SCILS Seminar -- Risto Talas, Research Fellow, University of Hull Logistics Institute


Building E51-315
MIT Campus

Dr. Risto Talas
Research Fellow

University of Hull Logistics Institute

Maritime Terrorism & Piracy – A Short History And Some Thoughts About The Future 

The lecture will address the threats to maritime operations from terrorism and piracy. On terrorism, he will examine terrorist attacks on shipping and ports over the last 40 years and make some observations as to how terrorist operations have evolved, what steps have been taken over the last ten years to address the threats and what we can expect in the future. On piracy, he will briefly describe the history of piracy from Johnny Depp’s Buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow to the modern day and then focus chiefly on piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Talas will identify some of the key players on both sides and highlight the role that insurance plays in keeping shipping moving through some of the world’s most pirate infested waters.

Dr. Risto Talas BA (Hons) MBA PhD is a Research Fellow at the Logistics Institute, Hull University Business School. His PhD from City University’s Cass Business School addresses efficiency modeling in maritime port security. Risto began his career at Lloyd’s of London working as an underwriter of marine war, terrorism and political risks from 1994 to 2000 and subsequently worked as a consultant for a maritime security company in London. He is also a visiting lecturer in port and maritime security at City University’s School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences since 2004. His current research interests include port and supply chain security risk and maritime piracy.