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George Ayittey

Independence Institute

Dr. George Ayittey is a Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute; and a Distinguished Economist(retired) at American University, in Washington, DC.(USA) where he taught Development Economics and Africa’s Economic Crisis at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining American University, he taught at Wayne State College in Nebraska and Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. In recognition of his scholarship on Africa, he was made a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California in 1988 and a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1989. He joined American University in 1990.

Dr. Ayittey is also the Founder and President of the Free Africa Foundation, which he established in 1993 in Washington, D.C., to serve as a catalyst for change in Africa. The URL is: The Foundation’s mantra is: “Africa is poor because she is not free.” As such, the Foundation actively promotes political, companies economic and intellectual freedom. Among the achievements of the Foundation was the liberation of Ghana in 2000. The former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, described Prof. Ayittey as “one of the architects of change” in bringing democracy to Ghana.

Dr. Ayittey has written several highly-acclaimed books on Africa, including Africa Betrayed (St. Martin's Press, 1992); The Blueprint For Ghana's Economic Recovery (Africana Publishers,1997); Africa In Chaos (St. Martin's Press, 1998), Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future (Palgrave/McMillan, 2005), Indigenous African Institutions (Transnational Publishers, 2006) and Defeating Dictators(Palgrave/MacMillan, 2011) and Applied Economics for Africa(Atlas Network, 2018). Africa Betrayedwon the 1993 H.L. Mencken Award for "Best Book for 1992." (The award is named after the American journalist who championed personal freedom). His next book, The Alternate Road to Africa Prosperity, will be published by the Independent Institute, Oakland, CA in July 2019.

He has written numerous articles on Africa and the Third World, which have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail(Canada), The Times of London, USA TODAY, The CATO Journal, World Development, Humane Studies Review, Journal of Defense and Diplomacy, Journal of Economic Affairs, Journal of Economic Growth, The World & I, Crisis, and Foreign Trade Review. Many of his articles have been syndicated for worldwide distribution and some have been reprinted in Reader's Digest, International Herald and Tribune, Jeune Afrique Economie, and papers in Africa -- in The Sowetan (South Africa) and Daily Observer(The Gambia). He has been cited in the American Economic Review, The New York Times, Scientific American, and by Paul Harvey, William Raspberry and others.

Dr. Ayittey has appeared frequently on several radio talk shows, and TV programs including the BBC, Voice of America, (Canada AM, CBS "Nightwatch," ABC "Nightline," Christian Science Monitor TV, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, C-SPAN, and CNN. He has been featured by the BBC World Service and National Public Radio. Many of his speeches and presentations can be found on YouTube.

He coined the expression "African solutions for African problems.”One reason Africa failed to develop after independence was that the leadership with few exceptions went abroad and copied all sorts of alien systems and institutions to impose upon their people. They are still at it, building, Confucius Institutes– 48 in 35 countries so far. Dr. Ayittey argues that the solutions to Africa’s problems do not lie inside the corridors of the U.S. Congress, nor the World Bank. Neither do they lie in the inner sanctum of the Chinese Politburo. They lie in Africa itself and they entail returning to Africa’s roots and building upon its own indigenous institutions of participatory democracy, free village markets, free enterprise and free trade. These institutions were there in precolonial Africa before the colonialists arrived. Botswana is the only African country that returned to its roots, which is why it is doing very well. Dr. Ayittey also created the concept of the Cheetah Generation – a new breed of young and angry Africansdetermined to take back Africa one village at the time through entrepreneurship.

Dr. Ayittey has testified before many US Congressional committees and the Senate of Canada about the Third World Debt Crisis, Foreign Aid to Africa and South Africa. He has served as a consultant to several organizations, including the World Bank, US AID, US Department of State, The Instituto Libertad y Democracia (ILD, Lima) and International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME). In addition, he has given lectures to various organizations, institutions and universities, including the National Bar Association, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the US State Department, US Foreign Service, and the United NationsDevelopment Program (UNDP). He has been invited by U.S. presidents to the White House on three occasions (Dec, 1990, March 2006, and Sept 2008) for important state functions. In 2008, he was listed among the “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by the Foreign Policy magazine and in the following year among the World’s 100 Top Global Thinkers by the same Foreign Policy magazine, Dec 2009.

Dr. Ayittey has received many awards for his work, including“ Distinguished African Scholar, 2007” African Studies Department, University of Delaware; “2007 African Hero,” African Students Union, Ohio University; Mellon Faculty Research Award, American University; “The President's Visiting Scholar,” California State University, Chico; Faculty Award For Outstanding Teaching, American University; “Outstanding Scholarship on Africa” by the African Studies Coalition, California State University, Sacramento, CA; Nominated for The Africa Prize For Leadership by The Times of London (Award presented annually by The Hunger Project at the UN).

Dr. Ayittey was born in Ghana, West Africa, where he obtained all his primary education and B.Sc. (Economics) from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1966. He left Ghana for Canada to pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded an M.A. (Economics) in 1971. After a brief teaching stint at the University of Ghana, he returned to Canada to secure his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba in 1981

Jordan J. Ballor

Acton Institute

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; PhD, Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the Vrije Universite it Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project.

Stephen Barrows

Acton Institute

Stephen Barrows, PhD is the Managing Director of Programs at the Acton Institute. In this capacity, he leads the Research, Program Outreach, Communications, Marketing and Conference & Events departments. Prior to his role at the Acton Institute, Dr. Barrows served as the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean of Faculty of Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) where he was also a tenured associate professor of economics. While at Aquinas, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics, and led a team of more than 85 full-time faculty, 150 part-time faculty, and 30 staff members serving more than 1,500 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. Dr. Barrows also served 21 years in the Air Force as an acquisition officer, an economics professor at the United States Air Force Academy, and a faculty mentor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. He retired from the Air Force in 2013, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A graduate with distinction of the Air Force Academy, Barrows has a bachelor of science degree in economics (1992), a master of arts degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University (1993), and a doctorate in economics from Auburn University (2002). He and his wife Kimberly (née Uddin) are the parents of three sons and two daughters.

