- An academic economist by training, he was forced out of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences after the Soviet invasion in 1968 after the Prague Spring era. He returned back after the so-called ‘Velvet Revolution’ of 1989, as one of the founders of the Civic Forum Movement. He was the country’s first non-Communist Finance Minister and served from 1992 to 1997 as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. In February 2003 Václav Klaus was elected President of the Czech Republic. He was reelected for second term in February, 2008. After completing his mandate as President of the Czech Republic in March 2013, he moved to the newly formed The Václav Klaus Institute, which is a liberal-conservative think tank with its own research study activities, seminars and conferences. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He has published more than 30 books and received many doctorate degrees and international awards in various countries.
- Pedro Schwartz is a Bachelor and Doctor in Law at the Complutensian University in Madrid, and holds a Masters and PhD at the London School of Economics. He has been a member of the MPS since 1979 and was the president of the MPS from 2015 to 2017. His main field of research has been the History of Economic Thought. He now focusses mainly on monetary economics, which he teaches at the Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid and Buckingham University in England.
- Prof. Herbert G. Grubel is an economist, former politician and currently a Senior Fellow at The Fraser Institute in Vancouver. Also, he is Professor Emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University. He received B.A degree in business and economics at Rutgers University and Ph.D in economics at Yale University. He had taught full-time teaching at Yale, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania prior to Simon Fraser University. Grubel was elected as an Reform Party Member of Parliament in Ottawa for Capilano-Howe Sound from 1993 to 1997, serving as the Finance Critic from 1995 to 1997.
Associated with eminent economists such as Milton Friedman, George Schultz, Robert Mundell, Robert Fogel, Merton Miller and George Stigler, he pursued his research for entire of his life which lead to publications of 28 books and over 200 professional articles dealing with various economic issues in terms of international trade, finance and economic policy. He is the author of The Case for the Amero: The Economics and Politics of a North American Monetary Union, Immigration and the Welfare State in Canada: Growing Conflicts, Constructive Solutions and published articles including “Canada’ Exercise of National Monetary Sovereignty: Beneficial or Harmful?,” "Small Country Benefits from Monetary Union," "The Economics of Monetary Unions: Traditional and New," “Benefits from an Asian Monetary Union and other Hard Currency Fixes” and more.
- Dr. Yaron Brook is the president and executive co-chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute and the host of The Yaron Brook Show. Brook is coauthor, with Don Watkins, of Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. They now have a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality. Brook is also a contributing author to Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, and Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution — As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen. Brook’s articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs, and was a columnist at Forbes.com.
Brook served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a B.Sc. in civil engineering from Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and became an American citizen in 2003. He was finance professor at Santa Clara University and cofounded BH Equity Research.
- Dr. Mark Skousen is an American economist, nationally renowned investment expert, editor of Forecasts & Strategies, university professor and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of more than 25 books and recently, he was designated as one of the 20 most influential living economists. After earning his M.A in economics at Brigham Young University and Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University, he has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and Chapman University. Also, he has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology and other Fortune 500 companies. He was an analyst for the CIA and a past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He is the author of economic bestsellers including The Structure of Production, The Making of Modern Economics, The Big Three in Economics, Investing in One Lesson, EconoPower and Economic Logic. In 2009, “The Making of Modern Economics” won the Choice Book Award for Outstanding Academic Title.
Grantham University renamed its business school to “The Mark Skousen School of Business,”in honor of his work in economics, finance and management
- Nils Karlson is the founding president and CEO of the Ratio research institute in Stockholm, Sweden (www.ratio.se). He is an economist and political scientist, an Associate Professor (docent) at Uppsala University, working in the fields of institutional economics, political theory, public choice, and constitutional political economy. Prior to Ratio he was the president of the City University of Stockholm. After postgraduate studies in economics at George Mason University and in political science at Uppsala University he worked as a university lecturer, government advisor and editorial writer. He has led numerous research projects and has published over 25 books with Swedish and international academic publishers, as well as a large number academic papers and book chapters. He is a board member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
His research is focused on the interaction between politics, markets and civil society in Western democracies and welfare states. Major interests include welfare state expansion, constitutional design and liberal, welfare-enhancing reform. Special interests in labor market models and collective bargaining, educational reform and skills formation, conditions for enterprise, market processes, entrepreneurship, financing of innovations, virtue ethics and the future of the European Union.
- Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Prior to SMU, he taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University. Dr. Lawson is a founding co-author of the widely cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which present an economic freedom index for over 150 countries. Lawson has numerous professional publications in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy. Lawson is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his B.S. in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University.
