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Risto is a lecturer in Risk Management.  He has previously lectured at Hull University in supply chain management and security; at City, University of London in maritime security studies; at the University of West Indies in risk management and scenario planning; and at Sultan Qaboos University in operations management.  He started his career at Lloyd’s of London as a leading underwriter of marine war, aviation war, terrorism and political violence risks.  After his MBA at Cass Business School he worked for Maritime and Underwater Security Consultants prior to returning to Cass for his PhD in maritime port security efficiency modelling.  His current research interests include maritime piracy and terrorism; mental health and wellbeing among seafarers, door supervisors and privately contracted armed security personnel; the relationship between critical national infrastructure risk and resilience; and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in port security.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., The efficient relationship between maritime port security risk and investment, City, University of London

1 Oct 200624 Sep 2010

Award Date: 9 May 2011

MA, Master of Business Administration, City, University of London

1 Oct 20021 Jul 2003

Award Date: 19 Mar 2004


  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • piracy
  • terrorism
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • risk
  • resilience


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