Daniel Kahneman is Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Kahneman has held the position of professor of psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1970-1978), the University of British Columbia (1978-1986), and the University of California, Berkeley (1986-1994). Dr. Kahneman is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Econometric Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995), the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995), the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2002), the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2013). Dr. Kahneman holds honorary degrees from numerous Universities.
Angela Duckworth is a psychologist whose studies are clarifying the role that intellectual strengths and personality traits play in educational achievement. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and leads the Duckworth Lab. Duckworth’s work primarily examines two traits that she demonstrates predict success in life: grit—the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward long-term goals—and self-control—the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses. A major difference between the two qualities is that grit equips individuals to pursue especially challenging aims over years and even decades, while self-control operates at a more micro timescale in the battle against what could be referred to as “hourly temptations.” She received an A.B. (1992) from Harvard College, an M.Sc. (1996) from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught math and science at the high school level prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her articles have appeared in such publications as PNAS, the Journal of Educational Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Nate Silver is a leading statistician and best-selling author known for his unique brand of creativity, journalism and statistical analysis. He is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight.com.
Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. FiveThirtyEight has made Nate the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.
His most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, is a New York Times bestseller. Before he came to politics, Nate established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed a widely acclaimed system called PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers. He is a co-author of a series of books on baseball statistics, which include Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over. Nate has written for ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Baseball Prospectus, Newsweek, The New York Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their three children.
Tom Gardner co-founded The Motley Fool with his brother David in 1993. He now serves as its Co-Chairman and CEO. In 2014 & 2015, Glassdoor ranked The Motley Fool the #1 place to work in the U.S. for companies with between 250-1000 employees. Tom serves as the lead advisor on Motley Fool One, the company's all-access service. He manages The Everlasting Portfolio, committed to holding every investment for more than 5 years, and has beaten the market soundly since its inception. Tom is a graduate of Brown University.
Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician. Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Originals and Give and Take, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.
Mari Kuraishi co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy's top 100 Global Thinkers for "crowdsourcing worldsaving." Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects including the first-ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank's president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board of Guidestar US. She also serves on the board of DataKind, APOPO US, and the Global Business School Network. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard, is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance. He is also a Scientific Adviser at ideas42. His research helps bring an understanding of the psychology of scarcity, with the end goal of improving poverty alleviation programs in the U.S. and in developing countries.
As Chief Customer Officer, Liza Landsman is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and has responsibility for driving growth for the firm by engaging potential members at a broad level through marketing, advertising, smart use of data and ensuring Jet’s end-to-end customer experience is compelling. Prior to joining Jet, Ms. Landsman was Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at E*TRADE Financial, responsible for the firm's marketing, advertising and insights & analytic functions, including the evolution of its consumer facing brand. She previously held the position of Global Head of Digital at BlackRock, where she was responsible for firm-wide digital marketing strategy, including social media, websites and mobile applications. This followed a decade in senior management positions at Citigroup, where she focused primarily on driving engagement across customer channels, especially internet and mobile platforms. She also previously held several leadership roles at IBM in their e-commerce and personal systems group units, Flooz.com, a start-up in the payments space and led the new media practice at Writers House, Inc. Ms. Landsman graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Cornell University. She joined the Board of Directors of Choice Hotels International (CHH) in Q4 2014 and has served on the Board of Directors of GO! Project, a New York-based foundation that provides education opportunities for children in need.
Murli Buluswar is the Chief Science Officer, reporting to Doug Dachille, Chief Investment Officer at AIG. Mr. Buluswar is responsible for building and leading the newly created Science Team, whose mission it is to help the business achieve a competitive advantage by infusing consistent sciencedriven innovation. He is tasked with establishing a world-class research and development function, focusing on data to support decisions in how AIG can adapt strategies for better business results and more value delivered for the customer. He is coordinating the division’s existing analytics teams, building additional capabilities in these areas and forging strategic links with scientists in academia in relevant disciplines. Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Buluswar was Vice President of Enterprise Customer Experience at Farmers Insurance, responsible for defining and executing a complete customer experience vision with the goal of improving voice of the customer metrics and defined financial measures. His preceding role as Vice President of Insight and Innovation (I&I) at Farmers Insurance enabled him to establish the Internal Analytics Consulting Group to identify and drive new opportunities for the business. Mr. Buluswar was also Vice President of Financial Analysis and Strategic Planning for Answer Financial; Business Unit Manager and Product Manager, Strategic Alliances for Progressive Corporation; and Senior Statistician and Business Analyst for Capital One. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Bluffton University, an M.S. in Statistics and Economics from Auburn University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago. He is regularly invited to speak at insurance and other industry conferences and is actively involved with the Los Angeles-based Harmony Project, an initiative to help inner city children achieve purpose through free music instruction.
Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and has served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He is also a Scientific Director at ideas42. He studies decision-making and judgment, and his recent work has focused on behavioral economic analyses of decision-making in the context of poverty and, more generally, on the application of behavioral research to policy. He recently edited a volume on “The Behavioral Foundations of Policy,” and co-authored a book with Sendhil Mullainathan called “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much“, which looks at how scarcity, and our flawed responses to it, can shape our lives, our society, and our culture.
In January 2011, Barbara Mellers was appointed as the 11th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor. Mellers, a globally influential scholar of decision making, is the I. George Heyman University Professor. This appointment is shared between the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Marketing in The Wharton School. Mellers’ research examines the factors that influence judgments and decisions, including emotions, self-interest, past mistakes, sensitivities to risk and perceptions of fairness. She is an author of almost 100 articles and book chapters, co-editor of two books and a member of numerous prestigious editorial boards. She served as president of the Judgment and Decision Making Society, was a five-year National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and has received major research support from the NSF. She earned a Ph.D. in 1981 and an M.A. in 1978 in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in 1974, also in psychology from Berkeley.
Anuj Shah is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He studies how changes in basic cognitive processes can give rise to more complex behaviors. Recently, he has focused on how people behave when they experience different forms of resource scarcity (whether money, time, or otherwise). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Fortune, Redbook, and City Journal. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.
Katherine Milkman is an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research documents various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices, and she is particularly interested in understanding what factors lead people to undersave for retirement, exercise too little, eat too much junk food, and watch too many lowbrow films. Recently, she has also begun to study race and gender discrimination, focusing on how a decision’s context can alter the manifestation of bias. Katherine has published articles in top-tier social science journals such as Management Science, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Marketing Research. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek, The Economist, NPR, and Harvard Business Review. In 2011, Katherine was recognized as one of the top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. Katherine received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University (summa cum laude) in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s joint program in Computer Science and Business.
Kelvin Kwong leads Jawbone's efforts on behavior change. He brings learnings from behavioral science to build experiences to help the UP community lead healthier lives. While Kelvin's passion is in wellness, he has applied his studies of human behavior across the spectrum. Kelvin was previously at Amazon, was an investor, and was a professional magician for nearly a decade -- and no, we’re not playing two truths and a lie. Engineer by training, Kelvin attended the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School. You can find him on twitter @kelvinskwong.
Nicholas Epley is the John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavior Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies social cognition—how thinking people think about other thinking people—to understand why smart people so routinely misunderstand each other. His research has appeared in more than two dozen empirical journals, been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Templeton Foundation. He has been awarded the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the 2011 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and the 2015 Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science. Epley was named a "professor to watch" by the Financial Times, one of the "World's Best 40 under 40 Business School Professors" by Poets and Quants, and one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in 2015 by Ethisphere. He is the author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want.
Kara Walsh is Chief Marketing Officer at The Muse. She joined the company in May 2016 bringing a wealth of digital experience from executive leadership positions at companies including Kapow, Rewards Network and Metromix LLC. Kara began her marketing career in brand management at Coca-Cola, headed customer loyalty efforts at British Sky Broadcasting and led the transition to digital at Village Voice Media. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael Norton is an expert in social norms and consumer behavior. His research in centers on two themes: exploring and shaping the link between money and happiness, and documenting the psychology of labor and investment. He is a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School as well as an affiliate of ideas42. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University.
Logan Ury is a User Experience Researcher at Airbnb. She applies her expertise in behavioral economics to build trust between hosts and guests.
Prior to Airbnb, Logan Ury led the Irrational Lab, Google's behavioral economics team, which runs experiments and conducts research across product and marketing groups. She organized an international behavioral economics conference and advised local startups on building trust in an increasingly cynical world.
While at Google, Logan started a popular series called "Modern Romance" in which she interviewed renowned academics and authors on topics like online dating, communication in the digital age, and the secrets to a happy marriage.
Before Google, Logan conducted psychology research at Harvard.
Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist working at the intersection of technology and human behavior. After several years in academia and successful startup exits, he joined Microsoft, where he works across a variety of products and projects to design technology that helps people live happier, healthier lives. As a director at Microsoft Ventures, he uses the toolbox of Microsoft resources to help high-growth startups continue to accelerate and grow in a sustainable way. Wallaert maintains an active research program and is a frequent speaker on the science of behavior change and product design. He sits on the board of a variety of startups and non-profits, and cultivates pro-social side projects like GetRaised.com, which has helped underpaid women ask for and earn billions of dollars in salary increases.
Kristine Greiwe is currently the Head of Consumer Insights at Lyft. As the first strategic hire for the company’s insights organization, she helps drive a stronger understanding of passengers, drivers and the transportation industry throughout the organization. She is building a consumer driven culture by rapidly incorporating insights and understanding in a fast paced, innovative environment. Prior to Lyft, Kristine spent 7 year at Procter & Gamble in Consumer & Market Knowledge and graduated from Georgetown University.