- Prof. Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute and Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, and the and a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He received his B.S. in economics and finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Dr. Powell is the author of more than 50 scholarly studies and the author or editor of the books, including Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy, The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science and Public Policy, Economic and Political Change after Crisis, Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development and Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis. His primary research fields are laid on economic development, Austrian economics, and Public Choice. His research findings have been reported in more than 100 popular press outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Also, his scholarly research has been published in various journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, among others. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including, CNN, MSNBC, SHOWTIME, CNBC, BBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business's Stossel and Freedom Watch.
- Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel is the Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International and the Group of Thirty (G30) which is a private, nonprofit, consultative group on International Economic and Monetary Affair. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and was also Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He served for two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel from 1991 to 2000, where he received credit for solving various economic issues in terms of reducing inflation in Israel and achieving price stability, liberalizing Israel’s financial markets as to integrate with global financial system and removing foreign exchange controls. He also has had a distinguished academic career and was the David Rockefeller Professor of international economics at the University of Chicago and the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Dr. Frenkel received 2002 Israel Prize in Economics, Tel-Aviv University Hugo Ramniceanu Prize for Economics, the Czech Karel Englis Prize in Economics, the “Order de Mayo al Merito” (in the rank of Gran Cruz) and the “Order of Merit” (in the rank of Cavaliere di Gran Croce). He earned B.A. in economics and political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
- Prof. John B. Taylor is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Director of the Stanford Introductory Economics Center. He served as director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he is now a senior fellow, and served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers. Taylor served as a member of the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors from 1996 to 98 and from 2005 to 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Under Secretary of Treasury for
International Affairs. He is the author of Global Financial Warriors: The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post-9/11 World, Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis, including First Principles: Five Keys to Restoring Americas’ Prosperity for which he won the 2012 Hayek Prize. He received the 2016 Adam Smith Award, 2015 Truman Medal for Economic Policy, Bradley Prize, Adam Smith Award, Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award, the George P. Shultz Distinguished Public Service Award, the University-wide Hoagland Prize and more. Taylor’s academic fields of expertise are macroeconomics, monetary economics, and international economics. He earned his B,A, in economics at Princeton University, Ph.D in economics from Stanford University, and was a professor of economics at Princeton University and Columbia University.
- Dr. Jerry L Jordan is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from 1992 to 2003. He was a member of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and also served on the U.S. Gold Commission. Jordan began his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where his last position was senior vice president and director of research. Jordan has also held the position of chief economist for two commercial banks as well as dean and professor of economics at the University of New Mexico. On leave of absence from the St. Louis Fed, he served in 1971–72 as a consultant to the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt. Jordan formerly served as president and director of the National Association of Business Economists and director of the Western Economic Association. Professionally, he is a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, and president of the Pacific Academy for Advanced Studies. He earned a PhD in economics from UCLA and honorary doctorates from Denison University, Capital University, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin.
- Prof. Israel Kirzner is a preeminent Austrian economist and professor emeritus of economics at New York University. He is among the foremost scholars in the Austrian School of economic and he earned his MBA and Ph.D. from New York University, influenced by renowned Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises. Kirzner is an author and an editor of many books and articles including Competition and Entrepreneurship (1973), Perception, Opportunity and Profit (1979), Discovery and the Capitalist Process (1985), and The Meaning of Market Process (1992), The Anatomy of Economic Advice, Part I,II,III. He has contributed much for our understanding of the dynamics of capitalist processes and for over three decades, Kirzner has striven to refine and deepen our appreciation of the adjustment mechanisms that assure efficient operation of market economies. One of his major areas of research is on the role of entrepreneurship in economic activity.
- Prof. Lars Peter Hansen is a leading expert in economic dynamics, David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Statistics and the College, research director of the Becker Friedman Institute. He is a recipient of the 2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The Nobel Prize recognizes his contribution to the development of statistical methods which were to explore the interconnections between macroeconomic indicators and assets in financial markets. Further, he has supported for making fundamental advances in our understanding of how economic agents cope with changing and risky environments. His recent researches provide methods to quantify intertemporal risk-return tradeoffs and ways to model economic behavior when consumers and investors struggle with uncertainty about the future. He won the 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Economics, Finance and Management and he also received the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics from Northwestern University in 2006, including the CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications in 2008. Hansen's recognitions also include Fellow, Econometric Society, 1984; Frisch Prize Medal Co-winner, 1984; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1999; President, Econometric Society, 2007. He earned his B.A in mathematics from Utah State University and Ph.D in economics from the University of Minnesota. "Ambiguity Aversion and Modeling Misspecification: An Economic Perspective," "Misspecified Recovery," "Shock Elasticities and Impulse Responses" (with Jaroslav Borovika and Jose A. Scheinkman), “Uncertainty Inside and Outside Economic Models” (Nobel Prize lecture) are his recent papers. including “Term Structure of Uncertainty in the Macroeconomy,” co-authored with J. Borovicka.Hansen also serves as co-principal investigator, along with Andrew Lo of MIT, on the Macro Financial Modeling Initiative (MFM). This research group works to develop macroeconomic models with enhanced linkages to financial markets, with the aim of providing better policy tools for monitoring so-called systemic risks to the economy.
