belarus in 2010, member of the presidential Council for Entrepreneurship Development. Author of 12 books, about 4500 articles. Prize-winner of Atlas Economic Research Foundation Sir Anthony Fisher Award 2009 and 2006. Expert on authoritarian regimes and their transformation into free societies and free market economies. Author of new development economics based on Austrian school and libertarianism.

Avik Roy is the co-founder and president of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. 

Clark Ruper joined Atlas Network in April 2015 as Director of Development. He was formerly the vice president & COO of Students For Liberty (SFL) International, which supports pro-liberty students and student groups across the world. Founded in 2008 with a 100-person conference in New York City, SFL grew to include over 1,700 student groups with operations on every continent. Prior to joining Students For Liberty, Clark worked on various pro-liberty causes such as the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, and FreedomWorks. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a concentration on social change in American history and is also a graduate of Atlas Network Think Tank MBA and the Atlas Leadership Academy. As both a past Atlas Network graduate and partner, he saw first hand the impact that Atlas Network makes in the lives of individuals and communities around the globe and was inspired to join Atlas Network in its mission of strengthening the worldwide freedom movement.

Dr. Bican Şahin, Ph.D., is chairman of Atlas Network Partner Freedom Research Association in Ankara, Turkey.

Steve M. Sammut has founded, managed or financed over 40 companies in life sciences and IT globally. He recently founded Pangea University for the Health Sciences, an international platform for medical, nursing and health technology education for the emerging and frontier markets.

Steve is Senior Fellow, Health Care Management and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School.  During his 24 years teaching at Wharton and other business schools, he has created over a dozen courses that he has taught to nearly 11,000 students. His research focuses on international development and health care and biotechnology capacity development in emerging economies, as well as business model innovation in biotechnology. He has published articles in Nature Biotechnology, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and has authored numerous book chapters on health care and biotechnology. Steve puts the findings of his research into practice through the International Institute for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship, an organization which he founded and manages, that has offered over 50 intensive training programs in 14 countries to over 2000 entrepreneurs.

Gonzalo Schwarz is the founder and president of the Archbridge Institute. His research interests are economic mobility, economic development and monetary policy. He was until recently the director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlas Network. He holds an MA in economics from George Mason University and a BA in economics from the Catholic University of Bolivia. He has lived in five countries throughout his life, including Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the United States. Gonzalo lives in Dumfries, Virginia with his wife Stephanie and two kids.

Ernesto Selman is executive vice-president of Centro Regional de Estrategias Económicas Sostenibles (CREES) since its foundation in April-2011. CREES is the only think tank promoting economic freedom in the Dominican Republic. He has had experience in the private and public sectors of the Dominican Republic, as well as in multilateral financial institutions. Ernesto has a BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and a Masters Degree on Economic Policy Management from Columbia University. Also, he completed post-graduate programs in Finance and Global Markets in Georgetown University and Project Management and Evaluation with the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Ernesto is Professor of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has also taught at INTEC and Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) Political Economy, International Economics, and Economics for Business Administrators. He has published dozens of articles in Dominican newspapers on economics, politics, history and sociology.

Andriy Shpakov has a background in finance and business analysis. During the last three years he had been advising Ukrainian government on developing deregulation strategy and improving Ukraine’s position in Doing Business Ranking. Mr. Shpakov is now Executive Director at EasyBusiness, a Ukrainian think tank, which mission is to create a better environment for business operation and economic growth.

Sara Sihaloho is the general manager of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she manages daily operations, finance, and the human resources in the organization. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decision making processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government. She began her career supporting training and dialogue programs for public policy decision-makers in Indonesia. She was also involved in promoting international trade during her work as a Trade Officer in a diplomatic mission in Jakarta. Aside from her role in CIPS Indonesia, she is a foreign language enthusiast and is managing her own German language school called Sonne Sprachhaus in the southern part of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Alexander Skouras is the new president of the Greek free-market think tank “Center for Liberal Studies - Markos Dragoumis.” (KEFiM). Prior to joining KEFiM, Alexander strengthened the global freedom movement by engaging, training, and supporting think tanks from around the world as Atlas Network’s director of external relations. He received his bachelor degree from the American College of Greece in business and marketing, and studied political management at the George Washington University. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Alexander held executive positions in political campaigns in Greece and the US. He currently lives in Athens with his wife Stella.

