2012 Palisade EMEA Risk Conference

Dr Madhu Acharyya
Bournemouth University Business School

Dr Madhu Acharyya is finance lecturer at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom where he teaches investment, risk management and quantitative analysis.  In addition, he is a visiting lecturer at European Business School (Regent’s College) in London teaching bank risk management. Acharyya was graduated in mathematics and risk management and completed PhD in Enterprise Risk Management from the University of Southampton. His research interest focuses on the holistic risk management topics including financial risks, operational risks and microfinance solutions for climate change risks. His academic career is supported by ten years work experience in the financial industry. He extensively uses @RISK in his research and teaching.

Dr Tapan K. Biswas
Clinical Radiologist
Indian Radiological Association

Dr Tapan K. Biswas graduated MBBS in 1975 and Diploma in Medical Radiology in 1980 from the Calcutta University, India .He completed MD from the Ranchi University ,India in 1983 and started practicing clinical radiology. In 1998 and 2002 he got his Post Doctoral Fellowship in MRI and MR Spectroscopy from the William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, USA. In 2006, he was awarded with the prestigious EIPRS Scholarship by the Australian Government and University of Sydney for the PhD work in Refractive index and MR Spectroscopy. In 2008 he went to Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA as a research fellow in Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the department of Spectroscopy and he worked till 2010. He achieved his PhD from the Woodfield University, Maryland, USA in 2010. He passed the Fellow of the Royal College of Radiology (FRCR-1)(London) examination in March, 2011. He got the Copyright from and applied for a patent to the Government of India for his ground breaking work in discriminating various brain lesions non- invasively by determining refractive index by MR and color coding brain mapping . He is now working as clinical radiologist and a teacher in MRI and MR spectroscopy in various CME course, conducted by the Indian Radiological Association for the Postgraduate students.

Christopher Brand
Captum Capital Limited

Chris Brand is an Associate at Captum Capital Limited, where he provides consulting and training services to early stage life science companies in the behavioral aspects of business development. He is also a PhD student at Birkbeck, London University where he is active in the psychology of decision making. Chris holds an MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from University College, London, an MA in Philosophy from the University of York and a BSc in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Keele.

Dr Michael Brand
Co-founder and Director
Captum Capital Limited

Michael Brand is a founding director of Captum Capital Limited, an innovative consulting company which provides business development services to early stage life science companies. Captum offers a series of training courses in business development, including the highly successful Valuing Life Science Technology MasterClass, which has been attended by over 350 executives. Michael spent most of his career in the USA holding senior executive level positions in multi-national corporations, including a venture capital company. He has successfully negotiated international joint venture, licensing and investment agreements. He holds a PhD from Imperial College, London, a MBA from the Sloan School, MIT, Boston, and the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA Society of the UK; he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Michael Bruhn Barfod
Department of Transport
Technical University of Denmark

Michael Bruhn Barfod is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Transport at the Technical University of Denmark. He has recently finished his PhD study entitled: Optimising Transport Decision Making using Customised Decision Models and Decision Conferences. The study concerned the identification of appropriate techniques for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and the set-up of decision processes. Furthermore, he holds a Master’s degree within Civil Engineering. His research has mainly been concerned with methods and techniques for MCDA and composite modelling assessments where different methods are combined into an overall assessment methodology. Examples of such are AHP, REMBRANDT and SMART. Moreover, processes of group decision making is a central issue in his research. He has been involved in several projects concerning the development of decision support systems. Recently he has been involved in two projects, one regarding bikes and one regarding ITS systems, for the Danish Road Directorate assessing projects with very limited data using MCDA. Finally, he is responsible for an advanced Master course in Appraisal Methodology.

Vojo Bubevski
Senior Systems Analyst / Designer
TATA Consulting Services

Vojo Bubevski comes from Berovo, Macedonia. He graduated from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1977, with a degree in Electrical Engineering - Computer Science. He started his professional career in 1978 as an Analyst Programmer in Alkaloid Pharmaceuticals, Skopje, Macedonia. At Alkaloid, he worked on applying Operations Research methods to solve commercial and pharmaceutical technology problems from 1982 to 1986.

In 1987 Vojo immigrated to Australia. He worked for IBM™ Australia from 1988 to 1997. For the first five years he worked in IBM™ Australia Programming Center developing systems software. The rest of his IBM™ career was spent working in IBM™ Core Banking Solution Centre.

In 1997, he immigrated to the United Kingdom where his IT consulting career started. As an IT consultant, Vojo has worked for Lloyds TSB Bank in London, Svenska Handelsbanken in Stockholm, and Legal & General Insurance in London. In June 2008, he joined TATA Consultancy Services Ltd.

Vojo has a very strong background in Mathematics, Operations Research, Modeling and Simulation, Risk & Decision Analysis, Six Sigma and Software Engineering, and a proven track record of delivered solutions applying these methodologies in practice. He is also a specialist in Business Systems Analysis & Design (Banking & Insurance) and has delivered major business solutions across several organizations. He has received several formal awards and published a number of written works, including a couple of textbooks. Vojo has also been featured as a guest speaker at several prominent conferences internationally.

Austin Dimmer
Effective Computing Ltd

Austin Dimmer is the founder of Effective Computing Ltd a software start-up which has been on the Microsoft Bizspark program since January 2011. Austin holds a B.Eng in Engineering with Business Management and European Studies, and an Msc in Ergonomics from Loughborough. He is passionate about making the computing experience easier through voice controlled systems. He is not only highly literate in computer languages, he can also speak English, Spanish, French and Russian. His final accolade is that he was a member of Team Polar Storm who finished in 6th place on the 2006 Sony Polar Challenge, an endurance race that at the time was believed to be one of the toughest on the planet. Austin's session not only promises to be highly informative about the use of Palisades' DecisionTools Suite in the real world, it will also be extremely dynamic and entertaining.

Ghislain Giroux Dufort
Baldwin Risk Strategies Inc.

Ghislain Giroux Dufort is President of Baldwin Risk Strategies Inc., a Canadian consulting firm specialized in Enterprise Risk Management internationally. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior management, risk management,business continuity and international business. He has been an executive atTranscontinental Inc., Willis Canada Inc., Hydro-Québec International Inc., Export Development Canada, HEC Montreal Business School and Canada’s Mathematical Research Center, as well as a teacher of international business and risk management. He has an MBA from McGill University, as well as a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Montreal.

He is a member of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Club, the London Institute of Risk Management, the London Business Continuity Institute, theStrategic Risk Council of the Conference Board of Canada, the Global Association of Risk Professionals and the Professional Risk Manager’sInternational Association. Over the last year he participated in 15 international ERM / risk management conferences, including chair and speaker in Dubai, keynote speaker in Kuala Lumpur and plenary speaker in Toronto. In 2012 he will chair both the London Institute of Risk Management’s ERM Forum in Manchester and the ERM Conference in Kuala Lumpur, as well as speak to the ERM Conference in Dubai. He contributed to one of the first books on ERM, ‘Enterprise-wide Risk Management – Strategies for linking risk and opportunity’, published by the Financial Times in 2000.

Andrew Evans
Decision Analyst
Decision Analysis Group, Unilever

Andrew Evans is a Decision Analyst within Unilever’s Decision Analysis Group. His role includes training and coaching finance professionals on the Unilever Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Programme, and providing internal consultancy on Decision Analysis for project teams. He also works on the embedding of Decision Analysis through the provision of support services to DMUU Practitioners. Prior to joining Unilever, Andrew worked in the Mobile Resource Management (MRM) sector of the IT industry.

Craig Ferri
Managing Director
Palisade EMEA

Craig Ferri was promoted to managing director of Palisade Europe in 2005, having joined as sales and marketing director for the region in 2003.  During that time the company has shown year on year growth. In addition to increasing brand awareness in EMEA and ensuring outstanding customer service, Craig’s helm at Palisade Europe has seen the company continue to expand throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and more recently into India. Craig built up nine years' experience of sales and marketing roles in niche technology sectors prior to working at Palisade.  Key positions included global marketing director at software company Infomax Incorporated, and European marcomms manager at networking company Anixter. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing, and an MBA.