- Prof. Vernon Smith is a Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences in 2002 “for having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms.” He is a past president of the Public Choice Society, the Economic Science Association, the Western Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education. Also, Dr. Simth is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, an Andersen Consulting Professor of the Year, the Adam Smith Award recipient in 1995, and the CalTech's distinguished alumni award recipient in 1996. He was a professor at Purdue University, Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, and at the University of Arizona. Since 2001, he had been a professor of economics and law at George Mason University and is currently professor at Chapman University. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and in 1997, he served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member at National Electric Reliability Council. He has served as a consultant on the privatization of electric power in Australia and New Zealand and participated in numerous private and public discussions of energy deregulation in the United States. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics and experimental economics. He serves or has served on the board of editors of the American Economic Review, The Cato Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Science, Economic Theory, Economic Design, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Economic Methodology. Smith earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering at Caltech, his M.A. in economics at the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.
- Gen.(Ret.) Burwell B. Bell
- General Burwell B. Bell is a retired United States Army four star general. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Chattanooga. He was commissioned in the Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army's University of Chattanooga ROTC program. Later he received a Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. General Bell's initial assignment in the Army was as a cavalry reconnaissance platoon leader patrolling the east - west German border during the height of the Cold War. As an Armor / Tank Officer, General Bell was deployed or stationed overseas in both peace and war for fifteen of his thirty nine years of active service. He served as General Norman Schwarzkopf's personal Executive Assistant from 1988 to 1991 which included the Iraq Desert Shield and Desert Storm Campaigns. As a two star general, he commanded the Army's Armor Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and later as a three star general he commanded the Army's Third Armored Corps headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas. As a four star general, he led the United States Army in Europe, and NATO's Land Component Headquarters in Heidelberg Germany from 2002 to 2005. In his concluding deployment in the American Military prior to retirement, General Bell led all United States, South Korean and United Nations wartime ready forces in South Korea from 2006 to 2008. He is a lifetime member of the New York based Council on Foreign Relations, and has been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees. General Bell writes and speaks extensively on United States security policy and issues, with a geographic focus on the northeast Asia region.
Dr. Randall Jones is a Head of Japan/Korea Desk at OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Prior to OECD, he worked for five years in Washington; Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, Vice President and Senior Economist at the Japan Economic Institute, and International Economist, Planning and Economic Analysis Staff at US Department of State. Since joining the Economics Department at the OECD in 1989, Dr. Jones has written all 15 OECD Economic Surveys of Korea and 13 OECD Economic Surveys of Japan, in addition to working on Ireland and the Slovak Republic. His other recent publications include "Labor market reforms in Korea to promote inclusive growth" (in 2016 with Kohei Fukawa), "Raising Korea's productivity through innovation and structural reform" (in 2016 with Jae Wan Lee), "Achieving fiscal consolidation while promoting social cohesion in Japan" (in 2015 with Kohei Fukawa), and "Promoting the financing of SMEs and start-ups in Korea" (in 2014 with Myungkyoo Kim). He received both his M.A and Ph.D in Economics at University of Michigan.
- Prof. Deepak Lal is a former president of MPS (2008-2010) and the James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is professor emeritus of political economy at University College London and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He was also a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1963 to 1966 and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various UN agencies, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. He was research administrator at the World Bank from 1984 to 1987 and prior to UCLA, he has taught at various colleges including Jesus College, Oxford, Christ Church, Oxford, University College London and Australian National University. His research interests are focused on political economy of poverty, equity and growth; culture and development; economic liberalization. He has published various books and journals including The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth; Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance; "Is the Washington Consensus Dead?"; "Institutions and Economic Development: A Black Box?”; "The Great Crash of 2008: Causes and Consequences."
