AGENDA

6-8 March 2020
Madrid, Spain

AGENDA

6-8 March 2020
Madrid, Spain

SPEAKERS

David Friedman

David Friedman

He is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics who has spent the past twenty-two years teaching at a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. Throughout his works, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.

One recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, examines the implications of a variety of technological revolutions that might happen over the next few decades. His latest book is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covers systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany societies, including some in where law enforcement was private and decentralized.

He is also the author of two novels, and, with his wife, has self-published a medieval and renaissance cookbook, and a book related to their hobby of historical recreation.

Juan Ramón Rallo

Juan Ramón Rallo

He is one of the most important figures in libertarianism and the Austrian School of Economics in Spain. He is an economist, writer, professor, and media personality. He has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from Universidad de Valencia and a doctorate and master’s degree in economics from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. 

He is currently a professor and co-director of the master’s degree program in economics at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín and the master’s degree program in economics at the Center for Advanced Online Studies of Madrid Manuel Ayau (OMMA).

He is also a professor of economics at IE University, and the former executive director of Instituto Juan de Mariana, Spain’s most important libertarian think tank. 

Juan Ramón collaborates as an economist for various highly prestigious Spanish media platforms with large audiences. He has also authored up to 14 books, some of which are best-sellers.

Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher

He is the principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and has been leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in March 2016.

He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988 and his role was vital towards developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture and design brand. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy, mathematics and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and London. He received his diploma in architecture in 1990. 

He has served as a partner since 2003 and has co-authored on all projects. In 2010, Patrik Schumacher won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture together with Zaha Hadid, for MAXXI, the National Italian Museum for Art and Architecture of the 21st century in Rome. He is an academician of the Berlin Academy of Arts.

In 1996, he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London where he continues to teach. In 1999, he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University.

Patrik Schumacher lectures all over the world and is currently a guest professor at Harvard’s GSD. Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles to architectural journals and anthologies. 

Antonella Marty

Antonella Marty

She is Associate Director of the Center for Latin America at the Atlas Network in Washington, DC, and Associate Director of the Center for American Studies of Fundación Libertad in Argentina.

She also studied International Relations at the Universidad Abierta Interamericana, and has written three books: The Populist Intellectual Dictatorship, What Every 21st Century Revolutionary Must Know, and Capitalism: An Antidote to Poverty.

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

He is editor of The Objective Standard and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing, and the forthcoming Forbidden Fruit for Teens: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. He is currently working on a new book, Thinking in Principles.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Prometheus Foundation.

Chandran Kukathas

Chandran Kukathas

He is Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University, where he holds the Lee Kong Chian Chair in Political Science. He was previously Head of the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, where he held the Chair of Political Theory. 

He is the author of a number of books including Hayek and Modern Liberalism, and The Liberal Archipelago. His next book, Immigration and Freedom, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2020.

Randy Barnett

Randy Barnett

He is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bradley Prize, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Northwestern, and Penn. He argued the medical marijuana case Gonzales v. Raich at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business during their constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 

Professor Barnett has published 11 books and over 100 articles and reviews. His books include, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and The Rule of Law, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People, and his latest book and 63-video series is called, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, which was co-authored with Josh Blackman. Professor Barnett has appeared in numerous documentaries and portrayed a prosecutor in the sci-fi feature film Inalienable.

Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, legal history, and the interface between science and public policy. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others.

His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.

He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Deep Commitments: The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Liberty (Cato, 2017), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

John Lott

John Lott

He is an economist and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime. Lott has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”

Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” His most recent books are “Dumbing Down the Courts: How politics keeps the smartest judges off the bench” and “The War on Guns.”

Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Steve Davies is Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He has held this position since 2010, although he has had connections with the IEA since he was an undergraduate at St Andrews University in 1972. From 1979 until 2009 he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. While there he taught courses on a range of topics, including world history, the history of crime and the criminal justice system in the UK, and the history of the Devil. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a programme Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, Virginia.

A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991) and wrote several entries for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism edited by Ronald Hamowy (Sage, 2008), including the general introduction. He is also the author of Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity (Edward Everett Root, 2019), and of several articles and essays on topics including the private provision of public goods and the history of crime and criminal justice.

