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2015 Sofia Regional Conference


For a third consecutive year the ESFL Regional Conference is coming to Sofia – this time on October 17th. The event will take place in its now traditional location at the Metropolitan Hotel where attendees will be greeted to a full day of lectures, workshops and networking activities.

The program will follow two distinct tracks – one in Bulgarian language and one in English. Topics will range from the Greek economic crisis, through homeschooling to conspiracy theories. ESFL and the regional partners from the Bulgarian Libertarian Society will provide coffee, lunch and a drink reception.

The conference is free of charge, only a registration is necessary. You can register below.



aristeidisxatzisAristides Hatzis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1967. Hatzis completed his basic legal studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He studied sociology, philosophy, history, and economic analysis of law at the graduate level at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law (LL.B., LL.M.) and at the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., J.S.D.).

In 1999, he received his doctorate on the economics of contract law under the supervision of Richard A. Posner (chair), Frank Easterbrook, and William Landes. He is an attorney-at-law and a member of the Thessaloniki Bar Association since 1992 and of the American Bar Association since 1994. In 2001 he was elected a member of the steering committee of the European Association of Law and Economics, and in 2002 he was the local organizer of EALE’s 19th annual conference.

Hatzis is also an associate fellow of the Center for Free Enterprise in Seoul and a member of the advisory board of the Society of European Contract Law, the steering committee of the European Network for Better Regulation, and the editorial board of the European Review of Contract Law. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, and the author of many academic papers and newspaper op-eds. He recently authored A split verdict on the blackmail and bullying over Greece and A ‘take-it-or-leave it’ vote is a recipe for disaster for Greece in the Financial Times.

Aristides’ Topic: Welfare Populism and the Greek Crisis

Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on current affairs in the Icelandic media.

He is best known as a controversial spokesman for free market policies, and for neoliberalism or classical liberalism. In 1979, Hannes and his friends founded the Libertarian Association in Iceland, which operated for ten years.

It organized visits by the three Nobel Laureates Friedrich Hayek, James M. Buchanan and Milton Friedman in the early 1980s. Those visits had considerable impact on the exchange of ideas within Iceland.

Hannes’ Topic: Liberty in Iceland

Franco Martín López is a Master in Architecture and Urban Planning student from Rosario, Argentina; currently writing his dissertation as a grade thesis in urban planning from an spontaneous order approach to this issue. Also, he is the Director of the Research Department in Bases Foundation in Argentina and a writer and collaborator for the Schumpeter Center website.

Some years ago Franco founded a NGO for teaching children in a slum and for this reason he was awarded with the Entrepreneurs Prize from the Senate Chamber of Argentina in 2012, The TOYP award for outstanding young people from JCI Argentina and was selected to participate in the British Council congress for students in 2010 in London. In 2014 he published articles in the Student’s Book compiled by the Austrian Center in Vienna and the international magazine Studio, form Italy. In 2015 Franco delivered two conferences on the impossibility of centralized urban planning, one in the Grove City College in Pensilvania, US, and another in the Institute for Humane Studies scholar’s conference in Chapman University, Orange, California, US.

Franco’s Topic: The Impossibility of Central Urban Planning

Georgy Ganev is a program director for economic research at the Centre for liberal strategies in Sofia and an assistant professor at Sofia University’s Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, where he teaches courses in introductory macroeconomics, money and banking, and new institutional economics. His interests are related to issues of macroeconomics and monetary theory and policy, political economy, transition, development and growth economics, new institutional economics, social capital.

Georgy’s Topic: Собственост, свобода и здрави пари като необходими условия за забогатяване


Vladimir Karolev is a Bulgarian politician and economist with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta. He is currently CEO of the Balkan Advisory Company, a firm which deals with corporate finances and foreign investment. Vladimir servers as special advisor to the Bulgarian Minister of Economics and is a popular commentator on topics ranging from economics through business to environmentalism.

Vladimir’s Topic: Кой е виновен за икономическите кризи – факти срещу митове


Blagovest Belev is in the management board of the biggest gold bullion dealer and currency exchange operator in Bulgaria – Tavex Gold&Exchange since the establishment in 2009. His background and interests include monetary history, Austrian economics and the problems in the current financial system. Blagovest is vice chair and one of the founders of the Bulgarian Bitcoin Association and is the founder ofCoinWisdom – a company created to spread the use and popularity of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. Blagovest has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria

Blagovest’s Topic: Психология на властта и бъдеще на либертарианството


Yulie Foka-Kavalierakiwas born in Athens, Greece and is a PhD candidate in Philosophy of Social Sciences at the University ofAthens. Her research focuses on decision-making, rationality, behavioral economics and cognitive biases. She has a MSc in Cognitive Sciences. Her graduate dissertation centered on neuropsychology and neurolinguistics through the study of patients with brain lesions. She has presented both her graduate and doctoral research in many Greek and international scientific conferences and she has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. She is a founding member of the pioneering Greek classical liberal groups “John Stuart Mill Reasearch Group”, “Women for Liberty” and “LearnLiberty.gr”.

Yulie’s Topic: Conspiracy Theories and Rational Thinking


Pencho Penchevwas born in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, in 1971. He has a degree in History from the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Penchev is an associated professor in the “Political Economy” Department at the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia, PhD in History, Vice-Dean in International Cooperation in General Economics Department at UNWE. He also teaches Economics History, History of Economic Theory and Comparative Political Economy.

His research interests and publications are related to Bulgarian Economic History, History of Economic Thought and Theory of Economic History. Penchev has more than 50 scientific publications in Bulgarian and international journals. He is author of 4 books including: How Did It Begin: The Early History of Corruption in Bulgaria, scientific editor and co-author of the textbook: “Introduction to Economic History”.

Pencho’s Topic: Корени на класическия либерализъм в България

Otto Brøns-Petersen has been the Director for Analysis at the Danish independent think tank Centre for Political Studies, CEPOS, since 2013. His main areas of research are general economic policy, productivity, tax policy, energy policy and monetary and financial matters.

He has previously worked with economic policy in the civil service for more than two decades, in a number of positions among others as Deputy Permanent Secretary (economics) at the Ministry of Taxation and Director at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He has taught at the University of Copenhagen. He is a co-founder of Libertas, a group promoting academic interest in classical liberalism, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He holds a degree in economic science from University of Copenhagen.

Otto’s Topic: The Scandinavian Welfare Model – Does Interventionism Work After All?

Boyan Rashev is one of the very few environmental experts who believes economic liberty and growth are the main drivers of sustainability.

He holds a Master degree in Environmental Management and Resources from the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, Germany, and also studied in Bulgaria (Geology), Austria and Venezuela. In 2007, after three years in the NGO sector, he founded the Bulgarian office of the international consulting company denkstatt. Today, he helps his clients in designing and implementing innovative solutions that enhance their competitiveness and solve societal challenges. In 2012, Boyan was among the finalists of the competition for young managers Next Generation. He is a gold member of the Bulgarian Libertarian Society.

Boyan’s Topic: Аir and food – when state policies silence science and distort the market



2015 European Students For Liberty Sofia Regional Conference

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October 17 2015


Date: 17.10.2015
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Cost: Free
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Language: English
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