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Our participants have come from 61 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


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


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


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


Federico Antillón
Guatemala and United States

Pediatrician and cellular biologist; medical director at National Pediatric Oncology Unit (UNOP); board member, UFM School of Medicine; fellowship director of joint program between UNOP and UFM; author of more than seventy medical articles and book chapters


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


June Arunga
Kenya

CEO of Usafi Comfort, a wastewater management solutions provider; partner at Black Star Line, a technology provider for mobile payments; advocate for property rights in Africa; one of Forbes’ 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2011 and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010


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, a community foundation that works with libertarian and conservative philanthropists; former president of Competitive Enterprise Institute; former executive vice president of Mercatus Center; board member at Atlas Network, State Policy Network, Solers, Inc.


Evan Baehr
United States

Founder and CEO of Teneo, a leadership network that develops practical solutions to pressing issues; serial founder of tech companies, venture investor, and adviser; best-selling author of Get Backed, a guide to launching a company; professor at University of Texas


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


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


Jesse Blumenthal
United States

Head of technology and innovation policy at Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation, which work to foster a national conversation on critical issues that have an impact on the advancement of societal well-being; former director of client strategy at the digital media firm Engage


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


Max Borders
United States

Author of The Social Singularity: A Decentralist Manifesto; founder and executive director of Social Evolution, a nonprofit dedicated to solving social problems through innovation; former editor at Foundation for Economic Education (FEE); futurist, speaker, and author.


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


Angela Braly
United States

Former CEO of Wellpoint, Inc. (now Anthem); president of Braly Group; co-founder of Policy Circle, an organization of professional women who meet to discuss economics and policy; member of the board of directors of Brookfield Asset Management, ExxonMobil, Lowe’s, Procter & Gamble


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)


Thomas Bunge
Guatemala

Pediatrician; founding partner of Pediatric Clinical Center; panel physician for US Embassy in Guatemala; designated medical practitioner of Health Management Branch, Citizenship and Immigration, Canada; UFM trustee.


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


Iván Cachanosky
Argentina

Chief economist and researcher at Fundación Libertad y Progreso, a think tank that investigates, develops, and promotes public policy initiatives; team member at Corporate Training Group, Inc.; columnist, economic analyst, and consultant.


Denis Calabrese
United States

Political, policy, and business strategist with expertise in crisis communications, litigation support, media relations; co-founder and chief strategist at Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the most successful state-based civil justice reform group in the country; former president of Laura and John Arnold Foundation


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


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


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/Flextronics; adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Notre Dame and Menlo College; mentor at Stanford’s accelerator and Draper University; president of Antigua Forum 2016


Emily Chamlee-Wright
United States

President and CEO of Institute for Humane Studies, which supports scholars working in the classical liberal tradition; board member and senior scholar at Mercatus Center at George Mason University; former provost and dean at Washington College; lecturer, public speaker, and author.


Neil Chilson
United States

Senior research fellow for technology and innovation at Charles Koch Institute; former acting chief technologist at US Federal Trade Commission; former attorney adviser to FTC commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen; computer scientist, lawyer, and technology policy expert.


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


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


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


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


Kimberly Dennis
United States

President and CEO of Searle Freedom Trust, a grantmaking foundation that supports public policy research; first executive director and former board member of Philanthropy Roundtable; co-founder and chairman of the board of DonorsTrust; former board member of George Mason University.


Susana Donaire
Mexico

Coordinator of institutional development at México Evalúa, a think tank that evaluates and monitors public policy outcomes to improve efficiency and quality; Smith Fellow at Atlas Network; expert in fundraising, monitoring and evaluation systems, and institutional strengthening.


Richard Durana
Slovakia

Co-founder and director of Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS), Slovakia’s leading market-liberal think tank; former research scientist at Institute of Chemistry at Slovak Academy of Sciences


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


Richard Fedorowich
United States

Managing partner at J. Locke & Company, a boutique merchant bank; former executive at several growth-stage companies; led one hundred buy-side and fifty sell-side public and private transactions totaling more than $10 billion; investment and business strategist, corporate value maximizer.


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 US-based nonprofit specializing in land value appreciation as a means of privately funding public goods; developer of market-oriented initiatives for private and public sector clients in fifty-six countries


Bill Frezza
United States

Consigliere at Boston Microfluidics, an innovative lab testing company; former host of syndicated talk show RealClear Radio Hour; former tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist; Competitive Enterprise Institute fellow; author of 2015 Antigua Forum case study on New Zealand’s market-based reforms
Video interview


Wilmot G. James
South Africa

Member of parliament; federal chairperson of the national opposition party, the Democratic Alliance


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


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


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


Mohamed Gharred
Tunisia and Canada

Adviser on bilateral relations between Tunisia and Canada; member of international office of Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies; activist and former strategic adviser for elections in Saint Laurent with Liberal Party of Canada


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, one of the world’s largest market-liberal organizations; oversees Atlas Network’s flagship events, including Freedom Dinner, Liberty Forum, and 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 state and local program at Volcker Alliance, which helps bring transparency and best practices into state-level budgeting; award-winning journalist; former Bloomberg News managing editor; former senior editor and writer at Businessweek


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 television channels; activist and critic of the Venezuelan government


Daniel Green
United States

Program director of Templeton Religion Trust; former director of Individual Freedom and Free Markets program at John Templeton Foundation; former fellow and resident scholar at Liberty Fund; lawyer, CPA, economist, theologian, and musician


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


Gerardo Guerra
Salvador

Vice president of Movimiento 300, a civic movement dedicated to defending ideas of freedom; director of Curul85, a media platform designed to secure transparency in the legislature by informing the public about its delegates; founder, owner, and director of Organika, a landscape design firm


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


Justin “Gus” Hurwitz
United States

Co-director of space, cyber, and telecommunications law program at University of Nebraska College of Law; former research fellow at University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition; expert in law and economics and antitrust, telecom, and tech law.


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


Philip Harding
United States

Co-founder of Impact Junkie, an organization that invests in and scales life-changing ventures; former adviser to US Department of Defense and other US government agencies; proven entrepreneur with over a decade of experience leading high-performing teams in private and public sectors.


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


Lynn Harsh
United States

Vice president of strategy for State Policy Network, a nonprofit that cultivates thriving free-market, state-based movements rooted in economic and political freedom; member of Leadership Development Initiative; co-founder and former CEO of Washington state’s Freedom Foundation.


Thomas Hazlett
United States

Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor 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


David Henneberger
Costa Rica and Mexico

Project director for Central America at Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a German-based organization that supports freedom, rule of law, and democracy initiatives in sixty countries; member of German Council on Foreign Relations; affiliated with Germany’s Free Democratic Party


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


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


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


James Jones
United States

Co-founder of Local Voice Solutions, a consulting firm that assists political candidates who support accountable, representative, and transparent government; co-founder of Accountability First, a political action committee; entrepreneur and investor in oil and gas industry


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


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


Michel Kelly-Gagnon
Canada

President and CEO of Montreal Economic Institute; former president of Quebec Employers Council; one of Canada’s 2008 Top 40 Under 40; widely recognized influencer among those who form public policy in Quebec.


Jason Kenney
Canada

Leader of Alberta Conservative Party; member of Alberta legislature; former member of parliament and former shadow finance minister, minister of national defense, minister of employment and social development, minister of multiculturalism; former vice chair of cabinet planning and priorities committee


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, a nonprofit that promotes libertarian ideals through stories about freedom, community, and disruptive innovation; president of Curated Innovation, which helps universities and other organizations bring inventions and research to market; former adviser to Global Philanthropic Trust


Mark Klugmann
El Salvador and Honduras

Co-chairman of ZEDE (free economic zones) reform team for 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, a method to overcome 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


Jason Korosec
United States

Vice president and head of Roku Pay; adviser at Flexa, an app that makes cryptocurrency spendable everywhere; disruptive innovator, business launcher, university professor; former senior vice president of Vocalink, a Mastercard company; expert in digital payments, data insights, and identity.


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


Dominique Lazanski
United Kingdom and United States

Director of public policy and institutional relations at GSM Association, responsible for Internet governance and cybersecurity policy; owner of Last Press Label, a public policy and cybersecurity advisory firm; former member of advisory group for UN Internet Governance Forum.


