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 Public Affairs, Sophie Jarvis


Sophie Jarvis is the Head of Public Affairs at the Adam Smith Institute. She is responsible for liaising with MPs and other political figures across Westminster. She also works closely with Matt in the Comms team.

Sophie is happy to give lectures on:

  • Making Sense of the Gender Pay Gap

  • How to Transform Our Railways

Head of Programmes, Daniel Pryor


Daniel Pryor is Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for organizing the ASI’s events, running the Institute's education programmes, and managing donor relations. His research interests include immigration, drug law reform, sex policy, and lifestyle freedom.

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?

  • Time for a Universal Basic Income?

  • The Economics of Immigration

  • 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

Director of The Entrepreneurs’ Network, Philip Salter

Philip Salter is Director of The Entrepreneurs Network. He started his career as Programmes Director at the Adam Smith Institute, running the Institute’s events, student activities and researching and representing the Institute on education policy in the media. After three years with the Adam Smith Institute he moved into journalism, becoming Business Features Editor of City A.M., after which he was Editor across EMEA for one of world’s largest insurance brokers. While at City A.M. Philip wrote a weekly column on entrepreneurship and interviewed some of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs. He now writes a regular column for Forbes.

Philip is happy to give lectures on:

  • Why we take innovation for granted

  • Why we shouldn’t shut the door to international students

  • 5 reforms to make Britain the most entrepreneurial nation on earth