Nassim Taleb

Best-Selling Author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable; Antifragile – Things That Gain From Disorder; Fooled By Randomness & Skin in the Game

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    Nassim Taleb

    Best-Selling Author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable; Antifragile – Things That Gain From Disorder; Fooled By Randomness & Skin in the Game

    Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

    Travels From: New York, USA

    Nassim Taleb is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Renowned derivatives trader and maverick risk theorist, economics speaker Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. His bestselling books have inspired millions to turn risk and chaos to their favor. As a speaker, Nassim Nicholas Taleb distills complex topics into practical wisdom, all with a disdain for jargon and unproven theory. Organizations of all types book Nassim Taleb to glean his plainspoken insights on risk, resilience, and opportunity. In his talks, he shares his books’ insights with audiences around the globe.

    Nassim Taleb Speaker Biography

    Economics speaker Nassim Nicholas Taleb studies risk, chance, and resilience, and the ways in which they affect organizations of all types. He is a Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University. An intellectual and popular public speaker, Nassim Taleb is renowned for his plainspoken style and ability to bring complex topics vividly to life.

    Best-selling author

    Taleb’s books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide, underscoring his popularity as a keynote speaker. Reviewers hailed his 2007 masterpiece The Black Swan as one of the most important books of the last 60 years. In short, he examines the impact of outlier events—characterized by uncertainty, human error, and luck—on finance, science, and technology. Taleb’s criticism of economic and policy models that presumed to predict all possible events made it an immediate success. The global financial crisis that followed its publication dramatically underscored the power of his insights.

    Additionally, two subsequent bestsellers have extended the premise of The Black Swan. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012) observes that highly centralized, standardized, and bureaucratic systems tend to be the most vulnerable. More localized, entrepreneurial systems prove to be far more resilient. He also offers a guide to becoming anti-fragile: how can people and organizations not only survive black swan events, but benefit from the chaos and disorder they create. Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life (2018) draws on Taleb’s lifelong work in risk assessment. It presents risk as a cost of opportunity, not as a threat to be avoided. Risk is a simple fact of life, according to Taleb, and an essential tool for personal and organizational achievement.

    These and two other titles, Fooled by Randomness (2001) and The Bed of Procrustes (2010), form the five-volume Incerto, an extended study of uncertainty and its effects on human systems.

    A Scholar with decades of real-world experience

    Born to parents who held French citizenship, Taleb took both his baccalaureate and PhD from the University of Paris. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Taleb has written more than 65 scholarly papers, most of them investigations of probability and risk.

    Before embarking on his academic career, Taleb worked for 20 years as a trader in securities and derivatives. Currently, he works as Distinguished Scientific Advisor to Universa Investments, which posted a 4,144% return in the first quarter of 2020. Taleb has held senior positions at several major financial institutions and ran his own derivatives firm for six years. No stranger to chaos, Taleb also cut his teeth as an independent pit trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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    Nassim Taleb Keynote Topics

    In this keynote speech, maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb will talk about his most famous work: the black swan theory. From 9/11 to the recent coronavirus pandemic, black swan events have immeasurable impact on the world and are just impossible to foresee. No matter what experts think, these events are not predictable. Join Dr. Taleb in this fascinating speech about the rare, unpredictable events that shape our world and have immense consequences to the global economy and learn how can we prepare - and prepare our organizations - for the next black swans.

    In The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of the best thinkers of our time, described the big problems that these rare, unpredictable events have on our world. Events like the 9/11 or the recent coronavirus pandemic have a massive negative impact on the global economy causing concerning levels of unemployment as companies fail and national governments are poised to take on a huge amount of debt to contain the effects. In his second bestseller, Antifragile, Dr. Taleb explores if there are actually ways of benefiting from the disorder and chaos caused by these black swan events. In this keynote speech, Dr. Taleb offers a definitive solution to black swans: how can we gain from them while being protected from fragilities and adverse events? By being what Dr. Taleb calls the "antifragile" - going beyond the robust by benefiting from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors. While many companies and organizations fail, others welcome the uncertainty as they become immune to prediction errors. Dr. Taleb will offer a blueprint for how to not just behave but thrive in a world full of black swans we don't understand.

    Successful entrepreneurs and businessmen often say that their success is not explained by luck, but by hard work and consistency. Or that you make your own luck. According to bestselling author of the Black Swan, Dr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, luck or chance plays a largely unacknowledged role in success - particularly in the finance industry. This keynote speech is based on his bestselling book, Fooled by Randomness, which is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes. Dr. Taleb argued back in 2001 that luck is many times mistaken for skill - especially in the world of trading - and his arguments are more valid nowadays than ever, after recent studies showed that only a minority of fund managers generated returns that beat their benchmarks. And what's worse, those were lucky rather than good.

    In this captivating speech, Nassim Taleb will give his insights into one of the least understood factors of all our lives: luck. Taleb will use stories and anecdotes to illustrate our overestimation of causality and the heuristics that make us view the world as far more explainable than it actually is.

    Nassim Taleb Speaking Videos

    'Black Swan' Investor Nassim Taleb on Covid Misconceptions, Fed Policy, Inflation
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Skin in the Game