Theme: Security of property rights: case studies from Africa, Venezuela, India, central Europe and Asia; achieving land reform without undermining property rights
Date: 20 & 21 November (0900-1715 Nov 20 | 0900-1400 Nov 22)
The FMF’s conference will focus on two broad aspects:
- how state-ownership and control of property smothers economic development throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world;
- land reform and land restitution solutions available to South Africans without undermining property rights by amending the Constitution.
Our International Speakers
Franklin Cudjoe (GHANA) is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the IMANI Centre for Policy and Education in Ghana, a think tank dedicated to the promotion of a free society throughout Africa. IMANI has consistently ranked among Africa’s top ten most influential think tanks. In 2010, Franklin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is pursuing doctoral studies at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, and holds a degree in land economy from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Linda Kavuka Kiguhi (KENYA) is the African Programs Manager of Students For Liberty (SFL) and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Linda has been involved in activism for a free society with SFL since 2013 and has spoken at conferences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, the United States, Nigeria and Burundi.
Sary Levy-Carciente (VENEZUELA – via video) is an economist with expertise in the field of financial macroeconomics. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Economic Sciences in Venezuela. Her doctoral thesis focused on financial instability. Since 2015, Dr Levy-Carciente is responsible for the calculation and analysis of the International Property Rights Index, developed by the Property Rights Alliance (Washington, DC).
María Corina Machado (VENEZUELA – via video) is a former Member of the National Assembly and presidential candidate in Venezuela who co-founded the election-monitoring association Súmate (“Join Up”). She was one of the lead organisers of the 2014 pro-economic freedom protests in Venezuela. Machado has a degree in industrial engineering from Andrés Bello Catholic University and a master’s degree in finance from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Administration.
Aimable Manirakiza (BURUNDI) is the founder and Chief Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, based in Burundi, a think tank dedicated to promoting the principles of individual freedom, free markets and limited government. Aimable founded Students For Liberty’s Burundi branch in 2015, and has a degree in international relations and political sciences from the Light University of Bujumbura. He subsequently became SFL’s Regional Director in Eastern Africa.
Barun Mitra (INDIA) is the founder and Director of the Liberty Institute, a policy research institute in New Delhi, India. Barun is currently working to develop insights from the public policy making process to the challenges of land and property rights. He has worked to strengthen the property rights with the aim of securing economic prosperity and political freedoms for over two decades. He was awarded the Julian Simon Award in 2005 for his work in promoting market-based strategies to deal with environmental issues.
Rejoice Ngwenya (ZIMBABWE) is the founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions (COMALISO) in Zimbabwe. He participated in Cato University and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s liberal training programme. COMALISO works for a Zimbabwe that respects the free market, property rights and constitutionalism.
Olumayowa Okediran (NIGERIA) is the Assistant Director of International Programs of Students For Liberty (SFL) and the founder of SFL’s Africa branch. Olumayowa was included in YNaija’s 2016 PowerList as one the most influential Nigerians under 40. He is also the Managing Director of AfricanLiberty.org and the author of Navigate: A Prospection of Nigeria’s Future to 2030, published in 2018. Olumayowa holds a master’s degree in humanitarian and refugee studies from the University of Ibadan.
Tom Palmer (USA on CENTRAL EUROPE) is the George M Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and the Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network. He is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programmes for a worldwide network of think tanks. Tom is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a director of Cato University. He has master’s in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and a doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
Mugabi John Socrates (UGANDA) is a co-founder of Action for Liberty and Economic Development (ALED) in Uganda. A graduate of Kyambogo University in Kampala who is closely associated with the growth and success of Students For Liberty in Uganda, Mugabi is a full-time activist for enterprise and liberty. The ALED office offers a libertarian library open to the public, a unique phenomenon in Entebbe.
Our Local Speakers
Terence Corrigan is a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Race Relations where he specialises in work on property rights, as well as land and mining policy. From KwaZulu-Natal, he holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg). He has held various positions at the IRR, South African Institute of International Affairs, SBP (formerly known as the Small Business Project) and the Gauteng Legislature, and taught English in Taiwan. His interests include African governance, land and agrarian issues, political culture and political thought, aid and development, corporate governance, enterprise development and business policy.
Eustace Davie is a Director at the Free Market Foundation and the author of Jobs for the Jobless: Special Exemption Certificates for the Unemployed and Unchain the Child: Abolish Compulsory Schooling Laws. He authored several chapters in the FMF’s books Nationalisation and Jobs Jobs Jobs. Eustace also authors many of the Foundation’s weekly feature articles and is regularly published in local and international media on labour, money, health care and economic issues.
Phephelaphi Dube is the Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights. She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Stellenbosch and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Studies from the University of Vienna. Phephelaphi has worked as a clerk for the Vice President of the International Criminal Court and has worked at the South African Research Chair in Property Law at Stellenbosch. She specialises in property and constitutional law, the Rule of Law, and human rights.
Leon Louw is a well known South African personality who, for over a generation, has been active in diverse aspects of public life. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa, especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that took place during the last two decades of apartheid, and the inclusion of the property rights clause in the constitution. With his wife, Frances Kendall, he was nominated thrice for the Nobel Peace Prize for proposals made in their book South Africa: The Solution. Leon is the Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation.
Dr Penuell Maduna is the former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development (1999-2004) and of Minerals and Energy (1996-1999) of South Africa. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of South Africa. Maduna was arrested in the wake of the Soweto uprising in 1976 and again in 1977, being acquitted on both occasions. He was a founding member of the African National Congress’ Legal and Constitutional Committee in the mid-1980s and was closely involved with developing the ANC’s Constitutional Guidelines. Maduna co-authored Fundamental Rights in the New Constitution in 1994. He is currently the Chairman of Tshwarisano LFB Investments, and the Deputy Chairman of both Bowmans and Sasol, among other directorships.
Lawrence Mavundla is the President of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) and of the African Co-operative for Hawkers and Informal Business (ACHIB). NAFCOC was founded in 1964 and is one of South Africa’s oldest and largest business chambers. Mavundla played a critical role in the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers and was the founding General Secretary of the National Union of Farm Workers. He is the author of Freedom to be Enterprising and a contributor to Let the Consumer Decide. Mavundla was awarded the Free Market Award by the Free Market Foundation in 1988.
Temba A Nolutshungu is a Director of the Free Market Foundation. As one of the pioneers of the black consciousness movement his inevitable collision with the apartheid state saw him traverse the ideological spectrum from an inveterate communist to an advocate of classical liberalism. Temba ascribes this metamorphosis to the fact that the apartheid state was omnipotent, dictating the lives of blacks from cradle to grave. Having been detained twice under the Terrorism Act, his resolve to be instrumental in limiting the power of government was strengthened by his immersion in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell.
Candice Pillay is an attorney and partner at Hogan Lovells, coordinating the firm’s citizenship and pro bono activities. Pillay often speaks on behalf of the firm on issues affecting the poor and disenfranchised. She also established an award-winning project with the Teddy Bear Clinic, providing court preparation training for children and parents who are to give evidence against child abuse perpetrators. Recently, Pillay represented informal traders in Johannesburg after the local government attempted to arbitrarily remove them from the streets. She earned a BProc, LL.B., and BA (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Petrus Sitho was born on the farm MC Grathspark in the Bultfontein District in the Free State and is an experienced parts manager. He recently realised that the South African government intends to take land away from the people – farmers – and handed a memorandum to the presidency at the Union Buildings to warn against reckless and anti-property rights action. Sitho has since spoken to many ordinary South Africans, especially farm workers, about why they must oppose the idea of expropriation without compensation.
Martin van Staden is a lawyer working as the Legal Researcher for the Free Market Foundation. He has served on the African Executive Board of Students For Liberty since 2015 and is currently its Academic Programmes Director for Southern Africa. Being a passionate writer, he is a Young Voices Advocate and the Editor in Chief of two online classical liberal publications, Being Libertarian and Rational Standard. Martin co-authored an FMF monograph on South African telecommunications policy and was a contributor to and editor of the Rational Standard book, Fallism: One Year of Rational Commentary. He has been interviewed on television and radio about public policy, law, and economics in South Africa.
Devon Windvogel is lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at UKZN. He won a British Council scholarship upon matriculating from Emil Weder High School, which is situated in South Africa’s oldest mission station, Genadendal. This enabled him to continue his studies at Stevenson College, Edinburgh and Glasgow University in Scotland where read Economic History History and Politics. On his return to South Africa in 1993 he joined the University of Durban Westville (UDW) where he became the resident Economic Historian in its Economics Department. At UDW he also performed the function of Dean of Commerce and Chairman of the Institutional Forum. With the merger, between UKZN and UDW, he joined the new School of Economics and Finance, which later combined with the School of Accounting to form the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. His research interests include the history of economic ideas, history of the South African economy and unemployment.