Amy Willis is a Senior Fellow with Liberty Fund, Inc. in Indianapolis. In addition to work in the conference program, she is the director of both the Library of Economics and Liberty (Econlib) and Liberty Fund’s newest online project, AdamSmithWorks.org. Her contributions to the sites include content creation, solicitation, and editing, as well as general oversight. Ms. Willis is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds masters degrees from the University of Delaware and Arizona State University. She taught high school and college economics in Arizona, and served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Council on Economic Education before joining Liberty Fund in 2006. She previously served on the governing board of BASIS Scottsdale, and is active in the independent school system in Indianapolis and with the Indianapolis Zoological Society. She has written reports about the uses of technology in education and published a chapter on the long-lost literary hero Horatio Alger in Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature. She has also published articles in The Journal of Private Enterprise, Small Business Economics, and Social Education.
Massimiliano Neri has been in Moody’s Analytics for 10 years, he developed a profound expertise in financial regulation. Massimiliano holds a PhD in Applied Economics of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. He is a professor of Risk Management for Value Investors at OMMA and an executive director of the Finance Research Center at UFM.
Francisco García Paramés was born in 1963 in El Ferrol, Spain. After graduating in Economics, he took an MBA at the IESE Business School. His track record of 25 years near the top of performance rankings make him one of Europe’s leading asset managers in the “value” school. He is a self-taught follower of Warren Buffett’s investment approach. His asset management style is based on strictly applying the principles of value investing (Graham, Buffett, Peter Lynch, etc.), within the framework of the Austrian business cycle theory. He is the author of Invirtiendo a largo plazo (Investing Long-Term), a book in which he explains the underpinnings of his own investment approach and experience.
Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo is a historian, journalist, and spokesperson of the civic platform Libres e Iguales. She has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford; her thesis was directed by Sir John H. Elliott and published by Oxford University Press. She was an Honorary Senior Scholar of New College. She was a member of the Spanish Parliament from 2008 to 2015 and director of International Policy with the think tank Fundación FAES. After leaving politics, she returned to journalism. Currently, she publishes articles and interviews in El Mundo and collaborates in various radio and television programs.
Gabriel Calzada is president of Universidad Francisco Marroquin, the pioneering free-market university founded in 1971 in Guatemala. He is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, member of the advisory board of Students for Liberty, and board member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Rising Tide Foundation. In his native Spain, he was founding president of Juan de Mariana Institute, a think-tank that has gained international relevance for the impact of its innovative research and two-time recipient of Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award. Gabriel’s 2009 study on the negative impact of the Spanish government’s promotion of “green jobs” reverberated around the world. In Spain, subsidies in place since 1996 were reversed. The study—featured on Fox News, Glenn Beck, and John Stossel—along with Gabriel’s testimony before the U.S. Congress helped bury that initiative. He holds a PhD in Economics from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain, and has published over 1000 articles in national and international media. He has served as professor of Economics at IE University and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Gabriel also specializes in environmental and energy economics, the Austrian business cycle, and defense economics.
Toby Baxendale is an entrepreneur who has had a long term interest in the promotion of the Austrian School of Economics in the UK via the Cobden Centre and in the USA via the Mises Institute. The free society is under threat like we have not seen since the 1970’s. The title of his talk is “Onwards to The Humane Society or Cooperative Society” which will briefly explore the work of Friedrich A. von Hayek and Wilhelm Röpke (and personal experience over 3 decades in entrepreneurship) in drawing out some of their lesser known thoughts as to how we should present the positive case for a market order, in a increasingly hostile environment.
Francisco Capella holds master’s degrees in Physics (Astrophysics), Artificial Intelligence & Knowledge Engineering, and the Austrian School of Economics. He is a founding member of Instituto Juan de Mariana; founding member and teacher at OMMA (Centro de Estudios Superiores Online de Madrid Manuel Ayau); visiting professor at UFM (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala). He writes and lectures on topics such as biological and cultural evolution, cognitive science, psychology, epistemology, economics, and ethics.
J.R. Clark earned a PhD in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute under Nobel Laureate James Buchanan and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Princeton. He currently holds the Probasco Distinguished Chair at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the author of seven books and more than 130 academic articles. In 1996, he was inducted into the Mont Pèlerin Society, elected to its board of directors in 2006, served as vice president from 2010-2012, and currently serves as treasurer. In 2012-13 he was a vice president at the John Templeton Foundation and currently serves as secretary/treasurer for The Association for Private Enterprise Education. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s rating and currently flies light jet aircraft.
Ramón Parellada is Businessman and director of various companies in the plastics industry. He is a chemical and industrial engineer, as well as an MBA. He is the treasurer and a trustee of UFM. Director of Think Tanks CEES and RANA. He is also a member of Philadelphia Society and the Mont Pelerin Society. Weekly columnist at El Siglo and RepublicaGT
Lenore T. Ealy is president of The Philanthropic Enterprise, an independent research center that promotes the study of the social processes and institutions that facilitate human cooperation and flourishing. Ealy also serves as secretary and executive director of The Philadelphia Society, a U.S.-based association founded in 1964 that promotes discussion of the intellectual foundations of a free and ordered society. Ealy earned her PhD in History from The Johns Hopkins University.
is director general of the Italian free-market think tank, Istituto Bruno Leoni. He has a PhD in Political Science and he is assistant professor of the History of Political Thought at IULM University in Milan and a presidential scholar in Political Theory at Chapman University. He translated and edited critical editions of Thomas Hodgskin, Vilfredo Pareto, Antonio Rosmini, and Herbert Spencer. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Cato Institute and blogs at EconLog. He writes regularly for La Stampa and Il Sole 24 Ore in Italy. His articles have appeared in many international newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New Criterion, National Review, and Quadrant. He wrote L’intelligenza del denaro.
