February 26, 2019
The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) is a thriving global community of people united by the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place. OFF brings together leaders in advocacy, business, technology, policy, philanthropy, media, academia, and arts to share their stories and brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe. OFF has evolved from an annual flagship event in Oslo to include satellite events around the world including New York, Johannesburg, Taiwan, and now, Mexico.
Speakers for the first Oslo Freedom Forum in Mexico included Iranian Canadian journalist, filmmaker, and former prisoner of conscience Maziar Bahari, Nicaraguan democracy activist Edipcia Dubón, Angolan journalist and anti-corruption advocate Rafael Marques de Morais, Ecuadorean political cartoonist Xavier "Bonil" Bonilla, Cuban democracy advocate Rosa María Payá, Mexican drug policy expert Lisa Sánchez, Filipino social justice advocate Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon, psychotherapist and anti-FGM advocate Leyla Hussein, and Libyan peace advocate Asma Khalifa. The one-day event also featured a keynote address from Mexican historian Enrique Krauze, and an exclusive panel discussion with Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro, editorial director of El Economista Luis Miguel González, and former presidents Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica and Jorge “Tuto” Quiroga of Bolivia.
The 2019 Oslo Freedom Forum in Mexico was made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.