Daniel HannanHe is a writer, journalist and has been a British Conservative politician. 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
RT Hon Dr Liam FoxHe is the British Conservative Member of Parliament for North Somerset, and former Secretary of State for Defence. In 2010 he became Secretary of State for Defence in David Cameron’s first Conservative Government. He has been a staunch defender of NATO, Atlantacism, and the ‘Special Relationship’ between the UK and the US.
Daniele CapezzoneHe is an Italian politician and Member of Italian national Parliament for the liberal-conservative Conservatori e Riformisti party. He studied Law at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, and became politically active in the Radical Party, a libertarian party.
Bernardo de AlmeidaBernardo Almeida is a former Executive Board Member and Regional Director for Portugal and Spain of European Students For Liberty. He has been at the forefront of the pro-liberty movement in his country, co-founding Students For Liberty Portugal. Bernardo obtained a graduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institute for Political Studies and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Finance at the University of Warwick.
Jan ZahradilJan Zahradil is a Czech politician for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), He has been a Member of the European Parliament since the Czech Republic’s entry into the EU in 2004. He is Chairman of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. Jan was a scientific researcher by profession and entered politics during the Velvet Revolution. As head of the first ODS Delegation to the European Parliament in 2004 he played a key role in founding the European Conservatives and Reformists group, of which he was chairman in 2011.
Naweed KhanNaweed Khan is the Director-General of New Direction, the foundation for European Reform, the official political foundation of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. Naweed served as special advisor at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and special advisor at the Cabinet Office during the first Cameron administration, after serving for 6 years as policy advisor at the Conservative Research Department in London. He has managed several successful political campaigns. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and Peking University.
Alexandr VondraAlexandr Vondra is a Czech Politician and member of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). He served as a senator, and later as Minister of Defence, MInister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of European Affairs. He was born in Prague and graduated in geography from Charles University in 1984. He received a Doctor in Natural Sciences degree one year later. He was a dissident against the communist regime in the mid-1980’s, and was imprisoned for two months for organising a demonstration in 1989. During the “Velvet Revolution” he co-founded the Civic Forum, a political movement which unified the dissident forces against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. From 1990 to 1992 Alexandr served as a policy adviser to President Vaclav Havel.
Livia FrancoLívia Franco is a Professor with a PhD in Political Science and lead researcher in International Relations and Security and Defence at the Institue for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon. She was a visiting scholar at Brown University in the US; and is a national researcher for the European Center for Foreign Relations. She studied International Relations in Lisbon and Louvain, Belgium. She is the author of “Pensar a Democracia com Toqueville” (Thinking of Democracy with Toqueville)
Jason Emertis chairman of the International Young Democrat Union, an alliance of conservative, classical liberal, Christian Democrat and centre-right youth political organisations. He holds a degree of Law from the University of Miami School of Law, as well as an MBA from the University of Lousiana, and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University. He has worked on several Republican political campaigns in the United States and is currently managing director of LeConte Sports Managment, and Vice President of Government Affairs and Special Counsel of First Choice Medical Inc.
Alejo Vidal QuadrasAlejo Vidal-Quadras Roca is a former Spanish Member of the European Parliament, a radiation physicist, and a prominent liberal thinker. He was elected on the People's Party ticket and sat with the European People's Party group. On July 20, 2004 he was elected one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. In addition to serving in the European parliament, he has occupied several elected positions in Spain: he was a member of the Barcelona City Council (1987-1991), member of the Parliament of Catalonia (1988-1996) and Senator in the Spanish Senate (1996-1999).
Joaquin MolinaJoaquin Molina is a Spanish national, professionally focussed on international negotiations, conflict prevention, political and security issues. He has worked primarily as an international civil servant at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Headquarters, but also in the field, including in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Kosovo. In his role as a senior officer, Mr Molina has also worked on maritime security issues, such as piracy off the coast of Somalia. Between 2004 and 2008 Mr Molina was deeply involved in the negotiation process regarding the international status of Kosovo, working closely with the team of United Nations Special Envoy – and later Nobel Peace Prize laureate – Martti Ahtisaari, as well as with the EU-Russia-US Troika. He has also worked for NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and in the Private Office of the Secretary General. Prior to joining NATO, he was Head of Section for Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Office of the High Representative in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked for the European Parliament in Brussels and the Trade Unit of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C.