- Prof. Tae-Ho Bark is Professor of international commerce and former Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Seoul National University. Professor Bark was appointed Minister for Trade of the Korean government in December 2011 and served until March 2013. And in spring 2013, Dr. Bark was in the race for the Director-General position of the WTO as the Korean candidate. He also served the Ambassador-at-Large for International Economy and the Chairman of the International Trade Commission of Korea. Prior to coming to Seoul National University in 1997, Professor Bark taught as an economics assistant professor at Georgetown University, worked as a senior research fellow of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and served as the Vice President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). During 2000-2002, Dr. Bark served Chair of the Investment Expert Group (IEG) of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He also taught at Sciences Po, Stanford University and the University of Washington as a visiting professor. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the IMF and consulted for the World Bank and the ADB. He has written a few books and many articles on international trade, foreign direct investment and the Korean economy. He was awarded “the Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes” (second highest civil service order) by the Korean government. Professor Bark received his BA in economics from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Dr. Hee sang Kim has devoted himself as a chairman of KINSA (Korea Institute for National Security Affairs) since Nov.2007. He first undertook his duty twice as a Deputy Representative of the ROK to South-North Military Talks. Before retiring from the ROK army as LTG on Nov.30, 2000, he was President of Korea National Defense University from Oct. 1998 to Nov.2000. On the pursuit of career fulfillment, he has taken various roles including Research Fellow and Guest Professor for RAND in US, NIDS in Japan, IMEMO in Russia, and CASS in China, Advisor to President for National Defense from Feb.2003 to Jan.2004 and President of Korea Research Institute for Strategy from Jan.2007 to Oct.2007. He also published many papers including “Development of South-North Relations and Security of Northeast Asia” (presented at Chinese National Defense University, Oct.2000), “Korean Peninsula and Security of Northeast Asia" (presented at Columbia University, May 2001), “Unification of Korean Peninsula and Security of Northeast Asia” (presented at NIDS in Japan, May 2002), “Russia in the 21st Century and ROK” (presented at IMEMO in Russia, Sep. 2002), and many other articles to public media, and research papers to research institutes.He earned his B.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University, MA in Public Administration from USAWC/ Shippensburg University and Ph.D. in Politics from Sung Kyun Kwan University.
- Prof. Jaewook An is a former Vice President of Kyung Hee University, (2013~2014) and President of Institution & Economic Association (March 2016~ present). He is a professor at Kyung Hee University, School of Economics (1989 ~ present), while he has taken various roles including Chair Person at Section of Generation, Presidential Committee for National Cohesion (March 2016 ~ Present), Committeeman for Economic Development Cooperation Fund Committee at the Seoul City Government (March 2012 ~ February 2013) and Committeeman for Economic Policy at the Federation of Korean Industries, (March 2008 ~ February 2013).
His research interests are focused mainly on Money and Banking, Financial Institutions, Economic Growth and Free Market Economy. He has published various books and papers including Smart Market Economy (2016), Capitalism, Misunderstanding and Truth (2016), History of Capitalism (2015), Restrictions on Bank Ownership in Korea (2017), Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and Reform in the Money and Banking System, Journal of Institution and Economics (2017),
He earns his B.A. in Economics at Kyung Hee University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the Ohio State University.
- Dr. Hyun is an economist,Former CEO of the Center for Free Enterprise, and former senior research fellow and director of Center for Social Cohesion at Korea Economic Research Institute (KERI). Prior to joining KERI, he was professor at Ajou University, during which he also served as Editor in Chief of Korean Journal of Public Economics. In 2009, he was granted on-leave to serve as Secretary for Civil Society at the President’s Office. Dr. Hyun was also research fellow at Korea Institute of Public Finance, where he researched on various tax issues of Korea. Dr. Hyun received his Ph.D. degree in Public Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989.
- Ki Seong Park is Professor of Economics at Sungshin University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago under the advice of Professors Gary Becker, Robert Lucas, Jr., and Sherwin Rosen. His main research interest has been human capital and economic growth on which he has publications including “A Theory of On-the-Job Learning (International Economic Review), Economic Growth and Multiskilled Workers in Manufacturing (Journal of Labor Economics), and Story on Creative Economy (in Korean). He served as the president of the Korea Labor Institute, a national research institute on labor issues. He was awarded the 1997 Cheongram Prize by the Korean Economic Association.
- William J. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Kenyon College, an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, and a fellow with the Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project. As of February 2017, he was ranked 44th on the Social Science Research Network’s Top 8,000 Economics Authors.Luther’s research focuses primarily on questions of currency acceptance and the role governments play in determining commonly accepted media of exchange. He has published articles in leading scholarly journals, including Economic Inquiry, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy. His popular works have appeared in The Economist, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report.An internationally renowned expert on cryptocurrencies, Luther’s research has been cited by major media outlets, including NPR, VICE News, The Christian Science Monitor, and New Scientist.Luther earned his MA and PhD in Economics at George Mason University and his BA in Economics at Capital University.
- Thomas Hogan is Assistant Professor of Finance in the Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. He was formerly the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Dr. Hogan earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked for investment funds in the U.S. and Europe and is a former consultant to the World Bank.