Speakers

The Free Market Road Show brings together a most impressive group of speakers. From leading business people, outstanding scholars and academics to opinion leaders, policy experts, elected officials, and diplomats. The Austrian Economics Center (AEC) –in cooperation with more than 60 leading international institutions– is proud to gather some of the world’s keenest minds for the 2016 Free Market Road Show.

 
Terry Anker

is Chairman of The Anker Consulting Group, Inc., Mr. Anker has served as an advisor and owner in several small concerns including the retail, wholesale distribution and service industries as well as the public sector. Presently, Mr. Anker spends much of his time advising small business throughout Indiana on the acquisition of capital from public and private sources. His business interests include Moody Meats, Flat 12 Bierwerks, a Midwestern-based call center and the Anker Receivership Group. Also, Mr. Anker is the Associate Editor and Partner of Current Publishing, LLC. Its holdings include 11 local newspapers youarecurrent. He is one of the founders of Monument Advisors, LLC (www.monumentadv.com), a mezzanine bank serving the capital and financial services needs of business concerns throughout the Midwest and preferred partner INC a reseller of computer software and services. And, he has served as a Director on the Board of Symons International Group (formerly NASDAC: SIGC), an insurance holding company and IGF, a large multi-state crop insurance concern.

Additionally, he is a member of Mont Pellerin Society, numerous professional training and education seminars and an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development and a weekly newspaper columnist.

 
Yaron Brook

is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

Dr. Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. They now have a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.

He is the host of The Yaron Brook Show, a live BlogTalkRadio podcast airing Saturdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm PT, as well as host of The Yaron Brook Show on AM560 Chicago, also airing Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm PT. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and debater.

He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street JournalUSA TodayInvestor’s Business Daily and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs and is a contributing author to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism and Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen.

Dr. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States where he received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is managing director and chairman.

He serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

 

 
John Chisholm

has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor.  A pioneer in online marketing research, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Later, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management.  Today he is CEO of John Chisholm Ventures, a startup advisory and angel investing group. He is president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees), and a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute. He is author of Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business.  He holds BS & MS degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 
Enrico Colombatto

is a professor of economics at the University of Turin, where he teaches Foundations of Policymaking, International Economics, and Growth and Development. He is the director of one of Italy’s leading research institutes, the International Centre for Economic Research, and the Director of research at IREF (Institut de Recherches Économiques et Fiscales). His present research interests cover the economics of growth and development, law and economics, and Austrian economics.

 
Federico Fernández

is a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria) and Founder and President of Fundación Bases (Rosario, Argentina). He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century”, which has taken place every two years since 2006 in Rosario (Argentina). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade.

He is author of scholarly articles and he is the co-editor of the book “La escuela austríaca de economía en el siglo XXI”. Fernández writes also for the popular press and blogs on the “Free Market Diaries”.

 
John Fund

is National Affairs Columnist for and an on-air analyst on the Fox News Channel. He has lived in and reported from Europe and is currently working on a book entitled “The Non-Euro Nations: How Some Countries Dodged a Bullet.”

He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (Encounter Books, 2012) and The Dangers of Regulation Through Litigation (ATRA Press, 2008). He worked as a research analyst for the California Legislature in Sacramento before beginning his journalism career as a reporter for the syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak.

Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, called him “the Tom Paine of the modern Congressional reform movement.” He has won awards from the Institute for Justice, The School Choice Aliance and the Warren Brooks award for journalistic excellence from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

 
Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson

is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on current affairs in the Icelandic media. He is best known as a controversial spokesman for free market policies and for classical liberalism.

In 1979, Hannes and his friends founded the Libertarian Association in Iceland, which operated for ten years. It organized visits by the three Nobel Laureates Friedrich Hayek, James M. Buchanan and Milton Friedman in the early 1980s. Those visits had considerable impact on the exchange of ideas within Iceland. The Libertarian Association also published, in 1980–88, a magazine called Frelsið

 
Lawrence Goodman

is the president of the Center for Financial Stability (CFS) – an independent, nonpartisan think tank focused on financial markets.

Mr. Goodman was managing director and global head of emerging market strategy at Bank of America.  Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Goodman was the head of Quantitative Policy Analysis at the U.S. Treasury – advising the Under Secretary on a wide range of issues. He co-founded and chaired an inter-agency group, comprised of 13 agencies to advise principals and deputies throughout the U.S. government on financial, economic, and political risks. Previously, he was the chief global economist and managing director at Santander Investment, where he also served on the executive committee for the Global Equity Group.

Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. in finance from University of California at Berkeley, and has engaged in Ph.D. studies in economics at The New School.  He served on the board of the Emerging Market Traders Association (EMTA). He serves on the executive committee of the Society for Economic Measurement (SEM).

