Plenary Speakers

Ariel Rubinstein – Professor of Economics, School of Economics at Tel Aviv University and the Department of Economics at New York University.

Ariel is a Professor of economics at New York University and Tel Aviv University, where he holds the Salzberg Chair. Rubinstein is one of the world’s most prominent economic theorists, with seminal work in game theory. His main fields of research are economic theory, models of bounded rationality, decision theory, and game theory. He is widely known for his 1982 “Econometrica” paper, “Perfect Equilibrium in a Bargaining Model,” which has been cited over 7,000 times. His findings are an influential contribution to game theory and became known as the Rubinstein Bargaining Model.  He is also the author and editor of many books, including “Bargaining and Markets” and “A Course in Game Theory,” both co-authored with Martin J. Osborne, “Modelling Bounded Rationality,” and “Economic Fables.”


Robert C. Brooks – Professor of Evolution and Director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Rob is an evolutionary biologist who studies the evolutionary consequences of sex. These include: the evolution of mate choice, the costs of being attractive, sexual conflict, the reason animals age and the links between sex, diet, obesity and death.

Together with his UNSW research group (the SEX LAB) and collaborators, he explores the evolutionary and ecological consequences of sexual reproduction. He is motivated to study evolution because of its power to help us understand both nature and the human condition. He is especially interested in the interactions between evolution and economics, the evolution of human life histories, the reasons for sex differences in aging and longevity, the unfolding obesity crisis, the relationship between evolution and equity feminism, the evolution of human bodies, the purpose of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and what we can and cannot infer about morality from studying the natural world.

His first book – Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World – won the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Science Writing. He also writes a regular column for The Conversation called Natural History of the Present on how an evolutionary view can help us understand our modern world and the lives we lead. And he received the 2013 Eureka Prize for Communicating Science & Research.


Andreas Ortmann – Professor of Experimental & Behavioural Economics, UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Andreas took up his current position of Professor of Experimental and Behavioural Economics in the School of Economics, UNSW Business School in 2009. Prior to his appointment at the Business School, he was the (Boston Consulting Group) Professor of Economics at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. His research interests range from the robustness of behavioural insights over game theory to questions of industrial organization and public policy including superannuation. He has been a consultant for Transparency International, the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, the ACNC, InfraStructure Victoria, and others.

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