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Lawrence J. Mone served as President of the Manhattan Institute from 1995 until his retirement in 2019. He joined the Institute in 1982, serving as a public policy specialist, program director and vice president before being named the Institute's fourth president.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Mone taught high school history in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for several years before earning a master's degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982.

Under his leadership the Manhattan Institute has sponsored and disseminated research on such topics as tax and economic policy, education, welfare reform and crime. The Institute has expanded its work with civic leaders in New York and across the country to promote free-market solutions to urban policy problems. And it has broadened its focus on the American justice system, examining issues like employment law and class action suits.

The Manhattan Institute publishes numerous reports and books on these and other topics. The Institute's quarterly magazine, City Journal, has become one of the nation's premier public policy magazines and played a pivotal role in reforming New York City leading Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to call it "a forum for some of our city's—and our nation's—most incisive thinkers, whose writings have enriched our public discourse and helped shape public policy."

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Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1986; he served as Chief Judge from 2001 to 2008. After receiving his BS from Cornell University in 1970, and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1973, he clerked for Judge Carl McGowan on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall on the United States Supreme Court.

Thereafter, Judge Ginsburg was a professor at the Harvard Law School, the Deputy Assistant and then Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as well as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Concurrent with his service on the federal bench, Judge Ginsburg has taught at the University of Chicago Law School and the New York University School of Law. Judge Ginsburg is currently a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, and a visiting professor at the University College London, Faculty of Laws. 

Zubair Ahmed is a young Indian entrepreneur, marketer, and a social worker who believes in Satre’s philosophy that the expression ‘I have no choice’ is misleading and freedom is absolute—only power is reserved. Zubair’s mantra is that every condition, bad or good has a freedom in it only we need a perspective to see and utilize it.

This attitude led him to be a co-founder of Addtogoogle Services which has a vision to take digital marketing to new heights in India, where millions of businessmen are working on century-old models. Thus, he is providing these businesses wings to fly freely in the world of internet.  
 
Apart from being a marketer, Zubair has increasingly focused on inspiring youth with his social entrepreneurial mindset. He believes in “Economy of Communion” which motivates him to “live faith in the business world.” For the same, he helps the marginalized group of people so that they can help themselves. From a very young age, he has been an active volunteer at both national and international level organizations like One Way Trust, Islamic Relief UK, and Well Being Foundation.
 
He is a focused, organized, dedicated, and polite person with a smiling face. Zubair  started his business with zero capital while managing his time, energy and passion with his love for social work and his college education at the same time.

He believes in free thinking, free markets and free movement as only they can provide wings to human thought, enhance technologies, and connect a person with his/her own potential.

Gloria Alvarez is Guatemalan Political Scientist and International Affairs Bachelor in Arts, with special focus in International Development and Economics with Cuban and Hungarian roots. She has positioned herself as a reference of libertarianism in the Americas and Europe giving more than 250 conferences and through radio, TV and social media.

She became renowned throughout the American continent due to a speech dennoicing populist regimes that went viral on youtube reaching more than 20 million views in 3 days in 2014. Now she has become the benchmark leader for a new generation that is beginning to see with new eyes the way of doing politics. The renowned journalist Jorge Ramos in his show introduced her as "the future president of Guatemala," the journal of the Americas called her "the whip of the Socialism of the XXI century that seeks the regeneration of democracy across the continent" the journal ABC form Spain referred to her as "the political scientist who has demystify “Podemos", El Pais Uruguay titled one editorial called "Hurricane Gloria" after passing through this nation and the Clarin of Argentina described her as: "The political scientist form Guatemalan Gloria Alvarez is impressive: First for her feminine attributes and her deep sympathy to the utmost. Then, for her solvency oratory and eloquence when transmitting her ideas regardless whether you share them or not.

Steven Anderson serves as President and CEO of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which he joined in 2016.  Founded in 1973, PLF litigates cases nationwide to vindicate the rights fundamental to a free society. With eleven U.S. Supreme Court victories and counting, PLF fights on the front lines, preserving the American ideals of individualism and liberty.

He traces his interest in the moral foundations of liberty to two formative events that occurred during his first year in college:  a chance encounter with a student who recommended an interesting book about an architect—The Fountainhead—and attendance at a summer seminar produced by the Institute for Humane Studies (the books and Reason magazine subscription helped, too).  Those events inaugurated further philosophical exploration of the importance of the individual and the natural rights of man.

Before joining PLF, he spent 12 years at the Institute for Justice, most recently as Executive Vice President and CFO, where he was responsible for leading day-to-day operations.  In addition, he oversaw IJ’s legal clinic and legislative, activism and coalition efforts.  Before that, Steven worked as the Director of IJ’s Castle Coalition, where he assisted homeowners, business owners and elected officials in the fight to end eminent domain abuse.

He has traveled widely to testify before Congress and state legislatures on the critical need for eminent domain reform and advised all levels of government on public policy.  He has lectured and debated at conferences and symposia around the nation, making the case for substantive protections for property rights.

Steven has been quoted extensively and his writings and ideas have appeared frequently in magazines and newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle and Dallas Morning News.  He has made regular broadcast media appearances on television as well as both local and nationally syndicated radio shows.

Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Steven received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1999.  He earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1996.  Prior to joining the public interest legal movement, he was an attorney in Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, DC.

In addition to his work at PLF and IJ, he taught legal research, writing, and advocacy to 1Ls at The George Washington University Law School.  He lives in Sacramento with his New Jersey-born wife and fellow Wahoo, Lyndsay, and their two sons, Thomas and Henry.

