Join Atlas Network & CDE Great Lakes as we convene the 2021 Africa Liberty Forum Online!

The 2021 Africa Liberty Forum Online—#AfricaLF21—is sponsored by Atlas Network and co-hosted with our partner organization in Burundi, Centre For Development & Enterprises Great Lakes.  Due to the continuing restrictions we face from the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will take place virtually and will be held in CENTRAL AFRICA TIME from Monday, June 21 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. UTC +2) to Tuesday, June 22, 2021 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. UTC +2).

This is an exceptional opportunity for you to hear from distinguished speakers, participate in interactive breakout sessions, and engage with individuals across the region from the comfort of your own streaming device. Africa Liberty Forum Online will bring together friends of the freedom movement across Africa to discuss challenges facing the region and to highlight civil society efforts that move public policy in the direction of human prosperity. Together, we’ll celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners during the announcement of the 2021 Africa Liberty Award and the Africa Think Tank Shark Tank Competition.

Attendance at Africa Liberty Forum is limited, and the staff of Atlas Network partner organizations from Africa will be given preference to attend. We ask that attendees from other regions will help ensure that the conversation remains focused on current affairs in the relevant region and is to the benefit of our partners in Africa.

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network’s Regional Liberty Forums is generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, Freda Utley Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Sarah Scaife Foundation.

If you have already registered for Africa Liberty Forum Online, instructions to join will be sent to you by email from Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org within the week prior to the event.

William Kamkwamba is a TED Fellow, a Dartmouth College graduate, and an entrepreneur who has worked with the design firm IDEO.org and the WiderNet Project. His inspiring story is told in his New York Times bestselling memoir “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” co-authored with Bryan Mealer, and in the Netflix film adaptation, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, which was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film festival. William’s autobiography has sold more than 1 million copies and been translated into nearly twenty languages worldwide. An adamant believer in the power of human-centered design and an experienced farmer, William has consulted on projects developing agricultural technology in Myanmar, public sanitation solutions in India, and supporting victims of gender-based violence in Kenya. William co-founded the Moving Windmills Project, which empowers Malawian youth to implement simple technologies that ease daily burdens. Currently, William is designing an Innovation Center in Kasungu where young people can find the tools and mentorship to increase crop yields and lead more secure lives.


Feyisade Charles Adeyemi is a trans-disciplinary educator. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science Education, a Master`s Degree in Tourism and Development with an Ecological Tourism specialty and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan. He is a lecturer at Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin and volunteers as an Academic Director at Students for Liberty (Africa). Additionally, he is a Toastmaster, a TEDx Licensee/Organiser and the founder of Chale Institute, a public policy research organization that seeks to educate and inspire a new generation of free global citizens and leaders in Africa.

Ibrahim B. Anoba is a Yoruba native of Africa; he holds a Nigerian passport out of necessity. He currently serves as managing editor at Africa Liberty, a media and freedom-oriented organization dedicated to the dissemination of ideas towards a new century of African prosperity. He is also in charge of the organization’s writing fellowship program. Ibrahim’s research interest is in African affairs.

Prior to 2018, his focus was on the African political economy, particularly on the effectiveness of foreign aid policies in addressing the continent’s economic challenges. His articles on this theme are widely published and cited. He is now focused on the political history of Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries with an eye for the evolution of indigenous freedom movements around the period, and how they connect to the wider Pan-African movement. He is currently working on four manuscripts, two among which are on the Pan-African interpretation of Ethiopianism, and a review of authoritarianism in the Pan-African policies of Kwame Nkrumah (1945 to 1966). The other two consists of an inquiry into the rise of the free-market movement in Africa, and a review of the literary foundation of the African thought on freedom.

Fri Asanga is the interim CEO of the , Nkafu policy Institute at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. She is a development practitioner and has deep expertise in financial inclusion. She is a fervent advocate for policies that promote economic freedom of all and sundry, hence her passion for taking financial services to the last mile, especially vulnerable groups such as women. Fri has over 18 years of experience in policy development, risk management, micro-insurance schemes, financial literacy, and social accountability haven worked with different development partners, both national and international.

