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Dr. Johnathan Mun

Dr. Johnathan Mun
PhD, MSc, MBA, BSc, CQRM, CRA, FRM, CFC, MIFC


CEO de Real Options Valuation Inc.

Founder and Chairmam/CEO of Real Options Valuation, Inc., and is responsible for the development of their suite of analytical software products, consulting, and training services. As the software's creator, with more than 12 patents and 10,000 pages of copyrighted materials, he teaches Risk Analysis, Real Options for Analysts, Risk Analysis for Managers, CQRM, and other courses. He has written over 20 books on the topic of risk.

Dr. Mun has consulted on risk analysis, valuation, and real options for many Fortune 500 firms from 3M, Airbus, Boeing to GE and Motorola and the US Government including the Department of Defense as well as other State and Federal Agencies. He was formerly Vice President of Analytics at Decisionering, Inc. (Oracle), and was a Consulting Manager in KPMG's Global Financial Strategies practice.

Dr. Mun is also a full professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Swiss School of Management (Zurich and Frankfurt), and he has held other adjunct professorships at various universities. He has a Ph.D. in finance and economics, an MBA in business administration, an M.S. in the area of management science, and a BS in applied sciences. He is certified in Financial Risk Management (FRM), Certified in Financial Consulting (CFC), and Certified Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM).


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Dr. Paolo Sironi

Dr. Paolo Sironi
FinTech Thought Leader / Author


IBM Industry Academy - Watson Financial Services

Dr. Paolo is elective member of IBM Industry Academy and FinTech Thought Leader to advise financial institutions, technology partners, innovation labs and startup entrepreneurs about effective business models to succeed in digital transformation.

He provides strategic insights by linking finance, technology and regulation. Author of bestselling literature in Finance and Technology, of which "FinTech Innovation" (Wiley 2016), Paolo hosts lectures at academic institutions and represents IBM at international conferences. He formerly held senior positions in risk management and investment banking, and owns a track record as startup entrepreneur.


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Alastair Robertson

Alastair Robertson
BSc (ChemEng), FIChemE, MEI, MIoD


Principal Director & Chairman

Alastair Robertson is a founding partner and director of OSL Consulting Engineers and OSL Risk Management. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has an in-depth knowledge of this business in the UK and has also developed projects in Germany, Africa and the Middle East. He has acted as a Principal Consultant and Project Manager for a large number of major Gas, Oil, LNG and Energy Projects.

His areas of expertise are General Business Management, Technical Assurance, Project Concept and Project Development, Commissioning and Training, and EPCm contracts on major gas production projects. Alastair received his Chemical and Process Engineering degree at Heriot-Watt University, he is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), Member (MEI) and Trustee of the Energy Institute and Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD).

Alastair has developed his managerial career in large companies, such as: Conoco UK Ltd, Total, BP and Hydro Fertilisers, among others. As a Director of OSL, he has been the winner of the start-up business of the year award in 2008 and small business of the year award in 2009. Currently, he is leading projects with many clients for gas storage and production and small-scale LNG projects. The projects incorporate risk-based selection, project cost and schedule risk analysis, field developments and feasibility studies.

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Dr. Timotej Jagrič

Dr. Timotej Jagrič
PhD.Mgmt, PhD.QEcon, MSc, BSc, CQRM


Head of the Institute for Finance and Banking at the University of Maribor

Full professor of applied economics and econometrics and full professor of finance. He works at University of Maribor, at the Department for Finance and is Head of the Institute for Finance and Banking. He gives classes on undergraduate, graduate and PhD level at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty for natural sciences and mathematics and other Universities in and outside Slovenia. He was visiting researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin in the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 649 "Economic Risk".

He has worked ad chairmen of the supervisory board of the largest re-insurance company in Slovenia, as member of the Strategic council of the government of the Republic of Slovenia, and as advisor for many government and other public institutions in CEE region. He is actively working as consultant in the field of risk management, especially for financial institutions, and is member of the steering committee of the Slovenian risk association - SI.RISK.

He also cooperates with Austrian company Altran in the field of data science and artificial intelligence. He has published papers in top ranked journals and actively participates on scientific and professional conferences around the world. Timotej Jagric, received his first PhD from University of Maribor and his second PhD from University of Primorska. He is Certified in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM).

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Dr. Yilmaz Guney

Dr. Yilmaz Guney
PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA


Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Yilmaz Guney is a senior lecturer in accounting and finance and programme leader for the MSc in Financial Management at Hull University Business School. He was formerly a lecturer at the University of Surrey's Management School for five years. His first degree is in economics, with an MSc and PhD in finance.

He has worked on consulting projects for companies including QCi Ltd. Dr Guney is the European editor of the International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance.

