Nassim Nicholas Taleb, (Mandatory) Speaker Bio and High Resolution Photos
Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability.
Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto
(The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game) covering
broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 36
In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also written, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 50 scholarly
papers in statistical physics,
statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and
quantitative finance, all around the notion of
risk and probability.
Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk
Engineering at NYU's
Tandon School of Engineering (only a quarter time position) [and,
finance related bio only: scientific advisor for Universa Investments].
His current focus is on the properties
of systems that can handle disorder ("antifragile").
Taleb refuses all honors and anything that "turns knowledge into a spectator sport".
Can be added: Taleb
traveled the conventional route of education to real-life and
theory to practice in inverse sequence from the common one, moving from
the practical to the philosophical to the mathematical. He started as a
trader, then got a doctorate in mid-trading career; he wrote literary
books before writing technical papers, and his work became
progressively more technical and formal with time.
(Please note that the author does not allow fluffy and longer bios with information from the web. Only the official biography is authorized)