FOTO JDJoão Doria is the mayor of São Paulo, elected with 53% of the validated votes in a historical election defined in the first round. He was born in São Paulo and is 59 years old. He is married and father of three. Jornalist and publicist, Doria is the president of GRUPO DORIA, founder and licensed president of the Comitê Executivo do LIDE – Grupo de Líderes Empresariais (Executive Committe of LIDE – Entrepreneurs Leaders Group), and member of the  Conselho Deliberativo do Fundo Social da Solidariedade do Estado de São Paulo (Deliberative Concil of the Social Fund of Solidarity of São Paulo). He is son of João Doria (1919-2000), State Deputy elected from PDC Party of Bahia and abrogated by the military coup in 1964.  He moved with the family to France, where his father stayed in exile for 10 years. Doria was city secretary of tourism and president of PAULISTUR in between 1983 and 1986, during Mário Covas’ term of office as mayor of São Paulo. He participated in the organization of Diretas Já campaign in 1984. He was president of EMBRATUR and of the National Concil of Tourism from 1986 until 1988. In 2001 Doria joined PSDB Party. In 2007 João leaded Cansei, a civic movement for the rights of Brazilian people, to stand against the scandals of Mensalão, one of the biggest corruption schemes in Brazilian history. He was also communications officer in Rede Bandeirantes de Televisão (1979 – 1982) and Marketing professor at FAAP – Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, in São Paulo (1981 – 1983). Founder and vice-president of São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau. Doria is the founder and president of the Executive Committee of LIDE – Grupo de Líderes Empresariais, created in 2003. Currently it assembles 1700 affiliated companies, that represent 52% of the private GDP of Brazil. João hosted the interview TV shows called ˜SHOW BUSINESS” and “FACE A FACE”. He also hosted the reality show “O APRENDIZ” (The Apprentice). In 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, João Doria was elected one of the 100 most influential people of Brazil and of the world, in a survey took by ISTOÉ Magazine. In 2014, he was elected one of the 100 leaders with best reputation in Brazil, in a survey took by the European company Merco, published in Brazil by He was also honored as Person of the Year in May 2017, a title given by Brazil American Chamber in New York.

diogo costaDiogo Costa
is officer of the Institute of Innovation & Governance (INDIGO), has master’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and PhD in Political Economy from London King’s College, where he teaches Principles of Economics. He has worked with research in public policy at Cato Institute and at Atlas Network in Washington, and as a professor of International Relations at IBMEC in Belo Horizonte. His articles have appeared in several national and international publications, such as O Estado de S. Paulo, Folha de S. Paulo, Forbes, O Globo, Newsweek and The Telegraph.


pondeLuis Felipe Pondé is a columnist for Folha de S. Paulo. PhD in Philosophy from USP and from University of Paris VIII, coordinator of the course and vice-officer of the Faculty of Communication and Marketing of FAAP and professor of the Post-Graduation in Sciences of Religion of PUC-SP. He has PhD from the Universities of Tel Aviv (Israel) and Giessen (Germany). He was a visiting professor at the University of Marburg (Germany), University of Seville (Spain), Unifesp Medical School and member of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (Louvain, Belgium).

Fabio Ostermann 3x4Fabio Ostermann is graduated in Law from UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul), where he also studied Economics. He is graduated in Leadership for Global Competitiveness from Georgetown University (USA) and in Public Policy in the Leadership Academy for Development (Stanford/Johns Hopkins University). He also has a master’s degree in Social Sciences, Political Science concentration area, from PUCRS (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul). He was a fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Washington, DC), executive officer of Instituto Liberdade, Training Officer and Fiscal Counselor of Instituto de Estudos Empresariais (IEE), cofounder of Estudantes Pela Liberdade and Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL), and Executive Officer of Fundação Educacional of Partido Social Liberal (PSL). He is a professor at Campos Salles University, honorary associate of the IEE and state president of PSL/RS. 

