NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB is a (former) option trader, now self-owned scholar who engages in a multidisciplinary no-nonsense approach to probability. Although he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University, he self-funds his research and operates in the manner of independent scholars. He is known for his BS-busting, his intolerance for fake research and his multivolume Incerto (The Black Swan, Antifragile, Fooled by Randomness, The Bed of Procrustes, and Skin in the Game). He has completed 600,000 option trades and now specializes in the mitigation of tail risk.
PATRICK M. HUGHES, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired), served in the military for 35 years, beginning as an enlisted soldier and combat medic in 1962. His last active duty assignment was Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Since his active service he has been Assistant Secretary for Information & Analysis (Intelligence) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Corporate Vice President for Intelligence and Counterterrorism at L-3 Communications (now L-3 Technologies). He has traveled to 127 countries, and has participated in several conflicts and overseas missions. He is a graduate of Montana State University, Central Michigan University, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and a two-year War College Fellowship at the School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a member of the US Army MI Hall of Fame and the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame.
GREGORY TREVERTON recently completed service as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which provides both strategic and immediate intelligence support to senior American foreign policy leaders. Previously, Treverton directed the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security. Before that, he led both RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center and International Security and Defense Policy Center. Treverton also formerly served on the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, handling European issues for the National Security Council, and as vice chair of the National Intelligence Council. His books include Reshaping National Intelligence for the Age of Information, National Intelligence and Science for Policy, and Making Strategic Analysis Matter.
THERESA WHELAN assumed the duties as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security (HD&GS) as of July 10, 2017. She is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, having previously Performed the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In this capacity she advised the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to the development and execution of U.S. national defense policy and strategy. From March 2016 through January 2017, Ms. Whelan served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC). Ms. Whelan has over thirty years of experience in the defense intelligence, defense policy and national intelligence communities. She has a Master of Arts in national security studies from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National War College.
TODD VEAZIE, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), served for 30 years in over 50 countries leading special operations organizations in peace and war. He had three combat command tours in including service as Commanding Officer of SEAL Team FOUR, Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE in Bahrain, and Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR. Upon leaving active duty he was a Federal Senior Executive serving as Chief of the Counterterrorism Net Assessments Group at the National Counterterrorism Center. He is presently the Chief Operating Officer of the Kiernan Group in Alexandria, VA. He earned a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington D.C.
YANEER BAR-YAM is a complexity scientist and president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He has analyzed the structure and functional design of human brain and its relationship to human capabilities and behavior. 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. He advises corporations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations on solving complex problems.
ALFREDO J. MORALES contributes to building a better understanding of social systems by developing computational and analytical methods based on complex systems science and data science. His work is at the intersection of computer science, statistics, applied physics and artificial intelligence. He analyzes large datasets that result from human activity on social media, internet, mobile phones or purchases in order to retrieve unstructured patterns of collective behaviors that explain large scale societal properties, such as social dynamics, urban dynamics, segregation, political engagement, political polarization and social influence.
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