Alejandro Antonio Chafuen is managing director, international, of the Acton Institute. He is past president of the Atlas Network. A U.S. citizen, born in Argentina in 1954, and a graduate of the Argentine Catholic University and Grove City College, Chafuen received his Doctorate under Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, a disciple of Ludwig von Mises and an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín. His book Faith and Liberty has been translated into Chinese, Polish, Czech, Italian, Slovenian, and Spanish. Member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980 and immediate past president of the Philadelphia Society. In 2014, he received the Walter Judd Freedom Award from The Fund for American Studies, in 2017 the Mengzi – Marco Polo Award from ASECIC (Italy) and in 2018, the Juan de Mariana Award, from Instituto Juan de Mariana. Chafuen is trustee of Grove City College; the Fraser Institute; Fundación Internacional para La Libertad (Madrid); CEDICE US (Venezuela); International Freedom Educational Foundation; the Chase Foundation of Virginia; and member of the John Templeton Foundation.
Eamonn Butler is director of the Adam Smith Institute. During the 1970s he worked on pensions and welfare issues for the US House of Representatives, and taught philosophy in Hillsdale College, Michigan, before returning to the UK to help found the Adam Smith Institute. Butler is author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F. A. von Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Adam Smith, and co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls and books on intelligence testing. He contributes to the leading UK print and broadcast media on current issues and a range of public policy topics.
Robert Lawson is holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. He previously taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University. Dr. Lawson is a founding co-author of the widely-cited “Economic Freedom of the World” annual report, which presents an economic freedom index for over 160 countries. Lawson has numerous professional publications in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy. Lawson is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his PhD and MS in Economics from Florida State University and his BS in Economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Lawson’s research has been cited over 8000 times according to Google Scholar.
Benjamin Powell 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 BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University.
Professor Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy, and editor or co-editor of four others including, The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy. He is author of more than 75 scholarly articles and policy studies. Dr. Powell’s research findings have been reported in hundreds of popular press outlets including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He also writes frequently for the popular press. His popular writing has appeared in the Investor’s Business Daily, the Financial Times (London), the Christian Science Monitor, and many regional outlets. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including, CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business’s Freedom Watch and Stossel.
Dr. Roberta Q. Herzberg is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the F.A. Hayek Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and previously held faculty and administrative positions at Utah State University, Indiana University, Bloomington, and the John Templeton Foundation. Her research and teaching focus on political economy, public choice, and U.S. health care policy and she has been an active participant in State-level policy processes. She is a past president of the Public Choice Society (2014-2016) and a current board member of several professional associations. Interested in the debate on liberty and the role of government in individuals’ lives, Dr. Herzberg regularly leads seminars and lectures on public policy, public choice, the Bloomington School, the contributions of F.A. Hayek, and the sustainability of government entitlement policies.
Mónica Río Nevado de Zelaya has a PhD in Economics and is dean of the School of Economic Sciences at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City, where she is also a professor of business and entrepreneurship. She is director of the Kirzner Entrepreneurship Center at UFM, director of GEM research for Guatemala, cofounder of the university’s ITA Scholarship program, and recipient of the Robert Nozick Award for academic excellence. Mónica was president of Antigua Forum 2015.
In addition, Mónica has more than two decades of experience as a senior consultant and facilitator with Franklin Covey. She is the co-author of a series of books called Aprende y Emprende and Emprendeaventuras, which have the purpose to teach economic principles and entrepreneurship to young generations. She also has been a technical reviewer for McGraw-Hill, Thompson, Prentice Hall, and other publishers. Earlier in her career, she worked in the banking industry.
Nils Karlson is the founding president and CEO of the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is an economist and political scientist, professor in Political Science at Linköping University, working in the fields of institutional economics, political theory, public choice, and constitutional political economy. 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 Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies. Currently he is working on a book about the future of the European Union.
Prior to Ratio he was the president of the City University of Stockholm, and has worked as a university lecturer, government advisor and editorial writer. He has led numerous research projects and has published over 25 books with Swedish and international academic publishers, as well as a large number academic papers and book chapters. He is a board member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Brad Lips is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Network, which increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent free-market think tanks. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was a music journalist and then co-founder of an Internet startup. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily Caller, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, Regulation, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty and on the impact of the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network.
Linda Whetstone is chairman of the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society and a board member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Islam and Liberty Network. She was previously on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society and co-organiser of MPS meetings in Nairobi in 2007 and Istanbul in 2011. She has written on development, trade and agricultural topics and recently co-edited Islamic Foundations of a Free Society, published by the IEA. She runs a small business in Sussex, UK with her husband.