Fri Asanga is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Local Coordinator for FinScope and MAP Cameroon where she oversaw the activities of the financial scoping consumer survey in Cameroon on behalf of UNCDF and FinMark Trust.

She is a development practitioner and has deep expertise in financial inclusion haven spent more than 15 years working on financial inclusion for the most vulnerable groups in society. Prior to her work with FinScope and MAP Cameroon, she served as Advisor with the UNCDF Microlead project in Cameroon where she helped established the computerization of networks of CVECA as well as the piloting of branchless banking at some microfinance institutions. She also has broad experience in risk management, micro insurance schemes, training in financial literacy as well as social accountability.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

Scott Barbee is the owner and president of Aegis Financial Corporation in McLean, Va., and has managed its mutual funds there since 1998. Barbee is a director of the Atlas Network, Young Voices, Think Freely Media and the Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation. He is a chartered financial analyst and holds bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical engineering and economics from Rice University and received an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.​

Adam Bartha is the Director of EPICENTER, a network of 9 free-market think tanks from all across Europe. He is responsible for enabling the cooperation of the members and organize the private and public events programme in Brussels. He was previously European Outreach Manager at EPICENTER and a Koch Summer Fellow in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary. Adam has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.

Sixit Bhatta is the co-founder/CEO of tootle, the ride sharing application, prior to co-founding tootle, Sixit has had a career spanning 12 years in both telecommunication and financial services with a major focus on technology. His major areas of work in telecommunication focused on radio network design and engineering, while he worked on digital financial services during his tenure at the bank.

Through tootle Sixit envisions creating a cutting edge technology that can enable people with ‘freedom of movement’ while also creating jobs and engaging youths with a firm belief that sharing mobility would help transform our cities and urban design.

Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a free-market think tank in Utah. In that capacity, he has spearheaded a number of successful policy reforms in areas such as education reform, civil liberties, government transparency, business deregulation, personal freedom, and more. A number of these initiatives are the first of their kind in the United States. 


A public speaker and author of 20 books, Connor is best known for The Tuttle Twins books, a children’s series introducing young readers to economic, political, and civic principles. He lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and two homeschooled children.
 

Montgomery B. Brown is the vice president of the Sarah Scaife Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has held that post since January 2016, shortly after the closure of the Earhart Foundation, where for a decade he had directed its program of supporting scholarship in the humanities and social sciences at universities and other nonprofit research organizations. From 1996 to 2005 he worked at the American Enterprise Institute, ultimately as vice president in charge of publications. Earlier Monty had worked for the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Hudson Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Monty earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in political science from Boston College. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and of the board of directors of the Commonwealth Foundation, a Pennsylvania free-market think tank.​

Kelia Busby joined the Atlas Network team as a digital and communications associate in 2018. Originally from the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado, she received her bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Colorado State University. 

Mariana Campos currently works at México Evalúa where she is Program Director on Public Budget and Accountability. She is a regular commentator on “Mesa Ciudadana” program in Radio Fórmula, columnist for the newspaper “El Sol de México” and Animal Político.

Prior to her role in México Evalúa, she worked as an Associate Consultant for the Group of Economists and Associates (GEA), and as Coordinator of Research Projects at Idea Foundation, another recognized think tank in Mexico.

At the beginning of her career, she worked in the Ministry of Finance in México where she served both in the General Direction of Finance Planning and in the Office of the Finance Minister for the project of Transformation of the Tax Administration Service. She has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated with honors, and a BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Her areas of expertise are public finance, public budget, transparency and governance practices, infrastructure and public procurement. She has published plenty of studies in her area of specialty, and has participated in many legal reforms related to these topics.

Her last research project exhibits how cash transfers from the federal budget were appropiated to local governments according to political criteria. The National Anticorruption System and some legislators have been working on solutions to this topic.

Mariana was awarded the second place on the 2017 annual national essay prize on accountability from the Superior Audit Institution for her analysis on the public procurement case “Paso Exprés de Cuernavaca: cuándo gobierna la corrupción”.

Under her coordination, Mexico Evalúa was awarded in 2015 a national recognization from Coneval the use of evidence in the public expenditures analysis.

Deependra Chaulagain is the Director of Operations & Outreach at Samriddhi Foundation where he designs operational systems and oversees outreach programs. His key strengths are coordinating with parliamentarians, politicians, and bureaucrats. He has successfully led numerous advocacy campaigns, debate, and leadership programs.

He joined Samriddhi Foundation in 2007 and is also a former president of Liberal Youth of South Asia (LYSA). He also holds long experience of designing and executing several national and international programs in youth politics, entrepreneurship and leadership. As a Director of Operations and Outreach Deependra also has long experience on working with policy makers, political leaders and non-partisan leaders in Nepal. Deependra is also Acting Managing Country Director of Global Entrepreneurship Network in Nepal. Deependra holds a post graduate degree in Political Science.

Calixto V. Chikiamco is a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) and  Internet entrepreneur, a book author, and a writer on political economy.  He has published a book, The Way Forward:  The Path to Inclusive Growth in 2016.  He’s a co-author of a forthcoming book titled “Momentum:  Economic Reforms for Sustaining Growth,” coming out this October. He serves as a property rights consultant to the The Asia Foundation  and is currently President and co-founder of the Foundation for Economic Freedom, an organization advocating economic and political liberty, good governance, and secure and well-defined property rights.  

