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Tal Tsfany

Tsfany is an entrepreneur, investor and a business executive in the technology field. Most recently Tal was the VP Customer Success at Mulesoft (Nasdaq: MULE) and served as a board member at Base CRM, a fast-growing software company based in Mountain View, Calif. Such relocated to the US from Israel in 2006 with Amdocs, a telecommunications software company. In Israel, he was the CEO of Kidum, the largest private education company before he was sold to Kaplan University. Such is also the co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center Israel. Currently Tal Tsfany is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute.  

Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate is director of philosophy and senior member of the Ayn Rand Institute.

He is the Institute's resident Objectivism specialist and serves as a senior instructor and editor. He has taught philosophy for over ten years at the Institute's Objectivist Academic Center.

He is the author and contributor to several works on Ayn Rand's works of fiction and philosophy, including: "Ayn Rand Essays" "The Fountainhead" "," Ayn Rand Essays "" Atlas Shrugged "", "Why Entrepreneurs Need to Philosophy: The Capitalist's Guide to Ideas Behind Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", "Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology" and "A Companion to Ayn ​​Rand (Blackwell's Companions to Philosophy)" .

The articles of Huffington Post to CNN.com, from Foxnews.com to Businessweek.com.

It has been interviewed by national and international radio stations including NPR and BBC Radio, and CNN, KCET, Fox News Channel and CBS Evening News.

She is Canadian and studied economics and philosophy as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto.

He worked in the virtual industry before joining ARI in 2000.

He received his doctorate in philosophy in 1998 from the University of Calgary.

Keith Lockitch

Keith Lockitch is the vice president of content and senior member of the Ayn Rand Institute, overseeing the production of the institute's intellectual content.

He is a senior instructor at the ARI Objective Academic Center, where he has been teaching ODL written and oral communication skills for over fifteen years. He also teaches Ayn Rand's novels and ideas in a variety of environments, from high school classrooms to the ARI campus.

As a senior member, Dr. Lockitch writes, speaks, and edits for ARI, serving privately as a senior editor for New Ideal. He specializes in applying Ayn Rand's philosophy to scientific topics, in particular to environmental issues such as energy and climate. His writings have appeared in publications such as The Daily Caller, Washington Times, Orange County Register, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Canberra Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Science and Energy policy journal. Collaborated on “Why Businessmen Need Philosophy: The Capitalist’s Guide to the Ideas Behind Ayn Rand’s“ Atlas Shrugged ””.

He received his PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and, before joining ARI, conducted postdoctoral research in relativistic astrophysics.

Ben Bayer

Ben Bayer is an instructor and member of the Ayn Rand Institute.

He brought to ARI more than a decade of experience teaching a wide range of philosophy courses at colleges and universities in the United States. He has been a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University New Orleans for seven years and previously taught at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado College, Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He focused his studies on epistemology and metaphysics (especially free will and determinism). He has published academic articles on American Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, Philosophia and Acta Analytica, among others. Contributed essays for “The Fountainhead.” Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology and Essays on Ayn Rand's

He was one of the two co-founders of the student publication The Undercurrent, for which he served as editor and contributor from 2005 to 2016. He edited checkyourpremises.org, ayn Rand Society blog (an affiliated professional association). Philosophical Association) from 2016 to 2017.

He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2007.

He also completed the course program at the ARI Postgraduate Objective Center, a precursor to the Objectivist Academic Center.

Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid is a junior member of the Ayn Rand Institute, serving as a contributor to the New Ideal blog. Created in 2015, the Club Objetivista Cordoba, Argentina. She holds a Bachelor of Law from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina and a Master of Commercial and International Law from the University of Southern California, USA, and a postgraduate degree in Philosophy from the Objective Academic Center of ARI.

Paulo Spencer Uebel   

Paulo Spencer Uebel is a lawyer specializing in tax, financial and economic law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and global leadership for competitiveness from Georgetown University, USA. He was CEO of LIDE and is former Secretary of Management of the João Doria government in São Paulo. Paulo was also director of the Federation of Trade Associations of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FEDERASUL); President of the Institute for Business Studies (IEE); Board Member of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FIERGS) and General Director of the Southern Business Leaders Group (LIDE SUL). He is special secretary of Red Tape, Management and Digital Government of the Brazilian Ministry of Economy.


A businessman from the steel, transportation and fuel recycling sector, he studied Chemical Engineering at the Mauá Engineering School. Creator of the channel “Mamaefalei” with more than 2.5 million followers. It addresses controversial issues and shows in the field the contradictions of the thinking of those who militate against liberties, albeit without noticing.

Second most voted state deputy of São Paulo with 478,280 votes.


Political scientist, journalist, international relations consultant and Brazilian politician. He was state deputy of Rio Grande do Sul between 2015 and 2018. In March 2018, he joined the New Party (NOVO), being elected federal deputy in the same year, with the largest number of votes in the state.


Chairman of the Board of Ayn Rand Institute. He wears many hats at the institute and travels extensively as an ARI spokesman. Presents The Yaron Brook Show, which airs on YouTube and Spreaker. He is also a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

His most recent book, In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance, states that few industries are more vital to our prosperity - and more vilified - than the financial industry. Brook and co-author Don Watkins explain why finance faced so much criticism, and why, despite the conventional image of financiers as "greedy" and reckless, finance is a moral industry. Brook and Watkins also created the national bestseller "" Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government "and" Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality. "Above and beyond his bestselling books, Dr. Brook is a contributing author to" Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, "" Winning the unshakable war: America's self-crippling response to Islamic totalitarianism "and" Great Tent: The History of the Conservative Revolution - as told by the thinkers and doers who made it happen. " Brook was also a Forbes.com columnist, and his articles were featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and many other publications. Brook was born and raised in Israel. He served as the first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States, where he received his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; He became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning professor of finance at Santa Clara University and, in 1998, co-founded BH Equity Research, a private equity and hedge fund manager, of which he is a founder and director. Brook serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute and the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He is a member of the Private Business Education Association and the Mont Pelerin Society.