Paul Niehaus works to enable the transfer of resources to the extreme poor. He is a co-founder of GiveDirectly, co-founder of Segovia Technology, and an associate professor of economics at UC San Diego. GiveDirectly is a top-rated nonprofit by GiveWell and has been ranked among the 25 most audacious companies (Inc) and 10 most innovative companies in finance (Fast Company). Segovia builds technology to manage bulk payments and cash transfer programs in the emerging markets.
Paul is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Junior Affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and is a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Sloan Fellow. In 2013 Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading "Global Thinkers."
Jordan Goldberg is Co-Founder and CEO of stickK.com, a goal-setting website based on behavioral economics research conducted by co-founders and Yale economists Ian Ayres and Dean Karlan. Jordan’s experience places him at the forefront of applied behavioral economics, harnessing social media trends, technology and the power of incentives to help individuals create lasting change. Jordan has been frequently interviewed for both print and television media, appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show and CBS News Sunday Morning, and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist. A graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies, Jordan is also a recipient of the Yale School of Management’s Silver Anniversary Scholarship.
Matthew Pearson leads User Experience Research at Robinhood. As a behavioral economist doing user experience research, Matthew brings methods and insights from economics, psychology, and related fields to bear on product design. Prior to joining Robinhood, he was Airbnb’s first quantitative user researcher. He holds a PhD in economics from UC Davis.
Jonathan Hay is the Manager of Business Analytics for the Boston Red Sox. He has also been an analyst in various capacities at WinterGreen Research, SpotHero and Merrick Ventures and well as the head of US Inflation Trading at Morgan Stanley. Hay has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an A.B. in Economics at Harvard University.
Christopher Mann is an ambassador between academia and political professionals about behavioral science. He was a pioneer in political field experiments and data driven campaigns as Vice President of Targeting at MSHC Partners and President of Predicted Lists, as well as senior roles in campaigns and political organizations at the national, state and local level. He was a founder of the Analyst Institute, an organization created to assist progressive political organizations with conducting and applying behavior science. He has conducted hundreds of large scale field experiments about voting behavior in partnership with a wide range of civic and political organizations. He received his PhD in political science from Yale. He currently lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and two children, and teaches political science at Skidmore College.
Adam S. Levine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research and teaching focuses largely on questions of political communication — how the language used to describe policies, social problems, and American politics more generally affects (a) the attitudes that people hold and (b) their willingness to become politically active. In doing so, he engages in a series of topics fundamental to the democratic process: how individuals form political preferences, when they spend scarce resources expressing those preferences, and why we observe some kinds of policy change and not others. Focal substantive areas include economic insecurity, economic inequality, climate change, same-sex marriage, campaign finance, and national security.
Josh Wright is an Executive Director at ideas42. In addition to responsibility for the organization overall, Josh focuses on designing and implementing behavioral solutions to problems in financial services, poverty, healthcare, and education. Josh has extensive experience in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors; industry experience in financial services, media and entertainment, housing, and youth development; and functional expertise in business strategy, new business development, and new venture creation. Prior to joining ideas42, Josh headed up the Office of Financial Education and Financial Access at the United States Department of the Treasury, where he worked with ideas42 co-founder Sendhil Mullainathan. Previously, Josh held positions at the Center for Community Change, Booz Allen and Hamilton’s Commercial Management Consulting business, and was a Senior Executive at Bertelsmann’s Random House, Inc. In addition, Josh served two terms as an elected City Councilmember for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. Josh has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School, serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior, and is a frequent public speaker on applied behavioral science. He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Nigel Morris is the managing partner of QED Investors, a direct investment fund focused on high growth companies that leverage the power of data strategies. In addition, he works in an advisory capacity with General Atlantic Partners and Oliver Wyman Consulting. He serves on the board of numerous for profit companies, including TransUnion, Red Ventures, Network Solutions, Prosper, Clearspring Technologies, Media Math, and Mobile Posse. Nigel co-founded Capital One Financial Services in 1994. Under Nigel’s leadership, Capital One pioneered an information-based strategy that fundamentally transformed the consumer lending industry. Combining advanced statistical marketing techniques with nascent information technologies, the company reduced costs to conventional borrowers, extended capital to overlooked consumers, expanded internationally, and produced extraordinary returns for investors. During Nigel’s ten-year tenure, Capital One’s sales grew at a compound annual rate of more than 40%. Upon his retirement in 2004, Capital One’s 15,000 employees across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom managed over $80 billion of loans for 50 million customers. Generating over $1.5 billion in earnings, Capital One had successfully transitioned from an emerging start up into an established public company valued at over $20 billion. Nigel has a BSC in Psychology from the East London University and a MBA with distinction from London Business School. Nigel lives with his wife and four children in Virginia.