Dear Freedom Lovers,
I cordially invite you to Mongolia for the Liberty International World Conference of 2019!
It is an honor for the Silk Road Foundation to organize the Liberty International World Conference of 2019 in Mongolia –a country of eternal blue skies in the heart of Central Asia.
Mongolia is a dynamic mix of culture, nature, and history, where the ancient meets the modern and the result is guaranteed to take your breath away. By coming to Mongolia for Liberty International you’ll be able to explore the capital city, Ulaanbaatar - a vibrant metropolis representing both contemporary and traditional lifestyles. Meet other freedom lovers and famous libertarian activists from all over the world. It is going to be a networking event with many interesting lectures and insights on liberty.
Adventuring in Mongolia will bring new inspiration, so don’t miss this chance to enjoy a new experience at Liberty International 2019 in Ulaanbaatar.
M.Khaliunbat – Founder and CEO of the Silk Road Foundation
The 35th Liberty International World Conference 2019 in Ulaanbaatar is looking forward to a gathering of libertarians and freedom lovers from all over the world. It is an essential platform for sharing ideas of the best and brightest minds in the liberty movement, energizing each other through networking and friendships.
The main goal of the conference is to introduce current libertarian points of interest to an already liberty-oriented audience with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Networking is key to advancement of the worldwide freedom movement. The conference will touch upon various topics –ranging from theory to practical case-studies based on the experiences of entrepreneurs and activists. The conference will be divided into lectures with Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and most importantly casual networking activities.
Silk Road Foundation
The Silk Road Foundation NGO was established in 2013, with the main goal of promoting free markets, limited government, and individual freedom in Mongolia.
In the past, we have successfully organized various discussions and a series of lectures addressed to decision makers and the public. We focus on enlightening the Mongolian public, especially the youth, by conducting various training sessions and lectures.
In fostering free markets our team implemented various projects including book translations, TV shows, lectures, training, public speeches, and magazine publications.
Ken Schoolland, President of the Liberty International, and Li Schoolland, Director of External Relations for Asia and the Pacific at the Acton Institute, have been supporting our activities and lecturing at our annual Free Market Academy for the past four years. Dr. Cris Lingle joined them last year.
Our activities and projects would not have been a great success without the support and assistance of our biggest partner – The Atlas Network.
The Silk Road Foundation team will continue working to spread the ideas of free markets in Mongolia by implementing many projects. We hope to expand our friendships and partner scope by organizing the Liberty International World Conference.
The spirit of liberty and freedom is naturally embodied in the people of Mongolia and in their way of living. The welcome reception will begin with a keynote speech from the Founder of the Silk Road Foundation and host, M.Khaliunbat, who will speak on entrepreneurship and innovation. The keynote speech will be followed by the welcoming dinner, Mongolian traditional folk songs, dance, and contortionist performances.
Over 30 speakers and libertarian activists from all over the world who are continuously spreading the ideas of free markets will present interesting speeches and will offer Q&A sessions for all participants. The conference will be held at Jargalant Resort which is a brand new luxury (5-star) hotel in Ulaanbaatar. The hotel is located 3 km from Chinggis Khaan International Airport.
The morning session will be held at the State Cultural Palace in Ulaanbaatar, aiming to engage more of a Mongolian audience, especially youth, in addition to our LI participants. We will have a chance to visit Sukhbaatar Square and have a group photo in front of the Government House and the Statue of Chinggis Khaan.
The afternoon session will continue at the Jargalant Resort with simultaneous sessions – the main conference and a sub-conference with the Mongolian audience - with speeches focused on entrepreneurship.
Two simultaneous sessions will be held before the afternoon. After completion of these sessions, we will have an unforgettable time by witnessing a special Mini Naadam Festival, exclusively prepared for LI participants in order to become familiar with the lifestyle, arts and music that reflect the true national identity and culture of the Mongolian people. Horsebackriding will be another attraction for LI participants and another great time for casual networking. Following the Mini Naadam Festival and horse riding, we will have a closing banquet and casual party that will allow us to become even closer with our friends and have amemorable evening with lots of fun and laughter.