Dr. Werner Gleißner
FutureValue Group AG

As Chairman of the FutureValue Group AG, a research and development-oriented management consulting, Dr. Werner Gleißner deals generally with value-based management on the basis of enterprise valuation models for imperfect capital markets, taking account of corporate risk information and appropriate risk measures.

His research and work focuses on risk management, rating and strategy development and the development of methods of risk aggregation, value-based management, and investment and portfolio management.

He is the author of numerous articles and books and has teaching positions at various universities, including the University of Dresden and the University of Stuttgart.

David Hart
Energy Intelligent Solutions

David Hart is a graduate of Cambridge University in Science and Chemical Engineering. He has worked for Esso, Shell and WS Atkins, and established Energy Intelligent Solutions in 1992. David is primarily involved in energy efficiency and carbon management, providing advice and solutions to energy intensive businesses, mostly in the industrial sector but also larger commercial organisations. In the last five years he has worked on projects for BP, Carlsberg, Centrica, Cleveland Potash, Honeywell, Rohm and Haas, Sainsbury’s, Marston’s, M and S and similar. David’s work includes the application of advanced computing solutions to the problems of energy management and process performance, using techniques such as data mining, optimisation and risk analysis. Much of the work is concerned with the evaluation of the risks associated with the carbon constrained economy, and the measures that can be taken to mitigate these. David is an advisor to Government programmes on energy and carbon, including the Enhanced Capital Allowances Scheme, and is the author of several guides on energy management.

Dr Christian Hofstadler
Institute of Construction Management and Economics, Graz University of Technology, Lessingstraße

Christian has been an Associate Professor at the Institute of Construction Management and Economics at Graz University of Technology since 2006. He teaches, conducts research and cooperates with the industry in the fields of construction management and economics. He’s gained practical experience in building and industrial construction as well as in bridge construction in 3 different construction companies. In the course of his work, he’s participated in the construction of fair-faced concrete components and structures. In the process, he’s gathered experience in formwork works, reinforcing and concreting. In general, his function at the institute is the planning and the optimization of construction works.

The main focus of his work is the optimization of reinforced concrete works from the point of view of construction management and economics.

His areas of expertise are:

  • Reinforced concrete works (technology, construction method, operations planning, logistics etc.)
  • Formwork works – technological foundations, fair-faced concrete, process comparison, sequence planning, logistics and cost estimation etc.)
  • Construction sequence planning and logistics in construction operations
  • Fair-faced concrete (technology, announcement, assurance of quality, operational sequence etc.)
  • Construction progress malfunctions (construction operational and construction industrial treatment of construction progress malfunctions)

Martin Hopkinson
Risk Management Capability

Martin Hopkinson founded Risk Management Capability Ltd in 2011. Prior to this he gained more than 25 years project experience, initially as project manager and later as a risk management specialist. Much of Martin’s work has been in the UK defence industry, where he has been the risk manager for major projects in sonar systems, ship construction, IT and communications systems and armoured vehicles.  However, he has also worked on a wide range of civil sector projects including the steel industry, space systems and the UK railways infrastructure.

Martin has made significant contributions to Association for Project Management (APM) guides on both risk management and the governance of project management. He was lead author for the Risk Tools and Techniques chapters in the 2nd edition of the APM’s PRAM Guide (2004) and chaired the group that produced Prioritising Project Risks (2008). His most recent publication is The Project Risk Maturity Model (2011), a book published by Gower with a working copy of the tool that has been used to assess risk management capability on projects with a combined value of more than £60 billion.  

Dr J. Andrew Howe
Corporate Analyst
TransAtlantic Petroleum

Dr. Howe is passionate about learning and reading, science, financial trading, learning, information, cutting-edge research, the human brain, classical music, and did I say learning? He acquired his doctorate degree in statistics from the University of Tennessee in 2009. Prior to that, he obtained his master degree in statistics and an MBA with a finance concentration; his undergraduate degree was in mathematics and physics. Industries Andrew has worked in include finance, healthcare, utilities, and petroleum. He began working with Palisade's @RISK software in 2006, and has championed it to both business and academia since.

