Dr. Amos Baranes
earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, and is also a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. He worked at PWC as a Senior Economist in the field of Transfer Pricing. At Lexecon Inc., Dr. Baranes developed the practice of Corporate and Asset Valuation. He also founded the company AVNAT Ltd., which provides business intelligence services to financial institutions. Recently, Dr. Baranes established Africa Industrial Business Center (AIBC), which provides consulting services on behalf of the World Bank in the fields of Business Intelligence and Training for Financial Institutions. Currently, he lectures in advanced courses in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Information Technology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, the University of Haifa, and Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Professor Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak
is President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development (IFD), which focuses on interdisciplinary future studies contributing to economic, human resource, and national development. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University. He has been an advisor to the Former Prime Minister, the Former Deputy Prime Minister, and the Former Minister of Defence of Thailand. As a businessman, he is Chairman of the Success Group of Companies, a conglomerate of businesses, diversified into such fields of media technology, as broadcasting, publishing, educational multimedia production and distribution, internet web site and domain development, web hosting, web-based applications, systems integration and retail outlets, internet service provision (ISP), hotel booking online, e-commerce, and web portals. He has been an advisor to the Former Prime Minister, the Former Deputy Prime Minister, and the Former Minister of Defence of Thailand.
Growing up in Nakuru, Kenya, June Arunga
witnessed increasing poverty and the helplessness that accompanied it in an environment where the government was expected to address every social ill. June moved from Nakuru to Nairobi at age 14 and then left Kenya to go to university in the United Kingdom at age 22. June graduated with a law degree from the University of Buckingham in England after studying law initially at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In her quest to answer the question, “Why is Africa so poor?” June engaged with some of Africa’s toughest terrains, journeying through conflict zones in Egypt, Sudan, Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa, in a BBC-produced documentary called The Devil’s Footpath. Her journey culminated in the living room of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, where she candidly posed her question to the leader. As a journalist she has participated in numerous other documentaries, radio and television programmes, including one with former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, where they attempted to expose the roots of Africa’s underdevelopment. However, Arunga has not only concerned herself with asking questions or blaming the government, she has gone on to create solutions.Read more… Barun Mitra
is a commentator on current affairs on a range of issues from economic development to conservation of wildlife. His articles have appeared in publications across the world, from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, to The Indian Express, the China Daily and the Sydney Morning Herald. He regularly appears on national television on current affairs. He has attended a number of international events, including the WTO ministerial meetings, UN Framework Convention of Climate Change, World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the World Health Assembly. His current interest is to develop a better understanding of the interface between political context and public policy, in order to make policy proposals politically viable. Ilya Somin
is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter
(Stanford University Press, 2013) and the upcoming book The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain
. Wang Qijun
is Blockchain’s ambassador in China and lives in Shanghai. She specializes in Bitcoin education and community construction. She has a background in English literature, communications and digital marketing. Qijuns manages grassroots campaigns for Blockchain throughout college campuses and universities all across mainland China. She is the facilitator and go-between of Bitcoiners and people who not yet know about the critical value of Bitcoin. Walter Block (by Skype)
is an American Austrian School economist and anarcho-libertarian theorist. He currently holds the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the J. A. Butt School of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. A profile of Block on the website of Psychology Today, calls him an “international titan of freedom movements.” He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Rosamaria Bitetti
is a researcher in Public Policy Analysis and Political Sociology at Luiss University in Rome, and at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, where she mostly works on how to reduce and improve regulation. She has previously worked with the Italian leading free market think tank, Istituto Bruno Leoni, the World Bank, the Italian Institute for International Relations and the IGIDR in Mumbai. Her interest in development and markets doesn’t came from books, though: grown up in a small town in Southern Italy, she experienced an economy with economic stagnation, and become interested in what leads to rich and prosperous societies. When she was exposed to the Austrian Economic theory and the philosophy of Classical Liberalism, become involved in the free market movement, working in several think tanks in Europe and the United States. In 2008, she has been Charles Koch Fellow, interning at Atlas Economic Research Organization, which gave her the amazing opportunity of meeting intellectual entrepreneurs from all over the world. She is interested in innovation, culture, entrepreneurship and how they shape formal and informal institutions to lead to a better life. Casey Lartigue, Jr.
, is the Director for International Relations at the Freedom Factory Co. Ltd., a for-profit free-market think tank founded in Seoul, South Korea in 2013. In South Korea, he is the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School for adolescent North Korean refugees, a columnist with the Korea Times, International Adviser to HOPE (Helping Others Prosper Through English), and co-director of the English Matching Program for North Korean Refugees. Read more…
Though she lived a rich life by North Korean standards, Yeonmi Park
had to escape with her family because of her father’s illegal business activities. She now lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she studies criminal justice at Dongguk University. She is a Media Fellow at Freedom Factory Co. Ltd. and is co-host of the bi-weekly TV podcast “Casey and Yeonmi Show.” In addition, she is a regular guest on a TV variety show, “Now On My Way To Meet You” a television program that attempts to bridge the gap between North and South Koreans.
Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. Jose Stelle
worked as opinion editor of Brazil’s weekly news magazine Visão, which promoted the economic ideas of the Austrian school, particularly of Hayek, in Brazil. In 1983 he cofounded Rio de Janeiro’s Instituto Liberal, the educational and public-policy-research organization that proposed and promoted the privatization of the government’s massive stake in Brazil’s economy. Dr. Stelle also edited the Portuguese-language version of F.A. Hayek’s main political works.