The Free Market Road Show brings together a most impressive group of speakers. From leading business people, outstanding scholars and academics to opinion leaders, policy experts, elected officials, and diplomats. The Austrian Economics Center (AEC) – in cooperation with more than 60 leading international institutions – is proud to gather some of the world’s keenest minds for the 2017 Free Market Road Show.
Kari Aina Eik
Kari Aina Eik is the Secretary General of the Organization for International Economic Relations – OiER (www.oier.pro) based in Vienna, Austria with focus to support both governments and businesses to strengthen cooperation and networks, enhance investment, and support financing and implementation of global projects for International organizations. Ms. Eik is the initiator of the USC (United Smart Cities) program and the Co-Chair of U4SSC, United for Smart Sustainable Cities, a global integrated UN initiative on urban development and Smart Cities. In addition, she is a senior advisor to Governments, cities and UN agencies for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11 Sustainable Cities.
Previously, she has been working 15 years for UN agencies (GEF/UNDP/UNOPS).
Péter Ákos Bod
At present he is Director of Institute of Economics and Chairman of Economic Policy Department at Corvinus University of Budapest, and Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2014.
A graduate of Budapest University of Economics (1975), he first worked for the Budapest Institute of Planning as research economist, taught economics in Hungary and as visitor lecturer in the US. After the democratic changes, he became Cabinet Minister for Industry and Trade (1990-1991), was elected governor of the Hungarian National Bank (1991-1994), and later served as board member at EBRD, London (1995-1998).
Professor Bod is a vice chairman of the Hungarian Economic Society, sits in editorial boards of professional journals and in supervisory boards of major companies in Hungary. He is chairman of Budapest Economy Club.
Marius Alexa graduated from the “Al. I. Cuza” University in Iaşi (2000) with a Bachelor degree in Finance. Inspired by the Chicago School he published in 2002 his first book “The Monetarism”. He was asociated professor at SNSPA (The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration), teaching entrepreneurship. He is an active entrepreneur and CEO of Arhipelago Inc. a media company with focus in helping entrepeneurs to develop their business ideas. He is the founder Finantare.ro – the financial portal of Romania and Afaceri.ro – a large program of business conferences in Romania and economic missions abroad.
Gloria discovered long time ago that what she loves the most in this world is human diversity, which makes each and every single one of us authentic, able to transform our lives to freely choose how we want to develop it. Gloria has Hungarian, Cuban and Guatemalan roots, she lived as an authentic nomadic, in 6 different countries. She studied international Relations and Political Science at Francisco Marroquin University and a Masters Degree in International Development at the Sapienza University of Rome.
She is coauthor of The Populist Deceit, “El Engaño Populista” with the Chilean Libertarian Lawyer Axel Kaiser and Author of “How to Speak with a Progre” and “Cómo Hablarle a Un Progre”.
Krister Andersson is the Chairman of the Tax Policy Group of Business Europe and the Vice chairman with responsibility for Tax Policy in the Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). He is a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and he is associate professor in Economics at Lund University. In the 1990s, he was Head of Research and Chief Economist of Sveriges Riksbank, the Swedish central bank, after having worked for the IMF.
Terry W. Anker
As Chairman of The Anker Consulting Group, Inc., Mr. Anker has served as an advisor and owner in several small concerns including the retail, wholesale distribution and service industries as well as the public sector. Presently, Mr. Anker spends much of his time advising small business throughout Indiana on the acquisition of capital from public and private sources. His business interests include Moody Meats, Flat 12 Bierwerks, a Midwestern-based call center and the Anker Receivership Group. Also, Mr. Anker is the Associate Editor and Partner of Current Publishing, LLC. Its holdings include 11 local newspapers youarecurrent.
Additionally, he is a member of Mont Pellerin Society, numerous professional training and education seminars and an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development and a weekly newspaper columnist.
Board Member of Deloitte Consulting since 2008. Master of Arts in economics at Warsaw University Department of Economics (1994). In 2006-08, managing director and chief economist at PZU Group, vice-chairman of Supervisory Board PZU Asset Management, member of the Investment Committee of the PZU Group, chairman of the Supervisory Boards of PZU Ukraine Life Insurance and PZU Ukraine.
In 1995-2006, senior economist at Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) Foundation. Co-author of the Polish Economic Outlook – Quarterly Forecasts by CASE.
Dr. Džemal Aslani has a successful international career and is currently an independent consultant. He has experience as Credit Risk Analyst at UBS AG (Union Bank of Switzerland DD) and has worked on various projects for successful international companies such as Sulzer, Atag Ernst & Young Consulting, etc. Dr. Aslani finished his postgraduate studies in Economy at the Univeristy in Belgrade, Serbia and in Banking at the University St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has also worked at the Institute of Economics in Priština, Kosovo in the late 80s and later on did research in the fields of econometry and monetary policy at the University of California, San Diego, USA.
Ahmet Yılmaz Ata
is an associate professor of economics at Gaziantep University. He did his Phd thesis on corruption in the Framework of institutional economics. He is interested in institutional economics and political economy, economic growth and social capital. He focused his academic research on the relationship between property rights and economic growth with particular analysis on EU countries. He published articles on energy resources; structure of natural gas markets, regional development. He has received awards with his PhD thesis, and analysis on economics of Adana city. Ata teaches history of economics and on Turkish economy.
Lawson Bader joined DonorsTrust as president and CEO in November 2015. Previously, he served three years as president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a research and outreach organization dedicated to reducing government barriers to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic liberty. While there, Mr. Bader expanded CEI’s litigation and communication efforts aimed at reducing executive branch overreach. Before joining CEI in 2012, Mr. Bader served as vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for 16 years. There, he was instrumental in creating Capitol Hill Campus, the largest bi-partisan economic education professional development program for Congressional staff.
Entrepreneur. Between May and September 2013 – Director of the courier division (PrioriPost) in Posta Romana.
Founder & CVO/CBDO of a several business projects, focused on national and regional development of few brands/companies in service sector:
Lokko mobile application for courier industry.
Sameday Courier & Field Expert (acting also as Managing Partner from 2007 to 2009)
Retailplus Eastern Europe (acting also as CEO from June 2008 to December 2011)
Other projects – Gift Express, Expert Flowers.
Co-founder and Secretary General of AOCR (Romanian Courier Operators Association).
Petra Baji, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Department of Health Economics Corvinus University of Budapest. She obtained an MSc in Economics at Corvinus University of Budapest in 2009 and a PhD from Maastricht University in 2013. Her research interest considers out-of-pocket payments and willingness to pay for health care services including informal payments, the effect of risk perception on health related decisions as well as health economic evaluations. In 2014 she received the CERGE-EI Carrier Integration Fellowship (2014-17) for teaching economics in the Central-Eastern European region.
Ewa Balcerowicz has been co-founder CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research, an independent, non-profit research institute. Established in Warsaw in 1991, CASE today is recognized as the top think tank in Central and Eastern Europe and is one of the most highly regarded think tanks internationally. Ewa Balcerowicz was Vice-President of the Board of from 1992 to 2004; afterwards, she served as a President of the Board of CASE (2004-2008). Since June 2008 she holds the position of Chairwoman of the Supervisory Council.
The major field of her research and publications include: SME sector, environment for development of the private sector, banking sector and insolvency systems, barriers of entry and exit in transforming economies of CEEC, innovation economics. She has participated in many international research projects and is author and co-author of numerous publications.
She graduated in 1977 from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), then called the Main School of Planning and Statistics (SGPiS), where she also received her PhD (1988).
Leszek Balcerowicz, born in 1947, economist, professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, MBA graduate of St. John`s University in New York, author of the economic reforms in the post-communist Poland after 1989, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government of Poland after the World War II, President of the National Bank of Poland (2001-2007), laureate of over 20 honorary doctorates from universities all around the world; author of more than 100 publications on economic topics issued in Poland and abroad, laureate of many prestigious Polish and international prizes and distinctions.
Mikołaj Barczentewicz is pursuing a doctorate in law at the University of Oxford, where he also teaches constitutional law and legal philosophy. He specialises in constitutional law of the United Kingdom and has published on the relationship UK law has with European Union law. Mikołaj provided commentary on the Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court for BBC News and for Polish media.
Stephen N. Bartulica
Dr. Bartulica received his doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He currently teaches political philosophy at the Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb. Prior to his academic work, he served for 12 years as a diplomat in the Croatian foreign service where he was able to witness first-hand the country’s struggle for independence. Dr. Bartulica is Founder and President of the Center for Renewal of Culture, a non-profit focused on forming future leaders in Croatia. He also serves as Special advisor for religious affairs to the President of Croatia Ivo Josipović. He is a native of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Miguel Anxo Bastos Boubeta
is a full professor at the Department of Political Science and Administration at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He has a BA in Economics, a BA in Political Science and holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Business. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Francisco Marroquín University, a faculty member of the Juan de Mariana Summer University, and the president of the Xoán de Lugo Institute.
Founder and CEO of GREATNESS/Secretary General of Red-Floridablanca.
Isabel (Madrid 1982) studied Law and International Relations at ICADE (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas) in Madrid; she has also taken post graduate courses at Georgetown University and The London School of Economics.
In 2005 became one of the youngest consultants for the World Bank Institute in Washington Dc where she worked for three years implementing anticorruption and transparency programs for local governments in Latin America.
In November 2011 she started up her own company, GREATNESS, a leading company on the promotion of the Spanish tourism and Cultural Heritage.
Since January 2015 Isabel Is the Secretary General of Red-Floridablanca a new young association that works in the promotion of the classic liberal ideas and principles among the new generations and in the Spanish politics.
Pierre Bentata is currently Assistant Professor of Economics at ESC Troyes and president of the consulting firm Rinzen Conseil. He holds a Ph.D from Aix Marseille University and a Master of Laws from Hamburg University. In 2015 he cofounded the Belem Circle, a think tank promoting European solutions to economic, social and cultural issues.
Pierre contributes to many French newspapers such as Les Echos, la Tribune and l’Opinion. In 2016, he published “Des jeunes sans histoire?”, an essay analyzing the political and philosophical situation of the youth in western countries.
Cristina Berechet is currently General Manager of the Spanish Taxpayers Union which she joined in 2016. She was formerly Director of Research at Civismo, an economic research organization based in Spain. She also served as Head of Research at Institucion Futuro, a regional think tank based in Navarra. Her articles and op-eds on fiscal policy appear regularly in printed media, and she is a frequent commentator on television and radio. Over the past twelve years she has successfully conducted several campaigns for lower taxes in Spain. She manages projects on taxation, fiscal policy, debt, and public expenditures. She has a degree in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and a master’s degree in economics and finance from University of Navarra.
Andrew Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has taught Philosophy at the State University of New York at Purchase, Marist College, Hunter College, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and other New York-area universities. He was selected as “Teacher of the Year” at both SUNY Purchase—and at Marymount College. In 2016-17, he was a Visiting Professor at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), where he taught Business Ethics.
He lectures regularly on college campuses, including at Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, and numerous others.
For more information, visit http://andrewbernstein.net/
Pierre Bessard is President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Liberal Institute in Geneva and Zurich. Bessard is Alumnus of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the Foundation for Economic Education. His educational background are economic studies with concentration in finance in New York and Shanghai.
Professor at Aarhus University, MSc (Economics), Aarhus University, 2001, PhD (Economics), Aarhus School of Business Primary research areas Social Trust and Informal Institutions Public Choice / New Institutional Economics Subjective Well-Being and Life Satisfaction Trade Theory / International Economics
Profesor at San Pablo CEU- University and Member of Juan de Mariana Insitute, Spain Maria Blanco holds a PhD in economics from Madrid Complutense University. She teaches History of Economic Thought and Public Policy at San Pablo CEU University. Her main research areas in History of Economic Thought are related to neuroeconomics and literature. She has published several chapters in: History of Economic Thought and Ayn Rand and the Austrian School of Economics. She also teaches History of Economic Doctrines from the Austrian point of view for the Master in Austrian School Economics at Rey Juan Carlos University. She is an active member of the Spanish think tank Instituto Juan de Mariana.
Miguel Jorge Blanco
Born in Las Palmas de GC in 1964. Degree in Law from the University of La Laguna. Master in International Trade Direction at the Bravo Murillo Foundation. In 1991 he joined the electoral lists of the Popular Party for the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, forming part of the Insular Government uninterrupted until 2007. He directed the Insular Council of Water of Gran Canaria as Adviser of Hydraulic Resources during the first mandate, was in charge of negotiating The transfer of competences in matters of water, with the Government of the Canary Islands. During the second term, he was Counselor of Presidency and Human Resources of the Corporation, and later Counselor of Public Works.
is a Managing Director at EC-1 Lodz City of Culture. EC-1 Lodz is a cultural institution established by the City of Lodz and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Located in revitalized XIX century power plant the institution is responsible for organizing and opening three cultural centres: the National Centre for Film Arts, the Centre for Science and the Technique and the Centre for Comics Art and Interactive Narration. This endeavour is worth 100 million EURO and is one of the biggest cultural projects currently realized in Poland. Revitalization of EC-1 is a part of the New Center of Lodz Program.
Jamie Bologna is a research fellow at the Free Market Institute and an assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Bologna earned her B.S. in business economics from the University of Penn State at Behrend and her Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University, where she received the department’s Best Doctoral Student Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
received a BA in Economics from the University of Montenegro, and MA in Economics and Econometrics, from the University of Belgrade.
Presently he is the Minister of Education at the Government of Montenegro.
He is the president of the Women’s Handball Club Buducnost as well as the president of the Montenegrin Handball Federation and Member of the Executive Committee of the European Handball Federation.
is the head of Academic Affairs at the Centre for the New Europe, Brussels, and Stand-In-Professor at the University Duisburg-Essen, and recently has been engaged in academic work at the University of Trier. His guest professorships took him to Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and Zagreb. Professor Bouillon is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and is cooperating with the Hayek Institut, Vienna.
José Mª Bové
Degree in Economics, Business Administration and Law, PhD in Business Administration. Honorary General Consul of Austria for Catalonia and Aragón. Statutory Auditor, Economist, Lawyer, Founding partner and President of Bové Montero y Asociados (1978). He is member and holds various positions in institutions related to accounting and auditing.
Various articles and interviews about auditing, accountancy, internal control and taxes have been published in the following medias: El País, La Vanguardia, Actualidad Económica, Radio Economía, La Gaceta de los Negocios, Expansión, Revista Técnica del Instituto de Censores Jurados de Cuentas de España, Alta Dirección, Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft.
Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Dr. Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. They now have a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.
He is the host of The Yaron Brook Show, a live BlogTalkRadio podcast airing Saturdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm PT, as well as host of The Yaron Brook Show on AM560 Chicago, also airing Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm PT. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and debater.
He serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.
laywer and economic commentator (Rzeczpospolita, wprost.pl).
Former proseuctor, now legal counsel. Advocate for limited governement and economic freedom. Expert at Adam Smith Centre, President of the Board of the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education.
Jacques Bulchand Gidumal
Jacques Bulchand Gidumal is, with with Santiago Melián, author of the book “A guide to understanding sharing economy” (https; // imecolab.com). He is a professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in areas of entrepreneurship and digital tourism. He teaches creation of Startups in the engineering schools (informatics, teleco) and Digital Tourism in the Master of Tourism. His research work focuses on technologies in the tourism sector and in the field of entrepreneurship.
John Butler has over 20 years experience in international finance. He has served as a Managing Director for bulge-bracket investment banks on both sides of the Atlantic in research, strategy, asset allocation and product development roles, including at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. He has advised some of the world’s largest institutional and private investors in matters ranging from wealth preservation to enhancing returns through a wide variety of innovative strategies and he has been a #1 ranked investment strategist by Institutional Investor magazine.
Vice-president at Łazarski University and Dean of Faculty of Law and Administration. PhD in Economics in the field of management. In
1988-2009, managing director, general director, country manager and president of the management board of Polish and foreign companies.
Secretary General and Vice President of the Association of Polish Economists. Member of several supervisory boards. Honorary Professor
of the Sociedad de Estudios Internacionales in Madrid.
Francisco Capella holds a degree in Physics from Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and a masters’ degree in Austrian School Economics. A postgraduate student of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering, Mr Capella has worked as a researcher, engineer, consultant and lecturer for various companies (Andersen Consulting), organizations (Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid, European Astronaut Centre of the European Space Agency, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center) and universities (Universidad de La Laguna en Tenerife, Rafael Landívar de Guatemala and Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid).
Gonzalo Carnero Cuenca
Co-Founder & COO at parkfy.com, the Airbnb for private parking spots.
Convinced liberal. 24. Double Bachelor Degree in Law and Business Administration at ICADE University in Madrid (E-3).
Finance background working at Nomura and ICAP in London.
Daniel Rodríguez Carreiro
has a BA in Political Science and an MS in Contemporary Political Processes from University of Santiago de Compostela. He is also a doctoral candidate in Political Marketing, Actors, and Institutions in Contemporary Societies. In the past eight years, he has worked as a political and parliamentary advisor at several Spanish institutions. He is a member of Xoán de Lugo Institute.
