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"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone."
(F.Bastiat, 1801-1850)

"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal."
(F.Hayek, 1899-1992)

"The future depends on ourselves, and we do not depend on any historical necessity."
(K.Popper, 1902-1994)

"There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty."
(Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013)

"Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself"
(M.Friedman, 1912-2006)

What makes countries and citizens prosper?

Is it geographic location? If so, why has New Zealand been enjoying consistently low unemployment levels in the last 20 years?

Is it access to natural resources? How come Venezuela fails to secure a bright future for its own citizens? And why Russia’s GDP is roughly equivalent to the combined total of the Netherlands and Belgium?

Is it the size of the territory then? Singapore and Estonia do well - and so do Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Time to introduce for the first time ever in the European Parliament, the House of the elected representatives of the citizens of 28 EU Member States, the notion of “Economic Freedom”.

Hosted by Amjad Bashir, British Conservative Member of the European Parliament with the support of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), this 1st Annual Economic Freedom Summit will be bringing together senior experts and advocates of market liberalisation reforms from governments/politics, think tanks, businesses and academia throughout the world.

With 35 speakers from 25 countries, this Summit shall seek to explain to the EU and national policy makers how Economic Freedom is the indispensable foundation to all Freedoms.

Because the rules need to be set above the rulers. Because living at the expense of future generations must stop.

And because central planning, collectivism, protectionism, over-regulation and crony capitalism are not just a recipe for recession but very often the road to serfdom.

AGENDA

Wednesday - 11th April 2018

08:15-09:00

Registration and coffee

09:00-09:30

Keynote speches

  • Amjad Bashir MEP (ECR, UK), Host
  • Dr. Michael Walker, Founder of the Fraser Institute ( and co-initiator of the Economic Freedom project with Milton & Rosa Friedman)

09:30-10:45

Transition to Market Economy

  • Moderator: Fred McMahon, Resident Fellow and Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair, Fraser Institute

Georgia: In the top-10 of Economic Freedom! How did they do it?

Georgia: Paata Sheshelidze and Gia Jandieri, Co-founders of New Economic School

Lithuania: Flat tax rates and other reforms

Lithuania: Žilvinas Šilėnas, President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute

Russia: The rise and decline in Economic Freedom under Putin

Russia: Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow at Cato’s Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and former Chief Economic Adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin

11:00-12:00

Greece: Is there a way out of bailouts?

  • Moderator: Olympios Raptis, Chief of Staff, Amjad Bashir, MEP

Greece: Dr. Miranda Xafa, Senior Scholar, Centre for International Governance Innovation, former IMF Board member

Germany: Bernd Lucke MEP (ECR)

12:00-13:00

Venezuela: Is there a way out of socialism?

  • Moderator: Daniel Mitchell, Chairman of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Spain: Carlos Goedder, Senior Researcher at CEDICE

Guatemala: Gloria Alvarez, Journalist and Activist

13:00-15:00

Lunch Break (Speakers and MEPs only)

“Central Banks: The Solution or the Problem?

  • Introduction by Daniel Hannan MEP
  • Jeffrey Franks, Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Europe Office
  • Max Rangeley, Manager of the Cobden Centre

15:00-16:30

The future of Market Liberalisation at the EU level

  • Opening presentation and moderation by Karin Svanborg-Sjovall, Director General at Timbro

Sweden: MEP Christofer Fjellner, EPP

Romania: MEP Ramona Manescu, EPP

Belgium: MEP Sander Loones, ECR

Germany: Prof. Dr. Joachim Starbatty, ECR

Netherlands: MEP Caroline Nagtegaal, ALDE

16:30-16:45

Coffee break

17:00-18:30

The Future of Market Liberalisation across the EU Member States

  • Opening presentation and moderation by Martin Ågerup, President of CEPOS

Germany: Fred Cyrus Roeder, Managing Director at Consumer Choice Center

Greece: Alexander Skouras, President of Center for Liberal Studies (KEFIM)

Italy: Daniele Capezzone, former MP, Director of New Direction Italia (free market think tank), ACRE Board Member

Spain: Daniel Lacalle, Chief Economist at Tressis

UK: Mark Littlewood, Director-General at Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

Croatia: Milan Račić, Chief Growth Officer at Gideon Brothers

Belgium: Rizwan Rawji, Director of Insafron




Thursday - 12th April 2018

08:30-09:00

Registration and coffee

09:15-11:15

The Future of Market Liberalisation in Africa and the Middle East

  • Moderator: Dr Nouh El Harmouzi, Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies

Côte d’Ivoire: Jean-Louis Billon, African Industrial, former Minister of Trade and SMEs, former Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d’Ivoire

Morocco: ​Ahmed Chami, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the EU and former Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies

Oman: Dr. Salem Al Ismaily, Chairman and CEO of the Sultanate of Oman Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa), founder and chairman of International Research Foundation

Egypt: Yosra Bedair, Senior Economist, Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance of Egypt

Qatar: Saud al Attiyah, Director of Economic Policy and Research, Ministry of Economy and Commerce

11:15-11:30

Coffee/Refreshments

11:30-13:30

The future of Market Liberalisation in South and South East Asia

  • Opening presentation by Fred McMahon, Resident Fellow and Dr Michael Walker Chair, Fraser Institute
  • Moderator: Amjad Bashir MEP

Hong Kong: Andrew Shuen, Founder of Lion Rock Institute

New Zealand: Dr Jamie Whyte, Director Research at Institute of Economic Affairs

Indonesia: Prof. Dr Sri Adiningsih, Chairperson/Member of Presidential Advisory Council

Pakistan: Dr Manzoor Ahmad, President of the PRIME Institute and former Ambassador of Pakistan to WTO

13:30-14:00

Conclusions/Farewell

SPEAKERS

Amjad Bashir MEP

ECR, UK



Amjad Bashir travelled to the United Kingdom from Pakistan aged just eight years old, to join his father who worked in Wool mills in 1960s Bradford.

Despite speaking little English on his arrival, Amjad went on to study Chemical Engineering at Bradford University, and whilst he initially started out by working in his father’s fabric company, ended up really cutting his teeth in the restaurant trade. He opened his first restaurant in 1979 and over the next thirty five years built up a successful catering business with his sons.

Having started from scratch on more than one occasion, Amjad has always been aware of the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs; there is uncertainty in the best of times and bureaucracy can be both confusing and frustrating.

