Garry Kasparov is the 2014 Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow, and our featured presenter at the Atlas Freedom Dinner as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Kasparov first gained international fame as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 at the age of 22. After retiring professional chess in 2005, he rapidly became a vital part of the Russian pro-democracy movement against the repressive regime of Vladimir Putin. He formed the United Civil Front, of which he is still the chairman, and co-led the Other Russia coalition that focused on uniting the Russian opposition to Putin under the banner of free and fair elections. He now does extensive traveling and writing to spread human rights worldwide.
Charles Albers serves on Atlas Network's Board of Directors. He is a private investor, residing in Sarasota, FL, with nearly four decades of experience as a securities analyst and equity mutual fund portfolio manager at the Guardian Park Avenue Fund and the Oppenheimer Main Street Fund. He is a director of Parents in Charge Foundation and Ivy League Club of Sarasota among other organizations. He studied Economics and Finance at Kenyon College and Columbia University, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Lawson Bader is president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Under Bader’s leadership CEI has expanded its outreach, launching RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza in January 2014, airing weekly on Bloomberg Boston, with plans to expand to other markets. Bader has also streamlined CEI’s policy efforts and focused its legal and litigation work as part of the Institute’s efforts to promote government transparency and rein in executive branch overreach. Before joining CEI, Bader served as vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for 16 years, manager of government relations at SRI International, legislative analyst with Pierson, Semmes and Finley, and a special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Bader, a Washington, D.C. native, brings his unique experience to bear as president and in his weekly columns at Human Events covering everything from social justice and politics to communicating principles and deciphering D.C. propaganda, rules, and regulations.
Zineb Benalla is a researcher and manager of funding at the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Rabat, Morocco. She received her BA with Honors in International Relations from Al Akhawayn University, Morocco and Georgetown University in the US. Zineb also holds a Masters of Law (LLM) in International Law from the British Law School in the UK and Brussels School of International Studies in Brussels, Belgium. She is the Moroccan correspondent for the American Moroccan Legal Empowerment Network in Washington D.C. and is active in international development with the Generation Development organization in the UK. She was a regional researcher in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, working on independent research and projects on democratic transition. Zineb is also a consultant for the Averroes Center for Studies and Communication in Rabat, Morocco.
Cristina Berechet is the Head of Research at Civismo, an economic research organization based in Spain. She manages research projects on taxation, fiscal policy, debt, pensions and public expenditures. She developed the methodology for calculating Tax Freedom Day for Spain and for each of the 17 regions in the country. Additionally, she developed a personal tax calculator to show, by region, how much an individual contributes in taxes. She also writes articles for the institute’s magazine Expectativas and a monthly column in El Mundo and Expansion; she has also conducted radio and television interviews. Prior to joining the organization, she was Head of Research at Institucion Futuro (2004-2011). During her years at Institución Futuro, the think tank received the Templeton Freedom Award in Public Relations for Navarra’s Tax Freedom Day campaign. Berechet holds a Master of Economics and Finance from University of Navarra, and in 2012 graduated from Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program.
Clint Bolick serves as the Goldwater Institute’s Vice President for Litigation. In a recent profile, the New York Times said that Bolick is “known for his aggressive litigation to defend individual liberties.” He has won cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, and state and federal courts from coast to coast, including landmark precedents defending school choice, freedom of enterprise, and private property rights among others. Bolick was a co-founder of the Institute for Justice and later served as president of the Alliance for School Choice. He has assisted policy activists in several states to establish litigation centers based on the Goldwater Institute model. In 2003, American Lawyer recognized Bolick as a lawyer of the year for his successful defense of school choice programs. Legal Times named Bolick one of the “90 Greatest D.C. Lawyers in the Past 30 Years” in 2009 and in 2006 he received one of the freedom movement’s most prestigious awards, the Bradley Prize. Bolick has authored several books, most recently with Governor Jeb Bush, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution. In addition to his work at the Goldwater Institute, Bolick serves as a research fellow with the Hoover Institution.
Baishali Bomjan heads Centre for Civil Society’s Academy, which conducts all education and outreach programs of the Centre. She has designed and managed several international and national programs, certificate courses for journalists and edited several publications of the Centre. She is also Atlas’s representative for Asia and leads the Asia Centre for Enterprise that will assist Atlas in discovering, assessing, and training talented young people, and inspiring them to devote their careers to advancing liberty in their home country or region. Having worked extensively in both the development sector and the print media in Nepal and India, her work profile includes serving as the Director of Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal, Editor of Spark (corporate magazine) and Assistant Editor of the boss and VOW (Voice of Women), Nepal’s leading business and women’s magazines respectively. She holds an MSc in Zoology from the University of North Bengal, and is especially interested in project incubation, strategic planning and communications.
