Senior Lecturer in Risk Management, Cranfield University
“To be uncertain is uncomfortable, but to be certain is ridiculous.” (Chinese Proverb)
Being uncomfortable is both a challenge and an opportunity for Elmar. As a passionate Skydiver his interests, both privately and professionally, revolve around management of the unexpected. Elmar’s first real exposure to the rather paradox world of uncertainty began in 1998, when he held a variety of commercial and senior management positions within the Information Technology (IT) industry. Working for one of the biggest ITservice providers in Germany he was responsible for the successful delivery of a number of large projects, including major roll-out and outsourcing strategies. Clients included the Commerzbank, the Deutsche Börse (German Stock Exchange) and the Polizei Rheinland Pfalz (State Police Rheinland Pfalz).His passion for the management of risk and uncertainty in projects then led him to pursue a career in academia. He served as a Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Surrey and has been at Cranfield since 2007.
In order to raise enthusiasm for his expertise in managing risk and uncertainty, Elmar engages widely with industry and advocates of Project Management worldwide. This includes organisations such as the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) to discuss the paradox of traditional Risk Management and essential behavioral capabilities for managing the unexpected. Over the past few years Elmar has become involved in the development of Graduate Programmes and Customised Executive Development, providing intuitive and deliverable-based learning methods. He is a visiting Professor at IÉSEG (France) and is also associated with Umeå University (Sweden) as a guest researcher. He publishes widely on aspects of Risk Management, Resilience and Mindfulness.