Dr. Cortney Baker is an award-winning entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and a nationally recognized authority on women’s leadership. She has been featured on FOX News, Forbes, iHeart Radio, and Huffington Post, among other publications. As a leadership expert, mentor and mother of three, she is passionate about empowering women to close the gender gap through the power of entrepreneurship. Dr. Cortney was named the 2016/2017 Texas Business Woman of the Year and a Top 100 Leader in Healthcare in America. She’s the founder and CEO of KidsCare Home Health, a multi-million dollar healthcare organization with 12 locations across Texas, Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon. She earned an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, where She concentrated her studies on understanding and advancing women to the highest levels of leadership. Dr. Cortney resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, daughters, dogs, and rescue kitty.

Mr. Kofi Bentil is a Lawyer, a Business Strategy Lecturer, and Consultant. He has lectured in Ashesi University, and the University of Ghana Business School, he holds many corporate training sessions each year in Business Strategy, Services Marketing and Management. Kofi is Senior Vice President and Policy Analyst with Imani Ghana, voted among the top think tanks in Africa and one of the leading Think Tanks in Ghana. Kofi is currently Managing Partner at Lex Praxis Inc. A law firm he founded. He continues to be a consultant with Bentil Consulting Limited.

In 2005 he was honored by the World Bank with the Global Development Marketplace Award. In 2009 he was inducted into the Africa Leadership Network, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. Previously, Kofi Managed Marketing and Business Strategy for I.T. Companies and was Business Development Manager for Enterprise Insurance, one of Ghana’s Largest Insurers. His professional interests range across Leadership, Policy and Governance, Law, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, I.CT. Project Management. He holds a B.A. in Geography and Resources Development, an MBA in Marketing and a second MBA in Think Tank Management, a Post Graduate LLB, and the QCL from the Ghana Law School.

Frans Cronje was educated at St. John’s College and Wits University and holds a PhD in scenario planning from North-West University in South Africa.  He is the CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations and also directs the Centre for Risk Analysis. The IRR is a public policy think tank established in 1929 to promote human rights in South Africa. The Centre for Risk Analysis was established in 2010 and advises on global and South African political, economic, social, and policy risk. He has authored three books on the future of South Africa and the world and advised several hundred corporations and government agencies. He presents the CRA’s “Risk Alert” podcast every Monday morning at 7am.

Petrony Dibanzilua is a Jurist in International law and Human Rights and was a political assistant in 2018. He is a Program Director at Centre for Development and Enterprises CDE-DRC.

Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi is the executive director of the Arab Center for Research and also serves as the chief editor of the Arabic news and analysis website MinbarAlHurriya.org. With over fifteen years of research experience in the economic and political landscape in the Arab world, Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi has a sharp understanding of the underlining geopolitical factors affecting the Arab World and the MENA Region. Before returning to Morocco, Nouh worked as assistant Professor at Aix-Marseille University (France) and is now professor of economics at Ibno Toufail University in Morocco. Dr. El Harmouzi’s current research interests relate to institutional changes, economic policies, beliefs and informal institutions in the Muslim world. Nouh has dedicated part of his research to the topic of institutions in their relationship with economic development/stagnation and authored a number of books, reports and articles on this subject.  He regularly gives TV interviews in different Arab Media. Dr. El Harmouzi holds a PhD in Economics from Aix-Marseille University in Aix En Provence, France.

Hicham El Moussaoui obtained his Master’s degree and his Ph.D. in economics at the University Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III) in France, at the Center for Economic Analysis in Aix-en-Provence, the last bastion of Austrian thought in France. Presently he is a professor of Economics at the University of Sultan Moulay Slimane. He has specialized in the study of cooperation issues, public policies, and their impact on incentives, as well as the role of institutions in the development process, particularly in Arab and African countries. He has already published his thesis in European university editions “Rational Choice of Preferences and Cooperation in a Social Dilemma,” academic articles in scientific journals as well as editorials and chronicles in various media. Since 2014, he is the editor of the project www.libreafrqiue.org, whose mission is the promotion of democracy, inclusive economic development, and defending human rights and freedom in francophone Africa. Thanks to this project, he created and coached several groups on the ground in Africa, so that they can defend individual rights and civil liberties. He is a regular consultant of several African newspapers, radios, and magazines to comment on economic news.