Tarren Bragdon is president and CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability. Bragdon is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues with a specialty in Medicaid reform. From 2008 to early 2011, Bragdon was CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. Under his leadership, the organization grew to become the largest state-based free market think tank per capita. In September 2010, he received the Roe Award, given annually by State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement. From 1996 through 2000, Bragdon served in Maine’s House of Representatives; elected at 21 years old, Bragdon remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.
Dr. Yaron Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and debater. He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs and is a contributing author to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism and Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen (forthcoming). He serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.
Eamonn Butler is director of the Adam Smith Institute, rated one of the world's leading policy think-tanks. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and psychology, gaining a PhD from the University of St Andrews in 1978 and an honorary DLitt from Heriot-Watt University in 2012. During the 1970s he worked on pensions and welfare issues for the US House of Representatives, and taught philosophy in Hillsdale College, Michigan, before returning to the UK to help found the Adam Smith Institute.
Eamonn is author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Adam Smith, and on the Austrian and Public Choice schools of economics. He is also co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls, and of a series of books on intelligence testing.
Eamonn contributes to the leading UK print and broadcast media on current issues, and his recent popular books The Best Book on the Market, The Rotten State of Britain and The Alternative Manifesto have attracted considerable attention.
John Cerasuolo grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 with a BS degree in economics and political science. He later earned an MBA degree from Clemson University. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy John joined the Navy Nuclear Power Program and was a senior officer in the Engineering Department of the nuclear powered cruiser USS Virginia. In 1988 he joined Michelin Tire Corporation in South Carolina as an industrial engineer for two years. John was then Vice President at Alcoa Fujikura Ltd, a telecommunications company, until 2008 when he joined ADS Security. John is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of ADS Security, the 25th largest security company in the country. He is board chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee and serves on the Advisory Council of the Atlas Network.
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 is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. He serves on the boards of the Chase Foundation, the Acton Institute, and the Fraser Institute. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was Associate Professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. He is a Trustee for Grove City College, PA. In 2010, Atlas Network recognized Alex for 25 years of service.
Franklin Cudjoe is the founding President and CEO of IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a Ghana-based think tank and research institute whose vision is to be the most influential think tank in Africa. The organization is dedicated to promoting peace and prosperity through rigorous research analysis and is committed to educating society with its findings on the benefits of a free economy. Cudjoe is a frequent African development commentator in print and international broadcast media. He has won two John Templeton Foundation awards for advancing the institutional foundations of the free society; he also received the inaugural Antony & Dorian Fisher $100,000 award for Africa’s most innovative and dynamic think tank. Cudjoe played a pivotal role in shaping the World Bank’s 2010-2013 strategy for Africa. In addition to being an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K., he is also an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program, and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Land Economy from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Juan José Daboub, Ph.D., is the Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change and Vice-Chairman of The Dorado Group, LLC. He spent time as the managing director of the World Bank and was also responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, the Department of Institutional Integrity and the Arab World Initiative. Dr. Daboub started out in the private sector running his family-owned businesses [GC1] for nearly a decade. After being named president of the state-owned telecommunications company, he re-structured and privatized it. He held high government positions in El Salvador for 12 years, working for three different administrations without belonging to any political party. Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Kanan Dhru is the Founder of Research Foundation for Governance in India (RFGI), a think tank working towards legal and political reforms. At RFGI, she is working on projects such as Lawtoons and LawForMe to spread awareness about laws among citizens. Dhru has a Master of Public Administration and a law degree from the London School of Economics. She has worked with the National Knowledge Commission, a Prime Minister's Advisory Body in New Delhi, and the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dhru has been an External Consultant with McKinsey & Company and a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University. She has been awarded many prestigious awards including the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Prize, Young Scholar Fellowship of the Kiel Institute, and the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship. At the World Economic Forum, she was a member of the Global Agenda Council and is currently a Global Shaper at the Ahmedabad Hub. Dhru was chosen as one of the 37 'Indians of Tomorrow' featured by India Today.
