Russell Walker helps companies develop strategies to manage risk and harness value through analytics. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He is a founding partner of the Risk Management practice at Alexander Church and one of the leading experts on Risk Management in the world today. He is committed to bringing a superior standard of excellence in Risk Management to all of his clients, whether they are companies or financial institutions.
Russell began his career with Capital One Financial, Inc., where he served as a corporate strategist specializing in the advancement of analytics in the enterprise for the purposes of improved marketing and risk management. He founded and led multiple centers of excellence in analytical fields while at Capital One. His worked also included international market entry evaluation and technology review.
Professor Walker has developed and taught executive programs on Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, Corporate Governance, Analytics and Big Data, and Global Leadership.Russell leads the Kellogg PRMIA Complete Course in Executive Education for Risk Management. He founded and teaches the Analytical Consulting Lab, Risk Lab, Global Lab, and Digital Lab, all very popular experiential learning classes at the Kellogg School of Management, which bring Kellogg MBA students together with corporate opportunities focused on data and strategy. He also teaches courses in risk management, analytics, and on strategies in globalization. He was awarded the Kellogg Impact award by Kellogg MBA students for excellence and impact in teaching.
He is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and CNN among other news media, and has been invited to share his perspective internationally through seminars. He is a frequent lecturer at the IESE Business School in Spain, the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, and the Indian School of Business in India
His most recent book, From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics is published by Oxford University Press (2015), which explores how firms can best monetize Big Data.He is the author of the text Winning with Risk Management (World Scientific Publishing, 2013), which examines the principles and practice of risk management through business case studies. He has also authored many business cases and published multiple Kellogg case studies through Harvard Business School Publishing. His cases have been highlighted by the Harvard Business School Publishing, the Aspen Institute, PRMIA, and the Bank of England for excellence in teaching risk management.
He serves on the Scientific and Technical Council for the Menus of Change, an initiative led by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America, to develop healthier and more environmentally friendly food choices. He is a former member of the board of the Education and Technology Committee to the Morton Arboretum. He was a board member of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he developed support programs for Hispanic entrepreneurs and worked with US senators on US Latino matters.
He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he studied catastrophic risk analysis. He also holds an MS from Cornell University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS from the University of South Florida.