Prof. Spyros Makridakis

Spyros Makridakis is a Professor at University of Nicosia in Cyprus and Emeritus Professor at INSEAD. Following the attainment of a place in the Greek Sailing Team in the Olympics of 1960, Spyros Makridakis set sail for New York University where he obtained a PhD in 1969. Spyros has held teaching and research positions with several European and American institutions; as a research fellow with IIM Berlin, an ICAME fellow at Stanford University and a visiting scholar at MIT and Harvard. He is now a Professor at the Univesity of Nicosia and an Emeritus Professor at INSEAD that he joined in 1970. In addition to teaching and consulting expertise, he has also authored, or co-authored, twenty two books including Forecasting, Planning and Strategy for the 21st Century (The Free Press), Forecasting: Methods and Applications, 3rd ed. and Forecasting Methods for Management, 5th ed. (Wiley, translated in twelve languages and sold more than 120,000 copies). He has also published more than 120 articles and book chapters. He was the founding chief editor of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting. Spyros’ current interest centers on the uses and limitations of forecasting and what we can do with the resulting uncertainty and risk given our inability to accurately predict a wide range of future events. These and similar issues are dealt with in the book Dance with Chance: Making Luck Work for You, (co-authored with Robin Hogarth and Anil Gaba) and in a special issue of the International Journal of Forecasting on “Decision Making and Planning under Low Levels of Predictability (co-edited with Nassim Taleb). He is currently working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain.

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