Candelaria de Elizalde is the general coordinator of Fundación Libertad y Progreso. Her main responsibilities are strategic planning, youth group coordination, events planning, and stakeholder follow-up. In 2009 she joined Foro Republicano as general coordinator, which then merged with two other think tanks to become Fundación Libertad y Progreso. Prior to that appointment, during 2008, she was in charge of the high school educational programs of Junior Achievement Argentina. Candelaria holds a BA in Social Communication from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She attended several seminars on free markets and open society and since 2010 has coordinated Foro Republicano/Fundación Libertad y Progreso’s Reading Club.
Ann Fitzgerald, President of A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, earned her Master of Arts in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. She has more than 20 years of experience in sales, management, fundraising publishing and marketing, supervising large, multi-function teams as well as small groups specializing in these areas. Fitzgerald is an expert in analyzing nonprofit performance and creating tailored solutions so nonprofits can achieve their missions. As Director of Development for The Heritage Foundation, she helped to significantly increase contributions income. Fitzgerald regularly writes and speaks on fundraising, systems management, proposal writing, donor relations, and prospect research. She launched “Finding the Funding,” a fundraising training series for nonprofit executives. Fitzgerald has published two manuals, 100 Tips, Techniques and Templates for Persuasive Proposal Writing and 125 Ways to Identify and Cultivate Supporters for Your Cause. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Aaron Ginn is one of the leading thought leaders on viral user growth and the conservatarian technology movement. The SF Chronicle called Ginn one of the rising stars at the intersection of technology and politics. He is currently leading growth and product development at Everlane. Before starting with Everlane, he worked on user growth at StumbleUpon and on Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. He was elected and currently serves as a representative for the California Republican Party. Ginn is also the co-founder of Lincoln Labs, the largest community of conservatarian technologists in the country. He attended Texas Christian University where he studied behavioral economics and finance. Ginn is a published author on behavioral science, political philosophy and viral strategies. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, Wired, TechCrunch, Politico, Fox News, and the DrudgeReport.
Ingrid A. Gregg is president and a trustee of Earhart Foundation. She also serves as a director or trustee of The Foundation for Economic Education; The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation; The Philadelphia Society; The Philanthropic Enterprise; and, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, as well as a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a member of The Mont Pelerin Society and of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society. Dr. Gregg was elected a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society in 2010.
Stephanie Giovanetti 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 Freedom Dinner, Liberty Forum 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 two and originally from New York, she earned her BA degree from Marymount University in Virginia.
Christiana Hambro joined the IEA as the external relations manager in August 2012 before becoming head of external relations in January 2014. She previously worked at the Henry Jackson Society, where she ran over 100 events a year. Prior to that, she worked for The Freedom Association as development manager. In this role, she helped establish an extensive student network across the UK and, as part of this, organized the inaugural Freedom Forum, a residential and political conference for 100 students. Christiana was previously the deputy editor of Freedom Today and has contributed articles to The Commentator and Conservative Home. She also acts as an advisor to the UK Liberty League. Christiana has a BA in politics from the University of York, where she was also vice chair of the student Freedom Society.
Rainer Heufers is the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte Ltd (www.siapsolutions.com), a Singapore-based consulting firm that provides strategic counseling, public policy consulting, leadership training, and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network. From 1999 to 2011 Rainer represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in several Asian nations, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. He also supported the development of a network of free market think tanks from around Asia: the Economic Freedom Network Asia (EFN Asia). Since 1984 he has researched economic and social policies involved in China’s transition to a market economy. At the beginning of his professional career he spent some years in the private sector and he worked for the German Foundation for International Development where he conducted seminars and training programs on matters of public administration as well as economic policies for African, Asian and Eastern European government executives.
Bettina Horst is Chief Operating Officer of Libertad y Desarrollo, a leading Latin American free-market think tank based in Santiago, Chile. She received a master of arts in economics and public policy from the Universidad Catolica de Chile. She is the former chief of the monetary area of the research department of the Central Bank in Chile and is a frequent columnist for newspapers (Diario El Mercurio, La Tercera y La Segunda) and radio/TV commentator. She has also taught microeconomics at the Universidad Gabriela Mistral and Universidad Finis Terrae, and local economic development at the Universidad del Desarrollo.
William J. "Jerry" Hume joined Basic American, Inc. in 1967. He has been a member of the Board since 1980 and was elected chairman in 1985. Hume received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his M.B.A. from Harvard, and was an officer with the United States Navy. He is chairman of the Foundation for Teaching Economics and President of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation. Additionally, he is an Overseer of the Hoover Institution and a member of the boards of The Heritage Foundation, the Foundation for Teaching Economics, the Milton Friedman Foundation, Donors Trust, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He is a Chairman (Emeritus) of the Board of the California Academy of Sciences. Hume has actively endorsed education reform for many years and has served on the California State Board of Education as well as the National Assessment Governing Board.
