2014 European Students For Liberty Conference

Announcing the

3rd Annual European Students For Liberty Conference

with Atlas Leadership Academy

March 14-16 2014, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

European Students For Liberty is proud to present the third annual ESFL Conference at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, with the help of Atlas Leadership Academy.

Join ESFL from Friday, the 14th of March until Sunday, the 16th of March for a weekend of inspiring lectures, insightful knowledge, and endless networking with pro-liberty students and young professionals from around the world.

About: The goal of the conference is to bring classical liberal/pro-liberty/libertarian students from across Europe together, to exchange experience in campus activism, to train students through workshops, and help them grow the pro-liberty student movement in Europe. Workshops will be run by senior European and US liberty activists. In addition to workshops, the conference will also expose attendees to the ideas of great champions of liberty from all across Europe with lectures, speeches, panels, and entertainment.

Location: Humboldt University, Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099, Berlin, Germany

Registration Fees

Early Registration, Ends December 15: 20 Euros (35 Euros Non-Student)

Standard Registration, December 16 – January 31 30 Euros (45 Euros Non-Student)

Late Registration, February 1- March 10: 40 Euros (55 Euros Non-Student)

Saturday Keynote

Johan Norberg

Johan Norberg is a freelance free-marketeer and the author of several books, including the award-winning book Till världskapitalismens försvar (In defence of global capitalism) (Timbro 2001), now translated into the world’s major languages. Soon it is published in 22 different countries.

The book is the basis for a television documentary on UK Channel 4 called Globalisation is good. In 2002, he was voted the 19th most influential opinion-maker in Sweden.

Norberg is the author and editor of several books exploring liberal themes, including a history of liberal pioneers in Swedish history. His articles and opinion pieces appear regularly in Swedish newspapers and he is a regular commentator and contributor on Swedish television and radio.

His articles have also been published internationally and he has appeared on BBC Radio and other international radio and television networks discussing globalisation and free trade.

He is a member of the Mont Pélerin Society. Norberg received his master’s degree from Stockholm University in the history of ideas. He was born in Stockholm in 1973.

Our Lineup of Speakers

Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks.

Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.

He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy,EthicsCritical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author ofRealizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011.

Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford

Kevin Dowd is an economist and Emeritus Professor at The University of Nottingham Business School with research intertests in free banking, pensions and insurance, financial risk measurement and management, monetary economics, and political economy.

He is one of the programme heads of Sofia Business School, a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and of the Open Republic Institute (Dublin), a Trustee of the Sir John Hicks Foundation, Director of research at Black Swann Risk Advisors (Berkeley), and a member of the LifeMetrics Advisory Group advising on JP Morgan’s LifeMetrics.

He has been a member of the editorial boards of: International Journal of Intelligent System in Accounting, Finance and ManagementJournal of Risk Model ValidationJournal of Portfolio ManagementCato Journal, and associate editor of Journal of Risk.

Marco Ricca is Europe’s first “ethical hacker”.

He was paid by Swiss banks in the 1990s to break into their networks and test their vulnerabilities. A serial entrepreneur, Marco founded Ilion Security, which he grew into Switzerland’s leading Information Risk Management firm. After selling that company in 2008, he subsequently founded Satorys, a cyber-security start-up, which he sold in 2012 to Ruag, a leading defence contractor.

Marco is also an elected commissioner on Geneva’s Data Protection committee. A staunch libertarian, he helped build a censorship-evading technology for Reporters Sans Frontières. As a board member of the Institut Libéral, Marco pursues his reflection on the way the Internet may be shaping a freer world.

James W. Lark, III is a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

In addition, he has served as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Special Projects at the University of Virginia. He has served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, he has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech and at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the University of Rochester.

His current research projects include risk analysis in financial markets, collective decision making processes, applications of Markov decision processes, and operator theory. His solution procedure for finite-horizon partially observed Markov decision processes is known in the research literature as the “Lark algorithm” (or “Lark filtering algorithm”).
Dr. Lark serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government. He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.

He is a member of the (United States) Libertarian Party’s national committee, and served as the Libertarian Party’s national chairman during the 2000-2002 term.

Vera Kichanova graduated from the Department of Journalism of the Moscow State University in 2013. Her degree work was dedicated to real-time journalism and interaction between traditional media and citizen journalists.

In October 2011, she was the brain behind a students’ protest action in Moscow State University against President Dmitry Medvedev, who had announced a meeting with MSU students, which turned out to be shamelessly staged as real students had been removed from the university building and the premises filled with ‘shills’ when the President arrived. Several students, including Kichanova, were detained by the police.