Oscar Rodríguez Carreiro
has a BA in History and an MS in Contemporary Political Processes from University of Santiago de Compostela. He is also a doctoral candidate in Political Marketing, Actors, and Institutions in Contemporary Societies. He is a specialist in Industrial Policy, author of scholarly articles and a member of Xoán de Lugo Institute.
Director of the Institute of International Monetary Research since January 2016. A Doctor of Economics since 2003 (UAM University at Madrid) and lecturer in Economics at the University of Buckingham since 2012, Juan Castañeda has experience working and researching in monetary policy and central banking. He has worked with the European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs and submitted written evidence for a UK Parliament report on the euro. He is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in the faculty of finance (Cass Business School).
He has released a new book (co-edited with Geoffrey Wood and David Mayes), ‘European Banking Union. Prospects and Challenges with Routledge (2016); and co-authored (with Geoffrey Wood and Forrest Capie) a chapter, ‘Central Bank Independence in Small Open Economies’, in Bordo, M. , Eitrheim, O. , Flandreau, M. and Qvistag, J. (eds.) (2016): Central Banks at a Crossroads. What can we learn from History? Cambridge University Press.
Admir Čavalić is the founder and director of “Multi,” the pioneer and biggest libertarian association in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a young student of economics, he began reading the works of Milton Friedman, which motivated him to make a documentary called “Economy,” which was the first Bosnian documentary expressing liberal economic solutions. Čavalić gathered respectable university professors from around the country and in 60 minutes presented the liberal economic agenda for the prosperity of the domestic economy.
is the Executive Manager of the Libertarian Club – Libek. He is a member of the Executive Board of the organization and has been involved in design implementation and evaluation of the organization’s educational and grassroots advocacy programs for almost five years.
He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations, a Master degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Belgrade.In addition to his studies at the University of Belgrade, he has studied Scandinavian and International Politics at the University in Oslo, in Norway.
He speaks Serbian, English, and Norwegian and has understanding of Russian language.
is an economist specializing in banking and finance. He also works as a supervisor at one of the big banks of Turkey. Cetin is currently writing his detailed study on “Monetary Policy’s Role in 2008 Financial Crisis: A Norm Based Approach”. He has written articles on the origins of global economic crisis, and translated many articles into Turkish written by notable scholars such as Hayek, Friedman, and Rothbard. In addition to the book translation of The Great Austrian Economists of (Ed.) Randall G. Holcombe, he has edited the special issues of quarterly journal Liberal Thought on Austrian and Chicago Schools of Economics; and 2008 Crisis.
Shmuel Chafets is a Funder and General Partner at Sela Venture Partners. Sela is a Berlin based Investment Management company focused on early stage technology companies. Prior to his work at Sela, Shmuel was a Partner at HPV, a Berlin-based venture capital fund with over EUR 150 million under management founded by Prof. Hasso Plattner, Founder & Chairman of SAP. Shmuel managed HPV’s investments in iZettle (FinTech), Hansoft (Software), DreamLines (Travel), Rebuy (re-commerce) and MyHeritage (Internet).
Prior to Giza, Shmuel was a consultant at GCS, a strategic consultancy, where he worked with corporations, NGOs and governments. Before GCS, Shmuel worked as an aide to a Member of the Israeli Parliament and as a senior advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Interior.
Shmuel is also co-founder of LocaLoco, a developer of social games for emerging markets. Shmuel is a member of the board of directors of the Tel Aviv Opera, the Rabinovich Foundation (Israel’s biggest film foundation), and Presentence Israel (NGO promoting social entrepreneurship) and a member of the steering committee of NazTech, an acceleration program targeting Israeli Arab entrepreneurs. He is a member of the advisory board of Innovation: Africa, as well as a member in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Shaper” community.
John E. Charalambakis
is the Chief Economist for the Blacksummit Financial Group Inc., in the United States. He has studied economics and finance in Greece, the U.S., and the United Kingdom. He has consulted with numerous organizations, corporations, non-profit groups, as well as government entities in several countries.
Dr. Charalambakis has been teaching economics and finance in the US for the last twenty years. Currently he teaches economics at the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. A pioneer in online marketing research, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Later, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. Today he is CEO of John Chisholm Ventures, a startup advisory and angel investing group. He is immediate past president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees), and a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute.
Since 2012 a vice-president of the Poland-based Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolności i Przedsiębiorczości) – educational think tank focused on promoting libertarian agenda. Marcin holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy and an M.A. in political science, and he has a postgraduate diploma in central banking.
Lars Christensen is an internationally renowned Danish economist specialised in international economy, Emerging Markets and monetary policy. Lars has over 20 years’ experience in government and banking and is the founder and owner of Markets and Money Advisory and is a Senior Fellow at London’s Adam Smith Institute. He has a long experience as a speaking partner to multinational companies and financial institutions regarding global financial markets, the global economy and geopolitics.
is an internationally recognized Cluster Development Expert and one of the leading experts in cluster development of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Her company LIGNA GROUP deals with Contract Furniture and Hotel Refurbishment, works with more than 30 suppliers and currently has 28 employees. Together with her business partner Ms Anelia Kassabova during the past 10 years she has managed to position LIGNA among the top 50 leading companies in the economy of Bulgaria (ranking of Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2013 for the fastest growing companies in the country).
Genoveva Christova-Murray obtained a Master’s Degree in International Economics, covering International Trade, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management in the University of National and World Economy – Sofia. Since 2005, Mrs. Christova-Murray has been actively involved in the cluster life in Bulgaria. She became the first elected president of one of the first pilot clusters in Bulgaria – Troyan Furniture Cluster. In 2006, Genoveva started her active international activity and has been involved in several projects for the development of SMEs in South-East Europe: Greece, Romania, Turkey and Serbia.
She is one of the initiators of the Association of Business Clusters (ABC) established in Bulgaria in 2009. At present Mrs.Christova-Murray is a chairman of the Bulgarian furniture cluster, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Directors of the Association of Business Clusters (ABC) in charge of International Relations.
Mrs. Christova-Murray participated in several national and international events, where she is often invited to present topics such as entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, clusters and cluster policies. Author of numerous studies and articles on competitiveness and cluster development.
Florin Cîțu is an economist with professional experience in the US, New Zealand, Luxembourg and Romania. At the beginning of the 1990s, he studied Applied Macroeconomics at Grinnell College and Iowa State University, USA.
He began his professional career at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Here he specialized in macroeconomic modeling, in particular for developing countries. After that, he joined the European Investment Bank where he could learn firsthand the detrimental effect of the European bureaucracy on economic development.
Since December 2016 he is a Senator from the National Liberal Party. Florin Cîțu is known to the public as an economist that upholds economic freedom, free markets and property rights, as well as transparency in public policy. He opposes pro-cyclical monetary and fiscal policies. The solutions that he offers empower individuals and restore their freedom of choice.
Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe, a British think tank dedicated to EU reform and delivering a liberal Brexit. He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna.
(1954) is a professor of economics at the University of Turin, where he teaches Foundations of Policymaking, International Economics, and Growth and Development. He is the director of one of Italy’s leading research institutes, the International Centre for Economic Research, and the Director of research at IREF (Institut de Recherches Économiques et Fiscales). His present research interests cover the economics of growth and development, law and economics, and Austrian economics. His last book is titled Markets, Morals and Policy Making: A New Defense of Free-Market Economics (Routledge, 2011).
José Luis Cordeiro
is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He is a tireless traveler and has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries around the world. He combines his experience in economics and engineering to promote a better world with more freedom and more technology.
Gabriel Corujo Bolaños
Regional deputy belonging (PSOE) since June 2015. Degree in Engineering in Telecommunication Technologies, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2012). Telecommunications Technical Engineer, specialized in Telematics, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2000-2007). Human Resource Management, specializing in International HR, Fachhochschule Kiel, University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Management (2005). Superior Course in Management and Security Law, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2008).
Currently working as a financial consultant, Enrique is also the co-founder of VisualPolitik, a YouTube channel which provides content related to news, politics and international economic affairs. In a single year, VisualPolitik has become the biggest political YouTube channel in Spain surpassing the amount of 200,000 subscribers and having reached 3 million views per month. Enrique Couto holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Cantabria and a Masters in Corporate Finance from the CIFF Business School.
is a hand surgeon. He has created one of the largest private centre of Hand Surgery (SOS HAND) in Trappes in the Yvelines. He also has clinics at the Vauban Medical Space dedicated to sport pathology and osteoarthritis. In 1997, he founded the college of young orthopaedic surgeons to boost youth involvement orthopaedic specialists in the life of their scientific society. He created and leaded for 10 years, the Hand Prevention Network of « Ile de France », organization that helps traumatized hand to rehabilitate the socio- professional level.
In 2012 he participated in the start-up of the movement “Doctors are not Pigeons” and is the secretary founder of UFML (French Union for a Free Medicine). He left UFML in 2013 and founded in June 2014 Liberté Sociale (Social Freedom). Liberté Sociale is an apolitical association which aim is to save the French social protection in promoting social security reform by introducing «healthy» competition between social organization, in compliance with the Treaties and European recommendations. Liberté Sociale proposes, at first, a reform plan for the self-employed and a generalization of this social new deal.
Director of Federal Institute for Development Programming (FIDP).
Ljubiša has graduated from University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Economics (1981). His working experience includes working as an Independent Officer for Planning and Analysis at «Slavko Rodić» (1981-1986), after which he became Director of Tax Administration Bugojno and municipal Government member during the period 1987-1991.
He also held position of Inspector for control of business entities in the Payment Bureau Branch Office Bugojno during 1986-1987 and 1991-1995.
Ferdi de Lange
Ferdi de Lange MA is Business Development Manager Government & Public Sector at EY. He chairs the international network of the Dutch liberal party VVD.
Olivier de Richoufftz
Olivier has been president of Business Families Foundation (BFF) since 2014. The foundation, with its head office in Canada, provides multi-media education to Entrepreneurial Families around the world.
For the decade prior to leading BFF, Olivier was the CEO of the Family Business Network International and was responsible for launching thirty family business owners’ associations, serving more than 7,000 family businesses worldwide.
Forward-thinker, Olivier has a deep passion for geopolitics and the contributions of family owned businesses to the economy at large. In this vein, he speaks regularly at International conferences on the importance of Entrepreneurial Families to the global economy, including at the Global Economic Symposium, Liberty fund, Free Market Roadshow and more. Olivier avidly supports the creation of initiatives that allow for the development of new economic models, helping families adapt for the betterment of their communities, businesses and families. The most recent venture, the Intrapreneurial Initiative, an innovative program bridging the gap between two generations of family business members so that the knowledge, expertise and value generated may be preserved in a way that responds to the specific needs and desires of each generation.
Before his work with family businesses, Olivier spent 20 years in the tourism industry, in both public and private sectors. His experience includes developing and implementing international tourism strategies for entities including Euro Disney Resort and France Tourism.
In addition to his career achievements, Olivier has participated in a EU economic development mission in Crimea and humanitarian missions to Lebanon, Iraq, Ethiopia and Armenia.
He is a board member of Mission Enfance, an NGO based in Monaco.
Olivier, 53, is Swiss and French, holds his MBA from HEC in Paris, and is married with 4 children.
Jean-Philippe Delsol is a French tax lawyer, writer, administrator of the think tank IREF (Institute of Economic and Fiscal Research). He has a double training as a historian and a jurist. In the exercise of his profession as a business lawyer, he acquired a thorough knowledge of companies and, more generally, of economic life, both in France and abroad. He has always remained attentive to the intellectual and political movements of his time, through elective functions. He founded the “Delsol avocats” firm in Lyon in 1981, which has about 80 lawyers and provides advice and follow-up to many French nationals who wish to transfer their domicile abroad. He is the authors of eight books and appears frequently in the medias.
Lucian Dumitru Dîrdală
Lucian Dumitru Dîrdală graduated from the „Gh. Asachi” Technical University in Iași (1991) and the National University for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest (1993). He holds an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies at the Central European University in Budapest (1997) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the „Al. I. Cuza” University in Iași (2007). He is currently a lecturer at the „M. Kogălniceanu” University in Iași, as well as an associate member of the faculty at the „Al. I. Cuza” University – the Center for European Studies.
Vladimír Dlouhý is a current president of Czech Chamber of Commerce. After completing his studies at the University of Economics in Prague, he was engaged at the university as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Econometrics. In 1984 he became a founding member of the Institute of Forecasting of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, where at first he worked as a researcher, later assuming the post of Deputy Director. From 1989-1992 he served as Minister of the Economy of the Czechoslovak Federal Republic, and from 1992 to June 1997 as Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.
Assistant professor, Chair of the Department of Government Studies at the Lazarski University, Warsaw, Poland. Member of the editorial board of Res Publica Nova. Wilbur Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center in Mecosta, Michigan and Catholic University in America in 2008 and the Sofia University Center for Excellence in 2010. Member of the Ideas Lab team at the Chancellery of the President of Republic of Poland 2013-2014.
Dr Vjekoslav Domljan has over 30 years of experience in academia, private consulting, development banking, capital market regulation, administering and diplomacy. His distinguished work has been sought by the likes of the World Bank, UNDP, ILO, DFID, USAID, JICA and earned him a task-group membership at the World Economic Forum in 1999 and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in 2001. He also represented Bosnia and Herzegovina as its respective Ambassador to Canada and Cuba from 2002 to 2005 and Member of BIH Commission for the Succession of the Former Yugoslavia responsible for financial assets and liabilities.
is an associate professor and the Dean of the Faculty for International Economics, Finance and Business of the University UDG, Podgorica, Montenegro. She is also a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (Podgorica, Montenegro). From 2006 she holds a doctorate in economics from graduate program „Entrepreneurial Economics” of University of Montenegro (The program “Entrepreneurial Economics” is now organized at University UDG). Her current research focuses on macroeconomic issues, property rights, privatization, and economic transition.
Radovan is a founding member of the Bratislava Institute INESS, analyzing public finances, social security and pension systems. He is the co-author of numerous international and domestic publications on public finances, a Fellow of the French institute IREF and a regular collaborator with CI Consult & Research.
Christian Ekström is the CEO of the Swedish Taxpayers Association; an organization founded in 1921 that advocates low taxes and efficiency in the public sector.
Mr. Ekström has formerly been working as political advisor in Stockholm City Hall, head of communications at the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises and as a public affairs advisor.
is the lecturer on banking and finance at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. He is an expert in the fields of business models of banks, global bank management, capital market strategies and liquidity management. He has an extensive experience in the field of implementing consulting projects on the topics of Treasury and ALM.
Dr. Enthofer has been coaching board members of well-known banks in the field of Treasury as well as in Asset & Liability Management. In 1987 he established the annual Alpbach Finance Symposium. Founding partner of Finance Trainer International, he established their areas of expertise treasury and asset liability management and sales activities into Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, CEE and Italy.
Derk Jan Eppink
Derk Jan Eppink is senior fellow at the London Policy Center; an American think tank on foreign policy and defense. He became senior fellow Europe. In the framework of his think tank, Eppink provides briefings to members of the US Congress and their staff.
In March 2015, he published he published his book ‘Empire of little kings’ on the European elites in general and the European Parliament in particular.
Having a BA in Philosophy and a PhD in Logic Gheorghe-Ilie Fârte is an associate professor of logic, communication theory, political communication and public relations at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi. He is director of the Department of Communication Sciences and Public Relations. His research focused particularly on logical quantifiers, praxeological models of communication, democratic public discourse, and the libertarian approach to politics. At present, he investigates – in the field of doxastic rhetoric – the mechanisms of forming evidence-based (political) beliefs in the public sphere. He enjoyed a research stay at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and shares the main ideas of the Austrian School.
born in Linz, Austria, Chairman of ETR, Europeans for Tax reform, a pro – Flat Tax Advocacy group, has studied international trade at WU Vienna, Gunther served as Chairman of EDS from 1996 to 1998 and worked 6 years in Brussels, 4 of them as Secretary General of SME UNION, the small business advocacy group of the EPP, Gunther is working in the Balkans since 2005 as development consultant with focus on economic development and strategy for public entities.
- Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Paris (1964-1966)
- Research Assistant, Princeton Universität, USA (1966-67)
- Visiting Professor, Universität North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA (1967-1968)
- Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik und Wirtschaftsforschung, Uni Karlsruhe (1968-1974)
- Lehrtätigkeit Volkswirtschaftslehre Universität Köln (1974 bis 1990)
- Direktor des Instituts für Höhere Studien Wien (1991 bis Juni 2012)
- Seit 2002: Ersatzmitglied/Mitglied des Staatsschuldenausschusses
- Seit Ende 2006: Präsident des Staatsschuldenausschusses
- Seit Ende 2013: Präsident des Fiskalrates
Federico N. Fernández
is a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria) and Founder of Fundación Bases (Rosario, Argentina). He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century”, which has taken place every two years since 2006 in Rosario (Argentina). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade.
Federico is author of scholarly articles and he is the co-editor of the book “La escuela austríaca de economía en el siglo XXI” and “An Austrian in Argentina: Essays in honor of Alberto Benegas Lynch, jr.” He writes also for the popular press and blogs on the “Free Market Diaries”.