Chikiamco writes a monthly column on political economy in his capacity as a board member of the Institute of Development and Econometric Analysis (IDEA).  He’s the founder and CEO of MRM Studios Inc., a digital musical services company, and Mobilemo Inc., an enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) start-up. He finished AB Economics summa cum laude in De La Salle University and Masters in Professional Studies in Media Administration in Syracuse University, New York.

Alex Cordell holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, economics, and law (PPEL) and international relations from the University of Arizona. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the Institute for Free Speech as a research fellow, prior to joining Atlas Network in February 2018 as a training associate. Alex grew up in Colorado before moving to Arizona, and she currently resides in Alexandria, Va. In her free time, you can find her exploring Virginia and Maryland’s hiking trails, fostering rescue dogs, or cheering on the Denver Broncos.​

Lindsay Young Craig is the president of National Review Institute, the non-profit William F. Buckley Jr. founded in 1991 to complement the efforts of National Review magazine and promote the ideals of a free society he championed. Under Lindsay’s leadership, NRI has established sound fiscal footing, even as NRI has become the parent company for NR, Inc., significantly expanded and enhanced its existing programs while establishing new ones, and broadened its partnerships with policy organizations and policy-makers across the country. She remains active in the broader conservative movement, organizing events, serving on advisory boards, and speaking at conferences.

Prior to joining NRI in August of 2013, Lindsay spent 16 years at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, one of the country’s leading domestic-policy think tanks. As vice president of communications and marketing, she oversaw the development of the public-relations department, social media and web development, and strategic marketing. In addition to her communications department duties, Lindsay spearheaded numerous other Manhattan Institute projects – leading special initiatives such as launching the Young Leaders Circle, organizing major conferences, and overseeing MI’s internship program.

A Connecticut native, Lindsay has lived in New York City for over 25 years, since moving there to study photography and graphic design at School of Visual Arts with a focus on political art. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Politics. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter.

Lenore Ealy is Senior Fellow, Communities, with the Charles Koch Institute, where she helps guide the Institute's vision, strategy, and research priorities on communities and poverty. 

As founding president of The Philanthropic Enterprise, Ealy worked with an international network of scholars, social entrepreneurs, and donors seeking on academic and educational programs to advance understanding of how voluntary social cooperation and beneficence promote human flourishing.

Ealy has published widely in scholarly publications and has co-edited three books, the most recent of which is Commerce and Community: Ecologies of Social Cooperation (Routledge, 2015), with Robert F. Garnett, Jr. and Paul Lewis. With Paul Dragos Aligica, Ealy is co-editor for the book series Polycentricity: Studies in Institutional Diversity and Voluntary Governance (Lexington Books).  Ealy was also founding editor of the annual Conversations on Philanthropy: Emerging Questions in Liberality and Social Thought.

Previously, Ealy served as an affiliated senior scholar with The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she participated in a five-year project to follow the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. From 2005-2010 Ealy served as a founding board member of Project K.I.D., Inc., a grassroots not-for-profit organization created to provide respite childcare in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.   Ealy also has served as President (2013) and Secretary (2014-present) of The Philadelphia Society.

Ealy earned a bachelor's degree in science education from Auburn University, a master's in history from the  University of Alabama, and a master's and Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University.

Kevin Falcon is Executive Vice President of Anthem Capital Corp. Anthem is involved in extensive real estate investment and development in Western Canada, in addition to significant holdings in a wide range of sectors, including technology, manufacturing, and mining.

Prior to Anthem, Kevin was the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance for British Columbia. During 12 years in public life, Kevin held numerous senior cabinet portfolios including Health and Transportation and Infrastructure.

Kevin serves on many corporate and charity boards and is a Fellow of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI). He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee medals for public service and has frequently been recognized in Vancouver Magazines‘Power 50’ ranking of the most influential people in Vancouver.

Dhananath Fernando (fondly known as Dhana) is currently the chief operating officer of ‘Advocata’, an Economic Policy Think Tank in Sri Lanka, of which he is a founder member. 

Dhananath read for his bachelor’s degree in Bio-Sciences at the University of Colombo and is an alumnus of the ATLAS Think Tank MBA programme.

He is one of the curators of the AK Lit Fest, a trilingual Literary Festival focused on shining a light on local authors in Sri Lanka. He hosts ‘Public Space Sri Lanka’ a one-on-one weekly TV discussion with politicians on Art TV, as well as a morning news programme named ‘Wake up with Art’. He was the winner of ‘Asian Think Tank Shark Tank Competition - 2018’. 

Dhananath in his social responsibilities works with people in need by volunteering for CandleAid Lanka, a government approved humanitarian organization. In addition to this, Dhananath is an enthusiastic mountain climber and trekker. He completed Everest Base Camp last May, and Chardar Trek, a frozen river in the Indian Tibetan border, in 2017.

Governor Luis G. Fortuño attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Foreign Service in 1982.  In 1985, he graduated from the University of Virginia’s School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. Committed to statehood and equality for the American citizens of Puerto Rico, he co-founded the Puerto Rico Pro-Statehood Students Association.

Fortuño is married to Lucé Vela and is a father to triplets.

He entered public service in 1993, as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.  One year later, he also became the first secretary of the newly created Department of Economic Development and Commerce.  During this period, he was a member of various governing boards of public corporations and received countless recognitions. 

In 2004, general election, he was elected Resident Commissioner, and for the first time in the history of Puerto Rico, he held the position with a Governor of the opposing party. In the 109th Congress, Mr. Fortuño served as vice president of the Republican Freshmen Class. In addition, he served as vice president and president of the Congressional Hispanic Conference during the 109th and 110th Congress. He was a highly productive Resident Commissioner who obtained record amounts of federal funds in appropriations for infrastructure and social justice projects.

