NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB is a former derivatives trader who became a scholar and philosophical essayist in 2006. Although he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, he self-funds his research and operates in the manner of independent scholars. Taleb is the author of The Black Swan (2007–2010) and Antifragile (2012). His work focuses on decision making under opacity, as well as mathematical and philosophical problems with probability—in other words, on "what to do in a world we don't understand".
YANEER BAR-YAM is a complex systems scientist and president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. In recent work, he has analyzed cascading risks in the global financial crises and networks of global dependence. He is the author of Making Things Work and Dynamics of Complex Systems, as well as articles applying complexity theory to organizational management, financial markets, social networks, military and ethnic conflicts, and other fields. Yaneer Bar-Yam advises corporations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations on solving problems using principles and insights from complex systems science.