He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Vienna and an MA in Tax Management from the University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien. He was a scholar at the post-graduate-program „Quantitative Finance“ at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. He gained more than 12 years of managerial and professional experience during his occupations with NEWEX Börse AG, as managing director of Aktienforum and as Senior Expert (tax and capital market policy) at the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV).
Enrique Fonseca is a former political consultant who has worked for several elections in Spain, included the victorious campaign for the Spanish elections in 2011. In 2015 he co-wrote a marketing book called “El método Podemos”. He currently works as the co-founder of VisualPolitik, one of the biggest political youtube networks, with more than 120,000 subscribers.
is National Affairs Columnist for and an on-air analyst on the Fox News Channel. He has lived in and reported from Europe and is currently working on a book entitled “The Non-Euro Nations: How Some Countries Dodged a Bullet.”
He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (Encounter Books, 2012) and The Dangers of Regulation Through Litigation (ATRA Press, 2008).
Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, called him “the Tom Paine of the modern Congressional reform movement.” He has won awards from the Institute for Justice, The School Choice Aliance and the Warren Brooks award for journalistic excellence from the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Mihailo Gajic is an economist from Belgrade. He is economic research director at the Libertatian club Libek, a think tank in Belgrade, Serbia. He provides research for evidence based policy making, in order to promote free market solutions for social problems. Mihailo regularly publishes articles in leading Serbian weekly and daily newspapers on economic and political issues, and Libek’s research and policy papers gain prominent national visibility, being discussed by members of government and parliamentary caususes.
Georgy Ganev is an economist and is a program director for economic research at the Centre for liberal strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2003 he is an assistant professor at Sofia University’s Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Since 2005 he is Chair of the Governing Council of the Bulgarian Macroeconomics Association.
He is majored in Electrical Engineering and Physics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He also holds and Executive MBA by IESE (Spain).
Joined Gas Natural Fenosa more than 7 years ago where he has held several positions in Strategy and Development.
Previous to joining Gas Natural Fenosa, he worked 2 years in Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (Spain) and for more than eight years at AT Kearney and Deloitte (management consulting) where he worked in several industries including energy, pharma and financial institutions.
received a MA in Economics and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Aix-Marseille, and a PhD in Economics from New York University where he was member of the Austrian School Programme. He is presently Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille where he is also directing the C.A.E. (Centre d’Analyse Economique). Since 1995, he is acting as director of the Institute for Economic Studies-Europe.
Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management at Lazarski University. She has an expertise in macromodelling with special focus on modelling instabilities and measuring policy effectiveness. She was consulting macroeconomic aspects of the Free Trade Agreements implementation in Poland for the European Commission Representation in Poland. She was also a senior researcher in the National Bank of Poland.
Yasen Georgiev is Executive Director of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) – a Bulgarian non-governmental organization that aims to contribute to utilizing the full potential of the country by enhancing the competitiveness of its economy and increasing the efficiency of its public institutions.
Yasen has been with the EPI since 2006 where he was firstly appointed Research Fellow and then head of the International Projects and Programmes unit. Prior to that, Yasen worked at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria and Beiersdorf Bulgaria. In 2010-2011 he was selected for a nine-month fellowship programme of the Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany) for young executives from the public sector in Central and South Eastern Europe.
Yasen graduated in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia and in Business Administration/Strategic Management from the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. He participated in extracurricular courses at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
One of the founding directors of the White House Writers Group, Joshua Gilder served President Reagan as a senior speechwriter from early 1985 until mid-1988. His first speech for the President won acclaim for the line “Go Ahead, Make My Day!” He co-authored two State of the Union addresses and contributed to many of the President’s televised speeches from the Oval Office. He wrote Mr. Reagan’s highly regarded 1988 Moscow Summit address to students at Moscow State University.
Mr. Gilder lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife Anne Lee and their young son, Max.
Stephane is the founder and CEO of WINE by ONE, a new wine bar concept launched in Paris in 2010 offering 200 wines by the glass.
Prior to this, Stephane was an Investment Banker in Mergers & Acquisitions at UBS in Paris and London and a Strategy & Management Consultant at Bain & Company.
Stephane is obviously a wine lover and also a Scuba Diving Instructor (PADI), a certified Private Pilot (PPL/IFR), was member of a Trekking Expedition in Antarctica, and did present his « Life Change » experience during a TEDx style conference at the Olympia music hall in Paris.
Annette Godart-van der Kroon
Annette Godart-van der Kroon is President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute – Europe. Under her guidance, the Institute has organized a multitude of successful conferences and dinner debates since its establishment in 2002. LVMI – Europe has a Board of Directors composed of prominent economists, politicians and thinkers originating from Europe and beyond. From 1993 to 2001 she served as Conference Director of the Von Mises Institute in Ghent, during which time she organised six conferences.
She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Leyden, with a specialisation in Civil Law and Political Science.
Isaac Cristóbal Godoy Delgado, 54 years old, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a Graduate in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of La Laguna in 1986. Professor of Secondary School since 1987, he teaches at the IES Isabel de España in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He has held responsibilities as a technician in innovation and educational research, as coordinator of the Environmental Education program and as head of Educational Programs in the General Direction of Education and Educational Innovation from 1994 to 2003.
Complementary training especially linked to the field of environmental management and planning as well as ecological impact, highlighting educational activities and environmental information and the realization of various masters as a student and teacher.
born (10 September 1940) and educated in Poland (M.Sc in physics and PhD in economics, both from University of Warsaw), he was a member of the Economics Department at the London School of Economics since 1970 until 2005. During this period he also held senior professorial and research fellowship appointments at a number of academic institutions, including Columbia, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Stanford Universities in the USA, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities in Wassenaar, the Central European University in Budapest and the College of Europe in Warsaw.
In the 1980s, Stanislaw Gomulka served also as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the OECD and the European Commission. In 1989 he became adviser to the Polish Government, and was a member of the team which designed Poland’s reform plans and policies during the crucial phase of transformation. In 1989- 1995 and 1998-2002 he served as a senior adviser to Poland’s Finance Ministers, and during 1995-98 he was senior adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Poland. In the years 1989-95, he was Poland’s official negotiator with the IMF on all macroeconomic programmes and, in the years 1990-1992, with the Paris and London Clubs on Poland’s debt reduction. In late 1991 he was also advising Yegor Gajdar and his team on reforms for Russia.
In the period January-April 2008 he served in Donald Tusk’s government as deputy finance minister, and since July 2008 has been the Chief Economist of the BCC, an organization of enterprises and businessmen in Poland.
Vuk Guberinic has brought together the team CAR:GO, along with the technical magic, creative spark, and drive to get things done. He studied in America and Italy and has worked in startups for more than six years. Vuk is passionate about investments and basketball.
Has a Degree in Industrial Engineering by UPC Barcelona. Speciality in Energy Engineering (1999). She has taken a course in Finance in IESE business school (2011).
Virginia has fifteen years of experience in energy consultancy on energy markets, legal frameworks, and business development at international level (Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgian, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Iran, Pakistan, Madagascar, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Argentina).
She is member of Spanish Energy Regulation Committee since 2008.
She is President of Energy Commission at Foment del Treball, trade organisation in Catalonia.
She is Technical Director of Spanish Cogeneration Association since 2006.
László Gulácsi works as a Professor and Head, Department of Health Economics, Corvinus University Budapest, Budapest, Hungary. He is the head of the Hungarian Office for Health Technology Assessment (HunHTA). By profession he is a physician (Debrec en medical University), having university degrees of programming mathematics (Kossuth Lajos University of Arts and Sciences), mathematical economics and sociology (Corvinus University of Budapest) and health economics (University of York).
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Hagedorn is a lecturer for economics at BiTS Berlin. Before working for BiTS Berlin he was a research fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research where he was primarily assigned to macroeconomic analysis and forecasting. Hendrik Hagedorn is a Physics graduate (Diplom-Physiker), Master of Economic and Financial Research (M.Phil.), and graduate of the Graduate Center at DIW Berlin. He earned his doctoral degree from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster under Prof. Ulrich van Suntum.
is Professor in International Business at the Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Professor Hajidimitriou served as Rector of the University of Macedonia from September 2010 to August 2014. Since November 2015, he is Chairman of the Department of Business Administration. He also served as Chairman of the MBA Program, as Chairman of the Department of Marketing and Operations Management, and as Vice Chairman of the Department of Business Administration. Recently he was appointed Director of the Master’s Program in International Business.
Kerry Halferty Hardy
Kerry Halferty Hardy consults and has extensive experience in both the healthcare and the nonprofit sectors, particularly in strategic planning and development. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Economic Studies Europe (IESE), the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Institut de Formation Politique (IFP) and the American Club of Paris, among others. She is often invited to speak on topics related to healthcare, the free market, and the nonprofit sector. Kerry also lectures in the Business & Diplomacy MBA program at INSEEC and has previously served as a guest lecturer at the Université Paris-Dauphine.
She received her undergraduate degree from the UT Austin and obtained a Master of Science in Management, with an emphasis on Nonprofit and Association Management from UMUC. She speaks French, German, and Spanish, as well as Texan.
Mark Adam Harold
Mark Adam Harold is the only non-citizen ever to swear on the Lithuanian Constitution. He immigrated from Britain in 2005 soon after Lithuania joined the European Union, and was elected to Vilnius City Council ten years later. Mark is a pro-european, pro-NATO, pro-business, pro-equality, independent liberal. He has never joined any political party apart from the UK Liberal Democrats, as a protest against Brexit. Mark identifies as minarchist, not libertarian. He is good at shooting but doesn’t own a gun.
is Director of Fiscal and Legal Policy at the Federation of Austrian Industries. Before joining the Federation in 2014 he worked for several years at Ernst & Young in the fields of Audit and Assurance as well as for an international group in the construction sector. During this time he received his public appointment as tax advisor and certified public accountant. Alfred Heiter studied Business Informatics in Vienna.
is chief economist of the Federation of Austrian Industries and coordinator of the Cognion Research Network. He served as Deputy Chair of the BusinessEurope EcoFin-Committee. He has recently been appointed to chair the BusinessEurope Regional Policy Working Group and the EU Expert Group XG ECO. He published more than sixty journal articles and contributions to collective volumes, with a focus on finance, macroeconomics, and structural change. Furthermore, he has been responsible for a portfolio of about 800 research projects so far.
is a member of the Bavarian State Parliament since 2003, chairman of the CSU parliamentary working committee for military policy and a State Secretary in the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance, Regional Development and Regional Identity since 2013.
Mr. Hintersberger holds a Master degree in political science. He is a member of Christian Social Union in Bavaria for more than four decades.
He served as a chairman of the CSU in Lechhausen and vice-chairman of the CSU district chapter in Augsburg until 2011. He serves as a chairman of the CSU district chapter in Augsburg and a member of the CSU executive committee.
He is also a member of the board of directors of the sports club FC Augsburg, member of the board of trustees of the University of Augsburg, a member of the foundation board of the Catholic Kolping Foundation Augsburg, a member of the diocesan council of the Diocese of Augsburg , a vice-chairman of the Catholic Welfare Center Augsburg-Lechhausen and a chairman of the Tourismus Regio Augsburg company.
Scott A. Hodge
Scott A. Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., one of the most influential organizations on tax policy in Washington and in state capitals. During his 17 years leading the Tax Foundation, he has built the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth (TAG) Dynamic Modeling program which has normalized dynamic scoring as an accepted tool for analyzing tax policy. He also spearheaded the creation of the Tax Foundation’s Center for State Tax Policy and the State Business Tax Climate Index, two programs that have spurred tax reform in dozens of states.
Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson
is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on current affairs in the Icelandic media. He is best known as a controversial spokesman for free market policies and for classical liberalism.
In 1979, Hannes and his friends founded the Libertarian Association in Iceland, which operated for ten years. It organized visits by the three Nobel Laureates Friedrich Hayek, James M. Buchanan and Milton Friedman in the early 1980s. Those visits had considerable impact on the exchange of ideas within Iceland. The Libertarian Association also published, in 1980–88, a magazine called Frelsið.
Founder and CEO at Xoco Fine Cocoa Company; Xoco is a first mover in the emerging market for supplying fine cocoa to gourmet chocolate makers. We have reinvented the industry by planting millions of new trees with outgrowers in Central America. Our beans have been used for making award winning chocolate worldwide.
Nick finished degrees in Finance, Economics and Law at Bond University in Australia, including a scholarship and internship with Goldman Sachs. Experiencing the finance industry first hand in 2008 brought Nick to the newsletter industry instead. As the editor of The Daily Reckoning Australia and The Money for Life Letter, Nick provided a libertarian analysis of financial markets, with a specialisation in alternative retirement investment strategies. Nick returned to the old world in 2015 to join MoneyWeek and focus on his PhD.
Vasile Isan is professor at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Jassy, Romania. Between 2008 and 2016 was rector of this institution, the oldest modern university in Romania. He teaches course on international trade at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. His main areas of interest are international trade theory, international transactions and history of economic thought. In essence, he is a follower of the Austrian School of Economics. Prof. Ișan coordinates a collection of translations, including fundamental works of economic science, especially the most important books of Friedrich Ludwig von Mises and von Hayek.
Michael Jaeger is the Secretary General of the European Taxpayers’ movement Taxpayers Association of Europe (TAE) since 1996, and since 2011 also Chief Executive Manager (CEO) of the European Economic Senate, the network of leading corporates in Europe. Since 1991 Michael Jaeger is working for the Bavarian Taxpayers Association, since October 2015 as a Vice-President. He is an entrepreneur, consultant and author working as a watchdog of the taxpayers and a fighter for less taxation, more individual freedom and free market economy with publications, articles, statements and lectures in matters pertaining to taxation, public spending, agricultural and structural reforms, funds, deregulation, privatization and institutional reforms.
is an economist, graduated two universities in Georgia; he worked at the State Audit Office, Central Election Commission, the Parliament of Georgia and the Anti-Corruption Agency. In 2001 Mr. Jandieri co-founded and since that time has been the Vice-president of New Economic School – Georgia, a free market think-tank; he currently lectures also at the Georgian-American University in Tbilisi and is a member of the Board of the National Statistics Office of Georgia.
Gia is an active member of Economic Freedom, Atlas and many other free market networks.
is a senior analyst in Estonian Centre for Applied Research CentAR. He has worked at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication as Head of the Economic Analysis Division and subsequently in the ministry of Social Affairs as Deputy Secretary General on Labour Policy. Janno has led and participated in several important labour market related initiatives, most importantly the forecast of workforce demand and the development of new Employment Contracts Act. Janno Järve has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tartu.
Jilch is a journalist, writing for the economics section of Austrias leading broadsheet newspaper “Die Presse”. He covers central-bank-politics, macroeconomics and markets but his main interest lies in all aspects of the monetary system. This is why he is also wrinting a rather popular blog titled “Goldjournal” on the Website of the “Presse”. Jilch is known for covering economics with an “Austrian Perspective” and he advocates low taxes and a small state.
Henrik Jönsson is a life-long, international entrepreneur. He is the founder of HUNGRIG.se and Divine Robot, and owns the IT-innovation company Tion Group. Henrik has founded more than fifteen companies during his career, in sectors ranging from visual effects to online food delivery logistics.
Henrik has experience funding, establishing and running companies in the US, the UK and Scandinavia. He has published two award-winning commercial computer games, of which one hit the number 3 spot in the US App Store with millions of downloads. Henrik is also a published author and lecturer on digital popular culture, entrepreneurship and futurology.
Octavian-Dragomir Jora, Ph.D. in Economic Sciences, Associate Professor Ph.D. at the International Business and Economics Department, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (teaching, among others, Entrepreneurship in business, International political economy, International relations: theories and policies, Comparative economics), and journalist, founding editor-in-chief of The Market for Ideas magazine (themarketforideas.com).
is an entrepreneur and researcher. He holds MSci degree from Entrepreneurial Economy Postgraduate Studies and is PhD candidate at the International Economy Postgraduate Studies at the UDG.
He has been working at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses since 2005 (www.issp.me). During the time he has been involved in and led numerous projects. His fields of interest are entrepreneurship, EU, NATO, cyber defense, defense economy etc.
Ivan Jovetic is also Executive Director of Centre for European Education and Studies – CE²S – a research center dedicated to the European research, education and entrepreneurship. CE²S is member of ECSA World (European Community Studies Association). He is also member of the Working Groups for negotiations with the European Union (chapters 31 and 21).
He is co-founder of MSI INVEST Ltd. through which he has been executing his own and his partners’ entrepreneurial ideas. This company has been involved in several business sectors. Since 2007 Ivan Jovetic has been working at the UDG – Faculty for International Economy, Finance and Business as a teaching assistant. He has also been acting since 2013 as manager and Vice-Dean at the UDG – Faculty for Sports Management.
Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, is co-founder resp. investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in the US like Idealo GmbH, the leading German comparison shopping platform. He is Founding President of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) resp. Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), a founding Board Member of the China Business Angels Network (CBAN), Beijing and a member of the New York Angels. He is a member of the Advisory Council, Deutsche Bank AG, and Board member of the New York Philharmonic.