On February 19, 2007, Luis Fortuño announced his candidacy to Governor of Puerto Rico.  On November 4, 2008, he was elected as the ninth Governor of Puerto Rico with the largest margin of victory in 44 years. As Governor, Luis Fortuño’s main priority was to revitalize the economy of Puerto Rico. He successfully implemented a Public-Private Partnerships program and reforms and strategic projects to spur the island's integral and sustained economic growth, including infrastructure projects and incentives for the export of services, tourism, banking and securities, and film.

Fortuño acted decisively to stabilize the island’s finances.  In two years, he reduced the budget deficit by 80%, more than any other governor in the Nation. Fortuño also delivered a comprehensive tax reform that reduced business and individual tax burden an average of 30% and 50%. In 2010, Puerto Rico received the highest credit rating increase of any other State or territory in the Nation.

Governor Fortuño's fight for statehood for Puerto Rico led him to promote a plebiscite on the island, achieving a clear majority vote in favor of statehood for the first time in the island’s history.

Luis Fortuño’s unwavering commitment to our veterans was demonstrated through the millions of dollars in funds obtained for the improvement and expansion of the island’s Veterans Hospital, the development of National Cemetery in Aguadilla, and the expansion of regional health care clinics throughout the Island.  On education, he implemented the 21st Century Schools program, a multi-million dollar investment in infrastructure improvements to public schools in all municipalities. 

Since 2017, he has been a member of the Commission on Equality for Puerto Rico, an organization that advances Statehood for Puerto Rico. As a former governor, he is committed to the principles of economic freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all, regardless of their socio-economic level – values that he promotes through the Center for Economic Renewal, Excellence and Growth (CRECE).

Charlie Fritschner is a Chicago based filmmaker working in documentary, commercial and broadcast production. He is drawn to characters who live at the intersection of ingenuity and rebellion, and with his storytelling he aims to provoke rather than convert. Charlie loves open water, old t-shirts and crispy waffles.

Prior to being head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council from  2006 to 2008. He served on the board of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST) and of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, amongst others. He is a Senior Dobson Fellow at Atlas Network and the lead director of the John Dobson Foundation board’s for its funding of the Free Market movement. He is back at the helm of MEI since January 2009.

Leonard Gilroy is vice president of government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He also serves as senior managing director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, which assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.
 

Ricardo Gomes is a City Councilor in Porto Alegre, the southernmost capital city in Brazil. He was a Labor lawyer and consultant for 15 years before entering politics following his involvement in the demonstrations that led to Dilma Roussef's impeachment. In 2014, he was recognized as one of the top 500 lawyers in Brazil. He is the current President of RELIAL (Red Liberal de America Latina) and ex-President of IEE (Instituto de Estudos Empresariais). In 2012, he led the organization of the 25th Forum da Liberdade (Liberty Forum)— the largest free market event in the world attracting around 6,000 people to a two days meeting. Gomes was Vice President of Instituto Liberdade (Liberty Institute) for 10 years. He is also a member of the international board of Fundación Club de la Libertad, in Corrientes, Argentina. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 2013. Gomes contributed to several publications, mainly on classical liberalism.
 

Chad Goote is the Vice President of Development for Atlas Network. Before joining the organization in 2019, he was Vice President of Advancement at the Foundation for Government Accountability, and under his leadership, the financial strength of the organization grew from $700,000 to $12,000,000 in under six years. 

Chad started his career in Washington, DC in public affairs, where he worked in strategy development, grassroots management, coalition building, and strategic communications for Fortune 500 corporations and trade organizations. He spent years working on behalf of children and families as an advocate for school choice and used his expertise to elect legislators who prioritized educational innovation and competition. One of those visionary legislators was Michigan Representative Justin Amash, whose successful congressional campaign Chad managed in 2010.  

Chad holds a B.S. in Political Science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From their home base in Orlando, Florida, Chad, his wife Mardy, and their two adorable children travel, learn, and discover the beauty and wonder of the world. The Goote family also works together as advocates against human trafficking, and they open their home as host parents to children in need.  

Rainer Heufers is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. 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.

Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counseling, 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 Atlas Network.

Dan Ikenson is the director of Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, where he coordinates and conducts research on all manner of international trade and investment policy. Since joining Cato in 2000, Ikenson has authored dozens of papers on various aspects of trade policy, focusing his research on U.S.-China trade relations; bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and institutions; globalization; U.S. manufacturing issues; trade politics; and trade remedies, such as the antidumping regime.

Ikenson has been involved in international trade since 1990. Before joining the Cato Institute in 2000, he was director of international trade planning for an international accounting and business advisory firm. In 1997 he co-founded and was a principal at an international trade consulting firm in Washington,.and from 1990 to 1997 he was a trade policy and antidumping analyst at a few international trade law practices. In addition to his many studies and articles, Ikenson is co-author of the book Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law. He has testified before congressional committees on a variety of policy matter and has appeared on numerous television news programs and networks, including PBS, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, Fox Business News, and NPR. His articles have been published in widely circulated newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles TimesUSA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, the Detroit NewsForbes, and National Review.

Ikenson holds a MA in economics from George Washington University.

Michael Ko became the executive director of Lion Rock Institute in April 2019. Before joining LRI, he was a journalist and commentator in Apple Daily and Strategist Weekly. He has published articles on politics and financial market in publications such as Apple Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hong Kong Commercial Daily and Gobear.com.