Joao C. EspadaJoao Carlos Espada is a Portuguese University Professor. He is the director of the Institute of Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oxford. He has been a visiting professor at Brown University, Stanford and Georgetown, and a visiting Scholar at the American Entreprise Institute, and a Senior Associate of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He was a consultant for Political Affairs for the President of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva, after having held similar functions for President Mario Soares. He is the editor of New Citizenship magazine and a columnist for Diario I. He was made Grand Officer of the Portuguese Order of Merit in 1996.
Eduardo MartyEduardo Marty was professor of Economic Policy at Universidad de Buenos Aires and at Universidad Francisco Marroquín of Guatemala. He was educated an accountant at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina and as an economist at Grove City College, USA. He is the founder of ͞Libertad Querida,͟a nonpolitical movement to debate freedom ideas. He has produced and hosted radio and television shows and is a well-known speaker on topics related to economy, politics and philosophy. He is the founder of Junior Achievement Argentina and the founder and President of FRI (Foundation for Intellectual Responsibility), an organization that promotes the understanding and respect for the philosophy of freedom among businessmen and intellectuals.
Agata WejmanAgata Wejman is the Director of European Union Policy at Uber, and the Co-founder and member of the management board of the Polish Institue for Law and Society. In 2010-2016 Agata was Head of CEE Public Policy at Google. Earlier, she was counsel at the Polish Constitutional Tribunal. She taught international commercial arbitration at the Jagiellonian University. Agata has a multi-year professional experience in the financial and international development sectors, including serving as management board member of KDPW S.A., the Polish central securities depository and as counsel at the World Bank in Washington D.C. She was a member of the Legal Certainty Group, a securities law expert group of the European Commission. Agata is a member of the Polish-German Center for Banking Law at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She is an author of numerous books, articles and policy papers on public and private sectors development, financial and securities law, corporate governance and the governance of state-owned enterprises
Alberto ZilioAlberto Zilio is Director of Public Affairs – Europe for AT&T, one of the largest communications companies in the world, and is responsible for coordinating public affairs activities. Previously, he was associate director for an innovative public affairs consultancy in Brussels, leading the ICT and telecoms team. He also worked as senior manager at DIGITALEUROPE, the European Lobby of the Digital Industry, where he was responsible for all Digital Economy dossiers and relations with the European Parliament and political parties. Alberto began his career in public policy working as a European affairs advisor for Telecom Italia in Brussels, working with the European Parliament and European Commission on telecom and ICT issues. He holds a degree in International and Diplomatic Studies and a Master’s in Management of Innovation at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. Alberto is also a member of RENA (the Italian network for excellence) leading the ICT section of the association.
Alberto Mingardilberto Mingardi is Director General of Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy’s free-market think tank which he helped to establish in 2004. He has specialized in the study of antitrust and of healthcare systems. He also studies the history of political thought and is now writing a monograph on English libertarian Thomas Hodgskin after having written mainly on Herbert Spencer and Antonio Rosmini. He authored or edited several books, including Herbert Spencer (New York & London: Continuum, 2011), Eppur si muove: Come cambia la sanità in Europa, tra pubblico e privato [And yet it moves: how Europe healthcare is changing, in between government and the private sector] (Torino: IBL Libri, editor w/Gabriele Pelissero, 2010) and translated into English, Antonio Rosmini, The Constitution Under Social Justice (Lexington Books, 2003). His commentaries have appeared in major Italian newspapers, and he frequently appears on Italian radio and tv. Internationally, his opinion pieces have also been published by the The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. He holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Pavia.
