Title: Advancing Liberty in Muslim-Majority Countries


Date & Time: Thursday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.


Location:Princeton Club (15th W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 – at the cross of W43rd and 5th Ave.)


Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer



  • Rainer Heufers, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (Indonesia)
  • Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Malaysia)


Dress Code: 

Dress code for the daytime program is Business Casual. Dress code for Freedom Dinner is Black Tie Optional/Traditional Dress Encouraged.


Hotel Reservations

Contact Chelsea Schick at Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org regarding making a hotel reservation for Freedom Dinner.



Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Moderator) is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.


wan-1Wan Saiful Wan Jan is chief executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (www.ideas.org.my), and a not-for-profit organisation that he co-founded in 2010. IDEAS is Malaysia’s first think-tank dedicated to promoting market-based solutions to public policy challenges. He is a regular commentator on Malaysian and ASEAN affairs. He has an English column in Malaysia’s leading English daily The Star, as well as a Chinese column in Malaysia’s most widely circulated Chinese newspaper Sin Chew. His opinion is quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist. He also frequently appears in interviews in Malaysian radio as well as Malaysian and international TV channels such as Bloomberg, Channel News Asia and CCTV.

Wan Saiful is also Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty (www.istanbulnetwork.org). The Istanbul Network was established in 2011 to explore and promote the principles and values of a free society in the Muslim world. This global network brings together scholars and researchers who are dedicated to advance universal human values such as liberty, peace, tolerance, respect, integrity, and equality under the law among the world’s Muslim communities.



 Rainer Heufers is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. CIPS policy proposals are being formulated to support current decisionmaking processes in the legislative and executive branches of the Indonesian government.

Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. SIAP Solutions provides strategic counselling, public policy consulting, leadership training, organizational development and other services to international think tanks, political parties, corporations, and government agencies.

He is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network. Heufers designed the first Atlas Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings of the Atlas Network where top think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations. He lives in Indonesia.


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