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Brooklyn Professor Nassim Taleb keynotes Synergy Global Conference

October 24, 2017 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Professor of risk engineering at Downtown Brooklyn’s NYU Tandon, Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of an impressive lineup of world-class speakers who will be appearing at Synergy Global Forum New York on Oct. 27 and 28. Photo courtesy of Synergy Global Forum

'Black Swan' author one of a dozen business legends in rare gathering

It’s been called a “once-in a-lifetime happening” and a “master class in disruption,” gathering business, technology and research legends under one roof for an event not likely to be repeated.

Noted author, mathematician, economist and professor of risk engineering at Downtown Brooklyn’s NYU Tandon, Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of a lineup of world-class speakers who will be appearing at Synergy Global Forum New York on Oct. 27 and 28.

Taleb spent 21 years as a quantitative trader before becoming a researcher in problems of risk and probability. He coined the phrase “black swan,” a highly improbable and unexpected event that carries massive impact, such as 9/11 or a sudden stock market crash.

Taleb is the author of multiple works including the landmark “Incerto” series (books include “The Black Swan,” “Fooled by Randomness” and “Antifragile”). His current focus is on the properties of systems that can gain from disorder, which he has dubbed “antifragile.”

Synergy Global Forum is a business and networking event featuring legends such as Taleb, Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group), Jack Welch (former General Electric CEO), Steve Forbes (chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media), Malcolm Gladwell (author of “The Tipping Point”), Ray Kurzweil (inventor and futurist), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia founder) and others.

“It’s a once-in a-lifetime event,” director of marketing Michael Simonson told the Brooklyn Eagle. Such a talent group of individuals will never again “all be in the same conference at the same time,” he added.

The conference at Madison Square Garden goes for two full days and includes opportunities for networking, panels, a lunch hosted by Steve Forbes (and an afterparty with Paris Hilton!).

The forum was named in an article on Inc.com as “the powerhouse event of the fall.” The keynote speakers will discuss cutting-edge topics related to leadership, technology, social networks and “fake news,” entrepreneurship, social responsibility and more. A program can be downloaded by visiting www.synergyglobalforum.com.

Student discounts can be found at http://synergyglobal.com/university/.

The event is supported by MIT Management Executive Education, NYU Stern, Ivy and Shapr.