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 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.

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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

Executive Director, Sam Bowman

Sam Bowman is Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Britain’s leading libertarian think tank, where he has worked since 2010. He is responsible for managing the Institute’s team on a daily basis, working on the ASI’s overall strategy, acting as a media spokesman for the Institute and writing and researching in his spare time.

Sam is happy to give lectures on:

  • The neoliberal manifesto
  • How free markets can be used to help the poor
  • The case for open borders and higher immigration
  • Why not guarantee everyone a minimum income?
  • Liberalise planning regulation to cut rents and improve housing for everyone
  • The problem with (social) democracy

Head of Research, Ben Southwood

Ben is Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, overseeing the ASI’s research and strategy. His research interests include monetary regimes, nature vs. nurture in individual differences, sport economics, prediction markets, and quantitative approaches to social phenomena in general.

Ben is happy to give lectures on:

  • The case against corporation tax
  • Why foreign players in the Premier League don’t harm the English national side
  • There is no such thing as the gender wage gap
  • Why schooling matters less than you think
  • How markets fight racism
  • Why have we had a financial crisis? Why has the recovery been so slow?

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

Head of Projects, Sam Dumitriu

Sam Dumitriu is Head of Projects at the Adam Smith Institute. He is responsible for planning the Institute's events programme, managing donor relations, and handling special projects. Sam graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Philosophy. Before coming to the Adam Smith Institute he worked for WAG TV and the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue.

Sam is happy to give lectures on:

  • The Economics of Uber and the Gig Economy
  • VAT: Is It Fair?