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BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Simon Brascoupé


  • Speaker: Simon Brascoupé, MA, CAPA, CFNHM, Senior Vice-President Education, Communications and Services, First Nations Education Administrators Association

    Simon Brascoupé, Anishinabeg/Haudenausanee – Bear Clan is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. Senior Vice-President Education, Communications and Services, First Nations Education Administrators Association

    Brascoupé is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He has a B.A. and M.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo and obtained his Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) designation in 2014. Previously Brascoupé was Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Health Organization; Director, Primary Health Care Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada; and Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch, Environment Canada. He has written and worked in the field of traditional knowledge, financial literacy and is on Trent University’s Ph.D. Indigenous Knowledge Council. Simon is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Financial Literacy Working Group, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. He has had experience with development and delivery of Indigenous Financial Wellness programs and research for AFOA Canada.

  • Date: February 17, 2021 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Indigenous Mental Health and Financial Literacy: Behavioural Insights from an Indigenous Perspective
  • Description: The webinar will explore the Indigenous mental health and wellness and behavioural insights to financial wellbeing, health and personal, family and community wellbeing.

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Past BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Sessions 2020-2021

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Nina Mazar

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Nina Mažar


  • Speaker: Nina Mažar, Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy at Questrom School of Business at Boston University

    Nina, was the 2019 president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and has been named one of "The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World” (2014). With her focus on behavioral economics she investigates the implication of human biases on welfare, development, and policy. Popular accounts of her work have appeared among others on NPR, BBC, in the New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Harvard Business Review, and various NYTimes Bestsellers as well as in the documentary feature film “The Honest Truth about Dishonesty.”

    Nina is the co-founder of BEworks, a former co-director of BEAR, and former inaugural Senior Behavioral Scientist of the World Bank’s behavioral insights team in Washington, DC. She serves as advisor on boards of various government and non-for-profit organizations (e.g., Irrational Labs in San Francisco, CA). She holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Mainz in Germany. Her website is

  • Date: January 21, 2021 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Behavioural Insights in Action: From Organ Donation to Tax Compliance
  • Description: Professor Mažar will be discussing behavioural insights in action providing real world examples and outcomes of field experiments from organ donation studies, to tax studies conducted in Ontario, as well as in Poland (in collaboration with the World Bank).


BEAR Webinar Series: Elizabeth Linos

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Elizabeth Linos

  • Speaker: Elizabeth Linos, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

    Elizabeth Linos is a behavioral scientist and public management scholar. The majority of her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people. Specifically, her studies consider how we can improve diversity in recruitment and selection, how to reduce burnout at work, and how different work environments affect performance and motivation in government. In her research on behavioral public administration, she also studies how to use low-cost nudges to reduce administrative burdens and to improve overall resident-state interactions.

  • Date: December 10, 2020 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Burnout on the Front Line
  • Description: Employee burnout is alarmingly high across a host of different professions, particularly for front line workers. While there is a rich literature on the predictors of burnout, there is limited causal evidence about how to mitigate it. Dr. Linos will present multiple studies on how to think about burnout as an inclusion question and experimental evidence of how to reduce it.

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Swiss Re

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Swiss Re Institute

  • Speakers: William Trump, Head of the iptiQ Behavioural insights Group, Swiss Re Institute & Francesca Tamma, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, Swiss Re Institute

    Will pioneered the application of behavioural science within Swiss Re, establishing a team and setting this up as a client service in 2012. By using rigorous experimentation methods, this has helped insurers optimise their customer touchpoints in sales, retention, underwriting & claims. He then moved over to iptiQ in 2016, where he now leads the Behavioural Insights Group, with responsibility for consumer insight, CX strategy and the application of behavioural science within iptiQ.

    Francesca leads Swiss Re's Behavioural Research Unit – a truly unique group of industry-experienced behavioural scientists. Our aim is to design behavioural solutions for problems in the (re)insurance sector. We run field experiments and mixed-method research, which help our partners and clients determine what really works and changes policy holders' and insurers' behaviour. She has worked on setting behavioural research agendas and teams, first within the UK Behavioural Insights Team, the UK Tax Authority and now at Swiss Re. Her academic background is in economics (MA Hons from the University of Edinburgh and MSc with merit from the London School of Economics).

  • Date: November 19, 2020 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Insurance that is as attractive as humanly possible
  • Description: Many companies, including insurers, have dabbled in behavioural science. Some have run trials or even hired their own behavioural scientist(s). But what would it look like for an insurer to fully embrace behavioural insights in the way it operates? Will works at iptiQ, Swiss Re's primary insurance division, and has been progressively embedding behavioural insights into the organisation for the past few years. In this session, Will and Francesca will map out the behavioural science "journey" that Swiss Re has been on, share some of their most surprising case studies, and unveil the newly-developed iptiQ Human-centered Design (HD) Framework for insurance propositions – which was developed in collaboration with Prof Dilip Soman of BEAR.

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Gautam Rao

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Gautam Rao

  • Speaker: Gautam Rao, Associate Professor of Economics, Harvard University

    Gautam Rao's research brings insights from psychology to bear on topics in economics, particularly topics relevant to developing countries. Recent projects include studying how improving sleep affects the economic outcomes of workers in India, how the endowment effect influences consumer demand for collateralized loans in Kenya, how research findings affect the beliefs and policy of mayors in Brazil, and how mixing rich and poor students in schools in India affects social preferences and behaviours.

  • Date: October 21, 2020 12 PM ET
  • Topic: The Economic Consequences of Increasing Sleep Among the Urban Poor
  • Description: Gautam Rao will be presenting his research on the economic consequences of increasing sleep among the urban poor.

    Abstract: Using state-of-the-art technology, we measure sleep among the urban poor in India and conduct a field experiment to estimate the consequences of increased sleep. Adults in Chennai sleep only 5.5 hours per night on average, despite spending 8 hours per night in bed. Their sleep is highly disrupted, with 32 awakenings per night. A three-week treatment providing information, encouragement, and improvements to home-sleep environments increased sleep quantity by 27 minutes per night but came at the cost of more time in bed. Contrary to expert predictions, increased night sleep had no detectable effects on cognition, productivity, decision-making, or psychological and physical well-being, and led to small decreases in labor supply. Yet sleep is not irrelevant in this setting. Offering afternoon naps at the workplace improved outcomes on average by 0.12 standard deviations. However, naps still entail significant opportunity costs of time.

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Fadi Makki

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Fadi Makki

  • Speaker: Dr. Fadi Makki, B4Development & Nudge Lebanon

    Fadi Makki heads the first behavioural insights & nudge unit in the Middle East – B4Development (formerly the Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit) at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and is founder of Nudge Lebanon and the Consumer Citizen Lab. He has 23+ years of experience in public sector reform, socio-economic development, trade policy and behavioural economics. He was former Director General of the Ministry of Economy & Trade, and Advisor to the Prime Minister of Lebanon. He served for two years on the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Behavioural Sciences. He is member of the WHO’s technical advisory group on behavioural insights and sciences for health. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University, a Master degree from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the American University of Beirut. 

  • Date: September 16, 2020 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Reflections from Recent Applications of Behavioural Insights to Policy Challenges in Arab Countries
  • Description: The purpose of this webinar is to shed lights on recent experiments by B4Develolment - the first nudge unit in the MENA region - that have used behavioural insights with a focus on two areas: first, sports contexts e.g., to promote healthy lifestyle, inclusion as well as general education. second, and more recently, COVID-19 contexts, e.g., to promote compliance with prevention measures and to sustain positive behavioral change in the new normal
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