LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONFERENCE
AUGUST 12 TO 16 2021

¡WELCOME!

Liberty International invites you to its 35th World Conference in Medellin, Colombia, from August 12-16, 2021. Our World Conferences are “family affairs” where the world’s most innovative libertarian minds connect and create lifelong friendships. This event will inspire entrepreneurial endeavors as a foundation for freedom and economic prosperity for years to come. Please join us in creating a beacon of liberty that gives hope to the oppressed, opportunity to the impoverished, and freedom to those longing to be free.

Market Alternatives to Government

Medellin, Colombia

We hope to integrate the champions of freedom from around the continent, to be an inspiring torch to entrepreneurs and a lighthouse to the oppressed, and to establish relationships to create a bigger impact on political and economic stability as well as cultural exchange. We provide all of this with the goal of constructing market alternatives to government that can be implemented in the continent and help liberty to flourish.

Speakers

John Dana Chisholm, an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor for over 30 years, heads John Chisholm Ventures, a San Francisco-based startup advisory and angel investment firm. He is the author of Unleash Your Inner Company, a popular guide to discovering, launching, and scaling your ideal business.

He founded and served as CEO/chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), a pioneer in online surveys, and of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. He started his career in engineering and management positions at GE and HP, followed by consulting to high-tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Xerox, and Netapp.

He is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees); a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute; past president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association; and former trustee of The Seasteading Institute. He serves or has served on advisory boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, Atlas Network, and Antigua Forum, and chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society.

He writes and speaks frequently on what forms of regulation promote, and what forms stifle, entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. He has served on the Global Partners Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and as mentor or judge for the Hult Prize, the European Innovation Academy, and Thiel Fellowship. He contributes to Forbes.

A former mountain climber, he has summited Mounts Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens, and volcan Villarica, a live volcano in Chile.

Open vs Closed: The Battle for the Future of the World

Johan Norberg is an award-winning historian of ideas from Sweden and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He has achieved a worldwide readership with books like Progress and In Defence of Global Capitalism, translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent book is Open: The Story of Human Progress – a book of the year in The Economist, which described it as “clear, colourful and convincing”. He regularly hosts documentaries on development and economics for US public television, including Economic Freedom in Action, The Real Adam Smith and Sweden: Lessons for America?

Roberto Salinas León
Addresssing the Challenges of Liberty in the Americas in an Era of Radical Uncertainty

Dr. Roberto Salinas León holds a B.A. in political economy, history and philosophy from Hillsdale College, Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University, Indiana.

He has been an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor of Political Economy at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (1989-2002), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1989-1992) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in Mexico City (since 2004). He was also a Visiting Professor of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala (1997).

He is currently Senior Debate Fellow and Debate Lecturer at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. He has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past 25 years in Mexico, including the annual Mexico roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009.

He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Investor’s Business Daily, Barrons, and others. He was a weekly editorial columnist in El Economista, from 1993 to 2011 and now published occasional op-ed’s in different media outlets. He is an occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latinamerica, CNCB, BBC, and others; and is a weekly commentator on economics and global finance in AND 40, in Mexico City.

He has delivered over 900 lectures in Mexico and the U.S., Canada, several countries in Central and South America, and throughout Europe and Asia. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on three occasions – on NAFTA and free trade, structural reform in Mexico, and monetary and exchange rate policy.

How The Government Infringes Our Right to Self-Medicate - For Health And For Recreation.

Jeffrey A. Singer is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and works in the Department of Health Policy Studies. He is principal and founder of Valley Surgical Clinics, Ltd., the largest and oldest group private surgical practice in Arizona, and has been in private practice as a general surgeon for more than 35 years. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health. From 1994-2016 he was a regular contributor to Arizona Medicine, the journal of the Arizona Medical Association. He served on the Advisory Board Council of the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University from 2014-2018 and is an adjunct instructor in the Program on Political History and Leadership at ASU. He writes and speaks extensively on regional and national public policy, with a specific focus on the areas of health care policy and the harmful effects of drug prohibition. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dan Mitchell
The Fatal Mix of Demographic Change and the Welfare State

Dan 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 served on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review, and holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Private Alternatives of Education from the Free Market

Hector Naupari is a lawyer, essayist and poet. He is President of the Institute of Human Action Studies. He has been President of the Latin American Liberal Network. He is the author of the book of poems "Malevolent your absence", and the book of essays "Liberalism is freedom", among others. Naupari graduated in Law and Political Science in 1996 at the National University of San Marcos, has completed Master's studies in Civil and Commercial Law. He is a candidate for a Doctor of Law from the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Free Markets in Health: Evidence of Better Outcomes

David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) - the very 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. His center has held several medical tourism research conferences around the world and has consulted with companies, countries and NGOs.

