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March 22, 2017

Job Opportunity:
Human Rights Foundation

The following is a message from our friends at the Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is hiring a San Francisco-based Strategy Associate SAN FRANCISCO (March 20, 2017) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Today we are announcing an opportunity to join our team in the position of Strategy Associate. This is a unique chance to join a dynamic and high-achieving development and communications team as it works to grow HRF’s support base, engage new communities, and expand HRF’s global profile. Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise […]
March 21, 2017

LibertyCon Day 2 & 3: Two Days of Friendly Disruption

This year’s European Students for Liberty Conference, now LibertyCon, arguably had the best set of lectures and workshops in the history of this event (which I have been attending from the very beginning in 2011), including both relatively introductory material, advanced lectures and even the projection of a movie. The overarching theme of the conference was the accelerating technological disruption resulting in increasingly distributed, often peer-to-peer economic interactions. One of the most important and challenging consequences of this phenomenon has been the changing nature of work. Kate Andrews from the IEA kicked off the LibertyCon Saturday by attempting to defuse the fears young people may have about this process. While she admitted that because of the exploding cost of housing, young people may be asset-poor […]
March 20, 2017

How to Build a Career: A LibertyCon Resource List

The following was written by Derek Magill, Marketing Director at Praxis.  I spoke this past weekend at LibertyCon in Prague to students from all over Europe about how they can start building their career now instead of waiting until they graduate. The main points were: Your college degree will not guarantee you a job. You need real skills and experiences. When employers say they require college degrees, they really mean they require people who can create more value than they take out in salary. Once you realize this, it’s your job to show them that. The best way to show an employer you’re valuable is not a resume and not a college course list — you need a value proposition. You need to identify what […]

SFL EUROPE STAFF


Aleksandar Kokotović

European Programs Director

Aleksandar Kokotović

European Programs Director

Bio: Aleksandar graduated from the University of Belgrade with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He is also a Marketing Coordinator for the libertarian club, Libek, in Serbia. Aleksandar first got in touch with libertarian ideas during his first year of studies in the Faculty of Political Science, although he believes he was always a libertarian he was not aware that that is the name for someone who wants to live without having the government regulating his life. After a lecture from Radovan Durana from INESS Aleksandar applied for a Language of Liberty camp in Slovakia and his international pro-liberty activism started. He doesn’t want this to end anytime soon.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Murray Rothbard, Frédéric Bastiat

On Students For Liberty: "Changes and new ideas grow fastest when they are well accepted by students. Being a part of an organization which has the tools to provide students with the help needed to spread the ideas of liberty is a great honor. I believe that in the years to come we will see what an important task SFL has been doing all these years. It’s exciting to be a part of that."

Kevin Coombes

European Programs Manager

Kevin Coombes

European Programs Manager

Bio: Kevin holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and Society and plans to pursue a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics next semester. He has a particular interest in legal philosophy, societal reform, and justice. Driven by his belief that a freer more just world is possible, he has been actively involved in the promotion of personal freedom since 2009 having founded Ireland’s first pro-freedom forum. Upon graduating he founded the Brehon Law Academy, has given talks, written articles and developed an online course as a means to teach others about early Irish law, mythology and culture; a topic he is almost as passionate about as he is for spreading freedom.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Frederic Bastiat, Lysander Spooner, Larken Rose, Alan Watts

On European Students For Liberty: “Being part of European Students For Liberty has accelerated my efforts to promote personal freedom and a freer world. Connecting with such bright, genuine and committed people from all over the world has been an inspiration – knowing there are 1000’s of others out there working for liberty fuels the fire in my belly and drives me to work towards worthwhile change. I can promote the ideas of liberty professionally and with purpose and thanks to the training, expertise and resources available through (E)SFL my efforts become much more effective.”

Luca Bertoletti

European Development Associate

Luca Bertoletti

European Development Associate

Bio: Luca graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan in December 2014. He is primally interested in Public Choice Theory and his research interests also include the relationship between social sciences and the analysis of long run historical processes and the theory of complex phenomena.

Since November 2013 he has been an advocate of Young Voices Advocates. He was also a student of the Institute for Humane Studies.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: James Buchanan, Friedrick Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick

On Students For Liberty: “Students for Liberty is a fantastic organisation for providing intellectual resources for all students and help the newcomers to understand better the libertarian ideas. Students for Liberty gives me a lot of resources and helps me to understand better the libertarian movement; SFL gives me the opportunity to fight for freedom in a very strong way.”

Michal Šindlář

European Events and Communciations Associate

Michal Šindlář

European Events and Communciations Associate

Bio: Michal is currently working at ESFL as an Events and Communications Associate. He has an undergraduate degree in History and is now completing his master’s degree in Modern History. His second area of interest is online marketing and analytics. Prior to joining SFL, he worked for two years as an online marketing specialist in an online IT agency based in Brno, Czech Republic. Michal got involved with ESFL as a local coordinator in 2014 and joined the executive board a year after that. From 2013 to 2015, he was also the chairman of the Students For Liberty Czech Republic.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Thomas Clarkson, Henry David Thoreau, John Milton, Murray Rothbard

On Students For Liberty: "Students For Liberty is not just about spreading ideas. It is also a global project through which individuals become part of an amazing community and get to know like-minded friends all around the world."

Milica Kostic

European Events and Communications Associate

Milica Kostic

European Events and Communications Associate

Bio: Milica graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, International Relations at the University of Belgrade in 2013. Since 2009, Milica has been a member of Libertarian club Libek, a Serbian think-tank, where she worked as a Communications and Events Manager. She is currently completing her master’s degree at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade on a course in Political Theory, Political Sociology and Institutions. She got involved with ESFL as a local coordinator in 2013 after she took part in the organization of the first Regional Conference in Belgrade. After that, she joined the executive board where she served as a Regional Director of the Black Sea Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Israel, Turkey and Romania).

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Lysander Spooner, David Friedman

On Students For Liberty: "Since my first encounter with SFL I saw that this organization is different than any other I’ve seen before. SFL creates a network of not only freedom-loving individuals, but also a network of friends around the globe trying to make this world a freer place. I feel privileged to work for a great cause with some of the best people one can hope to meet."


THE EUROPE EXECUTIVE BOARD


Bruno Pinela Delgado

Iberian-American Relations Manager and National Coordinator for Portugal

Bruno Pinela Delgado

Iberian-American Relations Manager and National Coordinator for Portugal

Position: Iberian-American Relations Manager and National Coordinator for Portugal

Country/State: Portugal

School:

Email: bdelgado@studentsforliberty.org

Bio:

Favorite Figures in Liberty:

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"Peace, Love, Liberty."

Carlos Tuñón Sanz

Regional Director for Iberia

Carlos Tuñón Sanz

Regional Director for Iberia

Position: Regional Director for Iberia

Country/State: Spain

School: CUNEF

Email: ctunon@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Tuñón is a Law and Management student at CUNEF University in Madrid. He attended Boston University and UC Berkeley to take courses on Political Science and International Trade.

His interest in libertarianism is due to the advances that it achieved in history: the end of racism, slavery and homophobia. He considers animal liberation, environmentalism and the fight against poverty as the next tasks of libertarians for the coming decades.

He is an enthusiast of political economy and his research throughout the praxeology developed by Ludwig von Mises in the 20th century. He has a great interest in finance as well, especially in Value Investing school and the approach of Phillip A. Fisher.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Jeremy Bentham
John Stuart Mill
Benjamin Franklin

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"It is the first time in my entire life that I see such great people, from all over the world, working together for free in order to make a better society."

Christophe André

Regional Director for France

Christophe André

Regional Director for France

Position: Regional Director for France

Country/State: France

School: INSA of Lyon

Email: candre@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Christophe is a fifth year student at the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France, where he studies electrical engineering. He is involved in many campus activities, including the ARGIL, a non-profit association that provides a place where the students can get a drink and have fun with each other during great parties. He is currently a local coordinator for ESFL and the president of SFL Lyon.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Frédéric Bastiat
Friedrich Hayek
Ayn Rand

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"European Students For Liberty is an amazing organisation that provides resources and training for pro-liberty students to defend and spread their ideas. ESFL allows you to meet students from all over the world: it is a global network dedicated to liberty that connects students who share the same ideas."

Daniel Issing

Regional Director for Germany and Charter Teams Program Manager

Daniel Issing

Regional Director for Germany and Charter Teams Program Manager

Position: Regional Director for Germany and Charter Teams Program Manager

Country/State: Germany/France

School: University of Munich

Email: dissing@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Daniel studies Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at the Ludwigs Maximilians University Munich (M.Sc.). He first got in touch with SFL during an exchange year in Canada and is currenty a fellow of the liberal Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Besides physics, he has always been keenly interested in philosophy and economics, resulting in, among other things, the awarding of the Vernon Smith Prize 2016. His other great passions are music and sports; he has been playing the guitar for 15 years, enjoys volleyball, wakeboarding and squash as well as hiking, (mountain) biking and trail running – and, of course, extensive travelling.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Ludwig von Mises
Murray Rothbard
Frédéric Bastiat
Richard Cobden
Albert Camus
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Anthony de Jasay

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"Students for Liberty is, amidst all those other fantastic libertarian think tanks, institutes and organizations, a unique fusion of enthusiasm, dedication and companionship. We thrive because we inspire, because we provide support for the often solitary struggle for liberty, and because we welcome everybody willing to fight against oppression and injustice."

Eyð Áradóttir Hammer

European Chair

Position: ESFL Executive Board Chairwoman

Country/State: Denmark

School: University of Copenhagen

Email: eahammer@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Studying economics and working as Research Assistant at the Danish free-market think tank, CEPOS within public choice.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: 

Friedrich August Von Hayek
David Friedman
Ayn Rand
Milton Friedman

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"I love the fact that ESFL is dedicated to empowering students all across the continent. You start out in this organization as a little seed and come out on the other side as a full grown leader ready to make the world a freer place."

Ivan Bertović

Ivan Bertović

Ivan Bertović

Ivan Bertović

Position: Regional Director for Western Balkans

Country/State: Croatia

School: University of Split

Email: ibertovic@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Ivan is a Law student in Republic of Croatia. He’s a member of ESFL since 2014 when he joined as one of the founders of the network in Croatia. He works full time as Head of Office in a translation company. He’s also spending his free time as a President of the youth branch of HSLS in the capital of Croatia. He also owns one of the first libertarian cafe’s in Zagreb.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Milton Friedman
F.A. Hayek
Thomas Sowell
Lysander Spooner
Murray Rothbard

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"This is where we grow liberty. If there’s one place where the history of liberty will be written, it will be among Students For Liberty."

Jan Tichý

Regional Director for Central Europe

Jan Tichý

Regional Director for Central Europe

Position: Regional Director for Central Europe

Country/State: Czech Republic

School: Brno University of Technology

Email: jtichy@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Jan is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree on the Brno University of Technology. His field is Urban Planning and Transport Systems. He works on his thesis from market-oriented urban planning. Another interest is macroeconomics, especially monetary and tax systems, as well as private provision of public goods.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Murray Rothbard
F. A. Hayek
Benjamin Franklin

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"The most amazing and most interesting organization I have ever met. And people as well. You can be libertarian without ESFL. But ESFL makes you a better person and better advocate of liberty, it connects you with other amazing people and helps you to make sure, that liberty is on the rise!"

Katarzyna Cyrbus

Regional Director of Eastern Europe

Katarzyna Cyrbus

Regional Director of Eastern Europe

Position: Regional Director of Eastern Europe

Country/State: Poland

School: Warsaw School of Economics

Email: kcyrbus@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Katarzyna completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Warsaw School of Economics and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. She have been involved in the liberty movement in Poland for four years, during which she was working for libertarian think tank in Poland: FOR Foundation, as an Events Associate. In ESFL she has worked firstly as a Local Coordinator and then as a National Coordinator for Poland before becoming the Regional Director for Eastern Europe in 2015.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
John Stuart Mill & Harriet Taylor Mill
Milton & Rose Friedman
Tom G. Palmer
Johan Norberg
Mary Wollstonecraft

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"Students For Liberty is an unique organization, which supports and empowers young people around the world to continue their struggle for more freedom and is doing it in very effective way. Working with such passionate and well-educated people is an honor and great pleasure for me."

Kotryna Tamkutė

Regional Director for Baltics

Kotryna Tamkutė

Regional Director for Baltics

Position: Regional Director for Baltics

Country/State: Lithuania

School: Vilnius University

Email: ktamkute@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Kotryna got involved in Lithuanian Liberal Youth organization when she was 16 years old and until now she loves being a part of this organization. At the moment, she am studying in Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science and these studies help her to broaden her horizons as well as learning something new everyday.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Friedrich August von Hayek
Milton Friedman

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"For me European Students For Liberty firstly is an idea. It is an idea of different people from different countries and backgrounds gathering together and sharing their different worldviews. This is amazing because in all this variety we can find one idea that unites us. It is an idea of liberty."

Krzysztof Kowalski

ESFL Strategic Director

Krzysztof Kowalski

ESFL Strategic Director

Position: ESFL Strategic Director

Country/State: Poland

School: Warsaw School of Economics

Email: kkowalski@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Krzysztof has been Executive Board Member since 2015, initially holding the position of Regional Director for Eastern Europe, and currently being responsible for the development of organisation’s strategy. He studied Finance and Accounting at Warsaw School of Economics and was involved in Polish liberal think-tank Civil Development Forum (FOR). Krzysztof is interested in international economics, public policies enhancing liberty and entrepreneurship.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Leszek Balcerowicz
Tom G. Palmer
Milton Friedman

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"Students For Liberty give an extraordinary possibility to meet libertarians from all over the world – wherever you are, there is always someone who is related to SFL, ready to meet, help, and work together for liberty. We may have different opinions on particular issues, but our goal is always the same – freedom for all the people of the world. This is what gives us strength and hope for the future to build free societies around the planet."

Lia Janelidze

Regional Director for the Black Sea

Lia Janelidze

Regional Director for the Black Sea

Position: Regional Director for the Black Sea

Country/State: Georgia

School: Agricultural University of Georgia

Email: ljanelidze@studentsforliberty.org

Bio:

Favorite Figures in Liberty:

On Students For Liberty Europe:

Peace, Love, Liberty.

Magnús Örn Gunnarsson

Regional Director for Northern Europe

Magnús Örn Gunnarsson

Regional Director for Northern Europe

Position: Regional Director for Northern Europe

Country/State: Iceland

School: Breiðholt College

Email: mgunnarsson@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Magnús has a strong sense of classical liberalism. His main interests are philosophy, debates and military history. He has always been attracted to the ideas of liberty but only identified this attraction as classical liberalism once he read the book Why Liberty in 2013.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Frédéric Bastiat
Ludwig von Mises
Henry Hazlitt

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"European Students for Liberty is a fantastic organisation to get to know friends and colleagues from all around Europe through the ideas of liberty."

Mariam Gogolishvili

egional Director for Caucasus Region and ESFL Campaign Manager

Mariam Gogolishvili

egional Director for Caucasus Region and ESFL Campaign Manager

Position: Regional Director for Caucasus Region and ESFL Campaign Manager

Country/State: Georgia

School: Free University Tbilisi

Email: mgogolishvili@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Mariam is from Tbilisi, Georgia. She is studying Governance and Social Sciences at Free University Tbilisi. She’s working as a journalist at Tabula TV and specializes in international politics. Mariam is an organizer of the campaign “Defend Liberty Georgia”, which has been launched to counter the rise in anti-western messages and propaganda in Georgia.

Mariam is a Students For Liberty Local Coordinator since 2015. Within the Liberty Movement, her first and foremost interest is Drug Policy Reform. She’s a member of National Drug Policy Alliance and she’s an organizer of “2nd June”, movement leading the reform of decriminalization of Cannabis in Georgia. Other than that she’s a devoted activist and works with several Drug Policy NGOs and activist groups.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Frédéric Bastiat
Kakha Bendukidze
Edward Snowden
Ross Ulbricht

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"We were born in an extraordinary era; there have been a lot of political and social changes in the world during last decades. Due to Students For Liberty the first active libertarian youth movement emerged and is already playing a crucial role in defending and promoting liberty worldwide. Thanks to SFL we find ourselves standing united on the right side of history – changing the world to a freer place."

Marie Hemelrijk

ESFL Blog Manager

Marie Hemelrijk

ESFL Blog Manager

Position: ESFL Blog Manager

Country/State: Netherlands

School: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Email: mhemelrijk@studentsforliberty.org

Bio:

Favorite Figures in Liberty:

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"Peace, Love, Liberty."

Merima Bećirović

Regional Director for Southern Europe

Merima Bećirović

Regional Director for Southern Europe

Position: Regional Director for Southern Europe

Country/State: Bosnia and Herzegovina

School: University of Tuzla

Email: mbecirovic@studentsforliberty.org

Bio: Merima is a student at University of Tuzla currently working towards her Bachelors degree in economics. She is also a Project Coordinator at Citizens Association Multi. After listening many lectures about liberty she decided to apply to become a part of European Students For Liberty. After a leadership seminar in Gummersbach in 2015 she became Local Coordinator at SFL. The more she was studying about economy, the more she became interested in economic freedom and liberty.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:
Milton Friedman
Henry Hazlitt

On Students For Liberty Europe:

"The reason I want to get more involved in student activism for liberty is because I see a brighter future in liberty, and I want to be part of it. I see myself as person who will get together all people who believe in liberty and see power in liberty."

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