Russell Walker is a recognized expert in analytics and risk management. He is Director of Experiential Learning in Analytics and Associate Professor of Teaching at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He was previously Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He teaches and has developed novel courses in risk management, marketing analytics and on strategies in globalization. Professor Walker received the Kellogg Impact Award, given by his students for excellence and influence in teaching.

His most recent book, “From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics” (Oxford University Press), in which Dr. Walker explores how firms can best monetize Big Data, received the prestigious Silver Business Technology Book award from Axiom Books. In his award-winning title, “Winning with Risk Management,” he makes the case for companies succeeding on the basis of risk management, much as companies compete on efficiency, costs, labor, location, and other dimensions. Dr. Walker authored the chapter Operational Risk in Insurance, as part of the text “Risk Management for Financial Institutions.”  He has authored numerous popular business case studies supporting this theory, many of which have been recognized for excellence by the Aspen Institute, Harvard Business Review Press, the World Bank, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Bank of England, among others.

He has advised leading organizations internationally on risk management and analytics, including: the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Federal Reserve Banking System, the Bank of England, International Finance Corporation, Microsoft, CME Group, John Deere, Teradata, Discover Financial, USAA, IBM, State Farm, and many other leading firms.

He has led and supported various initiatives for Hispanic entrepreneurs and has worked with U.S. senators on U.S. Latino matters. He currently advises the Cuba Study Group, a nonpartisan group dedicated to enabling prosperity in Cuba.

More on his work can be found at and at his popular and award-winning blog

Professor Walker holds an MS and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from the University of South Florida.


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