Chukwuemeka Ezeugo is the President of GACLI Nigeria, a non-profit free market organization that promotes the ideas for a free society in northern Nigeria. Emeka continues to bridge tribal and religious divides through GACLI, by bringing students and youths of diverse backgrounds together in trainings and other pro-market activities in the crisis region of northern Nigeria. His organization has translated Foundations of a Free Society by Eamonn Butler into the West African language of Hausa, making it the first free-market literature to be translated into a local Nigerian (West African) language. He worked with Students For Liberty as the first African Programs Associate and developed the first Afrocentric curriculum for the Local Coordinator Training at African Students For Liberty, training hundreds of students & youths in Africa while speaking at SFL Regional Conferences across the continent.

Dr. Denis Foretia is Co-Chair of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Nkafu Policy Institute, a leading Cameroonian think tank. Along with Co-Chair Lenora Ebule, he shapes and approves strategy, advocates for the foundation, and helps set the overall direction. He is also the Chairman of Merckshire LLC, an international holding company with operations in the US and Cameroon. A surgeon by training, Foretia has always been involved in philanthropic activities and issues related to governance, international development and public policy. He is currently the President of the Association of Cameroonian Physicians in the Americas (ACPA). 

Foretia recently joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as an Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Africa in the Global Surgery Institute. Prior to this he was a faculty in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University and staff acute care surgeon at Lifebridge Health. He is also an Associate in the department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. He also holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Carey School of Business also at the Johns Hopkins University. 

Chris Hattingh is Deputy Director at the Free Market Foundation. He has an MPhil Business Ethics from Stellenbosch University. Chris is a Senior Fellow at African Liberty, as well as a member of the advisory council of the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity. He writes on topics ranging from economic freedom, consumer rights, property rights, and trade and innovation. His articles and interviews have appeared on platforms such as the Financial Mail, Maroela Media, Rapport, BusinessDay, Rational Standard, ClassicFM, Pretoria FM, RSG, Power FM, and others.

Hermann Hokou is coordinator of the scientific committee and a research fellow of Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), an independent think-tank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He has a graduate degree in Public Law, a Masters of Research in Public Fundamental Law and he’s working on the failing state, and security issues in international law.  He is an Assistant Lecturer in Human Rights, Humanitarian and Environment Law and he has conducted projects and studies on topics such as Global and Local Governance, Democracy in Africa, and Property Rights.

Tasnim Idriss graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Tunis in 2018, earning his ENS Diploma in Anglo-American Literature, Civilization & Linguistics. She is now a university teacher at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar. As the Liaison Academic Officer of the Munathara Initiative, she helped organize the 2019 first Tunisian Legislative and Presidential Debates. Tasnim was also a polling station member in previous legislative, municipal and presidential Tunisian elections. Since 2019, she has been the Editorial Associate of the Islam and Liberty Network.

Dr. Louis-Marie Kakdeu is the director of Nkafu Fellows and a Policy Fellow in Economics affairs at the Nkafu Policy Institute of the Denis  and Lenora Foretia Foundation. He is a lecturer in Switzerland (2009-2010), Guinea (2011-2013), Ivory Coast (since 2014), Cameroon (since 2015), Senegal (since 2016) and Romania (since 2014). He mainly teaches business intelligence, public policies management and evaluation, intercultural management and communication, development-related messages diffusion. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Public Administration (MPA) at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration with majors in Economics and public policies evaluation, and three Certificates of Advances Studies (CAS) : one in Business intelligence/Management of information systems, one in tax and fiscal policies management and one in governance and political institutions. His PhD and Post-PhD researches were all about the development of rural areas.

Linda Kavuka is an International Development Consultant, International Trade Lawyer and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She is a Frederic Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University, a Smith Fellow at Atlas Network and serves as the Director of African Programs and Managing Director of African Liberty at Students For Liberty Inc. Linda is an avid writer and has contributed her views on trade, free markets, property rights, law, leadership, human freedom and women’s rights published by various international media.

Linda holds a Masters in International Trade Law (LLM) from the University of Aberdeen, Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Bachelors of Law (LLB) from the University of Nairobi. She is also an alumnus of the Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA class of 2018.