reed Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984. He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008). A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or coauthored eight books, the most recent being Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years in virtually every state and in dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression,” both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide. His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and for one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the Champion of Freedom award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grove City College. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

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Fernando Holiday is a student of the Public Law Institute of São Paulo (IDPSP), national coordinator of MBL (Movimento Brasil Livre) and in 2016 was elected councilor by Democratas Party, with 48,055 votes in the city of São Paulo.

camozzato_Felipe Camozzato is graduated in Business Administration from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He was ambassador and project manager of the Brazilian Confederation of Junior Enterprises (Brasil Júnior) and of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE) in Europe. He has integrated study groups and debates about entrepreneurship. He has majored in Finance at UFRGS. He has completed studies in Global Competitiveness Leadership from Georgetown University (USA). Between 2011 and the end of 2016, he has gone from trainee to officer in a group of environmental services with two companies in Rio Grande do Sul, besides being a volunteer in NOVO Party and a member of groups such as La Banda Loka Liberal (founder) and Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL). In October 2016, he was elected councilor of Porto Alegre by NOVO Party, being the 5th most voted in the city, with 10,488 votes. He is the youngest, in age, of the Chamber of Councilors of Porto Alegre, and was the proportionally best-voted liberal councilor in Brazil.


gianturcoAdriano Gianturco is professor of Political Science at IBMEC Minas Gerais. PhD in Political and Economic Theory from University of Genova. Author of the book “The entrepreneurship of Israel Kirzner” and of publications about Bruno Leoni, Israel Kirzner, abstentionism, blank and void votes, democracy and development, etc. His articles were published in Folha de S. Paulo, Estado de Minas, O Estado de S. Paulo, Gazeta do Povo, Correio Braziliense, Hoje em Dia, La Stampa, Libero Mercato, Il Tempo, The Freeman, etc. He is also a member of the Laboratory of Political Analysis (LPA) of LUISS in Rome. Fellow of Competere Institute, Tocqueville-Acton Center, and Scientific Committee of Mises Academic Review.

02_DIV_EduardoGiannetti©RenatoParada_10 - reduziEduardo Giannetti is graduated in Economics and Social Sciences from USP and PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, England. He lectured at Cambridge University (1984-1987), where he remains a guest lecturer. He was elected “Economist of the Year in 2004″ by the São Paulo Economists’ Order. Taking as its starting point the economic philosophy, Professor Giannetti has been making important contributions to Brazilian economic thinking. His books resonate far beyond academic circles or simply economic ones. In his expositions, he addresses, in addition to the economic macro-scenario, topics such as ethics and the social consequences of economic transformations.


PB_ATL-5359Luciano Potter was born in 1979. He is graduated in journalism from PUCRS – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2002, he has been working for RBS group since graduation. Currently participates, in Gaúcha radio station, of the Timeline program. In Atlântida radio station, he is part of two talk shows: Pretinho Básico and ATLGreNal. He also participates in the AtlFlix podcast, about movies and series. Potter has also worked in Zero Hora newspaper and RBS Television. He had covered as journalist World Cups, SXSW, TeD Talks and other national and international events.

Pedro_MalanPedro Sampaio Malan is graduated in Engineering from PUCRS – Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (in 1965) and has a PhD in Economics from the University of Berkeley, California (1977). He is the author of dozens of articles and essays on economics published in specialized magazines and books, in Brazil and abroad. He is currently President of the International Advisory Board of Itaú Unibanco (since 2009); Member of the Board of Directors of EDP – Energias do Brasil (since 2006) and BAT British American Tobacco (since 2015); Member of the Temasek International Panel (since 2012); Member of the Rolls-Royce International Advisory Board (since 2014) and Trustee of Thomson Reuters Principles (since 2011). He is professor of the Department of Economics of PUCRJ, since 1978.