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 (like the UN), and has also produced numerous articles, papers, and book chapters, as well as being interviewed in publications

Luis Espinosa Goded
Market of Values: From the Morality of Capitalism to the Moralist capitalism

Luis Espinosa Goded is a full time professor of economics at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador. Columnist at Primicias and conductor of Espinosa Libertad, he is a frequent speaker and analyst at the media.

He is a university professor and economics researcher; thought of the Austrian school of
economics, neuro-economics; economic of human behavior; and evolutionary psychology.

He is an austrian economist who promotes the dollarization and works on the conexion between values and economic development.

Restoring a Sense of Humanity & Repairing the Erosion of Trust in the Wake of The Great Reset & Pandemic Policies

Christopher Llingle earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977 & has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, LatinAmerica & the USA. As a passionate supporter of human creativity & voluntary actions contributing to social harmony, he travels relentlessly to discuss the impact of institutions & public policy on human liberty & personal dignity. He is Visiting Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala (since 1998), Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for CivilSociety (New Delhi), International Political Economic Advisor for the AsianInstitute for Diplomacy & International Affairs (AIDIA – Kathmandu) & Senior Fellow at Advocata Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka). His research interests are in the areas of Political Economy & International Economics with a focus on emerging market economies & public policy reform in East & Central Europe, East Asia, Latin America & Southern Africa.

My life as a tax avoidance advocate

Toine Manders (1969), a Dutch lawyer, entrepreneur and anti-politician, has built a reputation in the field of tax planning, estate planning, asset protection, trust services and formation and management of companies and trusts for entrepreneurs and consultants as the director of trust firm HJC, which formed about 7000 corporate entities in total.  Between 1984 and 1996, HJC advised about 6,000 clients on how to avoid the military draft.  One of the major breakthroughs in his work was the Inspire Art decision, in which the European Court of Justice ruled that every entrepreneur in the EU has the freedom to form a company in another member state, and therefore may choose the member state with the most business friendly company law, even if all activities are in his home country.

Toine Manders was the leader of the Libertarian Party of The Netherlands (LPNL) from 1994 to 2016. He was the top candidate on the list of LPNL for the Dutch national elections in 1994 and 2012. Since 2017, he serves as vice chairman of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties (IALP).

Manders was interviewed by hundreds of national TV and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and journals. He has been invited to (nationally broadcasted) debates with professors, members of parliament, and other politicians. He spoke at hundreds of seminars for entrepreneurs and their advisors. In 2017, Manders testified before the Dutch Parliamentary Questioning Committee Tax Schemes. His clear and well-represented counter arguments against the system of taxation have been a hit on social media. Several videos with subtitles in English, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages have gone viral and have been watched millions of times.

José Luis Cordeiro
Immortality and Governments: Technology vs Regulation

International fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, vicechair of HumanityPlus, director of The Millennium Project, founding faculty at Singularity University in NASA Research Park, Silicon Valley, and former director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter), the World Transhumanist Association and the Extropy Institute. He has also been invited faculty at the Institute of Developing Economies IDE – JETRO in Tokyo, Japan, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Russia.

José studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, economics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, management at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and science at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a leading expert on technological change, future trends and economic forecasting. He has published more than 10 books in 5 languages, including his current bestseller "La muerte de la muerte" in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Chinese and Turkish. José has appeared in programs with the BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel and National Geographic, among many other international media interviews. He is a member of the Sigma Xi (ΣΞ) and Tau Beta Pi (ТΒΠ) honor societies, and has received several prizes, including the Spanish Health Award by Instituto Europeo for promoting research on longevity and life extension. He has been Spanish candidate to the European Parliament.