By this time we are sure that you will have met many amazing people and gained new international friends and it is time to depart. But perhaps you still haven’t had enough of Mongolia, right?
We offer you an optional tour where you will be able to explore more of Mongolia, making your adventure even more exciting
Take a city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Gandan Monastery which is known for its huge gold-plated Buddha. See the chanting monks, spinning prayer wheels, and intricately embroidered thangka. Visit the National Museum of Mongolian History where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia dating from the Stone Age to the present. We will travel to TsonjinBoldog, where we will find a giant (131 feet) ChinggisKhan statue. Travel to Terelj National park, where you’ll explore extraordinary rock formations. The national park incorporates parts of the Khentii Mountain Range and here you will have more time for horseback riding
Amartuvshin Dorj – is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Mises Mongolia NGO. Since 2008, he has been free market and individual freedom activist, and leading numerous advocacy projects that have raised public awareness and community building efforts.
He has led and co-led many projects, including translation and publications of essays and books such as Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard, Economic Policy by Ludwig Von Mises, and From totalitarianism to defective democracy by Michal Klima. Also he has co-organized many
events and workshops such as “Freedom based Development talk” lecture series (2013-2015), The Liberty summer School (2008-2016) and Free Market Academy (2015-2017) in Mongolia. Also, in 2017 he was the main organizer of Ayn Rand Conference Mongolia, and invited distinguished guests such as Yaron Brook, Director of Ayn Rand Institute and Carl Barney, Board of Cato Institute in the Conference.
Mr. Amartuvshin is active in the media and frequently shares his expertise through speaking engagements on free market and individual rights including national TV discussions.
Andrés Cusme Franco grew up in Guayaquil and obtained his degree in International Business at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, based in Ecuador. He is a leader at The Bastiat Society of Ecuador, an important think tank influencing all over the world, which is also a chapter of the American Institute of Economic Research AIER. Proud FEE Alumni and active collaborator of leading pro-liberty organizations in Ecuador, Colombia and USA. Experienced professional in Supply Chain Management and business consultant at the agronomic industry.
Andy Eyschen - Co-founder and director of the Language of Liberty Institute. An Australian citizen, originally from Luxembourg, Andy currently works as a management consultant from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
BATCHULUUN Baldandorj (Mongolia) – Ph.D., is a doctor of philosophy and one of the top libertarian activists in Mongolia. He has been working as an Associate Professor at School of International Studies of Jawarharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Dr.Batchuluun has authored, co-authored, translated and edited many books and articles on libertarian topics and philosophy.
Topic: "ANTI-LIBERTARIAN TRADITIONS AND OBSTACLES IN MONGOLIA (On the experiences of my libertarian deed)"
Carlos Augusto Chacón /Colombia/ – Born in Bucaramanga, Colombia on April 12, 1982. Lawyer of the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (2007), Senior Specialist in Integration of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (2008), Master in National Security and Defense of the Escuela Superior de Guerra of Colombia (2012), Master in Political and International Studies of the Universidad del Rosario (2017).
With 15 years of experience in issues of development and regulatory harmonization, management and parliamentary diplomacy, political control and legislative technical assistance. He has served as Deputy Secretary of Political Affairs of the Andean Parliament, where he joined as a university practitioner in 2004. Since 2008 he has served as Technical Secretary in the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly -EUROLAT and since 2016 he has been the Secretary of the Security Working Group, Fight against Organized and Transnational Crime, and Terrorism.
He has been a university professor at the Escuela Superior de Guerra and the Universidad Autónoma de Colombia in Bogotá. Writer and speaker of various national and international events. In 2018, together with his wife Luisa Fernanda Sierra, they created the Centro de Estudios Libertad y Paz, where he is Executive Director.
Christopher LINGLE – earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977 and has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA.
He is a passionate supporter of human creativity and voluntary actions that lead to social harmony. To this end, he is available to go anywhere in the world to discuss the merits of institutions and public policy based on their impacts on human liberty and personal dignity.
Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Economics in the Escuela de Negocios at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala (since 1998), Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), International Political Economic Advisor for the Asian Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA – Kathmandu) & Senior Fellow, Advocata (Colombo, Sri Lanka).
Dr. LINGLE’s research interests are in the areas of Political Economy and International Economics with a focus on emerging market economies and public policy reform in East and Central Europe, East Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa.
Daniel J. Mitchell – is Chairman of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a pro-market public policy organization he founded in 2000. His major research interests include tax reform, international tax competition, the economic burden of government spending, and other fiscal policy issues. Having also worked at the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute, he has decades of experience authoring papers, writing editorials, working with the public policy community, and presenting the free-market viewpoint to newspaper, television, and radio media. Dan has spoken to a wide variety of groups in dozens of cities and more than 50 foreign countries. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review, and holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D. – is the founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) - the first academic research center devoted to medical tourism research (www.medicaltourismresearch.org). He is also a Tenured Full Professor of Management in the H-E-B School of Business & Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Before that, Dr. Vequist was an executive for Methodist Healthcare (billion dollar healthcare system in Texas) and previously was a consultant for Ernst & Young LLC. He is an accomplished speaker, author, researcher and futurist on the topic of healthcare trends, medical & retirement tourism, health technologies, social media analytics, training, development, leadership, and technology management. He has presented on five continents, consulted with Fortune 500 corporations, NGOs, countries and has produced numerous articles, papers, and book chapters, and been interviewed in many publications and channels.
Email him at: email@example.com.
Topic: "Free Market Healthcare & Economic Growth in Asia".
Enkhchimeg Davaanyam – is the current CEO Mongol iD LLC – and internet based enterprise and Board member of the Silk Road Foundation. Enkhchimeg has been serving as the CEO & President of PETROVIS LLC, which is one of the major petroleum products import and distribution company in Mongolia with extensive sales network throughout the country and which is actively involved in oil exploration, insurance, industrial lubricants import, and recently in coal mining, processing and export business and other projects directly or through its subsidiaries and joint ventures.
She will present a speech titled, “The case of Mongolian price regulation on gasoline - its consequences”.
Glenn Cripe - Founder and president of the Language of Liberty Institute. Since 2005, Glenn has brought LLI’s Liberty Camps and Seminars to over 3000 students in 28 countries, expanding his network of freedom fighters around the world. When not hosting Liberty Camps, Glenn recruits and develops new local partners, teachers, and donors for the Institute. Glenn pursued a career in IT development, consulting, and training. He takes special pride in having helped organize the project to translate and publish the works of Ayn Rand into Russian in 1993 — the first time her works could be read in her native language.
Hiroshi Yoshida – is a pioneer of the governmental accounting.
His point is that it is incorrect for a government to treat public goods as its own assets. Public goods are taxpayers’ properties. Public goods need to be shifted to the taxpayers’ balance sheet from the government balance sheet. After this shift, the difference between whatever remains on government asset and liability is the balance which needs to be fulfilled by “future tax” to be imposed on taxpayers.
He emphasizes the importance of creating “Performance report” for the government. Performance report shows how well or how bad the government managed taxpayers money to meet social demand. It is the government’s responsibility to produce satisfactory results for taxpayers.
Hiroshi has won the academic award by his book “Theory of Public Sector Accounting” from JICPA (Japanese Institute of Certified Accountants).
Hugo Van Reijen - Currency Specialist
Hugo van Reijen is an economist of Dutch origin. In 1985 he emigrated with his company to Guernsey, Channel Islands. This company distributes collectors' items among wholesalers around the world. Hugo is a staunch supporter of free-market ideas, a much smaller government and free immigration with abolition of current compulsory insurance schemes.