The leading German business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” named Peter Jungen one of the 100 most important personalities who shape the future of the „New Economy“. In 1999 Peter Jungen was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
is Director of the Southeast Europe office of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a non-profit organisation that promotes liberal values, rule of law, and economic freedom. Providing policy consultations and educational programs, the Foundation is active in more than 60 countries.
Having worked previously for the Foundation in Germany, India, and Russia, Daniel Kaddik is actively involved promoting entrepreneurship and personal and political responsibility. His main interest lay in the field of liberal policy solutions, economics and social sciences as well as entrepreneurship and citizen participation in governance.
He received degrees in Governmental Studies from the University of Erfurt, European Studies from the University of Hamburg, and International Studies from the University of Birmingham.
is the program director at Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (ISSP), first economic think tank in Montenegro. She is also assistant professor at Faculty for International Economics, Finance and Business of the University UDG, Podgorica, Montenegro. From 2010 she holds a doctorate in economics. She managed implementation of more then 50 projects in the area of macroeconomic, statistics, econometrics, economic and social policy analyses and sectorial policies.
Syed Kamall, MEP, was elected as the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in 2014. He has been the leader of the British Conservatives MEPs since November 2013, and has represented London in the Parliament since 2005. He is also a member of several high-profile Parliamentary committees, such as Economic and Monetary Affairs, International Trade, and Environment.
He is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice, which is at the forefront of identifying the most effective ways to tackle poverty and other social problems.
Mr. Karagiannis Giannis the general manager of Karagiannis group. Our objective is real estate services, as well as building, constructing, renovating and energy upgrading, along with furnishing and decorating residential and commercial spaces.
Othmar Karas is the former Secretary General of the ÖVP (Austrian’s People Party) and former member of the Austrian National Parliament. He is a member of the European Parliament since 1999 and from 2012 to 2014 he was the Vice President of the European Parliament. Since July 2014 he is Chair of the inter- parliamentary Delegation on the Relations between the European Union and Russia. Karas studied Political Science at the University of Vienna and European and International Business Law at the University of St. Gallen. Since 2013 he is a Honorary Professor at the Danube University Krems.
is Vice President for Communications at Americans for Tax Reform, a taxpayer group founded by Grover Norquist in 1985 at the request of Ronald Reagan. ATR works for free markets and low taxes at the federal and state levels. Kartch is a Forbes contributor focused on government threats to the sharing economy, and chairs a monthly free market working group on the issue. His commentary has been featured on BBC, Fox Business Network, Fox News, the Washington Times, Townhall and the Daily Caller. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.
After studies of law, economics and sport science Axel Kassegger started his carreer as a consultant and lecturer. Besides several political engagements – he is a member of the Austrian Parliament and member of the board of the Freedom Party – his entrepreneurial activities are various, e.g. managing partner at bloomix GmbH and he serves as a member of advisory boards e.g. Steirischer Verkehrsbund Gesellschaft m.b.H, Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH.
Manfred Kastner is founder and President of Vision Microfinance Fund which started 2005 and has become one of the 10 largest microfinance funds worldwide. Manfred Kastner served as the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of C.A.T. Oil AG of Vienna, Austria, 2005-2015 and managed inter alia the very successful IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2006. He is an active investor and partner in Pipeline Sales (CRM) and various start-ups such as Xarion ( disruptive laser technology) Phase6 (education technology for languages), Alphary (adaptive learning technology for English), Production Paradise (leading high end photographers` website).
is professor at University of Donja Gorica and President of the Board of Directors of the Societe Generale Montenegro Bank. After 4 years that he worked in first economic think thank in Montenegro – The Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses, he served as Deputy Minister of Finance (2004-2010), Minister of Finance (2010-2012), and Advisor of the Prime Minister for Economy and Finance (2012 – 2014).
Mr. Katnic was involved in the design and implementation of numerous important national and international projects and he is the author of numerous publications and papers. He was lecturer at prestigious foreign universities such as George Washington, Elliot School of International Affair and Harvard. He is member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Vor der Gründung von wikifolio sammelte Andreas Kern mehr als zehn Jahre Erfahrung in der Finanzund Payment-Branche. Als Geschäftsführer brachte er die payboxAustria GmbH in die Gewinnzone. Er war Mitbegründer der payolution GmbH, die erfolgreich an Skrill/moneybookers verkauft wurde. Andreas Kern studierte Mathematik und Computerwissenschaften, hat einen Master of Science für Innovationsmanagement der Johannes Keppler Business School Linz und ist ausgebildeter Börsenhändler für Termin- und Kassamarkt.
Gordon Kerr has a 25 year track record in the black arts of banking; with particular focus on derivatives , securitisation, tax and regulatory capital arbitrage and inter-bank exposure structures which exploit accounting loopholes such that these exposures are kept off the books of all parties to the transaction.
In 2011 Kerr set up Cobden Partners Ltd, using the brand of the prominent UK think tank The Cobden Centre.
Kerr is a regular lecturer at the Sofia Business School, and also a senior fellow with IREF Europe and the lead author of their monthly Newsletter on banking and central banking;
President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning millennials onto the values of liberty. He is also a senior editor at Conservative Review. He founded FreedomWorks in 2004 where he served as President for 11 years.
Bernadette Klösch is a Deputy Head of the Austrian Mission to the European Union, working for the Austrian Embassy in Brussels. She graduated from the University of Graz.
served in the White House as speechwriter to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and as Assistant Director of the White House Outreach Working Group on Central America.
A presidential commissioner for the Honduran “ZEDE” development zones initiative, Mr. Klugmann is Co-Chairman of the international board that is the governing authority for the zones, having been appointed by the President of Honduras and confirmed by the National Congress.
Mr. Klugmann has advised seven democratically-elected Presidents outside the United States and has helped governments to design and win approval of multiple financial, regulatory and infrastructure reforms. He has given expert testimony before legislative committees of four countries, including the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.
An innovator in reform zones, in 1999-2000 Mr. Klugmann originated the LEAP Zones policy framework (see, www.leapzones.org) that uses “institutional leapfrogging” to create highly competitive special Legal, Economic, Administrative, Political jurisdictions. He first proposed this reform in Honduras to Porfirio Lobo, six years before helping him to be elected president. He was a co-drafter of the Organic Law for the Honduran special zones, and advised the government of former Soviet Georgia on the creation of special zones.
An expert advisor on helping governments achieve difficult reforms, Mr. Klugmann is the creator of unique methodologies that accelerate the successful implementation of change and deliver effective public/political communications to resolve obstacles. He counsels governments on strategy and advises candidates and enterprises on their public campaigns.
He served as founding Director of Jose Pinera’s International Center for Pension Reform, and collaborated with former President of Spain Jose Maria Aznar as Strategic Advisor in the creation of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index. He is Visiting Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin.
He has lectured on public policy in over 30 countries and at numerous institutions, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the World Bank, the Camara de Comercio de Lima, the American-Swiss Foundation, the Global Financial Summit (Nassau), the Antigua Forum, the Free University of Tbilisi, the Catholic University of Chile, the World Congress of the International Public Relations Association, FEDEPRICAP, the Consejo Empresarial de America Latina, Mont Pelerin Society (Hong Kong) and events in more than twenty European cities on the Free Market Road Show.
Mr. Klugmann has appeared in many international media, including the BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Time magazine, CNN en Espanol, and been cited in several books including “Inside the National Security Council” (Simon & Schuster) and the business bestseller “The New Maxi-Marketing” (McGraw-Hill). A former television producer and editorial writer, he has been invited to join Forbes.com as an opinion columnist.
Gaspard Koenig was born in 1982. After graduating in philosophy (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Agrégation) he went on to teach at the University of Lille III. Gaspard then became Christine Lagarde’s speechwriter when she was France’s Finance Minister. In 2009, he joined an international development Bank in London. He launched GenerationLibre in april 2013. He is a published author and appears regularly in the media.
Aleksandar Kokotović graduated from the University of Belgrade with a Bachelors degree Political Science. He is also a Marketing Coordinator for the libertarian club, Libek, in Serbia. Aleksandar first got in touch with libertarian ideas during his first year of studies in the Faculty of Political Science, although he believes he was always a libertarian he was not aware that that is the name for someone who wants to live without having the government regulating his life.
Lamprini Koletsi is a 4th year Law student at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She currently serves as an EU Careers Student Ambassador powered by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). In her first years of studies she has actively operated at the local group in Thessaloniki of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA). She has also participated in many MUNs both in Greece and abroad which shaped her views towards the concept of co-operation, diversity and solidarity.
President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Being a worldwide networker she uses these abilities to promote free market policies; in addition she is a frequent speaker on public policy related issues, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the Future of Europe and Austrian Economics.
Barbara Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is President of the European Center for Economic Growth.
Konstantinos Kolovos holds two degrees in Business Administration and Emotional Intelligence in Business. As an administrative professional with 22 years of experience he has built his career in a variety of roles and industries, in medium sized companies and also in a multinational real estate leader. The last 13 years as a real estate broker and mentor he has trained, motivated and managed more than 140 agents and he helped them to build and develop their successful careers.
Stefanos Konstantinidis comes from Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied Business Administration at University of Macedonia. He got his MBA from INSEAD and did a Finance degree at LBS. His professional qualifications include a diploma in Digital Marketing. He is a member of Project Management Institute (PMI) and a member of the Certified Institute of Marketing (CIM). He has worked in Asia for over 5 years doing Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy consulting, business Development and international trading.
Currently he is working for Inart (http://www.inart.com/el/), one of Greece’s leading Home Decoration companies, responsible for overseas expansions. He is a writer about economics, business. As a hobby he writes and directs Murder Mysteries.
Stefan Kooths, born in 1969 in Mettmann/Western Germany, has joined the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel) in 2010 as representative of the institute in Berlin and as senior economist in the Forecasting Center, IfW’s macroeconomic think tank and business cycle analysis unit. In 2014, he was appointed as head of department. His main fields of expertise comprise business cycle analysis and growth, money and banking, globalization, and constitutional economics. He is advocating a coordinationist paradigm of economics that builds on the main findings of the Austrian School. Technically, he has a focus on computational economics (simulation software, soft computing, and knowledge-based decision support systems).
is economist – financial auditor that works at the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, with more than twenty years of experience in the financial sector. He is a lecturer at the Institute of Education of Chartered Auditors (IESOEL) and at the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission. Since 2008, it maintains a column in the monthly local newspaper “Voula and its World”. He has a strong voluntary activity and is a member of several NGOs such as: The Organization for the Rights of Future Generations, Hellenic Society of Financial Law, European Expression.
is a passionate EFL Teacher who has been working as an English tutor in the private sector in Greece. In the summer of 2015 she worked as a teacher (TAL) at summer schools in the UK. She studied in the English Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and the Cologne University (Germany). In addition, she is a Postgraduate student at HOU University, finishing her MA studies in Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). At present she is conducting research preparing her MA Dissertation in the experimental areas of Education and Social Media. She speaks Greek, English, German and Russian.
Andrew Kovalcin is Senior Director at Advocacy and External Affairs. Mr. Kovalcin has developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to promote the importance of IP to jobs, the economy, and American competitiveness. Mr. Kovalcin has extensive experience engaging third-party voices, grassroots, and academics in educating state and federal policymakers on telecommunications, health care, and IP issues. He worked at the Republican National Committee and served as a staff member in the office of Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL).
Chief Economist at Cyrrus, Lecturer at Prague University of Economics and CEVRO Institute, Member of the Management Board of Prague Twenty. Since 2007, he has been cooperating with the Czech magazine ‘Tyden’, firstly as an economic correspondent, later on as an economic analyst. In 2012, he was the Chief Editor of another economic magazine ‘Profit’. He also cooperated with the newspaper ‘Lidove noviny’ as a main analyst and commentator. Since 2014, he has assumed the post of an Economic Expert at the ‘Platform for Internet Economy’. He is an author of numerous economic books and articles.
assistant professor in Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences, political scientist, historian, columnist, expert on eastern policy, co-founder of the Museum of the Warsaw Rising in Warsaw. 2009-2014 – member of the European Parliament, Chairman of UE delegation to EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Commission and of Foreign Affairs Committee. He was a member of National Security Council, 2007-2009 – member of Parliament (Sejm), 2006-2007 – Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Author of numerous publications on the transformation processes in Central Europe.
Now he is working on Wojciech Jaruzelski biography and on monograph on the role of the oligarchy in Ukraine.
Anders Bjørn Krab-Johansen
Editor-in-chief and CEO at the Danish business newspaper Børsen. He holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Copenhagen, and an M.Sc. in journalism from Columbia University.
is entrepreneur, politican and vice president of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. He is member of several advisary and executive boards. Since 1980 he is managing the hotel business of his family in Bad Kleinkirchheim where he also serves as a mayor since 1997. During his career Krenn served in several political functions (e.g. member of the Austrian Federal Council, of the regional Parliament of Carinthia), multiple functions at the Chamber of Commerce and also served as president and member of the board for e.g. Bergbahnen Bad Kleinkirchheim GmbH and airport Klagenfurt. Since 2014 Krenn is the chairman of the RfW Austria (association of libertarian entrepreneurs).
Ulf Kristersson is the Swedish shadow finance minister and economic spokesperson for the Moderate party. He served as minister of Social Security from 2010 to 2014 and as a member of parliament from 1991 to 2000 and again from 2014 to present day. H has also served as vice mayor for Stockholm, and has written several books on the subject of the Swedish welfare state.
Dr Đorđe Krivokapić is employed at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in the Department of Business Systems Organization. LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) he acquired at the Faculty of Law, University of Pittsburgh (USA), after which he worked for two years as a law clerk at the law firm “Karanović & Nikolić”.
Zoja Kukić is cofounder and Board Member of Startit and SEE ICT, nonprofit dedicated to empower local tech and startup scene. With seven centers across Serbia and two online platforms, the organisation reaches more than 60.000 people every month and provides education, information and networking on technology, design and entrepreneurship.
PhD Economist and Fund Manager. Author of bestsellers “Life In The Financial Markets” and “The Energy World Is Flat” as well as “Escape From the Central Bank Trap”. Frequent collaborator with CNBC, Hedgeye, Wall Street Journal, El Español, A3 Media and 13TV. Holds the CIIA (Certified International Investment Analyst) and masters in Economic Investigation and IESE.
He is member of the advisory board of the Rafael del Pino Foundation and is Commissioner of the Community of Madrid in London. He was ranked as one of the top 20 most influencial economists in the world 2016 (according to Richtopia).
Lacalle has teached at London School of Economics and is currently lecturer at Instituto de Empresa (IE University), Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (IEB) and UNED.
Chief Economist and Executive Board Member at Civil Development Forum (FOR) and a PhD candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics. Author and co-author of numerous analysis for Civil Development Forum, Ministry of Regional Development, Lisbon Council, Institute for Research in Economics and Fiscal Issues (IREFF), World Bank and many others.
Dwight R. Lee
Professor Lee received his Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego in 1972. He has had full time tenured faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, Virginia Tech University, George Mason University, the University of Georgia where he was the Ramsey Professor of Economics and Private Enterprise from 1985-2008. He was the William J. O’Neil Professor of Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 2008-2014 and remains affiliated with the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom as a Senior Fellow.
Dr. Auke Leen is an assistant professor at Leiden University’s Faculty of Law, as well as Fellow of Leiden Law School (E.M. Meijers Institute). He studied Economics and Philosophy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and New York University. His 1999 thesis focused upon the role of the consumer in the Austrian School of economic thought. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Business and Technology Association, the Ludwig von Mises Institute – Europe, and the Association of Independent Enterpreneurs. He is an associate editor for the Archives of Economic History and Frontiers in Finance and Economics, and the regional editor of the Journal Global Business and Technology.
Marcel Lesik – business consultant, economic analysis graduate, foreign policy expert and free market economy activist. Participant of various international economic and political conferences, e.g. OECD Forum in Paris or Economic Forum in Krynica. Frequent author of articles mainly about US and UK’s politics – his works were published in MyCompany, Centre of International Initiative and UKPolitics. Worked as an economics specialist at National Bank of Poland and Polityka Insight. Currently Audit Committee Secretary of The Polish Forum of Young Diplomats and active member of KoLiber Association.
Dr. Ruperta Lichtenecker is spokeswoman for economics, scientific research, technology, and innovation of the Austrian Green Party. Since 2006 she is a member of the Austrian Parliament and chairwoman of the committee for scientific research, innovation, and technology.
Her main concerns are economic and location policy, as well as research and innovation policy. As an experienced economist, Dr. Lichtenecker is also involved in the investigative committee on the Hypo Alpe Adria-affair.
Christopher LINGLE earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977. Since then, he has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA.
He is a passionate supporter of human creativity and volunteer actions that lead to social harmony. To this end, he travels relentlessly to anywhere in the globe to engage in discussions on the merits of institutions and public policy with respect to their impact on human liberty and dignity.