Since joining the Institute for Justice in 1992, John E. Kramer’s strategic media relations work—coupled with IJ’s litigation—has protected homes and small businesses nationwide from eminent domain abuse, and secured the rights of entrepreneurs to earn an honest living when the government sought to shut them out.  Kramer’s work in the court of public opinion helped ensure that First Amendment protections were extended to the Internet and he directed the successful PR effort to strike down a federal law that made it a felony to compensate bone marrow donors—a victory that has the potential to save thousands of American lives each year.

Applying market-based principles, he has helped the Institute for Justice and many organizations across the Freedom Movement to personalize, humanize and dramatize their stories of individual liberty thereby more effectively conveying them through the mainstream media.  Kramer directed the media relations in eight landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases:

  • Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, in which the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of school choice;
  • Swedenburg v. Kelly, in which the Supreme Court vindicated economic liberty by permitting the interstate shipment of wine directly to consumers;
  • Kelo v. City of New London, the eminent domain case which led to a nationwide backlash against this often-abused power of government;
  • District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court struck down D.C.’s ban on handguns and held that the Second Amendment to the U.S.  Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for private use;
  • Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v.  Winn, in which the Supreme Court dismissed a frivolous legal challenge aimed at halting Arizona’s highly successful and popular private school scholarship tax credit program.
  • Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, in which the Supreme Court struck down the “matching funds” provision of Arizona’s campaign finance “Clean Elections” Act as an unconstitutional violation of free speech.
  • Timbs v. Indiana, which examines whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits states and local governments from imposing excessive fines, fees and forfeitures, just as it prohibits the federal government from doing so.
  • Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair, which challenges Tennessee’s law that requires someone to reside in the state for two years before they can receive a liquor license and 10 years before that license can be renewed. The case is expected to have major implications for laws that discriminate in favor of in-state special interests and against newcomers to a state.

In 2018, Kramer received The Thomas Roe Award, the highest honor presented by the State Policy Network in recognition of those whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy through leadership, innovation and accomplishment in public policy.

His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The New York Times, among other news outlets and was featured in the 2017 movie Little Pink House, a major Hollywood movie starring Catherine Keener, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of IJ’s Kelo eminent domain case.  (Kramer and his media relations work are portrayed in the movie.  He was paid a fifth of bourbon for his life rights for the movie, the same amount paid to John Wayne when he appeared on the television show, The Beverly Hillbillies.)

His work spotlighting eminent domain abuse was featured by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes.  His media relations work, video script writing and billboard campaigns for the Institute for Justice have earned him some of the top awards given by the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and other organizations.  Kramer was featured as a “Voice of Authority” on public relations and the law in the nation’s leading public relations textbook, “The Practice of Public Relations,” by Fraser Seitel.

Kramer received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New Mexico State University. In 2014, NMSU selected him as a distinguished alumnus, an honor given to fewer than 450 alumni since the award’s inception in 1956. He received his graduate training in journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he taught introductory journalism.

In addition to being an accomplished oil painter, Kramer’s acclaimed novel, Blythe—an allegory on the spread of AIDS across society and the search for a cure—was released in 2017.

Dr. Wolf von Laer is the Chief Executive Officer of Students For Liberty (SFL). SFL is a non-profit organization with close to 60 staff members that trains and supports pro-liberty students in the United States and around the world. Wolf received his PhD in Political Economy at King’s College London in March 2017. Wolf lived and studied in the US, Turkey, Spain, Germany, the UK, Sweden, and Argentina. He has published several book chapters, a book about central-banking, and a peer-reviewed journal article. Wolf has appeared in the Wallstreet Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post, and CSPAN. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. His website is www.wolfvonlaer.com.

Pierre Lemieux is a Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an economist affiliated with the Department of Management Sciences of the University of Quebec in Outaouais. He has lectured at several universities in Canada and served as a consultant for a number of private and public organizations. Lemieux has written books on economics, public policy, and political philosophy, and he has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Canada’s Financial Post, and France’s Figaro Économie.​

Brad Lips is the chief executive officer of Atlas Network, which increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing. In the decade since he became CEO, the budget of Atlas Network has more than doubled and the scope of its programs has extended worldwide. Lips is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. He serves on the boards of directors of the American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Institute of Economic Studies—Europe. As a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Lips chaired the Organizing Committee of its General Meeting in 2016. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips co-founded an Internet start-up, conducted equity research for Smith Barney, Inc., and worked in a policy research capacity for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He has spoken on five continents on solutions to poverty, and his work has been published in RegulationNational Review Online, Investor's Business Daily, The Daily Caller, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips received his MBA from the Giozueta Business School of Emory University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Brad lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children in Falls Church, Virginia.  

Mark Littlewood is Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. The IEA is the UK’s original free-market think tank, founded in 1955. It produces over a million words of research every year to expound the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.

Mark is recognized as a powerful, engaging and articulate spokesman for free markets and reducing red tape. He also features as a regular guest on flagship political programmes such as BBC Question Time, Newsnight, Sky News, and the Today Programme. He writes a regular column for The Times and features in many other print and broadcast media.

Mark also sits on the Board of Big Brother Watch, a non-profit organization fighting for the protection of privacy and civil liberties in the UK.

Luis E. 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.

He is the Founder and President of the Institute for Enterprise Development and Social Action—IDEAS, in Costa Rica. Since 2001, he is also the President of Strategic Advantage Consulting Group.

Mr. Loria accumulates more than twenty 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. A native of Costa Rica, Mr. Loria has lectured in graduate programs of Business and Economics throughout Latin America.

