Guest Faculty - Brian Barnier


Brian Barnier

Professor Barnier teaches graduate data analytics for decision-making in the Business and Economics Department. Grad students in this course have the benefit of digging into data in what has been recognized as the most data-intensive grad econ course in the U.S. This supports the Colin Powell School mission of distinctive educational opportunities. His syllabus has been widely downloaded from the Open Education Resources database with about half of downloads from outside the U.S.

His professional impact flows from his expertise in strategy, data analysis and technology. He is director of analytics at ValueBridge Advisors (US) and Burnt Oak Capital (UK). He serves on advisory boards for Blue Sky Capital, Disaster Intelligence, Origo Financial and Orion Worldwide. He serves on the Financial Review Board for Investopedia.

He is author of The Operational Risk Handbook, contributor to Risk and Performance: A Guide for Government Decision-makers and Risk and Finance. Appreciating businesses through investor eyes, he served as co-chair of the risk committee of the USD26T assets London-based ICGN institutional investor organization. He has been interviewed and writes widely, including from floor of NYSE, NASDAQ MarketSite, The Street, NY1, WSJ, CNBC, and Bloomberg Brief.

Previously, he led innovation initiatives for IBM, Lucent, and Ameritech (now AT&T) – across which he led teams to 9 patents and launched a pioneering fintech product. He taught finance and operations at the University of Detroit Mercy and economics at Western Michigan University. He has guest lectured in Russia and Mexico.

Click here to listen to the podcast where Professor Barnier talks about the idea of managing risk to business performance, where a control mindset might come up short, cognitive and decision-making biases at the board-level and how to overcome them, the idea of a crisis-ready board member, and more.