Jonathan Isaby has been Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) since January 2014, having joined the organization as Political Director in August 2011. In that role, he oversaw a substantial increase in the TPA’s engagement with parliamentarians, government ministers and civil servants, ensuring that its research regularly gets cited in parliamentary debates, questions and even answers. He has helped promote the work of the 2020 Tax Commission, which won the 2013 Templeton Freedom Award. Upon his graduation from the University of York in 1999, he joined the BBC as a political analyst in its busy Westminster newsroom and was later recruited by the Daily Telegraph. He spent five years there, writing his own political column and blogging about politics on the paper's website. This precipitated his move to ConservativeHome.com, which he joined as Co-Editor in November 2008, making him the first journalist from a British national newspaper to leave the mainstream media to work full-time in the blogosphere. In March 2010 he became the first professional blogger to be accredited with a Lobby pass by the House of Commons authorities.
Magno Karl graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with a degree in social sciences and from the University of Erfurt with a master's in public policy. Over the last five years, Magno has been involved with the non-profit sector in organizations such as L’arche, ActionAid International, Atlas Network and the Cato Institute, in Rio de Janeiro, London and Washington DC. Magno is currently the executive director of the Brazilian think tank Ordem Livre.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon is President of the Montreal Economic Institute. After having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council until January 2009. He graduated in law from the Université de Montréal. Early in his career he practiced law with Colas & Associates in Montreal, and then went into business as an associate of Formatrad, a company specializing in employee training. Michel is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is president of the advisory committee of Global Ressources Humaines, a consulting firm specializing in human resources management and job placement. He was one of six people from Quebec honored in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ 2008 awards. In 2010, the Canadian Minister of Industry appointed Michel to the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent corporation which supports world-class research and technology development. He is also actively involved in the board of directors of the Fondation Universitaire Pierre Arbour and the John W. Dobson Foundation. He’s back at the helm of the Montreal Economic Institute since January 2009.
Joe Lehman is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute based in Michigan. Joe first joined the Mackinac Center in 1995. He later became vice president for communications at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2000 he returned to the Mackinac Center as its executive vice president. He became its president in 2008. He has addressed audiences at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting, the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Conference, the Asian Resource Bank meeting in Hong Kong, and the African Leadership Conference in Nairobi. Through the Mackinac Center's biannual Leadership Conference, he has trained more than 590 think tank executives from 47 states and 47 countries in strategic planning, communications, and fundraising. He is a director of the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance, the Legislative Education Action Drive Foundation which studies school choice, and USA Votes, a firm that provides public access to legislative data.
Brad Lips is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Network. He joined Atlas in 1998 believing sound policy ideas are best spread by organizations using sound business practices. Brad received his MBA from Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Prior to joining Atlas in 1998, he worked on Wall Street at Smith Barney Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with online businesses and dabbled in music journalism. Brad is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He coauthored The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute in 2004, and contributed to Freedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American Thinker, RealClearPolitics, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.
Seth Lipsky has been described in the Boston Globe as a “legendary figure in contemporary journalism.” He is the founding editor of The New York Sun. He previously was founding editor of the Forward and is a 20-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal, where he was foreign editor, senior editor, and member of the editorial board, for which he covered the hearings of the United States Gold Commission. He served in the United States Army and was a combat reporter in Vietnam for the GI daily Pacific Starts and Stripes. Lipsky is the author of “The Citizen’s Constitution, An Annotated Guide.” He is a graduate of Harvard College and is married to the journalist and historian Amity Shlaes. They have four children.
Luis E. Loria is the President of the Institute for Enterprise Development and Social Action—IDEAS, in Costa Rica. Mr. Loria accumulates more than fifteen years of experience as a senior consultant to both public and private sector leaders, including top-level government authorities, in more than a dozen Latin American countries. He has collaborated with public and private entities and NGOs in topics related with Public Policies, Applied Economics, Investment Promotion, Competitiveness and Innovation and since 2001, he has served as the President of Strategic Advantage Consulting Group.
