Liberty International World Conference in Puerto Rico, August 8 – 12

Join us for the 34th World Conference of

Liberty International

How to Find Freedom In Our Fast-Changing World

Puerto Rico

August 8 – 12

Come join with Liberty International friends, and combine your conference experience with a vacation getaway in beautiful Puerto Rico!

Our World Conference will give you the opportunity to meet fellow liberty-lovers from around the world, make new friends, enjoy intellectual stimulation from many of the world’s top international speakers, and do it all in a relaxed family re-union atmosphere. Many past participants have called their LI World Conference experience “the event of a lifetime.” A powerful international speaker lineup is being assembled.

Confirmed speakers so far are:

Dr. David Vequist (USA) 
will be sharing the exciting news about how the marketplace and medical tourism is revolutionizing healthcare in spite of the regulatory attempts to fit us all into one-size-fits all medicine. Corporate programs for employees are being reworked to improve quality and reduce costs. These innovative solutions showcase the possibilities for the future! The title of his talk: “The Amazing Organic Growth of Patient Consumerism in Unexpected Places: Medical Tourism in Cuba”


Leonardo Brito (Venezuela) will be speaking on “The Collapse of Socialism in Venezuela”. Brito is a businessman from Venezuela. He is the founder and director of The Bastiat Society Of Venezuela. He also serves as member of the board in opposition political movement: GENTE (Generacion Independiente). Leonardo attended APEE 2015 as a speaker and spoke about doing business in anti-business countries.

Lobo Tiggre (USA/Puerto Rico) – globetrotting senior editor for Casey Research, who now lives in Puerto Rico because of the island’s many new tax advantages, which he will explain. The title of his talk is: ” Act 20 &22: Are Puerto Rico’s Tax Breaks for You?”


Dr. Per Bylund (USA/Sweden) 
– Assistant professor in entrepreneurship and Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of two books, The Problem of Production: A New Theory of the Firm and The Seen, the Unseen, and the Unrealized: How Regulations Affect Our Everyday Lives. He is also an Associated Scholar with the Mises Institute as well as senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises-institutet i Sverige in Sweden. The topic of his talk is : “The Unrealized: Even libertarians don’t understand how destructive regulations are”

Dr. Cris Lingle (USA/Guatemala) 
— Cris Lingle is an Economics professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin, for many years at the International Economics Seminars at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and champion of liberty and free market conferences globally.
The title of his talk:”Land Reform for Latin America: Privatizing Public Land; Legalizing Private Land”

Dr. Kyle Varner (USA) 
will share his experiences and tips for finding quality medical care outside of the United States, where it can be had for a fraction of the U.S. cost. “Medical tourism” is on the rise, because many cutting edge procedures are ONLY available offshore. Learn how you can get the best medical care that the world has to offer, instead of limiting yourself only to what the FDA and other government agencies approve. The title of his talk: “The Intersection Between Wealth & Health”

Joe Milligan (Puerto Rico) is the Executive Vice President and Cofounder of Fundación Libertad, a Puerto Rico based free market think tank. He is a Think Freely Latino contributing writer and his work has been featured in such venues as The Hill and The Wall Street Journal among others. The topic of his discussion is Seizing Opportunities: Spreading Liberty Amidst Crisis.


Dr. Mary Ruwart (USA)  – health-care expert and author of the superb libertarian primer Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism (just out in updated fourth edition).
She will speak on the FDA and update you on the latest health care “secrets,” including tests to detect cancer before a mammogram or other imaging can. The title of her talk : “How to Lower Health Care Costs 80% Virtually Overnight”

Ken Schoolland (USA) – former economist with the International Trade Commission, and author of the award-winning fable The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, which has been published in 53 languages! He will speak on the Jones Act, which greatly raises shipping costs in the outlying US states and territories, including Puerto Rico. The title of his talk is: “Protectionism in Peacetime, What Enemies Do in Wartime”

Li Zhao Schoolland (USA/China) – Director of External Relations—Asia Pacific for the Acton Institute and the Founder of TFT Events. She is an independent educator, writer, translator, and event organizer. Mrs. Schoolland survived 26 years through the horrors of Mao’s regime in China. This motivated her to a lifetime of promoting freedom and liberty globally. She arranges translation and publication of libertarian literature in China and coaches parents in raising liberty-minded youth. The title of her talk: “Raising Libertarian Children”

