Rome Regional Conference


  • When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • Where: LUISS Guido Carli University
  • Host:  Roma Urbs Libertatis – Italian Students For Individual Liberty (ISFIL)
  • Partner: Bruno Leoni Institute
  • Conference: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Social: 18:00
  • Schedule: See below
  • Sponsors: Acton Institute – Istituto Bruno Leoni – Montalbera S.p.a
  • Registration fee: FREE
  • Conference Language: Italian
  • Dress code: Business casual
  • Facebook event: RSVP here
  • Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7903608907


Join European Students For Liberty at the LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, on Saturday October 26th  for the 2013 Rome Regional Conference! By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the liberty movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars in Italy, Europe and all around the world. All the Italian pro-liberty Think-tanks, Foundations and Institutes will be there; a full day dedicated to Liberty, ending with a social event and a lot of fun.

This day-long event will feature the best Italian pro-liberty speakers discussing with students during debates and panels, on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. You’ll have the possibility to discuss with speakers and other students about entrepreneurship, free market, taxation, the Role of the State and the individual liberty values. In addition our evening Wine Appetizer and Social are included with your registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for Liberty!



Michael Severance earned his B.A. in philosophy and humane letters from the University of San Francisco, where he also studied at the university’s St. Ignatius Institute, a great books program. He then pursued his linguistic studies in Salamanca, Spain where he obtained his Advanced Diploma in Spanish from Spain’s Ministry of Education before obtaining his M.A. in Philosophy and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. While living in Italy, Michael has worked in various professional capacities in religious journalism, public relations, marketing, fundraising, as well as property redevelopment and management. As Istituto Acton’s Operations Manager, Michael is responsible for helping to organize international conferences, increase private funding, as well as expand networking opportunities and relations among European businesses, media and religious communities, while managing the day-to-day operations of the Rome office.


Kishore Jayabalan is director of Istituto Acton, the Acton Institute’s Rome office. Formerly, he worked for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as an analyst for environmental and disarmament issues and desk officer for English-speaking countries. Kishore Jayabalan earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In college, he was executive editor of The Michigan Review and an economic policy intern for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. and then graduated with an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto. During his graduate studies, Kishore was baptized and received into the Roman Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1996. He later worked as a student campus minister at the university’s Newman Centre, which led to his appointment to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York in 1997. Two years later, he returned to Rome to work for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Kishore became director of Istituto Acton in 2005 and organizes the institute’s educational and outreach efforts in Rome and throughout Europe.


Lorenzo Infantino is Professor of Methodology of Social Sciences at the Department of Business and Management at LUISS Guido Carli University, where he also serves on the Scientific Committee of the Centre for Methodology of Social Sciences. He’s currently President of the Friedrich A. von Hayek-Italy Fundation.




Andrea Favaro is a lawyer and a professor of philosophy of law at the Studium Generale Marcianum of Venice. Andrea is director of “L’Ircocervo. Rivista italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato” (www.filosofiadeldiritto.it). Prof. Favaro earned his law degree from the University of Padua (2002), a PhD in “Philosophy of Law, Theory of Normative Sciences and of the International Rule of Law” at the University of Turin (2007) and a degree in Canon Law from Gregorian University of Rome (2011). He wrote his PhD dissertation on Bruno Leoni.


Giacomo Zucco is a Technology Consultant and the National Spokesperson of Tea Party Italia. He was born in Milan in 1983. After graduating with Bachelor of science in physics he worked four years in Accenture as Technology Consultant. Since 2012 he works mainly with small businesses and co-founded two IT start-ups. As someone interested in political theory and libertarian thought he joined the Italian Tea Party movement three years ago. Giacomo debated Minister Mario Monti on television and writes frequently articles about taxation, economic issues and grassroots activism.


Giovanni Lo Storto , born in Puglia on 1970, moved to Rome from Foggia to attend LUISS “Guido Carli” University from which graduated with a degree in economics with honours in 1994. During the next two years he became an Officer in the Administrative Corps of the Italian Army, within which he carried out research activities for the Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Defence. Meanwhile, he also took up the academic career, at first as a scholar in Economics and Insurance Techniques at the University of L’Aquila (from 1995 to 1997), and then teaching Insurance Company Economics at LUISS “Guido Carli” University (from 2003 to 2005).
He entered LUISS as Head of the Management Control Section in 2003, where he planned and implemented the University’s management control system. In 2004, he took on the role of Director of Administration and Control, and then became the Director of Planning and Budget. After this, he was also delegated responsibilities for personnel, and had covered the role of Director of Administration and Personnel. The Board of Administration of LUISS appointed him Deputy General Manager in 2007, and General Manager in 2013. 

