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Our participants have come from 58 countries. Learn more about them through the map or the list below.

 
 

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Esperanza Aguirre, Spain
Former minister of education and culture; former president of the Senate; former president of the Community of Madrid; president of the Popular Party of Madrid


David Allman, United States
Owner and chairman of Regent Partners, a real estate company with more than $2.5 billion in assets; chairman of numerous philanthropic initiatives, including Opportunity International Nicaragua, which fights poverty through business training and economic development projects


David Alvarez, Puerto Rico
Executive director of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority; former senior adviser to the chairman and president of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico


Soledad Arellano, Chile
Undersecretary for the Ministry of Social Planning; former economic minister responsible for advising Chilean antitrust authority


Pablo Arosemena, Ecuador
Entrepreneur and president of restaurant chain Subway Ecuador; president of the chamber of commerce in Guayaquil; president of Inteligencia Estratégica, a firm specializing in the economic impact of public policies; former president of Fundación Ecuador Libre, a market-liberal think tank


Diego Arria, Venezuela
Former president of the United Nations Security Council; former permanent representative of Venezuela to the UN; member of Advisory Council of International Crisis Group; former governor of Caracas; filed charges against Hugo Chávez at the ICC for crimes against humanity


Azhar Aslam, Pakistan and United Kingdom
Founder and chairman of Istanbul Network for Liberty, which promotes market-liberal policies in the Muslim world; founder and executive director of Vision 21, which promotes literacy and liberty-related values and policies in Pakistan; plastic surgeon with practice in London


Lawson Bader, United States
President and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, which help philanthropists promote liberty; former president of Competitive Enterprise Institute; former vice president of Mercatus Center; board member at Atlas Network and State Policy Network


Ena von Baer, Chile
Member of the Chilean Senate; former minister of communications to president Sebastian Piñera; former head of political and social program at Liberty & Development Institute; political scientist and former journalist


Steve Baker, United Kingdom
Conservative Party MP for Wycombe; former aerospace engineer with Royal Air Force; former software engineer; co-founder of Cobden Center, a market-liberal think tank focusing on monetary policy.
Video interview


Leszek Balcerowicz, Poland
Former head of the central bank; architect of post-Soviet economic reforms.
Video interview


Ricardo Baptista Leite, Portugal and Canada
Co-founder of Estoril Conferences, which focus on globalization issues; medical doctor; member of Portuguese parliament, serving on health and foreign affairs committees; head of public health at the Institute of Health Sciences at Catholic University of Portugal; Cascais city councilor


Scott Barbee, United States
Owner and president of Aegis Financial Corporation, an award-winning wealth management firm; director of the Donald and Paula Smith Family Foundation, which organizes political debates and supports organizations such as Cato Institute, Atlas Network, and Manhattan Institute


Mouatassim Belghazi, Morocco
Founder and CEO of FONDEP Microcredit (Albaraka), a leader in financial services for small businesses; chairman of Saraya Holdings, which has interests in agribusiness, distribution, real estate, and tourism; former CEO of SOMED Group and ONA-SNI Group, Morocco’s first private financial and industrial holding


Tom W. Bell, United States
Professor at Chapman University School of Law; legal adviser to Elevator Cities Development Corporation, which promotes and designs startup cities; author of Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good


Kakha Bendukidze, Georgia
Former minister of economy; former state minister on reforms; architect of economic liberalization during the Rose Revolution


Jaime Besa, Chile
Investment manager at Drake Capital; former adviser to the Ministry of Social Planning; co-founder of MBAChile.com, a worldwide collaboration of MBA graduates and students


Ryan Betters, United States and Haiti
Executive director of Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think tank that uses cost-benefit analysis to develop smart solutions for the world’s biggest problems; decorated US Marine Corps combat veteran; former food industry entrepreneur; former USAID business development consultant


Gonzalo Blousson, Argentina
Businessman; founder and president of Partido Liberal Libertario, Argentina’s libertarian party.
Video interview


Zac Bookman, United States
Co-founder and CEO of OpenGov Inc.; principal at Formation 8 Partners; former special advisor to General HR McMaster, commander of Anticorruption Task Force in Kabul Afghanistan.
Video interview
Radio interview


Karol Boudreaux, United States and Ethiopia
Land tenure and resource rights specialist at the Cloudburst Group; former Africa land tenure specialist at USAID; former member of the property rights working group for UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor


Sam Bowman, United Kingdom and Ireland
Economist and executive director of Adam Smith Institute, one of Britain’s leading market-liberal think tanks; frequent commentator and writer for the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and the Guardian


Connor Boyack, United States
President of Libertas Institute, a public policy think tank; author of the Tuttle Twins book series, which teaches children the principles of liberty; author of books, columns, and articles on politics and religion; frequently featured in national and international media


