Didier Sornette
Didier Sornette
Chair Professor

Industrial experience

• Director of Research in the X-RS research & development company in Orsay, France (January 1988 - December 1995)

• Scientific advisor of the technical director of Thomson-Marconi Sonar company (now THALES) in Nice-Sophia Antipolis Technopolis, France (January 1984 - December 1996)

• Consultant for aerospace industrial companies, banks, investment and reinsurance companies (1991-present).

• Chief risk advisor at Bank of America in charge with supervising the new department on risk control in the Bank (January 1998 - December 1998).

• External expert at Los Alamos National Laboratories and leader of the theoretical development in the project on Model Validation in the Nuclear Stewardship program of the USA (January 2003 - December 2006)

• co-founder of Science and Finance (with Jean-Philippe Bouchaud) (April 1994) that later merged with Capital Future Management.

• co-founder (with Didier Darcet and Yann Ageon) and Director of Research at Insight Research LLC (January 1999), a firm developing alternative quantitative methods for investments, risk measures and asset allocations.

• president of the Board of Renaissance InvestmentManagement (January 2005 - December 2011)

• co-founder of Sentiment Studies GmbH (August 2013), an ETH Zurich spin-off focused on delivering advanced market indicators for dynamical risk management during volatile and bubble market regimes.

• co-founder of SIMAG (Systematic Investment Management AG; https://www.simag.com), a joint venture between Sentiment Studies GmbH ETH spin-off and Credit Suisse Wealth Management (Nov. 2017)

• member of the advisory board of TRINNACLE Capital Management (7 World Trade Center, Suite 4615 - New York, NY 10007, USA, trinnaclecapital.com) (since April 2019)

• member of the Lykke Research Hub Council (research.lykke.com) (since April 2019) Service (since at ETH Zurich, 2006 to present)

• Member of the ETH Research commission (2007-2014)

• Member of the Board of the “Fondation d’entreprise SCOR pour la Science” (Enterprise foundation SCOR for science) (since October 2012) (SCOR is the fifth largest reinsurance company in the World).

• Expert to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) (since 21 Aug. 2013)

• Member of the IHSMarkit Academic Advisory Governance executive board (IMAAG executive board) (since 2017) (4th Floor Ropemaker Place, 25 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9LY. UK). IHS Markit Ltd is a London-based global information provider.

Prizes and honors

• Science et D´efence French Young Investigator National Award (1985)

• Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 1994

• 2000 Research McDonnell award: Studying Complex Systems, the Scientific Prediction of Crises


• Risques-Les Echos prize 2002 Predictability of catastrophic events: material rupture, earthquakes, turbulence, financial crashes and human birth, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, V99 SUPP1:2522-2529 (2002 FEB 19) (The journals Les Echos and Risques have decided to attribute each year a prize, for the most innovative publication of the previous year on the understanding of challenges associated with risk and its possible response, all disciplines taken together).

• Elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF) (6th February 2004)

• Distinguished fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK (October 2007-February 2008) http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/

• Honorary Professor of the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China (since 2009)

• E. N. Lorenz Lecture of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 16, 2010.

• Ehrenfest Colloquium, Leiden, The Netherlands, 12 October 2011.

• election to the rank of AAAS Fellow (29 October 2013) for “ scientifically or socially distinguished efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications”. (AAAS: AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science). Citation: “You are being honored for pioneering and novel developments in the prediction of crises and extreme events in complex systems, with particular applications to risk assessment in economics and technology”. Fellow induction ceremony in Chicago, 15 Feb. 2014.

• Elected as a full member of the SATW (November 2019), the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (Schweizerische Akademie der TechnischenWissenschaften). See https://www.satw.ch/