He has written case studies, articles, and book chapters on his areas of expertise. Additionally, he participates actively on public forums and debates on fiscal and monetary policy, conditional cash transfers, entrepreneurship, innovation, and competitiveness.

Carrie L. Lukas is president of Independent Women's Forum. She is the author of Checking Progressive Privilege, co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women, and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing. Lukas also serves as Vice President for Policy and Economics at Independent Women's Voice.

Lukas's writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Post. She contributes to the National Review and Forbes.com, She's testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security and House Committee on Education and the Workforce subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on paid leave.

Before joining IWF in 2003, Lukas worked on Capitol Hill as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and for the Cato Institute. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. 


Melissa Mann is Vice President of Communications at Atlas Network, where she provides strategic guidance for the organization’s public relations, brand awareness, and messaging. She oversees all print and digital publications, videos, and other products that define Atlas Network’s communications with donors, media, and general audiences. She joined Atlas Network in 2018 and became the Vice President of Communications in 2019. Melissa spent seventeen years as Director of Development at Reason Foundation, a public policy and media organization based in Los Angeles, California. She is a professional voiceover artist and has recorded commercials, industrial videos, videogames, and telephone answering systems. She was also a drive-time radio DJ on a popular CHR station in Bakersfield, California. 

Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and did graduate work in public policy and law at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken and Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, both in what was then West Germany.

Professor Ricardo Lopez Murphy is probably best known as a former consultant with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund whose vision and foresight as Argentina’s Finance Minister found support from a large section of the International Business Community.

With a long history of experience in the financial world, Professor López Murphy began his prestigious career at the Ministry of Economics in 1975 before becoming a chief advisor for the Central Bank of Argentina and shortly thereafter advisor to the Central Bank of Uruguay. In 1984 he became a consultant with the IMF,  IDB, UNDP and the World Bank.

During his political career, he was Minister of Defense (1999-2001) and briefly Minister of Economy (2001) for the Federal Government of Argentina. He was a presidential candidate in two opportunities.

He was Senior Economist at the Latin American Economic Research Foundation. He was a professor of economics at the University of La Plata, University of San Andrés and UCEMA in Argentina. He was also a professor of economics at the University of Montevideo and at the University of República in Uruguay. He was also a professor of economics at the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland.

Roxana Nicula is one of the founders of the Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty (Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad), a Spanish libertarian think tank. She is an independent online communication consultant and translator and a law school graduate at both National Bucharest University and Ecological University. At present, she is Chair of the Board of Trustees of FUNDALIB.

Nicula was born in Romania under the Ceausescu communist dictatorship in a middle class classic liberal-leaning family where both parents were car engineers. After the end of the communist regime while she was a university student, she began to actively promote free-maket capitalism reforms as a member of the National Liberal Party (PNL) in the Youth Division (TNL). Years after that experience she co-founded in 2009 the Libertarian Party in Spain, ran several local, national, and EU elections, and is now General Secretary of this young political party advocating openly for capitalism in Spain.

Nicula lives near Madrid together with Irene, her young daughter, and Juan, her husband, with whom she is fortunate to share the same political ideas and libertarian projects since 1997 when they met during the IFLRY (International Federation of Liberal Youth) Conference in Bucharest.

She is an active blogger and article writer in online media on libertarian policies, sharing economy, new technology, and Internet. She has developed a wide experience in project management, activism management, Internet-related strategies and apps, multicultural, and multi-language leadership.

Japheth Omojuwa Omojuwa is the founder and Chief Strategist at The Alpha Reach, one of Nigeria’s foremost Digital Media companies. He is the author of fast selling book, Digital: The New Code of Wealth, a book that outlines the opportunities in the digital economy and how far Africa has come on that front. Omojuwa is on the board of several companies and organizations, including the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) founded by Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows, Nigeria’s foremost fellowship programme. A renowned international speaker, he has addressed audiences across all of Africa’s regions, and Europe, North, South and Central America. He is a regular delegate at the Halifax International Security Forum. Omojuwa is often listed amongst Africa’s most influential people by reputable organizations and media houses, including Credit Suisse’s The Bulletin. He is now pursuing an MSc in Behaviour Change at the prestigious University College, London (UCL) having won the Chevening Scholarship for that purpose.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Guillermo Peña Panting is a political analyst and economist based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He worked at the John Locke Foundation, International Policy Network and the Honduran National Business Council (COHEP) before cofounding Fundación Eléutera in 2013. He has also worked thoroughly with private sector organizations on research, strategy, government relations, investment attraction, public relations and participating or advising on several boards. On the business side, Guillermo has experience in special economic zones, logistics, biomedical, retail, energy, real estate and business development. He advises multinational firms entering the Honduran/Central American markets. He studied his BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Entrepreneurial Economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala.

John Papola is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Emergent Order, a creative studio based in Austin, Texas.  An economics autodidact, John explores free enterprise through film for millions of viewers through his original content, including Love Gov, The Kronies, EconPop, and the Keynes vs. Hayek rap videos, which are used by high school and university teachers around the globe.

John’s feature documentary At The Fork, debuted to critical acclaim, an international premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and worldwide distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Amazon Prime. His new film The Pursuit, starring NY Times best-seller Arthur Brooks, about the search for happiness and global prosperity in our age of populism premiered on Netflix in August 2019.

Dan Pasko is a well-known civil society activist — he is the founder of a think-tank focused on the deregulation of the Ukrainian economy called Easy Business and Professional Government Initiative; from 2014 to 2016, Dan was a member of the National Council of Reforms, an advisor to the Prime Minister, the Administration of the President of Ukraine and an advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade. Dan supervised the drafting and implementation of 5 laws and over 10 Cabinet of Ministers’ decisions under deregulation reform in Ukraine. In addition, Dan served as a President of Harvard Club of Ukraine between 2011 and 2017.

