Having had tremendous success across the globe, Students For Liberty first dropped anchor in South East Asia in 2015. After a year of inspiring, motivating, and educating students, the time and opportunity is now here for our first South East Asia Conference. This is a huge opportunity for SFL Indonesia in the current phase of their movement. They started small (with less than three Charter Team members) and now have over 20 students working to put this conference together.
Sessions aim to give attendees a deeper understanding of the ideas of liberty. They are also focused on training attendees to be more effective advocates of liberty. We have put together a distinguished roster of speakers who have, in various ways, helped advance the vision of a free and prosperous society. These role models will inspire you, influence your ideas, and potentially become your mentors moving forward.
The goal of this conference is to bring students from all over South East Asia to exchange their experiences, learn the ideas of liberty and energize their leadership of the pro-liberty movement in South East Asia. This event will be a massive celebration of freedom.
Tom G. Palmer
Tom Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University.
He received his doctorate in politics from Oxford University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, 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, as well as in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and is also 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), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014).
Rainer Heufers is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decisionmaking processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government.
Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counselling, public policy consulting, leadership training, organizational development and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies.
He is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network. Heufers designed the first Atlas Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings of the Atlas Network where top think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations.
Ajisatria Suleiman is experienced in policy advocacy & regulatory reform, having represented the private sector, industry groups, development agencies, and government agencies in various regulatory making processes at the legislative branch, the national government, local agencies, and local parliaments; with proven result in securing policy outcomes.
In various capacities, he has worked for all branches of the State (the executive, the parliament, and the judiciary), the private sector, and public interest groups.
He is currently serving as the Executive Director of FinTech.ID, an industry association of Indonesia-based fintech companies, aiming to promote a conductive commercial and regulatory environment within the sector.
Azrul Mohd Khalib
Azrul Mohd Khalib is the Manager of Affairs at Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) Malaysia. Azrul has worked as a professional in the non-profit development sector for more than 16 years. He has extensive experience in development programs and communicating on issues related to social welfare, gender and reproductive health issues such as HIV, gender based violence, and humanitarian assistance. He has previously been with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Azrul has worked in the humanitarian sector with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is currently a writer and columnist with two Malaysian media publications, the Malay Mail Online and the China Press.
Shaiful Bahari Mahpar
Shaiful Mahpar, is the Head of Government Affairs at Grab Malaysia, whose responsibility is to drive a regulatory campaign to promote balanced-policies to regulate ride-hailing industry in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Moreover, he was also the Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco.