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 published into 43 languages.
In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also written, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 50 scholarly papers in mathematical statistics, genetics, quantitative finance, statistical physics, philosophy, ethics, economics, & international affairs, around the notion of risk and probability (grouped in the Technical Incerto).
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)