Karen Boyd, United States
Strategic and financial consultant to early-stage and established companies; board member of several community associations; former president of a nonprofit specializing in educational innovation in developing countries


Robert Boyd, United Kingdom
Managing trustee at Institute of Economic Affairs; trustee at Network for a Free Society; member of Atlas Network’s advisory council; founding member of Atlas Network’s board of directors; former CEO of a multinational investment firm


Jerry Brito, United States
Executive director of Coin Center, a new nonprofit research and advocacy center focused on public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin; adjunct professor of law and former director of the Technology Policy Program at Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Video interview


Montgomery Brown, United States
Program director at Earhart Foundation


Alfredo Bullard, Peru
Practicing lawyer with specialty in arbitration, mediation and antitrust issues; law professor; former head of national antitrust authority (Indecopi)


Zach Caceres, United States and Guatemala
Former executive director of the Michael Polanyi College, a school of creative development, as well as the Startup Cities Institute, a research center studying startup communities that innovate in law and policy; former editor of Radical Social Entrepreneurs, an online magazine that promotes innovation in education and governance


Francisco Capella, Spain
Founding member of Instituto Juan de Mariana, one of Spain’s leading market-liberal think tanks; founding member and professor at OMMA, which offers advanced degrees in economics and finance online; former consultant to US and European industry and governments


Alex Chafuen, United States and Argentina
President of Atlas Network, one of the world’s largest market-liberal organizations; president of Hispanic American Center for Economic Research; trustee of Grove City College; serves on the boards of Acton Institute and Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia; author of Faith and Liberty; Forbes columnist


Arthur Chait, United States
Founder of EoPlex semiconductor; former head of Stanford Research Institute’s consulting division; principal at Booz Allen and SVP at Solectron; adjunct professor at Notre Dame de Namur University; mentor at Stanford’s StartX; president of Antigua Forum 2016


John Chisholm, United States
Technology entrepreneur and investor; founding CEO of John Chisholm Ventures; founder and former CEO of Decisive Technology (acquired by Google) and CustomerSat (acquired by Confirmit); past president and chair of MIT Worldwide Alumni Association; trustee of MIT and the Santa Fe Institute
Video interview
Radio interview


Karma Choden, Bhutan
Program coordinator at QED Consulting Group, a firm that advises major international organizations and governments; former program officer at the Bhutanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; former program officer for the king of Bhutan


Julio Clavijo, Ecuador
Adviser to the head of the CREO political party, the second largest in the country’s legislature; international executive board member and former Latin American chairman of Students for Liberty


Diogo Costa, Brazil and United Kingdom
Executive director of Institute for Innovation and Governance, a market-liberal foundation in Brazil; advisory board member at Students for Liberty; researcher affiliated with Cato Institute and Atlas Network; taught political economy at King’s College London


Mickey Costa, United States
Co-founder and CEO of FundElevator.com, a crowd-sourcing platform to support causes and politicians


Alex Cranberg, United States
Founder of Alliance for Choice in Education; member of University of Texas System Board of Regents; founder and chairman of Aspect Energy


Brian Lee Crowley, Canada
Managing director of Macdonald-Laurier Institute; founding president of Atlantic Institute for Market Studies; member of Alberta Premier’s Advisory Council on Health; expert on Canadian health care reform


Juan José Daboub, El Salvador
Former managing director of the World Bank; former finance minister and architect of privatizations and dollarization in El Salvador; founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute; chairman and CEO of the Daboub Partnership


Matt Dalio, United States and Guatemala
Founder of China Care Foundation, which provides medical, social, and educational programs for orphans with disabilities in China; founder and CEO of Endless Mobile, a computer platform aimed at the developing world and built with technology at a fraction of the cost of traditional PCs.
Video interview


Tuur Demeester, Belgium
Financial analyst and frequent media commentator on digital currencies; early investor and advocate of Bitcoin; owner of AdamantResearch, a financial research firm; former editor of MacroTrends, a financial newsletter.
Video interview


John Deming, United States and New Zealand
Angel investor and entrepreneur specializing in medical access technology, health-care technology, and innovative models for linking entrepreneurs and investors; seed investor in firms and technologies that challenge harmful government regulations and inefficient business structures


Ebal Jair Díaz Lupian, Honduras
Legislative director of Honduran congress, responsible for advancing legislation on critical issues; key leader of efforts to establish autonomous development zones in Honduras


Joao Carlos Espada, Portugal
Professor of political studies and director of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal; former adviser to two presidents of Portugal; awarded the Order of Merit by the Portuguese government and the highest civil recognition given by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Gang FAN, China
Secretary general of China Reform Foundation; former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of China’s central bank; economic professor and director of the National Economic Research Institute; a Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinker.
Video interview


Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, Spain
UFM vice president; former minister of health for Community of Madrid; former deputy chief of staff for president José María Aznar; former chief of staff in Spanish Ministry of Education; former secretary general of FAES (Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis), the country’s leading market-liberal think tank.
Video interview


Lucía Figar, Spain
Education reformer; head of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for Madrid; former head of Madrid’s immigration agency; former secretary at Ministry of Social Affairs; member of national board for Partido Popular


Mark Frazier, United States
President of Openworld, a social investment platform that supports educational and entrepreneurial projects in poor communities in fifty-six countries, with a focus on projects that develop free zones and other innovations to ease tax and regulatory burdens


Bill Frezza, United States
Former host of syndicated talk show RealClear Radio Hour; former tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist; fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute; columnist for the Foundation for Economic Education; author of 2015 Antigua Forum case study on market-based reforms in New Zealand
Video interview


Declan Ganley, Ireland and United States
Chairman and CEO of Rivada Networks, a telecommunications firm that specializes in arbitrage and use of radio spectrum; founder and chairman of the pan-European political party Libertas
Video interview


Titus Gebel, Monaco and Germany
Co-founder and former CEO of Deutsche Rohstoff, a German investment company with interests in mining and oil production; former asset manager; founder of Free Private Cities Limited, a for-profit venture designed to offer the basic services of government in voluntary arrangements


Rick Geddes, United States and Costa Rica
Expert on public-private partnerships and other innovations to improve financing of transportation, water, and infrastructure projects; professor and director of the Program in Infrastructure Policy at Cornell University; former senior economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers


Michael Gibson, United States
Co-founder and general partner at 1517 Fund, which invests in young innovators and entrepreneurs; venture capitalist; principal at Thiel Capital; vice president for grants at Thiel Foundation, where he helps run the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship


Stephanie Giovanetti, United States
Director of outreach at Atlas Network; oversees Atlas Network’s flagship events, including Freedom Dinner, Liberty Forum, and the Think Tank MBA


Casey Given, United States
Executive director of Young Voices, a nonprofit that trains early-career market-liberal journalists and analysts and connects them with media outlets around the world; former director of communications at Students for Liberty; political columnist at news website Rare


Bill Glasgall, United States
Director of Volcker Alliance’s state and local programs, which help bring transparency and best practices into state-level budgeting; award-winning journalist; former managing editor at Bloomberg News; former senior editor at Businessweek


José Raúl González, Guatemala
Chief executive officer of Grupo Progreso, a regional leader in the building materials sector; professor of finance and economics and former dean of UFM School of Economic Sciences; member of the UFM Board of Trustees; former president of CIEN, a think tank in Guatemala


Pilar García de la Granja, Spain
Award-winning journalist; US bureau chief correspondent for Telecinco TV of Spain; US correspondent for Diario el Economista; first Spanish-speaking journalist to transmit live from the NYSE; winner of 2007 Golden Antenna award for economics broadcasting in Spain.
Video interview


Marcel Granier, Venezuela
President and CEO of Empresas 1BC, a major media company in Venezuela; president of the board and general director of Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), one of the country’s most watched TV channels; activist and vocal critic of the Venezuelan government


Daniel Green, United States
Director of the Templeton Religion Trust in the Bahamas and former director of the Individual Freedom and Free Markets program at John Templeton Foundation; former resident scholar and fellow at Liberty Fund


Ingrid Gregg, United States
President and trustee of Earhart Foundation; member of board of directors of Citizens Research Council of Michigan; member of advisory board of Mackinac Center for Public Policy; fellow of Royal Historical Society; trustee of Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Philadelphia Society, and Foundation for Economic Education


Dan Grossman, United States
Chairman of Atlas Network; founder and owner of several companies; board member of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Students for Liberty, and Future of Freedom Foundation


John Guido, United States
Director of strategic initiatives and external relationships at the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity; consultant to startup ventures in agriculture and food industries; Bastiat Society board member


Andrew Haldenby, United Kingdom
Co-founder and director of Reform and trustee of Reform Scotland, both market-liberal think tanks; former head of political section of the Conservative Party's research department


Robin Hanson, United States
Expert in prediction markets and idea futures; associate professor of economics at George Mason University; research associate with the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University; collaborator with DARPA’s Future Map project


Nouh El Harmouzi, Morocco and Egypt
Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies; editor of news website MinbarAlHurriyya.org; professor of economics at Ibn Toufail University in Morocco; recognized for his speech calling for economic freedom in Egypt’s Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring
Video interview


Tim Harris, South Africa
Member of parliament; shadow minister of finance; party whip and international liaison for the Democratic Alliance, the official opposition party


Thomas Hazlett, United States
Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Chair of Economics at Clemson University; former chief economist at US Federal Communications Commission; author of The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone
Video interview


