Speakers

Robert R. Prechter is known for developing a theory of social causality called socionomics and for his career applying and enhancing the Wave Principle, R.N. Elliott’s fractal model of financial pricing. Prechter has made presentations on socionomic theory at the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MIT, Trinity College Dublin, Georgia Tech, SUNY and various academic and financial conferences.

In 2005, Prechter created the Socionomics Institute, which is dedicated to research and the application of socionomics, and the Socionomics Foundation, which supports academic research in the field. Prechter and colleagues have written several academic papers, including “The Financial/Economic Dichotomy” (2007) and “Social Mood and Presidential Elections” (2012), which became the third most downloaded paper on the Social Science Research Network that year.

Prechter graduated from Yale University in 1971, joined the Market Analysis Department of Merrill Lynch in New York in 1975 and founded Elliott Wave International in 1979, where he has published monthly market analysis in The Elliott Wave Theorist. Prechter has authored, edited or contributed to 18 books. His recent work, The Socionomic Theory of Finance, aims to replace conventional financial and macroeconomic theory with an internally and externally consistent paradigm based on socionomics.

He is also a member of the Triple Nine Society and the Shakespeare Oxford Society.

Terry BurnhamTerry Burnham, Ph.D., is a finance professor at Chapman University in Orange, California. He has a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University and a master’s degree in finance from MIT. Prior to Chapman, he was a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Michigan and the Harvard Business School.

From 2005 to 2011, Terry was the Director of Economics for Acadian Asset Management, a quantitative equity manager with peak assets under management of over $90 billion. Terry is the author of Mean Markets and Lizard Brains, and the co-author of Mean Genes. His academic research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of human economic behavior.

Terry was the President and Chief Financial Officer of the start-up biotechnology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals, which is now publicly traded (ticker symbol PGNX). He served as a tank driver in the US Marine Corps Reserves and worked briefly for Goldman Sachs & Co.

Peter W. Atwater is the president of Financial Insyghts, a consulting firm that advises institutional investors, corporations and public policymakers on how social mood affects decision making and the markets.

After a successful career in financial services, including 13 years with JPMorgan where he built that firm’s asset-backed securities business, and executive leadership roles at First USA, Bank One and Juniper, Peter turned his attention to socionomics — how changes in social mood affect human behavior. Today, through his firm, Financial Insyghts, he brings a practical understanding of the world of finance coupled with a keen awareness of human decision making, enabling his clients to easily see changing behavioral trends ahead of the market.

Peter teaches at the University of Delaware and the College of William & Mary. He is the author of Moods and Markets (FT Press), which provides specific practical insights for investors on how changes in confidence drive the capital markets. Peter spoke about confidence-driven decision making at TEDx Wilmington in August 2013, and his research has been profiled in the Financial Times, Time and other leading publications.

Peter graduated with honors from the College of William & Mary in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and currently serves on the board of the William & Mary Foundation, the College’s endowment.

Shikhal AgarwalShikhar Agarwal, MD, MPH, is a cardiologist affiliated with the Geisinger Medical Center. A prolific researcher with more than 100 publications, he has presented his work widely and received honors from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiologists of Indian Origin and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. He was named the American College of Cardiology’s ELITE FIT Rising Star in 2012 and best graduating resident at the Cleveland Clinic.

In addition to his MD, he holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he enrolled after completing medical school in India. Dr. Agarwal was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and he has served as a reviewer for highly-ranked scholarly publications, including the British Medical Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of Internal Medicine, International Journal of Cardiology and The Indian Heart Journal.

Euan WilsonEuan Wilson is a registered client associate with Merrill Lynch, where he specializes in long-term wealth planning.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in economics and international affairs. He previously served on the research staff at the Socionomics Institute, where he was a regular contributor to the institute’s magazine, The Socionomist. At SI, his research covered social mood’s impact on various cultural trends, including the war on drugs, civil wars and popular animation characters. Wilson’s socionomic work has been featured in Time, USA Today, The Futurist and Scientific American.

Mark Galasiewski (gala-SHEV-ski) is chief analyst for Asia and Emerging Markets at Elliott Wave International. After joining the firm in 2005, Mark wrote essays for The Elliott Wave Theorist which correctly forecasted the global financial crisis. Since 2008, he has covered Asia and Emerging Markets for the monthly publications Global Market Perspective and The Elliott Wave Asian-Pacific Financial Forecast. He has appeared on major media outlets such as CNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg TV Asia, China Central Television, CNBC TV-18, Bloomberg TV India, ET NOW, Press Trust India, Dow Jones Asia newswire and Minyanville. A graduate of Middlebury College in East Asian Studies, he is fluent in Japanese and conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Elliott PrechterElliott Prechter’s fascination with technology led him to attend MIT in 2002 and ultimately to join Microsoft in 2006. His interest in financial markets intensified during the 2008 crash, and he left Seattle in early 2011 to help start an algorithmic hedge fund in Las Vegas. In late 2012, he joined Elliott Wave International’s EWAVES department, which develops artificial intelligence techniques to automate Elliott wave analysis. Under his leadership, the department was spun off into a separate company, Qualitative Analytics. The firm’s technology powers Flash, a subscription service that provides real-time buy and sell alerts as opportunities arise in futures and equities markets. Elliott also writes the open-access publication, EWAVES Flash, which discusses trading theory and updates readers on program developments.

Brian Whitmer is chief analyst for European markets and cultural trends at Elliott Wave International. His areas of interest include European equities, bonds and political developments, with an emphasis on the future of the European Union. He is the editor of Elliott Wave International’s European Financial Forecast, and he authors the European stocks section of the firm’s Global Market Perspective. Whitmer completed his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and earned an MBA from Georgia Southern University. In a previous career, he served as a designer, planner and project manager for $100-million-plus civil and residential developments. 

Alastair J. Macdonald is a Zimbabwean-born investment consultant, writer and entrepreneur. As an ex-professional hunter and safari guide, he led numerous expeditions throughout southern Africa for internationally acclaimed media organizations such as National Geographic and France’s Channel 9. His business expanded into venture capital and early enterprise funding before he moved to the U.S. to work on Wall Street. Since 2004, he has edited The Parallax Report, a financial and market advisory letter. He also hosted “Alone in the Crowd,” a weekly podcast discussing markets, economics, geopolitics and the social mood that drives them all.

H. Eugene Stanley, Ph.D., is the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University and one of the founders of econophysics. He has made seminal contributions to statistical physics and interdisciplinary science. He has worked on a range of topics, including the nature of catastrophic financial bubbles and crashes, the constituents of the Alzheimer brain and the anomalous behavior of liquid water. Stanley performed biological physics research in 1962-1963 with Nobel laureate Max Delbruck in Germany with Fulbright funding and was awarded a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard in 1967. Stanley holds concurrent positions of “Honorary Professor” at four universities around the world, and he has received nine Doctorates Honoris Causa. His publications have received more than 72,000 citations.