Mr. Loria completed doctoral studies (Dr. Cand.) at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. While at Harvard, he collaborated in projects related with the practice of leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and knowledge-management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Candice Malcolm was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has travelled around the world studying philosophy and economics, while advocating for liberty, free markets and limited government. Candice completed a fellowship in Washington, DC, has worked at the Fraser Institute, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Atlas Network), as a special assistant to Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Party in Alberta, and as press secretary to Minister Jason Kenney in Ottawa. She is currently the Ontario Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a weekly columnist for the Toronto Sun, a blogger for the Huffington Post, and author of a new book, Generation Screwed. Prior to her appointment with the CTF, Candice was the Director of Research at Sun News Network. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Master’s in International Relations and a Master’s in International Trade and Commerce Law from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. When she isn’t advocating for lower taxes and less government, Candice is usually spending time with her large family (she has five siblings and three awesome nephews), watching hockey (or playing – she once scored a triple hat trick in minor hockey), or off travelling somewhere. She’s been to every continent, loves exploring new places and was once a travel writer. She now lives in Toronto, and spends significant time in San Francisco with her husband, Kasra.
Kris Mauren is co-founder and executive director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty , an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute 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 nearly forty people with an annual budget of over $8,500,000.
Kris is a Seattle native and the youngest of 8 children. After graduating with economics and international relations degrees from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Kris settled in Grand Rapids to help found the Acton Institute. In his role as executive director of the Acton Institute, Kris has traveled the world, lecturing and consulting in dozens of countries. He is widely recognized as a leader in non-profit management, and consults regularly on best practices in management, measurement, and fundraising in the not for profit sector. In 2010 he was presented with the Charles G. Koch Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Institute for Humane Studies, and was the 1999 recipient of the Liberty Executive Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Management. Kris volunteers service on a number of non profit boards, including Donors Capital Fund and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and advisory board member of the John Templeton Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Excel Charter Academy and Grand River Preparatory Academy. Kris is active in a number of community organizations including: CEO Roundtable, The Economics Club of Grand Rapids, The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Professional affiliations include membership in: The Philadelphia Society, and Legatus, an international association of Catholic CEOs. Kris is married to Joni and has four children.
Jacob Mchangama is founder and director of The Freedom Rights Project, a human rights organization dedicated to restoring liberty as the heart of human rights. He is also the founder and executive director of Justitia a new Copenhagen based think tank focusing on human rights and the rule of law. Mchangama worked as director of legal affairs at Danish center right think tank CEPOS from 2008-2014, where he successfully conceived and oversaw its work on private property which was widely acclaimed as having reduced the number of expropriations by Danish municipalities. He has also achieved tangible political results on issues such as freedom of expression, and human rights reform. Mchangama is one of the most prominent public intellectuals in Denmark and has written and commented on human rights in international media including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, BBC World, Wall Street Journal Europe and The Times (of London). In 2013 he was awarded the Danish center-right Liberal Party’s Freedom Award.
Fred McMahon is Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research at the Fraser Institute, Canada. He manages the Institute’s international economic policy research and the Economic Freedom Network of independent think tanks in 90 nations and territories. Fred is a co-author of the Economic Freedom of the Arab World Report and of the Economic Freedom of North America: Annual Report. He has authored three books, one of which was awarded the Antony Fisher Memorial Award. He has also written for many popular and academic publications.
Japheth Omojuwa is the editor of AfricanLiberty.org, one of Africa’s fastest rising economic and governance online platforms, that seeks to promote the ideals of free markets on the continent. He is also the creator of Naija Teenz, a platform of engagement and value orientation for Nigerian teenagers, and is the curator of omojuwa.com, which has been named Nigeria’s best political blog twice in the past three years. Japheth is also a columnist with Nigeria’s most respected newspaper The Punch and Metropole magazine.
Tom G. Palmer is the Executive Vice President for International Programs at Atlas Network. Tom previously served as Vice President for International Programs at the Cato Institute and Director of the Center for Promotion of Human Rights. He is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Director of Cato University, the Institute’s educational arm. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: The Theory, History, and Practice of Liberty. He received his BA from St. Johns College, MD, his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, and his doctorate from Oxford University.
Yeonmi Park is focused on raising awareness about North Korean human rights issues and telling the world about the real North Korea. She escaped from North Korea in 2007, lived in China for less than two years, and has been living in South Korea since 2009. She is a media fellow at Freedom Factory Co. Ltd. in South Korea. She co-hosts the online “North Korea Today" with Atlas Network fellow Casey Lartigue. Yeonmi has been published in The Washington Post and among other outlets, and she is in the midst of an extended speaking tour making several appearances for Atlas Network, along with presentations at TED, Oslo Freedom Forum, Students for Liberty and others.