Since his election to the European Parliament in 2014, Amjad has worked tirelessly on the Employment and Social Affairs committee to support and champion Small and Medium sized businesses across Europe. In particular, he’s committed to reducing burdensome regulation in order to help create a stimulating environment for businesses and start-ups.

He is determined to further the cause for free markets and human rights not only in the UK, but also in Europe and the Arab world.

Amjad Bashir MEP

ECR, UK

Alexandros Skouras

President of Center for Liberal Studies (KEFIM), Greece



Alexander Skouras is the president of the Greek free-market think tank Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM). Prior to his role at KEFIM he served as Director of External Relations at the DC based Atlas Network where he helped think tanks from around the world to achieve impact and grow their capacity. Alexander has also been involved in major political campaigns in Greece and the US, including a major republican primary candidacy during the 2012 cycle. Alexander graduated from the American College of Greece with a degree in business and did some postgraduate work at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University.

Alexandros Skouras

President of Center for Liberal Studies (KEFIM), Greece

Dr. Andrei Illarionov

Senior Felow at Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and former Chief Economic Adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia



Dr. Andrei Illarionov is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity in Washington, USA, and the President of the Institute of Economic Analysis, an independent economic think tank in Moscow, Russia. Until December 27, 2005, he was an Economic Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation.

Dr. Illarionov has co-authored several programs for Russian governments, and has written three books and over 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies. He is a regular commentator on current events in Russia. While in Cato Dr. Illarionov is involved in preparation of the Cato Index of Human Freedom, has prepared studies on nature of the current Russian political regime, Great Recession of 2008-2009, Russian-Georgian War, history of the Russian reforms, Russian-Ukrainian war, birth of the Western civilization.

Dr. Illarionov is a member of the Mont-Pelerin Society, the Economic Freedom Network, the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies and International Institute of
Public Finance. Over the course of his career, organizations have bestowed upon him the titles of Man of the Year, Forecaster of the Year, Financial Oracle of the Year. In 2012 Dr. Illarionov has been elected into the Coordination Council of the Russian opposition.

Dr. Andrei Illarionov

Senior Felow at Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and former Chief Economic Adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia

Carlos Goedder

CEDICE, Colombia



Orlando Guedez Calderin, a.k.a. Carlos Goedder (pen name). Economist, Master in Marketing, certified Financial Risk Manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals # 49312. Worked in Spanish financial group Santander in 1997-2017, living in Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Colombia. Since 2017 in the activity of Wealth Management.

Member since 1998 of the Academic Council of the Venezuelan think-tank CEDICE (Centre for the Dissemination of Economic Knowledge - Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento Económico para la Libertad).

CEDICE has kept the defence of Economic Freedom, advantages of Market Economy and market-friendly public policies in Venezuela. As researcher and writer in CEDICE, the author has published works and papers about: the “natural resource curse” generated by the dependence on oil exports in Venezuela (2012-2016). A country audit in Venezuela, after it was ranked the least free economy among 159 countries analysed in the Economic Freedom of the World index published by the Fraser Institute (2016). An paper about Conditional Cash Transfers (2015). And from 2004 to 2014 he published weekly columns in three different Venezuelan newspapers, until official censorship banished Cedice from these publications.

Other publications include contributions in the finance economics journal Odeon issued by the Colombian University Externado (2015 and 2017), the webpage “Oil Intelligency” devoted to the economics of the oil industry (2014-2015), the digital newspapers El Diario Exterior (Spain) and Agora Magazine (Venezuela), and some articles in Atlas 1853 (Argentina), Instituto Político para la Libertad (Perú), Revista Perspectiva (Colombia), among others.

A compilation of his writings, up to 2014, is in http://www.carlosgoedder.com

Carlos Goedder

CEDICE, Colombia

Caroline Nagtegaal MEP

ALDE, The Netherlands



Caroline Nagtegaal MEP (1980) was elected in the European Parliament since November 2017 on behalf of the Dutch liberal party VVD. The VVD is part of the ALDE Group, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. As a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) she is
involved in subjects as macro-economics, financial regulations, EMU, FinTech and Bitcoin. She is also a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) in which she deals with energy, cyber security, space, quantum technology and robotics. Besides that, she is vice-president of the delegation on relations of the European Parliament with India.

Prior to her election to the European Parliament, Ms. Nagtegaal worked at Royal Schiphol Group and Port of Rotterdam. She dealt with public & external affairs for those companies.

Caroline Nagtegaal MEP

ALDE, The Netherlands

Gia Jandieri

Co-Founder of the New Economic School, Georgia



Gia Jandieri, economist, received Master’s degree from from Tbilisi State University and Georgian Polytechnic University. Served at the State Audit Office, Central Election Commision, Parliament of Georgia, independent Anti-corruption Agency. Since 2001a founder and the vice-president of the New Economic School, a think-tank in Tbilisi Georgia, a member of several free markets networks, including of the Economic Freedom Network of the World.

Gia Jandieri

Co-Founder of the New Economic School, Georgia

Dr. Miranda Xafa

Senior Scholar at CIGI and former IMF Board Member, Greece



Dr. Miranda Xafa started her career at the International Monetary Fund in Washington in 1980, where she focused on stabilization programs in Latin America. In 1991-93 she served as chief economic advisor to the government of Prime Minister Mitsotakis in Athens, and subsequently worked as a financial market analyst in London and Athens. After serving as a member of the board of the IMF in Washington in 2004-09, she worked as senior investment strategist and member of the advisory board of I.J. Partners in Geneva. She is now CEO of E.F. Consulting Ltd, an Athens-based advisory on Euro area economic and financial issues, and a senior scholar at the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She holds a Ph.D. in
Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught economics at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She has published several articles and papers on international economic and financial issues.

Dr. Miranda Xafa

Senior Scholar at CIGI and former IMF Board Member, Greece

Dr. Michael Walker

Founder of Fraser Institute, Canada



Michael Walker is a co-founder and Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and Chairman of the Fraser Institute Foundation. Before that he taught at the University of Western Ontario and Carleton and was employed at the Bank of Canada and the Federal Department of Finance. He received his Ph.D.in Econometrics at Western University.