Sanford “Sandy” Ikeda is professor of Economics and coordinator of the Economics Program at Purchase College of the State University of New York, and a research fellow at New York University. He is on the Board of Directors of The Economic Freedom Institute, Cosmos + Taxis, and The Center for the Living City. He has lectured globally, and has published in Forbes and National Review Online. His scholarly publications have appeared in The Southern Economic Journal, The Review of Austrian Economics, Environmental Politics, The American Journal of Economics & Sociology, Cosmos + Taxis, The Independent Review, and Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines. He has written over 100 essays for the Foundation for Economic Education, and has contributed entries for The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (on Robert Moses) and for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (on Jane Jacobs, rent seeking, and interventionism). Dr. Ikeda’s current research focuses on the interconnections among cities, social cooperation, and entrepreneurial development; and he is currently writing a book on the economics and social theory of Jane Jacobs.
Marian L. Tupy is the editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He specializes in globalization and global well-being, and the political economy of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. His articles have been published in the Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The U.K. Spectator, Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Reason magazine, and various other outlets both in the United States and overseas. Tupy has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN International, BBC World, CNBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and other channels. He has worked on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Commission on Angola, testified before the U.S. Congress on the economic situation in Zimbabwe, and briefed the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department on political developments in Central Europe. Tupy received his BA in international relations and classics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his PhD in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Great Britain.
Leszek Balcerowicz is Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland after 1989 (1989-1991), and between 1997 and 2000; President of the National Bank of Poland (2001-2007). Recipient of numerous honors from universities and awards, i.e., distinguished with Poland’s highest decoration, Order of the White Eagle (2005), for his contribution to the reforms in Poland (2005), as well as Milton Friedman, Ludwig Erhard and Friedrich von Hayek prizes. Honorary Chairman of the Brussels think tank Bruegel and a member of the Group of Thirty. Founder and Chairman of the Council of a Warsaw-based think tank, Civil Development Forum.
Pedro Schwartz is “Rafael del Pino Professor” in the Department of Economics at Camilo José Cela University in Madrid and visiting professor at the University of Buckingham in the UK. Until September 2016 he was the President of the Mont Pelerin Society, of which he is a member since 1978. He is a Bachelor and Doctor in Laws of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a Master of Economics and a PhD in Political Thought at the LSE. When a member of the Intelligence Department of the Bank of Spain he directed the History Division specialising in monetary history.
He belongs to the Board of the Spanish think tank “Civismo”, to the Academic Advisory Board of the IEA in London; is a member of the Liberales Institut Zürich and of the European Centre of Austrian Economics at Liechtenstein; and in the US, he is an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. He also is an academician of the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas of Spain. Every month he publishes a featured column at the Liberty Fund “Econlib” site. His latest papers in English are, among others, “Happiness not within the Government’s remit” in The Pursuit of Happiness; and “Market solutions for the orderly suspension of a euro member” in The Euro – the Beginning, the Middle … and the End?
Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, a well-known economist and historian and rhetorician, has written eighteen books and several hundred scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. Her latest book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (University of Chicago Press, 2016), is the third in a trilogy (2006, 2010). It identifies the egalitarian liberalism of Voltaire and Smith and Mill as the cause of the explosion of commercially tested betterment after 1800, and the cultural enrichment of the world. A new book, How to Be a Humane Libertarian: Essays in a New Liberalism, will be published by Yale in 2019.
Eric Graf (Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia, 1997) is Professor of Literature at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala), the world’s only secular libertarian university. He hosts UFM’s online course “Discover Don Quijote de la Mancha,” which is available in both English and Spanish at donquijote.ufm.edu. He also hosts UFM’s online course “The School of Salamanca,” also available in both English and Spanish at salamanca.ufm.edu. He also teaches reading, writing, and topics related to Renaissance Literature and Golden Age Spain. He has published numerous articles and essays at news sites and in journals, both national and international, such as Cultura Económica, PanAm Post, eHumanista, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Procesos de mercado, Modern Language Notes, Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Hispanic Review, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, and Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. He is author of two books: Cervantes and Modernity: Four Essays on Don Quijote (Bucknell UP, 2007) and De reyes a lobos: seis ensayos sobre Cervantes (Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, 2018). He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Don Quijote and Liberty. All of his work can be found at his website: ufm.academia.edu/EricCliffordGraf.
Benito Arruñada is Professor of Business Organization at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Spain). Former President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics, his extensive interdisciplinary research lies in the conjunction of law, economics and organization and has been published in, among others, Economic Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Institutional Economics, and Journal of Comparative Economics. Author of Institutional Foundations of Impersonal Exchange (University of Chicago Press) and The Economics of Audit Quality (Kluwer Academic Publishers). Advisor to international agencies, governments and multinational corporations on property rights, competition policy and business regulation and contracting. Member of the Social Science Advisory Panel of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Property.
Philip Booth is Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. He also holds the position of Director of Research and Public Engagement at St. Mary’s. From 2002-2016, Philip was Academic and Research Director (previously, Editorial and Programme Director) at the IEA. From 2002-2015 he was Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School. Previously, Philip Booth worked for the Bank of England as an advisor on financial stability issues and he was also Associate Dean of Cass Business School and held various other academic positions at City University. He has written widely, including a number of books on investment, finance, social insurance, and pensions as well as on the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics.
Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He has previously worked on a number of projects to help develop actuarial professions and actuarial, finance and investment professional teaching programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. Philip has a BA in Economics from the University of Durham and a PhD from City University.
Martin Krause has a PhD in Management Sciences from Universidad Católica de La Plata, Argentina, where he graduated in 1978. Since then he has been involved mainly in academic and consulting activities related to economics.
In 1998 he was appointed as a Chair Professor of Economics at the Law School, University of Buenos Aires, the largest university in the country, where he is also a professor at the School of Economics. He teaches Political Economy at the first, and History of Economic Thought at the second.
He is a Visiting Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, and at OMMA-Ayau, an online program offering graduate courses based in Madrid, Spain. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he is also an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute from Washington, D.C.; and a member of the Academic Council of Fundación Libertad y Progreso, a think tank in Buenos Aires.
He has been awarded with several prizes and fellowships such as the Law & Economics Prize from Buenos Aires Academy of Science (2007), Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships (www.eef.org) in 1993 and the Freedom Project from the John Templeton Foundation in 1999 and 2000.
He has published several books on economics, institutional economics and law & economics.: El Foro y el Bazar (UFM, 2014); Economía, Instituciones y Políticas Públicas (La Ley, 2011), Elementos de Economía Política (La Ley, 2007, together with Adrián Ravier y Gabriel Zanotti), Por el Ojo de una Aguja; Ética, negocios y dinero en el mundo de hoy, Análisis Económico del Derecho: Aplicación a Fallos Judiciales, Economía para emprendedores, El cuento de la Economía, En Defensa de los Más Necesitados y Proyectos por una Sociedad Abierta (together with Alberto Benegas Lynch Jr and Democracia Directa (together with Margarita Molteni), chapters in books and many articles in academic journals and magazines and newspapers all over Latin America.
Alain Bertaud, an urbanist, is currently a senior research scholar at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management. His primary area of research is the impact of markets, transportation, and regulations on urban form. He just completed a book on urban planning and markets to be published by MIT Press in November 2018 under the title Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities.
Bertaud previously held the position of principal urban planner at the World Bank, where he worked on urban policy and urban infrastructure mainly in South Asia, in transition economies such as China, Russia, and countries of Eastern Europe. Previously, he worked as a resident urban planner in a number of cities around the world: Bangkok, San Salvador, Port Au Prince, Sana’a, New York, Paris, Tlemcen, and Chandigarh.
Edward Peter Stringham is president of the American Institute for Economic Research, Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College, and editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise. He is editor of two books and author of more than seventy journal articles, book chapters, and policy studies. His work has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Headline News, NPR, and MTV. A frequent guest on Fox and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, in 2016 Rise Global ranked Stringham as the 77th most influential economist.
He earned his BA from College of the Holy Cross in 1997, his PhD from George Mason University in 2002, and first published with the American Institute for Economic Research in 2003. His book, Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life, is published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a presidential fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of a number of New York Times bestselling books including: Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for Immortality, the Afterlife, and Utopia, The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Mind of the Market, How We Believe, and The Science of Good and Evil. His two TED talks, viewed over 8 million times, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 2000 TED talks. Dr. Shermer received his BA in psychology from Pepperdine University, MA in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his PhD in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University.
Viktor J. Vanberg is professor emeritus of the University of Freiburg, Germany, and senior research fellow of the Walter Eucken Institut, Freiburg, which he directed from 2001 to 2010. Before moving to Freiburg in 1995 to take the chair F.A. Hayek had held between 1962 and 1969 he served as Editorial Director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and taught as Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His publications include Rules and Choice in Economics (1994) and The Constitutions of Markets – Essays in Political Economy (2001). He edited several volumes of the German edition of F.A. Hayek’s collected works and recently edited The Sensory Order and Other Writings on the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology for The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek (2017).
Nicolás Cachanosky, PhD, is associate professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver, fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, and co-editor of LIBERTAS: Segunda Época. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, and Review of Austrian Economics among others.
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He founded PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook and launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that empowers human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. His venture capital firm, Founders Fund, has backed SpaceX, Airbnb, and dozens of other successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues now known as the “PayPal Mafia”. Peter started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling. Peter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.
Caitlin Long is a 22-year Wall Street veteran who has been active in bitcoin since 2012. She is currently writing a book about the intersection of Wall Street and Bitcoin. This year she helped drive the State of Wyoming’s trail-blazing blockchain legislation, passing 5 bills and recognizing utility tokens as a new form of property, as co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition. From 2016-2018 she was chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain company, where she jointly spearheaded a blockchain project for delivering index data to Vanguard. Caitlin ran Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-2016), held senior roles at Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and began her career at Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994) and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1990).
Stefan Voigt is professor at the University of Hamburg and the director of its Institute of Law & Economics. He is a fellow with CESifo (Munich). Previous positions include chairs at the Universities of Marburg, Kassel and Ruhr-University Bochum. Voigt has been a fellow at the Institutes for Advanced Study in Berlin, in Greifswald, and at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the economic effects of constitutions. More specifically, current research focuses on the economic effects of judicial institutions. Voigt is one of the editors of Constitutional Political Economy and a member of various boards including those of Public Choice and the International Review of Law & Economics. Voigt has consulting experience with both the public and the private sector. He has worked with the World Bank, the European Commission and the OECD but also with the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).