Kristijan Kotarski

Kristijan Kotarski

He is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include international political economy, economic policy and the EU. He is Head of the Centre for European Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb and also serves professionally as a Director for the University of Zagreb specialist degree “Adaptation to the EU: Project Management, EU funds and EU programmes”.

Nina Ekelund

Nina Ekelund

She is the Executive Director of the Haga Initiative, a business network that strives to reduce the business climate impact. The company members have decided to have net zero emissions by 2030, and think that is the way to be profitable. Nina is also the founder and partner of 2050 Consulting. She has a long and broad experience of networking, advising companies and inspiring companies and organizations about climate transition. She has, among other things, started several networks and is a frequently hired lecturer. She has over 25 years of experience in positioning environmental and climate issues through politics, research and business. She has also worked at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Administration in Stockholm. Nina has also been elected the most influential woman in environmental issues in Sweden and has also been an expert in the Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives which is responsible for setting new climate targets for Sweden.

Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Juan Carlos Hidalgo is a Costa Rican public policy analyst. His articles have been published in US media such as the International New York Times, Miami Herald, Forbes, Huffington Post, New York Post and leading Latin American newspapers such as El País (Spain), La Nación (Argentina), El Tiempo (Colombia), El Universal (Mexico) and El Mercurio (Chile). He is a columnist for La Nación, the main newspaper in Costa Rica. He also regularly participates as a commentator in international media such as CNN in Spanish, NTN24, France24, Voice of America, among others. He graduated in International Relations at the National University of Costa Rica and has a master's degree in International Trade and Public Policy from George Mason University.

Daniel Kaddik

Daniel Kaddik

Daniel Kaddik is the Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the political foundation of the European Liberal Party, the ALDE Party. Together with 46 member organisations, it works all over Europe to bring new ideas into the political debate, to provide a platform for discussion, and to empower citizens to make their voices heard. From 2012-2019, Daniel Kaddik has been the Director of the Southeast Europe office of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a non-profit organisation that promotes liberal values, the rule of law, and economic freedom. Having worked previously for the Foundation in Germany, India, and Russia, Daniel Kaddik is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and personal and political responsibility. His primary interests lay in the fields of liberal policy solutions, economics and social sciences as well as entrepreneurship and citizen participation in governance.

Ana Palacio

Ana Palacio

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government, international lawyer specialist in European Law, Public International Law and Arbitration, founder and director of the law firm Palacio y Asociados. She has dedicated her professional life to the national and international public sector, and to private advisory services. In the public sector, she was a Member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 2002, the first Spanish woman who became Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004).

She is part of the Board of Directors at Enagás, Pharmar and AEE Power, of the Research Advisory Boards of Investcorp and Office Chérifies des Phosphates-OCP and of the International Governing Board of the IE Business School. He is also a member of the Councils of prestigious, foundations or think tanks, such as The Atlantic Council of the United States, Energy Futures Initiative, Sandra Day O'Connor Justice Prize, the Spain-US Council Foundation, the Institute of Human Sciences, the Global Leadership Foundation and the Elcano Royal Institute.

She is a visiting professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. And she collaborates periodically in various media, particularly through his monthly contributions to Project Syndicate, and regularly participates in conferences and forums.

Zach Harvey

Zach Harvey

Zach and his brother Josh began working with Bitcoin in 2011. At the time the two of them had decided to start accepting Bitcoin payments at their Tel-Aviv-based online guitar shop. In 2013, obsessed with the problem of making Bitcoin more accessible, the Harvey brothers created the prototype for one of the world’s first Bitcoin ATMs which they initially designed to bring Bitcoin Meetups in Manchester, New Hampshire. Zach and Josh decided to focus on building them and established a production facility in Northern Portugal. With this much operational experience, they became specialists in making cryptocurrency accessible to billions of people around the world who use cash. Paper, fiat money is accepted universally, even by the unbanked. This background makes Lamassu an interesting case study for user experience. 

Caroline Kitchens

Caroline Kitchens

She is Director of Federal Government Affairs at the R Street Institute in Washington, DC. She leads the organization’s education and advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and in executive agencies.