As an economist, he has authored or edited 45 books on economic topics. His articles on technical economic subjects have appeared in professional journals in Canada, the United
States and Europe, including the Canadian Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Canadian Tax Journal, Health Management Quarterly, Weltwertschaftliches Archiv and Health Affairs.

He is the co-founder, with Milton and Rose D. Friedman, of the Economic Freedom of the World project which is now a collaboration of institutes in 110 countries and produces the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. The Index is one of the most widely cited such measures in the current academic literature.

He has been the recipient of awards, medals and honorary degrees. In 2017 he was appointed to the Order of Canada – the highest honour awarded by the Government of Canada.

He has two children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include windsurfing and tennis and he is a licensed pilot of both air planes and seaplanes.

Dr. Michael Walker

Founder of Fraser Institute, Canada

Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi

Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco



Nouh Elharmouzi is Editor of the Arabic-language news and analysis site MinbarAlHurriyya.org of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and university professor at Ibn Toufail University in Kenitra, Morocco. He is also Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Morocco. He served as a university professor for five years at Paul Cézanne University in France, teaching Economic Development Theories and Economic Philosophy & Thought. His main research focus is on institutional dynamics, ideological beliefs, and their relationship with the process of development. He published many articles and research papers in various periodicals and wrote “Underdevelopment in the Arab-Muslim world: what
is the role of non-formal institutions?”

Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi

Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco

Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih

Chairperson of The Presidential Advisory Council of The Republic of Indonesia



Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih born in Surakarta, December 11, 1960, currently serve as the Chairperson of The Presidential Advisory Council of The Republic of Indonesia since 2015 and has obtained her Doctoral and Master Degree in Economics from University of Illinois in United States and her Bachelor degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

She is an economist and Professor at Faculty of Economics,Gadjah Mada University with area expertise in monetary economics, industrial economics, financial market and International Economics. Until 2015, she was also a Member of Supervisory Board of Bank Indonesia (BSBI), Director Center of Research and Training in Economics and Business (P2EB) Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Gadjah Mada.

Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih

Chairperson of The Presidential Advisory Council of The Republic of Indonesia

Mark Littlewood

Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs



Mark is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. Since his appointment in 2009, Mark has been instrumental in expanding the IEA’s reach, both inside and outside Britain. He was recently ranked number 45 on the right-wing power list.

Mark is recognised as a powerful spokesman for free markets and features as a regular guest on flagship political programs such as BBC Question Time, Newsnight and the Today Program. He writes a regular column for The Times and features in many other print and broadcast media such as The Telegraph, City AM
and Any Questions. Mark campaigned strongly for Brexit and hopes to see an open, global and free-trading Britain post Brexit.

Mark Littlewood

Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs

Max Rangeley

Manager at The Cobden Centre, UK



Max Rangeley is manager of The Cobden Centre, an economics think tank whose contributors include members of both the UK and European Parliaments. Max is also on the executive board of the new free trade think tank IFT, and is the founder of the award-winning company ReboundTAG, the first microchip luggage tag that works in all airports worldwide, which has been showcased by Lufthansa and featured on BBC World News among others. Max was given a scholarship to do PhD at the London School of Economics but turned this down to go straight into business.

Max Rangeley

Manager at The Cobden Centre, UK

Ramona Manescu MEP

EPP, Romania



She graduated in law at the University of Bucharest, followed, among others, by postgraduate studies at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and postgraduate studies in International Relations and European Integration at the National School of Administration and Political Science of Bucharest.

She comes from a liberal background, with 24 years of political experience, both at national and international level. She held the Vice-Presidency of both ILFRY- the International Federation of Liberal Youth - and, later, the ALDE Party.

Her professional experience includes Attorney of Law, Vice-President of the National Authority for Youth, two mandates as Member of the European Parliament and Minister of Transports. She was given the MEP of the Year for Culture and Education award by The Parliament Magazine in 2008.

Now in her third mandate as Member of the European Parliament, Ramona Manescu’s main political focus is set on building a stronger, more coherent, clear and determined EU foreign policy in relation to the Middle East, North Africa and the wider question of Europe’s response to Jihadism.

Ramona Manescu MEP

EPP, Romania

Sander Loones MEP

ECR, Belgium



MEP Sander Loones is member of the European Conservatives and Reformists and member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In 2014, he became Vice President of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), the biggest political party in Belgium.

In the European Parliament, he is also a substitute member of both the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. In 2002, Mr. Loones obtained his law degree at the Catholic University of Leuven.

Three years later, he became Coordinator at the Study Office
of the National Migration Office of Belgium (part of the Belgian Ministry of Interior Affairs). Between 2011 and 2014, he was Coordinator at the Research Department of the N-VA, before becoming an MEP for that same party.

Sander Loones MEP

ECR, Belgium

Andrew Shuen

Co-founder of the Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong



Co-founder of the Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong’s premier free-market public policy think tank. Former equity analyst, currently a political and financial commentator.

Andrew Shuen

Co-founder of the Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong

Fred McMahon

Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute, Canada



Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of independent think tanks in 100 nations and territories. He has worked on economic freedom projects in over 30 nations and is the co-author of Economic Freedom of North America: Annual Report and Economic Freedom of the Arab World: Annual Report. His research focuses on global issues such as development, trade, governance, and economic structure. He is the author of numerous research articles and several books including, Looking
the Gift Horse in the Mouth: The Impact of Transfers on Atlantic Canada, which won the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for advancing public policy debate, Road to Growth: How Lagging Economies Become Prosperous, and Retreat from Growth: Atlantic Canada and the Negative Sum Economy.
He has written for numerous publications including the European Journal of Political Economy, the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and most other major Canadian newspapers. He has a MA in Economics from McGill University, Montreal.

Fred McMahon

Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute, Canada

Jeffrey Franks

Director of IMF Europe Office



Jeffrey Franks is the Director of the IMF Europe Office and Senior Resident Representative to the European Union since March 2015. Previously, he spent nearly 3 years as mission chief for Pakistan. A 24 year veteran of the Fund, he has held numerous other assignments working mainly on Europe and Latin America, including heading the resident offices in Ukraine and Ecuador, and leading teams on Romania, France, Belgium, and
Paraguay. He received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard, and has Master’s degrees from Princeton and Oxford universities.

