Board of Trustees

Alejandro Chafuen, Chairman

Dr. Alejandro Antonio Chafuen has been president and CEO of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation since 1991 and founder trustee of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research. Chafuen serves as trustee and on the advisory boards of several European and Latin American institutes.

He is a frequent commentator on economics, security, and strategic threats in Latin America, as well as on the relationship between economics and ethics, such as corporate social responsibility and corruption. He is the author of Faith and Liberty (Lexington Books, 2003) (Economía y Ética, RIALP), which has been published in different editions in Spain, Poland and Italy.

Chafuen serves on the board of the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the board of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also member of the advisory board of the Social Affairs Unit (U.K.) and since 1980, member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Chafuen is a Graduate of the Argentina Catholic University. He was Associate Professor at the Argentine Catholic University, the University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA.

Curriculum Vitae

Barry Conner

Barry Conner has championed a variety of think tank projects in different continents: from promoting Hernando de Soto’s The Mistery of Capital, to sponsoring international visits of institute leaders, to providing in-kind Web development assistance to think tanks.

A former trustee of the Acton Institute and the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research, Conner founded the succesful housing business, America’s Home Place. A comitted Christian, he seeks to use his talents and philanthropy to revolutionize education in the poorest regions of the world.

Rodolfo E. Milani


Rodolfo Milani is a Senior Managing Director at Dominick & Dominick, one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States, which was acquired by Wunderlich Securities Inc. in 2015. The firm provides investment advice to companies and high net worth clients throughout Latin America and the United States. Rodolfo has more than thirty-seven years’ experience in the industry, and previously held senior positions at Merrill Lynch International, Kidder Peabody & Co., Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse as well. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at investment conferences around the world. He received his BA from University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Rodolfo is a lifelong political activist and is involved with several liberty promoting organizations, including serving as an advisory board member of Friends of UFM; a member of the Inter-American Institute for Democracy; and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. .He is the founder with Americans for Tax Reform, of the Miami Center/Right Meeting; the coordinator of Cato Club Miami, a Cato Institute regional outreach project; and a Member of the Miami Board of Advisors for the James Madison Institute.

Past Board Members

Jon Basil UtleyRIP

Mr. Jon Basil Utley is a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Mises Institute. He is the Chairman and editor of Americans Against Bombing.

He is listed in Who’s Who in the World & Who’s Who in America. He was for 20 years a commentator on the Voice of America about 3rd world economic issues. He has served on the advisory board or Board of Directors of many conservative organizations including Reason Foundation, Accuracy in Media, Council for Inter-American Security, Conservative Caucus, etc.

He has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Washington Times, Insight, National Review, Human Events, Miami Herald, etc. He lived for 15 years in South America and was a foreign correspondent for the Journal of Commerce and Knight Ridder Newspapers. Later in Washington he was Associate Editor of THE TIMES OF THE AMERICAS, covering Latin America. He also had wide experience in the business world, having started out with American International Group (insurance) working in Cuba and Colombia; then in the investment business in Peru, in oil well development in Pennsylvania, and real estate development in Washington, D.C.

He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, also with language studies at the University of Munich, University of Freiburg, and Alliance Francaise, Paris, and New School in N.Y. (Spanish), and Norwich University (Russian). He speaks 4 languages.

Recent writings by Jon B. Utley: