Board of speakers

Prof. Dr. Martin Rhonheimer

Martin Rhonheimer, born in 1950 (Zürich, Switzerland), studied History, Philosophy, Political Science and Theology in Zürich and Rome. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Zürich. In 1983 he was ordained a Catholic priest. Between 1972 and 1978 he was an assistant to Professor Hermann Lübbe, at Zürich University; from 1981 to 1982 he was a Research Assistant with Professor Otfried Höffe at the University of Fribourg. He then worked together with Professor Wolfgang Kluxen from the University of Bonn with a scholarship from the Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. He is currently Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. In addition to his scholarly activity, he is also dedicated to pastoral work in Zürich. Martin Rhonheimer is a member of the Editorial Boards of The American Journal of Jurisprudence (Notre Dame Law School) and member of the scientific board of Acta Philosophica (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross). In 2002 he has been appointed as a corresponding academician to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas


Miller Michael Matheson MILLER

Michael Matheson Miller is research fellow and director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world. Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Aquinas College in Nashville, the board of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, and the board of trustees for Angelico Press.


Professor Dr. Philip BOOTH

Philip Booth is Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School (London). Before that, he was Professor of Real Estate Finance (from 2000-2002) and Associate Dean of Cass Business School. He started working at City University in the old Department of Actuarial Science and Statistics in 1988. He began his career working in the Investment Department of Axa Equity and Law (1985-1988). He has had a period on secondment to the Bank of England (1998-1999) and worked there as a special adviser from 1999-2002. Philip Booth established his reputation in actuarial science in the fields of investment, finance and social insurance. His work in investment and finance included a number of publications in the real estate finance literature on the role of property in pension funds and the valuation of property with upward only rent reviews as well as on property risk analysis.

Philip Booth also works as Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and was a Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University (2010-2011). He is deputy editor of Economic Affairs; and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Property Research.


Davies Dr. Steve DAVIES

Stephen Davies is Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).

Zellenberg Mag. Christof ZELLENBERG

Christof Zellenberg is President of the Europa Institut and a Private Equity Investor in Vienna. He holds a Master in Economics and Business Administration from the Business University in Vienna. During his studies, he was Federal Chairman of the Paneuropean Youth Movement in Austria and Federal Chairman of the Austrian conservative students platform Junge Europäische Studenteninitiative (JES).

He worked as Director for Private Wealth Management for Russia and Eastern Europe at Deutsche Bank (1999-2014). Before joining Deutsche Bank, Zellenberg worked as an Intern at the Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. and as Investment Banker M&A for CEE for the Raiffeisen Banking Group (1998-99). He lectures internationally on topics covering Catholic social teaching and value-based free market economy. Zellenberg is also active with the Catholic media platform