Success of the 2019 Friends of IHES gala

On Tuesday, November 5, more than 150 guests joined Michael R. Douglas, President and Chairman of Friends of IHES, and Emmanuel Ullmo, Director of IHES, at the Harvard Club of New York City for an exceptional event.

The theme this year was Game Theory: The Science of Strategy. Based in mathematics, Game Theory helps us understand the strategic reasoning at play in competition, and gives us the tools and language to analyse different paths and examine multiple solutions.

Honored guest speakers were Constantinos Daskalakis, professor at MIT and the 2018 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize recipient, and Neil A. Chriss, founder of Omnis Quantitative, a Millennium Platform Company, focused on quantitative investing. Alternating on stage, they guided an absorbed audience through the intricacies of game theory.

Master of Ceremony Sylvia Nasar hosted the evening. She is the author of A Beautiful Mind, the biography of mathematician and Nobel laureate John Nash, and the John S. and James L. Knight Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

We are profoundly grateful to our main benefactors for their generous support of our mission. In particular, we thank deeply the Simons Foundation, premier sponsor BNP Paribas and Gala Chairs Florence & David Faucon and Barbara Amonson & Vincent Della Pietra. Thank you also to Bristol Assurances, Benjamin Servenay, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and to all the gala participants.

Thanks to their great generosity, Friends of IHES could collect almost 500k$, which will help funding various projects at IHES.

As 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Friends of IHES, this was the perfect occasion to celebrate such a milestone together, through entertainment and learning, and by honoring our shared mission to support fundament research at its highest.

Check this link to have a look at some of the pictures.