Location: ADGM Academy/Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
All Expenses Paid
What is economic freedom? Why is it important, and how does it contribute to growth and prosperity? Listen, learn, and discuss with some of the best economists and leading policymakers from around the world.
Outstanding Israeli, Emirati, Bahraini, and Moroccan students from all fields of study, who are in their second year of undergraduate studies or above (including BA, MA, and PhD students), and aspire to leadership, are encouraged to apply to this exclusive program. The program will include formal lectures, informal discussion sessions with faculty, and off-site excursions.
The September 2023 program will take place at the ADGM Academy & Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Airfare and full room & board costs will be covered by the Friedberg Economics Institute. Dietary needs will be accommodated, including Kosher.
Emirati, Moroccan, and Bahraini students should contact [email protected] with a CV and cover letter to apply. Israelis should apply using the form below. For any questions, please contact [email protected]
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Tyler Beck Goodspeed is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives and the Kleinheinz Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From 2020 to 2021 he served as acting chairman and vice chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, having been appointed by the President as a Member of the Council in 2019. In that role he advised the Administration’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as subsequent economic recovery packages. He resigned from the Council on 7th January 2021, having previously served as chief economist for Macroeconomic Policy and senior economist for tax, public finance, and macroeconomics, playing an instrumental role in designing the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Before joining the Council, Dr. Goodspeed was on the Faculty of Economics at the University of Oxford and was a lecturer in economics at King’s College London. He has published extensively on financial regulation, banking, and monetary economics, with particular attention to the role of access to credit in mitigating the effects of adverse aggregate shocks in historical contexts, especially exogenous environmental shocks. His research has appeared in three full‐length monographs from academic presses, as well as numerous articles in peer‐reviewed and edited journals. Goodspeed has a PhD in history from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge. He also received a BA in economics and history from Harvard, an MA in history from Harvard, and an MPhil in economic history from Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. He is a current member of the American Economic Association and Economic History Association, and was previously a member of the Economic History Society and Royal Economic Society.
Douglas Irwin is John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy (University of Chicago Press, 2017), which The Economist and Foreign Affairs selected as one of their Best Books of the Year. He is president-elect of the Economic History Association (2022-23).
He is the author of Free Trade Under Fire (Princeton University Press, fifth edition 2020), Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s (MIT Press, 2012), Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression (Princeton University Press, 2011), The Genesis of the GATT (Cambridge University Press, 2008, co-authored with Petros Mavroidis and Alan Sykes), Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade (Princeton University Press, 1996), and many articles on trade policy and economic history in books and professional journals.
He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He worked on trade policy issues while on the staff of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and later worked in the International Finance Division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. Before joining Dartmouth, Irwin taught at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Dr. Razeen Sally focuses his research and teaching on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. Between 2012 to 2022 he had a teaching position at the National University of Singapore, and is also currently on the Global Agenda Council for Competitiveness of the World Economic Forum.
He has spent the last decade on the faculty of the London School of Economics, where he received his PhD, teaching International Political Economy since 2000. He has also held adjunct teaching, research and advisory positions at universities and think tanks in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Razeen was on the faculty of the London School of Economics for eighteen years, and from 2012 he has also been an Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. In 2006 Razeen co-founded the European Centre for International Political Economy, which has grown to become Europe’s leading trade-policy think tank. He remains a co-director at the centre. Razeen has written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy.
He is author of “Trade Policy, New Century: The WTO, FTAs and Asia Rising” (2008). He has also consulted for governments, international organisations and businesses in Europe and Asia, and comments regularly on international economic issues in the media, including Forbes magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Razeen’s memoir of Sri Lanka was published in 2019 entitled Return to Sri Lanka: Travels in a Paradoxical Land.
Lawrence H. White
Lawrence H. White is a professor of economics at George Mason University since 2009. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. An expert on banking and monetary policy, he is the author of Better Money: Gold, Fiat, or Bitcoin? (Cambridge University Press, 2023), The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999), Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995), and Competition and Currency (New York University Press, 1989).
He is coeditor of Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution (Cato Institute, 2015) and editor of The History of Gold and Silver (3 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000), Free Banking (3 vols., Edward Elgar, 1993), and The Crisis in American Banking (NYU Press, 1993). His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review; Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; and other leading professional journals.
White received the 2008 Distinguished Scholar Award of the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He has been a visiting research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, a visiting lecturer at the Swiss National Bank, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
White holds a BA in economics from Harvard College and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
HE Omar Ghobash
H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash was appointed United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the Holy See on May 24, 2022 and Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on October 2019. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. oversees the UAE’s relations with Central America and Caribbean region countries.
H.E. was appointed Ambassador of the UAE to France on November 24, 2017 and Ambassador to the Russian Federation in 2008. H.E. began his career in the UAE Mission to the United Nations and founded Dubai’s first international contemporary art gallery. H.E. is a trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and sponsors the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation in memory of his father, the UAE’s first Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
H.E. is a trustee at the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi as well as the author of Letters to a Young Muslim. H.E. served as the Deputy Commissioner for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020.