Jeffrey Franks

Director of IMF Europe Office

Jean-Louis Billon

African Industrial, former Minister of Trade and SMEs, former Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d’Ivoire



Jean-Louis Billon is the son of Pierre Billon, founder and chairman of the board of the SIFCA Group, and CEO of SIFCOM. So it is no surprise that Jean-Louis Billon took over from his father at the head of these companies. Since 2001, he has been successively General Secretary, Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIFCA. With more than 30,000 employees, SIFCA is the leading employer after the state and the main Ivorian company in the agribusiness sector, specializing in the cultivation, processing and marketing of vegetable oil (mainly palm oil), rubber and can sugar. Over the years the group has expanded well beyond Ivorian borders neighboring Liberia, Ghana, Senegal, .and Nigeria as well as in France. The SIFCA group contributes to the development of West Africa by purchasing the majority of its raw materials from private local farmers.

Jean-Louis Billon has also been very active in various business federations, as President of the Côte d’Ivoire Chamber of Trade and Industry, Vice-President of the WAEMU Regional Chamber, Vice-President for West Africa of the Permanent Conference of African Consul Chambers and Francophones, Member of the Economic and Social Council of Côte d’Ivoire, Member of the Federation of Industries and Services of Côte d’Ivoire, Member of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d’Ivoire. He has also served as Minister of Trade, Handcrafts and SMEs Promotion, from November 2012 to January 2017. Since April 27, 2017, he is Executive Secretary, Head of Studies, Prospective and Propaganda and Deputy Spokesman of the PDCI-RDA.

Jean-Louis Billon

African Industrial, former Minister of Trade and SMEs, former Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d’Ivoire

Paata Sheshelidze

Co-founder and president of the New Economic School, Georgia



Paata Sheshelidze is an economist, graduated Tbilisi State University in 1992 with Master Degree.

He is co-founder and board member of Association of Young Economists (April, 1988-1994), co-founder and president of Young Georgian Federalists (1994-1999), member of Club of Youth Scientists of Georgia (1994-2004). President of Georgian of Youth Christian Democratic Association (1993-2003). Co-founder of Forum of Georgian Youth associations (1996).
Co-founder of The European Youth Forum (1996) and representative of Forum of Georgian Youth associations in The European Youth Forum (1996-1998). Co-founder of Youth Europe of People’s Party (1997).

He use to work as leading specialist at Parliament of Georgia (1993-1996), Ministry of Finance (1996-1999), Road Foundation of Georgia (1999-2000).

Mr. Sheshelidze is co-founder (Since August, 2001) and president of the New Economic School - Georgia, a Tbilisi, Georgia based free market think-tank and educational center.

Editor in chief of Library of Liberty publications (since 2004). Co-founder and director of Institute of Economic Freedom and Library of Liberty (Since October, 2014).

He teaches variate economic disciplines at University of Georgia (since September of 2015) and Black Sea International University in Tbilisi, Georgia (Since September of 2016).

Mr. Sheshelidze is one of the most demanded and quoted economic expert in Georgian media with almost daily appearance.

Since March of 2017 he is founding co-partner of Data
Research Group, LTD.

Paata Sheshelidze

Co-founder and president of the New Economic School, Georgia

Karin Svanborg-Sjövall

Director General at Timbro, Sweden



Karin Svanborg-Sjövall is the president of Timbro, Scandinavias´ biggest, pro- market think tank. She is a policy expert, journalist and author who have wide experience of public sector reform across Europe. Before she began working for Timbro as Director of welfare policy in 2011, she served as a political advisor and chief of staff to the Minister of higher education and research (liberal) and as a chief of staff for the Liberal Party in the European Parliament. In 2011 she published her first book - Kentucky fried children: om den svenska valfrihetens historia och dess fiender (The history of citizens´ choice in the Swedish welfare state and its enemies). A year later her work was published in a revised English edition, Private Choice in the Public Sector- The New Swedish Model.

Karin Svanborg-Sjövall

Director General at Timbro, Sweden

Fred Cyrus Roeder

Managing Director, Consumer Choice Centre, Germany



Fred Roeder has been working in the field of grass roots activism for over eight years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform and market access in North America, Europe, and several former Soviet Republics. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost.

Fred is very interested in consumer choice and regulatory trends in the following industries: FMCG, Sharing Economy, Airlines.

In 2014 he organized a protest in Berlin advocating for
competition in the Taxi market.

Fred has traveled to 100 countries and is looking forward to
visiting the other half of the world’s countries.

Among many op-eds and media appearances, he has been
published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Die Welt, the BBC, SunTV, ABC Portland News, Montreal Gazette, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post Germany, CityAM. L’Agefi, and The Guardian.

Since 2012 he serves as an Associated Researcher at the
Montreal Economic Institute.

Fred Cyrus Roeder

Managing Director, Consumer Choice Centre, Germany

Bernd Lucke MEP

ECR, Germany



Bernd Lucke is a German economist, politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He is a member of the Liberal Conservative Reformers, part of the European Conservatives and Reformists. Before being elected to the European Parliament he was professor of macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg, a co-founder of the “Wahlalternative 2013” and a founding member of the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)). In July 2015, he and other former AfD members founded the political party Liberal-Konservative Reformer (LKR).

Bernd Lucke MEP

ECR, Germany

Daniel Hannan MEP

ECR, UK



Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller ‘Inventing Freedom: How the English- Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World’, and Sunday Times bestseller ‘Vote Leave’. His latest book is ‘What Next: How to get the best from Brexit’.

Daniel Hannan MEP

ECR, UK

Daniel Lacalle

Chief Growth Officer, Tressis, Spain



PhD in Economy, CIIA, with a post graduate degree in IESE and master’s degree in Economy Investigation. Daniel Lacalle is also a lecturer for IE business school, IEB and Master MEMFI at UNED University.

Ranked Top 20 most influential economist in the world 2016 (Richtopia). He has more than 23 years of experience in the energy and finance sectors, including experience in North Africa and Middle East exports with a three year masters degree in petroleum geology.

He is currently a fund manager. Voted Top 3 Generalist and Number 1 Pan-European Buyside Individual in Oil & Gas in Thomson Reuters’ Extel Survey 2011, the leading survey among companies and financial institutions. Author of two books and regular collaborations with CNBC, El Español, El Mundo, The Commentator, and Wall Street Journal.