Dan was a Principal at Horizon Capital (2009-2014) where he oversaw investments in agribusiness and consumer goods sectors of Ukraine and Moldova.

Dan is a co-managing partner at Diligent Capital Partners, a private equity fund with a focus on agribusiness, export industries, and consumer goods, and services.

In 2004, Dan obtained Master’s degree in Law at Odessa National Academy of Law; in 2007 - Master's degree in Financial Management at Kiev National Economic University; Dan obtained MBA at the Harvard Business School in 2008-2010.

Bhakti Patil is Manager of Development and Strategy at the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), India's foremost libertarian think tank based in New Delhi. She manages fundraising and grants administration at the organisation.  Prior to joining CCS, she worked as Executive Fundraising and Communications with Sshrishti, a non-profit in New Delhi, managing 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 engages with the core categories of Gandhian thought, particularly the ideas of Swaraj and Ahimsa, and the radical affirmation of human freedoms that they contain.

Casey Pifer is the Director of Institute Relations at Atlas Network. She manages the grants and awards programs of Atlas Network, including the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award. Originally from West Virginia, Casey joined Atlas Network in 2014 on the events team and has since transitioned to become the institute relations director. She grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science.​

Adriana Pineda is BSc. in International Relations, graduated with honors. She has been working for Cedice Libertad for almost 2 years, becoming a Junior Research Fellow in June 2018 and Coordinator of the program Cedice Futuro in October of the same year. She is a professor of Methodology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in the School of International Relations. Adriana Pineda earned the Bastiat Scholarship of CATO Institute and is an alumnus of the CATO University: College of Economics 2018, hosted in Boston. She also has attended courses on Negotiation and Management indicators. 

As a coordinator, Adriana Pineda is in charge of keeping track of the program’s impact and represents Cedice Futuro in interviews, workshops, and meetings. She is the link between the program and third parties, including academics, lawmakers and other organizations such as Transparencia Venezuela.

As a researcher, she programmed an access database used to register the national public expenditure for Cedice’s Observatory of Public Expenditure and supervises the development of said database. She is also one of the composers of our weekly newsletter for the English-speaking community about Venezuela’s situation “Our Voices”. 

Adriana is passionate about making government accountable and transparent. She believes a strong civil society, able to keep in check governmental action, is key to protect freedom and allow people to live the life they want.

Anuki Premachandra is the Manager of Research Communications at the Advocata Institute. She comes from a background of public policy and is committed to improving economic freedom for women in Sri Lanka. She studied International Relations at the University of London and prior to joining Advocata, she was working at the World Bank in Sri Lanka as a part of their communications team. She is also a writer and Instagram Curator at a leading lifestyle website in Sri Lanka

Nicos Rompapas is the executive director of KEFiM, a classical liberal think-tank based in Athens, Greece.  He holds a civil engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is an experienced executive and entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.

Dr. Roberto Salinas León is well-positioned to elevate the work of Atlas Network and its partners in Latin America. He is currently President of the Mexico Business Forum, as well as the President of Alamos Alliance, which was described glowingly in Forbes in 2013 as “one of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman’s favorite retreats,” with Roberto Salinas León noted as “a major driving force of efforts for free markets.”

Roberto Salinas León holds a B.A. in political economy, history and philosophy from Hillsdale College, Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University, Indiana.

He has been an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor of Political Economy at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (1989-2002), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1989-1992) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in Mexico City (since 2004). He was also a Visiting Professor of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala (1997).

He is currently Senior Debate Fellow and Debate Lecturer at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. He has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past 25 years in Mexico, including the annual Mexico roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009.

He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Investor’s Business Daily, Barrons, and others. He was a weekly editorial columnist in El Economista, from 1993 to 2011 and now published occasional op-ed’s in different media outlets. He is an occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latinamerica, CNCB, BBC, and others; and is a weekly commentator on economics and global finance in AND 40, in Mexico City.

He has delivered over 900 lectures in Mexico and the U.S., Canada, several countries in Central and South America, and throughout Europe and Asia. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on three occasions – on NAFTA and free trade, structural reform in Mexico, and monetary and exchange rate policy.

Zilvinas Silenas became President of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in May 2019. He served from 2011-2019 as the President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), bringing the organization and its free-market policy reform message to the forefront of Lithuanian public discourse. In that role, he and the LFMI won two prestigious Templeton Freedom Awards (2014 and 2016) for Municipality Performance Index and the Economics in 31 Hours textbook, now used by 80% of Lithuanian high school students. Silenas holds degrees in economics from Wesleyan University and the ISM University of Management and Economics and has served in numerous teaching and advisory roles. He and his wife Rosita live in Atlanta where they enjoy exploring the outdoors, attending social functions, and the occasional pickup basketball game.

A journalist by trade, Lenore Skenazy spent 14 years at The New York Daily News as a reporter-turned-opinion columnist, and two more at The New York Sun. In 2008, after her column "Why I Let My 9 Year Old Ride the Subway Alone" landed her on every talk show from The Today Show to Dr. Phil, Lenore founded the book and blog “Free-Range Kids.” These launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement and garnered her the nickname, “America’s Worst Mom.” She got a promotion of sorts when Discovery Life tapped her to host the reality TV show, World’s Worst Mom. Lenore has lectured internationally from Microsoft to DreamWorks to the Sydney Opera House, and been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The New Yorker. (She was even on The Daily Show!) Over the years, she has written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yes -- Mad. After 10 years of watching parents nod along as she described how our culture has force-fed them fear, her aim at Let Grow is to turn agreement into action, making it easy and normal to give kids the same kind of freedom most of us had -- and loved. Lenore received her B.A. from Yale and her Master's Degree from Columbia. She lives in New York City with her husband and beloved computer. Her sons have (safely!) flown the coop.