In addition to overseeing R Street’s federal engagement at large, Caroline’s particular focus is on agriculture, harm reduction and energy policy. Caroline joined R Street from the American Enterprise Institute, where she was a senior research associate in social and cultural studies. She graduated with honors from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science.

Christopher Barnard

Christopher Barnard

He is the President and Founder of the British Conservation Alliance, a UK-based organization dedicated to promoting market-based environmental solutions. He is also currently studying his master's in international relations at the London School of Economics. 

Alba Cabañas

Alba Cabañas

She is Strategic Director at Laboratorio de Ecoinnovación. She is a Senior Advisor for the 2030 Strategy to the Carmina Roca, Rafael Pich-Aguilera Women and Leadership Chair at IESE Business School, and serves on the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS).

She is the Former Technical Area Director at the Catalan Employers' Confederation (Foment del Treball), and former Vice President of the Commission of Sustainable Development and Environment at the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE).

Alba has been one of the main institutional actors responsible for the environmental transformation of the Catalan industry. As an economist with an MSc in environmental studies, she currently advocates for a circular economy.

Constance Peruchot

Constance Peruchot

She is a coordinator for Students For Liberty in France, where she has organized different events and projects. She studied Law, Art History, and Public Policy. Having recently graduated, Constance now works in a firm producing economic studies. Her main interests concern access to culture and the future of food.

Alejandro de León

Alejandro de León

He has a degree in business from the Complutense University of Madrid and is studying a master's degree in philosophy and practical theory from the UNED.

He previously worked at JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley. In 2010, he founded Bluemove Carsharing. After the success of Bluemove, he founded a builder company called Ánima Ventures. His company designs economic solutions for social problems. Ánima Ventures runs a total of nine companies, including Microwd, TuuuLibrería, and Ánima Soluciones. He is currently the CEO of Microwd and last year he received a scholarship to study an MBA from Brown University.

Marco Collado

Marco Collado

He is a partner and Project Development Coordinator at Liga de Bolsa. He has a degree in economics from the University of Granada and has a MEFF Operator License for Financial Options and Futures.

He has previously worked within the investment sector in prop trading companies as a trainer and consultant, as well as an economic and stock market analyst for various digital media outlets.

Jorge Miguel Teixeira

Jorge Miguel Teixeira

He is the National Coordinator for Students For Liberty Portugal. He holds a BA in philosophy and is currently studying his master’s in political science and international relations. He is a Policy Officer at GAT, a major Portuguese non-profit focused on advocacy related to drugs and STDs. He is also Vice President at the People's Youth, the youth wing of the CDS-PP, a center-right party in Portugal.

Ángel de la Fuente

Ángel de la Fuente

He has a PhD in economics from Pennsylvania University. Currently, he is Executive Director of FEDEA and a tenured scientist at the Institute for Economic Analysis (CSIC), where he has served as Deputy Director from 1998 to 2006. He is also a member of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and has been a research fellow at CESIfo.

Christian Michel

Christian Michel

He is a Paris-born financial consultant, a lifelong libertarian, and has authored several books and articles in French and English on the subject of political philosophy. He now lives in London.

Eszter Nova

Eszter Nova

She is Director of objectivism studies at the Cevro Institute in Prague. Her research covers the impact of the economic crisis on democracy and the transatlantic policy of the US, as well as the psychology of authoritarian thinking and the consolidation of third wave democracies.

Francisco Cabrillo

Francisco Cabrillo

He is an economics professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, Director of EAE Business School’s MBA in law analytic, and Director of Rafael del Pino and Harvard University’s ‘law and economics’ seminar, since 2004.

He has worked as a Visiting Researcher at Princeton University in Rome, Italy and Oxford, England.

Maria Chaplia

Maria Chaplia

She is a consumer advocate, and a trained lawyer and economist, specializing in public relations and public affairs.

Maria currently works as the European Affairs Associate for the Consumer Choice Center, a global consumer advocacy group. Previously, she completed traineeships in fundraising and communications in London and Washington, DC. In 2016, she received the European Students For Liberty Student Leader of the Year Award.

Mathilde Berger-Perrin

Mathilde Berger-Perrin

She is a former French local coordinator for Students For Liberty. She founded Women for Liberty in 2016 in Paris to open feminist debates on individualism rather than gender segmentation.

To support libertarian feminism, she intends to promote Ayn Rand and Steven Pinker's ideas. She graduated with a degree in philosophy, cognitive sciences, and communications. She is currently a cybersecurity consultant at a company based in Brussels.

Natalia Martín

Natalia Martín

She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, an MSc in economic and business analysis, and is a PhD candidate for the economics program at the University of Malaga.

She has been a visiting scholar at the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy (University of Cambridge) and worked as a research assistant and substitute professor in polítical economy (UMA). Her areas of interest are macroeconomics and finances, particularly related to monetary and international economy.

Nils Karlson

Nils Karlson

He is CEO and founding president of the Ratio Research Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is an economist and political scientist, and professor of political science at the University of Linköping. 

His research is focused on the interaction between politics, markets, and civil society in western democracies and welfare states. His most recent book in English is called, Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies (Palgrave McMillan 2018). For more information, please visit http://ratio.se/nilskarlson/statecraft-liberal-reform-advanced-democracies/

Currently, he is working on a book about the future of the European Union.

Ornella Maghany

Ornella Maghany

After completing a research course in the philosophy of technology (focusing on human nature doping post humanism), she specialized in digital and bioethics. She is passionate about technologies and the issues raised by this sector.

She later decided to leave the academic world to start her professional career as a project manager at a web agency. She joined Bluenove in 2018.

Óscar Vara

Óscar Vara

Besides holding a PhD in economic theory and economic history from the Autonomous University of Madrid, he serves as a professor of economic analytics.

On top of that, he’s the author of The Failure of Economic Freedom, Russian’s Economic Enigma, The Roots of Economic Thinking, and Is Tenable the Welfare State?

He also writes for different economics-related magazines such as ICE, New Perspective on Political Economy, Entrepreneurship and Humanism, Market Processes, and Economic Notes.

Philipp Bagus

Philipp Bagus

Philipp Bagus is a professor of economics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He is a Fellow of the Mises Institute, an IREF scholar, and was awarded the 2011 and 2017 O.P. Alford III Prize in Libertarian Scholarship, the Ron Paul Liberty in Media Award in 2003, the Templeton Fellowship Award of the Independent Institute in 2008, and the Ludwig-Erhard-Forderpreis in 2016. He is the author of The Tragedy of the Euro and coauthor of Deep Freeze: Iceland's Economic Collapse.

The Tragedy of the Euro has so far been translated and published in Greek, German, French, Slovak, Polish, Italian, Romanian, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, British English, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, and Chinese.

He is also the author of In Defense of Deflation, and co-author with Andreas Marquart of Blind Robbery: How the Fed, Banks and Government Steal Our Money and of the German language book Wir schaffen das alleine - warum Kleinstaaten einfach besser sind. 

Alberto Mingardi

Alberto Mingardi

He is General Director of the Italian free-market think tank Istituto Bruno Leoni. He is also an Assistant Professor of the history of political thought at IULM University in Milan and a Presidential Scholar in political theory at Chapman University. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Cato Institute. He blogs at EconLog.

Martí Jiménez

Martí Jiménez

He is Vice President and Research Director at the Ostrom Institute. He is Global Programs Lead at Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub (SciTech DiploHub).

He has international experience working in research, business development, and policy advice in Spain, Germany, and the USA. He has contributed to several publications and working groups in the fields of technology transfer, innovation policy, digital regulation, and institutional reform.

He is also the coordinator and coauthor of the upcoming book La Resposta Liberal (Editorial Base). Martí holds a degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Barcelona and is currently pursuing a master's degree on drug development science from King's College London.

Juan Ángel Soto

Juan Ángel Soto

He is Director of Civismo, and graduated with a degree in business administration and law from the University of Navarra, with stays at HEC Montréal and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He also graduated with a degree in political science and administration from UNED. He has a master's degree in political and legal theory from the University College London (UCL).

In addition, Juan Ángel also collaborates with different think tanks such as the Acton Institute and the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies (IEEE), and has carried out research in development economics at the Navarra Center for International Development, and in public policy at St. Mary's University (London).