William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute, which won the 2009 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in Development Cooperation Award. He is the author of three books: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (2014), The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006), which won the FA Hayek Award from the Manhattan Institute, and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001). The books have been translated into 16 languages. He has published 69 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has written columns and book reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. He has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and as Director of the blog Aid Watch. He is a Research Associate of NBER, and senior fellow at BREAD. Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, and Thomson Reuters listed him as one of Highly Cited Researchers of 2014. He was the 2013 winner of the Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education. As of 2018, he was #11 on the REPEC list of top economists by Twitter followers. According to Wikipedia, he is the 12th most famous native of Bowling Green, Ohio.
Carmen Pavel is a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, and has previously held positions at the University of Virginia and University of Arizona. Her interests include liberal theory and contemporary challenges to it, ethics and public policy, environmental ethics, international justice and the authority of international law. Carmen has published her first book Divided Sovereignty: International Institutions and the Limits of State Authority with Oxford University Press in 2015 and is the editor of the volume The Oxford Handbook of Freedom (with David Schmidtz) published in 2018. Her articles have appeared in Political Studies, Law and Philosophy, Journal of Global Ethics, and Social Theory and Practice. Carmen’s second book project, tentatively entitled Reasons for International Rules: Dynamic Coordination, State Consent, and Binding Law, examines under what conditions international law is compatible with the sovereignty claims of constitutional democracies.
Dr. Giovanni Patriarca studied Political Sciences at the University of Camerino (Italy) and Philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University (Vatican City State). He earned the “Diploma in Islamic Studies“ at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies- P.I.S.A.I. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (History of Economic Thought) at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Dr. Patriarca was a DAAD-visiting scholar at Humboldt University in Berlin and undertook research and studies in a number of international academic institutions. In 2012 he received the Novak Award from the Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, MI).
Emily Chamlee-Wright is the President and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), which works to champion a deeper understanding of classical liberal ideas and the scholars who advance them. Prior to joining IHS in 2016, Dr. Chamlee-Wright served as the Provost and Dean of the College at Washington College, and was previously the Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics and associate dean at Beloit College.
Dr. Chamlee-Wright earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 1993. In her scholarly work, she explores the intersection between economic and cultural processes. She has published six books in the areas of liberal education, post-disaster recovery, and economic development. Her most recent work examines the cultural and political-economic forces at play in the context of campus speech controversies.
She is a former W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and a recipient of the Underkoffler Award for Excellence in Teaching from Beloit College. In 2013 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University, and in 2014 she received the Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award.
John B. Taylor is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and director of Stanford’s Introductory Economics Center. He is known for his research on the foundations of monetary theory and policy, which has been applied around the world. He served as Senior Economist (1976-77) and Member (1989-91) on the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (2001-2005). He received the Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education, Liberalni Institut Award, the Truman Medal for extraordinary contributions to policy, the Hayek Prize for his book First Principles, the Bradley Prize for his research and policy achievements, the Adam Smith Award from the National Association for Business Economics, the Alexander Hamilton Award and the Treasury Distinguished Service Award for his policy contributions, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving the 2002 financial crisis. He currently is a member of Board of Directors of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance. Taylor received a BA summa cum laude from Princeton and PhD from Stanford.
Neera K. Badhwar is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma and an Affiliate at George Mason University. Her articles on moral psychology, ethical theory, and social-political theory have appeared in Journal of Philosophy; Ethics; Nous; Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; American Philosophical Quarterly; Social Philosophy and Policy; and other journals. Her book, Well-being: Happiness as the Highest Good, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014, and her anthology, Friendship: A Philosophical Reader, by Cornell University Press in 1993. She has received fellowships from the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, and the Earhart Foundation.
Dr Guido Hülsmann is professor of Economics at the University of Angers, where he lectures on macroeconomics, on monetary and financial economics, on growth and development, and on financial risks. He serves as an expert for academic institutions in France, Germany, and Russia, and as a referee for international peer-reviewed periodicals such as the Journal of Economic Issues, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and the Journal of Markets and Morality. Prof. Hülsmann has been invited to give key-note lectures and other presentations in twenty-three countries on four continents. He is the author of seven monographs, most recently Krise der Inflationskultur (2013) and The Ethics of Money Production (2008), and he has edited or co-edited six other books, most recently The Theory of Money and Fiduciary Media (2012). His books and articles have been translated into twenty languages. His current research focuses on the political economy of financial markets, as well as on the theory of money and banking.
Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Maryland and the Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets Professor Agarwal conducts research on the evolution of industries, firms and individual careers, as fostered by the twin engines of innovation and enterprise. Her scholarship integrates across disciplinary lens to shed light on strategic innovation for new venture creation and for firm renewal. Her teaching applies the same principles to discuss how individuals can engage in personal leadership, develop win-win relationships, and create a virtuous spiral between one’s aspirations and abilities. Rajshree has received numerous awards for her scholarship and mentorship, including the “University Scholar” Award at the University of Illinois, and the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award at University of Maryland.