Live and Let Live: The World's New Global Peace Movement

Marc J. Victor is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization Admitted in Arizona & Hawaii. Marc has been zealously representing clients in serious state and federal criminal law matters for well over twenty-five years. As a long time freedom activist, Mr. Victor is regularly invited to speak to audiences across Arizona on a variety of issues including ending the drug war, the rights of gun owners, the free market, criminal justice issues as well as a variety of other criminal law related issues.

His jury trial experience includes several murder trials including death eligible matters as well as complex sex and drug cases including both state and federal courts. He has also successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Mr. Victor has been quoted locally, nationally and internationally on radio, television, in print and in person as a legal commentator and expert on many local and national cases.

Prof. Dr. Erick Behar-Villegas
Government Watchdog Agencies and the Fake Fight Against Corruption: A Tale of Narratives

Erick Behar was born in Bogotá in 1986, after which he was raised between the United States and Colombia. Erick studied Economics and Social Sciences at the Ruhr Universität Bochum in Germany. He then did his master studies in Augsburg (M.Sc. in German French Management) and in Rennes, France (Master in International Management). He earned his Ph.D. at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München in the area of applied cyber anthropology, studying applicant attraction and organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. Erick has worked as a manager in the food industry and trade sector in Europe, with experience in SMEs and in conglomerates such as EDEKA Gruppe. Erick was appointed Dean of Economics and Business at the Central University of Colombia, after having served as Undersecretary of Economic Development and Competitiveness Director of Bogotá. His teaching experience covers the areas of international business, branding, applied cyber anthropology to business and politics, macroeconomics and web metrics at institutions such as CESA Business School, Central, and Externado universities. He is passionate about coffee and agriculture, having cofounded a startup in Colombia in the honey and fruit business, among other entrepreneurial projects in other sectors. Erick is a frequent contributor to the renowned magazine Revista Dinero in Latin America, covering topics such as idiosyncrasy, business, and branding. Erick speaks and writes 8 languages. He is the author and editor of several books and articles related to international business and applied cyber anthropology, as well as a soon to be published novel about Latin American legalism.

Research areas of interest: state efficiency, corporate & political branding, macroeconomics, Latin America.

Jorge Eduardo Castro
Living Hayekian Ideas in a Fintech Universe

Jorge Eduardo Castro, Executive Director of Ampreyteyra SAS and General Manager of Unión Editorial Colombia. He is a consultant on family business, estate planning, and territorial development. He works from an Austrian school of economics perspective, using Austrian business cycle theory and entrepreneurial discovery to build knowledge management practices through firms and families.

How Does the Beast Work and How Can Ordinary People Stop This Inevitable, Bloody Cycle?

President of the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education, an entrepreneur, a cybernetic specialist. Author of the books "The Physics of Life", "The 59 keys for understanding the beginning of life" and "The Backdrop of Polish Democracy. Citizen versus System". Owner of an IT company.

You Play the Way You Live: Aggressive Soccer Play and Social Capital

Dr. Antonio Saravia is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Economics and Liberty at Mercer University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Arizona State University, an M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Economics from Bolivian Catholic University. His work has appeared in highly ranked academic journals such as Review of Development Economics, Constitutional Political Economy and The Cato Journal among others. Dr. Saravia is a frequent speaker in college campuses and conferences around the world. He is also a recurrent commentator for major media outlets such as CNN, NPR, Fox News, etc.

Kyle Varner
Liberty without politics: Five rules for effectively breaking chains without ever casting a vote or staging a coup

Dr. Kyle Varner is a practicing hospitalist in Spokane, Washington. He is an advocate of individual liberty and free market economics. He serves as the Vice President of Liberty International for Latin American programs, and has lectured on the link between economic freedom and public health across the United States as well as in Singapore, Mongolia, Uganda, Italy, Poland, Colombia and Ecuador.

