2019 Gala Program

Honorary Guest Speakers


Constantinos Daskalakis is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at MIT. He holds a diploma in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC-Berkeley. His research interests lie in theoretical computer science and its interface with economics, probability, learning and statistics. He has been honored with the 2007 Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Game Theory and Computer Science (Kalai) Prize from the Game Theory Society, the 2010 Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science, the 2011 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, the 2011 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, the 2015 Research and Development Award by the Vatican Giuseppe Sciacca Foundation, the 2017 Google Faculty Research Award, the 2018 Simons Investigator Award, and the 2018 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union. He is also a recipient of Best Paper awards at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation in 2006 and in 2013.

Dr. Neil A. Chriss started Omnis Quantitative, a Millennium Platform Company, focused on quantitative investing in the fall of 2018. Before Omnis, Dr. Chriss was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Hutchin Hill Capital LLC (2007 – 2017), a multi-strategy hedge fund with peak assets of $5 Billion. Prior to founding Hutchin Hill, Dr. Chriss was a Managing Director at SAC Capital Management (2003-2007), where he established and headed the firm’s quantitative strategies division. In 2000, Dr. Chriss founded ICor Brokerage Inc., a global electronic trading platform, which was acquired by Reuters Plc in 2004. Dr. Chriss holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and held post-doctoral positions at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Toronto. Dr. Chriss serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study (2011-present) and is also a founding board member of Math for America (2004-present).

Master of Ceremonies


Sylvia Nasar is the author of A Beautiful Mind the now-classic biography of mathematician and Nobel laureate John Nash that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie and became a global bestseller.  She was an economics correspondent at the New York Times and is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.