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Esperanza Aguirre Gil de Biedma

President of the Partido Popular (Popular Party) of Madrid

Esperanza Aguirre is President of the Partido Popular (Popular Party) of Madrid.

Professor Myles Allen

Professor of Geosystem Science, Oxford University

Myles Allen is Professor of Geosystem Science in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, University of Oxford.

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Chair, Arts Council

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chair of Arts Council England and former Chair of English National Opera and Crossness Engines, an embryonic steam museum.

Benedict Brogan

Journalist, Daily Telegraph

Benedict Brogan is a Telegraph columnist, blogger and interviewer. 

Professor Richard Epstein

Professor of Law, University of Chicago and New York University

Professor Richard Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, will join NYU School of Law as a permanent member of the faculty in Fall 2010.

François Fillon

Former Prime Minister of France (2007 to 2012)

In 2007, he was appointed Prime Minister of France by President Nicolas SARKOZY and served in that position until the defeat to Francois HOLLANDE in the 2012 presidential elections.

Jonah Goldberg

Editor-at-Large, National Review

Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. A bestselling author and columnist, Jonah Goldberg's nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the United States. 

Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP

Secretary of State for Education

Michael Gove was born in Edinburghin 1967 and educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, and OxfordUniversity.  

Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE

Chief Scientific Officer of Neuro-bio Ltd

Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE is a neuroscientist, writer, and broadcaster. 

Daniel Hannan MEP

Member of European Parliament

Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. He has been a Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. 

Professor Jonathan Haskel

Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School

Jonathan Haskel is a Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Organisation & Management Group. 

Vernon Hill

Chairman and Founder of Metro Bank

Vernon Hill is Chairman and Founder of Metro Bank. He is often credited with reinventing American banking.

The Hon John Howard OM AC SSI

Former Prime Minister of Australia

John Winston Howard, born 26 July 1939, served as Australia’s Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007. 

Sir Simon Jenkins

Chairman of the National Trust

Simon Jenkins is a journalist, author and chairman of the National Trust. He writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and weekly for the London Evening Standard. 

Dr Keyu Jin

Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

Dr. Keyu Jin is a professor of economics at the London school of economics, where she researches on issues of globalization, international trade and macroeconomics, and the Chinese economy. 

Professor Terence Kealey

Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University

Terence Kealey graduated in medicine from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, London University, in 1975.

Jason Kenney PC MP

Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism, Canada

Jason Kenney was born in Ontario and raised in Saskatchewan, where he graduated from Notre Dame College. He did undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

Gaspard Koenig

Founder and Director of GenerationLibre

Gaspard Koenig is the founder and director of the French classical liberal think-tank GenerationLibre, launched in 2013. 

Dr Arthur B. Laffer

Founder & Chairman of Laffer Associates & Laffer Investments

Art Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an institutional Advisory Committee for the presidential race of 1980. 

Professor Deepak Lal

Professor Emeritus of International Development at UCLA

Deepak Lal is James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, University College London. 

Augustin Landier

Professor of Finance, Toulouse School of Economics

Augustin Landier is an economist, currently a professor at the Toulouse School of Economics. He was previously in the faculty of New York University (2004-2009), the University of Chicago (2002-2004), and was a Resident Scholar at the International Monetary Fund (2009).  

Martha Lane Fox

Co-founder Lastminute.com

Martha Lane Fox co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998, they took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005. 

Rich Lowry

Editor, National Review

Rich Lowry is editor of National Review. He is a commentator for FOX News, a columnist for Politico, and his twice-weekly column is syndicated by King Features. 

Dr. Philippa Malmgren

Founder, DRPM Group

Dr. Philippa Malmgren, though her firm, DRPM Group, helps companies, investors and policymakers better understand how risk and prices will move across the economic landscape. 

Professor Deirdre McCloskey

Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor of Economic History, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Patrick J. Michaels

Director of the Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute

Pat Michaels is the director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. He is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was programme chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. 

John Micklethwait

Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

John Micklethwait is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist.

Munira Mirza

Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture of London

Munira Mirza is the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture.

Charles Moore

Biographer of Margaret Thatcher

He was Editor of The Spectator from 1984 to 1990, Editor of The Sunday Telegraph from 1992 to 1995, Editor of The Daily Telegraph from 1995 to 2003 and Group Consulting Editor for Telegraph Group since 2003. .

V. S. Naipaul

Britain’s only living Nobel Prize winner for Literature

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932.  He went to England on a scholarship to Oxford University in 1950.  

Fraser Nelson

Editor of the Spectator

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator and a columnist for The Daily Telegraph. 

Lizzie Noel is an expert adviser to the Department for Education, where she is supporting the development of the academies and free schools programme.

John O'Sullivan CBE

National Review and former Senior Adviser to Margaret Thatcher

John O'Sullivan is a writer, broadcaster, editor, and columnist.

Lord Powell Of Bayswater KCMG

Independent Member of the House of Lords

Lord Powell was for many years Private Secretary and Adviser on foreign affairs and defense to Lady Thatcher when she was Prime Minister.

General David H. Petraeus

Ex-US Army General and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute

General (Ret’d) Petraeus started working with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) in 2013 and is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. 

Taavi Rõivas

Prime Minister of Estonia

Taavi Rõivas has been Prime Minister of Estonia since 26 March 2014. He is a member of the Estonian Reform Party. 

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. is President and founding Chief Executive Officer of POLITICO. He is also
President and Chief Operating Officer of Allbritton Communications Company. 

Professor Roger Scruton

Writer and Philosopher

Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who lives and farms in Wiltshire. 

Joanna Shields OBE

Chairman, Tech City UK

Joanna Shields OBE is an British/American business executive, entrepreneur and investor. She is currently the Chair of Tech City UK and the UK's Business Ambassador for Digital Industries. 

Radosław Sikorski

Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Radosław Sikorski was born on 23rd February 1963 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a B.A. and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

Paul Staines

Founder of Guido Fawkes

Paul Staines founded "Guido Fawkes" Britain's most popular political blog in 2004, it breaks news, often political scandals and up-to-the-minute political gossip. 

Kevin Sutcliffe

Television Executive

Kevin Sutcliffe is a multi-award winning television executive responsible for delivering high profile, hard hitting and talked about factual television and online content with a track record of developing original ideas.

Ed Vaizey MP

Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot.

Natacha Valla

Deputy Director of CEPII

Natacha Valla is Deputy Director of CEPII and heads the scientific programme, International Macroeconomics and Finance. 

Jim Waterson

Deputy Editor, BuzzFeed

Jim Waterson is the Deputy Editor at BuzzFeed where he reports and writes on national UK news as well as international politics.

Justin Webb

Presenter of the 'Today Programme', Radio Four

Justin Webb presents the Today Programme on Radio Four. He was the BBC's North America Editor for eight years and is the author of books on the 'Special Relationship.' 

Rachel Whetstone

Senior VP of Communications and Public Policy, Google

Rachel Whetstone joined Google in 2005, after 15 years advising senior politicians and companies on their strategic communications. 

Professor Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth

Director, Open Europe Berlin

Michael Wohlgemuth is an economist and Director of Open Europe Berlin. He is also Professor of Political Economy at the University of Witten/Herdecke. 

Toby Young

Co-founder of the West London Free School

Toby Young is the co-founder of the West London Free School, the first free school to sign a funding agreement with Michael Gove, and a former director of New Schools Network. He is the author of four books, including ‘How to Set Up a Free School’ and ‘What Every Parent Needs to Know’. In addition to his policy work, he has been employed as a teaching fellow at Harvard and a teaching assistant at Cambridge.

Professor Luigi Zingales

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Finance at Chicago Booth University

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. Mc Cormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business. 

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