Scot Bertram


Scot Bertram serves as general manager of WRFH 101.7 FM, Hillsdale College’s student radio station, and also is a lecturer in journalism at Hillsdale. He hosts the College’s nationally syndicated weekend radio show and podcast, The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour , as well as the Hillsdale College Classical Education Podcast.

In addition to his duties at Hillsdale, Bertram remains active in the radio industry, serving as a frequent guest host for the Illinois-based Michael Koolidge Show and the Michigan-based Steve Gruber Show, writing and recording original stories for The Center Square and Illinois Radio Network, and hosting a podcast for National Review. His writing has been published in The American Spectator and at National Review Online and The Federalist.

A native of Illinois, Bertram received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication and political science from North Central College. He has held a variety of positions in broadcasting over the past two decades, includingat ESPN 1000 in Chicago and at WROK in Rockford, Illinois.

He and his wife live in Michigan with their two children.

Suzanne Birch

Birch Community Services

Suzanne Birch has served as the Executive Director of Birch Community Services since 2005. Sparked by her own failures and growth, Suzanne has helped develop innovative solutions to poverty, changing financial habits to establish sustainability in struggling families. She co-founded Birch Community Services along with her late husband, Barry Birch . Their vision remains to help people move forward and succeed

Garreth Bloor

Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

Garreth Bloor is President of the Canada - Africa Chamber of Business and co-founder and MD of Glenheim Venture Capital, set up in 2016 as a joint venture with the South African - based OutsourcedCFO . Bloor is based primarily in Toronto. With a team of 25 based primarily out of Cape Town, Glenheim works with investees operating across Africa, as well as those undertaking market access and co-investment abroad in the North American market.

One of its largest clients is Investec Bank, on whose behalf the company operates an Access to Finance program for early-stage companies.

Glenheim was named one of the top 25 Most Innovative Companies of 2017 by FastCompany SA and was profiled in an inaugural report of 15 success stories, by the Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA).

Bloor is based primarily out of Toronto and is an active member of the Canada - Africa Chamber of Business, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, African Leadership Network and was a 2017 Aspen Ideas Scholar of the Aspen Institute.

He is a former executive politician heading economic development in the City of Cape Town and was elected to Parliament at age 26. He led changes to over 300 policies and by-laws, scrapping an equivalent number largely inherited from the pre - democracy city planning regime.

Bloor has piously addressed events of the Council on Foreign Relations, World Economic Forum and Columbia Business School, among others and recently featured in Forbes Africa on a list of Global Shapers

Philip Booth

St. Mary's University

Philip Booth is Professor of Finance, Public Policy, and Ethics and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham (the UK’s largest Catholic university). He is also Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs where, from 2002 - 2016, he was Academic and Research Director. Previously, Philip Booth has worked for the Bank of England and as Associate Dean of Cass Business School. He has written widely on investment, finance, social insurance and pensions as well as on the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics. Books have included Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy . Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He has previously worked in the investment department of Axa Equity and Law and was been involved in a number of projects to help develop actuarial professions and actuarial, finance and investment professional teaching programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. Philip has a BA in Economics from the University of Durham and a PhD from City University.

Karol Boudreaux


Karol Boudreaux is Landesa's Chief Program Officer. She is a lawyer and land expert with 20 years of experience working on legal and policy issues related to land and property rights in the developing world, with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining Landesa Karol worked at USAID; she served as Vice President for Programs and ran the Enterprise Africa project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and, she was Assistant Dean at the George Mason University School of Law

Anne Rathbone Bradley

The Fund for American Studies

The Fund for American Studies Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D. is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and the academic director at The Fund for American Studies. Through this position, Dr. Bradley works to enhance the impact and reach of TFAS and FTE economic education programs through courses, seminars, videos and social media. She also delivers lectures around the country and oversees curriculum development and evaluation for economics courses. In addition to her role as a fellow and academic director, Dr. Bradley continues to teach impactful economics courses to TFAS students and consistently receives outstanding marks in students’ post-program evaluations.

Previously, Dr. Bradley served as the vice president of economic initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, where she continues research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. In addition to her work with TFAS, she is a professor of economics at The Institute for World Politics and Grove City College. She is a visiting professor at George Mason University and has previously taught at Georgetown University and Charles University in Prague. She is currently an Acton Affiliate scholar and a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy. She is a lecturer for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Dr. Bradley is the co-editor and author of “Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism,” “For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty” and “Be Fruitful and Multiply: Why Economics is Necessary for Making God - Pleasing Decisions.”

She served as the associate director for the Program in Economics, Politics and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University. Dr. Bradley’s academic work ranges on the question of income inequality and economic freedom as well as the political economy of terrorism, with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al - Qaeda. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research, she also worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Terrorism Analysis.

Dr. Bradley received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2006, during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

Anthony Bradley

The King's College

PROFESSOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES The King's College Anthony Bradley, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at The King's College in New York City where he also serves as director for the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing. Since 2002, Dr. Bradley has been a research fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley holds Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, a Masters in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. As a research fellow, Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Examiner, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, Christianity Today, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on NPR, CNN/Headline News, and Fox News, among others. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, mass incarceration and overcriminalization, youth and family, welfare, education, and ethics. His dissertation explores the intersection of black liberation theology and economics. From 2005 - 2009, Dr. Bradley was Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he also directed the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute. Dr. Bradley is the author of several books including The Political Economy of Liberation: Thomas Sowell and James Cone on the Black Experience, Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development, Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America, and co-editor of John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement: Justice As Unfairness.

Isis Brantley

"Ancestral" Natural Hair Stylist

Isis Brantley discovered her bliss – as an “ancestral” natural hair stylist and cultural artist – while still a teen. Opening a little hair braiding shop in “sunny South Dallas, ” she went on to become one of the leading international authorities in natural hair care for peoples of the African diaspora. Presently her main focus is on natural hair in the workplace and schools – a birthright – now commonly known as the CROWN ACT. Her message of economic liberty also resonates with any group that believes in financial independence. In 1997 Isis was arrested for the “high crime” of braiding without a license. That was the beginning of a 20 year battle with the State of Texas, culminating in her win in 2015 in Federal court for the State having violated her rights under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Shortly afterward, Governor Greg Abbot signed House Bill 2717, now known as the Isis Brantley Bill #2717, freeing all-natural hair braiders from licensing requirements.

Timothy Carney

American Enterprise Institute

Timothy P. Carney is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on economic competition, cronyism, civil society, localism, and religion in America. He is concurrently the commentary editor at the Washington Examiner.

Mr. Carney’s latest book, “ Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse ” (HarperCollins), was published in February 2019. His previous books include “ Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses ” (Regnery Publishing, 2009) and “ The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money ” (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), which was awarded the 2008 Culture of Enterprise award by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

In addition to his Washington Examiner columns, Mr. Carney’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, websites, and newspapers, including The Atlantic, New York Post, The New York Times, Reason Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His television appearances include CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the “PBS NewsHour.”

Mr. Carney has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis.

Oren Cass

American Compass

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass and author of The Once and Future Worked.

Dan Churchwell

Acton Institute

Dan Churchwell, M.A. comes to Acton from Dakota Wesleyan University, where he served as Program Coordinator and Instructor for Leadership and Public Policy at the McGovern Center. Prior to DWU, Churchwell was an instructor and administrator at the Spokane, WA campus of Moody Bible Institute where he taught courses in philosophy, apologetics, and philosophy of education. He also directed the office of Field Education, working closely with student volunteers as they served both locally and internationally. Before coming to Moody, he taught for three years in the School of Global Commerce and Management at Whitworth University, teaching courses in business, social ethics, and non - profit management.

Dan also has extensive experience in a Fortune 100 logistics company, a commercial real estate investment firm, as executive director of an international medical non - profit, and has served on multiple non - profit boards.

He holds an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Central Baptist Seminary, a B.A. from Northland International University, and a Certificate in Non - Profit Management from St. Thomas University in MN. He also has further graduate study in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

Paul Cowley


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Franklin Cudjoe


Franklin is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, a think tank of global repute dedicated to the promotion of the institutions of a free society across Africa. IMANI has been consistently ranked among the top 5 most influential think tanks in sub-Saharan Africa and among the top 100 worldwide.

In 2010 Franklin was consulted by the U. K’s Prime Minister’s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa. Franklin has hosted and shared panels with former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, Swiss President, Doris Leuthard, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and debated former Tanzanian President, Benjamin Mkapa when he was president in 2005.

In 2010, Franklin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was named a fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012, and the only named Think Tank Leader in “Top 50 Africans” List of the respected Africa Report Magazine in 2012. Franklin was hosted as a ‘Special Visitor’ by the Australian government in 2015, touring five cities and interacting with business leaders, politicians, think tank leaders, cultural leaders and the leadership of the foreign and trade department. In 2015, Franklin was one of nine global leaders selected by the UK government to participate in its Future Leaders Programme. Franklin was one of three global leaders hosted by the European Union Visitors Programme in 2016. In 2017, Franklin was one of three global alumni of the University of St. Gallen’s International Students Symposium to be honoured in Switzerland for their impactful initiatives since the founding of the programme.

Franklin is a member of Ghana’s Finance Ministry’s Foreign Exchange Development Committee to advise on issues of currency flows. He was a member of DANIDA’s Sounding Board for Private Sector initiatives in Ghana.

Franklin has several appearances in both print and broadcast media, shared insightful perspectives about Africa development issues on the BBC, CBC, Swiss and Swedish National TV, Austrian National Radio and varied local Ghanaian media and been published (sometimes quoted) in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, UK Daily Telegraph, San Francisco Chronicle, Ottawa Citizen, Bangkok Po st, Japan Times, South African Star, Cape Times, and Business Day, influential Nigerian, Kenyan, Rwandan, Ugandan, Zimbabwean and Zambia media. Franklin’s views on the damaging effects of corruption in Africa was cited in a 2006 UK’s Parliament debate on aid and corruption in Africa. A South African High Court Judge cited Franklin’s views on patents in his ruling.

Franklin is one of nine African think tank leaders and Commissioners of “The Zimbabwe Papers”, a blueprint which examines the causes of Zimbabwe’s social and economic problems and offers urgent and practical reform that will enable the country to become a thriving, peaceful and prosperous country. He is a co-author of Fighting the Diseases of Poverty, The Reality of Water Provision in Urban Africa, The Water Revolution: Practical Solutions to Water Scarcity,: and Hobbled Trade: Trade Barriers within Africa. Franklin is a co-author of The State of Education in Ghana.

Franklin is still pursuing part-time doctoral studies( needs a lot of faith, time and courage) at Buckingham University (UK). He is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training Programme. He has a B.Sc. in Land Economy from KNUST.

Paul Edwards

Redeemer Church

Paul Edwards is the Founding & Teaching Pastor of Redeemer Church of Waterford, Michigan. He leads the elders and serves as the primary teaching pastor during Sunday worship services.

Paul was born in Detroit and raised in the downriver community of Taylor, Michigan. He attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO and Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. He is presently a student at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary studying Historical Theology.

From 2001 to 2012, Paul hosted a daily drive-time talk radio program in Detroit with Salem Media Group. This two - hour daily program featured interviews with authors, theologians, politicians, and other cultural influencers around contemporary issues.

Paul has been married to Terri since 1983. They have two adult children: Jessica and Joel.

Dr. Ives Gandra Da Silva Martins Filho

Minister, Superior Labor Court of Brazil

Dr. Ives Gandra da Silva Martins Filho holds his Law Degree (1981) by University of São Paulo, Master of Laws (1991) by University of Brasília and Ph.D. in Law (2014) by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He is also Doctor Honoris Causa (2017) in Philosophy by the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy. He is minister under the Superior Labor Court of Brazil since 1999 and served as president of the court once. Dedicated to religious life he is a Numerary member of Opus Dei.

Marlo Fox

Think Tank, Inc.