Carlos Augusto Chacón Monsalve
Free Market as a Cornerstone of Security and Peacebuilding

Born in Bucaramanga, Santander on April 12, 1982. Lawyer from the Universidad Autónoma Bucaramanga, Magister in National Security and Defense from the Escuela Superior de Guerra, Magister in Political and International Studies from the Universidad del Rosario, Senior Specialist in Integration from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. Graduated from the Security and Defense Course in the Caribbean, from the William J. Perry Center of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Fellow of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. "Democracy fellowship program of the European Parliament”.
Hannes H. Gissurarson
The Conservative-Liberal Tradition: Free Trade, Private Property, and Limited Government

Born in 1953, wrote his doctoral dissertation at Oxford University on F. A. Hayek’s political theory, and has been Professor of Politics at the University of Iceland since 1988. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at several universities, including Stanford, UCLA and George Mason. The chief advisor to the Icelandic government in 1991–2004, he was on the Board of Directors of the Mont Pelerin Society in 1998–2004 and on the Board of Overseers of the Central Bank of Iceland 2001–2009, and is at present the Academic Director of the Icelandic free market think tank RNH. The author of more than 15 books in Icelandic, English and Swedish, his most recent works are the reports Spending Other People’s Money: A Critique of Rawls, Piketty and Other Redistributionists (2018), and Twenty Four Conservative-Liberal Thinkers, I-II (2019), both for the think tank New Direction in Brussels.

Jacek Spendel
Official Opening of the Conference: Welcome Speech

Panel Discussion: Innovation in Liberty Education

Jacek Spendel is the current president of Liberty International, as an experienced manager in the libertarian think-tank world. In 2012, he founded Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation where he is CEO and runs a number of projects with Project Arizona as the most successful one. Simultaneously with his libertarian activism, he ran a pizza business in Katowice between 2014-2017. He studied social sciences at the University of Silesia, Jagiellonian University, and Georgetown University. Spendel is an Alumnus of Atlas Network’s Think-Tank MBA (2013) and The Fund of American Studies programs in Prague (2008) and Washington, DC (2009). Currently, he and his wife Magda divide their time between Phoenix, AZ, and Wrocław in southwestern Poland.

Ken Schoolland
Market Alternatives to Government Control of Migration and Labor In Time of Crisis.

Ken Schoolland is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Hawaii Pacific University. He is on the Board of Scholars of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, and formerly President of Liberty International and Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii. Schoolland authored The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, published in 80+ editions in 50+ languages and performed in theatrical productions across Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Marcel van Hattem

Brazilian politician, journalist and political scientist, who has been elected federal representative of the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brasília. He received 349.855 votes last October which makes him the most voted candidate for Congress in his state and the seventh most voted in Brazil. Marcel was chosen leader of his Party, called Partido NOVO and, with other seven Deputies of NOVO, he will debut a new era of politics in Congress, when liberalism and the respect of the rule of law will be above any other political interests. Marcel also held the position of city councillor in his hometown Dois Irmãos, Brazil (2005-2008) and the position of state representative at the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul (2015-2018).

Jon Hersey
The Bright Line Between Markets and Governments

Jon Hersey (@revivingreason) is managing editor of The Objective Standard and holds fellowships at Foundation for Economic Education, where he writes in defense of freedom, and at Objective Standard Institute, where he teaches “How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty.” He hosts the podcasts “Philosophy for Flourishing” and “The Hero Show.” He’s on a mission to identify and apply the principles of human flourishing. Get his ebook on writing in defense of liberty and join his mailing list at JonHersey.com.

Hernando Carvalho Murcia
Colombia's Orinoco: Private Model of Development for the Wild Wild East.

Hernando Carvalho M. works with the Movimiento Libertario de Colombia since its creation in 2015 and was its National Director in 2017. He is a second-generation entrepreneur in AgTech and Agro-Industry but also has worked in the music industry, tv production, financial brokerage, and political campaigns, including two successful presidential campaigns in Colombia. Hernando has done research on development economics, Asian studies, European politics, North Korea, and the myths around the Palm Oil Industry. Hernando has a BA in Finance and International Relations at Universidad Externado de Colombia, MA International Studies at the University of London, Goldsmiths College, MSc in Project Management at ESDEN Business School, and many related courses in Colombia, India, Israel, China, the US, and Guatemala. Hernando is currently working towards the development of private infrastructure in Colombia, such as private railroads. Find him at @hcarvalhom

Dr Mary Ruwart
Death by Regulation: How We Were Robbed of a Golden Age of Health and How We Can Regain It

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. She is best known for her book, “Healing Our World,” which cities over 1,000 studies showing how liberty works in the toughest testing ground of all---the real world. She is also the author of “Short Answers to the Tough Questions” and “Death by Regulation.” Currently, Dr. Ruwart serves as Chair of Liberty International.”

Glenn Cripe
Panel Discussion: Innovation in Liberty Education

Since 2005, Glenn has brought LLI’s Liberty Camps and Seminars to over 3200 students in 33 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. He also enjoys playing classical piano, attending jazz, opera, and folk events, and hiking in the Arizona mountains and desert.

Before co-founding 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.

Originally from Chicago, now living in central Italy, Glenn has lived in a dozen cities in the US and abroad. He studied languages, finance, and economics at Indiana University. He speaks Italian, French, and a bit of German.

Matthew Bowler
Unlimited Money

Matthew is an early crypto currency investor and fiat currency critic.

Host

Panel Discussion: Innovation in Liberty Education

Tomasz Agencki (1981) a Polish podcaster and documentary filmmaker. Since 2010 actively involved in creating liberty oriented media for polish-speaking audiences. Hosting the first and biggest libertarian polish podcast “Agent”, recording tons of video materials for liberty minded viewers, narrating audiobooks (including “Human Action”, “12 Rules for Life”, works of Hazlitt, Bastiat, etc), self publishing books and teaching Austrian Economics in a form of a stand-up – everything to provide quality content to the growing market of liberty. Currently Engaged in producing three documentary projects.

Panel Discussion: Innovation in Liberty Education

Co-founder and executive director of Acton Institute, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan with international offices in Rome, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Institute publishes scholarship and film and organizes educational seminars around the world for current and future religious leaders across denominations promoting an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the free market economy. The Institute also works with business leaders, helping them to embrace their work as a worthy calling and to encourage their positive moral defense of a free society characterized by individual liberty and personal moral responsibility. Since its inception in 1990, The Acton Institute has experienced tremendous growth and today employs more than 50 people with an annual budget of $11,500,000.

Mikhail Svetov
To Tame a Leviathan: Contract Jurisdictions and Civil Rights.

Russian politician and public figure, the most prominent libertarian in Russia. Chairman of the Civil Society Movement, chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Libertarian Party of Russia and author of the SVTV channel. Founder of the first libertarian club in Europe "New Sincerity". Bitcoin evangelist since 2011. He organized a series of political rallies in 2018-2020 in Russia, the biggest one in Moscow was attended by over 50 000 people. He has conducted lectures about libertarianism in over 70 cities in Russia. His biggest lecture in Moscow sold over 1200 tickets.

Walter E Block
Market Alternatives to Government: Roads, Oceans, Space

Walter E. Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of more than 600 refereed articles in professional journals, three dozen books, and thousands of op eds (including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and numerous others). He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows. He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute, 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award (2005, 2008) and the Mises Institute’s Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; and the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007. Prof. Block counts among his friends Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard. He was converted to libertarianism by Ayn Rand. Block is old enough to have played chess with Friedrich Hayek and once met Ludwig von Mises, and shaken his hand. Block has never washed that hand since. So, if you shake his hand (it’s pretty dirty, but what the heck) you channel Mises.

Henry Song
Panel Discussion: Innovation in Liberty Education

Henry Song is a North Korea human rights activist based in the Washington, D.C. area and the Founder and Executive Director of The Song Foundation for North Korea Human Rights. He has been involved with this issue for over 15 years, and works with North Korean defectors and activists in South Korea, Japan, Europe, and North America on various projects and programs, and volunteers for several North Korean human rights organizations founded and led by prominent defector activists (Kuen Saem, Fighters for Free North Korea, Tongil Mom, Center for Liberty & Reunification, among others), and is also a volunteer manager for the famed defector painter, Song Byeok, and the interpreter for North Korean defector film director, Gim Gyu Min. Henry has been involved with the rescue and resettlement of many of the over 200 North Korean defectors who have been admitted to the US as refugees, and continues to have a close relationship with them, as well as with North Korean defectors in South Korea, Japan, Europe, and Canada.

He is a founding member and a member of the Board of Directors for PSALT NK (Prayer, Service, Action, Love, Truth for North Korea), and most recently, Henry served as the North America Director for No Chain.