Baladevan Rangaraju is the founder and director of the Delhi based not-for-profit independent think tank India Institute. He has 10 years of experience in teaching and education management, and four years of experience in policy research and advocacy. His areas of expertise include education policy, research, strategy and campaign management. He aims to promote individual liberty and rule of law through these avenues and the country’s active judiciary. Before founding India Institute in September 2010, Bala was the national director of the School Choice Campaign. The campaign gained its greatest visibility when he was at the helm, organizing India’s largest public hearing on education where more than 5,000 people demanded school vouchers, garnering a media story almost every other day. The campaign earned a Templeton Freedom Award in 2010 for Innovative Public Relations.
Patrick Reasonover is the president of Taliesin Nexus. Prior to his work with Taliesin Nexus, Patrick was the director of the film and fiction programs for the Institute for Humane Studies. He is passionate about giving young libertarian filmmakers a structure with the ability to support the growth of these creatives so that they can bring about change in the entertainment industry and broadly shift the culture toward a greater appreciation and desire for libertarian values. As a libertarian filmmaker himself, Patrick believes it is critically important to continue to address the area of talent development for young libertarian and free-market conservative filmmakers trying to break into the entertainment industry.
Lawrence W. Reed became president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in 2008, after serving as chairman of its Board of Trustees in the 1990s and writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, Reed served for 21 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, MI. He also taught Economics from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University and chaired its Department of Economics from 1982 to 1984.
Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in newspapers, magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. “He has authored or co-authored seven books, including A Republic—If We Can Keep It, Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty, The Great Hope, and Are We Good Enough For Liberty?
Aaron Rhodes is a co-founder and principal investigator of the Freedom Rights Project and president of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe, and contributes to the work of several other human rights organizations. He was Executive Director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights between 1993-2007, working inter alia on issues in the Balkans, Chechnya and Central Asia. Along with colleagues, he founded the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in 2008. He was also coordinator of the Institute for Human Sciences’ project on reforming universities and research institutes in post-communist countries, and worked as Assistant to the President of Boston University. He has taught and lectured at a number of universities in the United States and Europe.
Michael Kipsang Rotich is the Executive Director, Eastern Africa Policy Centre, Kenya. Michael completed his bachelor’s degree in business management & IT (BBMIT) at Kabarak University and has also completed public policy analysis and research training at the Centre for Public Policy & Research In India in January 2014. In January 2013, he co-founded the Eastern Africa Policy Centre where he currently serves as the executive director. The institute hopes to introduce, promote and disseminate free market ideas and libertarian angles to policy making in the region.
Ali Salman is the founder and Executive Director of Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), an economic policy think tank based at Islamabad. Prior to setting up PRIME in 2013, Ali has worked as a consultant economist for major international development organisations and non-profits in Pakistan and other countries. He is author of more than thirty independent studies, reports and monographs on wide range of topics including regional trade, public finance, economic reforms, competition policy, innovation policy, private sector development, corporate governance, international development, and youth policy. Ali is author of Price Controls: Implications for Liberty and Welfare, and Discord between Economic Freedom and Social Justice in Islam. He has worked in the government, private sector and academia. Ali is a visiting fellow at Institute of Economic Affairs, London; an alumnus of International Academy of Leadership, Germany and Atlas Leadership Academy, USA. He is also affiliated in advisory capacity with several international organisations including Istanbul Network for Liberty; Association for Freedom Research, Turkey; and Free Enterprise and Democracy Network, USA. He holds master degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Business Administration. Ali writes op-eds for Express Tribune, a partner publication with New York Times.
Ernesto Selman is an economist with experience in the private sector (telecommunications, tourism and agriculture), the public sector (Central Bank of the Dominican Republic) and multilateral financial institutions (International Finance Corporation and Inter-American Development Bank). He holds a BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and holds a Masters of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University, with concentration in Economic Policy Management. He has two executive post-graduate degrees: one from Georgetown University on ‘International Finance and Global Markets’, the other from Harvard University's Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) on ‘Project Appraisal and Management’. Ernesto is Executive Vice-President of CREES, the most important economic think tank in the Dominican Republic.