Marlo has dedicated her life’s work to the alleviation of poverty through practices that value relationships and promote lasting change. She co-founded Think Tank, Inc. in 2006, with the purpose of building awareness and facilitating collaboration among organizations seeking ways to promote more thriving communities. For twenty years she has served in various leadership capacities in the nonprofit sector, including working with diverse teams to develop and implement strategies and approaches aimed at fostering economic opportunity and leadership potential present among under-resourced communities.

One of Marlo’s greatest assets is her ability to develop strategic partnerships and align teams around a shared vision and goals. She works to cultivate a collaborative culture at Think Tank, and has been privileged to work with several national networks to expand relational approaches to poverty alleviation. Marlo has a BA in Social Work from Anderson University and a Masters of Nonprofit Management-Certification in Capacity Building from Regis University. She has helped spearhead the development of various curriculum, technology & resources for churches, organizations & community groups that want to become more effective at fighting poverty. Her dream is to help shift the way we tackle poverty in America through approaches that honor, trust and partner with people with lived experience to lead change in their communities.

Marlo and her husband of 20 years reside in Springfield, Ohio with their two daughters

Carl Benedikt Frey

Oxford University

Carl Benedikt Frey is Oxford Martin Citi Fellow at Oxford University where he directs the programme on the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School.

After studying economics, history and management at Lund University, Frey completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in 2011. He subsequently joined the Oxford Martin School where he founded the programme on the Future of Work with support from Citigroup. Between 2012 and 2014, he was teaching at the Department of Economic History at Lund University.

In 2012, Frey became an Economics Associate of Nuffield College and Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, both University of Oxford. He remains a Senior Fellow of the Department of Economic History at Lund University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). In 2019, he joined the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, as well as the Bretton Woods Committee. And in 2020, he became a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) – a multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, hosted by the OECD.

In 2013, Frey co-authored “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization”, estimating that 47% of jobs are at risk of automation. With over 6. 000 citations, the study’s methodology has been used by President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Bank of England, the World Bank, as well as a popular risk - prediction tool by the BBC.

Frey has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, government and business, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, and several Fortune 500 companies. He is also an op-ed contributor to the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and the Wall Street Journal, where he has written on the economics of artificial intelligence, the history of technology, and the future of work.

His academic work has featured in over 100 media outlets, including The Economist, Bloomberg, The Guardian, New York Times, Time Magazine, Le Monde, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In addition, he has frequently appeared on international broadcast media such as CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, Al Jazeera, and Sky News.

His most recent book, The Technology Trap, was selected a Financial Times Best Books of the Year in 2019.

Peter Greer

HOPE International

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia, technical advisor for Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and managing director for Urwego Community Bank in Rwanda.

He received a B.S. in international business from Messiah College and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Peter has written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son Keith), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley), Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith), The Board and the CEO (with David Weekley), and Rooting for Rivals (with Chris Horst, and selected as a 2019 Leadership Resource in Outreach Magazine).

Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur - in - residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.

Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children, Keith, Liliana, and Myles.

Sam Gregg

Acton Institute

Dr. Samuel Gregg is research director at the Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford. Gregg oversees Acton’s research program and team of scholars and is responsible for oversight of research international programing, including budgeting, management, personnel, publishing, and program development and implementation.

He is the author of thirteen books, including Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded ( 2001), On Ordered Liberty (2003), his prize - winning The Commercial Society (2007), Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy (2010), Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Cu lture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future (2013), For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good (2016), and Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization (2019). He has also co - edited books such as Profit, Prudence and Virtue: Essays in Ethics, Business and Management (2009), and Natural Law, Economics and the Common Good (2012). Two of his books have been short - listed for Conservative Book of the Year. Many of his books and articles have been translated into a variety of languages.

He publishes in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; Journal of Markets & Morality; Economic Affairs; Law and Investment Management; Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines; Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy; Ave Maria Law Review; Oxford Analytica; Communio; Journal of Scottish Philosophy; University Bookman; Foreign Affairs; and Policy. He is a regular writer of opinion - pieces which appear in publications such as the Wall Street Journal Europe; First Things; Investors Business Daily; Law and Liberty; Washington Times; Revue Conflits; American Banker; National Review; Public Discourse; American Spectator; El Mercurio; Australian Financial Review; Jerusalem Post; La Nacion: and Business Review Weekly. He has served as an editorial consultant for the Italian journal, La Societa, and American correspondent for the German newspaper Die Tagespost. He has also been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Weekly Standard, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and Holy See’s L’Osservat ore Romano. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Member of the Mont Pèlerin Society in 2004. In 2008, he was elected a member of the Philadelphia Society, and a member of the Royal Economic Society. In 2017, he was made a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He served as President of the Philadelphia Society from 2019 - 2020. He is the General Editor of Lexington Books’ Studies in Ethics and Economics Series. He also sits on the Academic Advisory Boards of Campion College, Sydney; the La Fundación Burke, Madrid; the Instituto Fe y Libertad; and the Institute of Economic Affairs, London; as well as the editorial boards of the Journal of Markets and Morality and Revista Valores en la socie dad industrial.

Joseph Grenny

Author & Speaker

Joseph Grenny is a four-timeNew York Timesbestselling author, dynamic keynote speaker, and leading social scientist for business performance. Over the past thirty years, Joseph has delivered engaging keynotes at major conferences including the HSM World Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall. Joseph’s work has been translated into 28 languages, is available in 36 countries, and has generated results for 300 of the Fortune 500.

Ismael Hernandez

The Freedom & Virtue Institute

Ismael Hernandez is the founder and president of The Freedom & Virtue Institute. The Institute exist to challenge the paternalistic, condescending, and statist way of attending the problems of poverty in America. It's training on effective compassion and programs with students extend throughout the United States and the Caribbean. His writings have appeared in various newspapers and Crisis Magazine, World Magazine, and the Washington Times. He is the author of the book Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America. Ismael holds a Masters Degree in Political Sciences and lives in Fort Myers with his wife and three children.

Randy Hicks

Georgia Center for Opportunity

Randy Hicks is the president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO), a Georgia-based non-profit organization that works to ensure that every person has access to quality education, fulfilling work, and healthy family life — the three elements of the success sequence.

Under Hicks' leadership, GCO has led efforts to mobilize community resources and public policy solutions that increase civil society's response to community needs.