Odette Kibu is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Public Health. She works as the Senior Health Policy Analyst and doubles as the Coordinator of the Nkafu Policy Institute of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation. Her work is focused on proposing insightful policy recommendations that are capable of advancing economies in Africa and especially Cameroon. Odette has a strong commitment to scientific research and this has made her a co-author of numerous articles published in both international and national peer review journals. Before joining the Nkafu Policy Institute she has worked in several Public Health institutions one of which is the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Cameroon.

Martin Kothé is FNF’s Regional Director ESEE and based in Sofia, BG. A journalist by profession, he started his career in the late 80’s at the BBC’s German Service in London. He later moved on to Deutsche Welle Radio, VOX TV, RTL West Live and n-tv where he served as a parliamentary corrrespondent. In 1999, he became the spokesperson of the German liberal party, FDP. From 2004 – 2010, he served in the same function to German President Horst Köhler. From 2010 – 2020, he was a Managing Director with FTI Consulting, a US strategic communications firm, where he acted as head of public affairs/Germany and Berlin bureau chief.

Henri Kouam is a Fellow in Economic Affairs at the Nkafu Policy Institute. He currently works as an economic consultant for a global expert network, Global Wonks. Before this, he was an economist and macroeconomic strategist at Roubini Global Economics, one of the leading economic research providers in London. As a Nordic Economist and commodity analyst at Continuum Economics, he employed machine learning as the leader of the global house price index and provided key commodities views for oil majors. He was the lead research analyst on the Demographic Dividend (DD) for Central and West Africa. The project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation saw a redesign of the communication strategy on the DD in French-speaking Africa. He equally works as an associate lecturer at the Digital College and has published extensively on issues ranging related to digitization, innovation and fiscal policy.

Brad Lips is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Network, which increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing. Since he became CEO in 2009, the budget of Atlas Network has more than doubled and the scope of its programs has extended worldwide. He is the author of a monograph titled The Freedom Movement: Its Past, Present, and Future. Lips is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. He serves on the boards of directors of the American Friends of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Institute of Economic Studies—Europe. As a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Lips chaired the Organizing Committee of its General Meeting in 2016. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips co-founded an Internet start-up, conducted equity research for Smith Barney, Inc., and worked in a policy research capacity for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He has spoken on five continents on solutions to poverty, and his work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Regulation, National Review Online, Investor’s Business Daily, The Daily Caller, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Brad lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children in Falls Church, Virginia.  

Maxi Pia Louis is the Director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support organizations (NACSO). Maxi’s background is tourism and conservation; in 1995 she co-founded the Namibia Community Based Tourism Association (NACOBTA) and was the Director of the association for 9 years. She then joined NACSO in 2005 as the Secretariat Coordinator, and currently serves as the Director of NACSO tasked with coordinating the NACSO’s three main thematic working groups and 9 non-profit organisations, as well as researchers and consultants working in communication and creates linkages with partners and decision makers including parliamentarians, government ministries and other stakeholders.

Phumlani M. Majozi is a senior fellow at African Liberty, a research organization based in Virginia, United States of America. He sits on the boards of two South African organizations: Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) and South African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA). He’s also a member of the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He’s a writer on politics, economics and international affairs. His writings have been published in the City Press, BizNews, News24, African Liberty and Politicsweb.

Aimable Manirakiza is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, think tank in Burundi that defends the principles of a free society and free market. Non- partisan and not for profit, CDE Great Lakes suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to get out poverty. CDE policy proposals are being formulated to support current decision-making processes in the legislative and regulation agency of the Burundian government. Nominated as Student of the Year 2017 by Students For Liberty US in 2017, Manirakiza received the Africa Liberty Award as part of the Birashoboka Project, in 2018. In 2019, the CDE Great Lakes was a finalist for the Templeton Freedom Award. In 2020, the CDE Great Lakes won the Africa Liberty Awards through the ProLiberty Writers Program. Aimable has already spoken in more than 100 media in South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Youcef Maouchi holds a PhD in economics from Aix-Marseille Université, France and is originally from Algeria. He is currently an Assistant professor of economics at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. Prior to joining Qatar University in 2016, he was a teaching and research fellow at Aix Marseille Université, as well was the executive director of the Institute for Economics Studies – Europe. IES-Europe is an educational think tank committed to promoting and spreading classical liberal ideas, with “A free society is a society of exchange”, as a motto. He organized and coordinated numerous editions of Aix-en-Provence Summer University and dozens of “Europe & Liberty” seminars throughout Europe and “Africa & Liberty” seminars in Morocco, Tunisia, and Ivory Coast.