 
Stephen Hicks

is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Illinois, USA. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, Canada, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of three books: Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, Nietzsche and the Nazis, The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis  He has published in academic journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Teaching Philosophy, and Review of Metaphysics, as well as other publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Baltimore Sun. In 2010, he won his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

 
Peter Jungen

Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, is co-founder resp. investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in the US like Idealo GmbH, the leading German comparison shopping platform. He is Founding President of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) resp. Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) and a member of the New York Angels. He is a member of the Advisory Council, Deutsche Bank AG, and Board member of the New York Philharmonic. He is Honorary Chairman, “Center on Capitalism and Society”, Columbia University and Advisory Board Member of the Columbia Center for Global Economic Governance, Columbia University. He is a Member of the Board of the Friedrich von Hayek Institute, Vienna, a member of the International Josef Schumpeter Society and of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is Governing Board Member of the “Institute for New Economic Thinking” (INET). He is a former member of the Presidency of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). The leading German business magazine „Wirtschaftswoche“ named Peter Jungen one of the 100 most important personalities who shape the future of the „New Economy“. In 1999 Peter Jungen was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 
Barbara Kolm

is president of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. She is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is President of the European Center for Economic Growth.

 
Verónica Maldonado

is the Executive Director of the GEM (Grupo Economico Maldonado) Family Office since 2002 and the president of the foundation, La Compañia Humana, which supports education, community development, music, and environmental awareness in Venezuela. The Maldonado Group is a Venezuelan family business active in various industries and investments globally. Prior to her current position, Veronica worked in the development of international business ventures in Phoenix Home Life Insurance Company, in Hartford, Connecticut and in New York City, New York. Her main responsibility was the establishment and opening of an asset management company in Tokyo, Japan.  Prior to joining Phoenix, Veronica worked in the International Insurance and Finance department of The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company in Tokyo. Before that she interned in the office of Mr. Yoshiro Hayashi, former Minister of Finance, in Yamaguchi, Japan. Veronica graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, United States. She is currently pursuing an EMBA in Family Business in the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

 
Lawrence McQuillan

is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. He received his PhD in economics from George Mason University, and he has served as Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute, Director of Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Founding Publisher and Contributing Editor of Economic Issues.

 

 
Rodolfo E. Milani

is a Senior Managing Director in the Miami office of Dominick & Dominick, one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States, now a division of Wunderlich Securities Inc. Rodolfo provides investment advice to companies and high net worth clients throughout Latin America and the United States. Rodolfo has more than thirty-seven years’ experience in the industry, and previously held senior positions at Merrill Lynch International, Kidder Peabody & Co., Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse as well. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at investment conferences around the world. He received his BA from University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Rodolfo is an advisory board member of Friends of Universidad Francisco Marroquin and is a Trustee of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER). He is a member of the Inter-American Institute for Democracy; and of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is the founder with Americans for Tax Reform, of the Miami Center/Right Meeting; the coordinator of Cato Club Miami, a Cato Institute regional outreach project; and a Member of the Miami Board of Advisors for the James Madison Institute. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Churchill Society of South Florida, a group which promotes the study of history.

 
Randal O’Toole

is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy and on-the-ground management. His analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced decisions in cities across the country. In his book The Best-Laid Plans, O’Toole calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation. O’Toole’s latest book is American Nightmare: How Government Undermines The Dream of Homeownership. O’Toole is the author of numerous Cato papers. He has also written for Regulation magazine as well as op-eds and articles for numerous other national journals and newspapers. O’Toole travels extensively and has spoken about free-market environmental issues in dozens of cities. An Oregon native, O’Toole was educated in forestry at Oregon State University and in economics at the University of Oregon.

 
HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

acquired a Master Degree in business administration (Magister der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaft) at the University of Economics (Wirtschaftsuniversität) Vienna. This included also various practical training periods and work with banks and manufacturing companies in the US, Canada and Belgium (Brussels).  From 1978 to 1987 he was working in the international food industry with Nestle. First in controlling and financial management in various markets in Europe and Africa and then in the general management in a foreign subsidiary and finally marketing management for frozen food in Europe. In 1987 he returned to Liechtenstein as Managing Director of Industrie- und Finanzkontor Etablissement, Vaduz, a leading financial services and trust company and is now its Executive Chairman. He is a member of various professional organisations like STEP and is also engaged in certain free market think tanks.

 

 
Edmund Phelps

is the McVickar Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University and the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics. He is also Director of the The Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. His career began with a stint at the RAND Corporation. Back east in 1960, he held appointments at Yale and its Cowles Foundation until 1966, then a professorship for five years at Penn. In 1970 he moved to New York and joined Columbia in 1971. Phelps’s work can be seen as a program to put “people as we know them” back into economic models – to take into account the incompleteness of their information and their knowledge and to study the effects of their expectations and beliefs on the workings of markets. He has adopted this perspective in studying unemployment and inclusion, economic growth, business swings and economic dynamism. Phelps was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Science in 1982 and made a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2000. In 2008 he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and was awarded the Premio Pico della Mirandola for humanism and the Kiel Global Economy Prize. In the same year the University of Buenos Aires Law School established the Catedra Phelps for Programs on Dynamism and Inclusion. He also holds many honorary doctorates and several honorary professorships. An extraordinary tribute occurred when scholars came from around the world for a large Festschrift conference in his honor just three weeks after 9/11.