roccaMarilia Rocca is graduated in Business Administration from Eaesp-FGV-SP and has a MBA from Columbia Business School (USA). She started her career in the Operations area of Walmart Brasil, from the company’s startup in Brazil until 1998. For six years, she managed third sector organizations, co-founding and becoming managing director of Endeavor Brasil, a leading NGO in high impact entrepreneurship, and of Brava Foundation, an organization dedicated to promote management in public sector. Since 2008, she has been a partner of Mãe Terra, company focused on natural and organic products, in which she was officer for five years. She was Totvs’ vice president of Business for three years and she is currently  general officer of Ticket Benefits, pf Edenred Group. She acted on the Board of Banco Santander in Brazil, IBMEC group, Totvs and GoodData. In 2006, she was selected for the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute.


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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 PolicyEthicsCritical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author 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.


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James Robinson is Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is also the inaugural director of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. He studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University and before coming to Chicago taught in the Departments of Government, Economics, History and Human and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is co-author with Daron Acemoglu of the books Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy and Why Nations Fail. He is currently conducting research in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and in Colombia where he has taught for over 20 years during the summer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.



SMDE - Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes, elected city councilman in Porto Alegre, is the current secretary of Economical Development of the city. He is a labor lawyer and officer of Rede Liberal da América Latina (RELIAL) – Latin America`s Libertarian Network, and was president of Instituto de Estudos Empresariais (IEE) – Institute of Entrepreneur Studies.  


 Foto WolfEduardo Wolf is graduated and has a master’s degree in Philosophy from UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and a PhD in Philosophy from USP (University of São Paulo). He has been a visiting researcher at Ca’Foscari University (Venice, Italy). He is columnist for Zero Hora newspaper and Veja magazine, in which he writes on topics about culture, ethics and political philosophy. He edited, among others, the volumes “Pensar a Filosofia” and “Pensar o Contemporâneo” (this one in partnership with Fernando Schüler), launched by Arquipélago Editorial. He translated the essays of TS Eliot (“Notes towards the Definition of Culture” and “Christianity and Culture”, from É Realizações) and various philosophical titles (“Philosophy Before Socrates” by Richard Mckirahan; “La invención de la filosofia”, by Nestor-Cordero, among others). He is a curator assistant of the project Fronteiras do Pensamento.


 DavidDavid Vélez, founder and CEO of Nubank, graduated in Engineering and took a MBA in Stanford University. Vélez built his career in investment banks, private equities and venture capital funds. David has already worked in Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, General Atlantic and recently in one of the most renowned North American investment funds, which is the main investor of Nubank, the Sequoia Capital. (Libertas Award)


Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press. He created the first commercial service of online book distribution that published entirely in the commons (The Laissez Faire Club) and he was an early innovator in online distribution of literature during his tenure as builder and editor of from 1996 until 2011. He created the first live classroom in the liberty-oriented ideological space and assembled the official bibliography of famed economic writer Henry Hazlitt, a project that included more than 10,000 entries. Early in his career, following his degree in economics and journalism, he served as research assistant to Ron Paul at his private foundation. Jeffrey Tucker has been a two-time featured guest on John Stossel’s show, interviewed on Glenn Beck’s television show, spoken at Google headquarters, appeared frequently on Huffington Post Live and Russia Today, been the two-time Master of Ceremonies at Libertopia, been featured at FreedomFest and the International Students for Liberty Conference, the featured speaker at Liberty Forum three years, keynoted the Young Americans for Liberty national convention, has spoken at many dozens of colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world including Harvard University and Boston University, has been quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post, appears regularly in Newsweek and many other popular venues, and is in constant demand as a headline speaker at libertarian, technology, and monetary conferences around the world.


helioHelio Beltrão is graduated in Finances with MBA from Columbia University in New York. He was an executive in Banco Garantia, Mídia Investimentos and Sextante Investimentos. He is the founder and former member of the Advisory Council of Millenium Institute and founder and president of Instituto Mises Brasil.


Fellipe Hermes:
 Graduated in Economics, journalist and co-founder of

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