Dominique Lazanski is a London-based digital policy and strategy consultant. As the Director for Public Policy and Institutional Relations for the GSM Association Dominique’s work on cyber security policy and Internet governance includes coordination with the UN, OECD, WTO and others. Since joining the GSM Association in September 2013, Ms. Lazanski has led the members’ ITU and Internet Governance Task Force, which includes planning and preparations for key ITU-T meetings and study groups as well as Internet governance meetings. She was on the executive multistakeholder committee for NetMundial in April 2014 and just finished her three-year appointment to the multistakeholder advisory group of the Internet Governance Forum. She teaches within the GSMA’s capacity building program for regulators and policy makers and sits on the board of several international companies. Dominique was a member of the UK’s Open Data User Group in the Cabinet Office from 2012 to 2014 and the Tax Transparency Board in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in 2013. She participates on the Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance in the UK. She worked on the first Cyberspace Conference with the UK’s Foreign Office and the ICC in London to secure business participation in the conference. In 2015 she was a UN Expert on Access and Connectivity.
Dominique began her career with positions at Yahoo, eBay, and Apple, where she helped launch the first iTunes stores in the US. In 2005 she moved to London to complete a master’s degree in information systems management at the London School of Economics. She has worked in policy ever since, three years of which were spent at the TaxPayers’ Alliance working on digital policy. She has written and spoken on digital issues.
Dominique holds a bachelor of arts from Cornell University, a second master’s degree from the University of Bath and is currently working on her PhD.
Thomas W. Hazlett is the Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He has previously held faculty positions at George Mason University, the University of California, Davis, and the Wharton School, and served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission. A noted expert in regulatory economics and information markets, his research has appeared in academic forums such as the Journal of Law & Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review. He has also written for such popular periodicals as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Slate, the N.Y. Times, N.Y. Daily News, Reuters.com, Businessweek, The New Republic, and the Financial Times. His most recent book, The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone (Yale, 2017), was featured as one of the top tech books of the year at CES 2018.
Bruce L. Benson is a Professor Emeritus in Economics at Florida State University. Prior to retiring he served as DeVoe Moore Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in Economics at FSU. Other positions include Fulbright Senior Specialist in Law and Economics to the Czech Republic (2003-04), Visiting Professor at the University de Paris Pantheon Assas (2004), a Property-and- Environment-Research- Center Julian Simon Fellow (2004-05), a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research (2008), a Templeton Visiting Scholar in the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University (2016), and Economics Department Chair at FSU (2006-2012), and currently is serving as a Research Professor at Appalachian State University. Professor Benson has published over 140 academic journal articles, over 65 chapters in edited volumes, and 4 books, and co-edit three other books. His awards and recognitions include the best article awards from the Southern Economic Journal (1989) and the Journal of Private Enterprise (1999), an FSU Distinguished Research Professor Award (1993), the 2000 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for his book, To Serve and Protect, the Association of Private Enterprise Education’s Distinguished Scholar Award (2001), the Liberty in Theory 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Libertarian Alliance in London, a Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education (2004) and the 2006 Adam Smith Award: “the highest honor bestowed by The Association of Private Enterprise Education…. The recipient … must be an individual who has acquired an international reputation as an eloquent scholar and advocate of free enterprise…”
Jerry L. Jordan is president of the Pacific Academy for Advanced Studies; he served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 1992 to 2003. He was a member of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and also served on the U.S. Gold Commission. Jordan began his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where his last position was senior vice president and director of research. On leave of absence from the St. Louis Fed, he served in 1971–72 as a consultant to the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt. Jordan has also held the position of chief economist for two commercial banks as well as dean and professor of economics at the University of New Mexico. Jordan is a director and vice president of the Association of Private Enterprise Economists, and serves on the Membership Committee of the Mont Pelerin Society; formerly he served as president and director of the National Association of Business Economists and director of the Western Economic Association. Professionally, he is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, senior fellow of Atlas Network and Sound Money Project, and adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute.
Jordan holds a PhD in Economics from UCLA and honorary doctorates from Denison University, Capital University, and Francisco Marroquin University.
Eric Beinhocker is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University’s Oxford Martin School. INET Oxford is a research center devoted to applying leading-edge interdisciplinary approaches to issues including financial system stability, innovation and growth, economic inequality, and environmental sustainability. Beinhocker is also a Supernumerary Fellow in Economics at Oriel College, an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest.
Prior to joining Oxford, Beinhocker had an 18-year career at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner and held leadership roles in McKinsey’s Strategy Practice, its Climate Change and Sustainability Practice, and the McKinsey Global Institute. Beinhocker writes frequently on economic, business, and public policy issues and his work has appeared in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Times, the Guardian, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Democracy, and he is the author of “The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business and Society”.
Beinhocker is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the MIT Sloan School, and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.
