Jacek Spendel


Jacek Spendel, a native of Poland, is an experienced manager in the libertarian think-tank world. He started his activism at age 18 with the KoLiber Youth Association. Between 2005-2012, Spendel was the project manager at the Globalization Institute. 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. His adventure with Liberty International started back in 2006 when as a 21-year-old student he attended the Prague LIWC with a scholarship. Two years later, Spendel organized his first LLI Liberty Camp and has managed over a dozen of them in several different countries. In 2019, Jacek Spendel joined the Board of Liberty International.
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.

Dr. Mary Ruwart


Dr. Mary J. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. Since 1982, Dr. Ruwart has also been involved in societal ethics with a focus on the political theory and practice of libertarianism. Her award-winning international best-selling book, Healing Our World, demonstrates how the ethical application of libertarian principles has historically created harmony and abundance. Referencing hundreds of studies, Dr. Ruwart demonstrates that many of our current policies surreptitiously violate the basic ethical standards that we hold dear, thereby leading to unintended—and highly undesirable—consequences. She is also the author of “Short Answers to the Tough Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked” and “Death by Regulation,” which demonstrates how the FDA has taken 5-10 years off each of our lives.
Currently, Dr. Ruwart serves as Chair of 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 (Michigan Chapter) and the Fully Informed Jury Amendment Association.

Ken Schoolland

VP for International Relations

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.
Schoolland was Director of the Graduate Program in Japanese Business Studies at Chaminade University of Honolulu and a professor of economics at Hakodate University in Japan. He served as an international economist in the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Office of the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations.

Dr. Per Bylund

Board Member

Dr. Bylund is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Records-Johnston Professor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He is also a Fellow of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, and an associate fellow of the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Among his books, Bylund authored The Seen, the Unseen, and the Unrealized: How Regulations Affect Our Everyday Lives and edited Sådan är kapitalismen, an anthology in Swedish on free-market ideas with chapters by Margaret Thatcher, Johan Norberg, Gunnar Hökmark, and others. The latter was released as part of the Stockholm edition of the 2002 Walk for Capitalism, which Bylund organized.
Bylund has been a writer and activist in the libertarian movement since the mid-1990s. He was co-founder of Anarchism.net in 1999 and the founding editor of Svenska Libertarianskt Forum (2002-2004). He is presently a writer primarily on economic matters, has a monthly column in Entrepreneur and is active on Twitter @PerBylund .

Jim Elwood

Executive Director

Jim Elwood is the Executive Director of Liberty International. He has performed administrative and fundraising duties, and assisted in international conference organization for LI since 1985. He served as a Libertarian Party state chair (Virginia) in the 1980s, and was the 1992 LP congressional candidate in San Francisco against current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Earlier, he was in management in two major US retailers. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Richmond.

Dr. James Lark


Dr. Lark 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 the author of publications in mathematics, operations research, and artificial intelligence.
He serves as secretary of Liberty International. He is a member of the Libertarian National Committee of the United States Libertarian Party; he served as the Party’s national chair during the 2000-2002 term. He is the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. He is a member of the Board of Advisors to Students For Liberty. He served as chairman of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2009 until 2016.

Dr. Lobo Tiggre

Lobo Tiggre is a long-time libertarian activist and the founder of IndependentSpeculator.com. He researched and recommended speculative opportunities in Casey Research publications from 2004 to 2018, writing under the name “Louis James.” While with Casey Research, he learned the ins and outs of resource speculation from the legendary libertarian speculator Doug Casey.
Previously, Lobo was president of the Henry Hazlitt Foundation, then publishers of Free-Market.Net, the first libertarian internet portal, and later, Bureaucrash.com.
Lobo is most well known in the Liberty International family as a donor, organizer, and participant in our liberty camps. He organized such camps in Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia, Romania, Ukraine, and less formal sessions in the Republic of Belarus.
For more information, please see, Who is Louis James?

José Luis Cordeiro

Board Member

José Luis Cordeiro Mateo (born 1 April 1962) is a Venezuelan-Spanish engineer, economist, futurist, and transhumanist, who has worked on different areas including economic development, international relations, Latin America, the European Union, monetary policy, comparison of constitutions, energy trends, cryonics, and life extension. Books he has authored include The Great Taboo, Constitutions Around the World: A Comparative View from Latin America, and (in Spanish) El Desafio Latinoamericano ("The Latin American challenge") and La Muerte de la Muerte ("The death of death").

Cordeiro has been described as "a hopeless optimist always bursting with energy". He advises audiences to “Forget flying cars and robot butlers… the future will be a far more interesting place”. He views nano, bio, info, and cogno as being the four main technologies that “are pushing mankind into the post-human age”, and he predicts that “in the future we will be upgrading our brains every few years in the manner that we currently update our computer hardware”.

Justyna Piatek

Justyna Piątek-Pawłowska

Project&Event Manager

BA graduate of American Studies at University of Gdansk, Poland. Justyna creates our monthly newsletter and takes care of the content of our website. She is also responsible for managing LI projects, such as Libertarian Solutions 2.0 and LI World Conference 2022. After hours, she is involved in the organization of various events, including university online conferences, Milton Friedman Freedom Congress or TEDx (speakers' affairs and program in particular).
Sebastian Weglarz

Sebastian Węglarz

Social Media Manager

Sebastian Węglarz is a libertarian activist from Poland. His journey starts in 2014 when he came across “For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto” by Murray Rothbard. This book has changed his life. He joined Libertarian Association to get to know more people involved in the movement. In 2021 he became a Head of Human Resources Department. He used to work for the biggest freedom-oriented media house in Poland – VETO.media. His interests revolve around politics, journalism, psychology, economics, hip-hop culture and Poker Texas Holdem. He actively supports many charitable organizations. He is passionate about life and people. In the professional field he is an experienced salesman with a focus on customer success and customer experience. Positive motivator and team player who’s ready to go the extra mile and actively supports his team at all times. Proactive problem-solver, both in business and volunteering for his community.
Himanshu Dhingra

Himanshu Dhingra

Grant Acquisition & Management

A law graduate with 5+ years experience of data collection and analysis, fundraising with expertise in grants management, donor acquisition, team logistics, communications, organizational knowledge management, event planning, content creation, social media oversight, and relationship development. He has formerly worked with Centre for Civil Society, Liberty Fund Inc and other development organizations in India.

Nene Kolbaia

Project & Event Manager

Nene comes from Tbilisi, Repuclib of Georgia. She is responsible for managing LI's Project Arizona: promotion, marketing, application process, communication with participants and speakers, website, monthly newsletters and social media. As for now, besides Project Arizona, she is also a local manager for upcoming LIWC 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia, responsible for scholarship holders, bookings and local entertainment.

Gabriel Carpav

JG Cartoon Series Manager

Gabriel comes from Argentina. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Digital Arts, at the University of Oregon. Since then, he has been working as a freelancer in the fields of animation, design and illustration. He's currently collaborating with LI in the development of an animated series based on Ken Schoolland’s Adventures of Jonathan Gullible.