Juan Jose Daboub, PhD
Chairman and CEO, The Daboub Partnership
Dr. Juan José Daboub is the Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership, an initiative of ARCIS, LLC, dedicated to delivering results for public and private organizations around the world. He is also the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Global Adaptation Institute (www.gain.org). He has taught at Princeton University and is a member of several Board of Directors, including in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
As Managing Director of the World Bank from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was also responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, and the Department of Institutional Integrity.
Internationally recognized as a thought leader, Dr. Daboub has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and many other international publications. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, EWTN, TCS, and many other broadcast media outlets.
He has spoken extensively at high-level international conferences on economic freedom, prosperity and development issues, including the World Economic Forum, the Union for the Mediterranean, the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, OECD, Transparency International, the BOAO Forum, and the Atlantic Basin Initiative.Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Daboub lead the expansion of his family owned businesses and worked for non-for-profits on public policies to promote liberty, stability and growth throughout Latin America.
From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Daboub served concurrently as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as Chief of Staff to the President. In these high-profile, dual roles, Dr. Daboub helped to navigate his native country through several regional economic challenges including securing and sustaining El Salvador’s investment grade rating, “dollarizing” the economy, and completing a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. During this period, he also oversaw the emergency reconstruction of El Salvador after two major earthquakes in 2001.
Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he led his family-owned businesses for nearly a decade before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility, and presiding over El Salvador’s electric distribution companies.
Subsequently, he was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, which he re-structured and privatized through a competitive and transparent process that also de-monopolized that strategic sector. He held high Government positions in El Salvador for 12 years (1992-2004), working for three different Administrations without belonging to any political party.
Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Simeon Djankov, Ph.D.,
Director of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics
Dr. Djankov is the Director of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Dr Djankov was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Dr. Djankov was chief economist of the finance and private sector vice presidency of the World Bank. In his 14 years at the Bank, he worked on regional trade agreements in North Africa, enterprise restructuring and privatization in transition economies, corporate governance in East Asia, and regulatory reforms around the world. He is the founder of the World Bank’s Doing Business project. He is author of Inside the Euro Crisis: An Eyewitness Account (2014) and principal author of the World Development Report 2002. He is also coeditor of The Great Rebirth: Lessons from the Victory of Capitalism over Communism (2014).
Previously he was rector of the New Economic School in Russia and a visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics from 2004 to 2009 and chairman of the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2012–13. He is also a member of the Knowledge and Advisory Council at the World Bank. He has published over 70 articles in professional journals. He obtained his doctorate in economics in 1997 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University
Herbert G. Grubel is a Senior Fellow at The Fraser Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University. He has taught full-time at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania; and has had temporary appointments at universities in Berlin, Singapore, Cape Town, Nairobi, Oxford, and Canberra. Herbert Grubel was the Reform Party Member of Parliament for Capliano-Howe Sound from 1993 to 1997, serving as the Finance Critic from 1995 to 1997. He has published 16 books and 180 professional articles in economics dealing with international trade and finance and a wide range of economic policy issues. He has a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Teacher, Speaker
Gary Hoover is the rare combination of a business scholar and practitioner. He began the learning side by studying businesses large and small at the age of 12, and later studying under four Nobel Prize winning economists at the University of Chicago, including Milton Friedman. His practical side led him to be a stock analyst on Wall Street and then a retail executive at Fortune 500 companies until he started his first company in Austin, Texas over 30 years ago. That was BOOKSTOP, the first chain of giant book superstores, later purchased by industry leader Barnes & Noble. His second startup evolved into Hoovers.com, the leading website for company information, now owned by Dun & Bradstreet.
In the 2009–10 academic year, Gary served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin. There he focused on inciting and inspiring entrepreneurial thinking among students of all types, graduates and undergraduates, inside and outside of the business school. He reviewed approximately 200 business plans and ideas in this role, as well as teaching a Foundations of Entrepreneurship course. In 2012, Gary was appointed Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2015, a Fellow of the IC2 Institute at that University.
In 2009, he launched www.hooversworld.com, a blog which includes reviews of books, ideas, and places from Gary’s iconoclastic angle. In 2011 he began a video blog, which can be found at the same website or at http://www.youtube.com/hooverbits. His books and classes are available at https://garyhoover.dpdcart.com.
Gary lives in Flatonia, Texas, with his 57,000-book library. He speaks to conferences and corporate groups and works to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on every continent and in every industry, for profit and not for profit.
Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Universidad del Desarrollo
Mr. Larroulet has a vast experience in the design and implementation of public policies. He was until recently Minister of the Presidency of Chile in the Government of President Sebastián Piñera. Before occupying that position he was a co-founder and Executive Director of Libertad y Desarrollo, one of the best public policy think tanks in Chile and Latin America, for more than 20 years.
He has also been the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Faculty at Universidad del Desarrollo and has written different academic publications in Chile and abroad. He is the author of the books Economia (2003), published by McGraw-Hill, Chile, Camino al Desarrollo (2012), and La Educación en la Encrucijada: ¿Estado Docente o Sociedad Docente? (2015)
He was Chief of Staff to Minister of Finance Hernán Büchi in the 1985-1989 and is currently a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and of the Social Science Academy, Politics and Moral, of the Chile Institute.
In 2010 he was distinguished with the Professional Achievement Award 2010 by the University of Chicago, being the only Latin-American which has received this recognition, granted since 1967. He has a degree in Commercial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Co-Founder and CEO Khabele+Strong Incubator
Michael Strong has spent most of his life creating entrepreneurial solutions to world problems, primarily through founding new schools and jurisdictions and supporting others in doing the same. He is currently the co-founder of Ko School + Incubator, a college prep school + entrepreneurial incubator for teens. Reason Magazine covered his first attempt at launching a new legal zone in Honduras. He continues to work on an updated project in Honduras as well as other prospective projects around the world.
He is also a co-founder of Moreno Valley High School in Angel Fire, NM, a charter school that was ranked the 36th best public school in its third year of operation and has remained the top ranked public high school in NM ever since. He has created Montessori middle schools, a school for highly gifted children, and has consulted for hundreds of schools and universities around the world. He also co-founded FLOW, Radical Social Entrepreneurs, Conscious Capitalism, Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs, and Peace through Commerce. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and the lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems (along with co-authors John Mackey, Mohammad Yunus, Hernando de Soto, and others). His next book is Blind Spot: Why Entrepreneurial Value Creation is Invisible to Academia, forthcoming late 2016.
Scott Winship, Ph.D.
Dr. Scott Winship is an honorary adviser to the Archbridge Institute. Previously, he was a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the Brookings Institution. Scott’s research interests include living standards and economic mobility, inequality, and insecurity. Earlier, he was research manager of the Economic Mobility Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and a senior policy advisor at Third Way. Scott writes a column for Forbes.com; his research has been published in City Journal, National Affairs, National Review, The Wilson Quarterly, and Breakthrough Journal; and he contributed an essay on antipoverty policy to the ebook Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class (2014). He has testified before Congress on poverty, inequality, and joblessness. He holds a B.A. in sociology and urban studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in social policy from Harvard University.