Daniel Lacalle

Chief Growth Officer, Tressis, Spain

Christofer Fjellner MEP

EPP, Sweden



Christofer Fjellner studied Political Science and Public Finance at the University of Uppsala and the University of Lund. Currently he is Member of the European Parliament with the Group of European People’s Party. He is a Member of the Committee of International Trade; Substitute member of the Committee of Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; Substitute member of the Committee on Budgets; Member of the parliamentary delegation to Belarus; Member of the parliamentary delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly; Substitute member of the parliamentary delegation to Iran; and Member of the executive board of Moderaterna (the Swedish Conservatives)

Christofer Fjellner MEP

EPP, Sweden

Gloria Alvarez

Journalist and Activist, Guatemala and Hungary



Gloria Álvarez Cross is a Guatemalan radio and television presenter, author, and libertarian political commentator. She is the host of the “Viernes de Gloria” radio program in Guatemala. She is the program director of the National Civic Movement of Guatemala, an organization that advocates for the participation of an informed, responsible, and active citizenry in national politics. She has written two books, “The Populist Deception: why our countries are ruined and how to rescue them,” released in 2016, as well as “How to Talk to a Progressive.” which is being released in 2017. Álvarez was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Her father is of Cuban descent, and her mother is of Guatemalan and Hungarian descent. Álvarez received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Political Science from Francisco Marroquin University, and then received a master’s degree in International Development from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Álvarez speaks Spanish, English, and Italian fluently. Álvarez identifies as an atheist. Álvarez first received media attention in 2014, after a speech given by her at the Ibero-American Youth Parliament received widespread coverage on social media. She has become well known for her discourses against populism, a movement she believes has resulted in political instability in many Latin-American countries.

Gloria Alvarez

Journalist and Activist, Guatemala and Hungary

Prof. Dr. Joachin Starbatty MEP

ECR, Germany



Born on May 9th 1940 in Düsseldorf; education in humanist grammar school; undergraduate and graduate studies in economics and political science, graduation (1964), dissertation (1967); research assistant of former state secretary Alfred Müller-Armack (1965-1969); economic advisor for European and international economic policy of the CDU/CSU delegation in the German Federal Parliament (1970-1972); habilitation in political economy at Köln University
(1970-1972); professor of political economy at Ruhr University Bochum (1976-1983); professor of economics, notably economic policy, at Tübingen University (1983-2005); founding senator of Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder (1991-1993); visiting professorships at Doshisha University in
Kyoto (1995) and the University of Washington in Seattle (1992, 1995, 2002); several lawsuits at the German constitutional court against the introduction of the Euro and against the “rescue operations” to save the single currency;
Member of the European Parliament in ECR Group (Since 2014); numerous distinctions like the “Golden Needle of German Craftsmanship” and the “Walter-Eucken Medal” for his research on public policy.

Prof. Dr. Joachin Starbatty MEP

ECR, Germany

Martin Ågerup

President of CEPOS, Denmark



Martin Ågerup is president of CEPOS, a free market think tank located in Copenhagen, Denmark, which he cofounded in 2004. He has a B.Sc. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Bristol, UK, and an MA in European Economics from the University of Exeter, UK. He is a former research fellow at the Copenhagen institute for Futures Studies aiding the decision-making process in both public and private organizations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present. Martin has also worked as a management consultant specializing in business development and strategy for government and corporate clients and ran his own small start-up management consultancy. During those years he took part in more than 100 events a year as a professional speaker. Martin is former chairman of Addition, an IT consulting business providing web solutions and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Danish European Movement. He has written four books and contributed to numerous anthologies. Martin writes a bi-weekly column for a Danish national paper and appears regularly in the media.

Martin Ågerup

President of CEPOS, Denmark

Salem Ben Nasser Al-Ismaily

Chairman and CEO of the Sultanate of Oman Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa), founder and chairman of International Research Foundation



Chairman of Ithraa founder and chairman of International Research Foundation and a board of trustees of the Fraser Institute of Canada.

He also served as a board member of many private companies in the field of financial services and energy on his personal capacity.

Al Ismaily is a holder of degrees in Telecommunications, Liberal Arts, Industrial Engineering, Business Administration, Management with two doctorates one in Philosophy and the other
in Economy from universities in United Kingdom and the United States.

Al Ismaily has published several papers on the subject of cross culture, management and economy including five books on corporate culture, history and religion.”

Salem Ben Nasser Al-Ismaily

Chairman and CEO of the Sultanate of Oman Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa), founder and chairman of International Research Foundation

Saud Al Attiyah

Director of Economic Policy and Research, Ministry of Economy and Commerce



As a director since 2014, Saud Al-Attiyah has been leading economic policy and research, public private partnerships, and foreign direct investment. He has initiated and led development of PPP Framework and Law for Qatar, Private Sector Development Pillar of National Development Strategy-2, Qatar Macroeconomic Model, and Sport Business Cluster. He is also chairman of Lusail International Motor Racing Circuit Club. Before joining MEC, he worked as a legacy director of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy which is responsible for delivering the stadiums, infrastructure and legacy for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Saud Al-Attiyah holds a Master degree in Business Economics from HEC Paris and awarded best capstone project in 2017. He is also doing Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Swiss Business School in Switzerland.

Saud Al Attiyah

Director of Economic Policy and Research, Ministry of Economy and Commerce

Milan Račić

Chief Growth Officer at Gideon Brothers



Milan Račić is Chief Growth Officer at Gideon Brothers, which builds collaborative and modular robots. He is the father of five children who writes and speaks on strategy, leadership, change management and international trade. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal and is a regular newspaper columnist and commentator on TV. He built his career in aerospace in Canada (Bombardier), the United States and Germany (Fairchild Dornier). He has a master’s degree in law from McGill University, a law degree from the University of Manitoba, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. He was admitted to the bar of New York in 1996. He has been fomenting a bloodless revolution in Croatia since 2006.

Milan Račić

Chief Growth Officer at Gideon Brothers

Ahmed Chami

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morroco to the EU and former Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies



Ahmed Reda Chami is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the European Union and the NATO. Before that, he was a member of the Moroccan parliament for 5 years (2011-2016), and Minister of Industry, Commerce, New Technologies and Foreign Investment for 4 years (2007 – 2011). Ambassador Chami is highly qualified in the design and implementation of complex public policies and strategies with high social and economic impact, and has extensive experience in international business development and in the establishment of foreign subsidiaries.

Ambassador Chami held different managerial positions such as “Group General Manager” at Saham Group (2005-2007), and “Regional Director” and “General Manager” at Microsoft South East Asia, Microsoft North West Africa, and Microsoft Middle-East and North Africa.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Ahmed Chami

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morroco to the EU and former Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies

Žilvinas Šilėnas

President of the Lithuanian Market Institute



Žilvinas Šilėnas is President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. Žilvinas has a 10-year experience in research, policy analysis and advocacy. He has led numerous research projects, authored and co-authored numerous studies, policy papers, position notes, and legislative proposal packages. His fields of expertise include taxation, business regulation, social policy, energy, and general macro-economic policy. Žilvinas appears regularly in major Lithuanian and international media outlets, runs a weekly radio show and is regularly invited to deliver speeches to major international and national conferences and public events, briefings and round table discussions. He has been recently named the 4th most influential opinion leader in Lithuania. Žilvinas is also a co-author of an award-winning economics textbook for upper secondary schools Economics in 31 Hours. He holds a Master’s degree in financial economics from the ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University, USA.

Žilvinas Šilėnas

President of the Lithuanian Market Institute

Jamie Whyte

Director of Research at the IEA



Dr Jamie Whyte is Director of Research at the IEA. In 2014 he was leader of the ACT Party of New Zealand, a position he resigned upon failing to be elected to parliament in the September general election. Jamie has previously worked as a management consultant and as a philosophy lecturer. He is the author of Quack Policy (2013), Free Thoughts (2012), A Load of Blair (2005) and Crimes Against Logic (2004). He won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2006 and was runner up in 2010 and 2016.

Jamie Whyte

Director of Research at the IEA

Dan Mitchell

Chairman of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and a public policy economist in Washington, DC



Dan Mitchell is Chairman of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and 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.

Dan was a Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute for 11 years and spent nearly 17 years as an economist at the Heritage Foundation. Earlier in his career, he served as an economist for Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon and was Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy. For more than three years in the mid-1990s, Dan began every day by co-hosting the morning show that was available in more than 10 million households, and featured in-depth discussion of current events with elected officials, journalists, pollsters, authors, and public policy experts.

A prolific writer, Dan is the author of The Flat Tax: Freedom, Fairness, Jobs, and Growth and co-author of Global Tax Revolution. In addition, Dan’s work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, National Review, Villanova Law Review, Journal of Regulation and Social Cost, Forbes, Emory Law Journal, Public Choice, Journal of Financial Crime, Foreign Policy, Pace Law Review, USA Today, Offshore Investment, Playboy, Investor’s Business Daily, Worldwide Reinsurance Review, and the International Tax Planning Association’s Yearbook. He has appeared on all the major networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

Dan is also an accomplished public speaker, and has spoken to a wide variety of groups in dozens of cities and more than 50 foreign countries. Audiences have included the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Bermuda International Business Association, the Business Roundtable, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Swiss Bankers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and dozens of other groups and organizations.

Dan also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. Born in Mt. Kisco, NY, Dan Mitchell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia and holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Dan Mitchell

Chairman of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and a public policy economist in Washington, DC

Olympios Raptis

Chief of Staff of MEP Amjad Bashir



Olympios Raptis serves as chief of staff of Amjad Bashir, a British Conservative Member of the European Parliament. His areas of focus are the promotion of free-market reforms and respect of human rights in Europe and in other parts of the world, in particular the Middle East, North Africa and South & South East Asia.

Prior to joining the European Parliament, Olympios has worked since 2004 in the EU policy-making arena for the benefit of the European aeronautics, space and defence industries, with his latest position being Head of the Brussels-based Space Industry Association Office (ASD-EUROSPACE). Throughout these years he advanced the cause of further collaboration in defence & security matters at the EU level and also handled the political, legal and technical aspects of various strategic EU-funded programmes (i.e. GALILEO, H2020 for Research & Innovation etc.).

A former candidate in national elections in Greece and former board member with a small Greek pro-market, pro-reform party (ΔΡΑΣΗ), Olympios has contributed in public debates and authored articles on promotion of sweeping free market reforms in Greece and at the EU level.

He is a graduate in Political Sciences and International Studies from Panteion University of Greece (top alumnus in his promotion, 2000) with two postgraduate titles in EU policies & politics and in Finance from the College of Europe and the Solvay Business School of the ULB respectively.

Olympios Raptis

Chief of Staff of MEP Amjad Bashir

Yosra Bedair

Senior Economist, Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance of Egypt



Ms Bedair is a Senior Economist at the Technical Office of the Egyptian Minister of Finance. As a member of the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit team, her key responsibilities include medium-term budgeting, macro-economic forecasting, fiscal risks analysis, technical negotiations of Egypt’s EFF with the IMF and management of Egypt’s sovereign ratings file, amongst other areas.

She has served at the Ministry of Finance of Egypt for six years, where she has been extensively involved in Egypt’s fiscal policy-making as an Economist (2014-2016) and Economic Researcher (2011-2013).

Ms. Bedair holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, an A.B in Economics from the American University in Cairo and the German Abitur from the German School in Cairo. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Ahmed H. Zewail Prize for Excellence in Science and Humanities.

Yosra Bedair

Senior Economist, Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance of Egypt

Rizwan Rawji

Director of Insafron



Rizwan Rawji, a Businessman, Economist and Philanthropist, is Director of Insafron S.A., (Export) Belgium, Landmark S.R.O. (Real Estate), Czech Republic and The Rawji Family Foundation ( Educational Charity), Belgium.

Born in the Belgian Congo to immigrant parents from the sub-continent. Rizwan Rawji, from his early childhood has moved from one continent to another over the past five decades.

Having completed his Primary education in Hyderabad and Karachi, Pakistan, Rizwan Rawji then moved to Belgium and Switzerland and complete his Secondary Education.

Rizwan Rawji holds a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from the University of Southern California. His professor and mentor at U.S.C. Dr Arthur Laffer, the Supply Side Economist of our times had a profound influence on Rizwan’s thinking and vision.

Together, they share a mission, to influence Economic Policy by cultivating relationships and educate people in Supply Side Economics (Tax-Policy).

Rizwan Rawji is fluent in English, French, Urdu and Guajarati. He is married to Hina Sultan and has 3 children (Sanaa, Samira and Zara).

Rizwan Rawji

Director of Insafron

Dr Manzour Ahmad

President of Prime Institute



Dr Manzoor Ahmad is the President of PRIME Institute, and our seniormost member. He is also Chief Executive of the World Trade Advisors, a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva and as an arbitrator/panellist at the WTO disputes. Previously from 2002 to 2008, he served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to WTO, Geneva; from 2008 to 2010 as the Director, FAO Liaison Office Geneva and from 2013 to 2014 as the Regional Trade Advisor for Deloitte Consulting at Islamabad.

He began his career in the Pakistan Customs and Central Excise Service as an Assistant Collector in 1977. From 1986 to 1996, he worked for the World Customs Organization (WCO) Brussels. In 2000, he became Member Customs at the Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad.

Dr Manzoor is also serving in honorary advisory positions on several national and international think tanks. These include Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR) Lahore; Policy Research Institute for Market Economy (PRIME), Islamabad and Evian Group at IMD Lausanne.

He is a regular contributor for articles on trade policy and other policy reforms.

Dr Manzour Ahmad

President of Prime Institute

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The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets — turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.



We are an NGO oriented to promote a free and prosperous Venezuela, where the life and property of its citizens are protected. Our values focuses at the search for peace, freedom, recognition, responsibility, tolerance, fairness, respect and credibility.



Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families, and future generations by studying, measuring, and broadly communicating the effects of government policies, entrepreneurship, and choice on their well-being.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, the Fraser Institute has regional offices in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. We produce research about government actions in areas that deeply affect Canadians’ quality of life such as taxation, health care, aboriginal issues, education, economic freedom, energy, natural resources and the environment.



CEPOS is an independent Danish think tank promoting a society based on freedom, responsibility, private initiative and limited government.

CEPOS (Center for Political Studies) was founded in 2004 by prominent Danish business people, thinkers and cultural personalities and started its work on March 10th 2005.

CEPOS wishes to contribute to more personal and economic freedom, rule of law and democracy as well as a limited government sustained by healthy civil institutions, such as family, civil associations and cultural life.

CEPOS wishes to reform and limit direct and indirect economic support from the public authorities to the population. Government support shall benefit only the disadvantaged and will be abolished for people who can support themselves.

CEPOS encourages competition, supports free markets, global free trade and opposes government subsidies to businesses.

CEPOS seek to influence the political debate and thereby the policy decisions by:

• generating new knowledge about the arrangement of the society through analysis and research

• developing solutions and concrete policy proposals

• influencing the current and future decision makers through the media, meetings, conferences, publications and education.

CEPOS does not work at the request of any political party, public authority, commercial enterprise, organization or individual



EPICENTER, the European Policy Information Center, is an independent initiative of eight leading think tanks from across the European Union. It seeks to inform the EU policy debate and promote the principles of a free society by bringing together the economic expertise of its members.

EPICENTER is formed by the Centre for Political Studies (Denmark), Civil Development Forum (Poland), Civismo (Spain), the Institut Economique Molinari (France), the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), Instituto Bruno Leoni (Italy), the Lithuanian Free Market Institute and Timbro (Sweden). Like its members, EPICENTER is politically independent and does not accept taxpayer funding.

EPICENTER was launched in October of 2014. Since then, it has been active in the European policy debate, providing a free-market perspective on topics including the digital economy, trade policy, energy security and competition, financial regulation, free movement and welfare, and public health.



The Lion Rock Institute was founded in 2004 by Andrew Work, Simon Lee and Andrew Shuen. Lion Rock believes in the potential of the individual and free market values to provide the strongest base for guiding successful government policy in Hong Kong. The Institute was created to ensure that freedom and prosperity would continue to thrive in Hong Kong. The Institute’s mission is to promote free market ideas throughout Hong Kong to improve the lives of Hong Kongers. The Institute does this through having a direct and demonstrable impact on government policy by advancing concrete solutions to keep government small, taxes low and restrictions on business and the individual minimal. It educates policy makers, active political participants and the general public on the virtues of free enterprise in building a prosperous Hong Kong through various media outlets. The Institute globally promotes Hong Kong’s excellence in public policy that exemplifies free market values. The people of Hong Kong have a right and the capability to be involved in the debate about the economic policy of today that will affect their future.



New Economic School (NES) - a unique higher education and research institute established in 1992. The mission of the New Economic School - modern economic education and research for the Russian society, business and government. The quality of education at NES relies mainly on a strong faculty of Russian and foreign professors with PhD in economics and finance from the world’s leading Universities, and a strong body of students. NES degree is highly regarded in Russia and abroad. NES graduates build careers in prestigious international and Russian companies; continue their studies towards PhD or MBA degrees at leading universities around the world. The main scope of NES activities is: education, research, corporate training, development of economic education in Russia and the CIS countries.



New Direction - The Foundation for European Reform is a Brussels-based free market, euro-realist think-tank and publisher, established in 2010. Our vision is for the advancement of small government, private property, free enterprise, lower taxes, family values, individual freedom, strong defence, a Europe of nation states and a strong trans-Atlantic alliance. Our mission is to strengthen the movement for European reform, by leading the debate on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world. We aim to shift the EU onto a different course – away from the current orthodoxy of ‘ever closer union’ and central bureaucratic governance onto a path that promotes the freedom, prosperity and security of our nations and their citizens. Our strategy is to promote our values and ideas by influencing key players; Ministers and politicians from across Europe and the world, government officials, public policy experts, academics, business leaders, and the media.



The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) is Europe’s fastest growing political movement. Since our foundation in 2010, we have become the third largest of the European political groups. We count more than 30 parties and an active family of representations in the European Parliament, Council of Europe, Committee of Regions and NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

United by the Centre-Right values expressed in our Reykjavik Declaration, ACRE is dedicated to individual liberty, national sovereignty, parliamentary democracy, private property, limited government, free trade, family values and the devolution of power.

These values underpin our politics, including our vision for the reform of the European Union. Europe faces a crossroads; as her institutions of governance rattle, ACRE’s agenda for reform has never been more salient. Join our movement, and help advance a Europe - and a world - of free peoples, free nations and free markets.



The Conservative is a quarterly Journal in print and online, sponsored by the Alliance of the Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE).



Conservatives International is the leading global network of conservative, classical liberal and Centre-Right movements. Bringing together politicians, businesses and think-tanks, we make the case globally for individual liberty, private property, unrestricted commerce and small government.