 
Richard W. Rahn

is an economist, syndicated columnist, and entrepreneur.  Currently he is Chairman of Improbable Success Productions and the Institute for Global Economic Growth.  He also writes a syndicated weekly economic column which is published in The Washington Times, Real Clear Markets and many other places. Dr Rahn served for two terms (2002-2008) as the first non-Caymanian member of the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, which regulates the world’s largest offshore financial center.  In the 1980s, Dr. Rahn was the Vice President and Chief Economist of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Executive Vice President and Board member of the National Chamber Foundation, and was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Growth.  Previously, he was the Executive Director of the American Council for Capital Formation.  In 1990-1991, he served as the U.S. co-chairman of the Bulgarian Economic Growth and Transition Project.  In 1982, President Reagan appointed Dr. Rahn as a member of the Quadrennial Social Security Advisory Council.  During the 1988 Presidential campaign, he was an economic advisor to President G.H.W. Bush.

 
Luis R. Rivera III

has a bachelors in economics from Loyola University, New Orleans. He worked under Walter Block for over two years. Walter Block is quoted as saying “Luis is the student closest to my (intellectual) wavelength I have had since I began teaching in 1967.” Luis was also the co-founder of Young Americans for Liberty at Florida International University. He is the Founder of The Rothbardian Circle which has hosted the top libertarian minds in the country including former professors Walter Block, Bill Barnett and Nicholas Capaldi, Austrian economists Jeffrey Tucker, Robert Wenzel, Stephan Kinsella, Yuri Matlsev, Thomas DiLorenzo, Lawrence Reed as well as Chicago school economist David Friedman. Other guests include activist Christina Tobin, politician Alexander Snitker as well as libertarian musicians, most notably Jordan Page and Tatiana Moroz whom have performed for Mr. Rivera’s organization and are scheduled to perform, respectively. In 2016 an organization named America’s Future Foundation which began in 1995 teamed up with The Rothbardian Circle. By the end of the year this branch won “Best New Chapter” in the country. Luis Rivera is also a writer which has published works in Economic Policy Journal, Lew Rockwell, Libertarian Republic, Libertarian Liquidationist, and is currently working on a paper which he is co-authoring with Walter Block. Luis plans on studying under Austro-libertarian Dr. Jesus Huerta de Soto in Spain in the future.

 
Roberto Salinas-León

is President of the Mexico Business Forum and adjunct scholar of Cato Institute. He is an expert on trade, monetary policy, and economic liberalization in Latin America and coeditor of Money and Markets in the Americas: New Challenges for Hemispheric Integration.

 
Karl Peter Schwarz

is a well knowen journalist, currently engaged at one of the most important newspapers in the German speaking area, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His main area of interest is economic policy in South-East Europe. During his career he also served as a long term editor in chief of Austria´s best knowen daily Die Presse.

Besides his sound knowledge of the economic situation in Europe, Schwarz is an expert on Austrian Economics. He shares the passion of philosophy and literature, always getting the bigger picture of socioeconomic policy.

Karl Peter Schwarz has contributed to many events on economic topics as a speaker,not least to the Free Market Road Show in Europe.

 
Edward P. Stringham

earned his doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 2002. He is past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of more than three dozen refereed journal articles and a book entitled Private Governance to be published by Oxford University Press. Stringham is endowed chair for the L.V. Hackley Foundation for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, United States.

 
John Tamny

is Political Economy editor at Forbes, a senior fellow in economics at Reason Foundation,  a senior economic adviser to Toreador Research & Trading, and editor of RealClearMarkets.com (RCM). A spin-off of the policy website RealClearPolitics, RCM seeks to compile top-quality information and opinion about the stock markets and global economy.   Mr. Tamny frequently writes about the securities markets, along with tax, trade and monetary policy issues that impact those markets for a variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Financial Times, National Review and London’s Daily Telegraph. He’s the author of Who Needs the Fed? (Encounter Books, 2016), along with Popular Economics (Regnery, 2015).  He’s a weekly guest on Forbes on Fox. Prior to his present work, John worked in private wealth management for Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. He received a BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He lives in Washington, D.C.

 
Mary Theroux

is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute and a columnist for The Huffington Post. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, Ms. Theroux is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California. She is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Alameda County Salvation Army; former Chairman and current member of the San Francisco Salvation Army Advisory Board, and also serves on the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.