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


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


Joyce Lim
Singapore and Indonesia

Director of SIAP Solutions, a firm that provides policy advice to think tanks, political parties, and governments; consultant to Center for Indonesian Policy Studies; former director of Sense of Money Group, a financial literacy enterprise; adviser to fintech startups and nonprofits.


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, Wall Street analyst, and music journalist; co-author of The Reagan Vision and contributor to Freedom Champions


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


Patrick Mardini
Lebanon

Founder and president of Lebanese Institute for Market Studies, the country’s first market-liberal think tank promoting institutional reforms; associate professor at University of Balamand; lecturer and writer focused on financial crises, institutional factors, and government intervention.


Rod Martin
United States

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


Art Martínez de Vara
United States

First mayor of Von Ormy, Texas; principal of a private practice law firm; former chief of staff for Texas state senator Konni Burton and former chief of staff for state representative John Garza; author, lawyer, theologian, historian.


Cody Marx Bailey
United States and Mexico

Managing partner of XRAM Capital, a long-only fundamental cryptoasset investment company; thought leader in distributed/decentralized systems, with background in computer science, governance, economics, and game theory; serial entrepreneur and adviser to startups.


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


Massimo Mazzone
Honduras and Italy

Founder, president, and CEO of Centro American Consulting & Capital, with interests in pharmaceuticals, energy, real estate, and agriculture; formerly worked at Boston Consulting Group; previously ran Celtel-Motorola, at the time the only cellular telephone operator in Honduras.


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


Gonzalo Melián
Spain

Director of OMMA, an online graduate school based in Madrid powered by UFM; associate professor of economics at IE University; UFM visiting professor; partner at Instituto Juan de Mariana; architect specialized in urban planning according to market-liberal principles


Nataliya Melnyk
Ukraine

Communications director and project coordinator at Bendukidze Free Market Center, a think tank that promotes individual liberty, limited open government, and markets; organizational development manager; researcher on national sovereignty and political identification.


Robert Metcalfe
United States

General partner emeritus, Polaris Venture Partners, an investment firm that works with entrepreneurs in health care and tech; professor of innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at University of Texas at Austin; inventor of the Ethernet and other Internet-related technologies.


Robyn Metcalfe
United States

Director of Food+City, a catalyst that encourages entrepreneurs to solve food system problems; food historian and futurist; visiting research scholar, lecturer, and director of the Food Lab at University of Texas at Austin; founder and former CEO of Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation and Farm.


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 Wunderlich, a full-service wealth management firm; 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


Leonidas Montes
Chile

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


Andrew Morriss
United States

Dean of School of Innovation at Texas A&M University; vice president for entrepreneurship and economic development at Texas A&M; former dean of Texas A&M School of Law


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


Asra Nadeem
United States and Pakistan

Managing partner at Draper University Ventures; director of entrepreneurial programs at Draper University; expert in product strategy for emerging markets; interested in building technologies that skyrocket human potential


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


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


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


J. P. De Gance
United States

Executive vice president of Philanthropy Roundtable, where he runs Philanthropy Labs and is co-founder of the Culture of Freedom Initiative; former vice president of external affairs at Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation


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

Executive director of Fundación Eléutera, a market-liberal think tank promoting freedom in Honduras; CEO of Blackbeard media group; political economist involved in policy reform, opening markets, protecting taxpayers, and government transparency


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


Patrick Peterson
United States

Creator of Silicon Valley Mises Celebration; cofounder and former president of Free Market Society of Chicago, a nonprofit educational organization; former adviser on fundraising and development for market-liberal think tanks; worked in marketing and finance at Verisign.


Surse Pierpoint
Panama and United States

General manager of Colón Import & Export, S. A.; former manager of Colon Free Trade Zone; 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


Amy Proulx
United States

Program officer for Individual Freedom and Free Markets at John Templeton Foundation; former director of educational and career development programs for young scholars at Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University


Joan Quintana
United States

Entrepreneur, writer, facilitator; public official working in academia and state government; managing partner at Advent GX, a company that uses innovation and entrepreneurship for cultural and heritage development in small and underserved communities; president-elect of Bryan Rotary Club.