Thierry BaudetThierry Baudet is a prominent conservative writer, thinker and activist in the Netherlands. He studied law and history in Amsterdam, and attained a PhD at the Law Faculty of the University of Leiden, under the guidance of Roger Scruton and Paul Cliteur, defending a thesis on national identity, European unification and multiculturalism. It was published in English under the title “The Significance of Borders”. A year later he wrote a book on Oikophobia, a far reaching form of cultural relativism prevalent in Western societies which leads to an instinctive rejection of own culture, customs, national identity and history. Thierry is the founder of the Dutch “Forum for Democracy”, an educational and campaign organisation that aims to defend and reinvigorate Dutch national democracy, and has organised a successful referendum campaign against the EU-Ukraine Association agreement in the Netherlands.
André Azevedo AlvesAndré Azevedo Alves is a Portuguese academic specialised in economics and politics. He has a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of Porto, and has a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics. He is now a professor at the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is Scientific Coordinator of the Research Centre of the Political Studies Institute. Before he was a professor at the University of Aveiro and Porto Business School, as well as a visiting professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He is a member of the editorial board of the magazine Economic Affairs and MISES: Interdiscplinary Journal of Philosophy, Law and Economics. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Zilvinas SilenasZilvinas Silenas joined the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) in 2006, after graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2005. He became president of LFMI in 2011. His field of analysis at LFMI encompasses energy, transport and competition policies. Zilvinas participated in several high-level working groups of legislation of energy, was a member of working groups of “Sunset” (reform and closing down government agencies), and “Sunrise” (cutting red tape, improving conditions for businesses) commissions for the Lithuanian government. Zilvinas has also worked as a teacher of Economics and an adviser to a CEO of an energy company.
Ian MurrayIain Murray is the Competitive Enterprise Institute's vice president of strategy. Ian has published several acclaimed books, including 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. His op-eds have appeared in The National Review, The Providence Journal and Fox News. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, among other broadcast networks. Ian is the visiting fellow at the Adam Smith Institute and aboard member of the Cherish Freedom Trust and of the American Friends of the Taxpayers Alliance and advisory board member of Global Britain and the Young Britons Foundation. Prior to coming to the CEI in 2003, Murray was the Director of Research for the Statistical Assessment Service and the Executive Officer of HM Department of Transport. He received his MBA from the University of London and his MA from the University of Oxford.
Mitchell BelferMitchell Belfer is President of the Euro-Gulf Information Centre (Rome), Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies and the Editor in Chief of the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies at the Metropolitan University Prague (Czech Republic). He holds a Ph.D. and an MPA in International Relations Theory and his academic interests gravitate around: alliance theory, small states, dangerous regions, the international relations and geopolitics of the Arabian Gulf, Middle Eas and Europe, asymmetrical violence and general security-related issues. Mitchell frequently contributes to news media and academic research. His last monograph – Small State, Dangerous Region: A Strategic Assessment of Bahrain – was published in 2014 by Peter Lang, Frankfurt, Germany.
Nicolas BouzouNicolas Bouzou is an essayist and an economist. He is the founding director of Asterès, an economic consulting company based in Paris and of the Belem Circle, a think-tank composed of European progessive and liberal thinkers. Nicolas is an active participant in the French political debate. He is the author of several best-selling books and a regular contributor to the French media.
Andrew Richard RosindellAndrew Richard Rosindell is a British Conservative politician, former chairman of the EYC. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Romford constituency in Greater London. He is also the international director of the European Foundation, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee, UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group on the British Overseas Territories and member of the Flag Institute.
Peter BottingPeter Botting is a Strategy, Storytelling and Speaker Coach. Peter has worked with over 1/3rd of Conservative MPs delivering training in public speaking, story telling and political strategy. Peter is a former Conservative Association Chairman and was heavily involved in the Leave Campaign in the recent European Referendum.
Lorenzo MontanariLorenzo Montanari is Director of the international programs & affairs at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and Executive Director of Property Rights Alliance (PRA) an advocacy group affiliated with ATR for the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally. As ATR, Mr. Montanari developed the Taxpayers Leaders Forum (TLF); the Coalition Leaders Forum (CLF); the International Coalition Meeting (ICM) in partnership with the ATLAS Network and organized training workshops in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.