Hicks earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in theology from Biola University in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Suwanee, Georgia with their six children.

Dan J. Hugger

Acton Institute

Daniel J. Hugger is a librarian and research associate at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He studied history at Hillsdale College and earned a State of Michigan teaching certificate at Calvin College, where he completed a thesis on the role of the imagination in the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. For his work in history at Calvin, he was nominated for a Lilly Fellowship. He has taught history, English, and economics at public schools in the Grand Rapids area and has lectured on Lord Acton.

Thomas Keppeler


Dr. Tom Keppeler is an entrepreneurial leader and educator passionate for helping others more fully realize their human potential and impact their communities. Over the span of 35 years, he has lived and worked in Romania resourcing church leaders and served as a mission pastor overseeing local and global initiatives and partnerships. Most recently he led a small non - profit in Milwaukee in developing and launching a business incubator for food entrepreneurs in low-wealth neighborhoods. He and his wife, Mary, live in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Eric Kohn

Acton Institute

Eric Kohn is director of communications at the Acton Institute. In that role, he works to bring Acton's vision of a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles to a wider audience.

Prior to joining Acton, Eric was director of community management at the Illinois Policy Institute, one of the nation's premier state-based think tanks. He was also the founder and CEO of Curious Task Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm. Eric is the leader of the Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of classical liberal leaders in Chicago.

Along with Joe Kaiser, Eric hosts Sources with Knowledge, which airs Sundays at 3pm on News/Talk 560 The Answer in Chicago and is available on numerous podcast feeds. He previously hosted The Eric Kohn Program on 1530 - AM WJJG, and has guest-hosted the nationally syndicated The Guy Benson Show, Illinois Watchdog Radio on Cities 92.9FM in Bloomington - Normal, and Chicago’s Morning Answer on News/Talk 560 The Answer. He has appeared as a commentator on Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont, Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, The Michael Koolidge Show, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and numerous news broadcasts in the Chicagoland area. Eric’s writings have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Belleville News-Democrat and other publications.

Eric grew up in Belleville, Ill., and is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.

Al Kresta

Ave Maria Communications

Al Kresta is president and CEO of Ave Maria Communications, a graduate of Michigan State University, he has done graduate work at both Catholic and Protestant seminaries and served as an independent evangelical pastor. After returning to the Catholic Church, he was recruited by Thomas Monaghan to found what is now Ave Maria Communications which produces fifty hours of original Catholic radio programming each week. Many of those programs are syndicated by EWTN, the world’s largest religious media organization. For over thirty years Kresta has hosted multi-hour talk programs and today hosts the daily two-hour talk program, Kresta in the Afternoon heard on more than 350 stations including Sirius Satellite Radio and multiple web streams.

He is the author of fou r books most recently Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21 st Century opponents.

Rick Larsen

Sutherland Institute

Rick Larsen is president and CEO of Sutherland Institute. Sutherland is a non-partisan policy and educational institution – a think tank – with a mission to advance principled public policy that defends the values of faith, family and free enterprise.

His career includes the unlikely combination of a decade in Hollywood, 20 years in the nonprofit sector, and now a focus on public policy.

Past positions include president of Operation Kids, where he managed worldwide charitable giving and saw firsthand many of humankind’s most pressing needs. From post-Katrina New Orleans to post-tsunami Thailand, he worked between local and state agencies and NGOs, coming to understand the powerful connection between community institutions, principled public policy and resulting social outcomes.

As chief development officer for United Way of Salt Lake, he embraced the concept of “collective impact” and the resulting successful outcomes in education.

He is an award-winning producer and has provided strategic consulting and management on a wide range of endeavors, including Olympic education programs, ballot initiatives, gubernatorial campaigns, nonprofit development and compliance strategies, and for-profit corporate social responsibility efforts.

He graduated with honors from the University of Utah with degrees in Political Science-emphasis on public policy, and Consumer and Community Studies. He currently sits on the advancement board of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the university.

He is married, the father of six children and today, works to bridge the gaps resulting from partisan politics, and restore the principles and behaviors that underlie our freedoms.

Jim Liske

U.S. Director for

Jim Liske, currently the U.S. Director for, most recently served as the Lead Pastor at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. Jim has served as President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries from 2011-2015, during which that time he spoke in cities and prisons throughout the country on behalf of those incarcerated. He also served on the Colson Congressional Task Force for Federal Prison Reform. Before leading Prison Fellowship Ministries, Jim was the senior pastor of Ridge Point Community Church in Holland from 2002-2011. From 1986-2002 he served churches in Bridgman, Michigan; Alberta, Canada; and Ontario, Canada.

Jim serves as the Chairman of the board of Crossroads Prison Ministries. He has been both a presenter and speaker at Movement Day in New York City, and his articles have appeared in Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, the Washington Times, and Real Simple magazine.

Jim has been married to Cathy, his high school sweetheart, for 35 years and they live in Zeeland, Michigan. Jim and Cathy have two grown and married children. Daughter Allison and her husband Colin Boevers are both track and field coaches at the University of Oklahoma and the parents of Wren Catherine. Jim and Cathy’s son Joshua is a Michigan County Sheriff Deputy and corrections officer while his wife Jenn is an emergency room nurse. They are the parents of Jim and Cathy’s second granddaughter, Clara Jae.

Yago Martins

Pastor and Digital Influencer

Yago Martins has a bachelor's degree in Theology from the South American Theological Faculty (Londrina / PR), graduated from the first graduate class in Austrian School of Economics at the Centro Universitário Ítalo Brasileiro (São Paulo / SP) and student at Sacrae Theologiae Magister (Th .M) in Systematic Theology of the Aubrey Clark Institute (Fortaleza / CE).

He is the author of four theological books, The Reformed Christian (2018, Box95), Make disciples or die trying (2017, Council), Two Fingers of Theology (2017, Council) and You Don't Need a Missionary Call (2016, Council). In 2017, his article Eschatology and Utopia: the religious origins of socialist hope was awarded the best article in the Political Science category at the 5th edition of the Austrian School Conference in Brazil, receiving the award from the hands of Bruno Garschagen, current head of communication at the Ministry of Education.