Álvaro Martín

Álvaro Martín

He is an economics student at Cambridge University. He is the author of the book In Defense of Freedom, extended by Daniel Lacalle (2017).

He has also co-authored, together with Venezuelan dissidents and exiles, the book Save Venezuela, and has written The Market Revolution, with a prologue by Lorenzo Bernaldo de Quirós.

Álvaro writes about economics and politics on his personal blog, www.elrincondelparquet.com. In addition, he collaborates with various institutions and think tanks such as Students For Liberty, and el Club de los Viernes, or otherwise known as Value School (Cobas AM), through economically themed articles.

He also collaborates with radio and TV programs, covering the ideas of liberalism. He has given a TED talk about the benefits of globalization and its positive effects in emerging countries.

He has also collaborated with some financial companies in the development of blockchain projects.

Francisco Coll

Francisco Coll

he graduated with a degree in economics from UNED, a master's in business administration (MBA) from ENAE Business School, a master's in financial markets from EUDE Business School, a master's in project management and management from Camilo José Cela University and IMF Business School, and Master in Financial Management from the University of Barcelona and EAE Business School.

He is an international economic analyst and Regional Director of HAC Business School in New York, and Director of Treasury at AJE Region of Murcia.

He collaborates with more than thirty media companies, both national and international, among which include The Washington Post, Forbes, BBC, CNN, El Economista, Huffington Post or Cinco Días, as well as various television media outlets.

Additionally, he is a collaborating analyst for institutions such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Secretariat for International Transparency, and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).

María Blanco

María Blanco

She has a PhD in economic and business sciences from UCM. She is currently Professor of history of economic thought, economic theory, and economic history, and Associate Professor of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Advancement at San Pablo CEU University in Madrid.

 She is the author of several books such as, Las Tribus Liberales (Liberal Tribes) or Afrodita Desenmascarada (Unmasked Aphrodite). She writes for La Información and Yahoo Finance weekly.

She also collaborates with various liberal think tanks such as the Juan de Mariana Institute (IJM), Fundación Para el Progreso, and Caminos de la Libertad. In addition, she directed a radio program called Ruido Blanco (White Noise).

Eduardo Fernández

Eduardo Fernández

He has a PhD in political science from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He is the Disciple of Professor Miguel Anxo Bastos Boubeta, and moved to Guatemala in 2008 to work as a professor of political science at the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations (EPRI) of Francisco Marroquín University (UFM).

Since then, Eduardo has worked as a teacher and researcher, and remains committed at all times to the defense of a society of free and responsible people. 

In addition to his teaching and research, Eduardo has consulted work for both public and private organizations.

Daniel Rodríguez

Daniel Rodríguez

He is an economist and strategic consultant. He has a degree in economics from the University of Valladolid and a master's in international financial markets from UNED.

He is the author of the blog www.economistadecabecera.es. He is a columnist for Economic News and Digital Freedom. He also provides analysis and economic dissemination for Intereconomía TV. He is the Founder and President of the Spanish think tank Acción Liberal.

Matthew Lesh

Matthew Lesh

He is the Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute. He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written dozens of opinion and feature pieces for print and online publications such as The Spectator, Huffington Post, CapX, BrexitCentral, Quillette, ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

He is also the author of Democracy in a Divided Australia (2018). Matthew graduated with first class honors from the University of Melbourne with a BA, and completed a master's in public policy and administration at the London School of Economics, where he received the Peter Self Prize for Best Overall Result.

Julia Behan

Julia Behan

She is a Research Associate at the neoliberal Adam Smith Institute. After finishing her year at the ASI, she will study modern languages and cultures at the University of Sheffield (Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan).

She is interested in economic liberty and its implications on personal liberty. Julia is interested in tracking the liberalization of Spain and Latin America, as these are areas that are historically illiberal. Her particular interests include the nanny state, the gig economy, and any policy area that has implications for personal freedom.

Luis Alberto Iglesias

Luis Alberto Iglesias

He has a degree in Business from ICADE, a master's degree in Austrian Economics at the Rey Juan Carlos University, as well as a degree and a PhD in translations from the University of Salamanca. He is currently the Director of the Value School.

