Richard N. Lorenc is the Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Founded in 1946, FEE inspires, educates, and connects future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society. In this role, he supports FEE’s business unit leaders, supervises program measurement, and participates in organizational strategy and business planning. He also serves as publisher of the Freeman, published by FEE since 1956.
Lorenc serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., an advocacy group established to place meaningful controls on federal spending. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Oberg Research, Inc., which evaluates non-profit organizations’ educational outcomes.
A graduate of both the Charles Koch Institute’s Liberty@Work program and the Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, Lorenc’s professional background includes service at the Illinois Policy Institute, America’s Future Foundation, and Truth in Accounting, where he co-founded the interactive state fiscal database StateDataLab.org.
Lorenc has traveled to over 30 countries and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post, and others on topics from constitutional government to LGBT rights to design. He is a graduate of Emory University and lives in Atlanta, where he plays the double bass in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra.
Professor Piotr Bartula
Professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The main areas of his academic interests are: history of philosophy in Poland, political philosophy, and ethics. Professor Bartula teaches ethics at the Polish-American Leadership Academy. Author of the books: “August Cieszkowski Redivivus”, “Death penalty – coming dilemma”, and “Liberalism at the end of history”.
Glenn Cripe is the President of the Language of Liberty Instiute. Since 2005 Glenn brought LLI’s Liberty Camps and Seminars to over 1300 students in 15 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. Before co-founding the Institute, Glenn pursued a career in IT development, consulting, and training. Originally from Chicago, now an Arizona resident, 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.
Stanisław Górka, PhD
Adiunct at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In his scholar work Dr. Górka focuses on security policy in Europe (NATO, common foreign policy of the European Union) and relations between the EU and post-soviet countries. Besides that, Dr. Górka discusses topics from the spectrum of political philosophy, with a special stress on classical liberalism and libertarianism.
Dariusz Juruś, PhD
Graduate of Jagiellonian University in Kraków (philosophy) and Kraków Technical University (architecture). Lecturing at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn and at the Polish-American Leadership Academy. His academic interest lies in political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics. He published in various titles, including: “Principles”, “Diametros”, “Analysis and existence”, and “Philosophical movement”. He is an author of a book “In searching for the roots of libertarianism”.
Matthew Kwasibiorski is Director of European Institutes at The Fund for American Studies. Matthew joined The Fund for American Studies in February 2005. He has directed The American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) since 2005, and in 2009 began directing the International Institute for Political and Economic Studies (IIPES). In these positions Matt works with over 210 students and staff representing more than 45 countries every summer. In addition, Matt serves as the vice president and treasurer of the Board of Advisors for the Center of International Media Ethics (CIME), which was co-founded by two EJI 2008 alumni.
Prof. James W. Lark, III
James W. Lark, III currently serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics, and lecturer in the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. He is a director of the Financial Engineering Research Group at U.Va. 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. Dr. Lark has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1983 (he is a Life Member). He currently serves as a regional representative on the Libertarian National Committee, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He served as the chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term. He is the recipient of the 2008 Thomas Jefferson award (the Party’s highest honor), given at national LP conventions for lifetime achievement. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams award, given at national LP conventions to the member deemed the most effective activist. Dr. Lark is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty, the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty, and the Academic Board of Advisors for the Institute for Health Freedom in Washington, D.C.
Wolfgang Müller is Executive Director of the German free market think tank, Institute for Free Enterprise, in Berlin and is also General Secretary of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE). Previously he worked for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Germany and abroad as country representative and project director in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Before moving to Africa he spent three years in India undertaking research on the impact of economic reforms on Indian small and medium size business. Wolfgang Müller studied at the University of Konstanz Germany economics and politics and graduated in 1991 as M.A. in Business Administration/Major: International Relations.
Darcy Olsen serves as president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, a groundbreaking state research and litigation center for conservative policy in the United States. Under Olsen’s leadership, the Goldwater Institute has acted as a policy architect for successful state level reforms, including school choice laws, initiatives to protect private property, and tax cuts. The Goldwater Institute has been named Arizona’s Best Capitol Watchdog by the Arizona Capitol Times four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
Olsen has been recognized as one of Arizona’s top women in public policy by the Arizona Capitol Times and one of Arizona’s most influential people by PolitickerAZ.com. The Phoenix Business Journal selected Olsen as a recipient of its Forty-Under-40 award and named her as one of Phoenix’s 50 “Power People.” For exemplary achievement in state public policy, Olsen received the national Roe Award in 2006. Olsen was previously the director of education policy at the Washington D.C.-based Cato Institute, and has served as a transitional house manager for the D.C. Coalition for the Homeless. Olsen earned a B.S. at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an M.A. in International Education at New York University. She is a native of the west from St. George, Utah. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Independent Newspapers and newszap.com.
Tomasz Słupik, PhD
Doctor of political science, adiunct in Institute of Political Science and Journalism of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Lecturer at the Polish-American Leadership Academy. In his academic work he focuses on the history of ideas, with a special stress on Russian social-political thought of XIX and XX century. Besides that, Dr. Słupik specializes in the history, culture and contemporary national relations in the region of Upper Silesia. Main organizer of the number of conferences on decentralization, self-government, and regional autonomy. Co-author of a book “Justice in the European culture”.
Tanja Štumberger is a senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA. In addition, Štumberger is an executive director of the Liberty Seminars, organized by Društvo Svetilnik in Slovenia and government teaching fellow at The Fund for American Studies summer program in Czech Republic. From January 2006 to December 2011, Štumberger was both research associate and manager of external relations at the Cato Institute (USA), the leading libertarian think tank in the world. From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of the Free Society Institute (Slovenia). Štumberger is a co-author of the Human Freedom Index, first global index measuring human freedom consistent with a classical liberal approach. As an undergraduate, Štumberger studied Applied Economics at both University of Maribor, Slovenia, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She did her graduate studies in American Political Thought at both the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Georgetown University, USA.
Matthew Tyrmand is the son of the writer, philosopher and anti communist dissident Leopold Tyrmand. After growing up in NYC and attending University of Chicago he embarked on a career on Wall Street that lasted throughout his 20s. After 2008 when the free market began to be co-opted by massive statist interventionism he decided he was fed up with the industry and began working for himself as a consultant to small businesses helping entrepreneurs grow their enterprises. In 2013 he began working with a US based think tank called OpenTheBooks dedicated to putting all government spending online and into a meta data commons for all citizens to be able to call out the waste, inefficiency and fraud that is endemic to all big and intrusive governments. He obtained Polish citizenship in 2010 and has since been a vocal supporter of shrinking the Polish government as well and an even more vocal opponent of the pension nationalization. He published a book (“Jestem Tyrmand, Syn Leopolda”) about his experiences engaging his Polish roots, working on Wall Street, growing up in NYC, and being his father’s son in October 2013.