A flagship initiative of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, Conservatives International brings together mainstream 33 Centre-Right political parties, but expanded to take in institutes and individuals from every continent, Conservatives International is the only organisation of its kind on Earth.

We aim to make the ethical case for conservatism. We stress the difference between being pro-market and being pro-business. We advance a popular conservatism that works for the individual, not for the corporates. We argue for free markets as the ultimate instrument of poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and social justice.



The ECR Group was formed in 2009 with a common cause to reform the EU on the basis of eurorealism, respecting the sovereignty of our nations and focusing on economic recovery, growth and competitiveness. In 2014 the ECR Group became the third largest group in the European Parliament.



Timbro was founded in 1978 and is the largest free market think tank in the Nordic countries with approximately 20 employees. Its mission is to build opinion in favor of market economy, free entrepreneurship, individual freedom and an open society.



The IEA is the UK’s original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955. Our mission is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.



The mission of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies is to promote freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and a free-market economy across the MENA region. It is dedicated to improving the quality of think tanks and civil society initiatives, particularly through empowering youth and civic actors to promote policy papers to inform public debates and decision-makers in the MENA region.



The mission of KEFiM is to increase individual and economic freedoms of Greeks through the promotion of liberal ideas and policy proposals.



Consumer choice is pivotal for economic freedom and lifestyle decisions. Regulators on local, national, and supranational levels keep regulating more and more areas of consumers’ lives. This leads to less consumer choice and usually higher costs.

Whether protectionism in the airline industry prevents more efficient airlines to sell cheaper tickets to passengers, excessive taxation of consumption serve as letters of indulgence, or branding bans destroy the brand value of companies. Consumers don’t benefit but suffer from such regulation.

In some cases, paternalistic regulations cause even harm. Examples can be seen in more driving under influence cases in cities after banning ride-sharing services such as Uber or smokers being unable to switch to less harmful ways of consuming nicotine such as vaporizers. Branding bans lead to a higher accidental consumption of counterfeit products that can be of lethal consequence for the consumer.

The CCC empowers consumers to raise their voice in media, the Internet, and on the streets and facilitates activism towards a more empowered consumer. Learning from the successes of its parent organization, Students For Liberty, the CCC will bring the struggle for consumer freedom to the next level.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We monitor closely regulatory trends in Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice.



The Cobden Centre is an independent educational charity founded formally to undertake research into economic and political science and to disseminate the results thereof and to advance the education of the public in economic and political science.



IFT is a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan research foundation.

IFT makes the intellectual and moral case for free trade, and sees Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as a unique opportunity to revitalise the world trading system.

IFT’s President is the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan. IFT is managed by an Executive Board, and has an International Advisory Board, which includes former heads of government, trade ministers and business leaders.

IFT is funded by donations from private individuals, companies and corporations.



The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization headquartered in Washington D.C. of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.



We are the Centre for International Governance Innovation: an independent, non-partisan think tank with an objective and uniquely global perspective. Our research, opinions and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policy making. By working across disciplines and in partnership with the best peers and experts, we are the benchmark for influential research and trusted analysis.

Our research programs focus on governance of the global economy, global security and politics, and international law in collaboration with a range of strategic partners and supportfrom the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, as well as founder Jim Balsillie.



ACRO (Aristotelian Centre for Reason & Objectivism) is an autonomous project of KEFIM the leading classical liberal think tank of Greece. It has a two fold mission. The first is to promote the work of Ayn Rand in Greece and the second to explore and present the relationship between Aristotelian Thought and Objectivism. ACRO works closely with the Ayn Rand Institute to achieve its goals.



PRIME Institute is a public policy research organisation, a think tank, dedicated to the ideals of liberty, and limited government, free markets and development. Our Mission is to increase understanding of public policy based on these principles. We are fiercely independent, and non-partisan, with distinguished scholars from across Pakistan.

Our primary focus is to analyse the domestic and international policies of the Federal Government. Do such policies expand or inhibit liberty? If policies restrict freedom, we work to correct that. For example, why is Pakistan ranked 126th in Economic Freedom? Should the government be involved in the industry? What policies should be adopted to protect Pakistani citizens? And many such questions. Our philosophy can be described as Libertarian, which is generally interpretrated to mean fiscally conservative and socially liberal. 2014-2-6 monogram prime

We organise summits, dialogues, and lectures which are open to the public. We have published monographs, periodical reports, and books. Our events and publications have evolved around a wide range of economic issues such as free trade, informal economy, housing policy, social protection, export development, national debt and power sector. Our experts have provided expert opinions to Parliament. Our experts have been called upon to assist the Supreme Court.

Hundreds of students apply every year to our comprehensive internship program. Every year, we hold the National Freedom Awards, where we acknowledge citizens who have played a role in bringing liberty and prosperity into our lives. Our overriding concern is not with politicians, but with opinion leaders and the Pakistani public, who we reach through Op-eds, media interviews, podcasts, audiobooks, and our websites. Freedom needs a voice in Islamabad and the national media. If that is a value you share, support us, donate, or sponsor.



Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 1990 to promote ideas of individual freedom and responsibility, free market, and limited government intervention. Our goal is to foster a free market environment which encourages the people of Lithuania to pursue their own objectives in a way that is constructive to the society’s common interests and not through relying on the government. We believe the best way to assist the accomplishment of these common interests is without any privileges, protection or restrictions imposed upon particular individuals.

LFMI‘s team conducts research on key economic and policy issues, develops conceptual reform packages, drafts and evaluates legislative proposals, and aids Lithuanian governmental institutions by advising them on how to better implement free market principles. LFMI also conducts sociological surveys, issues economic literature, and organizes conferences, workshops, and lectures. Educational activities are an integral component of LFMI‘s work and are aimed at making free market ideas an integral part of Lithuanian society.

In pursuit of its mission, LFMI develops a wide range of instruments to publicly disseminate its ideas. We work closely with the business community, international organizations, the media and other groups. We constantly look for new forms of communication to present our ideas quickly and effectively. Our voice is well heard, and 20 years of concerted effort has worked to ensure that Lithuanian people grow accustomed to and attached to the ideas of individual freedom and the free market.

Financial independence is an essential condition for the accomplishment of our mission. As such, we seek funding exclusively from private sources. Our activities are influential and this is possible due to the people who foster the same values as we do and provide donations towards our work.