FICO World 2016 Keynote Speakers



Dan Ariely

Expert on Human Behavior, Best-Selling Author, and Duke University Professor of Behavioral Economics

Dan Ariely is the best-selling author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational. The James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University, Ariely’s research has shown that we all succumb to irrationality in situations where rational thought is expected. He is an expert on how people actually act—and why they act—in all kinds of business and economic environments, and what this means for business innovation, strategy, marketing and pricing.

Ariely’s latest book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves, takes a thought-provoking look at our preconceptions about dishonesty and urges us to take an honest look at ourselves. Previously, Ariely released The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home, which debuted at #12 on The New York Times Best Sellers list and explores fascinating findings from the hundreds of “experiments” Ariely does for his research. Ariely is also author of the best-selling Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. In this book, Ariely presents research findings that provide new insights into human behavior that will help us make better decisions as individuals, as corporations, and as a society.

Ariely received a Ph.D. in marketing from Duke University, a Ph.D. and M.A. in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in psychology from Tel Aviv University.

He publishes widely in the leading scholarly journals in economics, psychology and business. His work has been featured in a variety of media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Business 2.0, Scientific American, Science, CNN, NPR, and he was interviewed for ABC’s 20/20.



Michael Mauboussin

Managing Director
and Head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse

Michael J. Mauboussin is a Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse. Prior to rejoining CS in 2013, he was Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management. He is also the author of three books, including More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, named in the The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by 800-CEO-Read. Michael has been an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School since 1993, and received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, a leading center for multi-disciplinary research in complex systems theory.



Jim Wehmann

FICO Executive 
Vice-President, Scores

James M. Wehmann is executive vice-president responsible for the Scores business unit. Prior to working at FICO, Wehmann was senior vice president, global marketing at Digital River, a leading provider of cloud commerce solutions. During nearly nine years with the company, he was responsible for developing, marketing, selling and executing the company’s marketing services offerings. Prior to joining Digital River in 2003, Wehmann served as vice president of marketing at Brylane, Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy and brand management for the company’s largest division. Before that he was responsible for new customer acquisitions as senior vice president of marketing for one of the country’s largest credit card issuers, Bank One. He also spent nearly eight years at Fingerhut Companies, Inc., where, as senior vice president, marketing, he developed and implemented segmented credit marketing strategies. Wehmann is a graduate with distinction of the Kellogg School of Management, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.



Dr. Stuart C. Wells

Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Technology Officer

With more than 20 years of diverse management experience, Stuart Wells is a software industry veteran with a proven ability to catalyze and commercialize innovative technologies. At FICO, he is responsible for leading the global product and technology organization. Prior to his appointment as chief product and technology officer, he spent two years at FICO consulting on a range of projects, including leading cross-functional planning for the launch of enterprise solutions in the areas of fraud management, debt management and originations. Prior experience included senior leadership roles with Sun Microsystems, Avaya and other top technology businesses. Dr. Wells holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a certificate from the Stanford Executive Program.