Geopolitical & Global Market Risk Speakers

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Co-hosted by Morgan Stanley

Held at Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, 41st Floor, New York, NY

Friday, October 6, 2017


Charlie Brummitt
Research Associate, Harvard; Senior Data Scientist, Catalant Technologies

Charlie Brummitt is a data scientist at Catalant Technologies and until recently was a Research Associate at Harvard University. As a postdoc at Columbia and then at Harvard, he studied economic development, complex systems, and machine learning. In collaboration with Matthew Bonds (Harvard Medical School) and with researchers at the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Charlie built models of economic development using large datasets on economic activity in order to uncover stylized facts in datasets too high-dimensional for humans to grasp on their own. Brummitt is also collaborating on a randomized controlled trial about social networks and entrepreneurship in Africa, in collaboration with economists at Bocconi University. They are testing whether making entrepreneurs' social networks more diverse leads to more innovative business plans. In that project, Charlie built a chat bot that incentivizes people to interact and to give feedback, and he is analyzing large amounts of text data generated in a chatting application to find signals predictive of successful business ideas. Previously, he was a postdoc at Columbia University's Center for the Management of Systemic Risk, and he completed his PhD in applied math at UC Davis, where his thesis adviser was Prof. Raissa D'Souza, an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute.

Mirta Galesic
Santa Fe Institute Professor

Mirta Galesic is Professor and Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute, and Adjunct Researcher at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. She studies how simple cognitive mechanisms interact with properties of the external environment to produce seemingly complex social phenomena. In one line of research, she investigates how apparent cognitive biases in social judgments emerge as a product of the interplay of well-adapted minds and the statistical structure of social environments. In another, she studies how collective performance depend on the interaction of group decision strategies and network structures. A third line of research investigates opinion dynamics in real-world societies using cognitively-enriched models from statistical physics. And, she studies how people understand and cope with uncertainty and complexity inherent in many everyday decisions about health, financial, or environmental decisions.

Neil Howe
Hedgeye Risk Management

Neil Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed bestselling author and speaker, he is the nation's leading thinker on today's generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America's future.

Oscar Landerretche Moreno
Codelco Chairman of the Board, University of Chile, University of Oxford

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Codelco, Oscar has excelled in his professional career as an economist, teacher, researcher and a relevant player in the development of public policies in Chile. He began his career as an analyst at the Central Bank of Chile, but has been primarily an academic at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Chile where he is a full professor.

He was director and founder of the Master's in Public Policy at the University of Chile - developed jointly with the University of Chicago (2006-2010) and served as Director of the School of Economics and Business of the University of Chile (2012- 2014) where he implemented a curricular reform that led him to participate in the CORE-ECON international curricular reform initiative.

In the public sector, he was designated by President Bachelet as a member of the first Financial Committee of the Chilean Ministry of Finance (2007) to advise on the establishment of the investment system of the sovereign wealth funds. Later, he was appointed Executive Secretary of the Labour and Equality Presidential Advisory Council (2008), in charge of advising on labor market reforms and on the social protection system.

He is the author of several economic publications. His recent works are: " Chamullo: Lo Público en la Era de la Posverdad” (Rumors: the public sphere in the age of post-truth) (2017), " Vivir Juntos. Economía, Política y Ética de lo Comunitario y lo Colectivo” (Living together: economics, politics and ethics of communities and collectives) (2016), and “El Chile que Viene: Ideas, Miradas, Perspectivas y Sueños para el 2030” (The Chile that is coming: ideas, views, perspectives and dreams for 2030) (2011), which he co-authored with President Ricardo Lagos. Oscar is an economist from the University of Chile and read for a Ph.D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Philippe Leroux-Martin
U.S. Institute of Peace

Philippe Leroux-Martin is the director rule of law, justice and security at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

He is the author of Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Cambridge University press, 2014). He has been a contributor on BBC World News, BBC Radio, CBC Radio, Al Jazeera, Radio-Canada and the New York Times.

Kevin Allison
Eurasia Group

Kevin Allison is a senior consultant for Eurasia Group, the world’s largest political risk consultancy, where he works on the intersection of technology and geopolitics. Previously, Kevin was a columnist at Breakingviews, Thomson Reuters' financial commentary service, where he covered topics ranging natural resources, to corporate finance, to driverless cars. Before joining Reuters, Kevin covered Silicon Valley for the Financial Times and wrote for the FT’s influential Lex column. He also worked on the sell side at UBS. Kevin's work has appeared in the Financial Times, The New York Times DealBook, the International Herald Tribune, The Globe and Mail, and in other major publications around the world. Kevin holds degrees in public policy and biochemistry. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria and a 2015 Santa Fe Institute journalism fellow.

Simon DeDeo
Carnegie Mellon University and Santa Fe Institute External Professor

Simon DeDeo is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is also affiliated with the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, where he runs the Laboratory for Social Minds. For three years, from 2010 to 2013, he was an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.