Esmeralda Gómez

Esmeralda Gómez

She has a degree in mathematics with a specialization in astrophysics, a master's degree in business Administration and another master's degree in Quantitative Finance, she works in the banking sector, where she currently works as a Data Scientist. In recent years she has collaborated on the Onda Madrid radio station together with Nieves Herrero, spreading financial culture and has been a collaborator in Public Mirror too. 

In her blog www.laguiadelavida.com, she shares personal economics principles that bring people closer to achieving financial freedom. She has written three books. Two self-published books, The ‘Memories of Brileisa’ (2016) and ‘How to buy a house’ (2017), and the one published with Grupo Planeta has already reached its 5th Edition: Your key to financial freedom, where it explains how saving, investment and reduction of spending may allow to reach a state in which the income needed to live does not necessarily come from a salary. Among her latest projects, there is the creation of the masterclass ‘Learn to save, invest and achieve your financial freedom’ by Hypermedia Planet. In his spare time she is a real estate investor, a painter and  gives lectures to companies and schools spreading her philosophy of life through the conscious economy.

James Lark

James Lark

Dr. Lark is a professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, in addition to serving as an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Statistics.  He has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech and an Earhart Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the University of Rochester. He is the author of publications in mathematics, operations research, and artificial intelligence.  His solution procedure for partially observed Markov decision processes is known in the research literature as the “Lark algorithm.”

He currently serves as the Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee (United States).  He is a member of the LNC’s Executive Committee, and serves as the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties (IALP).  He has served for ten terms on the LNC; he served as chair of the LNC during the 2000-2002 term.  

Dr. Lark was inducted into the Libertarian Party’s Hall of Liberty (the Party’s highest honor) in 2018.  He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams Award (outstanding activism), the 2008 Thomas Jefferson Award (outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party), and the 2012 Thomas Paine Award (outstanding communication of Libertarian ideas).  He is the only person to win each of these awards.   

He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of Liberty International, and serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2003 until 2016; he served as the chairman of the Board from 2009 until 2016.  He is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network, and is the recipient of the Foundation’s 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership.

Fred Roeder

Fred Roeder

He has been working in the field of grassroots activism for over eight years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform and market access in North America, Europe, and several former Soviet Republics. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost.

Fred is very interested in consumer choice and regulatory trends in the following industries: FMCG, Sharing Economy, Airlines.

In 2014 he organized a protest in Berlin advocating for competition in the Taxi market. Fred has traveled to 100 countries and is looking forward to visiting the other half of the world’s countries. Among many op-eds and media appearances, he has been published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Die Welt, the BBC, SunTV, ABC Portland News, Montreal Gazette, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post Germany, CityAM. L’Agefi, and The Guardian. Since 2012 he has served as an Associate Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute.

Adam Bartha

Adam Bartha

He is the Director of EPICENTER, a network a nine leading free-market think tanks from across Europe. He is responsible for the coordination and cooperation of the network and for organising the private and public events programme in Brussels. Adam gives regular talks on topics ranging from the rule of law, authoritarian populism, free market reforms, and the political affairs of the CEE region. Adam was previously European Outreach Manager at EPICENTER and a Koch Summer Fellow in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary. Adam has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.

Jack Powell

Jack Powell

He is the founder and editor of 1828, a neoliberal platform dedicated to championing freedom. He has appeared on BBC and Sky News in the UK, as well as several radio stations. His particular interests include immigration, healthcare and lifestyle policies, as well as selling neoliberalism to the young.

Peter Čekerevac

Peter Čekerevac

He is the Executive Manager of Libertarian Club - Libek, a free-market think tank and educational hub in Serbia, and a co-founder of Talas.rs, an independent online media outlet promoting the classical liberal perspective. He holds a BA in International Relations, and an MA in Peace Studies from the University in Belgrade, and has studied International and Scandinavian politics at the University in Oslo, Norway. Petar's professional focus areas are strategy, fundraising and international partnerships of Libek. He also speaks on international events and has been a guest speaker in various countries including European countries, Russia, and the United States.

