April 14, 2020 Print

Annual regional conference to be held online April 22-23

As a result of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlas Network is shifting this year’s Asia Liberty Forum to a fully online format. This year’s conference will be held Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, March 23, using digital platforms that will enable attendees to engage with each other as well as listen to presentations in real time.  

“Like so many organizations around the world, we are adjusting our global events to meet the needs of our partners,” said Dr. Patricia Hohlbein, Vice President of Training and Events for Atlas Network. “The flexibility of using an online platform with breakout rooms and other tools that help our partners connect with each other means that important collaborations will still take place.”

Asia Liberty Forum is an opportunity for Atlas Network’s independent partners together to learn from each other, collaborate on new projects, and create the conditions for liberty to thrive throughout Asia. Scheduled speakers include Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips, Calixto Chikiamco of Foundation for Economic Freedom, Dr. Parth Shah of Centre for Civil Society in India, Robin Sitoula of Samriddhi Foundation in Nepal, and other leaders representing Atlas Network’s independent partners in Asia. All programming will be held during Philippine Standard Time (UTC +8).

Sessions will include conversations on the importance of dialogues on peace and inclusivity, fighting corruption and advancing property rights, obstacles to free trade; the impact of markets, politics, and technology in emerging markets, and more. Attendees will hear from distinguished speakers and participate in interactive sessions to strengthen civil society efforts to move public policy in the direction of greater freedom. Dr. Tom Palmer, Atlas Network’s Executive Vice President for International Programs and George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty, will announce the winner of the $7,000 Regional Liberty Award, which celebrates successful regional projects by Atlas Network partners.

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network’s Regional Liberty Forums is generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, Freda Utley Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, Rainbow@Atlas, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Sarah Scaife Foundation.  

Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization that strengthens the freedom movement around the globe by connecting more than 500 independent partners in 100 countries that share the vision of a free, prosperous and peaceful world. Asia Liberty Forum will bring together friends of the freedom movement from across Asia, the Pacific region, and Australia and New Zealand to discuss regional challenges and to learn from one another how to advance free-market reforms, particularly in a time of crisis, upheaval, and change.

The Think Tank Shark Tank competition and a discussion led by Atlas Network’s Brad Lips and Matt Warner on the global role of think tanks are open to the public. Attendance at all other Asia Liberty Forum Online sessions is limited, and staff of Atlas Network partner organizations will be given preference to attend. For more information about the schedule and to register for the conference, visit https://www.atlasnetwork.org/event/asia-liberty-forum-online-2020 or contact Chelsea Schick at Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org.