Director of the "Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition" and the "Harding Center for Risk Literacy" at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development (MPIB), Berlin, Germany.

In addition, he is founder and partner of "Simply Rational - The Institute for Decisions", which was set up in 2015. He is former Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia. He is also Batten Fellow at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia, and Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences. Awards for his work include the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences and the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social and behavioral sciences. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks: How To Know When Numbers Deceive You, and Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious were translated into 18 languages. His academic books include Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World, Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart and Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). In Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions (with Sir Muir Gray), he shows how better informed doctors and patients can improve healthcare while reducing the costs. Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and top managers in decision making and understanding risks and uncertainties.



Nathan Berg is Associate Professor of economics at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Berg has published numerous articles and chapters in the field of behavioral economics, appearing in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Psychological Review, Social Choice and Welfare and Contemporary Economic Policy. Berg was a Fulbright Scholar in 2003 and Visiting Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute-Berlin in the 2000s. His research has been cited in Financial Times, Business Week, Canada’s National Post, The Village Voice, The Advocate, Science News, Slate and the Atlantic Monthly. He was awarded a Ph.D. (with honors) in economics and MA (with honors) in mathematics from University of Kansas in 2001.


Konstantinos Katsikopoulos has studied applied mathematics, cognitive psychology, and operations research in Greece, Germany, and the US. He has been a visiting assistant professor at MIT. He now holds a W2 professorship at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and also is an associate professor at the Business School of the University of Southampton, UK. Konstantinos researches how standard decision theory and the simple rules of thumb people use can be integrated, and has worked with government and business on complex problems in economics, management, and health.


Shenghua is a cognitive psychologist who studies various topics in judgment and decision-making, including simple heuristics, managerial decisions, moral decisions, wisdom of the crowds, and sports forecasting. In his research, Shenghua combines descriptive approaches (i.e., how do people make decisions?) with prescriptive ones (i.e., how can we help people improve their decisions?), and prefers using real-world data to study real-world phenomena.


Michelle McDowell is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Harding Center for Risk Literacy. Her research focuses on promoting balanced and transparent risk communication formats to facilitate medical decision making. Her recent focus has been on determining how best to summarise medical evidence to support understanding, and to address challenges to the translation of evidence for use in decision tools. She is interested in improving the visual communication of information, and designing more ecological presentation formats that improve comprehension.


Özgür Simsek received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. She subsequently joined the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Her primary areas of research are machine learning and artificial intelligence. Her current interests include the rationality of decision heuristics and the role they can play in autonomous learning and development.


Dirk Wulff received his received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Basel, following predoctoral work first at the University of Basel and later at the MPI for Human Development. Currently, Dirk is a research scientists at the University of Basel and an adjunct research at the MPI for Human Development. Dirk’s research is broadly concerned with modeling the cognitive processes involved in decision making and information search. In one of his major research threads, Dirk studies the description-experience gap in risky choice to better understand its psychological and statistical underpinnings and its implications for risk taking and risk communication in real life.



Sujoy Chakravarty received his Ph.D in Economics from Purdue University in 2002. He has since then been on the faculty of various institutions such as the University of Texas at Dallas, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Technology and Institute of Management Technology. He is currently Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research and teaching interests include experimental and behavioural economics, applied microeconomics and economic development. His research has been published in various journals in the fields of economics and management such as Decision Support Systems, Economic and Political Weekly, Games, Environment and Development Economics, Global Business and Economics Review, Review of Industrial Organization, Southern Economic Journal, and Theory and Decision


Dr. Kriti Jain is a full-time faculty at IE Business School (Spain) and currently holds the prestigious European Union’s Marie Curie Fellowship for her research. Her expertise is in topics related to judgment and decision-making, especially in the strategic contexts of organizations and public policy. Kriti is a PhD in Management from INSEAD and has published in leading management, economics, and psychology journals including, Management Science, Nature’s Scientific Reports, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, International Journal of Forecasting, and Journal of Operations Management. Her commentaries on matters of behavioral science and public policy are regularly featured in media.


Sanjay Kallapur is Professor of Accounting at the Indian School of Business (ISB). He was a tenured Associate Professor at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, prior to joining ISB. He conducts empirical research in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and corporate governance, and recently on the economics of the auditing profession. He has published in top accounting and finance journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research, and more. From 2008 to 2011 he was an Editor of The Accounting Review. Professor Kallapur obtained BCom and MBA degrees from the University of Mumbai, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.


Dr Narayanan Srinivasan is currently Professor and Head at the Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), University of Allahabad. He has a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science and PhD in Psychology from University of Georgia. He is interested in understanding attention, emotions, consciousness, self, and decision making using multiple methodologies. He has edited many books and has more than hundred and twenty five publications. Dr. Srinivasan is a fellow of Association for Psychological Science and Psychonomic Society.


Professor Veeraraghavan has published over 50 papers in international journals. His papers have appeared in The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Empirical Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal etc. He has presented his work in top accounting and finance conferences. He was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Gold Medal (Monash University) for Teaching Excellence. His paper titled “Executive Equity Risk-Taking Incentive and Audit Service Pricing was awarded the 2013 MIT Sloan Asia Conference in Accounting Best Paper Award.