Andrew is an experienced software developer, quantitative modeler, and data manager.  As well as his work in business, Dr. Howe pursues an active independent research life, with a wide variety of research interests including:

  • Information Complexity — How do we gauge the information in some data?
  • Model Selection — How do we choose a “best” model among many models that could fit some data?
  • Robust Modeling — How can we handle departures from the typical assumptions?
  • Statistical Computing — How do we actually apply the three above topics to real data to get real solutions?

Dr Mirek Janusz
Software Engineer
Palisade Corporation

Mirek Janusz is a software engineer at Palisade Corp. He holds a masters degree in computer science from Cornell University. He helped develop Palisade applications for risk analysis, statistical analysis and optimization, and has assisted other companies in integrating Palisade Developer's Kits into their own applications. He is the lead developer for Palisade's Excel add-in for neural networks, NeuralTools.

Ido Kallir
Graduate School of Business, University Tel Aviv

Assistant Professor at the “S. Peres Center” Rehovot, Israel. Research areas: Learning and Convergence models, Long Term investment models. Currently acts as the scientific officer of the life cycle division of “The Phoenix”, Israel.12 years of analytical experience with the High-Tech and financial sectors.Ph.D. Finance - Tel Aviv University , M.Sc. Finance and Accounting, The graduate School of Business, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Beat R. Koch
Founder and Executive Partner
Abendo AG

Beat R. Koch is Founder and Executive Partner at Abendo AG, a Swiss consulting and management firm focused on value based initiatives in customer relationship and short-term financial management  projects. At Abendo he has advised multinational companies in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom in various projects.

His professional interests and expertise are in financial value improvements in customer relationship including trade credit, operational and legal risk management, revenue management, working capital management and customer portfolio management.

Prior to Abendo AG, Mr. Koch held a number of senior management positions at Six Telekurs , Zurich Financial Services and Intrum Justitia Group. His international working experience include business positions as CEO / General Manager  in Switzerland, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong and Japan.

Mr. Koch has a Master of Law from Zurich University, a MBA from Newport University and various university certifications in Corporate Finance (London Business School), Marketing (University St. Gallen / HSG), Financial Markets (Swiss Finance Institute), Credit Management (University of applied science Bochum), Service Management & Leadership (University of Lucerne / Arizona State University) and General Directorship (Institute of Directors). He is author and presenter of various topics in Credit Management, Risk Management, Working Capital Management and Customer Value Management.

He is a Certifies Credit Manager (CCM) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

Sam McLafferty
President and CEO
Palisade Corporation

Sam McLafferty is Palisade's founder, president, and CEO. He started the company in 1984 with the release of PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo simulation package for DOS on the PC. PRISM later evolved into @RISK for Lotus 1-2-3, and then for Excel. Sam is Palisade's lead developer, with over thirty years of programming experience. He works closely with the technical and sales staff, ensuring that customer feedback is heard. He personally oversees the development and evolution of every one of the fifteen software products Palisade sells. Prior to Palisade, he was a risk analysis consultant.

Scott Mongeau
Founder & Lead Consultant

Scott Mongeau is a Management Science consultant operating via his own consulting firm, SARK7 (sark7.com). He is active in providing hands-on ‘opportunity optimization’ analytics and strategies for diverse global corporate clients. Scott has 15 years of experience in a range of analytic functions in the biotech / pharma, materials, insurance, and financial services industries. He is currently a part-time PhD research student at Nyenrode Business University focusing on Smart City orchestration solutions. He holds a Global Executive MBA and Masters in Financial Management (MFM) from Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management. He has a Certificate in Finance from University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Communication from University of Texas at Austin, and a Graduate Degree in Applied Information Systems Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Having lived and worked in a number of countries, Scott is an American citizen with Dutch residency, currently based in Leiden, Netherlands.

