2019 Fall PROGRAM

November 18-19, 2019 // Washington, DC


Preparing leaders to anticipate, analyze and respond strategically to business problems in today’s increasingly complex world. 

NECSI is the foremost institute in complex systems science (CSS), a novel cross-disciplinary field developed to understand, analyze and simulate highly dynamic scenarios. Learn to harness this unique, powerful framework to advance your performance and optimize your organization for 2020 and beyond.

Who Should Attend?

Senior-level executives and managers as well as functional and emerging leaders. Participants represent a wide range of organizations, from global enterprises to start-ups, in the for-profit, government, and non-profit sectors.

learn Together

Join a diverse group of industry leaders in gaining new skills and solving business challenges based on the latest in complexity science.

Thriving in Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity

For two intense days this course prepares leaders to think, anticipate, and respond strategically in a complex environment. Complexity science allows us to accurately predict real-world events and describe unintended consequences, dynamics, and emergent behaviors in real-world social systems. Learn how to harness this framework to extract the most important information from data for advanced decision making and innovation in organizations.


NECSI’s certificate program will enable you to: 

  • Recognize the interconnectedness of situations

  • Understand implications of rapid global change

  • Identify leverage points to manage risk and instability

  • Make strategic decisions to achieve desired outcomes

  • Pinpoint the most meaningful data and patterns to distinguish signal from the noise





Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Todd Veazie served for 30 years in over 50 countries leading special operations organizations in peace and war. He had three combat command tours in including service as Commanding Officer of SEAL Team FOUR, Naval Special Warfare Unit THREE in Bahrain, and Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR. Upon leaving active duty he was a Federal Senior Executive serving as Chief of the Counterterrorism Net Assessments Group at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He is presently the Chief Operating Officer of the Kiernan Group in Alexandria, VA. He earned a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington D.C.

*Pending government approval


President and Professor, NECSI

Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam received his SB and PhD in physics from MIT in 1978 and 1984 respectively. Since the late 1980s he has contributed to founding the field of complex systems science, introducing fundamental mathematical rigor, real world application, and educational programs for new concepts and insights of this field.

In developing new mathematical methods and in their application he has published on a wide range of scientific and real world problems ranging from cell biology to the global financial crisis.

He is the author of two books: a textbook Dynamics of Complex Systems, and Making Things Work, which applies complex systems science to solving problems in healthcare, education, systems engineering, international development, and ethnic conflict.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is currently Research Scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory.

He has also advised the Chairman’s Action Group at the Pentagon about global social unrest and the crises in Egypt and Syria, the National Security Council and the National Counter Terrorism Council on global strategy, the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group about military force transformation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about delivery of prevention services and control of hospital infections, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Barney Frank about market regulation and the financial crisis, and other government organizations, NGOs, and corporations on using principles and insights from complex systems science.


“I’ve seen the success of having complex systems frameworks and vocabulary as part of how we now talk about our business. I recommend that any management team working in today’s complex environment have training in complex systems.”

—Rob May, CEO & Founder of Talla

“I currently serve as a Board member of a company which just completed a project with NECSI. Using complex systems science, NECSI performed unique analytics and built a real time interactive visualization system in support of ongoing decision making with all kinds of benefits. The sophistication of the analysis was apparent in providing new actionable strategic insights about restructuring the operations generally as well as detailed operational guidance down to the level of individual customers and products for greater effectiveness and efficiency. Such analysis should be done by every major corporation.”

—Bob McDonald, Formed CEO of Procter & Gamble