Prof. Jesús Huerta de Soto is Ph. D. in Economic Science and Ph. D. in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid (Summa Cum Laude and Extraordinary Awards). He is member of the Mont Pèlerin Society, of the Royal Economic Society of London and the American Economic Association. He was awarded the King Juan Carlos International Prize for Economics (Madrid, 1983), the Adam Smith Award (Brussels, 2005), the Franz Cuhel Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economic Education (Prague, 2006), the “Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Liberty” (Salamanca, 2009), and the Gold “Hayek-Medaille” (Göttingen, Germany, 2013), as well as Ph.D. Honorary Degrees by Francisco Marroquín University (Guatemala, 2009), Alexandru Ioan Cuzá (Romania, 2010) and Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation (Moscow, 2011). Since 2000, he has been Professor of Political Economy at the King Juan Carlos University of Madrid. Huerta de Soto is currently considered as one of the most representative exponents of the Austrian School of Economics. He has published numerous research works and articles on subjects related to his speciality, among which his books Money, Bank Credit and Economic Cycles (Mises Institute, 2006, 2009, 2012), Socialism, Economic Calculation and Entrepreneurship (Edward Elgar 2010), The Austrian School: Market Order and Entrepreneurial Creativity (Edward Elgar 2008, 2010), and The Theory of Dynamic Efficiency (Routledge 2008, 2010).
Juan Ramón Rallo is PhD in Economics and BA in Law. He is currently professor at OMMA and IE University. He is the president of Juan de Mariana Institute and also economic analyst in local radio and TV programs such as esRadio, La Sexta Noche, and Espejo Público. He collaborates in the newspapers El Confidencial and La Razón.
He has published several books: Una crisis y cinco errores, El liberalismo no es pecado (in co-authorship with Carlos Rodríguez Braun), Los errores de la vieja Economía, Una alternativa liberal para salir de la crisis, Una revolución liberal para España, Contra la renta básica, La pizarra de Juan Ramón Rallo, and Contra la Teoría Monetaria Moderna.
Magatte Wade is passionate about creating jobs and prosperity in Africa through entrepreneurship and economic freedom. She was born in Senegal, educated in France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in San Francisco. She is fluent in and conducts business in Wolof, French and English. Magatte’s current product line, manufactured in Senegal, is Skin is Skin, a lip balm dedicated to reducing racial discrimination. Her previous companies, Tiossan and Adina, brought Senegalese recipes and ingredients to U.S. markets in skin care and beverages. Magatte is a widely sought speaker on issues related to economic freedom and Africa, having spoken at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and dozens of other colleges. She has written for the HuffPo, The Guardian (UK), and Barron’s.
Dr. Richard M. Ebeling has been the BB&T professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina since 2014. He was a professor of Economics at Northwood University (2009-2014). He also served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003-2008), and was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College (1988-2003). He is the author of Austrian Economics and Public Policy (2016), Monetary Central Planning and the State (2015), Political Economy, Public Policy and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (2010), and is the editor of the three-volume, Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises, published by Liberty Fund. He is also a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, for which he writes a weekly article.
William J. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Kenyon College, director of the American Institute for Economic Research’s Sound Money Project, and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. As of March 2018, he was ranked 25th on the Social Science Research Network’s Top 8,000 Economics Authors.
Luther’s research focuses primarily on questions of currency acceptance and the role governments play in determining commonly accepted media of exchange. He has published articles in leading scholarly journals, including Economic Inquiry, Public Choice, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. His popular works have appeared in The Economist, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report.
An internationally renowned expert on cryptocurrencies, Luther’s research has been cited by major media outlets, including NPR, VICE News, Washington Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor, and New Scientist.
Luther earned his MA and PhD in Economics at George Mason University and his BA in Economics at Capital University.
Adam Martin is Political Economy 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. He earned his BA in economics and theology from the University of Dallas and his PhD in economics from George Mason University. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he was a lecturer in political economy at King’s College London, a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute at New York University, and a visitor at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. His interests focus on the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics and include Austrian economics, economic methodology, economic development and public choice.
Peter G. Klein is W. W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation at Baylor University (USA). He is also Professor of Strategy and Management at the Norwegian School of Economics (Norway), Research Affiliate of GRANEM (France), and Carl Menger Research Fellow at the Mises Institute (USA). He is author or editor of five books and author of over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews. Klein’s research focuses on the links between entrepreneurship, organization, and institutions with application to innovation, corporate strategy, science policy, and economic development. His 2012 book Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment (with Nicolai Foss, Cambridge University Press) won the 2014 Foundation for Economic Education Best Book Prize and his 2010 book The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur (Mises Institute) has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has taught at several US and European universities and was a Senior Economist for the Council of Economic Advisers.
Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University (USA). He began writing about private competitive monetary systems three decades before Bitcoin. His books include Free Banking in Britain (1984), The Theory of Monetary Institutions (1999), and The Clash of Economic Ideas (2012). His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, and other leading professional journals. He blogs at Alt-M.org and does podcasts at Econ Journal Watch Audio.
Matt Ridley is the author of The Origins of Virtue, The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything, among others. Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. His TED talk When Ideas Have Sex has been viewed more than two million times. He holds a BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University. As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He served on the Science and Technology select committee 2014-2017.
He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle and its current honorary president. He was non-executive chairman of Northern Rock plc and Northern 2 VCT plc. He founded the “Mind and Matter” column in the Wall Street Journal and has been a weekly columnist for The Telegraph and The Times. He won the Hayek Prize in 2011, the Julian Simon award in 2012 and the Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2014. He has honorary doctorates from Buckingham University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and University Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala.
Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects. He is registered with the Architect’s Registration Board and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Patrik studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the Southbank University in London. He completed his architectural diploma and received his degree from Stuttgart University in 1990 and also studied philosophy at both Bonn and London Universities. In 1999 he received his doctoral degree Dr. Phil. from the Institute for Cultural Sciences at the University of Klagenfurt.
Since 1992, Patrik has been teaching at architectural schools in Britain, continental Europe and the USA. In 1996 Patrik founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association where he continues to teach as co-director. He is lecturing worldwide and recently held the John Portman Chair in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2008 Patrik coined the phrase Parametricism. In 2010 and 2012 he published the two volumes The Autopoiesis of Architecture and recently Parametricism 2.0 – setting architecture’s agenda for the 21st Century with a new emphasis on its societal relevance.
Carlos Rodríguez Braun is Professor Emeritus of History of Economic Thought at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He has published articles in learned journals of Europe and America, and twenty books. He has worked on Adam Smith, and has translated into Spanish The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and the Essays on Philosophical Subjects. Dr. Rodríguez Braun is also a well-known figure in Spanish journalism: he has participated in radio and TV programs for many years and has published thousands of articles in the press.
Ruth Richardson is a political reformer and former minister of finance in New Zealand. After winning a seat in Parliament in 1981 as a member of the National Party, she soon developed a reputation as a strong advocate of free markets, free trade, and privatization. As finance minister, she built on the successful efforts of her predecessor, Sir Roger Douglas, and instituted reforms that reined in public expenditure, deregulated the labor market, and reformed social entitlements.
Despite strong opposition from special interest groups and fellow legislators, Ruth secured cross-party support for an independent central bank, the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to public accounts, and structural reform of the public sector. Since leaving government in 1994, Ruth has served as director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, is chair or director of several dozen companies, has served on the boards of international think tanks, and has been a consultant to governments around the world.
Virginia Postrel is an author and columnist known for her ability to weave together cultural, economic, and technological themes to reveal new and striking patterns. Her books include The Future and Its Enemies (Free Press, 1998), The Substance of Style (HarperCollins, 2003), and The Power of Glamour (Simon & Schuster, 2013). She is a regular columnist for Bloomberg View, the opinion section of Bloomberg, where she writes on a wide variety of topics, including technology, retailing, and public policy.
She also writes a bimonthly column for Reason magazine on history and material culture. She is currently writing a book, The Fabric of Civilization, exploring the connections between textiles, technology, and trade, from pre-history to the near future. It will be published by Basic Books in the U.S. and Hachette in the U.K. She has been a columnist for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. From 1989 to 2000, she was editor-in-chief of Reason. Her website is at vpostrel.com.
Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education.
Dr. Oakley has adventured widely through her lifetime. She rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. She also worked as a communications expert at the South Pole Station in Antarctica and has served as a Russian translator on board Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Michael Huemer received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1992 and his PhD from Rutgers University in 1998. He is presently professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of more than 60 academic articles in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and metaphysics, as well as five amazing books that everyone should buy: Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (2001), Ethical Intuitionism (2005), The Problem of Political Authority (2013), Approaching Infinity (2016), and Paradox Lost (forthcoming).
Daniel Hannan is a writer, columnist and politician. In 2017, he set up the Institute for Free Trade, which seeks to use Brexit to revitalize the global trading system. He has served as a Conservative Member of the European Parliament since 1999. In 2015, he founded the organization that became Vote Leave, the successful campaign to end Britain’s membership of the EU. He is the author of eleven books including New York Times Bestseller The New Road to Serfdom and Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World.
Thor Halvorssen founded the New York-based Human Rights Foundation. Halvorssen is founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual global gathering described by The Economist as a “spectacular human-rights festival… on its way to becoming a human-rights equivalent of the Davos Economic Forum”. Halvorssen founded the Moving Picture Institute in 2005 and has produced several films that focus on freedom such as the Kurt Vonnegut short story “Harrison Bergeron” and award-winning documentaries about the Chinese, Soviet, Hungarian, and Estonian revolutions. He is most recently working on the development of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a liberty-themed sci-fi cult classic written by Robert Heinlein.
Prior to his work at HRF and MPI, Halvorssen was the first Executive Director and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) from its founding in 1999 until 2004. Thor has lectured at universities across the world on matters of liberty and his opinions and views have appeared in numerous venues including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and many others. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Scholars and the Federalist Society. He is a Visiting Professor at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.
Bruce Caldwell is a Research Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. He is the author of Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the 20th Century (1982), and of Hayek’s Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek (2004). Since 2002 he has served as the General Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. A past president of the History of Economics Society and the Southern Economic Association, Caldwell has held research fellowships at New York University, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics. He is currently working on a full biography of Hayek.
Peter J. Boettke is university professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He received his PhD in economics from George Mason University in 1989. Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, Boettke taught at New York University. Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic years and the F. A. Hayek Fellow in 2004 and 2006 at the London School of Economics. He currently serves as the President of the Mont Pelerin Society and was the President of the Southern Economics Association from 2015-2017.
The author of numerous books and articles, he has a particular interest in the ways that institutional arrangements shape entrepreneurial behavior in transitioning, weak, and failed states. His publications include Why Perestroika Failed: The Politics and Economics of Socialist Transformation, Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy, Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School, Robust Political Economy for the 21st Century, and Living Economics: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.