James W. Lark, III – currently serves as a professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia.
Prior to the 2003-2004 academic year he served as assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and as adjunct professor in the McIntire School of Commerce at U.Va. From 2003-2009 he served as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Special Projects at U.Va. During the 2012-2013 academic year he served as a professor in the Department of Statistics at U.Va. in addition to his position in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va. Tech) and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lark has served as visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech. He was an Earhart Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester. He has also 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. He is the author of publications in mathematics, operations research, and artificial intelligence. 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”).
He has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1983. He currently serves as the Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee. He is a member of the LNC’s Executive Committee, and serves as the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. He serves as chair of the Employment Policy and Compensation Committee; he has served in this position since the 2012-2014 LNC term.
He served as chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term, and as secretary pro tem during part of the 2012-2014 term. He served as an at-large member of the LNC during the 1998-2000 term, and as a regional representative during the 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2008-2010, 2010-2012, 2012-2014, 2014-2016, and 2016-2018 terms. He was a member of the Libertarian Party’s Platform Committee in 1991, 1998, 2010, and 2012, and a member of the Bylaws Committee in 2000. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee.
In July 2018, Dr. Lark was inducted into the Libertarian Party’s Hall of Liberty, the Party’s highest honor. Induction into the Hall honors lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting impact on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.
He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams award (given at national LP conventions for outstanding activism), the 2008 Thomas Jefferson award (given at national LP conventions for outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party), and the 2012 Thomas Paine award (given at national LP conventions for outstanding communication of Libertarian ideas). He is the only person to win each of these awards.
He serves as the secretary of the Libertarian Party of Virginia; he also serves as the Local Affiliate Parties Committee chairman and the campus coordinator for the LPVA. He has previously served as vice chairman and as secretary of the LPVA. He is the secretary of the Jefferson Area Libertarians (Charlottesville, Virginia).
Dr. Lark currently serves as advisor to The Liberty Coalition and its constituent organizations at the University of Virginia. He founded several of the Coalition organizations while a graduate student at the University of Virginia. He also serves as national campus coordinator for the Libertarian Party, and advises college and high school libertarians throughout the country on promoting libertarian ideas on campus. He has conducted several campus organizing tours on behalf of the LP. He has lectured and conducted workshops on campus organizing at many state Libertarian Party conventions, and at the Libertarian Party national conventions in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2014. He served as a member of the Libertarian Leadership School faculty, and as a member of the Libertarian Party’s “Success ‘97” and “Success ‘99” Leadership Seminar faculty.
He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of Liberty International, and serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2003 until 2016; he served as the chairman of the Board from 2009 until 2016.
Dr. Lark is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network. He is the recipient of the Foundation’s 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership.
Jan Kuban – President of the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education, an entrepreneur, a cybernetic specialist. Author of the books „The Physics of Life” and "The 59 keys for understanding the beginning of life". Owner of an IT company.
Mr. Jargalsaikhan Dambadarjaa (known as Jargal DeFacto) is an independent economist and media representative of Mongolia. He is a Mongolian political and economic observer, columnist, and host of TV’s Defacto Debate, Defacto Review, and Defacto Interview, weekly television interviews on VTV in Mongolia, featuring distinguished Mongolian, English and Russian-speaking guests from across the globe. Jargal also hosts Radio DeFacto, a radio talk show aired daily at 6:30pm on Business Radio 98.9FM.
He is a founder of The Defacto Institute, an independent research think tank that also publishes the ’The Defacto Gazette’, a weekly analytical newspaper covering the politics and economics of Mongolia—in English, Japanese, Russian, and Mongolian.
Since 2009, Jargal has been writing weekly articles on the current economic, political and social issues in the country, which are printed in Mongolian and English daily newspapers. He contributes to public opinion formation in the country through a range of formal and social media.