Rejoice Ngwenya is a Zimbabwean who studied Management and an Advanced Business Administration with a major in International Marketing in Kenya – examined through the London-based Association of Business Executives. He went through a two-year training program on facilitation and moderation with the German-based Friedrich Naumann Foundation [FNF] to qualify as a practitioner in directing, planning and organising seminars, thus acquiring several certificates with the Gummersberg-based liberal International Academy of Leadership.  

He founded Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions (COMALISO) in 2008, an Atlas Network partner. Rejoice has written more than 500 hundred opinion pieces for blogs, newspapers and websites on liberal politics, economic development, good governance and democracy. His book, My Freedom is Not For Sale – the Vagaries, Vices and Evils of State Control – a collaboration with Atlas Network was published March 2021.

Temba Nolutshungu is a director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF).  He is also a trustee of the Cape Town Carnival and a council member of the (SA) Institute of Race Relations and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He has served in the past as chairman of the Langa Heritage Foundation and trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation.  In 2017, Temba was appointed as chairman of the Center for Development and Enterprise Great Lakes, a policy think tank covering Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the office is based. His political background is rooted in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.  In the late 1960s he was a pioneer activist of the black consciousness movement. Along with other activists, he established the Black Mamba Youth Movement, which operated in the greater Cape Town area.  His dedication to the overthrow of the apartheid system was based on the fact that it was an omnipotent and all-embracing system which sought to limit and control every facet of the lives of black people, from the cradle to the grave.  He was detained twice under the Terrorism and General Law Amendment Acts and tortured in solitary confinement.  The influence of his personal experiences is manifested in his writings and interventions in debates on public policy and generally fires his determination to contribute to the defence of individual liberty. Temba’s past and present connections across the South African political spectrum have facilitated the advocacy work of the Free Market Foundation, both within and outside Parliament.  A major highlight in this regard was the Foundation’s achievement in ensuring the insertion of a clause protecting property rights in South Africa’s first democratic constitution.

His publications include, but are not limited to: Security of Property Rights in South Africa: A Critical Response to Expropriation without Compensation, Nationalisation, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.

Olumayowa Okdediran is a committed advocate of liberty. In 2010, he came across the works of Frederic Bastiat, Bruno Leoni and Ludwig von Mises. These compelling arguments, especially of Bastiat, against protectionism provided Olumayowa with an appetite for the study of the ideas that lead to a free society. In 2010, he co-founded the African Liberty Students’ Organization (ALSO), served as the vice president for strategy at the first ALSO chapter in his school and has been instrumental in the establishment of several ALSO chapters across Africa. In 2011 he became ALSO Outreach Assistant responsible for ALSO’s expansion in English-speaking African countries. He sits on the international Executive board of Students for Liberty and directs Students for Liberty’s efforts in Africa. He is a contributing author in Why Liberty.

Catherine Semcer is a research fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center in the United States and the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her research interests include the roles of secure resource rights and the sustainable use of biodiversity in creating incentives for ecological health, the importance of ecosystem services in promoting social and political stability, and the illegal trade in wildlife.

Bright Simons is the President of mPedigree, a social enterprise working on three continents with governments, Fortune 500 companies and activists to safeguard human health and food security using technology. A career inventor and innovator, his current projects include vaccine quality detection using novel organo-sensors.  He is also a Board-level Advisor, with recent appointments to the Microsoft Africa Advisory Council, the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa, the Center for Global Development’s Study Group on Technology, the World Economic Forum’s Africa Strategy Group, the Africa Population Health Research Center, and IC Publications, owner of the New African magazine. He is a WEF YGL, TED Fellow, Aspen Braddock Fellow, and the 2016 CNBC African Innovative Business Leader of the Year. In 2016, Fortune magazine named him on their 50 World Greatest Leaders list.

Mugabi John Socrates is a tireless advocate of enterprise and prosperity in Uganda.

