The Free Market Road Show brings together a most impressive group of speakers. From leading business people, outstanding scholars and academics to opinion leaders, policy experts, elected officials, and diplomats. The Austrian Economics Center (AEC) – in cooperation with more than 60 leading international institutions – is proud to gather some of the world’s keenest minds for the 2017 Free Market Road Show.
Terry W. Anker
As Chairman of The Anker Consulting Group, Inc., Mr. Anker has served as an advisor and owner in several small concerns including the retail, wholesale distribution and service industries as well as the public sector. Presently, Mr. Anker spends much of his time advising small business throughout Indiana on the acquisition of capital from public and private sources. His business interests include Moody Meats, Flat 12 Bierwerks, a Midwestern-based call center and the Anker Receivership Group. Also, Mr. Anker is the Associate Editor and Partner of Current Publishing, LLC. Its holdings include 11 local newspapers youarecurrent.
Additionally, he is a member of Mont Pellerin Society, numerous professional training and education seminars and an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development and a weekly newspaper columnist.
Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Dr. Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. They now have a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.
He is the host of The Yaron Brook Show, a live BlogTalkRadio podcast airing Saturdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm PT, as well as host of The Yaron Brook Show on AM560 Chicago, also airing Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm PT. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and debater.
He serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.
has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. A pioneer in online marketing research, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Later, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. Today he is CEO of John Chisholm Ventures, a startup advisory and angel investing group. He is immediate past president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees), and a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute.
(1954) is a professor of economics at the University of Turin, where he teaches Foundations of Policymaking, International Economics, and Growth and Development. He is the director of one of Italy’s leading research institutes, the International Centre for Economic Research, and the Director of research at IREF (Institut de Recherches Économiques et Fiscales). His present research interests cover the economics of growth and development, law and economics, and Austrian economics. His last book is titled Markets, Morals and Policy Making: A New Defense of Free-Market Economics (Routledge, 2011).
Federico N. Fernández
is a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria) and Founder of Fundación Bases (Rosario, Argentina). He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century”, which has taken place every two years since 2006 in Rosario (Argentina). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade.
Federico is author of scholarly articles and he is the co-editor of the book “La escuela austríaca de economía en el siglo XXI” and “An Austrian in Argentina: Essays in honor of Alberto Benegas Lynch, jr.” He writes also for the popular press and blogs on the “Free Market Diaries”.
is National Affairs Columnist for and an on-air analyst on the Fox News Channel. He has lived in and reported from Europe and is currently working on a book entitled “The Non-Euro Nations: How Some Countries Dodged a Bullet.”
He previously served as a columnist and editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (Encounter Books, 2012) and The Dangers of Regulation Through Litigation (ATRA Press, 2008).
Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, called him “the Tom Paine of the modern Congressional reform movement.” He has won awards from the Institute for Justice, The School Choice Aliance and the Warren Brooks award for journalistic excellence from the American Legislative Exchange Council.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, is co-founder resp. investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in the US like Idealo GmbH, the leading German comparison shopping platform. He is Founding President of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) resp. Co-Founder and President (2001-2004) of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), a founding Board Member of the China Business Angels Network (CBAN), Beijing and a member of the New York Angels. He is a member of the Advisory Council, Deutsche Bank AG, and Board member of the New York Philharmonic.
The leading German business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” named Peter Jungen one of the 100 most important personalities who shape the future of the „New Economy“. In 1999 Peter Jungen was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning millennials onto the values of liberty. He is also a senior editor at Conservative Review. He founded FreedomWorks in 2004 where he served as President for 11 years.
President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Being a worldwide networker she uses these abilities to promote free market policies; in addition she is a frequent speaker on public policy related issues, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the Future of Europe and Austrian Economics.
Barbara Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is President of the European Center for Economic Growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard W. Rahn
is an economist, syndicated columnist, and entrepreneur. Currently he is Chairman of Improbable Success Productions and the Institute for Global Economic Growth. He also writes a syndicated weekly economic column which is published in The Washington Times, Real Clear Markets and many other places.
Dr Rahn served for two terms (2002-2008) as the first non-Caymanian member of the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, which regulates the world’s largest offshore financial center.
In 1990, Dr. Rahn founded the Novecon companies, which included Novecon Financial Ltd., Novecopter, and Sterling Semiconductor (now owned by Dow Corning).
Professor Rahn has taught at Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, and Rutgers Universities, at the Institute of World Politics, and the Polytechnic University of New York, where he was head of the graduate Department of Management. He also was an instructor for the U.S. Air Force and the Washington economic advisor for the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Dr. Rahn is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and is a member of the board of: the American Council for Capital Formation and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. He has served as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, the Hudson Institute, and the Discovery Institute; as a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation; and as a National Executive Director of the Ripon Society.
Dr. Rahn has written more than a thousand articles for newspapers, magazines, and professional journals, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and The National Interest. He is the author of the book The End of Money and the Struggle for Financial Privacy (1999). As an economic commentator, he has appeared on such programs as the Today Show, Good Morning America, Kudlow and Co., Wall Street Week, the PBS Newshour and Crossfire, and was a weekly commentator for Radio America. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on economic issues more than seventy-five times.
Dr. Rahn earned: a B.A. in economics at the University of South Florida, from which he received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” an M.B.A. from Florida State University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Pepperdine University.
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.
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 known 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 known 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 Peter Stringham
earned his doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 2002. He is past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of more than three dozen refereed journal articles and a book entitled Private Governance to be published by Oxford University Press. Stringham is endowed chair for the L.V. Hackley Foundation for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, United States.
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.
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.
Prince Michael von Liechtenstein
HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein studied commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and consolidated his studies by assignments for the banking and industrial sectors in Belgium, Canada and the USA. From 1978 to 1987 he worked for Nestlé SA in the fields of controlling, management and marketing on various markets in Europe and Africa. In 1987 he took over the management of Industrie- und Finanzkontor in Vaduz, Liechtenstein an international advisory and fiduciary trust company, where he now holds the position of president. He is founder and chairman of Geopolitical Information Service AG, as well as president of the think tank ECAEF (European Centre of Austrian Economics Foundation), based in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.