Jason Heckathorn, United States
Founding president of Forever Oceans Corporation, which develops sustainable fish farms that operate in oceans; founder of Lockheed Martin’s mobile fish pens, which reuse the company’s defense technologies for sustainable fish farming, named one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2012


Roberta Herzberg, United States
Assistant director of Freedom and Free Enterprise program at John Templeton Foundation; professor emeritus of political economy at Utah State University; president of the Public Choice Society


Rainer Heufers, Indonesia
Co-founder and executive director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, a market-liberal think tank that works with policymakers to advance prosperity in Indonesia; founder and managing director of SIAP Solutions, a consulting firm that provides policy advice and training to think tanks, political parties, corporations, and governments


Jamie Heywood, United States
Founder of PatientsLikeMe.com, a social media tool that shares disease-related information to improve patient outcomes, one of “15 companies that will change the world” (CNN Money).
Video interview


Chris Horner, United States
Senior staff attorney and clinical instructor at Free Market Environmental Law Clinic; senior fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute; attorney in Washington, DC specializing in energy, environment, and transparency issues at the domestic and international levels


Anders Hultin, Sweden
Architect of Sweden’s school choice reforms; former advisor to minister of education; entrepreneur in education sector; founder of Sweden’s largest nongovernmental school.
Video interview


Nicolás Ibáñez, Chile
Entrepreneur and reform advocate; director of Walmart Chile


Andrei Illarionov, Russia and Ukraine
Economist and former senior economic adviser to Vladimir Putin; senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity; played a key role in implementing Russia’s flat income tax, repaying the foreign debt, and making the country a full-fledged member of the G8


Wilmot G. James, South Africa
Member of parliament; federal chairperson of the national opposition party, the Democratic Alliance


Bill Jones, United States
Co-founder and president of Texans First, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs invest in policy reform; co-founder of Local Voice Solutions, a consulting firm that uses technology to develop campaigns for candidates and causes; former investor and entrepreneur in the energy industry; professor at Acton School of Business


Vidar Jorgensen, United States and Mexico
Founding vice chairman of Grameen America, a microfinance entity; founding director of Grameen Health, a health-care program for low-income immigrant women and families; majority owner of conference and research companies Cambridge Healthtech Institute and World Health Care Congress


Matt Kibbe, United States
President and chief community organizer of Free the People; president of AlternativePAC; former adviser to US presidential candidate Rand Paul; former president and CEO of FreedomWorks; former Republican National Committee senior economist; expert in grassroots political communications


Terry Kibbe, United States
CEO of Free the People, which reaches young people with engaging stories about freedom, community, and disruptive innovation; president of Curated Innovation, which helps universities and other organizations bring inventions and research to market; adviser to Global Philanthropic Trust


Mark Klugmann, El Salvador and Honduras
Co-chairman of ZEDE (free economic zones) reform team for the Honduran government; former speechwriter to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush; strategist for six administrations in El Salvador and Honduras; originator of LEAP zones, based on a methodology that overcomes political obstacles to reform


Alexandra Klun, United States
Business strategy and marketing consultant to startups, nonprofits, and political campaigns; manager of Tim Draper’s Innovate Your State initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and encouraging public participation to fundamentally improve government


Renee Knake, United States
Professor of law and Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at University of Houston; former co-director of ReInvent Law Laboratory at Michigan State University; former reporter to American Bar Association’s Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services


Mamadou Koulibaly, Côte d'Ivoire
Former president of the National Assembly; former minister of the budget; former minister of economy and finance


Kevin Koym, United States
Serial tech entrepreneur; creator of the world’s first Internet banking application; co-founder of Tech Ranch, which provides Austin-based tech entrepreneurs with a support community; co-founder of Prueba el Mundo, a Latin American entrepreneurship development program


Birgit Lamm, Mexico and Germany
Regional director for Latin America at Friedrich Naumann Foundation, which promotes rule of law, good governance, and individual freedom; former director of the International Academy for Leadership and program coordinator at Theodor Heuss Academy


Alan Lattanner, United States
Geoengineer, investor, and serial entrepreneur with over twenty-five years of experience in the software, environmental, and energy industries; advisory board member at Monterey Venture Partners, which invests in sustainable technologies


Elena Leontjeva, Lithuania
Co-founder and former president of Lithuanian Free Market Institute; former economic adviser to the president; former economic adviser to six administrations on banking, securities, tax, and budget issues


Dan Liljenquist, United States
Former Utah state senator; architect of major public pension reform and Medicaid reform in Utah; nationally recognized expert on reforms related to pensions and benefits


Brad Lips, United States
CEO of Atlas Network, one of the world’s largest market-liberal organizations; member of Mont Pelerin Society and John Templeton Foundation; former Internet entrepreneur and analyst on Wall Street; co-author of The Reagan Vision and contributor to Freedom Champions