Mugabi John Socrates has inspired the growth of Students for Liberty in Uganda over the last 18 months with many activities in universities around the country and now he is setting up ALED.  Action for Liberty and Economic Development in Uganda is a civil society think tank to promote freedom and remove the barriers to opportunity enterprise and prosperity as the best means of enabling people to lift themselves from poverty through their own efforts. Already they have an office with a library where they welcome anyone to come and study the concept of a free society for themselves  and what can be done to promote it further.

Martin van Staden is a legal and policy consultant for the Free Market Foundation and the independent business community Sakeliga, in South Africa. He is pursuing a doctorate in law at the University of Pretoria. An avid writer, Martin has been published in numerous peer-reviewed law journals and popular media sites. For more information, visit www.martinvanstaden.com He serves on the Executive Committee and the Rule of Law Board of Advisors of the Free Market Foundation, the Council of the classically-liberal Institute of Race Relations, and the Board of Advisors of BridgeAfrica. Martin is a South African Policy Fellow with the Consumer Choice Center. Martin served on the African Executive Board of Students For Liberty (SFL) between August 2015 and August 2018, and was a Young Voices Advocate between May 2017 and March 2018.

Dr. Lyall Swim is the Chief Operating Officer at Atlas Network. In his role, Lyall leads the organization’s team and systems development as Atlas Network continues to grow in size, reach, and impact. For the past 17 years, he has engaged with more than 20,000 adult learners in dozens of organizations around the world. His focus has been to build increased leadership and operational capacity and enable organizations to successfully navigate various forms of change. He is a sought after speaker on ethics, leadership, innovation adoption, and education innovation. As the director of operations for Sutherland Institute, Lyall helped lead a redesign of the organization that enabled the Institute to better leverage the strengths of each staff member and increase the profile and influence of the Institute in Utah. Lyall holds a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in organization leadership from Pepperdine University. He also holds a bachelor’s in communications and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. His research and writing on leadership, ethics, education reform, adult learning, and innovation adoption have been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and various local and national outlets. Above all, Lyall enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three teenage children.

Tural Valiyev is a social sustainability professional with 15 years of experience in sustainable development program management. Tural managed projects and stakeholder relationships in Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, UK, Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal. His current role is Social Performance Manager for BP Mauritania and Senegal. Tural is the founder of Free Minds Association in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and visionary business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is the founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin.com, “the lip balm with a mission,” and is dedicated to reducing discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal. Throughout her career, she has created successful high-end retail brands inspired by diverse African traditions. She is a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos, a TED Global Africa Fellow, and “Leading Woman in Wellness” award winner by the Global Wellness Summit. Wade also serves on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, of Whole Foods Market. She has written for The Guardian, HuffingtonPost.com, and Barron’s, and is a frequent speaker at business conferences and on college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, and the Wharton School of Business. 

Monia Wakana is the Events and Communications Director at CDE Great Lakes, a non-profit think tank advancing free society and free markets by reducing barriers to prosperity and opportunity in Burundi. She also serves as Project Managing Director of the Free Mind Free People Project at CDE Great Lakes, which helps women and other stakeholders learn and defend their human rights through documentary films. Monia is also Managing Director of the Quiz Competition Project at SFL Francophone. She’s an advanced leader of African Students For Liberty.

Bruce Vaillant Ntangibingura is the program director at Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes. He contributes to the promotion of free enterprise and free society through the Birashoboka Campaign as Project Managing Director. Starting in 2014, he was an agent of change for Action on Armed Violence to promote the economic empowerment of young leaders of political parties who could have been exploited for violence during and after the 2015 Burundian election. Bruce-Vaillant Ntangibingura also helped set up Burundi’s first Start Up network, Impact Hub Bujumbura, as an outdoor and networking lead. He was primarily responsible for managing relations with Impact Hub Bujumbura partners and fundraising. As statistician, he is passionate about research and has produced several research articles on Burundian entrepreneurship.


This is a tentative schedule for our Africa Regional Liberty Forum. Speakers are still being confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.

NOTE: The schedule is listed in Central Africa Time (UTC+2). This entire program will take place in English except where indicated.

