Adam Smith Institute staff are all experienced and engaging speakers, and we can between us give talks on a wide range of topics based on our individual research and expertise. We are almost always happy to send someone to give a lecture on one of our specialist topics at universities and schools across the country—or speak on a panel or in a debate.

Here, as an example, is a talk our former Executive Director Sam Bowman gave in Edinburgh on ‘The Free Market Road to Social Justice’, and here is one he gave on ‘The State of the Minimum Wage Debate’. Below you find a list of the ASI staff and the areas they talk about.

To arrange a visit, please email Daniel Pryor at

President, Dr Madsen Pirie

Dr Madsen Pirie is President of the Adam Smith Institute, and was one of three Scots graduates working in the US who founded the Institute in 1977. Before that, Madsen worked for the House of Representatives in Washington DC, and was Distinguished Visiting Professor Philosophy at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Cambridge, Madsen has authored several books including The Book of the Fallacy, Micropolitics, Privatization, How to Win Every Argument, 101 Great Philosophers, Blueprint for a Revolution, and Freedom 101. He also writes children’s science fiction, and with his colleague Dr Eamonn Butler he has co- authored a series of books on IQ, including The Sherlock Holmes IQ Book.

Dr Pirie is happy to give lectures on:

  • Things politicians and economists often get wrong

  • Economics in two lessons

  • 10 radical steps to improve the world

  • Looking at the world through neoliberal eyes

  • Common logical fallacies

Director, Dr Eamonn Butler

Eamonn Butler is Director of the Adam Smith Institute, rated one of the world’s leading policy think-tanks. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and psychology, gaining a PhD from the University of St Andrews in 1978.

During the 1970s he worked on pensions and welfare issues for the US House of Representatives, and taught philosophy in Hillsdale College, Michigan, before returning to the UK to help found the Adam Smith Institute.

Eamonn is author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Adam Smith, and co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls and books on intelligence testing.

Dr Butler is happy to give lectures on:

  • The thought of Friedrich Hayek

  • The thought of Milton Friedman

  • The thought of Ludwig von Mises

  • Why care about inequality?

  • An introduction to the public choice school of economics

Head of Development, Morgan Schondelmeier


Morgan Schondelmeier is Head of Development at the Adam Smith Institute, responsible for managing donor relations. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 2016 with a double major in Government & World Affairs and Economics. While at UT she was an active member in many organisations including the Adam Smith Society, President’s Leadership Fellows, and Alpha Chi Omega. After graduating, she moved to London and achieved a Distinction in her Master’s degree in International Political Economy at King’s College London.

Prior to starting with the Adam Smith Institute, she served as Development Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Morgan is happy to give lectures on:

  • Trade vs. Aid

  • Understanding the Gig Economy

  • Why free speech matters

  • Examining Scandinavian ‘socialism’

Head of Programmes, Daniel Pryor


Daniel Pryor is Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for organising the ASI’s events, running the Institute's education programmes, and conducting independent policy research. His research interests include immigration, drug law reform, sexual freedom policy, and lifestyle economics.

Daniel is happy to give lectures on:

  • The case for cannabis legalisation

  • How vaping can save 1 million years of life

  • How should we regulate sex work?

  • Liberalism and drug policy

  • Time for a Universal Basic Income?

  • Immigration and the economy

  • Neoliberalism: An Introduction

Head of Communications, Matt Kilcoyne


Matt Kilcoyne is Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute. After reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of York, Matt moved to Cardiff as part of the Welsh Financial Services graduate scheme. While working for trade and political risk insurer Atradius he simultaneously studied for an MSc in Financial Services Management. His research interests are in trade, Brexit and financial services regulation.

Matt is happy to give lectures on:

  • Trade after Brexit

  • Making sense of the gender pay gap

  • The price of discrimination

  • The economics of the Welsh language

  • Solving the housing crisis

  • The future of agriculture

Head of Research, Matthew Lesh


Matthew Lesh is the Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute. He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written dozens of opinion and feature pieces for print and online publications such as The Spectator, Huffington PostCapXBrexitCentralQuillette, ABCSydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

He is also the author of Democracy in a Divided Australia (2018). Matthew graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) and completed a Masters in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics where he received the Peter Self Prize for Best Overall Result.

Before joining the ASI, Matthew was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs (Australia). He has also worked for Australian politicians, in digital communications, and founded a mobile application development start-up.

Matthew is happy to give lectures on:

  • Why Everything is Awesome: An optimistic take on the state of the world and explanation for why

  • Why we shouldn't regulate the internet

  • The case for free speech

  • How to fix democracy and improve policy with decentralisation

  • Helping the working poor: minimum wage or in-work benefits?

  • The benefits of free trade

  • Why the nanny state sucks