Pedro Schwartz

Pedro Schwartz

Pedro Schwartz is PhD in Economics at Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid. He was president of the Mont Pèlerin Society for the two statutory years from 2014 to 2016, a society to which he belonged since 1978. He has a degree and a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a master's degree in economics and a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics. Since 1970 he has been professor of Economics at four Spanish universities. From 1982 to 1986 he was a member of the Congress of Deputies in the People’s Party Coalition. And from 2006 to 2008 he was an advisor to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament.

He belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Spanish Foundation Civismo, to the Scientific Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and the Liberal Institute of Zurich. He is a member of the European Center for Austrian Economics in Liechtenstein. And adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in the United States.

Csaba Tóth

Csaba Tóth

Hungarian political scientist and sociologist. Csaba Tóth is the founder and director of Republikon Institute, a Budapest based think tank analysing local and international politics. In addition, he is a member of the board of the pan-European European Liberal Forum and teaches at ELTE University. He is the author of one of the most important academic books on the Hungarian political system. He has been analysing the political and social aspects of fantasy and science fiction universes for 4 years, writing and editing books, running successful lectures and university courses and using popular culture in his daily political analysis.

Constantinos Saravakos

Constantinos Saravakos

He is Researcher in KEFiM Markos Dragoumis, Greece. He holds a BSc in Philosophy and History of Science and a MA in Political Science and Sociology (Hons) from University of Athens. He has also received his MSc in Applied Economics and Administration from Panteion University. His main research interests include political parties and populism as well as taxation, inequality and prosperity. He is a member of Greek Political Science Association and also a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Themis Sakellariou

Themis Sakellariou

She is a Local Coordinator for Students for Liberty in Athens, Greece and the Political Editor at Unplug, a newly released online journal. Her Bachelor studies in History and Philosophy of Science proposed her collaboration with Professor Aristides Hatzis, as a member of his research team regarding the Liberal Revolution against the Ottoman Empire back in 1821. She’s also a proud member of the TEDxAthens organizing team. During the summer of 2018 she completed her internship in the Center for Liberal Studies of Greece (KeFiM).

Paul Meller

Paul Meller

He is heading up a new consumer group called the World Vapers' Alliance. He plans to make vapers' voices heard in a political debate that is rapidly tilting towards restrictions and even outright bans in many countries around the world. Before becoming a passionate vaping advocate Paul worked as a Brussels-based communications consultant for some of the biggest names in the tech industry. Prior to that he worked as a journalist for many well known British and American titles including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and the Sunday Times. He began his career reporting on the fall of communism and the rise of free market capitalism in the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe.

Christian Nasulea

Christian Nasulea

Christian Nasulea is Executive Director at the Institute for Economic Studies - Europe. He teaches economics at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest and he he is an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. His courses cover topics such as Global Economics, Globalisation, History of Economic Thought, Business Administration etc. 

He holds a PhD in management with a thesis on complex adaptive systems. He is a fellow of the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales and his research interests mostly focus on economics and technology. In addition to his academic work he is a tech entrepreneur currently holding positions as CEO or CTO in several tech businesses.

JuanMa López Zafra

JuanMa López Zafra

He is an undergraduate in Economics and Business, actuary and PhD in Economics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he currently teaches Statistics and Operative Research. He is also professor for graduates and postgraduates, Co-chief Data Officer and co director of the Data Science Master Degree at CUNEF. He has supervised and directed 4 doctoral thesis. 

As a writer, he is the author of ‘Retorno al patrón oro. Por qué la historia y la actualidad lo avalan como solución definitiva a la crisis’, published by Deusto in 2014, and more recently co-author of ‘Alquimia. Cómo los datos se están transformando en oro’, also published by Deusto in 2019. Finally, he is one of the founders of Statpro 2000 Clima S.L., a data science and big data consultant. 

Ignasi Boltó

Ignasi Boltó

Video producer and journalist from Barcelona. He has been involved in the liberal cause since 2015, recording and editing conferences and interviews for liberal institutions and projects such as Students for Liberty, Club de los Vernes or Juan de Mariana Institute. Since 2018 he has resumed his activity with his YouTube channel Spanish Libertarian, doing more than 150 interviews to date. He has interviewed all the most media liberal figures in Latin America, as well as thinkers, entrepreneurs and the most heterogeneous personalities.

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