November 17, 2015 Print

Miloš Nikolić, Marija Vyšniauskaitė, and Alvaro Salas.

Congratulations to Alvaro Salas, founder and executive director of Democracy Lab in Costa Rica, for winning the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition at Atlas Network’s 2015 Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. In his 60-second pitch, Salas artfully wove his personal story of overcoming an early life of hardship together with his dedication to advancing the ideals of freedom and liberty in Costa Rica.

Second place in the competition was awarded to Miloš Nikolić, president of Atlas Network partner Libertarian Club Libek in Serbia, and third place was awarded to Marija Vyšniauskaitė, head of the Education Centre at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute.

Alvaro Salas, founder and executive director of Democracy Lab.


Miloš Nikolić, president of Libertarian Club Libek.


Marija Vyšniauskaitė, head of the Education Centre at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute.

Always a highlight of this annual event, the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition is a fitting rite of passage for graduates of Think Tank MBA, Atlas Leadership Academy’s 10-day flagship training program. During the competition, participants must convey a meaningful pitch of their work to the Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner audience in 60 seconds or less.

Participants in Think Tank MBA focus primarily on drafting a strategic plan for their organizations, gain customized leadership advice, and compete in both a Campaign Challenge and the John Blundell Elevator Pitch competition. This intensive training program helps think tank leaders of all types create a leaner, more professional, and more highly regarded organization.