Paul Grant (USA) is a criminal defense and First Amendment Lawyer, oil and gas landman, and longtime libertarian. Paul’s legal career has included success in getting the Supreme Court to strike down laws restricting citizen initiatives which has led to successful citizen initiatives to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana in a number of states, and has led to legalized casino gambling and other citizen lawmaking. The topic of his talk is : “The U.S. federal criminal legal system is irrevocably broken”

Dr. Hiroshi Yoshida (Japan)
 – Hiroshi Yoshida is an award-winning Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Tax Accountant with a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from Chiba University of Commerce. He is the President of The Institute of Public Sector Accounting and of The Free Economy Institute in Japan. The title of his talk: “Trade vs Plunder: Market vs Government”


Maria Werlau (USA) – Co-Founder and President of Free Society Project, Inc., a think tank dedicated to advancing human rights primarily through research and scholarship, and Executive Director of its leading initiative, Cuba Archive, developing an archive of the cost in lives of the Cuban revolution and dedicated to the study of human exploitation and transitional justice issues. She is an expert in Latin American affairs —especially on Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Chile. The title of her talk is: Human Rights in Cuba: Past, Present, Future


Lucian Toma (Romania/USA) –  Permaculture Designer and Sustainability Educator. He has a Master Degree in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development and worked in academic, government, for-profit and non-profit environments with the design, development and implementation of sustainability programs. Currently, he leads the Public Programs and Ecological Design Services at a growing non-profit organization in Southern California. He is also the founder of About and For Sustainability, an organization with the mission to inspire, empower and support individual and community based sustainable permaculture projects around the world.
Title of his talk : Permaculture – empowering individual and community self-reliance

Rafael Rojo (Puerto Rico) – Partner at Empresas VRM, one of Puerto Rico’s leading real estate development firms specializing in master planned residential communities. Rojo’s latest efforts in public matters is the co-founding in 2016 of Bonistas del Patio, Inc. (Backyard Bondholders) where he serves as Chairman of the Board to represent and unify the voice of over 60,000 locals from the island who own debt emitted by the Government of Puerto Rico.
Title of his talk: Status of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

Jorge Hernandez (Peru) – 
Peruvian lawyer from San Marcos University. He finished a Masters on Civil Law at Pontificia Universidad Catolica and for 20 years has been a legal advisor to various public entities: FONCODES, PCM, LIMA COUNCIL, MIDIS. He has his own Legal Study in Lima, Peru and defends and promotes libertarian ideals in his country. The title of his talk: “Corruption and liberty in Peru”



Ibrahim Anoba (Nigeria) – Director of Outreach with African Liberty Organization for Development (ALOD), a Lagos-based pro liberty think tank with engagements throughout Africa. In his capacity, he organizes educational and leadership programs for students and young professionals interested in pursuing a career in the liberty network or interested in learning both classical liberal ideology and entrepreneurial principles. He also teaches economic education to high school students through business contests and has helped established liberty clubs on campuses in Nigeria. The title of his talk is : “Libertarianism in Contemporary Africa and the Travails of a Deprived Continent”


Geoffrey Neale (USA) – Geoffrey Neale has been involved in the US Libertarian Party since the early 1980’s in many roles, including California Executive Committee member, Texas Executive Committee member, Texas State Chair, Libertarian National Committee member, and Libertarian National Committee Chair. He currently is treasurer of a libertarian SuperPac and is cofounder and Chairman of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties. Geoff is originally from England, grew up in California, and is married to Nancy Neale, who’s been active with libertarian causes for longer than Geoff, and is the main reason he joined. Geoff is a former insurance industry executive, has worked extensively in Europe, and is currently the president of a technology consulting firm. The title of his talk is : Libertarian Philosophy and Libertarian Politics: Allies or Rivals?

Thompson Ayodele (Canada/Nigeria) –  Director and a senior public policy analyst with the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), a Research and Advocacy public policy think-tank based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has consulted for a number of organizations. He has also led and participated in a number of projects including serving as the coordinator for the Free Africa foundation for its health programs in West Africa. His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Post.


John Carroll (USA) is an attorney in Hawaii and former state senator who has challenged the constitutionality of the Jones Act, a cabotage law that raises the cost of shipping for Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The title of his talk is: “Jones Act Protectionism Unconstitutional”


Felix Eduardo Salcedo (Colombia)

John Ross Serrano (Puerto Rico)
is the founder of the College Republican Federation of Puerto Rico. John is a 2017 J.D. candidate at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and is currently serving as the National Comptroller of the College Republican National Committee. He is a former Senior Editor of the University of Puerto Rico’s Business Law Journal and the Chairman of the Environmental Section of the University of Puerto Rico’s Student Pro Bono Program.

