Bio: Dr. Wolf von Laer is the Chief Executive Officer of Students For Liberty (SFL). SFL is a non-profit organization with close to 60 staff members that trains and supports pro-liberty students in the United States and around the world. Wolf received his Ph.D. in Political Economy at King's College London in March 2017. Wolf lived and studied in the US, Turkey, Spain, Germany, the UK, Sweden, and Argentina. He has published several book chapters, a book about central-banking, and a peer-reviewed journal article. During his Ph.D., he realized that SFL would be a more desirable organization to work for than academia due to the interesting work environment and the quality of people that SFL attracts. His website is www.wolfvonlaer.com.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Elinor Ostrom, Peter Boettke, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich A. Hayek
On Students For Liberty: “SFL provided the supportive environment that made me a better advocate for the ideas of liberty and a better person. I am deeply grateful to the organization. SFL continues to change people’s lives and the world for the better. I cannot imagine spending my time in a more meaningful way than working for SFL.”
Bio: Fred loves pro-liberty activism and is also an advocate for healthcare reform towards the free market. He joined the Mises Forum at the University of Bayreuth in Germany during his first semester and enjoyed learning more about human action and monetary policy. He is also a junior-scholar of the Hayek Foundation in Germany, which provides an academic forum for young Austrian Economists and Classical Liberals. Fred also loves to combine his two major passions: Liberty and traveling. Thus you will most likely see him in some spot in Europe, North America or Asia working with libertarian friends there, planning new activism groups or brainstorming about business ideas in emerging markets.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: The writings of Ludwig von Mises helped me a lot to understand many things in the world, but Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” and Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State and Utopia” were the initial books, which inspired me. Though I am not a big fan of politicians, I would also consider Maggy Thatcher as one of my favorite figures in liberty.
On Students For Liberty: “Best thing ever! No seriously SFL brings so many great people together and provides students all over the world with resources. I know so many people (and I was one of them) who thought that they are the only libertarian in the world and that they are crazy. SFL helps to get in touch with other liberty-minded people and helps them to outreach even more on their campuses.”
Bio: Laura is the Chief Operating Officer at Students for Liberty and joined the team in December of 2015. Laura joins us after over a decade at the Institute for Humane Studies where she served a number of roles including Director of Conference Management and, most recently, Senior Director of Operations. Laura is a graduate of Boston University where she received a B.A. in philosophy. While there, she founded the Boston University Libertarian Society and hosted interdisciplinary libertarian conferences for students in the area.