Previous academic positions include: Visiting Fellow in the Department of Management of City University in Hong Kong (February to March 2010); Visiting Professor at Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok (2008 to 2009); Adjunct Professor of Economics, Georgetown University (July 2004): Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University (1996 to 1998); Visiting Scholar—Emory University & Adjunct Professor of Economics—Georgia State University (January 1995 to August 1996); Senior Fellow, European Studies Program, National University of Singapore (September 1993 to November 1994); Associate Professor of Economics, Loyola University (New Orleans); Associate Professor of Economics, Miami University, European Center, Luxembourg and Oxford, Ohio (1981 to 1984 and 1989 to 1991), Adjunct Professor, Departement de Droit et des Sciences economiques, Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1989-91); Visiting Foreign Expert in Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (February to May 1987); Lecturer and Senior Lecturer—University of Natal, South Africa (1984-90); Assistant Professor of Economics, Auburn University (1978); Assistant Professor of Economics, West Georgia College (1977).
Dr. LINGLE’s research interests are in the areas of Political Economy and International Economics with a focus on emerging market economies and public policy reform in East and Central Europe, East Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa. His work has appeared as chapters in books, the international media, and scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics, Kyklos, and Pacific Review.
His book on the political economy of Singapore’s development was entitled, Singapore’s Authoritarian Capitalism: Asian Values, Free Market Illusions, and Political Dependency (1996). He is widely credited with anticipating the turmoil in the East Asian economies that began in 1997 (The Rise and Decline of the ‘Asian Century’: False Starts on the Road to the ‘Global Millennium’, May 1997).
Cryptoanarchist and voluntaryist focused on technology and society hacking. Owner of IT security company Nethemba s.r.o., cofounder of Progressbar in Bratislava and Parallel Polis hackerspace in Prague. He gained his BSc. at the FEI-STU in Bratislava and MSc in Computer Science at the Czech Technical University with master thesis focused on ultra-secure systems. He holds many prestigious security certifications including CISSP and CEH, he is Slovak OWASP chapter leader, co-founder of Progressbar and SOIT organizations where he is responsible for IT security.
Isabella Mader is Director of the Excellence Institute and university lecturer at several universities mainly in the fields of Knowledge Management, Information Science, IT Strategy and Collaboration. 2013 she was awarded “Top CIO of the Year”.
Before her current position she used to work as the CEO of a software company and in the Methodology Development at the United Nations.
Her current work and research focus lies in the fields of Networks, Sharing Economy and the Entrepreneurial Society.
Is a Senior Fellow at the KPF. He received his Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Stanford Law School in July 2008, and is currently Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy and Head of Political Development at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
In 2008 Amichai Magen became the first Israeli to win the prestigious National Fellow Award at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In 2002 he received the Yitzhak Rabin Fulbright Award.
Dr. Magen has published extensively in leading journals in the fields of Law, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. His current academic work focuses on democracy, the rule of law, and responsible sovereignty; political, legal, and institutional challenges in asymmetric warfare; as well as the growing challenge of weak and failed states in the Middle East, and their implications for Israel’s security.
Amichai Magen is a Lieutenant in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and lives in Jerusalem. In 2010 he was elected Member of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Executive Committee in recognition of his outstanding public diplomacy work on behalf of Israel and the Jewish People. He is a regular commentator for Israeli and international newspapers, radio, and television.
Dr. Tahir Mahmutefendic was born on 9th August 1956 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1959 he moved with his family to Sarajevo, where he completed his primary and secondary education in 1974. He graduated with honours at the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo in 1978. He subsequently worked at the same institution as a lecturer in Political Economics and Finance from 1979 until 1992. He received MPhil and PHD from Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. Tahir Mahmutefendic taught Economics and Business Studies in Great Britan in high schools, academies and colleges from 1997 until 2014. He published four books (three in English and one in our language). Tahir Mahmutefendic also wrote more than seventy articles and book reviews for various journals in the former Yugoslavia and Great Britain.
Ron Manners is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a “Mining Legend” at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 Ron was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Washington, DC.
Between 1972 and 1995 Ron floated several Australian listed mining companies, one of which became Australia’s third largest gold producer, before joining the board of a Canadian company with operations in Mexico, Brazil and Turkey. In addition to his mining interests, Ron has pursued an interest in economic education, establishing the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in 1997. He is an life member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the coordinating Committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference. Ron is also the author and editor of five books – So I Headed West, Kanowna’s Barrowman – James Balzano, Never a Dull Moment and Heroic Misadventures: Australia; Four Decades – Full Circle, Poems of Passion – A Prospector’s Poetic Soul – as well as numerous papers and addresses.
Dr. Adam Martin is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he was a Lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London. Adam has also served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute at New York University . Dr. Martin’s research interests focus on the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics and include Austrian economics, economic methodology, economic development and public choice.
Andrea Martos, B.Sc. Biochemistry at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently, she is Stud. M.Sc.Eng. in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She has conducted her research activity at the University of Cambridge, Alberto Sols Biomedical Institute as well as at the Department of Nanotechnology (DTU). Currently, she is working at the Tropical Pharmacology Lab (Department of Bioengineering) on the development of humanized monoclonal antibodies against snakebite. Andrea has been invited as a speaker at several scientific congresses in Madrid, Cambridge, Oxford and Copenhagen.
born on 8 June 1959 in Vienna, is member of the Austrian Parliament. Since 2000 Dr. Matznetter is Party Cashier and board member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ). Furthermore, he is chartered accountant and director of Merkur-Treuhand Wirtschaftstreuhand- und Steuerberatungsges.m.b.H since 1985.
From November 2002 to January 2007 he was a member of Parliament and speaker for Financial and Budget Affairs of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Fraction. Since June 2005 he is president of the Social Democratic Association for Enterprises and Entrepreneurs.
teaches economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A well-known economist and historian and rhetorician, she has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. Her latest book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World (University of Chicago Press, 2010), is the second in a series of four on The Bourgeois Era. With Stephen Ziliak she wrote in 2008, The Cult of Statistical Significance (2008), which criticizes the proliferation of tests of “significance.”
Gonzalo Melián is an entrepreneur, architect and academic with an interest in education, economics, and cities. He is founder member and director at Centro de Estudios Superiores OMMA, associate professor at IE University, visiting professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, as well as member of Instituto Juan de Mariana and the Mont Pelerin Society.
He has scored relevant achievements in the educational sector, launching and managing educational projects.
He has been F.A. Hayek Visiting Scholar in George Mason University, post-doctoral visiting researcher at Cardiff University School of City and Regional Planning and pre-doctoral visiting researcher at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has been awarded the “Viera y Clavijo” science research award and has published several academic papers in research journals, books and more that hundred articles in the media.
Quentin Michon is editor-in-chief of the liberal newspaper Contrepoints, which he launched in 2010 (around 500,000 unique visitors per month). He is also treasurer of the Liberaux.org association, which publishes Contrepoints. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and the Sorbonne and works in the Internet sector.
Since 2012, Marko Milanković is the head of the communications at Nelt Group, leading regional distribution, logistics and marketing company, with more than 4.000 employees and businesses across West Balkans and Africa. Prior to current position he lead the award winning marketing department of Corner shop, Serbian convenience retail chain.
Darjan Minov is the president of the Sarajevo based libertarian think tank Liberal Forum and former law and arts management student. He is a project manager, coordinator and assistant for various NGO’s with experience that ranges from local activities and events to various regional and international programs. Before joining libertarian movements he was a member of the Board of Nasa stranka and still is national coordinator for ALDE Party Individual members.
Daniel J. Mitchell
Dan Mitchell is a public policy economist in Washington, DC. His major research interests include tax reform, international tax competition, the economic burden of government spending, and other fiscal policy issues. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on the flat tax, and has been the leading international voice in the fight to preserve tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty. He has decades of experience authoring papers, writing editorials, working with the public policy community, and presenting the free-market viewpoint to newspaper, television, and radio media.
A prolific writer, Dan is the author of The Flat Tax: Freedom, Fairness, Jobs, and Growth and co-author of Global Tax Revolution. In addition, Dan’s work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, National Review, Villanova Law Review, Journal of Regulation and Social Cost, Forbes, Emory Law Journal, Public Choice, Journal of Financial Crime, Foreign Policy, Pace Law Review, USA Today, Offshore Investment, Playboy, Investor’s Business Daily, Worldwide Reinsurance Review, and the International Tax Planning Association’s Yearbook. He has appeared on all the major networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and C-SPAN.
Dan is also an accomplished public speaker, and has spoken to a wide variety of groups in dozens of cities and more than 50 foreign countries. Audiences have included the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Bermuda International Business Association, the Business Roundtable, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Swiss Bankers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and dozens of other groups and organizations.
Dan founded the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, an organization formed to protect international tax competition. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. Born in Mt. Kisco, NY, Dan Mitchell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia and holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
Graduated from Wakefield High school of Arlington, Va., studied Medicine in Brussels, Belgium, San Diego, U.S.A., and the University of Athens, Greece, specialized in Anesthesia – Intensive Care and Pain Management in Greece, U.S.A. and England. She holds a Ph.D. cum laude, in Pharmacology.
She has worked at all levels and eventually as Director of Anesthesia Dept. and the Intensive Care Unit, keeping simultaneously a Private Practice. She has practiced in Greece and abroad, including Stanford University in California and other Centers in the U.S.A.; in London, England; Moscow, Russia; and Cape Town, South Africa.
Actively involved in promoting the academic, clinical and safety aspects of the related fields of medicine, she has served on the Board of the Hellenic Society of Anesthesiologists, founded the Association that set the standards of practice, served as the National Delegate at the Monospecialist Committee for Anaesthesia and Reanimation of the European Union (U.E.M.S.), on the European Board of Anesthesiology, the European Academy and the European Society of Anesthesiology and numerous Hellenic and International Societies.
Dr. Kálmán Mizsei was the Head of Mission for the European Union Advisory Mission on Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine in 2014-15. Between 20011 and 2013 he served as the Chairman of the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Integration at the Open Society Foundations, supporting George Soros’ effort for Roma integration in Central and South Eastern Europe. From 2007 to 2015 he was also adjunct/visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest.
is international programs manager at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and Executive Director of Property Rights Alliance (PRA) an advocacy group affiliated to ATR for the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally. As international programs manager works to promote the coalition building among international free-market and taxpayer groups. While as Property Rights Alliance, he is in charge of publishing the International Property Rights Index, an international comparative study focus on intellectual and physical property rights.
Santiago Montero Homs
Industrial engineer in ETSEIB (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyers Industrials de Barcelona (1972)), has developed his career in several manager position in different companies in the field of logistic, iron and steel distribution, building materials and industrial production.
Had been president of Tecnifuego-Aespi a professional association and consultant of the Barcelona chamber of commerce and active member of European technical institutions. Actually is technical and business consultant in many companies and institutions.
Head of Research Public Policy and Governance at WiseEuropa Institute, an independent think-tank based in Warsaw, undertaking a strategic reflection on European politics, foreign policy and economy. Previously, he worked in the banking sector as a macroeconomist. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was ranked among top macroeconomic forecasters in the ranking organized by the National Bank of Poland. He began his career as a financial journalist in “Rzeczpospolita”, the leading Polish opinion daily. He still writes short and long articles for the main Polish financial media and actively participates in a public debate on key economic issues. His interests focus on macroeconomics, public policy and political economics. He holds MSc in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and MSc in Political Sciences from the University of Warsaw.
Multifaceted journalist and speaker, he iscorrespondent in Andalucía (Spain) of Libertad Digital and esRadio. He created and is managing the development of Voz Radio (Editorial Group VOZITAL).
Experienced conductor of a variety of radio formats, from music magazines and sports shows to political debate or news broadcasting, he hosts several local radio programs in esRadio: “Es La Mañana de Sevilla” (every day from 12:00 to 14:00), “Sevilla a Debate” (Wednesdays from 19:00 to 20:00) and “Horizonte Sur” (Thursdays from 19:00 to 20:00).
Edgar Morilla has been present in the physical conditioning industry close to two decades, performing several professional and business roles, emphasizing his work as an expert at body re-composition and in the individualization of the physical preparation, and as a former carrying out several lectures and courses.
President and founding partner of the National Association for the Study of the Physical Culture.
Stefan Moritz, Managing Director European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and Head of the EU-Liaison Office of BVMW in Brussels. Stefan Moritz has 20 years of experience in EU-Project management, as organization advisor and start-up coach. He is co-founder of the consulting firm AREA EUROPA with branches in Bologna and Brussels. Since October 2013 he was an advisor of CEA-PME, since August 2014 Head of the BVMW Europe Office in Brussels and since Sept. 2014 Managing Director of CEA-PME. He graduated in Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt/M., after studying also for one year at Bologna University in 1989-90. He is also an experienced facilitator (GOPP, Open Space Technology, World Café), workshop and conference moderator.
In 1989 Manfred Moschner founded „ACS Moschner & Co GmbH“, an independent and qualified counsulting-company specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A).
He studied Law at the University of Vienna and Commercial Science at the “Wirtschaftsuniversität” in Vienna. Moschner worked at the “Genossenschaftliche Zentralbank” where build up the sector “International Bank Guarantees” and the department for Merchant Banking. He also build up the M&A-department at the “CA-3 Banken Beteiligungsfonds AG”.
Since 1986 he is the author of the official report on the Austrian M&A-market which is published in the Austrian Bank-Archive.
Adis Muhović is Executive Director at CPU. Prior to joining the CPU Adis worked at the UNDP Communications and PR Office. Previously, Adis worked as designer and online & social media marketing expert. He’s currently attending master’s study in international relations and diplomacy at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.
was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1983. In 2009 graduated in history and philosophy (University of Ljubljana). Continued studies at Central European University (Budapest) earning the degree Master of Arts in Comparative History of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe in 2010. Currently enrolled at the Central European University as a PhD student in History. His research interests include (but are not limited to) late 19th, early 20th century political and intellectual history of Central Europe, especially in regard to the organized liberalism.
Müller is a journalist who has worked for several printed and digital newspapers as the magazine Hoy (Chile), Diario16 y La Gaceta de los Negocios (Spain) and also El Universal (Venezuela) where he was executive director. He was part of El Mundo from its founding, where he became deputy director until he left the newspaper in 2014. Since then he is columnist and deputy director of El Español. Müller is the author of “Leones contra dioses”.
Robert Murphy is a Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Murphy earned his B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College and his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hillsdale College, a Visiting Scholar at New York University, a Research Analyst at Laffer Associates, and a Senior Fellow with the Pacific Research Institute.
Dr. Murphy also serves as Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute, Associated Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
He has authored numerous scholarly articles and energy policy studies, over 100 popular publications for lay audiences, and multiple books. His most recent book is Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015).
He and best-selling author Tom Woods also host a weekly podcast, Contra Krugman, in which they critique the New York Times column of economist Paul Krugman from alternative economic perspectives. Recent podcasts can be found here.
In his role as a research assistant professor with the FMI, Dr. Murphy contributes original research to the Institute’s ongoing research program, Research on the Origins of Economic Freedom and Prosperity, and works closely with FMI graduate research assistants on their efforts to develop original research. For more information about Dr. Murphy, please visit consultingbyrpm.com
Mr. Murray is Vice President for Strategy at CEI. He is the author of the best-selling books, “The Really Inconvenient Truths” and “Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You.” And he specializes in finance, labor, trade, energy, and science and technology policy. He is also an expert on the role of government, the EU and the UK, and the role of liberty in political thought. He writes regularly for print and online sources, his CEI articles having appeared in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Investors Business Daily, the Washington Examiner and many other newspapers.
Radu Cristian Mușetescu
is an associate professor in the Department of International Business and Economics, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest. He teaches Business-Government Relations, Corporate Governance and International Relations. He is interested in law and economics, both at business level but also at policy level, and in what could be termed comparative political entrepreneurship (and its impact on national wealth creation and the international redistribution of prosperity). He is also focused on the study of war and conflict, with a particular interest in insurgency and intelligence.
17 years ago Marko Musulin established DALE as a multiple client family office. Today DALE advises and manages approx. EUR 1,5 billion, mostly for Austrian families. In 2009 the Oetker family, represented through its banking arm, Bankhaus Lampe, took a majority stake in DALE.
Marko Musulin graduated from the University of Vienna with a Doctorate in Law. In 1973, he joined Creditanstalt-Bankverein. In the late 70ies he was seconded to European Banking Company in London. In the early 80ies he established Creditanstalt ́s US Operations, which he managed until 1988.
After many failed tries to reincarnate as a child of a caring family, he finally succeeded, and was born in ’87, in Thessaloniki, Greece. During his early age, he was a student in the American School of Thessaloniki, Anatolia. Later on, he studied in the University of Macedonia, and got his bachelor degree in the department of Business Administration, which he was able to put to good use, due to the fact that the family was already running a business, Alumil Group, a worldwide system supplier for doors and windows. He’s been working in that company ever since, and in the recent past, he’s been leading a sales’ team that coordinates the sales’ activities of the whole Group.