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Dr. Vita Jagrič

Dr. Vita Jagrič
PhD. MSc, BSc


Professor and Credit Risk Specialist

Vita Jagrič, is assistant professor at the Department of Finance and Banking at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. In 2005 she graduated in economics and in 2016 in law. She received her PhD in 2012 for her thesis of Estimating probability of default for retail credit: nonlinear approach with self-organizing maps.

Before joining the Faculty of Economics she gained experience in banking as a credit risk analyst. She writes scientific research papers, professional papers and books, and contributes at scientific or professional conferences. Her research interest focuses on financial systems, financial regulation, risk management, insurance and taxation.

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Dr. Robert Hudson

Dr. Robert Hudson
BSc(Hons), MA, PhD, CMath, FIA


Professor of Finance

Professor Robert Hudson is a Professor of Finance at Hull University Business School where he teaches on a number of executive, postgraduate and undergraduate modules.

Prior to this post, Robert was a Professor of Finance and head of the economics group at the University of Newcastle and, prior to that, a senior lecturer at the University of Leeds.

He has extensive business and consultancy experience and before entering the academic world, worked in the financial services industry for a number of years. As a result, Robert is committed to linking his teaching and research to practice.

Co editor Review of Behavioral Finance, Assistant Editor of British Actuarial Journal, Editorial Board Member of Finance Research Letters, and Editorial Board Member Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.

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Dr. Elvis Hernandez-Perdomo

Dr. Elvis Hernandez-Perdomo
PhD(Fin), PhD(EngSc), MIF, MSc, CQRM, AFHEA


Executive Director

Over seventeen years of experience in risk management. Formerly Central Banker's Economist, founder and executive director of a Latin-America consulting firm, and Senior Executive Consultant/Trainer at Real Options Valuations, Inc. (ROV - USA) working on real options, risk management, Monte Carlo Risk Simulation, optimisation, and business intelligence analytics.

Senior Consultant in several international projects for Portugal, Spain, U.S., United Kingdom, Latin America (i.e., Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala, Argentina, etc.); and senior executive trainer in Decision Making, Risk Management and Strategic Options for board of directors, managers, analysts, and senior professionals in government agencies, oil and gas companies, telecommunications companies, Banks, and SMEs.

PhD in Finance (University of Hull), and a PhD in Engineering Science, MSc. In Finance, MSc. in Operational Research & Statistics, B.S. in Economics, with research and academic interests in Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Multi-criteria Decision Analysis, Valuations and Real Options. Certified in Quantitative Risk (CQRM) by the IIPER (member of the prestigious AACSB), and an Associate in Business ERP by SAP Corporation.

Visiting Professor and Associate Fellow the Academy of Higher Education in the UK, and Academic articles published in international peer-review journals in reliability systems, central banking, engineering, risk, uncertainty, and so forth.

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Dr. Claudio Rocco

Dr. Claudio Rocco
PhD, MSc, BS(Eng)


Senior Executive Advisor

PhD holder by the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. He is a retired Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Venezuela in the postgraduate programs (Operations Research and Electrical Systems) and has been a visiting professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy), University of “Las Palmas de Gran Canaria” (Spain), and Simón Bolívar University and Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela).

He is a senior researcher and consultant in Reliability Engineering, Vulnerability and Resilience, Uncertainty Propagation, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Sensitivity Analysis, Statistical Applications in Power Systems, Advanced Statistics, Evolutionary Optimization Techniques and Machine Learning.

Dr. Rocco is an internationally recognized expert with more than 215 peer-reviewed publications and a large number of chapters in published books. As per March 2017, he registers 141 publications in Google Scholar with more 1484 citations (h index = 22), 105 publications in Scopus (Elsevier) with more than 1025 citations (h index = 19) and has in ResearchGate a score of 31.66 (this score is greater than 90.0% of the members included in this worldwide network of researchers). Member of the editorial board of several international scientific journals including Reliability Engineering & System Safety.

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Dr. Luis Enrique Pedauga

Dr. Luis Enrique Pedauga
PhD.Econ, MA, BA(Hons)


Assistant Professor and Senior Consultant

Dr. Pedauga is assistant professor at the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Leon (Spain). He graduated in Business Administration and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Empirical Economics specialised in Financial stability, bank competition and consolidation.

Research Fellow at the University of Granada (Spain), lecturer at the Catholic University Andrés Bello (Venezuela), and visiting researcher at Bangor University (UK) and the University of Reading (UK). Also, has worked as a Financial & Economic Analyst at the Central Bank of Venezuela. His research interests are aimed to provide theoretical and empirical advances on financial economic modelling. In particular, linkages between macro-financial policy and financial stability issues.

Dr. Pedauga has published in top international journals, including Economic System Research, Monetaria, Regional Studies, Spanish Journal of Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and the Environment, Interactive Learning Environments and Organization & Environment, among others.