Judy Shelton is a senior fellow at the Atlas Network and co-director of the Atlas Sound Money Project. She specializes in global finance and monetary issues and has provided expert testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, Senate Banking, Senate Foreign Relations, House Banking, and House Foreign Affairs committees. She was a staff economist for the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform chaired by Jack Kemp (1995–96). Shelton is the author of The Coming Soviet Crash (1989) and Money Meltdown: Restoring Order to the Global Currency System (1994). Her opinion pieces are frequently published by the Wall Street Journal. She has also written two monographs: A Guide to Sound Money and Fixing the Dollar Now. She was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (1985–95) and visiting professor of international finance at DUXX Graduate School of Business in Monterrey, Mexico (1995–2001). Shelton has served on the board of directors of Hilton Hotels and Atlantic Coast Airlines. She was a founding director of Empower America (1993) and was appointed to the board of the National Endowment for Democracy in 2005, where she served as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. Dr. Shelton holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Utah.
Robin Sitoula is the founder and executive director of Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation in Nepal. He has more than twelve years of experience in policy advocacy for economic freedom and prosperity. Besides working at Samriddhi, he runs private enterprises namely in the sector of management consulting and research and analytics as a vocation. As Executive Director of Samriddhi, he has designed and implemented several research, educational and advocacy programs in areas of entrepreneurship, economic growth, business environment, and freedom & democracy and built a reliable team that resulted to an award-winning institute. He has worked with eight major political youth organizations of Nepal for several years and established one of the largest collaborative leadership programs amongst contesting parties in Nepal. In his prior work as secretary general and Director at Youth Initiative, he was able to expand the organization’s scope of work and out reach from the capital centric to ten strategic locations covering the whole country with programs on democracy, civic participation and leadership. During 2005 and 2006, he extensively traveled South Asia to identify and help build capacities of youth organizations in the region to be able to better promote democracy and freedom. He has been a fellow at Atlas Network since 2006. He graduated in Investments and Financial Management from the Tribhuwan University in Nepal.
Mark Skousen (Ph. D., economics, George Washington University) was recently named one of the top 20 living economists in the world. In 2014, he was appointed a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in California. He has the unique distinction of having worked for the government (CIA), non-profits, and several for-profit companies. In 2004-05, he taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. He has also taught economics, finance and business at Barnard, Mercy and Rollins colleges, and Chapman University. Since 1980, Skousen has been editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter. He was an analyst for the CIA, a columnist to Forbes magazine, chairman of Investment U, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He is the editor of his own website, www.mskousen.com, and is the producer of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” which meets every July in Las Vegas.
Julie Smith has over 15 years of experience working in public affairs in the government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. She started her career working for a Member of Congress and then moved to program management with nonprofit organizations around the United States. She spent almost a decade with Sun Microsystems where she served as the Senior Manager of Community Affairs, overseeing Sun's global giving strategy. Julie now heads the Smith Family Foundation, an organization that promotes libertarian principles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Trinity College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from New York University.
Hannah Song is the President and CEO of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). She joined in 2006 as Deputy Director, overseeing day-to-day operations and field programs. At the end of 2008, she became President/CEO, helping to re-launch the organization with a new mission focused on building international support for the North Korean people, providing direct assistance to North Korean refugees, and developing long-term, people-focused strategies to accelerate positive changes inside the country. Hannah regularly speaks at international fora and to the media on North Korea related issues.
Marni Soupcoff is the Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a registered charity that defends the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians in the courts of law and public opinion. Marni is a fourth generation Torontonian, but spent nine years in the United States, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and received her law degree from Stanford University in 2000. Before moving back to Toronto, Marni worked as a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, where she litigated economic liberty and property rights cases. She then went on to spend over a decade as a national newspaper columnist and editor. Her writing currently appears in the National Post and Regulation magazine. She is also a frequent commentator on national news broadcasts for CTV News Channel and the CBC.
John Tierney is a best-selling author and writes the Findings science column for the New York Times. His latest book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Greatest Strength (Penguin Press, 2011), was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 20 languages. He appears frequently on The Independents, CBS This Morning and other television programs.
Prior to joining the Times, Mr. Tierney was a contributing editor to Discover and Health magazines, a staff writer at Science 81-85 magazine, a reporter for the Washington Star and the Bergen Record, and a free-lance writer. He published articles in The Atlantic, Esquire, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Reason, Rolling Stone, Washington Monthly, Playboy, Outside, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic Traveler, Vogue, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Mr. Tierney received the 2014 Julian Simon Prize from the Competitive Enterprise Institute for his writing about economic and environmental issues. He has won awards from American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Physics and the New York Publishers Association. He has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale and a media fellow at the Freedom Forum at Columbia University.