Award-winning by the title of a “Business Distinction” by the Hellenic Organisation of Small & Medium Enterprises and Handicraft, serial entrepreneur Theofilos Mylonas, started working in a string of businesses and finally funded his first venture (a personal software company) during his studies in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – before starting the software company Cardisoft (1998) and other business ventures, co-founded Sustainability Specialist mSolutions (2004) and funded Fintech Yummy Wallet (2016). As founder and CEO of Cardisoft, he has helped the Student Management Software Company grow, become leader in Higher Education market with 500.000+ users and great profitability. He sold Cardisoft in 2012.
Almudena Negro holds a law degree from Universidad San Pablo CEU. As a journalist she is a specialist in political communication. She has collaborated with various media, such as Diario Siglo XXI, Libertad Digital, Vozpópuli, 13TV, El Venezolano TV, Intereconomía TV, Radio Libertad, and Hispan TV. Now she moderates the magazin “Ya es Domingo”, on Radio Inter and she is responsible for the social networking team of the newspaper La Razón. She has cowritten the book “Against Social Democracy” (Deusto Editorial). She admits to be an admirer of Jean François Revel and Ayn Rand.
Co-founder and co-CEO of “Freebee” – the largest digital loyalty platform in Poland, with Grupa Cyfrowy Polsat as main investor. Also CEO and founder of “Voda Naturalna”, Poland’s first bottled water brand in the super premium and functional water segments. Supervisory board member of several businesses within the family-owned Curtis Group (real estate, pharmaceutical, aviation and hospitality industries).
Polish-American national, born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Studied Theater Directing at the UCLA School of Film, Theater & Television. Also studied Film Directing at the North Carolina School of Filmmaking and Business Administration at Ohio University.
Founder of A.I.D.A. Marketing & Business Development located in Greece, Bulgaria and Albania.
A masters in International Relations – European Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Macedonia. A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing from the University of Macedonia. Prior to founding A.I.D.A., she began her career at SALES PROMOTION CENTER S.A. while she was still studying, as an Assistant Branch Manager (Patra-Greece).
Currently she is also very active in several organizations:
President of BUSINESS MENTALITY nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurship.
Secretary General of Hellenic Association of Business Women – S.E.G.E.
Member of Hellenic Management Association – EEDE
Member of the Greek Institute of Marketing – EIM
Member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing – CIM, UK
Member of UNESCO Centre of Women & Peace in Balkans
Member Board of Women Organization of Balkan Corporation, nonprofit organization, 2012 -2014
She loves art, music, cinema, swimming, playing tennis and finally meeting people with different cultural background.
“Meet your future self” is the motto of his EdTech company, which allows thousands of students make conscious once-in-a-lifetime career & academic decisions. Yiorgos is the founder and CEO of 100mentors. With 100mentors he won the London Business School Founder Award, the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Prize in London, two Startup Weekend competitions and many other distinctions, but first and foremost, rewarding service reviews by hundreds of satisfied young users.
Fernando Nogales Lozano
Specialist in Education from the perspective of the School of Austrian economy. PhD in Sociology (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca). Degree in Psychology (University of Seville) and Master in Human Resources (Cesem Barcelona). Graduated from ESADE (Barcelona)in Business Administration and Management and Marketing. He holds a Master in Economics (Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid) and he is currently working in the Doctorate in Economics (Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid). He works as a freelance consultant for family business since 1990 in Spain and Latin America.
Born in 1985, he started his carrier in Hamé, giant food group in South Moravia that was owned by his father at that time. He studied University of Warwick and holds degree in Economics and Finance. Leoš Novotný subsequently worked in investment banking – accepted an offer to work in a team Financial Sponsors led by Peter Köhler in Vienna Raiffeisen Investment. Here he worked on transactions with major European and global private equity funds and institutional investors in Central and Eastern Europe. He founded the company Aakon Capital and in the first two years of existence the company has invested nearly 2 billion CZK in several private equity projects.
holds the position of Vice President at the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP) as well as he manages public affairs’ and lobbing activities of the organization. ZPP is an employers’ organization representing the interests of SMEs in Poland. Marcin is also a director for international relations at the Warsaw Enterprise Institute (WEI). Apart of his work for ZPP and WEI, Marcin is an entrepreneur involved in various sectors. For last few years he was very active in healthcare services being focused on development of teleradiology business and new investments in the fields of radiology.
Marcin Nowacki graduated with the master degree in international relations at the University of Lodz, Poland.
Co-founder of Liberal Institute for Policy Research. He Has served as an economic adviser to different politicians in Albania and Kosovo. He is currently serving as an advisor in the cabinet of the Prime Minister of Kosovo and a PhD candidate at University College London.
Adisa Omerbegovic Arapovic
Adisa Omerbegovic Arapovic, holds a Ph.D. from University Malaya, Malaysia in the field of international macroeconomics and finance. Currently she holds the position of the Dean of the Economics Faculty at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. Current resarch and publications of Dr. Omerbegovic are in the field of international macroeconomics and finance. Her interest extends to political economy, economic systems and political party profilation according to economic ideology.
Yaël Ossowski is public relations director for the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously Watchdog.org’s Florida Bureau Chief, chief Spanish translator, and national investigative reporter from 2012-2015.
Mr. O’Sullivan is President of the Danube Institute in Budapest. A journalist, author, lecturer and broadcaster, he also serves as the Associate Editor of the Hungarian Review magazine. He is editor at large of National Review magazine, International Editor of Quadrant Magazine in Sydney, Australia, a Fellow of the National Review Institute, and co-founder and director of 21st Century Initiatives in Washington DC. In 1987-88 he served as a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street and he assisted in the writing of her memoirs.
Paul II, President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher in the collapse of communism, has been published in seven languages.Mr. O’Sullivan’s experiences include: senior fellow at the Hudson Institute (2006 to 2009); editor of the National Interest, from 2003 to 2005; editor-in-chief of United Press International from 2001 to 2003.
Mr. Panagiotidis is a 28-year-old businessman and skillful e-Business consultant, founder of different CO’s such as Standline, Euphoria Yachting, LineStoves. He has an economic educational background and holds an MSc in Strategic Product Design. Among other activities, Paris is the CEO of Line Group & Global Service Partner at Alibaba, where they consult and assist you in setting up an account on Alibaba and finding clients and expanding your continental reach. The extra services provided through Line Group are completely tailor made, as he is accredited in this innovation, he is invited to many Alibaba Service providers worldwide to coach them and speak in wide audiences.
Georgios Panos is a Professor of Finance at the Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow. He is also a postgraduate convenor at the Adam Smith Business School. He has held previous posts at the University of Glasgow, the University of Stirling and at the University of Essex. Georgios holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Aberdeen (2010), an MSc Economics from the University of Warwick (2004) and a Ptychio in Economics from the University of Ioannina (2002). His areas of expertise are on the areas of intersection between financial, labour and behavioural economics.
Georgios’ current research interests are on financial literacy and economic behaviour, applications of behavioural economics and finance, labour and personnel economics, and the economics of entrepreneurship. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank in multiple occasions, i.e. in five occasions for a total of some seven years, working on the finance and private sector development unit and the poverty assessment unit, and has been affiliated with EU-funded projects on work and wellbeing, health at work, and socioeconomic inequalities of the older workforce. He has collaborated on World Bank projects on financial literacy in transition and emerging economies, has published and is heavily invested in the financial literacy development agenda though a number of ongoing research projects, research grants and policy forums. He is a principal investigator in the EU-funded PROFIT project (projectprofit.eu), which aims at the generation of an online platform for the enhancement of financial awareness in the European Union. Project PROFIT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no 687895.
Harry Papasotiriou is Professor of International Relations at Panteion University and Director of the Institute of International Relations, Athens, Greece. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford and got an MA and a Ph.D. (1992) from Stanford’s Political Science Department. He is co-author of America Since 1945: The American Moment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, second edition 2010) and has published books and articles on the Balkans since the end of the Cold War, the War of Greek Independence, Byzantine grand strategy, American politics and foreign policy, the role of the diaspora in Greek foreign policy and international politics in the twenty-first century.
Jared Parks is the senior director of advocacy and external affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). He is responsible for developing and implementing integrated strategies to promote the importance of intellectual property (IP) both at the state level and inside the Beltway.
is a lawyer, LLM. He currently holds the position of the International Relations Manager of the Greek political party “Drassi” and he is the local coordinator of “Students for Liberty-Greece.
began her entrepreneurial career at the age of 23 by building a large-scale operations consulting firm which she sold to a Fortune 1000 firm. Currently she is CEO of BFG Management Company LLC, a management investment firm. Ms. Pejovich serves on several boards, including Texas Public Policy Foundation, and has chaired numerous events for nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Pejovich has received four gubernatorial appointments and currently serves on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, one of the largest public university systems in the United States.
is a serial entrepreneur. He has founded and is actively involved in a number of companies – Walltopia, Auxionize, Adventure Facility Concept and Management, Extrapack, HRT, CompositeX, Quantacea, Civilia Properties. The best-known among them is Walltopia – world number one manufacturer of artificial climbing walls and example of a Bulgarian company that sets the standards for an entire industry. The company has been founded in 1998 an to date has successfully build projects in 50 countries on 6 continents.
Ivaylo has studied Physics at the Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”. He speaks Russian and English.
Adrià Pérez Martí
Adriá Pérez Martí holds a degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Taxation at Centro de Estudios Garrigues. He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Madrid. At the present he is an Economics Ph.D. candidate at Rey Juan Carlos University and works at JPB Asesores, a business consulting firm, and Escuela La Travesía, the educational project he founded and leads. He is professor at Centro de Estudios Superiores OMMA, where he teaches about the topic of his dissertation: the economic effects of taxation on the economic activity.
Professor Philippas has numerous publications in almost all Greek Economic Journals and the relative Financial Press. His academic and professional research is published in global academic journals, such as International Review of Financial Analysis, Multinational Finance Journal, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, European Journal of Finance, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Applied Mathematics & Computation, Applied Economics, Applied Financial Economics, Applied Financial Economics Letters, Applied Economics Letters, Managerial and Decision Economics, International Review of Economics and Business, Journal of Applied Business Research, Research in International Business and Finance, Economics Bulletin etc.
Additionally, two published papers (Applied Economics, 1988 και Managerial and Decision Economics, 1993) are included in the collection of the most important scientific contributions in the area of Economics and Finance, concerning the Greek Financial Market. This collection was edited by Dr. G. Tsetsekos (Economic and Finance Research related to Greece: 44 Years of Academic Contributions, Drexel University, July 1998).
Apart from this, his recent paper titled “Chasing trend and losing money: Open end mutual fund investor’s trading in Greece” was rewarded by the University Piraeus for his contribution in the progress and promotion of the institution.
His research interests are in the broad domain of Equity Investments, Financial Analysis, Financial Markets, Mutual Funds, Wealth Management, Pension Fund Management, Financial Planning and Behavioral Finance. He has published five books. Specifically, his books “Mutual Funds and Financial Markets” (1999) and “Investments” (2005) are out of print. His most recent book is “Mutual Funds” (2010).
Dr. Philippas has also presented his work at International Academic Conferences and has a long teaching, as well as, market experience in the Greek Capital and Money Market as executive of Mutual Fund Management Companies, Investment Services Firms etc. From June 2005 to September 2008 he was member of the European Investment Bank Audit Committee (EIB) and from September 2004 to July 2009 he was member of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Port Authority. From April 1st 2013, Mr. Philippas has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board and Scientific Director of the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE).
He has worked with companies such as E.T.B.A, Allianz, Helvetia, Intertrust, Eurobank, Alpha Bank and the Hellenic Banking Association, giving lectures about Financial Planning, Stock Market Investments Analysis and Mutual Funds.
studied at the University of Economics of Vienna and at the University of St. Gallen. Since 1992 Meinhard Platzer is working in the banking industry in the fields of Wealth Management and Corporate Finance: Salomon Brothers Ltd., Investmentbank Austria AG, UBS AG. Since 2006 he is the chairman of the LGT Bank (Austria) AG.
Julio Pomés is president and founder of Civismo, a Spanish think tank dedicated to the analysis of public policies and promotion of economic and individual freedom. Head of Expectativas’ Magazine, a quarterly publication focused on the analysis of socioeconomic trends, he is also a columnist for ABC, other twelve regional newspapers from Vocento Group and Diario de Navarra newspaper. Until 2002 he was Chemistry Professor at the Public University of Navarra and between 2002 and 2011 he was a weekly columnist at Expansión. PhD in Science and Economics, he also has a Senior Management degree by the IESE Business School.
is the Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business. He is the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. He earned his B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
Alfred F. Praus
Alfred F. Praus is Austrian citizen with an MBA-degree from Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna. He has spent 25 years in worldwide industry and engineering business, thereof 10 years in top management (RHI-group, Waagner-Biro). In 2005 he started business of his own in Ukraine, founding and managing two companies: one in Western Ukraine focusing on tourist infrastructure development, the other one for logistics in Kiev. In the past years he has concentrated on management and project consulting concerning foreign business in Ukraine. For details please refer to LinkedIn.
is a consultant, specialized in Corporate Finance, enhancement of productivity and restructuring. He has developed a crowdinvesting tool for small and medium-sized enterprises, has worked on optimizing participation right models and is member of the board of several Austrian foundations. 20 years of experience in accounting, controlling and revision of stock-listed industry are basis for his engagement in several committees and commissions. Pröglhöf also is supporting entrepreneural education by involving students to general shareholders meetings of stock-listed companies.
Richard W. Rahn
is an economist, syndicated columnist, and entrepreneur. Currently he is Chairman of Improbable Success Productions and the Institute for Global Economic Growth. He also writes a syndicated weekly economic column which is published in The Washington Times, Real Clear Markets and many other places.
Dr Rahn served for two terms (2002-2008) as the first non-Caymanian member of the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, which regulates the world’s largest offshore financial center.
In 1990, Dr. Rahn founded the Novecon companies, which included Novecon Financial Ltd., Novecopter, and Sterling Semiconductor (now owned by Dow Corning).
Professor Rahn has taught at Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, and Rutgers Universities, at the Institute of World Politics, and the Polytechnic University of New York, where he was head of the graduate Department of Management. He also was an instructor for the U.S. Air Force and the Washington economic advisor for the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Dr. Rahn is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and is a member of the board of: the American Council for Capital Formation and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. He has served as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, the Hudson Institute, and the Discovery Institute; as a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation; and as a National Executive Director of the Ripon Society.
Dr. Rahn has written more than a thousand articles for newspapers, magazines, and professional journals, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and The National Interest. He is the author of the book The End of Money and the Struggle for Financial Privacy (1999). As an economic commentator, he has appeared on such programs as the Today Show, Good Morning America, Kudlow and Co., Wall Street Week, the PBS Newshour and Crossfire, and was a weekly commentator for Radio America. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on economic issues more than seventy-five times.
Dr. Rahn earned: a B.A. in economics at the University of South Florida, from which he received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” an M.B.A. from Florida State University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Pepperdine University.
Juan Ramón Rallo
Professor Rallo holds a Ph.D. in Economics, a law degree from Universidad de Valencia, and a master’s degree in Austrian School Economics from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). Director at Instituto Juan de Mariana, Mr Rallo teaches various classes on Economics and Finance at OMMA and ISEAD. He is also the economic analyst at esRadio, as well as La Sexta Noche, Al Rojo Vivo and El Programa de Ana Rosa. He is a columnist for El Confidencial y La Razón.
In 2011 professor Rallo received the Julián Marías Award for outstanding achievement in the field of social sciences. He has written numerous books, among which “Una crisis y cinco errores”, “Crónicas de la Gran Recesión (2007-2009)”, “El liberalismo no es pecado”, “Una alternativa liberal para salir de la crisis” and “Contra la renta básica”.
Maria Rankka is a well-regarded opinion leader with vast media experience and has written several highly profiled books. Before joining the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Maria was the CEO of Sweden’s leading free market think tank, Timbro. Maria has previously been a partner in fast-paced communications agency Prime PR. Prior to that she worked for Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Uppsala University and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Nicholas Copernicus University (UMK) in Toruń in 1978 with degrees in both Public Administration and Law. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Detroit Law School in 1982 and a year later was admitted as a member of the Bar Association of the State of Michigan. He is entered in the List of Foreign Attorneys of the District Advocate Council in Warsaw. After returning to Poland in 1991, he acted as counsel to the World Bank on legal issues related to financing residential developments in Poland and to the Minister of Finance with regard to the privatisation of the banking system.
Dr. Goran Ridic is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology – University of Buckingham. Dr. Ridic studied Economics at Trinity College in Connecticut, USA, holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut – School of Business and a doctorate in Public Policy from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has worked and consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies including General Electric (GE), United Technologies – Pratt & Whitney, ING Group, The Hartford Financial Services and USAID.
Aleš Rod works as director of the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses, Prague, Czech Republic. He finishes his Ph.D. studies at University of Economics in Prague (field: Economic Theories), where he has already got his Bachelor degree (field: Regional Economics) and Master degree (field: Economics and Economic Policy) and where he teaches several courses in the field of economics. Apart from academia, his work experiences consist of a private sector track record (esp. banking & consulting), a public sector track record (The Government’s National Economic Council) and NGOs (CAO at Liberal Institute, one of the most respected think-tanks in the central Europe).