Dr Javier Ordóñez
Director of Custom Solutions
Palisade Corporation

Dr Javier Ordóñez holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador and a MS in Project Management from the University of Maryland. Javier earned his PhD from the University of Maryland performing research on project risk analysis. His current research deals with cost and schedule integration and correlation issues through the use of Bayesian belief networks.

Javier's experience is in the areas of construction and project management, optimal project and capital investments selection, earned value management, engineering and project risk analysis, and operations research applications to engineering and management problems.

Javier has taught as an adjunct professor in the Project Management Program at University of Maryland and provides training in risk and decision analysis. He is also registered as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sergio Pinar
Market & Risk Strategy Analyst
EDP Renovaveis

Sergio Pinar is a Market & Risk Strategy Analyst at EDP Renováveis, a world leader company in the renewable energy industry with presence in the most important markets. Sergio’s main responsibilities include the valuation of EDPR global risk exposure and the assessment in the risk management strategies. He performs analyses about portfolio value, diversification effect, hedging policies, financing risk, pipeline delivery and operational risk. Prior to joining EDP Renováveis, Sergio served as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company. Sergio holds a Master in Industrial and Electrical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Dr Ionut Purica
Senior Researcher
Romanian National Commission for Economic Forecasting

Presently a senior researcher in the Romanian Academy’s Institute for Economic Forecasting, and Executive Director of the Advisory Center for Energy and Environment, Dr Purica was also a counselor of the Minister of Economy and previously the Minister of the Environment and an expert for the Parliament of Romania. He participated in the elaboration of the EU accession strategy for Romania and the energy (electricity and heat) strategy (for the Ministry of Economy and Trade) and did risk analysis and transaction structuring and project management with USEA, JBIC, MARSH, ITOCHU, MVV, etc.

Previously Dr Purica worked as a project officer for energy and infrastructure in the World Bank, in Romania and the Balkans (e.g. energy Assessment in Kosovo 1999), being trained in project guarantees, value at risk and procurement. His initial expertise in engineering stems from being a director for international projects of the Romanian Power Company RENEL and senior engineer managing a joint Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd-IMG-Bucharest quality engineering group for the manufacture of nuclear reactor components for the CANDU units in Romania. He worked also as an international researcher for ENEA Rome – the Italian Commission for Energy New Technology and Environment – and as an associate researcher at ICTP Trieste.

Dr Purica has authored books in his field of expertise (www.icpress.co.uk/chaos/p656.html) and published articles in journals like Risk Analysis, IEEE Power Engineering Review, Foundations of Control Engineering, etc. He took his second PhD in economics, (the first one in Nuclear Energy Engineering) and, he is also teaching a course in Risk management to masters of science in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and the Ecological University.

Dr Kim Bang Salling
Department of Transport
Technical University of Denmark

Kim Bang Salling is currently employed as an Associate Professor at the Department of Transport at the Technical University of Denmark. He defended his PhD thesis entitled: Assessment of Transport Projects: Risk Analysis and Decision Support, in November 2008. The latter concerned a decision support model for assessing transport infrastructure projects. By use of the developed CBA-DK software model a new risk-oriented methodology for feasibility risk assessment was developed. He furthermore holds a Master's degree within transport planning and assessment with special emphasis on cost-benefit analyses and risk analyses. Currently he is co-managing a research project for the Danish Strategic Research council entitled: Uncertainties in Transport Project Evaluation (UNITE) that among others contain collaboration with Aalborg University, Oxford University and Princeton University. Recently, he has been co-managing the development of a methodology to prioritise initiatives and projects to promote biking (CPP) and the implementation and use of ITS systems in the Danish road sector for the Danish Road Directorate. Additionally, he has been managing the development of decision-oriented project ranking for the Danish railway asset management system for Rail Net Denmark and involved in the construction of a new transport decision support tool for the Home Rule in Greenland. Finally, he is responsible in an advanced Master and Phd course in Decision Support and Risk Analysis as well as an introductory diploma course in Project Appraisal on Bachelor/Master level.

