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Nassim Nicholas Taleb speaker

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

New York, USA

Best-selling author, "The Black Swan" (2007) and "Antifragile" (2012)

Described by the Sunday Times as ‘the hottest thinker in the world’

Former hedge fund manager and Wall Street trader

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of the world’s foremost thinkers specialising in problems of luck, randomness, human error, probability and the philosophy of knowledge. He has transformed his interests into three successful careers – a man of letters, a businessman-trader-risk manager, and Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute.

Taleb shot to fame with his book “The Black Swan” (2007), which the Sunday Times described as one of the twelve most influential books since World War II. It examines the impact of highly improbable events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in science, finance and technology. In this book, he criticised economic and financial models that rely on predicting human behaviour, arguing that this makes the finance industry highly vulnerable to the impact of improbable, but devastating, events. The 2008 financial crisis proved the force of his argument.

His most recent book, “Antifragile: things that gain from disorder” (2012), shows that many things in life not only gain from chaos and unpredictability, but actually need it in order to survive and flourish. He argues that building antifragility into all aspects of our lives – whether it be in politics, finance, business, public policy or personal life decisions – is the best way to live in a Black Swan world.

Taleb’s other works include “Fooled by Randomness” (2001) and “The Bed of Procrustes” (2010). His books have sold millions and have been translated into 32 languages. Before turning to writing, Nassim was a hedge fund manager and Wall Street trader at firms such as UBS, BNP Paribas and Empirica Capital.

Our Comment

"Described by the Sunday Times as ‘the hottest thinker in the world’, Taleb’s controversial views have shaken the orthodoxies that underpin the field of economics and the finance industry. He is a highly sought-after speaker who shares valuable insights into coping with uncertainty, unpredictability, and errors in human knowledge."

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