John Tillman is CEO of Illinois Policy Institute, where he has transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free market reform. Tillman also serves as the President of Think Freely Media and is the founder of the Great Communicators Foundation, two national organizations dedicated to helping advocates for liberty make the moral case in public policy debates. In 2011, Tillman won the prestigious Roe Award for his leadership, innovation, and accomplishments in the world of public policy. This annual award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy. Tillman is former president of Americans for Limited Government, a national organization that advocates for property rights, spending limits, term limits and other liberty-based policies in more than 26 states. Tillman also was co-founder of the Sam Adams Alliance, a national non-profit that encourages grassroots citizen activism. Before joining the world of public policy, Tillman was a successful businessman and entrepreneur.
Nathan Tjirimuje is the Founder of the Chevauchee Foundation. Prior to his work with the Chevauchee Foundation, Nathan started a water demand management solutions company that provides solutions to utilities and their large corporate consumers. He was motivated to found a classical liberal advocacy foundation because of the exposure his job gave him to government corruption and nepotism. He came to the conclusion that the only way out of this morass is to reduce the size of government and in turn open up opportunity for the people.
John Tomasi is an Associate Professor of Political Science, a Faculty Associate at The Watson Institute for International Studies, and a Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of Social Science-International Affairs at Brown University. He has developed an amazing program at Brown with advice from Leonard along the way. His academic appointments include: Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University, Visiting Research Fellow at Bowling Green State University Social Philosophy and Public Policy Center, Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University. Leonard Liggio described Tomasi as a “major scholar concerning the philosophical analysis of international relations.”
James Tooley is professor of education policy at Newcastle University, and director of the E.G. West Centre. He is the author of The Beautiful Tree (Penguin), briefly a best-seller in India and winner of the 2010 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize, based on his ground-breaking research on low-cost private education in India, China and Africa. This research was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, and was profiled in an American PBS documentary alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus. Building on his research, Tooley has dedicated himself to creating working models of innovative practice in low-cost private education to help showcase its potential to extend access to, and improve educational opportunities for, the poor. Outside of India, he is cofounder and chairman of Omega Schools, a chain of low-cost private schools in Ghana, which in four years has grown to 40 schools with 20,000 students. Previously he has taught and researched at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester; his first job was a mathematics teacher in Zimbabwe.
Marian L. Tupy is the editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He specializes in globalization and global wellbeing, and the political economy of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. His articles have been published in the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal (U.S. and Europe), The Atlantic, Spectator (UK), Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Reason magazine, and various other outlets both in the United States and overseas. Tupy has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN International, BBC World, CNBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and other channels. He has worked on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Commission on Angola, testified before the U.S. Congress on the economic situation in Zimbabwe, and briefed the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department on political developments in Central Europe. Tupy received his B.A. in international relations and classics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Great Britain.
Yulia Tychkivska (Kocherhan) is a Vice President for Management Education at the Kiev School of Economics. She is a civic activist in Ukraine and the founder of Open University of Maidan. She worked as a head of the advisory group for Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and prior to joining the Kiev School of Economics, Kocherhan worked as a Business Development Manager of two companies. She also worked for two years as the International Projects Coordinator at a free-market think tank called Ukrainian Reform Support Foundation. From 2008-2009, Kocherhan performed the duties of Vice-President of Corporate relations at AIESEC in Kiev. She was also the winner of the year-long internship program at the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. Kocherhan graduated from Ukrainian National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy with a Master of Economics. She participated in Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program and is a graduate of the Atlas Leadership Academy. Kocherhan is also a member of The Global Shapers Community by WEF.
Matt Warner is Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations and works with the programs and institute relations teams to strategically and effectively deliver Atlas Network's many services designed to strengthen pro-liberty think tanks throughout the world. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Matt served in several policy and leadership positions at free-market organizations including the James Madison Institute in Florida and the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in the Washington Times, Forbes.com, Budget & Tax News, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the U.S. 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.
Tricia Yeoh is Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS). She was formerly Research Officer to the Selangor Menteri Besar at the Selangor State Government, and has previously served as Director of the ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies. She writes regularly on national socio-economic policy, speaks on national and international platforms, and has been quoted in The Economist and The New York Times. She sits on the Monash University Business School Advisory Board and the Centre for Public Policy Studies’ Advisory Panel. She is editor of “The Spirit of Merdeka” and its Malay version "Jiwa Merdeka" (jointly edited with Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad). Her documentary, “The Rights of the Dead”, the story of a political aide who died in 2009 under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s watch, won the Justin Louis Award at FreedomFilmFest 2012 and was selected for screening at the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Doha, Qatar, in 2013.