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


Fred Rachman
United States

CEO and chief medical officer at Alliance Chicago, an organization working to improve health through technology and innovation; formerly with the Joint Commission, a prominent standards-setting and accrediting body in health care; pediatrician and former CEO of Erie Health Care.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Juan Rodríguez
Guatemala and Colombia

Co-founder and CEO of Kingo Energy, a solar energy company that serves off-grid communities in Guatemala, Colombia, and South Africa; one of MIT Technology Review’s 2014 Central American Innovators under 35


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


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


Daniel M. Rothschild
United States

Executive director of Mercatus Center at George Mason University; former senior fellow and director of state projects at R Street Institute, a policy research organization; former director of external affairs at American Enterprise Institute; strategist, writer, and policy analyst.


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


Charlie Sandefer
United States

Co-founder of Acton Children’s Business Fair, the largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, which he started in 2008 with his five-year-old brother Sam; at age sixteen he has completed the first portion of high school studies and four hands-on apprenticeships


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: Education


Laura Sandefer
United States

Educational entrepreneur and co-founder of Acton Academy, a learner-driven network of private schools that focus on Socratic teaching; author of Courage to Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down


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


Kimon Sargeant
United States

Vice president of programs at John Templeton Foundation, responsible for developing research and initiatives on virtues and how they contribute to human flourishing; former program officer at Pew Charitable Trusts; historian, sociologist, and author.


Robert Schimenz
United States

Executive director of Stossel in the Classroom (SITC), a program that creates videos to encourage critical thinking in schools; president of SITC’s parent organization, Center for Independent Thought, which seeks to expand awareness of liberty, markets, and peace; former high school teacher.


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


Frederic Schwartz
United States, India and Ethiopia

Physician educator; founder of medical schools; innovator in combined local/distance education and use of simulation technology to enhance learning and safety; CEO of Global Medical University, a project to create a freer, cost-effective alternative to the medical education monopoly


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


Robert Shandley
United States and Germany

Associate dean, School of Innovation at Texas A&M University; former head of Department of International Studies at Texas A&M; former executive director of Confucius Institute at Texas A&M; expert on media history and theory; university professor, lecturer, and writer.


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


Sean Sheppard
United States

Founding partner of GrowthX, a seed-stage venture capital company; co-founder and lead instructor at GrowthX Academy, a school that trains growth talent for tech companies; Huffington Post contributor; sales influencer and serial entrepreneur who has successfully grown dozens of companies.


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


Ben Slivka
United States

Software and biotech investor, philanthropist, software engineer; started and led Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team through release of version 3.0; created Wissner-Slivka Foundation with wife, Lisa; worked at IBM and Amazon; founded and sold DreamBox Learning; Northwestern University trustee since 1998


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


Joanna Stefanska
Switzerland

Executive director of Rising Tide Foundation with responsibility for funding, partnership, and impact strategies in cancer research and libertarian and social/education programs; founder of Responsible Corporate Leadership Forum; author and coach on meaningful careers


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


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


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 engages the business community with market-liberal ideas; former senior director of programs at Institute for Humane Studies; former vice president of co-sponsored programs at Liberty Fund


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


Chris Ullman
United States

Founder and president of Ullman Communications, a strategic advisory firm. He is former director and managing director of global communications for Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms; former director of communications for US Office of Management and Budget and House of Representatives Commerce Committee; expert in strategy and crisis management


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


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


Wolf von Laer
United States and Germany

CEO of Students for Liberty; co-founder of European Students for Liberty; recent PhD in political economy from King’s College London with focus on entrepreneurship, public choice, and Austrian economics


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


Magatte Wade
Senegal and United States

Entrepreneur; advocate for positive change in business, women’s rights, and Africa; founder and CEO of Skin Is Skin and Tiossan, skin-care companies that bring Senegalese recipes to US markets; advisory board member of Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to microloans.


Bridgett Wagner
United States

Vice president for policy promotion at Heritage Foundation, oversees coalition relations, lecture and seminar series, young leader development, and strategic outreach; trustee at University of Dallas and Intercollegiate Studies Institute.


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


Scott Wallsten
United States

President of Technology Policy Institute, a think tank focused on technology and regulation; former economics director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Task Force; former economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.


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


Andreas Widmer
Switzerland and United States

Director of Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship; professor of entrepreneurship at Catholic University of America; co-founder of SEVEN Fund; former Vatican Swiss Guard and author of The Pope and the CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard


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