Jargal has a long career history in the industries including banking and financing, public office (Head of FIFTA, Board of Foreign Investment of Mongolia), tourism and petroleum sectors. His volunteer and board positions include Mongolians for Fair Taxes and Wise Spending, a taxpayers association (President), Mongolian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation - MONPECC (General Secretary 2007- 2016), Mongolian Association of State Alumni – MASA (President 2010-2013), Moscow State University Mongolian Alumni (President 2013-present), Silk Road Foundation (Chair 2013-2016) and The Economic Club of Ulaanbaatar (President).
Joe Kent – grew up on the Big Island and attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Minnesota State University, where he obtained his degree in education. Kent was a public school teacher for eight years, at King Kamehameha III School in Lahaina, Maui, and Sleepy Eye Public School in Minnesota. He also is a former student fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education.
Ken Schoolland (USA) – An associate professor of economics at Hawaii Pacific University, Ken Schoolland is also president of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He authored the award-winning “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey,” which has been translated into over 50 languages.
Ken will present a speech titled, "How Nations Embrace Entrepreneurship."
Khaliunbat Myagmarjav (Mongolia) –One of the top libertarians in Mongolia, founder and CEO of the Silk Road Foundation, which aims to promote individual freedom, free market, free society and limited government in Mongolia. Since establishing the foundation, Khaliunbat has initiated and implemented many projects, including book and magazine publications, TV program and workshops to promote free market in Mongolia. He will speak on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Kyle Varner – MD, earned his BA from St. John’s College, his MD from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is holds board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine and practices hospital medicine in Washington State, Alaska and Maine. A Libertarian Party member since 1999, he has served as the Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii and currently serves on the board of directors of Liberty International.
Leonardo Brito - Leonardo Brito is a business man from Caracas. He runs The Bastiat Society of Venezuela - the local free market think tank and also a chapter of the American Institute of Economic Research - with Luis López and is an active member of Rumbo Libertad (RL Venezuelas liberty warriors movement). Collaborates with many pro-liberty organizations in Latin America. Has been persecuted and detained by the military regime in 2 occasions. Currently exiled in Peru. Title of the speech: "Venezuela: Is there a hope"
Li Zhao Schoolland (USA/China) – Director of External Relations—Asia Pacific for the Acton Institute and the Founder of TFT Events. She is an independent educator, writer, translator, and event organizer. Mrs. Schoolland survived 26 years through the horrors of Mao’s regime in China. This motivated her to a lifetime of promoting freedom and liberty globally. She arranges translation and publication of libertarian literature in China and coaches parents in raising liberty-minded youth.
Li will present a speech titled, "Rethinking Poverty Cure"
Maria Alejandra Londono – National Director in the Colombian Libertarian Movement, working in diverse projects to spread libertarian ideas and gain political relevance. Through her online plataform Alejandra Research's she advocates for financial freedom and Fintech activism. Magna Cum Laude Professional in Finance and International Trade, Minor in Humanities from Sergio Arboleda University. Business Analyst with focus on Emerging Markets.
María José Bernal Gaviria – Studies economics with an emphasis in applied economics at EAFIT University in Medellin-Colombia. Intern at Asociación Nacional de Empresarios (ANDI). She is a Students For Liberty coordinator in her country and fellow of Centro de Estudios Libertad y Paz. Alumni of institutes like Foundation for Economic Education, Reason Individualism and Freedom Institute, Cato, The Fund for American Studies and Ayn Rand Institute, she is currently doing her thesis for graduating this year and is committed to developing new projects to promote principles of liberty in her society.
Mary Ruwart - Research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. She received her B.S. in biochemistry in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1974 (both from Michigan State University). Dr. Ruwart serves as Chair of the Liberty International, and Secretary of the Foundation for a Free Society. She has been an At-Large member of the Libertarian National Committee, served on the Board of both the Heartland Institute and the Fully Informed Jury Amendment Association.