Carlos Rodríguez Braun
Professor of History of Economic Thought at Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and visiting professor at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and Universidad Católica Argentina. Professor Rodríguez Braun is a member of the National Academy of Economic Sciences of Argentina, the History of Economics Society and the Mont Pèlerin Society. His articles have been published in prestigious academic journals such as History of Political Economy, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and The American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
Jaime Rodríguez de Santiago-Concha y Argos
Jaime Rodríguez de Santiago-Concha is Country Manager for Spain and Portugal at BlaBlaCar, the leading European ridesharing community that connects drivers with empty seats and people traveling the same way, so they can share their cost. Fascinated with technology since his childhood, Jaime has developed his career around it. He holds a Telecommunication Engineering degree from the Polytechnical Engineering University of Madrid and has been linked to the technological entrepreneurial field from the beginning of his career.
Adrián Rodríguez López
Adrián Rodríguez holds a psychology degree, with specilization in Science and Cognitive Psychology, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a master’s degree in Theoretical and Practical Philosophy, with specialization in History of Philosophy and Contemporary Thought. Blogger and Alt-Right thinker, he currently works on the converging lines of certain libertarian thought (the old right) and the populist movements, trying to converge the most typical and assembly-oriented tradition of social movements with the most radical and extreme political philosophy’s keystone in the defense of freedom.
Sara Rodríguez Marín
Masters of Law, LLM in Private Law and PhD candidate in Business Law, researching on Competition Law, regulation of online platforms and the collaborative economy. She is currently Public Policy and Institutional Relations Manager at Adigital and Sharing España, focusing on Intellectual Property, Competition Law & Collaborative Economy. And she is also attorney and OuiShare Connector Alumni, think tank for the collaborative economy, advising on regulations & public policy.
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Before joining Students For Liberty, Fred Roeder successfully founded a consulting firm, which focuses on healthcare consulting in post-communist countries and trans-atlantic healthcare partnerships. Fred also worked as a public policy advocate in health systems around the world (e.g. Germany, Canada, Lithuania, Romania) and conducted management trainings for the World Bank. As an Associated Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Institut fuer unternehmerische Freiheit Berlin he advocates for sustainable healthcare systems, which allow affordability for future generations and intergenerational justice.
Carlyle K Rogers MBA, LLM is a barrister based in Anguilla who practices in the areas of corporate and financial services law and owns and manages the Stafford Group of Companies which provides corporate/trustee and other services to international clients. Mr. Rogers studied law in London at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, where he obtained an LLB (Hons) degree in 2001 and with the University of London (International Programme) from which he obtained an LLM degree in Corporate and Commercial Law in 2005.
Carlyle writes and speaks regularly on issues affecting the international financial services industry and is a regular contributor to Offshore Investment and the Cayman Financial Review: http://www.caymanfinancialreview.com/author/carlylekrogers/
is CEO of the Secular Policy Institute, an international coalition based in Washington, DC. She received her BS in Corporate Finance from the University of Alabama and a JD from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Edwina worked on International Trade matters for President George H. Bush at the Department of Commerce from 1989 until 1991. She was an Economic Advisor for President George W. Bush at the White House during 2001 and 2002 at the National Economic Council. She also worked for four Republican Senators and served as the General Counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Vaidotas Rūkas graduated economic studies at Vilnius University. 2007 Vaidotas started working in the asset management group Invalda INVL, where he now is a chief investment officer and specializes in Eastern Europe and Baltic stock markets. Since 2012 Vaidotas is also a member at Investuotojų asociacija.
Razeen Sally is Director of ECIPE, which he co-founded in 2006. He is also Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, the main economic think tank in his native Sri Lanka. He was on the faculty of the London School of Economics for eighteen years, where he also received his PhD. He has held adjunct teaching, research and advisory positions at universities and think tanks in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Razeen Sally’s research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. He has written on the WTO, FTAs, and on different aspects of trade policy in Asia. He has also written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy.
Alexander Salter is Comparative Economics Research Fellow at the Free Market Institute and an assistant professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Salter earned his B.A. in economics from Occidental College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he was an assistant professor of economics at Berry College.
In addition to conducting scholarly research, Dr. Salter also serves as an adjunct program officer with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, a project fellow with the Atlas Sound Money Project, and an associate editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise. For more information about Dr. Salter, please visit www.awsalter.com.
Professor of early modern and contemporary history with UDG and University of Belgrade. Pro-EU, NATO and free market activist (since 1995). Fulbright scholar at New York University in 2003. Founder of the New Balkans Institute, research center particularly in urban and Jewish studies, and lobbyist team in domains of transitional laws, restitution and confronting the totalitarian past. Editor in chief of two scientific journals, LimesPlus and Acta Historiae Medicinae. Regular columnist with the Belgrade daily newspaper Danas.
Diego Sánchez de la Cruz
Diego Sánchez de la Cruz is an Economic Analyst in Spanish media and a Professor at IE Business School and other universities. He also runs a business consultancy, Foro Regulación Inteligente, that helps companies navigate complex regulatory challenges. He recently published his second book, “Por qué soy liberal”, a manifiesto in favor of free market ideas. Diego holds a BA in Journalism from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and a MA in International Relations from Instituto de Empresa. He is a member of Instituto Juan de Mariana.
Prof. Dr. Wolf Schäfer is Professor emeritus of Helmut-Schmidt University of Hamburg and president of the German Hayek Society.
Frank Schäffler, born in 1968, is one of the most prominent figures in the pro-liberty movement in Germany. He was a member of the Bundestag from 2005 to 2013. Then, he vigorously opposed the so called rescue of the Euro and voted against all attempts of debt communitisation in the Euro zone. In his party, the FDP, he organized a much-noticed member’s vote on the ESM. His book “Nicht mit unserem Geld” (“Not with our money – The crisis of our monetary system and its consequences for us”) is a bestseller.
Der erfahrene Unternehmer und Gastronom ist NEOS-Sprecher der Bereiche Wirtschaft, Landwirtschaft, Energie und Tourismus. Sepp Schellhorn ist Arbeitgeber von etwa 120 Mitarbeitern in 5 Betrieben – neben dem Hotel Der Seehof in Goldegg betreibt er noch das Restaurant M32 in Salzburg und drei Skihütten im Gasteinertal. Im Parlament setzt sich der Salzburger besonders für eine Stärkung von Klein- und Mittelbetrieben in Österreich ein. Sein Standpunkt: Unternehmertum muss in Österreich wieder gefördert werden unter dem Motto weniger Bürokratie / Belastung- einfacher- gerechter.
Henrique Schneider is the head of economic policy at the Swiss Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises. He publishes regularly on Austrian Economics, Asia and international politics. His latest book “Creative Destruction and the Sharing Economy” is a book on Schumpeter, Sharing Economy, Uber, Innovation and Regulation. It applies Austrian School of Economics – without being militant – to the actual discussion on what the Sharing Economy is and how to deal with it. With the discount code VIP35, you get 35% off: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/creative-destruction-and-the-sharing-economy
Jiri Schneider is the Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe. Elected to the Czech Parliament after the Velvet Revolution, he is an experienced politician and former diplomat, with roles including Ambassador to Israel and Deputy Foreign Minister. Between 2005 and 2015, he was closely associated with the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), a leading Czech security think tank, as a Program Director, Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects.
was born in on the sixth of June in 1996 in the city of Bamberg, Germany. He eventually went to Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, and got his Magister while studying the science of communications, science of politics and science of psychology. He ultimately got his doctorate in phil. Dr. Ralf has had a number of different positions in his life. 1982 – 1985 he was head of media department in the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, Munich. 1985 – 1987 he was the CEO of MAZ-Productions, Munich. Since 1987 he has been working as a media consultant, coach, author, director and media producer in Munich. Since 2002 he has been working as a senior consultant in media for clients in Europe.
was born in Salzburg on the 13th of March 1988. He moved to Vienna to study law and political science. As a student he began to gain work experience in the private sector as an assistant in a trading company. After a traineeship at the European Parliament in Brussels, and an internship at the Austrian embassy to the United Nations in New York, he became head of the International Commission of Junge ÖVP. Since March 2015 he is the Secretary General of Junge ÖVP and is responsible for leading the operational sector under Sebastian Kurz, chairman of Junge ÖVP.
Dr. Adriaan Schout is Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator Europe. He combines research and consultancy on European governance questions for national and European institutions. He has worked on projects addressing issues of the EU presidency, EU integration and Improving EU regulation, amongst others. Prior to joining Clingendael, he served as an independent expert in the field of EU governance for the Economic and Social Committee (2006) and for the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission, supporting the multilevel coordination questions in the process of writing the White Paper European Research Area (European Commission, 2007).
He has (co-)authored numerous books and international articles. He won the UACES price for ‘Best Book in European Studies 2007’ for The coordination of the European Union: Exploring the capacities of networked governance (Oxford University Press).
Jiří Schwarz (1960) is economist by profession focused on economics of regulation, economics of politics, and economics of transition from a command economy. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Economics in Prague. He authored numerous articles and two books: In Plea for a Liberal Order (2003) and In Plea for a Real Transition (2004).He is a chairman of CETA – Center of Economic and Market Analysis and a founder of the Liberalni Institut and its first President (1990-2005).
Karl-Peter Schwarz has a degree in History and Roman Philology from the Vienna University and started a Journalist´s career in the 1980ies. After years of serving as a Foreign Correspondent for Austrian newspapers, radio and television in Prague and Rome he became Senior Editor at the Wirtschaftsblatt and later Vice Editor in Chief at Die Presse, a mayor newspaper in Austria. From the year 2000 to 2017 Karl-Peter Schwarz covered as a Foreign Correspondent Central and Southeast Europe for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which is one of the top German papers. Schwarz has researched on several topics, eg the history of political ideas, classical liberalism, Austrian School of Economics, history of nationalism and totalitarianism, war and post-war population transfers and migration and has also published numerous essaies on these.
Schwarz is a prominent speaker, moderater and discussion leader at conferences and panel discussions.
A graduate of ISMaPP in strategy and public and political decisions, Christophe made several professional immersions in a political party and in ministries. Winner of the Tocqueville scholarship in 2014, he wanted to do politics differently, as a “civic entrepreneur”. Christophe is the National Coordinator of the Students for Liberty, a group of student and associations dedicated to promoting liberal ideas on campus through conferences, workshops, and various projets.
Kathleen Sheehan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Creighton University. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Free Market Institute. She earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Capital University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. Her research interests include institutional analysis, public economics, and economic development. In particular, her research examines the origins of economic freedom and how globalization and technology affect governance and institutions. Dr. Sheehan has published in Contemporary Economic Policy and European Journal of Political Economy.
Paata Sheshelidze is an economist, graduated Tbilisi State University in 1992 with Master Degree. Hi is co-founder and board member of Association of Young Economists (April, 1988-1994), co-founder and president of Young Georgian Federalists (1994-1999), member of Club of Youth Scientists of Georgia (1994-2004). President of Georgian of Youth Christian Democratic Association (1993-2003). Co-founder of Forum of Georgian Youth associations (1996).
is co-founder and executive director of the Republican Institute, a free-market oriented think-tank that works with current and prospective politicians to support economic freedom and capitalism in Romania and the EU. He teaches Economics at the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest and is interested in Austrian Economics and Public Choice.
Alexander Skouras is a Greek-American free-market advocate and a political manager. He has held important positions in national electoral campaigns in Greece and a Republican Presidential Primary campaign in the US. He serves as the Associate Director of Institute Relations and connects partner organizations with Atlas Network programs. He is also leading a project that aims to strengthen the pro-liberty movement in Greece, manages the Global Outreach social media campaigns, and cultivates network relations. Alexander has studied Marketing at the American College of Greece and Political Management at the George Washington University. He lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife, Stella.
Adnan Smailbegović is President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Employers of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the owner is a company Wood Team doo Ilijas and a member of the Supervisory Board of Prevent Group BiH.
Adnan Smailbegović graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Sarajevo. He also completed postgraduate specialist studies at the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo.
Dr. Ruzha Smilova is a program director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies and an assistant professor at the Political Science Department of Sofia University, where she teaches history of political ideas and contemporary political philosophy. Her academic research is focused on such issues as the authority of democracy, normative and positive theories of democracy and the relation media-democracy. At the CLS she is involved in research and policy-related projects on voting behaviour, participation in politics, quality of representative institutions, among others.
Erik Sorensen is an IT Security Analyst from Norway/US. He has delivered projects and services to sectors including banking, finance, shipping, manufacturing, health, aviation and government. This has given him in-depth knowledge of these sectors and how they take appropriate security measures. He is currently the Executive Vice President of The Prague Society for International Cooperation.
José Manuel Soria
José Manuel Soria was born in Las Palmas, on January 5, 1958. Spanish politician of the Popular Party (PP) of Canary Islands, of which he was Regional President from 1999 to 2016. He was part of the cabinet of Mariano Rajoy from 2011 to 2016 as a Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of the Government of Spain. Previously he was Mayor of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from 1995 until 2003 and President of the Cabildo Insular of Gran Canaria between 2003 and 2007. He was also Deputy in the Parliament of the Canary Islands between 2003 and 2011 and Vice-president and Minister of Economy of the Government of the Canary Islands between 2007 and 2010.
Domingo Soriano holds a Law and a Business Administration and Management Degree (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid). 2006-2007 he studied El Mundo-CEU’s Master in Journalism. Since then he has been working as an economic journalist at El Mundo and Libertad Digital, where he currently keeps developing his professional career. He is founding member and collaborator at Instituto Juan de Mariana.
James Sproule has been Chief Economist and Director of Policy for the Institute of Directors since January 2014. Prior to joining the IoD, James led Accenture’s UK Research and global Capital Markets Research where he focused on Thought Leadership.
He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, and eventually helped to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company.
Weston Stacey is the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic.
is a philosopher and economist. He is head of the EDMC Workforce Team, CEO of KC 2 Ltd. (www.kc-2.org) and assistant professor at Sofia University. He is also Board Chairman, Founder and former Executive Director of IME (www.ime.bg) the first Bulgaria’s independent and free market think thank (1993), former member and committee chairman of the Constitutional Assembly (1990 – 1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers, best country analyst award for 1996 by Euromoney, as well as laureate of Bulgaria Government Prize – 2002, Templeton – 2006 – as IME Director, and Georgi Vassilev’s Fund for Contribution on the Spirit of Liberty – 2006.
Povilas Stankevičius graduated finance and economic studies at the prestigious Lancaster University (UK), and completed his practical placement period at Finasta investment bank and the pension fund management company MP Pension Funds Baltic; Povilas Stankevičius was also one of the managers of the investment and finance community at the University of Lancaster for two years.At DNB, Povilas Stankevičius carries out analyses of cereals and oil markets, is engaged in the assessment of country risks, and draws up reports and analyses on financial markets.
Mitja Steinbacher holds Masters of Mathematical Economy and PhD of Economics. He obtained his PhD in 2016 at the Faculty of Economics and Business at Maribor University. His thesis: Liquidity Trap and the Stability Domain of the Banking System: Network Approach was supervised by Prof Ddr. Timotej Jagriča. He obtained his masters in 2006, and was the first to apply Chebyshev Collocation to the Hall’s Model.
His fields of study are numerical economics, simulation methods to agent-based economics, game theory and dynamic strategic games, economic-policy and economics of rules.
His scientific and pedagogic career focises on the establishment of the Catholic University in Slovenia. Currently is promoted to assistant professorship and worksa as a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Business Studies. He also runs the library that operates within the faculty and serves a project partner manager at the faculty in the international project RestauraCE339.
is a Senior Fellow at the Visio Institute and a business journalist for Večer, a Slovenian daily newspaper. In addition. Jure attended many Liberty Fund conferences in Europe. An advocate of economic freedom, Jure is covering
topics in European macroeconomy and the Slovene business environment. Jure holds a doctorate in economic history from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
on the British Health Freedom League, a grass-roots movement of the 1940s that tried, unsuccessfully, to block the emergence of a State-operated, monopolistic National Health Service (the NHS).
Kostas Stoupas is a journalist. Since 1993 he has worked in the weekly newspaper “Investor” as Financial Editor, in the monthly magazine “Capital” and in the daily newspaper “Imerisia” as editor-in-chief. During the period 2005-2008 he was Editor of the website “imerisia.gr”. He has been commentator on TV shows.
Edward Peter Stringham
earned his doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 2002. He is past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of more than three dozen refereed journal articles and a book entitled Private Governance to be published by Oxford University Press. Stringham is endowed chair for the L.V. Hackley Foundation for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, United States.
Dominik Stroukal and is a president of the Czech and Slovak Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Theories and MA in Economic Analysis at the University of Economics, and MA in Media Studies at Charles University, both in Prague, Czech Republic. He is a lecturer at the CEVRO Institute University, University of Finance and Administration, the University of Economics, and teaches economics at two high schools. He is an author of the first Czech book about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin: The Money of the Future.