Dr Vladimir Savin
Chief QA Engineer
EPAM Systems

25 years of research and software development (PL/I OS IBM/360, C/C++ PC), creation and implementation of Industrial Project Management Systems for Nuclear and Thermal Power Plants. For that purpose system development strategy, vision, requirements, design, mathematical models, algorithms, database and software had been developed. I worked as Senior Research Officer, Ph.D. at Belarus Scientific Research Heat Engineering Institute and Belarus State University as Lecturer in IT.

From 1998 I worked at Client-Server Programs Ltd., Galaktika Corporation as Project Manager, at SemiTech as Quality Director, at ScienceSoft as Process Manager, at EPAM Systems as Chief QA Engineer for CMMI, ISO 9001, ISO 27001, SAS70, COBIT implementation and support.  

Dr Hans Schjær-Jacobsen
Copenhagen University College of Engineering

Hans Schjær-Jacobsen is a Professor at the Copenhagen University College of Engineering where he also is a Director of Research, Development, and Innovation. He holds a Master of Science and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and also a degree in Business Administration from the Copenhagen Business School. Previously, he held managerial positions with industrial companies as well as institutions for management consulting, training, and education. He also served as a teacher and researcher at different universities and has published a number of scientific papers within the areas of applied mathematics, computer-aided-design of communication systems, and decision making under economic uncertainty.

Jan Van Broeck
Co-founder and International Partner

Jan Van Broeck is co-founder and CEO of Threon, an European competence center specialized in Project, Program and Portfolio Management. As an expert in the domain of Strategic Portfolio Management, he assists senior management in organization towards successful deployment their strategy. As Past President of the Belux Chapter of the Project Management Institute (period 2004-2005), he actively promotes the profession of “Project, Program & Portfolio Management” in the European region and is a regular speaker in seminars at Universities and business schools. He has occupied several senior management and executive positions in the domain of ICT in different industry sectors. Jan Van Broeck is a PMI certified Project Management Professional, holds a degree in Civil Engineering (construction) from Ghent University and an MBA of the University of Antwerp.

Dr Micha Vered
Managing Director
Eurolapis Ltd

Leading Cooperation EU-Chinese Project – 2009 - present
Risk assessment of synergistic interaction (a countervailing study) between aflatoxin B1 and hepatitis B/C might expose peanut and rapeseed food safety to a serious economic dilemma. The project was aimed at exploring the economic impacts of aflatoxin standards on two world regions, Europe and China.

Management new pharmaceutical compounds - 2007-2010
A novel pharmaceutical approach that strengthening the body’s systems and providing safe, effective and affordable radiation protection drug. The new drug optimized new-generation compounds with potential for clinical development as radioprotection drugs and broad spectrum of medical

In an EU consortium for Food Safety (MoniQa) - 2007-2011
Main activities: 1. Conducting research and study on dairy food, affected from cow environment, quality of feeding, food storage, food toxicity and mycotoxins risk- assessment to livestock and human. 2. Development methods for Livestock and human food analysis

R&D Director and Business Development - 2000-2006
In a business consultants group (for industrial and R&D partners), accrue record and wide experience in Israeli‑European projects in various fields; biotechnology, food industry, agriculture, water technologies environmental protection and ICT.

R&D Director in Pharmaceutical industry (in Israel) - 1987-2000
In three Israeli companies developing new class of synthetic compounds of pharmaceutical and toxicology value. Leading the R&D's investigation on compounds as anti-inflammatory modulators of the immune system, potentially effective in autoimmune and neurological diseases, brain damage (trauma) and stroke

Gustavo Vinueza
Consultant and Trainer
Palisade Corporation

Gustavo Vinueza is a Systems Engineer from University in Cuenca, Ecuador. He also earned a MBA from Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina and a Ms. In Finance from Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile. His main topics of interest include financial and operational modeling, including scientific and academic research into business practice as well as data mining relative matters. He has 16 years of experience and he’s been a consultant for companies in several industries: finance & banking, telecommunications, insurance and IT related services.