Sven Otto Littorin, Sweden
Former minister of employment, responsible for overhaul of unemployment insurance and civil service system during the first Reinfeldt administration; adviser at Gibran Associates, focusing on policy reform issues


Edward J. López, United States
Professor of economics and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University; executive director of Public Choice Society; member of the board of directors of the Association for Private Enterprise Education


Ricardo López Murphy, Argentina
Former minister of defense; former minister of economy; presidential candidate in 2003 and 2007


Marcelo Loprete, Argentina and Uruguay
Lawyer and business consultant; general trustee of Argentina’s National Social Security Agency; former chief financial officer at the Ministry of Education in the Buenos Aires city government; chair of political economy program at Universidad Austral


Luis Loria, Costa Rica
Director of the Opportunity for All program at IDEAS, a market-liberal think tank; president of Strategic Advantage Consulting Group, which provides services to public- and private-sector leaders, including top-level government officials, in ten Latin American countries


Rolf Lüders, Chile
Former minister of finance; former minister of economy


Bart Madden, United States
Entrepreneur and author of Free To Choose Medicine, a bold reform proposal for the Food and Drug Administration to allow faster access to cheaper drugs; co-founder of Callard, Madden & Associates.
Video interview


Ron Manners, Australia
Founder and chairman of Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a market-liberal think tank that introduces students to market-based solutions to current problems; executive director of Mannwest Group, which has interests in mining; director of other mining businesses


Rod Martin, United States
Technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and futurist; member of the PayPal startup team; past president of National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Lindiwe Mazibuko, South Africa
Former member of parliament, fourth youngest in the country’s history; former parliamentary leader for the Democratic Alliance, the country’s official opposition party; currently studying public policy at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Video interview


Alexander McCobin, United States
Co-founder and president of Students For Liberty, the largest libertarian student organization in the world, with fifty thousand members; member of the board of advisers of the Atlas Society and Our America Initiative; former Koch Associate at Cato Institute


Eric McKay, United States
Co-founder at OpenCapital, making early stage investing in ventures available to passive investors; Peter Thiel Fellow 2011


Michael McKay, United States
Founder and former president of Iowa Capital Management; retired general partner of several commodity funds; host of market-oriented educational project Radio Free Market


Fred McMahon, Canada
Resident fellow and Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute; general manager of the Economic Freedom of the World project


Gustavo Medina, Spain and United States
Founder and CEO of half a dozen tech companies in e-commerce, biotechnology, and gaming, including Wupplier (value chain management) and TheSingularFactory (online business development); consultant to the Spanish Algae Bank, a research and development center focusing on microalgae


Adam Meyerson, United States
President of Philanthropy Roundtable, a network of donors committed to advancing liberty; member of the board of State Policy Network; former vice president of educational affairs at the Heritage Foundation; former Wall Street Journal editorial writer


Rodolfo Milani, United States
Senior managing director at Dominick & Dominick, which provides investment advice to high-net-worth clients and companies in Latin and North America; president of Friends of UFM; trustee of Hispanic American Center for Economic Research; member of Inter-American Institute for Democracy


Sugata Mitra, India and United Kingdom
Chief scientist emeritus at NIIT, an operator of higher education institutions in India; creator of the Hole-in-the-Wall experiment that showed the value of informal learning and inspired the movie Slumdog Millionaire; professor of educational technology at Newcastle University
Video interview
Radio interview


Carlos Alberto Montaner, Cuba and Spain
Commentator and author of more than twenty-five books and thousands of articles, mostly on the Cuban dictatorship; named one of the fifty most influential Ibero-American intellectuals by Foreign Policy magazine; political analyst for CNN en Español
Radio interview


Leonidas Montes, Chile
Dean of School of Government at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez; former chairman of the board at Televisión Nacional de Chile


Michael Murray, United States
Senior vice president at John Templeton Foundation; senior visiting scholar in philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College; former Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor of Philosophy; author or co-author of numerous books and articles on philosophy and theology


Mihail Neamtu, Romania
Politician and theologian; founder and president of New Republic, a new political party; former scientific director of Institute for Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile; member of the Alliance for the European Conservatives and Reformists


Arpita Nepal, Nepal
Co-founder and director of research at Samriddhi, a foundation that advances ideas for a free and prosperous Nepal through entrepreneurial projects and by working with the national government; honored by John Templeton Foundation for promoting economic liberty and fighting corruption
Video interview


Massimiliano Neri, Italy
Director of enterprise risk solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Moody’s Analytics; subject matter expert for financial risk management at Professional Risk Managers’ International Association; instructor in risk analysis at Center for Advanced Studies OMMA in Madrid