Serena Sileoni is the deputy Director of Istituto Bruno Leoni. She is a lawyer and a journalist. She received her PhD in Comparative Public Law and is currently Research fellow in constitutional law at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. Serena was chief editor of the Liberilibri publisher until 2012.


Cristina Tumiatti
was born in Turin and graduated with a degree in Business Economics in 2001 from LIUC of Castellanza. After working in marketing in different companies in Italy and the US she started to work within a family business, Sea Marconi Technologies sas of Collegno, in 1999.
Christina successfully reached out into new markets within the family business and secured many lucrative deals with companies in France, Spain, Argentina, and Germany.
In 2005 she also obtained a Master in Business Administration with the SAA. Nowadays she is juggling her responsibilities as dedicated business woman and mother.

Raffaele Battaglini graduated in law from the University of Turin, then received the LL.M. (Innovation, Technology and the Law) from the University of Edinburgh. He specialised in contractual law and M&A transactions at the Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners law firm.

Currently, he performs his professional activity as a business lawyer mainly in Turin at his own law firm. Since June 2013, he is the Secretary General of AGICONSUL – Associazione Giuristi e Consulenti Legali – member of the CONFINDUSTRIA system.

Paolo Garonna is Full Professor of Political Economy at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, he has been Director General of the Association of Italian Insurers (ANIA), Director General of the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) and, from 1989 to 1992, Deputy Director General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris for Labour, Social Affairs and Education.

He has also been Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva and Chief Economist of Confindustria from 2003 to 2005. He was also Secretary General of the Italian Federation of Banking and Insurance Associations. He carried out research in America as Fulbright scholar and in Cambridge, Great Britain, where he co-operated with the Nobel Prize winner Richard Stone. He has published a considerable number of books and essays on Applied Economics, Statistics and Finance.

He has been the Secretary General of the Italian Banking, Insurance and Finance Federation since October 2012.

Riccardo Cappello is a lawyer and senior partner at Cappello & Associati, specializing in EEC Law, Company Law, Fair Trade and Competition Law. He is a fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in American Law, Professor of Public Law at LUISS Guido Carli and European Law at University of Calabria. 

Cappello is an expert in international trade and competition law, having taught different seminars at Centro Estero della Camera di Commercio del Lazio, SIOI, ISESP, and Scuola di Liberalismo. He is founder and past president of AGICONSUL, the legal professional association of Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici. His last published book  is “Il Cappio: Perché gli ordini professionali soffocano l’Economia italiana,” published by Rubbettino.


More speakers to be announced soon!


Accommodation options:

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Programma Conferenza Nazionale ISFIL



By Train

Get off at Termini Railway Station. Take the bus line 217 direction XVII Olimpiade for 10 stops and get off at the Stop called Parioli/Ungheria. There walk to Ungheria square, than go left to Romania street n° 32 and after 100 meters on the right there is the Luiss Guido Carli University.

By Plane

From the airport, take the bus to Termini railway station (we recommend using the Terravision bus service; 4€ – 40 minutes). From Termini railway station take the bus line 217 direction XVII Olimpiade for 10 stops and get off at the Stop called Parioli/Ungheria. Then walk to Ungheria square, than go left to Romania street n° 32 and after 100 meters on the right there is the Luiss Guido Carli University.

By Car

Once you are on the ring highway (GRA – Grande Raccordo Anulare), take exit Nr. 8. Drive on Via Salaria for approximately 4 Km and then turn right in Viale Liegi. Drive until Piazza Ungheria and then turn right in Viale Romania. Drive for 100 meters and you will find Luiss Guido Carli University on the right.

Come Arrivare:


Scendere a Roma Termini. Prendere il bus 217 in direzione XVII Olimpiade per 10 fermate e scendere alla fermata Parioli/Ungheria. Camminare fino a piazza Ungheria, poi sulla sinistra imboccare viale Romania e tenere la destra fino al civico n° 32.


Prendere un bus fino a Roma Termini ( vi consigliamo il bus Terravision; 4€ – 40/50 minutes ). Prendere l’autobus 217 in direzione XVII Olimpiade per 10 fermate e scendere alla fermata Parioli/Ungheria. Camminare fino a piazza Ungheria, poi sulla sinistra imboccare viale Romania e tenere la destra fino al civico n° 32.


Uscire dal GRA di Roma all’uscita 8. Percorrere via salaria per circa 4 km. Svoltare a destra per viale Liegi fino a piazza Ungheria. Svoltare a destra in viale Romania e dopo 100 metri sulla destra trovate l’univesita Luiss Guido Carli.

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Per maggiori informazioni in merito alla Conferenza o al pagamento si prega di contattare SFL European Programs Manager Yaël Ossowski a yossowski@studentsforliberty.org, or Rome Conference Director Fabrizio Spaolonzi a fspaolonzi@studentsforliberty.org.