Russell Walker, Ph.D.
  Managing Director
  Walker Bernardo, LLC
  Phone: +1 847 681 0526




Walker Bernardo, LLC is a professional services consulting practice, advising executives on Risk Management, Big Data and Analytics, and Strategy. Walker Bernardo, LLC is a minority-owned business with its operations in the greater Chicago area.

Russell Walker helps companies develop strategies to management risk and harness value through Big Data and Analytics.

As former Associate Director of the Zell Center for Risk Research and Clinical Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, Russell Walker has developed and taught executive programs on Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, Corporate Governance, and Global Leadership.

Russell leads the Kellogg PRMIA Complete Course in Executive Education for Risk Management. He founded and teaches the Analytical Consulting Lab, a popular experiential learning class at the Kellogg School of Management, which brings Kellogg MBA students together with corporate opportunities focused on data. 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 Enterprise Risk Management in 2011.

His 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. These cases include examinations of the deployment of analytics in media, best practices in global supply chains, optimal portfolio investment strategies, and corporate governance.

In addition to teaching at the Kellogg School of Management, Russell consults with firms on the topics of risk, big data and analytics, and global strategy. He is the Managing Director of Walker Bernardo, LLC a risk management consulting and analytics firm.

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 previously served as a 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 is often quoted in 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.

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.

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 BS from the University of South Florida.

He lives in Highland Park, Illinois with his wife and family. He enjoys photography, trees, and horticulture.

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