From March 2012, she has been working for Slon.ru as a journalist. She also publishes a blog on the “Echo of Moscow” website and another one on Grani.ru. Vera won the 2013 Democracy Award.

Christian Michel is a Parisian by birth who lived many years in Geneva, where he ran his own finance company.

After moving to London, he became advisor to several non-profit organisations, president of Libertarian International, and a director of ISIL. Christian is the author of La Liberté, deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle; Vivre ensemble; Bricks of Freedom; and many papers and articles, posted on various internet sites.

Carrie L. Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum. Lukas is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing in May 2006.

She is also a contributor to National Review Online and a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute. Lukas appears frequently on television and the radio, on shows such as Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Report with Shepard Smith, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, CNBC’s Kudlow and Company, and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Lukas’s commentaries have appeared in numerous newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Arizona Republic, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun.

Hannes H. Gissurarson is professor of politics at the University of Iceland. He served on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society in 1998–2004 and on the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Iceland in 2001–9. He received a B.A. in philosophy and history and an M.A. in history from the University of Iceland, and a D.Phil. in politics from the University of Oxford. In Iceland, he founded the Libertarian Alliance which brought F. A. Hayek, J. M. Buchanan and both Friedmans, Milton and David, to Iceland. At Oxford, he was the R.G. Collingwood Scholar at Pembroke College 1984–5, and one of the founders of the Oxford Hayek Society.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, UCLA, George Mason University, LUISS in Rome, ICER in Turin and universities and institute in Japan and Brazil. A regular commentator on Icelandic affairs for the Wall Street Journal, he has published two books in English, Hayek’s Conservative Liberalism, his doctoral dissertation, and Overfishing: The Icelandic Solution, on the application of private property rights in fisheries. In Icelandic, he has published more than 15 books on various subjects, such as political history and political theory. At present, he is writing a book in English on the Icelandic 2008 bank collapse.

In 1991–2004, he was an informal adviser to the Icelandic centre-right government which implemented comprehensive economic reforms, reducing taxes, privatising, liberalising and stabilising. Since 2012, he has been the academic director of the Icelandic Research Centre for Innovation and Economic Growth, RNH.

Karen Horn, born 1966 in Geneva, Switzerland, is an economist,journalist and writer. She currently teaches the history of economic thought at Humboldt University Berlin and serves as president of the Friedrich A. von Hayek-Gesellschaft.

She regularly writes essays, commentaries and book reviews for publications such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Standpoint Magazine and Schweizer Monat. She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Earlier in her career, she was an economic editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading daily, head of the Berlin office of Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln, a large private economic research institute, and CEO of Wert der Freiheit gGmbH, a classical liberal think-tank. She has authored several books, among others “Roads to Wisdom – Conversations with ten Nobel laureates” (Elgar 2009) and “Hayek für jedermann” (FAZ Buch 2013).

In 2010, she was awarded the Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic journalism. She is a member of the Mont Pèlerin Society. Her personal website: www.karenhorn.de

Axel Kaiser is a German/Chilean lawyer with two Master’s degrees from the University of Heidelberg, Germany where he currently pursues his doctoral studies. He is a financial columnist of the Diario Financiero and an opinion columnist of the leading newspaper El Mercurio in Chile. His articles are also regularly published by ElCato.org.

Axel has authored three books on politics and economics. His last book on the financial crisis was translated to several languages and was presented in Slovenia by the former president of the Central Bank of Slovenia France Arhar and World Bank Research Manager of Development Economics Boris Pleskovič.

Axel is regularly interviewed by different Media in Latin America including TV Azteca in Mexico and CNN Chile. He is also regularly invited as a speaker on economic and political issues in Europe, the United States and especially Latin America. Since 2012 Axel is executive director of the think tank Fundación para el Progreso located in Santiago de Chile. In 2013 Axel became a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof is an international entrepreneur, tech investor, and writer. She has worked in Sweden, France, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Libya and Egypt in the past.

In 2008 she started Wise Strategic Communication, the first Afghan strategic communication company, which she sold in February 2011 to a US contracting firm. In the wake of the Arab Spring, in 2011 she started Shabakat Corporation in Egypt and Libya to support local grassroots movements. After the end of the civil war in Libya she turned Shabakat into a broader technology company, to enable agorist enterprises through, amongst other things, crowdfunding and crypto currencies.

She’s the author of the forthcoming book “The Googlement – The DIY Guide To Starting Your Own Nation (And Changing The World)” which will be published in 2014.

Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security.

Most recently, Tanner co-edited Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform, a compilation of the Cato Institute’s work over the past several years on health care reform and Obamacare, with contributions by over a dozen national experts, including Tanner himself. He is also the author of numerous books on public policy, including Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution (2007, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It (Second Edition, 2007), The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society (2003), and A New Deal for Social Security (1998).