    Monday, June 21  
  11:00 a.m. Main Stage: Welcoming Remarks & Opening Plenary Session  
    “COVID-19 and Economic Freedom: Who Needs Economic Freedom in Africa Now?”  
    With COVID-19’s continued threat to public health and the economic setbacks being felt across the continent, how can think tanks and civil society organizations help create an Africa that is opening the doors to economic liberalisation even in midst of a pandemic? Hear from leaders and individuals who are expanding freedoms in their communities.  
    Opening Remarks: Brad Lips (Atlas Network) and Aimable Manirakiza (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)  
    Moderator: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network)  
  • Olumayowa Okediran (Students For Liberty, Nigeria)
  • Phumlani Majozi (AfricanLiberty.org, South Africa)
  • Bruce Vaillant Ntangibingura (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi) 
  12:00 p.m. Interactive Breakout: Liberalism and Women’s Rights in Africa  
    Atlas Network partners are at the forefront of expanding women’s rights and advocating for more economic freedoms in Africa. This discussion panel will showcase just a few of these stories from women who are working to improve the lives of millions everyday. Join us as we examine what challenges lay ahead and what progress has been made.  
    Moderator: Monia Wakana (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)  
  • Fri Asanga (Nkafu Policy Institute, Cameroon)
  • Dibanzilua Petrony (Centre for Development and Enterprises, Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Linda Kavuka (Students for Liberty, Kenya)
  1:15 p.m. Big Ideas: Africa Reimagined  
    Join Atlas Network partners for a panel discussion on how Africa is reimagining itself through a series of new free trade agreements, by rethinking immigration, and moving beyond old colonial ways of guiding regulations. These experts will share how and in what ways Africa is moving beyond the 20th century.   
    Moderator: Ibrahim Anoba (Atlas Network, Nigeria)  
  • Christo Hattingh (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
  • Aimable Manirakiza (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)
  • Kofi Bentil (IMANI Center for Policy and Education, Ghana)
  2:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions  
    Interactive Breakout in English: From Shared Practices to Prosperity   
    in Africa: What can be Learned?  
    Poverty rates around the world are dropping—even with setbacks like COVID-19. Africa is growing rapidly, not only in terms of economic prosperity and population but in terms of quality of life. Join us for an interactive discussion with Atlas Network partners on shared practices within their organizations on how to implement effective policies.  
    Moderator: Frans Cronje (South African Institute of Race Relations, South Africa)  
  • Mugabi John Socrates (Action for Liberty and Economic Development, Uganda)
  • Emeka Ezeugo (GACLI, Nigeria)
  • Odette Kibu (Nkafu Policy Institute, Cameroon)
    Interactive Breakout in FRENCH: Trade and Protectionism in Africa  
    As governments in East and Central Africa are putting in place high-level protectionist policies, especially on local productions, how can a message of free trade prevail? Join Atlas Network partners for an interactive session in French on best practices for rolling back protectionist policies in Francophone Africa.  
    Moderator: Dr. Siméon Barumwete (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)  
  • Hermann Hokou (Audace Institut Afrique, Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Dr. Franck Arnaud (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)
  • Dr. Louis-Marie Kakdeu (Nkafu Policy Institute, Cameroon)
    Interactive Breakout in ARABIC: 10 Years of the “Arab Spring” in North  
    Africa: What Went Wrong?   
    Since the 2011 uprisings, the relationship between Arab leaders and citizens has been shifting. While the initial euphoria and hope of a democratic spring quickly faded, today, ten years later, the anger and frustration that led to revolution, protest, and war persist. The second wave of protests has already begun in numerous countries of the region since 2018. Although the pandemic has paused them for a while, it has made things worse and exacerbated people’s frustrations because of the economic crisis it resulted in it. When you look at what has happened from the Arab Spring from 2011 beginning until today, you mark institutional failure everywhere. The real story behind the failure of the Arab spring is touching on the dangers of brittle dictatorships and weak state institutions.  
    Moderator: Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi (Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco)  
  • Youcef Maouchi (Qatar University, Algeria)
  • Hicham El Moussaoui (Libre Afrique, Morocco)
  • Tasnim Idriss (Islam and Liberty Network, Tunisia)
  3:15 p.m.  Main Stage: Regional Liberty Awards and Closing Interview with  
    William Kamkwamba, by the Director of Atlas Network’s Center for African Prosperity, Magatte Wade on “Why Africa Needs to Allow for Greater Innovation and Entrepreneurship”  
    In this special session, Magatte Wade, a Senegalese entrepreneur, speaks with William Kamkwamba of Malawi, whose life as an innovator was profiled in the 2019 Netflix Film, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” William’s innovation was celebrated in a TED talk and on film, which made him an international media celebrity. What most people don’t realize is that in addition to an innovative mind and spirit, Africa needs a reliable free market legal system so that innovators and entrepreneurs can build and grow successful businesses.  Magatte and William will discuss how the many government-imposed obstacles to business in Africa are preventing African people from becoming more widely known for innovation and entrepreneurship.  
    Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, United States)  