 The title of his talk is : “Liberty in Puerto Rico”

Hector Naupari (Peru)
The Title of his talk is: “Politics of Mises & Hayek” 

Lyudmila Melnikova (Kazakhstan) – The title of her talk is : “Musical Theater of Jonathan Gullible in Kazakhstan”

Jose Fernandez (Costa Rica)

Kenli Schoolland (USA/Chile)

 Dr. Roberta Muramatsu (Brazil) – Degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo (1996) ; Master’s in Economic Theory from the Institute of Economic Research (IPE) at the University of São Paulo (1999) ; PhD in Economics and Philosophy from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (2006). Researcher at the Mackenzie Center for Economic Freedom. Undergraduate Professor and graduate of Mackenzie Presbyterian University. Experience in theory and economic methodology, with emphasis on theoretical and applied studies of behavioral economics and New Institutional Economics. The title of her talk is : “Digging Deeper into Brazil’s 2014 Presidential Campaign: an account of private contributions and cronyism through the lenses of public choice theory and Austrian economics”


Oluwakemi Awosanya (Nigeria)

 Mikey Arman (USA) – The title of his talk: “Travel and liberty.”



Toine Manders (Netherlands)




 Nick Sarwark (USA) – Chairman of the National Committee of the Libertarian Party of the US.



 Deependra Chaulagain (Nepal) – Director of Operations & Outreach at Samriddhi Foundation where he designs operational systems and oversees outreach programs. His key strengths are coordinating with parliamentarians, politicians and bureaucrats. He has successfully led numerous advocacy campaigns. The title of his talk, “Promoting Ideas of Freedom and working with Government officials”

Paul Jacob (USA)



Rigoberto Stewart (Costa Rica) –  senior policy analyst and consultant with 30 years of experience as an agricultural and trade economist and M&E specialist. Since obtaining my Ph.D. in Economics with a strong minor in Statistics, and a post-doctoral fellowship on the economics of agricultural research at the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT, per the acronyms in Spanish), in Mexico, I have been performing, with passion and commitment, policy analyses and evaluations of projects, programs and policies in the agricultural and trade sectors of mostly Latin American and Caribbean countries. As an advocate for poor countries’ development through improved policies, I have produced and distributed among government officials, academics and the general public material that simplifies the explanation of seemingly complex concepts and issues. One example is my book The Magic and Mystery of Trade, produced during the fierce debate of the free trade agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America, and the United States. It was well received in high schools, universities (in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, others) and by government officials, including the legislators and the President of Costa Rica. The title of his talk is:“Individual Liberty: The Spinal Cord of the Wealth Generating System”


Manuel Reyes (Puerto Rico) – The title of his talk is: “Jones Act: Impact on Business in Puerto Rico”

Other subjects will be:

  • Tax-reduction and privacy enhancements elsewhere in the world
  • The future of Cuba, Venezuela and the Caribbean region
  • Impact of Trump administration policies on Latin America
  • Free-market solutions to the Puerto Rican economic crisis

The conference site is the Fajardo Inn, located in Fajardo, a little east of San Juan and near the ocean.   Tel: +787-860-6000 ext. 0.

There are two restaurants, bars, two big pools, lush tropical gardens, tennis courts, mini-golf, fitness, salon and more!

An optional three-days of post-conference excursions are being planned for such sites as Old San Juan, the rain forest, and nearby beaches and diving opportunities.  Lots more details coming soon!

Super Early Bird: Opening reception (evening August 8th), all meals including gala banquet on night of August 11th & program—just $599 (until May 31st). 

Day and Student rates: (non-hotel – includes lunch) $75 regular, $25 students.
Reception or banquet alone— $50.

Post-Conference Tour:  $50 deposit.  Will finalize details and pricing soon. Register now to help our planning.

Conference discount on hotel: $65/person/night/shared/2 queen beds,  $118/night/one queen bed for singles or friendly couples. Taxes are included in these rates. This conference discount is also good for nights before and after the conference. Please make your own reservations.  Our discount code is Liberty17.

To get updates and register for the conference and tour:  Contact LI at 415-859-5174.  E-mail:  Website: