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, including:

Strategic

Reputational

Board Governance

Talent

Customer

Competitive

Disruptions

Legal

Operational

Business Model

Market

Security

Globalization

Regulatory

Financial

The Risk Institute's mission is 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 thier companies through risk's threats and opportunities with capability and confidence


The Institute operates in 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 are unlikely to happen anywhere else.

  • Fellows

    Jaideep (Jay) Anand
    William H. Davis Chair in the American Free Enterprise System and Professor of Strategy
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Nicholas P.B. Bollen
    E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Finance
    Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

    Murillo Campello
    Lewis H. Durland Professor of Management, Professor of Finance
    Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

    Zhenhua Chen
    Assistant Professor City and Regional Planning (CRP)
    The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture

    Keely Croxton
    Associate Professor of Logistics
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Elroy Dimson
    Chair, Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management
    University of Cambridge Judge Business School
    Emeritus Professor of Finance
    London Business Schoo
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    Isil Erel
    Academic Director, The Risk Institute
    Distinguished Professor of Finance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Shan Ge
    PhD Candidate, Finance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Erasmo Giambona
    Associate Professor of Operations
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Ralph T. Greco
    Director, Business Analytics Initiative
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Seth D. Guikema
    Associate Professor, Department of Industrial & Operations Engineering
    University of Michigan

    Brian Hilligoss
    Assistant Professor
    The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Division of Health Services Management and Policy

    Oğuzhan Karakaş
    Assitant Professor of Finance
    Boston College Carroll School of Management

    Yingchao Lan
    PhD Candidate, Operations Management
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Xi Li
    Assistant Professor of Accounting
    Temple University Fox School of Business

    Anil K. Makhija
    Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business and Professor of Finance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
     

    Brett Massimino
    Assistant Professor and Professor Robert M. Chase Faculty Fellow
    Department of Services Operations Management
    Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration

    Bernadette A. Minton
    Chair, Department of Finance
    Professor of Finance and Arthur E. Shepard Endowed Professor in Insurance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Yihui Pan
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    University of Utah

    Jordan V. Pino
    PhD Student and Graduate Research Associate, Department of Geography
    The Ohio State University

    Steven M. Quiring
    Professor, Atmospheric Sciences Program, Department of Geography
    The Ohio State University

    Simcha Ronen
    Emeritus Professor of International Management and Organizational Psychology
    Tel-Aviv University Graduate School of Business

    Adam Rose
    Professor, The National Center of Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
    University of Southern California

    Paul Rose
    Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professor in Business Law
    Director, Law, Finance & Governance at Ohio State
    The Ohio State University

    Eric Seiber
    Associate Professor
    The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Division of Health Services Management and Policy

    Berk Sensoy
    Associate Professor of Finance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Oded Shenkar
    Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management
    Professor of Management and Human Resources
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Stephen A. Shield
    M.A. Student and Graudate Research Associate, Department of Geography
    The Ohio State University

    René M. Stulz
    Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics
    Director, Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Tracy Yue Wang
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

    Michael S. Weisbach
    Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
    Research Associate
    National Bureau of Economic Research

    Ingrid M. Werner
    Martin and Andrew Murrer Professor in Finance
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    Karen Hopper Wruck
    Professor of Finance, Dean's Distinguished Professorship
    The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

    YiLin Wu
    Professor of Economics
    National Taiwan University College of Social Sciences

    Wendy Yi Xu
    Assistant Professor
    The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Division of Health Services Management and Policy

  • Staff

    Isil Erel Professor Isil Erel, Academic Director

    Dr. Isil Erel, Distinguished Professor of Finance at Fisher College of Business, holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from MIT Sloan School of Management. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration from Koç University, Turkey. Her research spans a variety of areas within corporate finance, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and banking. This research has been published in leading academic sources such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies. A leader in her field of scholarship, Dr. Erel is the 2010 recipient of the Pace Setters Faculty Research Award and the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at Fisher College of Business. She also received the Distinguished Referee Award from the Review of Financial Studies in 2012. She has been a Fisher Research Fellow (since 2011) and a National Center for the Middle Market Research Fellow (since 2012). In addition to assuming her role as academic director of The Risk Institute, Dr. Erel will continue to conduct high-impact research in her fields of interest and teach Financial Institutions in both MBA and undergraduate programs at Fisher. 

    Phil RenaudPhilip S. Renaud II, MS, CPCU, Executive Director

    Renaud joins The Risk Institute from Risk International, where he served as a managing director and led the Columbus offices. With over 25 years of experience creating and managing several large multilocation, international risk management departments, he brings extensive expertise in the practice of risk management, direct insurance, and safety and health. In addition to his position at Risk International, Renaud managed risk programs at Deutsche Post/DHL (Supply Chain), Kmart Corporation, Limited Brands, Inc. (L Brands) and, prior to that, SCOA Industries Inc. (Shoe Corporations of America). He is a regular speaker at various national, regional and local risk management forums. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, Middle and Eastern Tennessee and board chairman for Central Ohio. In addition, Renaud serves on the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and on the Foundation Board for the Knox Community Hospital in Knox County, Ohio.

    Whitney Wittmann, Program Manager

    Whitney Wittmann is Program Manager at The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.  Prior to working at The Risk Institute, she worked for Wendy's Corporation building a cohesive brand image and consistent, clear communication between franchisees, customers, and corporate headquarters.  Before becoming a Buckeye, Whitney worked her way through the ranks at Moxie, moving from Intern Coordinator to Senior Account Executive. She earned her degree in Strategic Communication, Marketing, Economics from Miami University in 2009.

    Sarah CoxSarah Cox, Communications Manager 

    Sarah Cox is the Communications Manager at The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Prior to joining the Institute, she served as Ohio Christian University’s Communications and Marketing Director, managing all internal and external communications, fostering positive relationships between the school and the public, and developing clear strategies for growing the public face of the university. She previously served as the Assistant Director at Camp Otterbein in Logan, Ohio.  Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Ohio State University. 

    Averie Kenney, Graduate Assistant 

    Averie Kenney is a Full-Time MBA candidate at the Fisher College of Business and a Graduate Research Assistant at The Risk Institute. 

    Prior to Fisher, she spent 5 years with J.P. Morgan. Averie joined the company as a summer intern in WSS Client Services. Upon graduation from Miami University, she joined the Corporate Analyst Development Program (CADP) as a cross-line-of-business rotational analyst. Through the program Averie spent time in Mortgage Bank Risk, Investment Bank Public Finance Middle Office trade support, Asset Management Strategy and Process Improvement, and Commercial Bank Business Operations.  Post the program, Averie returned to the Strategy and Process Improvement team where she worked to design a centralized portfolio implementation team and then transitioned to the new function to help with implementation and change management.

  • Advisory Board
    Helga Houston - Chair
    Chief Risk Officer,
    Huntington Bank
    Isil Erel
    Academic Director, The Risk Institute
    Distinguished Professor of Finance
    Fisher College of Business
    Tammy Izzo
    Partner, Ohio Valley Market Segment Leader, EY
    Douglas A. Huffner
    Director of Risk Management and Insurance, The Ohio State University
    Michael Mahaffey
    Chief Strategy and Chief Risk Officer, Nationwide Insurance
    Anil K. Makhija
    Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business
    Professor of Finance, Fisher College of Business
    Bernadette Minton
    Chair, Department of Finance
    Professor of Finance and Arhur E. Shepard Endowed Professor in Insurance
    Fisher College of Business
    Philip S. Renaud II
    Executive Director, The Risk Institute
    Fisher College of Business
    Christine Poon
    Executive in Residence, Fisher College of Business
    Brian Smith
    Vice President and Corporate Treasurer, Battelle Memorial Institute
     
    Dan VanderWoude
    Vice President, Aon Benfield
     
     

 

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