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Russell Walker


Russell explores the lessons other companies can learn from Disney’s $1 billion experiment in big data in his recent article.

With the Cuban economy preparing for increased international trade, Russell examines the challenges and opportunities Cuban entrepreneurs face in his recent article for Fortune.

Russell and Tom Davenport discuss the potential for LinkedIn and other data-rich companies to further monetize their datasets in their recent article for The Wall Street Journal.

praise for Russell Walker

“Russell is the “go-to” guy for all things quantitative, not only for his superb analytical capabilities but for his keen relationship and bridge-building talents.” 
–  Dave Taylor, Principal at ICF International

“Russell is a thought leader who impacts the bottom line by creating new ways for technology to impact the business. He embraces the ideas of others and leads by doing. He makes any manager a star.”
– Yancy Dennis, Enterprise Business Architecture Director

Russell Walker is a clinical associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, an award-wining author, and a trusted advisor to companies around the world, including Microsoft, IBM, John Deere, and Pepsico. His research focuses on managing risk and harnessing value through analytics and big data – topics he has studied across a variety of industries and geographies.

The recipient of the Kellogg Impact Award for his excellence in the classroom, Dr. Walker teaches courses on big data and analytics, strategic data-driven marketing, enterprise risk, operational risk, and global leadership. He is the founder of the Analytical Consulting Lab and Risk Lab, experiential courses that pair students with companies like the Chicago Bears, United Airlines, and LinkedIn to tackle real-world problems.

He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, including From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics (Oxford University Press, 2015), which examines data monetization strategies and the development of data-centric business models in the new digital economy. He has also authored many popular business cases and articles for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Business, and The Los Angeles Times, among others.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Dr. Walker has led the Kellogg Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) program in Latin America and the Gulf States and frequently speaks on business opportunities in emerging markets. He has been invited to speak at various leading international organizations including the US State Department, the World Bank, the SEC, The Bank of England, and the International Finance Corporation.

Dr. Walker began his career with Capital One Financial, where he helped pioneer the usage of analytics in marketing, risk management, and international market entry.

He holds an MS and Ph.D. from Cornell University, an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, and a BS from the University of South Florida.

Risk Management

  • Winning with Risk Management
  • Operational Risk to the Enterprise
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Lessons from the Great Recession

Big Data & Analytics

  • Strategic Data-Driven Marketing
  • Learning from Your Customer Data
  • How to Get Started with Big Data & Analytics
  • Leveraging Big Data and Analytics for Success
  • Strategies for Monetizing Big Data
  • Data Science for the Executive

Enterprise Topics

  • Managing Reputational and Regulatory Risks
  • Data Breaches, Privacy and Cybersecurity Concerns
  • Corporate Governance of Data – Rise of the Chief Data Officer
  • Success with Millennials, Boomers, and Gen X
  • Managing International Workforce

Global Strategies

  • The World in 2050 – Global Changes and Opportunities for Growth
  • The Emerging Middle Class: Who, Where, What will they Do?
  • Changing World Demographics: Preparing for an Aging World
  • Agriculture and the Food Supply for 7B
  • Strategies for Developing International Markets



From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics

Winning with Risk Management




Leveraging Digital Strategies and Analytics in Media and Sports


From Big Data To Big Profits

Preparing for Social and Demographic Changes Ahead