Speakers List

Speakers List 2017-01-18T16:25:56+00:00

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.

Themistoklis Asthenidis

Themistoklis is a political consultant currently leading the growth efforts for the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (www.acreurope.eu), the leading conservative movement in European politics. He is also the managing editor of the Conservative (www.theconservative.online), a platform that promotes free market ideas and classical liberal values.

Yaron Brook

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.

John E. Charalambakis

is the Chief Economist for the Blacksummit Financial Group Inc., in the United States. He has studied economics and finance in Greece, the U.S., and the United Kingdom. He has consulted with numerous organizations, corporations, non-profit groups, as well as government entities in several countries.

Dr. Charalambakis has been teaching economics and finance in the US for the last twenty years. Currently he teaches economics at the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

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 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.

Enrico Colombatto

(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).

Dan Denning

Dan Denning is the Executive Publisher at Southbank Investment Research in London and the co-author of The Bill Bonner Letter. His belief in free markets, sound money, personal liberty and limited government have underpinned twenty years of writing and research in the financial publishing industry.

In 1998, he founded and edited a private financial newsletter on small-capitalization stocks, leading over 35,000 subscribers to new investment ideas in dynamic American companies. Then in 2000, he became the editor of Strategic Investment, the flagship publication of internationally known Agora Publishing, where he analyzed markets from a macroeconomic and geopolitical perspective.

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”.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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), 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.

Matt Kibbe

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.

Barbara Kolm

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.

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.

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.

Daniel J. Mitchell

Dan Mitchell is a public policy economist in Washington, DC. His major research interests include tax reform, international tax competition, the economic burden of government spending, and other fiscal policy issues. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on the flat tax, and has been the leading international voice in the fight to preserve tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty. He has decades of experience authoring papers, writing editorials, working with the public policy community, and presenting the free-market viewpoint to newspaper, television, and radio media.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.