Bill Nixon, United States
Chairman and CEO of Policy Impact Communications, a government affairs and public relations firm; chairman and CEO of iSchool Campus and ISC Federal, which provide schools, governments, and organizations with a platform for integrating multiple technologies for education and training


John E. Nixon, United States
Chief financial officer at University of Utah; former budget director for the state of Michigan and head of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget; responsible for leading major pension reforms in Michigan; former president of the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Video interview


Hervé Novelli, France
Mayor of Richelieu and former member of national assembly; former undersecretary for business and foreign trade; former undersecretary for trade, crafts, small and medium enterprises; founder Les Reformateurs, a market- liberal faction within the Union for a Popular Movement


Barbara Oakley, United States
New York Times bestselling author of A Mind for Numbers; creator of Learning How to Learn, one of the most popular online courses in the world with more than half a million students; professor of engineering at Oakland University; visiting scholar at University of California, San Diego


Mary Anastasia O’Grady, United States
Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s The Americas column; member of the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal


Japheth Omojuwa, Nigeria and Kenya
Political commentator and editor of Atlas Network’s AfricanLiberty.org, one of Africa’s largest websites on economics and governance; World Economic Forum Global Shaper; featured on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera; named one of Africa’s 50 Movers and Shakers by Credit Suisse


Emilio Pacheco, United States and Venezuela
Executive vice president and COO at Liberty Fund; formerly the chief information officer at the central bank of Venezuela


Tom Palmer, United States
Vice president for international programs at Atlas Economic Research Foundation; general director of Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity; senior fellow at Cato Institute; author of Realizing Freedom and editor of Why Liberty, The Morality of Capitalism, and After the Welfare State


Elena Panaritis, Greece and United States
Former senior economic adviser to the Greek prime minister and minister of finance; former member of parliament; social entrepreneur and founder of Panel Group, a policy advisory firm; founder of Thought for Action Foundation; former World Bank economist specializing in property rights reform
Radio interview


Sam Patterson, United States
Co-founder of OB1 and OpenBazaar, a peer-to-peer marketplace that uses blockchain technology; former senior policy analyst and creator of the tech policy program at Charles Koch Institute; author of Bitcoin Beginner, one of the most popular Bitcoin books on Amazon


Peter Pažitný, Slovakia
Founding partner and director of Health Policy Institute; former principal adviser to Minister of Health; expert on health care policy in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia


Guillermo Peña Panting, Honduras
Founding CEO of Fundación Eléutera, which promotes freedom in Honduras; key player in reform establishing autonomous free economic zones (ZEDE); driver behind government project to digitize the land registry using blockchain technology


Dan Peters, United States
President of Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation, focused on improving K-12 education; co- founder of Alliance for Charitable Reform, advocating reform in non-profit sector; former chairman of Philanthropy Roundtable


Kellie Peters, United States
Trustee of Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation, focused on improving K-12 education; co- founder of Liberty Alliance Cincinnati, an activist group dedicated to limited government


Surse Pierpoint, Panama and United States
General manager of Zona Libre de Colón and appointed by the president of Panama to establish rules for this free economic zone; former head of Colón Free Trade Zone Users Association; president of the market-liberal think tank Fundación Libertad Panamá


Charlie Plott, United States
Pioneer in the use of experiments to test economic and political theories; professor of economics and political science and director of the Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Political Science at California Institute of Technology


Robert Poole, United States
Co-founder of Reason Foundation; author of Cutting Back City Hall, which heavily influenced Margaret Thatcher’s privatization efforts; former adviser to Reagan, Clinton, and Bush administrations; named the leading national expert on transportation privatization by the New York Times


Oliver Porter, United States
Creator of a public-private partnership model successfully implemented by local governments in the United States that dramatically lowers costs and improves services; chairman of the charter commission and interim city manager for Sandy Springs, Georgia; former vice president at AT&T
Radio interview


Marcela Prieto, Colombia
Executive director of Political Science Institute of Colombia; former adviser to Ministry of Interior


Joe Quirk, United States
Communications director and “seavangelist” at the Seasteading Institute, an organization that researches and promotes floating cities; bestselling science writer, novelist, and memoir ghostwriter; co-author of upcoming book Why Seastead? How Floating Nations Will Liberate Humanity
Radio interview


Daniel Raisbeck, Colombia
Candidate for mayor of Bogotá and Colombia’s first libertarian political candidate; classical scholar at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá; columnist for the PanAm Post, and el Tiempo; prominent speaker and advocate for limited government
Radio interview


Ben Rast, United States
Founder and senior partner of the Rast Group at Morgan Stanley, a provider of wealth management services; co-founder and president of the Bastiat Society, an international nonprofit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and the business community promote a society of free and responsible individuals


