YANEER BAR-YAM is a complexity scientist and president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He has analyzed cascading risks in the global financial crisis and their consequences. 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 problems using principles and insights from complex systems science.
NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB, of the Real World Risk Institute, 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, and Fooled by Randomness). He has completed 600,000 option trades and now specializes in the mitigation of tail risk.