Sweta Chakraborty

Risk and Behavioural Scientist

Speaker Themes

  • Risk management
  • Human behaviour and decision-making
  • Climate policy
  • Climate strategy for business
  • Risk communication

Travels from

Washington D.C., USA


Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioural scientist whose work is motivated by the need for clear and credible communication to urgently and proactively manage the risks that threaten human security and well-being.

With her absolute commitment to evidence-based decision-making, she helps policy-makers and private sector organisations understand global risks and create clear strategies to manage them.

Sweta is the head of the Top Tier Impact Policy Action Unit where she oversees global scientific consensus building for science and tech policy advising.

She is also the U.S. Representative for “We Don’t Have Time,” the Sweden-based tech start-up that launched Greta Thunberg to viral global renown. She is the founder and principal of Adapt to Thrive, a venture that seeks to better inform individuals, businesses, and government entities on the complex, interconnected challenges, such as food security and disease, already existing and emerging from a warming planet.

Sweta co-hosts the live weekly radio show “Risky Behavior” on Eaton Radio and is the host and producer of The Center for Climate and Security’s “The Climate and Security Podcast.”

Sweta serves on the board of the Serendipity Foundation, where she funds global non-profits, as well as the boards for America Adapts and We Don’t Have Time.

Sweta is a former civil justice systems program associate at Oxford University’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) and an adjunct professor of decision science at Columbia University. She’s previously served as the Associate Director for the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP). Prior to ISGP, Sweta served as the chief behavioural scientist at Lootok Ltd., a risk management-consulting firm

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Sweta is regularly interviewed on major international news media outlets including CNN, the BBC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CBSN, Sky News, CGTN, NZTV, i24, OAN, MSNBC, ABC, and Newsmax to name a few. She has written extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is co-author of the book “Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Safety: A Study in Public and Private Regulation,” (Hart Publishing) and is currently working on her second book on how unfounded public panic impedes human progress.

She earned her doctorate in risk management from King’s College London, and her undergraduate degrees in Decision Science and International Relations from Carnegie Mellon University.

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