KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

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.  

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.

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.