Nicholas J. Sarwark is the 19th and current chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the executive body of the Libertarian Party (LP) of the United States. Prior to his election to that position in 2014, he served on several of the LP's national committees, as well as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland, and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.
Sarwark was a candidate for Mayor of Phoenix in that city's 2018 mayoral election. He finished fourth with 10.5 per cent of the votes.
Sarwark was born on August 27, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended classes at community college while still attending high school. He graduated from Washington Adventist University in 1998 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1999. Sarwark received his Juris Doctorfrom American University’s Washington College of Law in 2008 cum laude.
Sarwark was elected as Libertarian National Committee chair by the delegates of the 2014 Libertarian National Convention in Columbus, Ohio on June 29, 2014, defeating incumbent chairman Geoff Neale who had served two non-consecutive terms as chair of the LNC. He was re-elected as chairman of the Libertarian National Committee at the Libertarian National Convention in 2016 and again in 2018.
He was a deputy public defender in the state of Colorado. He is also a businessman with experience in computer consulting and sales.
Pedro Urruchurtu (Caracas, 1990) – is a Venezuelan political activist and the National Coordinator of Political Training/Education of Vente Venezuela, a liberal party led by María Corina Machado, one of the most important opposition leaders in Venezuela. He is also Vice President of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), a global umbrella with +70 young organizations around the world. In addition, Pedro is a writer, university professor and graduated in Political Science, with Magna Cum Laude honor, specializing in international relations. He has represented Venezuela in various libertarian forums, both in Latin America and around the world.
Per Bylund - Ph.D., is assistant professor of entrepreneurship and holds the Records-Johnston Professorship of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. He is a fellow of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Al., and associate fellow of the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. His research focuses on entrepreneurial value creation, economic growth, and Austrian economics, and he is the author of two books and he edits the Austrian Economics book series published by Agenda Publishing. He publishes a column at Entrepreneur magazine and has featured in the Wall Street Journal among other mainstream outlets. He has written extensively on libertarian theory, practice, and policy over more than two decades, much of which can be found at mises.org, lewrockwell.com, strike-the-root.com, and libertarianinstitute.org, as well as on Anarchism.net, which he co-founded in 1999.
Tom G. Palmer – is the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. 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, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014) and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2106). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s 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 University.
Tsenguun Purevjav – is the founder of the Mongolian Libertarian Foundation (MLF), which aims to spread the ideas of individual freedom, free-market economy and limited government to Mongolian youth and scholars. He has supported, redacted, and funded the Mongolian translations of various Austrian School of economy authors such as F.A. Hayek, L. von Mises and M. Skousen. Tsenguun was also the first to initiate and sponsor the translations of Ayn Rand’s most notable novels. Up to date, he has supported the translations of over 20 economic and philosophic books. He has been serving as the CEO of Altan Taria, an agri-food business, in Mongolia for 20 years.
Wei Wu, Dr. – is a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford. He has been doing research in the area of financial inclusion and innovation in the past 9 years. He was working for a FinTech firm in Beijing before he started his PhD in the University of Birmingham in 2012. Along with his research, he has also involved with several philanthropic projects and start-ups globally, which helps tea and coffee producers to better adapt into the global production network and the global value chain. He is also the founder of WeiPoint, a start-up consulting firm in the UK, to help the small businesses and diaspora enterprenuers grow at the regional and the global market.
Yaron Brook - is chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute. He wears many hats at the institute and travels extensively as ARI’s spokesman.
An internationally sought-after speaker and debater, He is a coauthor, with Don Watkins, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, Brook and Watkins argue that the answer to our current economic woes lies not in "trickle-down government" but in Rand's inspiring philosophy of capitalism and self-interest. Last year, Brook and Watkins released a new book, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality, a book that shows the real key to making America a freer, fairer, more prosperous nation is to protect and celebrate the pursuit of success―not pull down the high fliers in the name of equality. Brook is also 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. He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications.
Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States where he received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is managing founder and director.
Brook serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), and he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.
Yuri Maltsev –Professor of Economics at the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Wisconsin. He held,over a fifteen-year period, various teaching and research positions in Moscow, Russia. Prior to emigrating to the United States in 1989, he was a member of a senior team of Soviet economists that worked on President Gorbachev's reforms package of perestroika.Before settling in the Midwest, Dr. Maltsev served as a Senior Fellow of The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the U.S. Institute of Peace of the United States Congress. There he analyzed problems of the postcommunist transition to a market economy, with special emphasis on privatization and deregulation. In the US Dr. Maltsev has visited all states of the Union, giving lectures at leading universities, corporations, banks, colleges, churches, schools and community centers. He has appeared on Cable Network News (CNN), Financial Network News, PBS NewsHour, SABC, MSNBC Africa, SABC, C-Span, and other American, Canadian, Lithuanian, Russian, Spanish, South African, and Finnish television and radio programs. He has authored nine books and over two hundred articles.
Dr. Maltsev serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Foundation for Economic Education; Center on Global Prosperity of the Independent Institute, Heartland Institute; and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute at Auburn, Alabama. Title of the speech: "A global assault on liberty. Collectivism vs. individualism in our time."
Mongolia is the sixth-largest country in Asia and 19th in the world, yet the most sparsely populated nation in the world, with only 4.3 people per square mile. There are 13 times more horses than humans and sheep outnumber humans 35 to 1.
In the early 1990s, Mongolia was one of the poorest countries in the world. The per capita income plummeted from US$473 in 1989, while still under Soviet domination, to about US$100 in 1992 when it finally broke free of Soviet control. Since then the Mongolian economy has made steady — and recently, dramatic — progress.
The GDP per capita in Mongolia was last recorded at US$4071 US dollars in 2017, equivalent to 32 percent of the world’s average. GDP per capita in Mongolia averaged US$2143 from 1981 to 2017, reaching an all time high of US$4071in 2017 and a record low of US$1363 in 1993.
The city was founded in 1639 as a monastery and changed locations 28 times before it was settled permanently at its present location. With a population of around 1.5 million, Ulaanbaatar is the largest city in Mongolia, standing as its political, commercial, industrial, and cultural hub.
Much of the modern architecture of Ulaanbaatar (UB) started to shape in the 20th century with the influence of Russian architecture. The modern day UB showcases a mix of Soviet architecture, ger settlements, Buddhist monasteries, and 21st century high rises.
The colorful Naadam Festival, annually held between July 11 to 13,is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the Chinggis Khan. Wrestling, archery and horseracing are the “three manly sports” of the Mongolian Naadam Festival.
The Naadam Festival is the only one of its kind; it is a sophisticated and eloquent expression of nomadic culture, it is the honored celebration of national independence and it is an outstanding combination of the arts and sports.
Even, the core of the festival – three manly sports – the wrestling, horseracing and archery, embrace many elements of the arts such as singing, dancing, and performing.
Mongolian History and Nomadic Culture
A large number of ethnicities have inhabited Mongolia since prehistoric times. Most of these people were nomads who, from time to time, formed confederations that rose to prominence.
In 1206, Chinggis Khan (also known as Genghis Khan) founded the Mongol Empire, the largest empire in history. The Mongol Empire’s territory extended from present-day Poland in the west to the Korean peninsula in the east, from Siberia in the north to the Arab peninsula and Vietnam in the south, covering approximately 33 million square kilometers.
Mongolia is a country of ancient culture and unique historical remains from all stages of human history and one of the last nomadic countries in the world.
Since the Hunnu Empire, the nomadic way of lifestyle is still practiced today in the rural areas of the country. Nomads follow a seasonal routine raising and breeding five kinds of animals– goats, sheep, cattle (including yaks), camels and horses migrating from place to place following the most favorable pastures and campsites.