Tanja Stumberger Porcnik
Tanja Štumberger Porčnik is the founder and president of Svetilnik. She is also an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, USA. In 2008, Štumberger Porčnik envisioned and launched Svetilnik’s Liberty Seminars, and has been its executive director ever since. She serves on the Globalization Institute scientific board, Poland and The Fund for American Studies alumni council, USA. Between 2012 and 2013, Štumberger Porčnik was a senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. In 2012, she was a teaching fellow at Georgetown University – The Fund for American Studies program in Prague, Czech Republic.
MSc in Economics and sociology (Corvinus University of Budapest), PhD in Political Sciences (CEU). Strategic Director of HETFA Research Institute. He works as policy advisor and researcher since 1994 and frequently teaches courses at Rajk and Széchenyi colleges. He was Head of Unit for Evaluation and Analysis at the National Development Agency (2003-06), Chief of Staff for the State Minister responsible for economic strategy (2010-12). He is the founder of HETFA, permanent professor of Rajk College for Advanced Studies. His main fields of expertise and research are policy analysis, institutional economics and competitiveness.
Marek Tatala is Vice President and Economist at the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) in Warsaw, Poland. He received his BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol in England and MA in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, where he is currently a PhD student. In 2013 he completed the CPPR-ACE Winter School in Public Policy Research Methods in India and the Think Tank MBA program organized by the Atlas Network. He is the graduate of the Atlas Leadership Academy. Marek frequently comments on economic and political issues on television, radio and various conferences in Poland and abroad.
Richard Teather is the leading British academic specialising in offshore tax jurisdictions.
His writings have been published in three continents, translated into over 10 foreign languages, and cited in over 20 countries, including being quoted in debates in several national parliaments. His book “The Benefits of Tax Competition” is held in government and university collections around the world.
As well as academic work he also acts as consultant to governmental and industry bodies, gives lectures and conference presentations internationally, and is an accomplished media performer.
He was one of the experts sent by the European Commission to help eastern European countries in their transition to European Union membership, and worked with the fledgling Tunisian democracy on tax reform.
He is also a chartered accountant, and before becoming an academic he practised as a tax adviser, first with Deloitte and then with top ten ‘City’ law firm Denton Wilde Sapte.
Industry insiders voted him one of the world’s most influential people in global finance, in the Finance Centres International 500 survey. His work on UK tax reform hit the headlines when the UK government tried to suppress its civil servants’ favourable comments on it, and the editor of The Business wrote “rarely has a think-tank publication been this influential so quickly.”
He is Senior Lecturer in Tax Law at Bournemouth University, a Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, a member of the editorial board of the journal Economic Affairs, and external examiner to the University of Gibraltar.
Asís Tímermans holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a Master in Business Law (Instituto de Empresa) and an MBA (I.U.P.).
He has worked as a lawyer and as legal advisor in Corporate Law. He teaches History of Economic Thought. He also collaborates as a political and economic analyst in media such as Radio Intercontinental, City FM Radio, Libre Mercado, Veo 7, Es Radio, Libertad Digital and 13TV.
In 2014 he published the book “¿Podemos?”, an analysis of the extreme left populist movement in Spain.
Nikola Todorić is a political science student at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, where he also teaches Contemporary political economy as a student-assistant. His main areas of research are political economy, ideas of classical liberalism and spontaneous order, and philosophy and methods of social science.
He is a former consultant (Roland Berger and Bluecap) and investment banking (Atlas Capital Close Brothers), and he is interested in banking, finance, economics and investments. he writes regularly about financial markets, global economy and China in InBestia, ElEconomista and Libremercado among others.
He is the author of “El despertar de China” (‘The Awakening of China’) published in Spain in 2013 by the IEE (Instituto de Estudios Económicos). The book summarized the key milestones and elements in order to approach China.
Specialties: Strategy, Banking, Financial Markets, Value investment, Economics, Emerging Markets, China.
Oliver Treidler works as a senior consultant in the transfer pricing department of a mid-sized auditing firm in Berlin. Previously, he worked for two of the Big Four in Frankfurt and Hamburg. Oliver specializes in economic policy issues within the EU and has recently published his Ph.D. thesis on the Lisbon Strategy and Europe 2020. He frequently publishes working papers and brief articles for the think tank Open Europe in Berlin. Oliver holds master’s degree in international economics and European studies from the Corvinus University of Budapest (MSc.) and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Würzburg.
Dr. Andreas Unterberger is an Austrian journalist. He was chief editor of the press and the Wiener Zeitung and today writes a political blog. Unterberger is a member of the Board of the Hayek Institute and the Club of Independent Liberals. From 1968 to 1973 he studied law and economics at the University of Vienna, from 1972 he studied Political Science at the Institute for Higher Studies, and he graduated as Dr. iur. from.
He has published several books and articles in multiple journals. Unterberger specializes in central-european problems, integration, minorities, all aspects of neutrality, security issues and Austrian identity. From 1989 to 1998 he was lecturer for political science at University of Vienna at department for international relations.
Lawrence Urbain is a policy advisor for the Economic and Monetary Policy, working in the European Parliament, Brussels.
Rūta Vainienė is a Lithuanian economict, LLRI president (2008-2011), member of Vilnius city council (since 2007). Worked in Germany’s central bank, New York federal reserves bank, International Monetary Fund, USA Economic Institute and the Hudson Institute. Rūta is an author of economic dictionary and several hundred publications.
Vladimir Vano is alumnus of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and Carlson School of Management. His professional experience started in the nineties with Deloitte&Touche. In 1999, he entered the financial sector as research assistant to the Chief Economist of ING. In 2011 and 2012 he served as external advisor for monetary affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Since July 2016, he holds a position of the Chief Economist of Sberbank Europe AG in Vienna. He has been working for the Sberbank group since 2011.
is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki were he teaches economics, advanced macroeconomics at the undergraduate level and economics of innovation at the graduate level. His research interests are in the fields of European Integration, Industrial and Technology Policy, and Multinational Firms. He has published articles in scientific journals on topics such technological development, regional knowledge diffusion, entrepreneurship development, and foreign direct investment. He has presented many papers in international conferences.
I am a Mechanical Engineer with graduate degrees in Ecological Industrial Production. I was born in 1964 in Milan, Italy, and grew up in Athens. I studied in the US and Britain where I spent a total of seventeen years. I worked as a Strategic Advisor to the largest multinationals in the world and government agencies. In 2003 I started to work in the field of Internet and Internet services. I own and run a small company in the Internet and telecommunications sector. I write and publish my thoughts since 2010, considering it my duty to inform as many Greeks as possible, by analyzing some important issues that have been distorted, and stating the causes of the misery of the middle class.
he holds a PhD in Law from the University of Vienna and a Masters in Economics from the University of Economis in Vienna. He is an Attorney-at-Law in Vienna and specializes in Business Law. In September 2013 he was elected as a member of the Austrian Parliament. Dr. Vetter wrote two Books (Die neue Macht der Aktionäre, 2005, Die daungegradete Republik, 2011). He is also a long-standing board member of the Hayek Institut.
Ramūnas Vilpišauskas is a director and professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. In 2004-2009 he has worked as a Chief Economic Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and the Head of Economic and Social Policy Group, he has also been appointed to coordinate the team of advisors to the President (2006-2009). His main research interests include political economy of European integration, policy analysis of public sector reforms, international political economy.
Gabriela von Habsburg
was born in Luxembourg, the fourth child of Otto von Habsburg. After graduating in 1976, Gabriela von Habsburg studied philosophy for two years at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. From 1978 to 1982, she studied art at the Munich Academy of Arts with Robert Jacobsen and Eduardo Paolozzi. Since 2001, she has been an art professor at the Academy of Arts of Tbilisi, Georgia while also teaching at the Summer Academy of Arts in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany until 2005. She found the creativity and cheerfulness of her students in the face of the adversity then prevalent in Georgia inspiring.
Ambassador von Habsburg is also a prolific abstract sculptor, working mainly in stainless steel as well as stone-printed lithography.
Prince Michael von Liechtenstein
HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein studied commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and consolidated his studies by assignments for the banking and industrial sectors in Belgium, Canada and the USA. From 1978 to 1987 he worked for Nestlé SA in the fields of controlling, management and marketing on various markets in Europe and Africa. In 1987 he took over the management of Industrie- und Finanzkontor in Vaduz, Liechtenstein an international advisory and fiduciary trust company, where he now holds the position of president. He is founder and chairman of Geopolitical Information Service AG, as well as president of the think tank ECAEF (European Centre of Austrian Economics Foundation), based in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
Michael von Prollius
Dr. phil. Michael von Prollius is publicist and founder of Forum Freie Gesellschaft (www.forum-freie-gesellschaft.de).
The online portal serves as platform to revive and enhance classical liberalism and the Austrian School. Ten books, numerous academic essays and articles as well as 100 reviews belong to his publications. Most recently he published a regulative (ordnungspolitische) analysis (“Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Ordnung“) and a Henry Hazlitt breviary. As editor of Edition Forum Freie Gesellschaft he provides a forum for liberal authors – in the classical sense – and studies concerning classical liberalism.
Milica Vukotic received a BA in Economics from the University of Belgrade, and MA in International Economics, Finance and Business from the Brandeis University in Boston. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Montenegro.
Presently she is Dean of the Faculty for Information Systems and Technologies at the University of Donja Gorica.
Milica Vukotic is a member of the Board of the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services.
Furthermore, she is a member of the “Mont Pelerin Society”, a prestigious classical liberty society founded by Friedrich Hayek.
is Rector and Founder of University of Donja Gorica – UDG. He is also the Founder and the President of Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses – ISSP, Podgorica, first independent economic institute in Montenegro and senior research fellow at the Institute of Social Science in Belgrade, Serbia.
Professor Vukotic is creator of the idea and founder of internationally known and recognized Postgraduate Studies „Entrepreneurial Economics“, which operated at School of Economics of the University of Montenegro 1992-2007 and continued working within UDG.
As one of the creators of first law on privatization in SFRY (Socialistic Federative Republic of Yugoslavia) he was Minister for privatization in the last Government of SFRY, which started economic reforms in the country in 1989. He is the author of the concept of economic reforms in Montenegro and actively took part in reforming processes in Montenegro;
He was one of the first members of Mont Pelerin Society from Eastern Europe and now he is a member of the Board of Mont Pelerin Society.
is a Senior Fellow and Honorary Director of The Fraser Institute and Chairman of the Fraser Institute Foundation. From its inception in 1974, until September 2005, Michael Walker directed the research activities of the Fraser Institute and for most of the period was its Chief Executive Officer. Before that he taught at Western University and Carleton Universoty and was employed at the Bank of Canada and the Federal Department of Finance. He received his Ph.D in Econometrics at the University of Western Ontario and has been awarded Honorary LLD and DSS degrees.
He is the co-founder, with Milton and Rose D. Friedman, of the Economic Freedom of the World project which is now a collaboration of institutes in 80 countries and produces the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. The Index is one of the most widely cited such measures in the current academic literature.
He is a director of a number of firms and other enterprises, including: Mancal Corporation, The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, The Canadian Constitution Foundation, North Point School and the owner of the Walker Group of Companies. He was a founding Director of Sydney Research – a pioneer Canadian software company, an owner-Director of Mackenzie Fiemann Chemicals Ltd., a Director of Canaccord Financial, Loram Group of companies, Loram Maintenance of Way (US), Collingwood School and the Max Bell Foundation. He is past-Chairman of The Pacific Academy for Advanced Studies which hosts the annual meeting in Alamos, Mexico of the “Chicago Boys” who have been instrumental in the economic reform process in Latin America and elsewhere.
He is married and has two children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include windsurfing and tennis and he is a licensed pilot of both airplanes and seaplanes.
received his doctorate in law from the University of Vienna. In 1984, he joined the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and held various positions in the fields of banking supervision, fiscal administration, public relations and communications. From 2000 on, he was Head of the Communications & Cultural Affairs unit in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and spokesman of the Federal Minister of Finance. From 2006 to 2013 Dr Waltenberger served as Financial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy in Paris, as International Director of AEI (Austrian Agency of European Integration) and as member of the Austrian UNESCO delegation. Since 2013, Dr Waltenberger has been Financial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin.
Graduated as an engineer, I don’t claim to understand economy, thus my attraction for the austrian school of economy.
Having worked for the aeronautic industry in Europe, I first experienced the financial markets through commodities trading, especially metals and dollar hedge.
I joined Publications Agora France, a independent publisher, specialized in financial advices for individual investors, a company affiliated to Agora Inc.
received a diploma in psychology at the University of Hamburg in 1966. After a one-year stay at Northwestern University (Illinois), he acquired his doctorate and venia legendi in political science at the University of Mannheim in 1971 and 1975. He was a professor of sociology at the University of Cologne from 1978 to 1997, and at the University of Bonn from 1997 until his retirement in 2004. Thereafter, he has devoted most of his time to study Austrian and Public Choice economics.
is General Manager of Uber in Austria. Prior to Uber, Andreas was Senior Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Munich and had his focus on the automotive industry.
Furthermore Andreas worked as Senior Project Engineer Mercedes-Benz Research & Development in the US from 2006 until 2011, where he focused on the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles . Andreas holds a MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and a master degree in Physics from the Technical University of Munich.
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Staffan Wennberg has worked as a media executive in Scandinavia, being a manager in Sweden and Scandinavia for major international publishers like Hachette, Sanoma, Bonniers and Torstar/Harlequin. He also has a background in journalism and a business degree from the University of Stockholm. He has been the marketing director for the Swedish Taxpayers Association, growing the member level to over 180,000. The last ten years he has volunteered his time as auditor of WTA, before being elected Chairman of the World Taxpayers Associations in 2014.
has over 30 years working experience in banking and finance – as manager based on his trading skills in Treasury Foreign Exchange, Interest Rate and Derivatives trading at Girozentrale, ERSTE Bank and Volksbank. He is currently supervising the unwinding of the major bank’s assets.
Mr Wiebogen previously headed the CEE Treasury operations in ten countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia e Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Malta) at Volksbank. During this period he was additionally mandated with several supervisory board functions.
His manifold functions and background qualify him as a financial markets expert in many areas but also fitted him with excellent diplomatic skills when leading 65 different nations within ACI. In addition to his consulting and training, Mr Wiebogen has been a featured speaker for various conferences in the world, focusing on Treasury, market conditions and regulatory changes. He disposes of a large international network based on countless meetings with financial institutions, central banks and other regulatory bodies (IMF, FED, IIFM, BIS, DIFC, SAFE etc.).
is the Honorary Consul of France in Austin, Texas—a city named in 2015 by the Kauffman Report as the No. 1 city in the U.S. for startups, in a state recognized as No. 1 in the U.S. for its economic climate. She is a former partner with international law firm Andrews Kurth LLP, where she focused on business litigation and appeals. After leaving that firm in 2009 to work for a firm client with an international patent monetization program, she is now with Grable Martin Fulton PLLC—a “general counsel hub”—where she and a team of lawyers advise startups and medium-sized companies on technology strategies, employment law, and corporate transactions.
In addition to being a frequent speaker about the Austin ecosystem and how to protect intellectual property in the U.S., Liz is the founding director of the French American Business Council of Austin and the Chair of its Board of Directors, a member of the French Tech Austin team working on Austin’s French Tech Hub label status, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Austin International School, which is accredited by the French Ministry of Education.
Founder of ALTIUS Financial, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor and Certified Financial Planner in Denver, Colorado, specializing in wealth management for individuals, businesses and trusts committed to defending and growing their capital. He brings over 30 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, investment results and goal achievement.
Mike is a board member and instructor at the Leadership Program of the Rockies, where he created the Defenders of Capitalism Project™ and serves on the National Advisory Board for the Steamboat Institute.
Shari Williams has more than thirty years of experience as a professional in public policy, strategic planning, and state and federal political campaigns. Her expertise and passion is educating and training emerging free market public policy leaders to advance individual rights and the proper role of government. Her history is one of inspiring others to be in charge of their government and play meaningful roles.
Ms. Williams is nationally renowned as a consultant for a variety of high-profile public policy projects. A skilled campaign architect, she has a stellar record of election wins at the federal, state and legislative levels.
Ms. Williams is building an Army for Freedom! She is the President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Leadership Program of the Rockies trains emerging influencers on the importance of individual rights, proper role of government, and being active and engaged citizens.
Shari Williams Political and Public Affairs Consulting, primarily translates ideas into action – which results in sound public policy, election victories and strong, informed leaders”.
Martin Winkler is founder and president of Respekt.net, an Austrian civil action group. Respekt.net has started the first donation based crowd funding platform www.respekt.net in Austria in 2010. In 2011 the transparency platform www.meineabgeordneten.at was launched to improve monitoring of political representatives in Austria. Respekt.net startet in 2014 a new platform www.steuernzahlen.at to enable the calculation of tax (including income, capital gains, wealth and consumer taxes) and social security contributions for Austrian taxpayers. In 2015 Respekt.net started a platform supporting private accomodation for refugees, www.asylwohnung.at.