HE Amir Hayek
H.E Amir Hayek is Israel’s Ambassador to the UAE. Previously, Ambassador Hayek served in various leading roles in Israel’s public and economic sectors, such as Director General of the Israel Export Institute; Director General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the state of Israel; Director General of the Israel Manufacturers Associations; President of Israel Hotel Association; Vice Chairperson of Israel Standard Institute. Ambassador Hayek is a CPA (Isr.) and Economist.
HE Dr. Huda Al Matroushi
H.E. Dr. Huda Al Matroushi is a member of the Emirates and Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, owner and Chairperson for Ancestors Heritage Factory, and a partner in food and beverage firms Saj Al Feerej, Chocolate Republic, Salad Boutique, and BaeetOmai. She is also the founder of Emarat al Mutakamela for retired people.
Dr. Al Matroushi started her career in the public relations and corporate communications division and then diversified to the position of Corporate Excellence Division Manager. She is Chairperson of the Sports and Recreation Committee and a member of the Tender Board. She serves in a number of roles at various governmental entities, including but not limited to: Member of Board of Trustees at ADNOC Schools, Board Member of Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, Emirates Businesswomen Council, Board Member of UAE Fencing Group as the first Emirati holding the role of General Secretary, Member of the Olympic Strategic Committee, Chairperson for the Asian Women’s Federation, and Board Member at the Dubai Police Academy.
Dr. Al Matroushi published a book in 2014 titled ‘Thank You Khalifa’ to express her gratitude for the support and pioneering efforts of His Highness in empowering and unleashing the potential of national women to higher responsibilities and roles.
Dr. Sabah al-Binali
Dr. Sabah al-Binali is a Partner and Executive Chairman at OurCrowd Arabia. He is seasoned executive with over twenty years experience and is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record of financing, building and growing companies in the MENA region. Dr. al-Binali is currently Partner and Executive Chairman at OurCrowd Arabia, Chairman of Universal Strategy and a member of the Advisory Board of Zayed University’s College of Business.
Dr. al-Binali has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of The National Investor and as Chairman of its Investment & Strategy Committee, Chief Investment Officer of SHUAA Capital, Director of the Board and member of the Audit Committee at Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Vice Chairman of Gulf Finance Company, Chairman of Zawya, founding CEO and CIO of Saffar Capital and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division at Union National Bank.
Dr. al-Binali holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the UK Institute of Directors. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, dissertation title: Competitive Analysis of Risk-Taking and Valuation of Financial Derivatives, and holds a B.S.E from Princeton University.
Dr. Yifat Turbiner
Dr. Yifat Turbiner is an intrapreneur and innovator in the academic, high-tech, and governmental sectors, bringing over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship and innovation to the FEI conference. She also leads Innovation initiatives and University Relations for the Israeli embassy in the UAE.
Following a successful career at Intel, Dr. Turbiner joined IBM as an Innovation Ecosystem Manager and later held leadership positions in the government sector. These positions included serving as the Economic Advisor to the Minister of Economy of the State of Israel, Director of International Cooperation for Industrial R&D in the Office of the Chief Scientist (now the Israel Innovation Authority), and Head of the Economic Mission of the State of Israel to the Southwest of the US.
In addition to her professional roles, Dr. Turbiner also serves as a researcher and lecturer at several academic institutions. Her Ph.D. focused on the development process of innovation ecosystems and the value of informal gatherings.
Notable achievements in Dr. Turbiner’s career include uncovering the value of participatory gatherings, such as hackathons and unconferences, as documented in her thesis entitled “Hackathons and unconferences as platforms for improving innovation capabilities.” She has also published research titled “Ecosystems of Innovation: Practice vs. Common Perceptions,” which aims to assess the compatibility of Israeli practices with concepts presented in the literature.
Dr. Turbiner’s areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems, innovation policy, and open innovation. She is recognized as a change agent who constantly pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Dr. Turbiner believes that lifelong learning and humor are crucial to human well-being.
Daniel Raisbeck is a policy analyst on Latin America at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.
Previously he was a senior fellow at the Reason Foundation, the editor‐in‐chief of the PanAm Post, and a lecturer at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. He writes frequently on Latin American affairs. His op‐eds have appeared in Colombia’s leading news publications, including El Tiempo, Semana, El Nuevo Siglo, and Ámbito Jurídico. He has been a regular guest at Univision, NTN24, and other Spanish‐language news outlets. A historian by training, he edited Colombia’s official book on the bicentenary of independence (2019) and co‐edited a volume on Macedonian and Roman grand strategy (2020). He received his BA in classics from George Washington University and holds a master’s degree in classics from Tulane University. He was a doctoral fellow in Ancient History at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2015, he ran for mayor of Bogota as an independent libertarian.