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John ‘Bob’ Spence

John ‘Bob’ Spence
BA - London School of Economics


Negotiation Specialist

Bob spent over 15,000 hours in negotiations & closed over 3,600 transactions Delivered over 1600 training sessions to over 15,000 people across 25 years.

Educated at the London School of Economics & Witwatersrand University RSA. ‘$1,000,000 Round Table’ sales qualifier. Author of ILM accredited ‘Executive Programme in Professional & Business Networking’. Sales experiences in South Africa, UK, France, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Pakistan & the US.

Co-founder of Polish Negotiation Academy; ‘Akademia Negocjacji dla Biznesu’ & international trainer in the area of negotiation. 30 years experiences conducting negotiations up to board room level, experience includes a negotiation role during the Angolan Civil War

Negotiation specialist in financial services, manufacturing, software & law, delivering negotiation advice, sales, consultancy& arbitration, and corporate training experience spans Europe, Middle East & the USA. Over last 6 months, in preparation for the BREXIT impact on business, delivered negotiation presentations in British Chambers of Commerce across 9 EU countries. Regularly contributes business articles regarding negotiation styles.

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Katarzyna Lanucha

Katarzyna Lanucha
University of Cambridge


German Teacher / Intercultural Trainer

Katarzyna helps individuals, businesses and organisations to communicate, interact and work more economically, efficiently and effectively across cultures.

She designed and delivered training to audiences form both public and private sectors. Katarzyna is a lecturer on cultural competence at the University of Cambridge, specialising in communication and working across cultures.

She is also a lecturer for ASBIRO (Alternative School of Business and Personal Development), where she works with Polish entrepreneurs and job-seekers in developing the 'Soft' skills they need to thrive in the British business environment. Together with Bob Spence Katarzyna has been developing a cross cultural negotiation model that is designed to support the management of risk in a multi-national negotiation.

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Nikolaos Akkizidis

Nikolaos Akkizidis
MSc, BSc / Published Author


Economist - Strategic Risk & Investment Manager

Mr Nikolaos is a financial services professional, with 20+ years of experience in the financial sector. He has worked in Investment Risk & Asset Management Firms where he served as Executive Vice President and Member of The Board of Directors.

He focuses on the research structure, assessing the risks of macroeconomic policies in financial markets, business and regulatory framework and develops methodologies for selecting and managing multiple asset classes. He designs Risk Management strategies for protecting and increasing portfolio returns and controlling investment exposures.

He holds a MSc in International Economics Banking and Finance from Cardiff Business School, Certificate in Strategy Management from the London School of Economics and Leadership & Management from Cass Business School. Nikolas has published several working papers/articles and promotes innovative ideas, such as the creation of multinational euro-cities. He is the author of the book entitled “Financial Economics, Strategic Risk & Investment Management 2017.

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Professor Calie Pistorius

Professor Calie Pistorius
B.Sc(Eng), B.Eng(Hons), MS and PhD


Chief Executive Officer and Innovation Expert

Dr Calie Pistorius is the Chief Executive of DeltaHedron Ltd, a globally-connected business consulting firm based in the United Kingdom, managing technological innovation, with a focus on the strategic impact, opportunities, risks and threats presented by emerging technologies and the dynamics of technological change

Previously he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull in the UK (Sep 2009-Jan 2017), the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP) (Aug 2001- Aug 2009) in South Africa; and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology, Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation (ITI) and the Director of Information Technology at UP. He is also a former chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) in South Africa.

He obtained B.Sc(Eng) and B.Eng(Hons) degrees in electronics engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1979 and 1981 (cum laude), MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in 1984 and 1986, and the SM degree in the management of technology from MIT in 1994. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School, having completed the AMP in 2003. He is registered as a Chartered Engineer in the UK, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, Fellow of the South European Academy of Engineers, Fellow of the South European Institute of Electrical Engineers, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers

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Prof. Dr. Terry Williams

Prof. Dr. Terry Williams
Director of the Risk Institute


The University of Hull

Terry worked in Operational Research (OR) for 9 years in the defence industry later specialising project risk management. He has worked in three business schools, firstly Strathclyde then as Director of the school in Southampton University and Dean of the Hull University Business School. He recently stepped down to form a Risk Institute, providing the core risk knowledge to the various risk applications throughout the university. He has in the past had a variety of consultancy posts, including supporting multiple $bn post-project arbitration claims, and on managing risk in projects and operations within companies.

He has also held multiple large research contracts, including on OR and modelling complexity. He is currently a theme leader on the Infrastructure & Projects Authority’s “Project X”, which is looking at how to manage the Government Major Projects Portfolio. He also currently holds a large contract on managing human-factors risk in supporting offshore wind farms. He has 80 journal articles in OR, project-management and risk (h-index 43), and a number of books. He has Oxford and Birmingham University Maths and OR degrees, is an accredited project-manager (PMP), has edited a leading academic journal, was on the UK “REF” panel, and holds various Fellowships.

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