Meet The Staff

At Freedom Week you will have the opportunity to meet a range of the most eminent thinkers in their fields.

Here are the confirmed speakers for Freedom Week 2017.

Dr Madsen Pirie is the founder and President of the Adam Smith Institute. He was one of three Scots graduates working in the US who founded the Institute in 1977. Before that he worked for the House of Representatives in Washington DC and was Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy at Hillsdale College in Michigan.  

Dr Madsen Pirie is the founder and President of the Adam Smith Institute. He was one of three Scots graduates working in the US who founded the Institute in 1977. Before that he worked for the House of Representatives in Washington DC and was Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy at Hillsdale College in Michigan.  

Dr Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. 

Dr Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. 

Dr Tyler Beck Goodspeed is a lecturer in Economics for the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. His primary research and teaching fields are finance and economic history. He is also a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities. 

Dr Tyler Beck Goodspeed is a lecturer in Economics for the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. His primary research and teaching fields are finance and economic history. He is also a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities. 

Dr Craig Smith is the Adam Smith Senior lecturer in Scottish Enlightenment in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Glasgow university. With numerous publications to his name, his research interests include Political Economy, the History of Political Thought and Political Philosophy.

Dr Craig Smith is the Adam Smith Senior lecturer in Scottish Enlightenment in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Glasgow university. With numerous publications to his name, his research interests include Political Economy, the History of Political Thought and Political Philosophy.

Philip Booth is a British economist. He is Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (2002–present) and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St Mary's University, Twickenham. His primary areas of research and writing are social insurance, financial regulation and Catholic social teaching.

Philip Booth is a British economist. He is Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (2002–present) and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St Mary's University, Twickenham. His primary areas of research and writing are social insurance, financial regulation and Catholic social teaching.

Sam Bowman is the Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute. Sam Bowman holds a BA in History and Economics at University College Cork and a MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He joined the Adam Smith Institute in 2010 working as Research Manager and Policy Director before being promoted to Deputy Director in 2014 and Executive Director in 2015. 

Sam Bowman is the Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute. Sam Bowman holds a BA in History and Economics at University College Cork and a MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He joined the Adam Smith Institute in 2010 working as Research Manager and Policy Director before being promoted to Deputy Director in 2014 and Executive Director in 2015. 

Mark Pennington is a Professor of Political Economy at King's College London. He earned  his PhD from the London School of Economics, and  is a co-editor of The Review of Austrian Economics. His publications focus on Friedrich Hayek, and Austrian Economics.   He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Mark Pennington is a Professor of Political Economy at King's College London. He earned  his PhD from the London School of Economics, and  is a co-editor of The Review of Austrian Economics. His publications focus on Friedrich Hayek, and Austrian Economics.   He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Dr Emily Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy at Kings College London.  Her research examines the role of voluntary associations in solving complex public goods problems in the aftermath of natural disasters. Her research is primarily interested in how individuals achieve social coordination in market relationships and social organizations.

Dr Emily Skarbek is Lecturer in Political Economy at Kings College London.  Her research examines the role of voluntary associations in solving complex public goods problems in the aftermath of natural disasters. Her research is primarily interested in how individuals achieve social coordination in market relationships and social organizations.

Dr David Skarbek is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. His research interest is to understand how people define and enforce property rights in the absence of strong, effective governments. His work has examined incarceration, gangs, and crime in the United States.

Dr David Skarbek is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at Kings College London. His research interest is to understand how people define and enforce property rights in the absence of strong, effective governments. His work has examined incarceration, gangs, and crime in the United States.

Anthony J. Evans is associate professor of economics at ESCP Europe Business School. He has published in a range of academic and trade journals and is the author of Markets for Managers (Wiley, 2014). His work has been covered by most broadsheet newspapers, and he has appeared on Newsnight and the BBC World Service.

Anthony J. Evans is associate professor of economics at ESCP Europe Business School. He has published in a range of academic and trade journals and is the author of Markets for Managers (Wiley, 2014). His work has been covered by most broadsheet newspapers, and he has appeared on Newsnight and the BBC World Service.