    Tuesday, June 22  
    The schedule is listed in Central Africa Time (UTC+2)  
  10:00 a.m. Main Stage: Think Tank Shark Tank Competition  
    Watch live as think tank leaders pitch their project ideas to a panel of judges!   
    Master of Ceremonies: Lyall Swim (Atlas Network, United States)  
  • Rejoice Ngwenya (COMALISO, Zimbabwe)
  • Henry Kouam  (Nkafu, Cameron)
  • Bruce Vaillant Ntangibingura (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)
  • Cortney Baker (KidsCare Home Health, United States)
  • Temba Nolutshungu (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
  • Tural Valiyev (BP Mauritania, Azerbaijan)
  • Bright Simons (MPedigree, Ghana)
  11:15 a.m. Concurrent Breakouts  
    Interactive Breakout: An Introduction to Strategic Planning with Atlas   
    Network Academy  
    During this training session, the Atlas Network Academy team will take you through the basics of strategic planning. Working with a local expert, you’ll have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by conducting a regional analysis and creating a plan for the way forward. This session will be facilitated by Atlas Network’s Lindy Arsenault and co-facilitated by Dr. Denis Foretia (Nkafu Policy Institute, Cameroon).  
    Interactive Breakout: Protecting WildLife in Africa  
    Ecological degradation is a systemic risk to economic growth and opportunity. Community engagement, free enterprise, and collaborative authorities form the basis of 21st-century solutions to mitigate this risk. Across Africa’s diversity of cultures and political viewpoints, these kinds of solutions are already having a positive impact on the continent’s ability to conserve wildlife and other natural resources. Join us as we explore two case studies from Southern and East Africa with individuals who are leading the continent’s drive to be a region that is verdant and prosperous.  
    Moderator: Catherine Semcer (PERC, United States)  
  • Maxi Pia Louis (Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations – NASCO, Namibia)
  • Tom Lalampaa (Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya)
  12:15 p.m. Main Stage: Closing Remarks and Discussion on “The Future  
     of Human Rights Advocacy in the 2020’s”  
    This closing session of the Africa Liberty Forum will feature a conversational panel on the future of human rights in Africa, especially in the early stages of the 2020’s. What kind of strategies and policies should human rights advocates implement in order to create more responsible institutions and governments over the next decade? You won’t want to miss this panel of Atlas Network partners!  
    Moderator: Ibrahim Anoba (Atlas Network, Nigeria)  
  • Martin Van Staden (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
  • Feyisade Charles Adeyemi (Chale Institute, Nigeria)
  • Rejoice Ngwenya (Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions, Zimbabwe)


This program is tentative and is subject to change. The schedule is listed in Central Africa Time (UTC+2). This entire program will take place in English except where ind

Our 2021 Africa Liberty Forum Online will be hosted through T!LT, our online platform. This platform is easy to navigate and will help you connect to all live sessions, meetings, and breakout groups in our scheduled program. If you’d like to have a preview of how T!LT works, please feel free to visit the Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020 legacy site to watch recorded sessions from our most recent event on demand.

The Regional Liberty Awards are part of the Templeton Freedom Award Prize Program and annually recognize think tanks that have made important contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition in their regions. The Templeton Freedom Award Prize Program awards $270,000 in prizes each year and is generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust.

Atlas Network will select one Regional Liberty Award winner from each of the following world regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & North Africa. To be considered for a Regional Liberty Award, organizations are asked to complete an application for the 2021 Templeton Freedom Award in full; all completed applications will be considered for both awards.

To apply for a Regional Liberty Award, please select this link.