Vale Sloane started at Atlas Network in 2016 as the Institute Relations and Programs Associate. He participated in the Charles Koch Institute's Koch Associate Program in 2016/2017. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Vale attended the University of Sydney where he received his Bachelors of International and Global Studies (2013) and Bachelor of Laws (2015). He worked in Australian politics throughout college and after graduation, including on local and national election campaigns between 2009-2015. Vale has also worked in the private sector as Business Development Manager at an eLearning company prior to joining Atlas Network. He lives in Arlington, Va., and enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Netflix.

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Snell is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has also appeared in Education Week, Edutopia, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Ms. Snell is also an advisory board member to the National Quality Improvement Center for the Children’s Bureau; is on the charter school accreditation team for the American Academy for Liberal Education; and serves as a board member for the California Virtual Academy. Before joining Reason Foundation, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton.

Karin Svanborg-Sjövall has been President/CEO of Timbro since autumn 2014. Karin has a BA in political science and European studies and is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on welfare issues. In 2010 she published the book Private Choice in the Public Sector – The New Swedish Model which was about the increase of private actors in the Swedish welfare sector. The book was presented in English at the Guardian Public Leaders’ Summit in 2012. Karin is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media, including The Economist, The Guardian, the BBC and Le Figaro. Prior to joining Timbro Karin worked as Head of Office for Folkpartiet (The Liberal Party) at the European Parliament in Brussels and as a political advisor to the center-right government’s Minister for Research and Higher Education. She has also been acting political editor for Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s leading daily newspaper as well as a contributor to the opinion pages for a number of other daily and evening newspapers, including Kvällsposten and Dagens Samhälle.

John Tillman is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders of a state-based think tank. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, John has transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free-market reform.

John has founded or co-founded a variety of key organizations in Illinois to create the competitive capacity needed to turn Illinois around. In addition to leading the re-launch of the Illinois Policy Institute 501(c)(3), John founded Illinois Policy 501(c)(4), the Liberty Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) public-interest law firm, the Illinois Opportunity Project 501(c)(4), the Illinois Liberty Political Action Committee, and more.

John is the founder of Think Freely Media 501(c)(3) and the Great Communicators Tournament, two projects dedicated to helping advocates for free enterprise and liberty make the moral case in public policy debates. John also serves on the board of America’s Future Foundation.

Tarun Vats joined the Atlas Network team in June 2016 and currently serves as Program Manager for Atlas Leadership Academy. He grew up in India and graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. His previous work experiences includes being the senior associate for development and strategy at Center for Civil Society; a Smith Fellowship and internship with Atlas Network; president at Make a Difference; and Bid Management Engineer at Schneider Electric. He loves travelling, playing with his dogs, and talking with people about measuring social impacts.

Dr. Wolf von Laer is chief executive officer at Students For Liberty. Wolf received his PhD in Political Economy from King’s College London for work focused on entrepreneurship, the political economy of crisis, public choice, and Austrian economics. You can find some of his publications, including a book, several book chapters, and a peer-reviewed journal article on his website www.wolfvonlaer.com. He co-founded European Students For Liberty and served as its chairman. In his free time, Wolf enjoys improvisation theater and Krav Maga.

Michael Walker was the executive director of the Fraser Institute from its inception in 1974 until September 2005. Before that he taught at the University of Western Ontario and Carleton and was employed at the Bank of Canada and the Federal Department of Finance. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario and his B.A. at St. Francis Xavier University. In 2016, he was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of his outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the country.

Lydia Wålsten is communications manager and is part of Timberline's management team. She studied Public Relations and Corporate Communication at New York University. Before Lydia started at Timbro, she worked as a consultant at the Swedish office of the Kreab communications agency.  Lydia is also responsible for Timbro's internal and external communications projects in the field of the sharing economy and the future's labor market. 

Matt Warner is Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Network. In this role he supports the strategic evolution of Atlas Network's Coach, Compete, Celebrate approach to strengthening a global network of research and advocacy organizations all committed to expanding economic freedom for all people. He writes and speaks on organizational development, change leadership, economic development and nonprofit strategy. His work has been published in the Cato Journal, the Washington Times, Forbes.com, Fee.org, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the United States. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particularly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He is also certified by Georgetown University in organizational consulting and change leadership.

Linda Whetstone is chairman of the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society and a board member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Istanbul Network for Liberty. She was previously on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society and co-organizer of MPS meetings in Nairobi and Istanbul.  She has written on development, trade and agricultural topics and recently co-edited Islamic Foundations of a Free Society.  She runs a small business in Sussex, UK with her husband.