He also serves as a freelance interpreter and translator for the North Korean defector community in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and elsewhere, and for visiting North Korean defector delegations from South Korea, and has helped with interpreting for meetings of defectors with former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State John Kerry, current and former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Samantha Power respectively, and various other South Korean, American, and European politicians and public figures. In addition, Henry has interpreted and translated for various Congressional Hearings, UN events, major international human rights events and conferences, and major media (TV+ radio + print) appearances involving North Korean defectors, and also has appeared in NK News, SCMP, VICE, and other media outlets for interviews. Henry has also consulted for major human rights organizations and NGOs on North Korean human rights projects, such as HRF (Human Rights Foundation), HRW (Human Rights Watch), OSF (Open Society Foundations), the G.W. Bush Institute, the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Family Research Council's (FRC) Values Voter Summit (VVS) in 2019, and CPAC 2020.

He has hosted more than a dozen North Korean defector delegation visits to the United States for events and meetings, and also brought North Korean defector speakers and participants for three consecutive years to the annual Korea Days event held at the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency). Henry sits on the board of the Belgium-based HRWF (Human Rights Without Frontiers), and was formerly on the international advisory board of Seoul-based NAUH (Now, Action & Unity for Human Rights). Henry hosted and organized the last in-person event featuring North Korean defectors in Washington, D.C., featuring the borderguard soldier who escaped through the DMZ, in March of 2020, before the COVID pandemic lockdowns began.

He is currently helping North Korean defectors with information dissemination projects into North Korea using the latest digital and information technologies, and most recently helped with and participated in defector speaking events at the Oxford Union, the British Parliament, the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, the Liberty International World Conference, and the Values Voter Summit. Henry currently works as a consultant with a DC-based think-tank focused on the Indo-Pacific region.

The Program

Thursday 12

Friday 13

Saturday 14

Sunday 15

Monday 16

Registration

VIP

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Experience Liberty International World Conference on another level. Stay in an amazing suite, have a VIP dinner with key speakers, make high-level networking connections at the event, and enjoy all activities throughout the conference.

Includes: single accommodation suite, welcome kit, meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), and pick up and drop off at the airport.

Special price for couples for an extra $1,100 USD.

PLATINUM

$800 USD

Join us in Medellin to enjoy all the lectures and activities of Liberty International World Conference, meet amazing freedom fighters, and learn more about the ideals of liberty.

Includes: Double accommodation, meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, excludes dinner Friday), and pick up and drop off at the airport.

Single accommodation for an extra $150 USD.

ECONOMY

$300 USD

Designed for those who would like to attend only the lectures. Lunch and snacks included.

Does not include accommodation or other activities related to the conference.

 

If you are interested in extending your visit, have any special request or questions please send an email to liwc2021info@gmail.com

About Our Venue

Medellín is waiting for you

Hotel San Fernando Plaza Medellín

Medellín City.

The vibrant city of Medellin waits for you! Medellin is known as the city of flowers for its spring-like weather. You will enjoy a rich culture, local cuisine, and spectacular views in one of the most popular neighborhoods of Medellin. Speakers from different parts of the world will join us for lectures, panel discussions, Q&A Sessions, and casual networking activities throughout the conference.

Looking to extend your stay?

Travel & Visas

Flights

There are several airlines that fly to Medellin, Colombia (airport code: MDE) directly from the United States, Spain, Panama, Peru, and Ecuador. You can also make a connection in Bogota (BOG) where there are more direct international routes.

Visas

Some nationalities require a visa to visit Colombia. You can check if this is the case for your country by clicking here

Organizers

Liberty International
(Main Organizer)

Liberty International is the organization promoting libertarianism around the world since 1969, over 34 world conferences in 25 countries. Bringing liberty to every corner of the world by sharing the philosophy and benefits of freedom, with special emphasis on educating newcomers. LI spreads liberty and fosters a global network of freedom champions, empowering them to become change agents in their own countries.

Movimiento Libertario Colombia
(Host of the Conference)

The Libertarian Movement of Colombia is a citizen movement of action; MLC believes that the best way to build society is through private voluntary actions and peaceful coexistence. Promoting freedom by exposing ideas of economic and individual liberty. Special focus on students, entrepreneurs, businessmen and libertarians.

Key Partners

The Future Starts on
August 12th

RELEASE

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