Ruth Richardson, New Zealand
Former minister of finance; architect of far-reaching fiscal and macroeconomic reforms during the 1990s; current and former director of several dozen companies.
Video interview
Radio interview


Brian Robertson, United States
Co-founder and partner at HolacracyOne, which helps organizations radically improve performance through better rules, distributed authority, and empowerment; experienced entrepreneur and founder and former CEO of Ternary Software


Andrew Robb, Australia
Member of Parliament; Shadow Minister for Finance; chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee; former federal director of Liberal Party.
Video interview


Fred Roeder, Germany and United States
Vice president of finance and operations at Students for Liberty, a global forum for student advocates of economic, social, and academic freedom; co-founder of European Students for Liberty; founder of Healthcare Solutions, which provides consulting on health systems and services in Central and Eastern Europe


Cristian Rodríguez, Guatemala
CEO and president of EDISA, a distributor of automotive parts and power tools; president of Soluciones Analíticas, a lab services firm serving the agricultural and industrial sectors; trustee or director of various foundations focused on education and reform in Guatemala


Mauricio Rojas, Sweden and Chile
Former member of the Swedish parliament for the Liberal People’s Party; senior fellow at Fundación para el Progreso, a market-liberal think tank in Chile; author of several books on immigration, economics, and the Swedish model; former president of the market-liberal think tank Timbro


Flemming Rose, Denmark
Danish journalist, author, and foreign affairs editor at Jyllands-Posten; responsible for the 2005 publication of controversial Muhammad cartoons, which made him a target of Al-Qaeda; senior fellow at Cato Institute; awarded 2016 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty


Roberto Salinas, Mexico
President of the Economist’s Mexico Business Forum; director of Alamos Alliance conferences; President of the Antigua Forum 2012


Ali Salman, Pakistan
Founder and executive director of the Policy Research Institute of Market Economy, Pakistan’s only market-liberal think tank; visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London; author of several books, including Discord between Economic Freedom and Social Justice in Islam


Octavio Sánchez, Honduras
Chief of staff to President Porfirio Lobo; named by president to lead free cities project in Honduras


Sunny Sangha, United Kingdom and India
Co-Founder of 225 Academy, which aims to reinvent education globally and currently creates personal learning experiences for young people in Asia and the Middle East; founder of the World Forum for Institutional Experimentation, which promotes experimental jurisdictions and communities


Jeff Sandefer, United States
Conceptualizer and promoter of reform in Texas state universities; co-founder of Acton School of Business and Acton Academy (K-12); Socratic teacher; founder of Sandefer Capital Partners; president of Antigua Forum 2013
Video interview
Radio interview: Entrepreneurship
Radio interview: Education


James Schuler, United States
Co-founder and CTO of FundElevator.com, a crowd-sourcing platform to support causes and politicians; creator of Eligible, a platform to help healthcare companies engage in financial transactions; Y-Combinator graduate; Peter Thiel “20 Under 20” Fellow 2013


Fredrik Segerfeldt, Sweden
Incoming director of the pro-immigration think tank Migro; former program director at Timbro, Sweden’s leading market-liberal think tank; author of upcoming book on colonization; author of Water For Sale; commentator featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and other media outlets


Jaime Serra, Mexico
Former minister of commerce and industry; architect of NAFTA


David Seymour, New Zealand and Canada
Member of Parliament representing the Epsom electorate, including parts of Auckland and suburbs; leader of the pro-market ACT party; former government adviser on partnership/charter schools; former policy analyst with think tanks in Canada and New Zealand
Video interview


Parth Shah, India
Founder and president of Centre for Civil Society, a market liberal think tank in Delhi
Video interview


Tracie Sharp, United States
President of State Policy Network; trustee of the Roe Foundation; founder of HOPE-Oregon; former executive director of Cascade Policy Institute


Mao Shoulong, China
Professor and dean of School of Public Management at Renmin University in Beijing; expert on public administration in China


Remigijus Šimašius, Lithuania
Mayor of Vilnius; former minister of justice; former head of Lithuanian Free Market Institute
Video interview


Robin Sitoula, Nepal
Executive director at Samriddhi, a foundation that advances ideas for a free and prosperous Nepal through entrepreneurial projects and by working with government to create a business-friendly environment; honored by John Templeton Foundation for promoting economic liberty and fighting corruption


Vernon Smith, United States
Pioneer of experimental economics; 2002 Nobel laureate in economics; professor of economics at Chapman University


Benito Solis, Mexico
Recently retired member of the board of Bank Deposit Protection Institute (IPAB), with responsibility for insuring deposits and addressing bank solvency issues; former director general of Moody’s in Mexico


Danielle Strachman, United States
Co-founder and general partner at 1517 Fund, which invests in young innovators and entrepreneurs; former program director for the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship; co-founder and board member of Innovations Academy, an inquiry-based public charter school


