The Risk Institute
About Us

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The Risk Institute is a collection of forward-thinking companies and academics that understand effective risk management strategies not only protect firms, but position firms to create growth and value. We help members consider risk from all perspectives: legal, operational, strategic, reputational, talent, financial, and so many more.


The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business is where thought leaders, seasoned professionals, and students of risk come together. We’re constantly engaged in an open, collaborative dialog about risk: its complexity, its relevance across all industries, and its potential as a tool for competitiveness and growth.

We work together with our members to:

  • Evolve the risk discipline as a proactive driver of organizational protection, growth and optimization
  • Drive effective and meaningful collaboration between industry practice and academic research
  • Identify, explore, and disseminate cutting-edge thought leadership on risk-related questions that, when answered, unlock stakeholder and corporate value
  • Offer leading risk management education to both executives and students, equipping them with the ability to lead their companies through risk's threats and opportunities with capability and confidence


Just 15 years ago, the risk management function of most companies lived in the insurance realm. But today every facet of a company, from the C-suite on down, is affected by risk management practices: IT, HR, Communications and Marketing, Finance and Legal just to name a few.

We operate at a unique intersection between our faculty, students, and professionals from a broad cross-section of industries. With our leading-edge approach to risk management, The Risk Institute creates a unique exchange for risk-centered conversations, ideas, and strategies that can't happen anywhere else.

We [Huntington] are energized to be a core partner in the Risk Institute to support the evolution and growth of risk education and readiness, so that ever-changing risk challenges will be met by creative solutions.

Helga HoustonChief Risk Officer, Huntington


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Phil Renaud
Executive Director, The Risk Institute 

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