Tanner’s writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post.

A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs. Under Tanner’s direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. Time Magazine calls Tanner, “one of the architects of the private accounts movement,” and Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation’s five most influential experts on Social Security. The New York Times refers to him as “a lucid writer and skilled polemicist.” Before joining Cato in 1993, Tanner served as director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and as legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Dagmar Schulze Heuling is a political scientist working at Freie Universität Berlin.

Her most recent research projects dealt with the influence of the Stasi on the West Berlin police and students’ knowledge about contemporary history. She also has a strong interest in political theory and wrote her doctoral thesis about justice and liberty.

Currently she is focussing on an e-teaching project for the advancement of scientific writing.

Stephen Davies is a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies and the education director at the Institute for Economics Affairs in London.

Dr. Davies attended the University of St Andrews from 1972 to 1976, graduating with a First Class degree in History. He also obtained his PhD from the same university in 1984, on the topic of the Scottish criminal justice system before the abolition of private courts.

He formerly taught at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he was senior lecturer. His academic and research interests include the history of crime and criminal justice, history of ideas and political thought, comparative economic history, and the history of the private supply of public goods.

He teaches, amongst other topics, courses on the history of crime and punishment in Britain, and the history of the Devil. He has published a number of books and articles on a range of topics. His books includeThe Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (which he edited with Nigel Ashford) and just recently Empiricism and History. Among his published essays are two in the recently published collection The Voluntary City, on the subjects of the private provision of law enforcement and the use of markets and property to plan urban growth. He is not a supporter of Manchester United!

Charles Blankart is a professor at Humboldt University of Berlin since 1992, emeritus since 2010, Permanent Guest Professor at University of Lucerne Switzerland. Dr. rer. pol. of University of Basel (1969) received postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) at University of Konstanz (1976), was professor at the Free University of Berlin, at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich, at the Berlin Polytechnic University.

He was fellow and guest professor at University of Munich, Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Andrassy University Budapest, the Center for Study of Public Choice VPI, Blacksburg, Va., at the Science Center Berlin, the Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., the University La Sapienza in Rome and at Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna.

He is member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, of the Mont Pèlerin Society, Fellow of CREMA, Conseil d’analyse économique franco-allemand and was Founding Member, Vice President and President of the European Public Choice Society.

Dan Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.  He is one of the nation’s experts on fiscal policy, particularly tax reform and the economic burden of government spending. He also has been the leading international voice in the fight to preserve tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty.

Dan’s work has been published in dozens of outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, National Review, Villanova Law Review, Public Choice, Journal of Regulation and Social Cost, Emory Law Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Offshore Investment, Playboy, Investor’s Business Daily, and Worldwide Reinsurance Review.  He has appeared on all the major networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and C-SPAN, and has given speeches in almost 40 states and more than 30 countries.

Prior to joining Cato, Dan worked for the Heritage Foundation, Senator Bob Packwood, and Citizens for a Sound Economy. Dan also spent more than three years beginning every day by co-hosting a television show. Dan earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Georgia.

Josef Šíma is professor of economics and free-market scholar living in Prague, Czech Republic.

Since 2009 he has served as the president of CEVRO Institute [school of legal and social studies], a small, private, free-market college in Prague. Josef has served for years as an editorial director of Liberální Institut, Prague, the oldest free-market think-tank in the Czech Republic; translated over 10 books (including Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action, Murray Rothbard’s, Man, Economy and State, Power and Market, and The Ethics of Liberty, and Milton Friedman’s The Money Mischief) and supervised publication of tens of more.

He is a founder and editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary scholarly journal New Perspectives on Political Economy and the president of a major interdisciplinary gathering of Austrian and free-market scholars in Central Europe, Prague Conference on Political Economy, both of which are becoming flag ships of CEVRO Institute.

Josef has published dozens of articles in professional and popular journals, and a number of his own books (in Czech), including Market in Time and Space (2000) and Introduction to the Logic of Social Action – Law and Economics Primer (2004).

Stefan Kolev, a Bulgarian citizen, is professor of economics at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau and managing director of the Wilhelm Röpke Institute in Erfurt, Germany.

After studying business administration and economics at the University of Hamburg and while working for several years at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics, he finished in 2011 his doctoral thesis in history of economic thought on the political economy of neoliberalism as PhD fellow of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. In 2013 he published in German the book Neoliberal Conceptions of the State in Comparison.