In 2018, he was honored by the Fortaleza City Council for his role in the fight for religious freedom. He is a resident professor at the Maranata Biblical Seminary and Institute (SIBIMA), where he coordinates the Christian Cosmovision Studies Center, teaches about the influence of late scholasticism o n the philosophical and religious origins of the Austrian School of Economics in the IMB Austrian School Graduate Program / UniÍtalo, presents the podcast of the Instituto Mises Brasil, ad-hoc reviewer of MISES: Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Law and Economics, member of the specialist body of the Ludwig von Mises Brasil Institute and pastor at the Maanaim Baptist Church. Works since 2009 with evangelism of high school and university students in the GAP Mission, being president of the board since 2016.

Today, he presents the channel "Dois Dedos de Teologia" on YouTube, organizes the Northeast Christian Cosmovision Forum annually and is married to Isa Martins.

Salim Mattar

Brazilian Entrepreneur

Salim Mattar is the Chairman of Localiza, a Brazilian car rental company founded in 1973 in Belo Horizonte. It is the biggest car rental in Latin America and one of the largest in the world by size of the fleet and market capitalization. Localiza has a network consisting of 584 car rental branches in Brazil and in other eight countries, 286 of which are owned directly and 158 of which are franchised in Brazil, in 280 cities around the country. being 70 branches are franchised abroad in 44 cities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.

In addition to the rental car company also operates in the business of leasing and fleet management, and grant franchises for the sale of used cars from its fleet to renew the order process, these businesses are complementary and mutually reinforcing. Currently the company has more than 194.000 cars from brands like Volkswagen, Fiat, Renault and Chevrolet, and other nine automotive companies. Localiza competes with Movida, Locamerica-Unidas and others car rental companies.

Blaine Maxfield

Managing Director of Welfare and Self-Reliance Services, LDS Church

Blaine Maxfield is the Managing Director of Welfare and Self-Reliance Services. Priorto this current assignment he was the Managing Director of Information and Communication Services Department. Before joining the Church workforce, Blaine worked for SunGard, a Fortune 500 company, as chief operating officer of the wealth management division.

Blaine has served on many boards and has years of executive-level experience at large businesses. He has also delivered countless motivational speeches to youth groups throughout the country.

Andre Mendonca

Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Brazil

André Luiz de Almeida Mendonça is the Minister of Justice and Public Security in the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. He has served in this role since April 2020. In addition, André is an attorney and Presbyterian pastor. He has previously served as Attorney General of Brazil

Noelle Mering


Noelle Mering is an editor for the website Theology of Home. She is the author of the upcoming book, Awake, not Woke, as well as the co-author of two Theology of Home books. She writes on culture, politics, and religion and has published in National Review, The Federalist, The American Mind, Catholic World Report, and National Catholic Register. Her writing has been featured on Instapundit, New Advent, Big Pulpit, Catholic Herald, Albert Mohler’s The Briefing, Fox News Radio, and Relevant Radio. Noelle is a wife and mother of six children in Southern California.

Mauricio Miller

Community Independence Initiative

As the Executive Director of Community Independence Initiative (CII), Mauricio works closely with Root Change to implement the CII hands-off approach around the world. CII relies on residents to lead their own change and help one another. Mauricio authored The Alternative, a book which challenges the basic assumption that low-income families are lazy or victims in need of saving and lays out an evidence-based alternative solution to poverty. Mauricio founded the Family Independence Initiative (FII) in 2001, with a mission to support and accelerate families’ own efforts to improve their social and economic mobility. In recognition of his unconventional approach to generating economic mobility, Mauricio was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2012, was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions, is an Ashoka Fellow, and more. A first-generation immigrant, Mauricio’s personal history deeply informs his life’s work.

Michael Matheson Miller

Acton Institute

Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some 10 years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in The Washington Times, The Detroit News, The L.A. Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. He is the director and host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right Thing, Effective Stewardship, and the Birth of Freedom. Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure , promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world. Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department. Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Aquinas College in Nashville , the board of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project , and the board of trustees for Angelico Press.

John J. Miller

Hillsdale College

John J. Miller lives on a dirt road in rural Michigan. He is director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College and writes for National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. His books include The First Assassin, a historical thriller set during the Civil War, The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football and Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas. He is the founder and executive director of the Student Free Press Association, a non-profit group best known for its news website, The College Fix. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called Miller “one of the best literary journalists in the country.

Jennifer Roback Morse

The Ruth Institute

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the founder of The Ruth Institute, an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a Civilization of Love.

Dr. Morse was a campaign spokeswoman for California’s winning Proposition 8 campaign, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. She has authored or co-authored six books and spoken around the globe. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish and Chuukese, the native language of the Micronesian Islands. Her latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church was Right Along.

She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities.

Dr. Morse was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013,” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Dr. Morse and her husband are parents of an adopted child, a birth child, a goddaughter and were foster parents for San Diego County to eight foster children. In 2015, Dr. Morse and her husband relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the work of the Ruth Institute continues.

Iain Murray

Competetive Enterprise Institute

Iain Murray is the Competitive Enterprise Institute's vice president of strategy. For the past decade with the Institute, he has concentrated on financial regulation, trade, labor and employment regulation, and free market environmentalism.

Murray has published several acclaimed books, including The Socialist Temptation, Stealing You Blind: How Government Fatcats Are Getting Rich Off of You, and The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Won’t Tell You About – Because They Helped Cause Them.

Iain is married with two children and lives in Northern Virginia. He was born in the United Kingdom and worked for the Thatcher and Major governments before privatizing himself out of a job and coming to America to marry the love of his life. Iain is a member of the Church of England but his wife and children are Roman Catholic.

Sihle Ngobese


Sihle Ngobese, best known as Big Daddy Liberty (BDL), is the Head of Strategic Operations at the South African Institute of Race Relations(IRR). Sihle has nearly a decade of experience in political and strategic communications, having worked in party-politics, the legislature and government. He is an Industrial Sociologist and UKZN alumni, holding an Honours degree in Industrial, Organizational & Labour Studies. Sihle brings with him the BDL social media brand and is the host of The Big Liberty Show. He is responsible for the production of all IRR shows, including the flagship ‘Daily Friend Show’ and podcasts

Rapelang Rabana

Technology Entrepreneur

Russ Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, chosen as a Fast Company Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum - Rapelang is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur.