Michael Strong, United States
Chairman of Elevator Cities Development Corporation, dedicated to promoting and designing Startup Cities; chief visionary officer of Freedom Lights Our World (FLOW); board member of the Seasteading Institute; lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems
Radio interview


Tomas Szalay, Slovakia
Medical doctor and adviser on health reforms to governments in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Western Balkans; partner at the Health Policy Institute, a market-oriented think tank that promotes health policy reforms


Sam Tabuchi, Japan and United States
Professor in the Public Private Partnership Graduate School and Global Innovation Studies Program at Toyo University; vice chairman of a PPP initiative at the United Nations; deputy director of the Asia PPP Institute; led the implementation of a billion-dollar PPP project in Florida


Heather Templeton Dill, United States
President of John Templeton Foundation; former trustee and member of the foundation’s executive, finance, and strategic planning committees; board member at First Trust Bank; former member of the Templeton Religion Trust steering committee and Templeton World Charity board


Matías de Tezanos, Guatemala and United States
Internet entrepreneur and investor; named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; founder of Hoteles.com, the most visited hotel reservation site in Spanish (acquired by Expedia); founding CEO and chairman of PeopleFund, which invests in tech startups


Gene Thompson, Cayman Islands
Entrepreneur in real estate development; director of Thompson Development Ltd, a leading development company in the Cayman Islands; director of Health City Cayman Islands, a tertiary care hospital


Jennifer Thompson, United States
Executive director of Center for the Study of Liberty, which develops programs to engage corporate leaders with market-liberal ideas; former senior director of programs at Institute for Humane Studies; former vice president of co-sponsored programs at Liberty Fund


Alfredo Timermans, Spain
CEO of Telefónica Internacional USA; former secretary of state for communications and former deputy chief of staff under President José María Aznar; former director of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES).
Video interview


Nathan Tjirimuje, Namibia and South Africa
Founder of Chevauchee Foundation, which works to spread liberty in Africa and has partnered with sixty high schools and universities; winner of Atlas Network’s Africa Liberty Award; former water entrepreneur who encountered government corruption and regulation firsthand


William J. Tompson, United Kingdom
Head of OECD’s Unit for Regional Economics and Governance; former senior counselor for Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD; author of several OECD studies on the political economy of reform


José Torres, Colombia and United States
Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Legal Design Lab, which researches legal innovation; former director of Center for Legal Innovation at Sergio Arboleda University; former adviser at World Trade Organization in Geneva; former lawyer at Skadden Arps in London


Carmen Urízar, Guatemala
Adviser on economics and infrastructure to the new government; former minister of energy and mines; former president of Guatemala Petroleum Commission; founder of private investment consultant groups


Ian Vásquez, United States and Peru
Director of Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at Cato Institute; area of expertise in Latin America, especially in economic development


Gustavo Villasmil, Venezuela
Secretary of health for the state of Miranda and principal builder of its new public health system; surgeon and specialist in internal medicine at the Central University of Venezuela; author of more than twenty peer-reviewed academic papers and two books on health care and policy


Bernardo M. Villegas, Philippines
Chairman of Center for Research and Communication; adviser to recent presidents.
Video interview


Michael Walker, Canada
Founder of Fraser Institute, Canada’s highest-ranked think tank; appointed to Order of Canada, the government’s highest honor, for his work at Fraser; co-founder, with Milton and Rose Friedman, of Economic Freedom of the World project, a collaboration of eighty institutes worldwide


Wan Jan Wan Saiful, Malaysia
Founder of Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS); life member of Islamic Party of Malaysia; former head of Conservative Muslim Forum in the United Kingdom
Video interview


Matt Warner, United States
Chief operating officer at Atlas Network; former public affairs director at James Madison Institute; former director of energy and education at American Legislative Exchange Council; published in several journals and newspapers; testified before several state legislative bodies


Mark Weber, United States
Project manager for Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Labs, which is developing a blockchain-based finance and land title system for Mexico’s Ministry of Finance; co-producer of Poverty, Inc., an award-winning documentary that explores how entrepreneurship can alleviate poverty


Richard Weekley, United States
Chairman of Texans for Lawsuit Reform; chairman of Weekley Development Group.
Video interview


Linda Whetstone, United Kingdom
Chairman of Network for a Free Society; former chairman of International Policy Network; board member of Institute of Economic Affairs and Atlas Network


Rachel Whetstone, United States
Global head of communications and public policy at Google; former Political Secretary to then Conservative leader Michael Howard


Silverio Zebral, Brazil and United States
Chief economist and head of Government Innovation Unit at the Organization of American States (OAS); adjunct professor at George Washington University; awarded the Pedro Ernesto Medal by the city of Rio de Janeiro, that government’s highest honor