The Keynote Speaker will be Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen is the co-author of the International Bestseller Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics.
Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Dubner shows how economics is, at root, the study of incentives - that is, how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics show that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-if the right questions are asked-is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Dubner spent several years at the Times as an editor and writer, and has also written for The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere. His journalism has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Crime Writing.