See digital technology through the eyes of a practical, hands-on innovator - from her first startup, straight out of university, Yeigo, to Chief Digital Officer of South Africa’s largest IT company, Rapelang is truly a digital native. She reverse-engineers her 15+ years of experience in building tech companies, to unpack all things digital in a meaningful way. She is the Founder of Rekindle Learning, which enables people to adapt to the changing world of work, as well as Rekindle Digital, focusing on extracting tangible business value from digital transformation.

Rekindle Learning enhances employee engagement through learning in the flow of work and life using bite-sized, continuous learning across areas such as sales, digital skills, compliance. The startup was profiled in the McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a ‘striking innovation’ in learning. Rekindle Digital makes digital real by filling the gap between strategy and execution using the best of business strategy, design thinking, lean startup and growth hacking to rapidly unlock value.

Amongst other roles, Rapelang also serves on the Boards of African Leadership University, Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Education Trust and Imagine Worldwide. Rapelang has spoken at over 200 occasions on local and international platforms and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. She obtained B. Business Science (Computer Science Honours) and an M.Sc from the University of Cape Town, giving her a technical and business background. She has since believed that there had to be better, simpler more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology.

Jean Marques Regina

Brazilian Institute of Law and Religion/Acton Advisory Board, Brazil

Graduated from Universidade Luterana do Brasil-ULBRA (2004), lawyer, member of OAB / RS, enrolled under number 58.257 (2004), OAB / SC under number 38.669-A and from OAB / PR under number 71,141. Postgraduate degree in Constitutional State and Religious Freedom from Mackenzie University, with studies from Oxford University (Regent’s Park College) and Coimbra University (2017). Professor of legal courses. Coordinator of the legal team of the Brazilian Historical Churches for studies of Ecclesiastical Law. Columnist of the Blog Let's Go Back to the Gospel and of the Gospel Prime website, Writer of the Brazilian Theology Magazine, Lutheran Messenger and Liberal Institute. Allied lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom (USA), largest entity of Christian lawyers in the world, member of the Brazilian board of Acton Institute (USA). Co-author with Thiago Rafael Vieira of the work Direito Religioso: questões práticas e teóricas(“Religious Law: practical and theoretical issues”) [3rd Ed. Vida Nova] and Direito Religioso: Orientações Práticas em Tempos de COVID-19 (Religious Law: Practical Orientations in Times of COVID-19).

Jay Richards

Catholic University of America

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the executive editor of The Stream . He is an assistant research professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute . He is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013), and Indiv isible (2012), co - authored with James Robison. He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God (2009), winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co - author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co - authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot (2014). He has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Russ Roberts

Hoover Institution

Russ Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He founded the award-winning weekly podcast EconTalk in 2006. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Martha Nussbaum, Thomas Piketty, Christopher Hitchens, Bill James, Nassim Taleb, Michael Lewis, and Mariana Mazzucato. All 675+ episodes remain available free of charge at and reach an audience of over 100,000 listeners around the world.

His two rap videos on the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek, created with filmmaker John Papola, have had more than 10 million YouTube views, have been subtitled in 11 languages, and are used in high school and college classrooms around the world. His poem and animated video “It’s a Wonderful Loaf” ( is an ode to emergent order. His series on the challenge of using data to establish truth, The Numbers Game, can be found at

His latest book is Gambling with Other People's Money: How Perverse Incentives Caused the Financial Crisis(Hoover Institution Press, 2019). His book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness takes the lessons from Adam Smith's little-known masterpiece The Theory of Moral Sentiments and applies them to modern life.

Roberts is the author of three novels teaching lessons and ideas through fiction—The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity, The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, and The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism, which was named one of the top ten books of 1994 by Business Week and one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times.

Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California – Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil

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Erni Walter Seibert

Bible Society of Brazil

Rev. Ph.D. Erní Walter Seibert, Ph.D. in Sciences of Religion, Th.D. in Theology and MBA on Marketing Services. Author of five books and author of essays about Theology and Sciences of Religion published on several magazines in Brazil and other countries. Today is the executive director of the Bible Society of Brazil.

Amity Shlaes


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Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Acton Institute

Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.

As president of the Acton Institute, Fr. Sirico lectures at colleges, universities, and business organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others.

In April of 1999, Fr. Sirico was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and in May of 2001, Universidad Francisco Marroquin awarded him an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pèlerin Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the Philadelphia Society, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Civic Institute in Prague. Father Sirico also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from 1994 to 1998. His pastoral ministry has included a chaplaincy to AIDS patients at the National Institutes of Health. He is the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Acton Institute maintains a vigorous editorial outreach, especially through its president, Rev. Robert A. Sirico. This site maintains an archive of many of his essays and reviews.

Father Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

Sebastian Spio-Garbrah

Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

Sebastian SPIO Garbrah is Chair of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at DaMina Advisors. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading frontier markets analysts, was voted among the ‘Top 30 under 30 Analysts’ by New York’s Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006.

Sebastian helped establish the Africa risk research practice at leading global political risk consultancy firm, Eurasia Group LLC in New York, London (UK) and Tokyo, and concurrently served as a sovereign risk analyst on Sub-Saharan Africa’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa for a novel global stability index developed by Eurasia Group with Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, and subsequently, with Citigroup between 2005 and 2010.

Since 2010, Sebastian has been Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at DaMina Advisors where he advises the boards, CEOs and portfolio managers of many of the world’s leading multinationals and largest institutional investors on Africa.

