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Asian Investment Conference 2021

Nicholas Christakis

Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University

Nicholas Christakis

Nicholas Christakis is Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University. He directs the Human Nature Lab and is Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. His work is in the fields of network science, biosocial science, and behavior genetics. His current work focuses on how human biology and health affect, and are affected by, social interactions and social networks.

Dr. Christakis is the author of over 200 articles and several books. His influential book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, documented how social networks affect our lives and was translated into twenty foreign languages. His most recent book, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, was published in March 2019 and is slated to appear in German, Chinese, Dutch, and Greek, and other languages.

In 2009, Dr. Christakis was listed in the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009 and in 2010, he was listed by Foreign Policy magazine in their annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Dr. Christakis received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Yale University in 1984, his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and his Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006; the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.