November 12, 2015 Print

Atlas Network President Alex Chafuen opens Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2015.

Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2015 kicked off on Wednesday, Nov. 11, welcoming more than 500 people from around the world to the most inspirational international freedom event of the year.

Ed Feulner (Heritage Foundation) presents the Sir Fisher International Memorial Award to Fraser Institute's Niels Veldhuis, for Fraser Institute's book 'What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity.'

Presenters wait to make their pitch for their Un-Conference projects. Un-Conference brings a workshop atmosphere to the traditional policy conference. With the help of trained facilitators, attendees and presenters work together to take think tank projects to new levels of ambition and effectiveness.

Speed Networking - always a crowd favorite! - sponsored by State Policy Network and moderated by Grace Courter, Atlas Network marketing & communications manager.

Judges prepare to judge the Think Tank Shark Tank competition, sponsored by the Rising Tide Foundation. From left to right: Dan Grossman, Chairman of the Board for Atlas Network; Ron Manners, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation (Australia); Don Smith, Smith Family Foundation (United States); and Terry Kibbe, Rising Tide Foundation (United States). Master of Ceremonies: Fred Young, Independent Investor (United States).

Cindy Cerquitella, Director of the Atlas Leadership Academy, kicks off the Think Tank Shark Tank competition.

Think Tank Shark Tank contestant Richard Lorenc (Foundation for Economic Education, United States) pitching "Economics in One Day."

Think Tank Shark Tank contestant Isack Danford (Uhuru Initiative for Policy and Education,Tanzania) pitching "Youth in Business."

Think Tank Shark Tank contestant Giannina Raffo (Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE Freedom), Venezuela) pitching "Inflatio-meter of Venezuela."

Think Tank Shark Tank contestant Admir Čavalić (Association “Multi," Bosnia and Herzegovina) pitching "Balkan Liberty Festival."

In the Think Tank Luminaries session, distinguished think tank leaders talked about the secrets of success, and the pitfalls that must be overcome. From left to right: ƒCristian Larroulet, Centro de Emprendimiento e Innovación (Chile); Ed Feulner, Heritage Foundation (United States); Darcy Olson, Goldwater Institute (United States); Michel Kelly-Gagnon, Montreal Economic Institute (Canada); and David Nott, Reason Foundation (United States). Moderated by Luis Ball, Atlas Network.

Property Rights in Action session, featuring ƒGuillermo Peña Panting, Fundacion Eleutera, (Honduras); Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute (India); Eustace Davie, Free Market Foundation (South Africa); and Joe Lehman, Mackinac Center (United States) as moderator.

"Ukraine at a Crossroads," featuring remarks by Yuliya B. Tychkivska of the Kyiv School of Economics.

"Ask the Funders" — learning what philanthropists look for in funding opportunities. Featuring Nikos Monoyios, Eagle Valley Ranch (Greece); Peter Lipsett, DonorsTrust & Donors Capital Fund (United States); Roberta Herzberg, John Templeton Foundation (United States); and Stephanie Lips (Atlas Network) as moderator.

Canadian singer-songwriter Lindy Vopnfjörð welcoming guests to the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Reception.

Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips introducing the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition. Twenty-one graduates of the Think Tank MBA program gave a 60-second pitch about the importance of their work. The audience judged the contest to participate in selecting the winner of the $1,000 grand prize.

Special remarks by Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute (United Kingdom), after the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition.

After a special screening of the documentary "India Awakes," produced by Free To Choose Network, the audience heard special remarks from Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network); Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute (India); and Tom Skinner, Free To Choose Network (United States).