A prolific writer and an ambidextrous thinker, Sebastian also advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission on Africa. Sebastian sits on several boards. He holds a B.A (double) in Economics and Political Science from Middlebury College, Vermont and a Juris Doctor (J.D) in law from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Baroness Philippa Stroud

Legatum Institute

Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Philippa’s life and career to date have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown. Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010 - 15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012. In these roles, she was responsible for the development of the Social Justice agenda, working on the Government’s key Welfare Reform programme, the introduction of Universal Credit, the creation of Social Investment and the new child poverty measures. Her early career was spent in the voluntary sector including spending time in Hong Kong and Macau working with heroin addicts and ex-members of triad gangs who were undergoing rehabilitation. On her return to the UK she founded and directed a four-stage project that supported people off the streets and into independent living before moving to Birmingham in 2000 where she became Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women.

Kim Tan

SpringHill Management

Dato Dr. Kim Tan is the Chairman of SpringHill Management, a private fund management company specialising in biotech and social venture capital investments. He is a partner of several social impact funds including Inqo Investments (South Africa), Springhill Equity Partners (US), Novastar Ventures (Kenya) and Garden Impact Investment (Singapore). He is the co-founder of the Transformational Business Network and is on the advisory boards of the John Templeton Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Citizenship Trust and PovertyCure. He was the founder chairman of NCI Cancer Hospital (Malaysia) and the inventor of sheep monoclonal antibodies. He is a Pro-Chancellor of Surrey University (UK), a board member of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics (Oxford) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He is a former board member of the Saracens Rugby Club, Surrey University and the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum.

Adedayo Thomas

African Liberty Organisation For Development

Adedayo is the founding Executive Director of African Liberty Organisation For Development(ALOD). He has researched and presented several papers on economic development, conflict, good governance and democracy at national and international conferences. He regularly carries his evangelism of a free society to university students throughout English-speaking Africa via book fairs and seminars, as well as LLI Liberty Camps.

In addition to earning degrees in theatre arts, public relations, and development studies, Adedayo has completed programs at Cato University, Acton University and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

Adedayo has published the African edition of books by Johan Norberg, Frederic Bastiat, Tom G. Palmer, Ken Schoolland, and George Ayittey, among others. He has also published articles in both national and international media. He serves on the board of Istanbul Network For Liberty (UK)and the Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Initiative and Development (Nigeria)

James Tooley

University of Buckingham

Professor James Tooley, PhD, is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, where he is also professor of educational entrepreneurship and policy.

Before this, for two decades he was professor of education policy at Newcastle University. During those two decades, he also took five years’ unpaid leave, to enable him to foster entrepreneurial projects in education in the developing world, tied to his research. He was previously an academic at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester and a researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research.

His groundbreaking research on low - cost private education has won numerous awards; including gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, a Templeton Prize for Free Market Solutions to Poverty, and the National Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs, London.

His book based on this research, The Beautiful Tree: A personal journey into how the world’s poorest are educating themselves", (Penguin), was a best - seller in India and won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize.

Tooley’s work has featured in documentaries on American PBS television and the BBC. He has been described in the pages of Philanthropy magazine as “a 21st century Indiana Jones” travelling to “the remotest regions on Earth researching something that many regard as mythical: private, parent-funded schools serving the Third World poor.

Marcel van Hattem

Brazilian Politician

Marcel van Hattem, 33, is a Brazilian politician, journalist and political scientist, whom has been elected federal representative of the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brasília. He received 349.855 votes last October, what makes him the most voted candidate for Congress in his state and the seventh most voted in Brazil. Marcel was chosen leader of his Party, called Partido NOVO and, with other seven Deputies of NOVO, he will debut a new era of politics in Congress, when liberalism and the respect of the rule of law will be above of any other political interests. Marcel also held the position of city councillor in his hometown Dois Irmãos, Brazil (2005-2008) and the position of state representative at the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul (2015-2018). In foreign affairs, van Hattem was adviser for international relations and economy at the Brazilian National Chamber of Deputies (2009-2011), and he also worked as a consultant for “Argumento - Leadership Expression Consultants” (co-founder, 2011), a consulting business which promotes cross-cultural communication and international relations. Van Hattem holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from universities in Brazil, the Netherlands, and Denmark. He has participated in academic and professional training programs around the world, such as the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program of Georgetown University (Washington, D.C., 2009) and the "Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management" seminar at the Internationale Akademie für Führungskräfte Theodor-Heuss of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Germany, 2012). He is Alumni of Acton University since 2012 and faculty member for the second year. Van Hattem has been invited as lecturer for events in both Brazil and abroad. Most recently he spoke at Havard & MIT's Brazil Conference (2018-2019).

Thiago Rafael Vieira

Instituto Basileiro de Direito e Religiao

Graduated in Law from Universidade Luterana do Brasil - ULBRA (2004), lawyer, member of OAB / RS, enrolled under No. 58.257 (2004), OAB / SC under No. 38.669 - A and OAB / PR under No. 71,141; specialist in State Law, with emphasis on Constitutional Law by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS (2006). Postgraduate degree in Constitutional State and Religious Freedom from Mackenzie University, with studies from Oxford University (Regent’s Park College) and Coimbra University (2017). Visiting professor at ULBRA and legal courses. President of the Brazilian Institute of Law and Religion - IBDR; Vice - president of the Philadelphia Cultural and Artistic Institute - ICAF. Columnist of the Blog Let's Go Back to the Gospel and of the Gospel Prime website, Writer of the Brazilian Theology Magazine, Burke Conservative Institute, Lutheran Messenger and Liberal Institute. Co-author with Jean M. Regina of the work Direito Religioso: questões práticas e teóricas ( “Religious Law: practical and theoretical issues” ) [3rd Ed. Vida Nova] and the book Direito Religioso: Orientações Práticas em Tempos de COVID - 19 ( Religious Law: Practical Orientations in Times of COVID - 19 ) [2nd Ed. Vida Nova]. In 2019, he was one of the delegates from Brazil at Brigham Young University (Utah / USA) at the 26th Annual Symposium on International Law and Religion, an event with over 60 countries represented. Master's student in Economic and Political Law at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.

Shoshana Wiessmann

R Street Institute

Shoshana Weissmann is the senior manager of digital media and a policy fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank in Washington, D.C. She manages RSI's social media, email marketing, and digital assets while working on policy issues including occupational licensing reform.

Brad Wilcox

Birch Community Services

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