Humanity today is making a "first contact" - well, not really first, as the alien did interact with humanity quite a bit, though incognito - and earned a lot of positive respect from "powers that be". They were curious who their mysterious benefactor is though, and putting the few things they knew about them together, they located the alien living in an unassuming home, with a human assistant/friend, leading their operations over the net. Over the course of time they learned the alien isn't enthusiastic over diplomatic etiquette, already made a lot of political contacts, and definitely wouldn't appreciate an army of reporters, politicians, scientists, alien-search nutjobs and spies raiding their quiet retreat.
There's not much known about the alien. Plain IQ (specifically spotting regularities and patterns) is estimated to be a four-digit number, emotional qualities are quite similar to human, possesses expert knowledge of social sciences and good skill of applying them, can communicate in English, appearance and apparently biology to a degree is quite similar to Earth quadrupeds, and the alien technology, very scarcely used is so alien the scientists are completely unable to begin to wrap their minds around its principles of operation (apparently a different form of existence than matter and energy is employed).
The "welcome committee" is to be small, discreet, unimposing, competent, respectful, convincing, and their primary focus is to learn as much about the alien and everything related - means of travel, world of origin, biology, all that stuff. They are not going to drag the alien away to any laboratories or perform any invasive procedures without the alien's consent.
What should be the composition of the team?
My team consisted of:
- a charismatic, but very humble, well-mannered and empathic leader;
- a mathematician.
- a xenobiologist
- an astrophysicist
- an ethnographer.
Would that cover the bases well? Or did I make some glaring omissions or should replace some of the team with a better specialist?