His experience includes managing Project portfolios both operational and IT related, cost reduction programs, public purchases bidding, operational controls, capacity analysis and audit processes and software development projects, besides technological infrastructure implementation. He has also earned diplomas in Project Management, Usability, Business Process Management and Business Analytics.

Dr Chris Walster
Veterinary Surgeon
Island Vet Clinic

Chris Walster qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1983 and is now the senior partner in an 18 vet small animal practice based in the English Midlands.  He has had a long-standing interest in aquatic veterinary medicine which has led to him working in several areas of the world mainly with ornamental and coarse fish. In 2006 he undertook a Master of Veterinary Public Health (MVPH), which developed an interest in aquatic zoonoses and epidemiology.

Following on from the MVPH he spent a few months at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine developing with other authors the International Veterinary Aquaculture Biosecurity Compendium which has been used at several workshops in Europe, America and Africa to provide training in biosecurity for aquaculture producers through to government regulators.

For the past six years he has been secretary to the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) whose mission is: “to serve the discipline of aquatic veterinary medicine through enhancing aquatic animal health and welfare, public health and seafood safety, to support aquatic veterinarians, aquatic animal owners and industries, and other stakeholders”. This has meant that much of his spare time is spent in the development of aquatic veterinary medical services and promoting the role of the veterinarian in aquaculture production and the food chain.

As well as organising annual meetings for WAVMA, he is a regular speaker at international conferences such as the World Veterinary Congress, the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, the International Aquaculture Biosecurity Conference and the Aquaculture Insurance Risk Management Conference.

Erik Westwig
Software Engineer
Palisade Corporation

Erik Westwig received his BS in 1991 and MS in 1994 from the applied and engineering physics department at Cornell University. In 1998 he published the book Mathematical Physics with co-author Bruce Kusse, which was re-released in its second edition in 2006. Since 1995, Erik has worked as a software engineer at Palisade as part of the DecisionTools Suite development team.

Marco Wolfrum
Partner and Senior Analyst
FutureValue Group AG

Marco Wolfrum has been working as a management consultant since 1998.
His consulting work focuses in the areas of financial modeling,
Risk management, rating, and (risk-adjusted) valuation.

He is involved in the establishment and development of (stochastic) Financial Models -- especially in Excel (in conjunction with add-ins to perform simulations such as @RISK) - as well as the (statistical) data analysis in the context of risk assessment.

In the area of economic method development, Mr. Wolfrum acts in mathematically oriented research activities of the FVG. His research has appeared in "Risk Measures and Risk Measurement," "Harvard Business Review," and "Risk Performance Management."

He has teaching positions at the HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen, the Steinbeis University Berlin, and at the Universities of Augsburg and Deggendorf.

Peter Wood
Peter Wood Associated Ltd 

Peter is a director of Peter Wood Associates Ltd, a project management consultancy that specialises in risk-based decision support to capital investment. He has established a reputation for being able to combine subjective analysis and rationalisation of complex problems with probabilistic modelling techniques, to create innovative and robust practical solutions.

Peter is a Chartered Architectural Technologist who developed project management skills during six years with the US Navy Europe. He then joined the engineering consultants WS Atkins, building on project management experience before making the transition to project consultancy, risk analysis and management. His experience includes private and public sector clients in a variety of sectors including rail, infrastructure, construction, defence, utilities, process and nuclear industries.

Alec Yeowell
Asset Management Engineer

Alec is a specialist in physical asset management and has worked on water industry projects for 10 years. He specialises in modelling the behaviour, performance and risk associated with water company assets. After graduating in Civil Engineering in 1999, Alec worked for eight years at WRc Plc delivering water industry focused research projects.

Alec maintains a strong interest in innovation and has been actively involved in Halcrow internal research activities where he has recently been developing spatial optimisation capabilities. The tools have been applied to capital maintenance planning activities to enable clients to meet and improve on agreed performance and spending targets.

Alec is a Chartered Engineer and Member if the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).





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