His current work is focused on history of economic thought, history of the centrally planned economy of the former GDR and “Neue Ordnungsökonomik”, an attempt to revitalize and reformulate the constitutional approach to political economy of the Freiburg School of ordoliberalism. He coordinates the digitalization project of the Wilhelm Röpke archives and co-directs the Young Scholars Seminar Series of the German Friedrich A. von Hayek Society. He has had numerous media appearances, among others at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and on Bulgarian tv channels.

Alberto 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.

Cathy Reisenwitz is an Editor at Young Voices and a D.C.-based writer and political commentator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Sex and the State and her writing has appeared in Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Reason magazine, Talking Points Memo, the Washington Examiner and the Daily Caller.

She has spoken on topics of economic freedom, Bitcoin and feminism at Tea Party conferences, CryptoCurrency Conference, ISFLC, the Heritage Foundation and various other events. She has also appeared on Al Jazeera America.

When not fighting the state, she reads girl blogs, tech blogs, politics blogs and career blogs. She loves non-fiction books (currently on a positive psychology kick). And she spends a good chunk of time at Gold’s Gym.

Dr. Peter Altmiks is senior research fellow at the Liberal Institute of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. He is responsible for education, economics, labour, and social affairs. He studied economics in Germany and the USA. He finished his doctorate at the University of Potsdam. Before joining the Liberal Institute he worked at the Institute for Higher Education Research Wittenberg, for the liberal party, and the Association of German Banks, where he was responsible for cash logistics, standardization of payments, and the organization of the calculation of stock prices.

His current work concentrates on money and banking, social market economy, poverty, and basic social care. He published “In the shadow of financial crisis – Is it necessary to abolish state central banking?” in 2010, “The optimal currency for Europe? Boon and bane of the Euro„ in 2011, „Another chance for social market economy? Return to ordo-liberalism and accountability“ in 2012, „The market regime of financial markets – Basel I-III, rating agencies, risk management in banks“ in 2013, and “Too big to fail – banking regulation as a permanent building site” just recently.

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.  He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). His work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others. Somin has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Room for Debate website, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal OpinionJournal.com, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, South China Morning Post, Legal Times, National Law Journal and Reason.

He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera and the Voice of America, among other media. He recently testified on the use of drones for targeted killing in the War on Terror before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.

In July 2009, he testified on property rights issues at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Somin writes regularly for the popular Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog. From 2006 until mid-2013, Somin served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, one of the country’s top-rated law and economics journals.

Yernaz Ramautarsing was born in Surinam and has lived in Amsterdam for most of his life.

He is chairman of the Ayn Rand Campus Club The Netherlands and studies political science at the University of Amsterdam.

He is a columnist for De Dagelijkse Standaard and Elsevier and his work has appeared or he’s been invterviewed in Trouw, The Volkskrant, and The Telegraaf.

He came to prominence after debating the Netherlands’ “thinker of the nation” and Ayn Rand critic Hans Achterhuis in 2013 before a crowd of 200 people. He also appeared on the popular Dutch talkshow hosted by Pauw en Witteman to discuss his ideas.

Matthew Sinclair is a Senior Consultant at Europe Economics, having joined in January 2014. He studied Economics and Economic History for a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics.

Before joining Europe Economics Matthew worked at the Tax Payers’ Alliance (TPA) in a number of roles, including most recently Chief Executive. His responsibilities included being lead editor of the 2020 Tax Commission; a major joint project on tax policy with the Institute of Directors; authoring two books; ‘How to Cut Public Spending’ and ‘Let Them Eat Carbon'; and representing the TPA in the national and international media and parliamentary hearings.

Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, a national grassroots organization that serves citizens in their fight for more individual freedom and less government control. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator, and a regular guest on CNN, Fox News, The Blaze TV and MSNBC.

He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is author of Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America, (2012) and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (2010). According to Slate Magazine, “Kibbe…looks like Billy Bob Thornton cleaned up for a Job interview,” and is prone to wonkish pronouncements regarding music, philosophy and beer. Terry, his awesome wife of 27 years, takes no responsibility for his many mistakes or frequent embarrassments.

Petar Čekerevac is the Executive Manager of the Libertarian Club – Libek, the biggest libertarian organization in the Western Balkans.

Since 2008 he has been in charge of fundraising and foreign relations of the organization. As the member of the Executive Board, he has been involved in development of Libek’s educational and grassroots programs which have set ground for a wider libertarian movement in Serbia.

He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations, and a Master degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition to his studies at the University of Belgrade, he has studied Scandinavian and International Politics at the University in Oslo, in Norway. He attended high school in the United States.