AJ Skiera first joined Atlas Network in 2016. He attended the University of Miami (FL) with a semester abroad at Charles University in Prague and where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history and political science. In his role as associate director of marketing and communications, he helps to craft and facilitate Atlas Network's content strategy across email, web, print, video, and social media platforms. He is managing Atlas Network’s photojournalism and film project for its Doing Development Differently initiative, which features real stories of individuals who are the downstream beneficiaries of free-market reforms successfully championed by Atlas Network’s most effective partners in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He is a graduate of three professional development programs with the Charles Koch Institute and a recipient of the Illinois State Society Scholarship for his time working for Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14). Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, he currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.​

Vale Sloane joined Atlas Network in 2016 on the Institute Relations team. In his current role Vale manages relationships with Atlas Network’s global network of partners and directs various grants and awards programs. He also 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 Bachelor's of International and Global Studies (2013) and Bachelor's 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 Washington DC, and enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Netflix.

Dr. Lyall Swim is the vice president of training and events at Atlas Network. In his role, Lyall provides leadership for the entire suite of Atlas Network training offerings. For the past 17 years, he has engaged with more than 20,000 adult learners in dozens of organizations around the world. His focus has been to build increased leadership and operational capacity and enable organizations to successfully navigate various forms of change. He is a sought after speaker on ethics, leadership, innovation adoption, and education innovation. As the director of operations for Sutherland Institute, Lyall helped lead a redesign of the organization that enabled the Institute to better leverage the strengths of each staff member and increase the profile and influence of the Institute in Utah. Lyall holds a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in organization leadership from Pepperdine University. He also holds a bachelor’s in communications and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. His research and writing on leadership, ethics, education reform, adult learning, and innovation adoption have been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and various local and national outlets. Above all, Lyall enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three teenage children.

Born in 1965, Sascha Tamm studied philosophy, political science and physics in Dresden, Leipzig and Urbana-Champaign. He joined Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom (FNF) in 2001. After working in its Liberal Institute he became Head of the Moscow office of FNF in 2009. He joined the FNF central office in Potsdam again in 2012. Currently, he serves as Head of the Transatlantic Dialogue/Latin America department.

He has published books and articles on various issues of liberal political philosophy, European integration and foreign policy, among them: “Property. Conceptions and Ideas”, “Liberal Readings on Education” (with Stefan Melnik), Liberal Readings on Social Policy”, “Freedom and Competition: The Future of Europe. Last year he started the weekly podcast “Asozial”.

John Tillman is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders in the free market public policy arena. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, John recruits and leads a talented team of leaders, experts, and advocates to advance reforms that can spur Illinois’ comeback story.

In addition to leading the relaunch of the Illinois Policy Institute 501(c)(3) in 2007, John founded Illinois Policy 501(c)(4) and the Liberty Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) public-interest law firm.

John advocates on behalf of the powerless against the powerful special interests in Illinois. His leadership has been instrumental in making the Illinois Policy Institute a leading voice in Illinois on criminal justice reform, pension reform, budget and tax policies, and issues concerning jobs and growth.

In 2018, the Illinois Policy Institute and Liberty Justice Center shared the Bob Williams Award for “Biggest Win” in recognition of the U.S. Supreme Court victory in Janus v. AFSCME. The case overturned a 41-year-old precedent and restored the First Amendment rights of 5 million workers nationwide.

John’s success has become a model for liberty-focused organizations across the country. John is frequently asked to consult with other nonprofits on fundraising, leadership, marketing, and organizational strategy.

In 2011, John won the State Policy Network’s 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-based public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy.

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and visionary business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is the founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin.com, “the lip balm with a mission,” and is dedicated to reducing discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal. Throughout her career, she has created successful high-end retail brands inspired by diverse African traditions. She is a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos, a TED Global Africa Fellow, and "Leading Woman in Wellness” award winner by the Global Wellness Summit. Wade also serves on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, of Whole Foods Market. She has written for The Guardian, HuffingtonPost.com, and Barron’s, and is a frequent speaker at business conferences and on college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, and the Wharton School of Business. 

Matt Warner is president of Atlas Network. Under the direction of the CEO, he is responsible for strategy, programming, and personnel management. Matt also leads the development of a research agenda to further demonstrate the invaluable role of think tanks in achieving freedom around the world. Matt writes, speaks, and consults internationally on the topics of economics, institution building, nonprofit management, measurement, and impact philanthropy. Matt coined the term "the outsider's dilemma" to describe the challenge of helping low-income countries develop without inadvertently and perversely getting in the way of their most viable paths to prosperity. His work has appeared in Cato Journal, Forbes, The Hill, Harvard's Education Next, Real Clear Markets, Foundation for Economic Education, EconTalk, and Washington Times, among others. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 2010, Matt served in various policy leadership positions at nonprofit think tanks with a focus on energy, education, and property rights. Matt has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and is certified by Georgetown University in organizational development consulting. He is also a 2019-2020 Penn Kemble Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, a member of American Enterprise Institute's Leadership Network and a recipient of America's Future Foundation's 2019 Buckley Award.