Besides his work with Libek, Petar has worked with several transparency, human rights and pro-liberty initiatives in Serbia as vice – coordinator, project manager or activist, and has completed an internship in Norway. His main professional and academic interest are conflict resolution, protection of individual rights, public policy and political theory. He regularly speaks and lectures at events in Serbia and the Western Balkans, and has been a guest speaker on events in Denmark and Russia.

He speaks Serbian, English, and Norwegian and has understanding of Russian language.

Brendan O’Neill is the editor of spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it, and is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia.

He also blogs for the Daily Telegraph and writes for the Spectator and has written for numerous other publications in both Europe and America, including Reason, Slate, Salon, the American Conservative, the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Independent. He started his career at Living Marxism magazine.

The Daily Mail calls him “one of Britain’s leading left-wing thinkers” while the Guardian says he is a “sub-Danny Dyer intellectual wind-up merchant”.

He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton and described by the BBC as a “skidmark on the gusset of environmentalism”.

He is the only journalist to have written for both the Catholic Herald and Abortion Review. He doesn’t tweet.

Jelena Dasukidis is a designer from Serbia. She graduated at the Department for Interior Design, but she considers herself as a universal designer. Jelena is the winner of the Mikser Festival Prize for Technology & Innovation for her project Cube On – compact design and social design experimental project.

Jelena is a cofounder of a non-government organization called Creative Youth Network EIDOS, and also serves as its official designer. This organization was founded in 2005 and is still very active in area of improving the position of young people in local communities, through programs of non-formal education and strengthening their influence in the decision-making process.

She was also one of the first partakers in the program “Share your knowledge – become a mentor “. This is a program for strengthening the position of women and encouraging their professional and personal development.

She is currently employed as Head of Design for Diamond Code in Belgrade, Serbia and she explores the possibilities of using modern technologies in art and design development, as well as promoting open-source and ethical approaches to IT.

Mark Valek is founding partner and investment manager of Incrementum AG. Together with his partner Ronald Stoeferle he manages a global macro fund, which is based on the principles of the Austrian School of Economics.

Before founding Incrementum he worked at Raiffeisen Capital Management for more than ten years. There he was fund manager and responsible for inflation protection strategies and alternative investments. Previously, he worked as fund analyst and portfolio manager for the company. During his studies Mark worked in equity trading at Raiffeisen Zentralbank and at Merrill Lynch Private Banking in Vienna and Frankfurt.

Mark’s education includes a degree in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration majoring in Investment Banking. He is CAIA charterholder and Certified Portfolio Manager. Next to his work at Incrementum he is a lecturing member of the Institute of Value based Economics and lecturer at the Academy of the Vienna Stock Exchange.

Máté Hajba is the vice president of the Free Market Foundation in Hungary. He is also theco-founder of the Hungarian libertarian youth group, Eötvös Club.

As a student of law he is interested in political radicalism as a phenomenon more specifically the rising anti-Semitism and racism in his region, on which he wrote several articles and spoke at conferences. Being a keen advocate of liberty he helped set up in his country an organization, called Civil Platform, which promotes democratic values and where he is currently vice president.

Lode Cossaer received master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Antwerp and the Catholic University of Leuven and is currently working on a PhD proposal.

He teaches economics in Brussels, at a private business school. Cossaer was a political officer of the LVSV. He is an executive board member of European Students For Liberty and president of the Murray Rothbard in Belgium.




With a special performance by Dorian Electra!

Be sure to attend the ESFLC Friday Evening Social at Felix Club and Restaurant, one of the hottest clubs in Berlin!

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Attendees can prepare for registration starting at 2pm on March 14 and the conference wrapping up around 2pm on March 16.

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We would like to offer you the following modules of a potential partnership:

  • Become a Gold-Sponsor: Your logo would be highly visible on all of our marketing material and additionally mentioned in our invitations, you would get a table at the Liberty Fair, we can also add your materials to the conference package which will be handed out to all participants and one part of the program (social, lunch, dinner, etc.) would be named after your organization. The total price for being a Gold-Sponsor is 2,000 Euros.
  • Become a Silver-Sponsor: your organization would be mentioned as a Silver-Sponsor, your logo will be visible on most of our marketing material, you would get a table at the Liberty Fair. The total price for being a Silver-Sponsor is 750 Euros.
  • Become part of the Liberty Fair: your organization would have a table at the Liberty Fair, which will be frequented by more than 500 students. The total price for a table is 300 Euros.
  • If you would like to have a table or sponsor part of the ESFLC, please contact sponsorship director Lukas Schweiger at lschweiger@studentsforliberty.org.


If you have any general questions about the ESFL Conference, please contact ESFL Program Manager Yaël Ossowski at yossowski@studentsforliberty.org.