Dr. Ilias Visvikis holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from University of Aegean (Greece), a M.Sc. in International Financial Markets from University of Southampton, a M.Sc. in International Shipping from University of Plymouth, and a Ph.D. in Finance from City University Cass Business School, London. His doctoral thesis was financially supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Ministry of Economy and Finance of Greece, under the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Research Fellowship. He is a faculty member at ALBA Graduate Business School, serving as an Associate Professor of Finance and the Academic Director of the MBA in Shipping program. He is the Director (in Greece) of the Masters (MSc) in International Shipping and Finance program, jointly offered by ICMA Centre ? Henley Business School, University of Reading and ALBA. Ilias has lectured in universities in many countries in the areas of ship finance and shipping derivatives, while his research work has been published in international refereed academic journals, books and practitioner magazines, while presented extensively in international academic and business Forums held around the world. He is the co-author of the ?Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping?, the first comprehensive book published in the area and the co-editor of the ?Theory and Practice of Shipping Freight Derivatives?. He has held posts in the Central Securities Depository of Greece and in the derivatives market of the Athens Exchange. Finally, he has an extensive international experience in consultancy and executive training in the areas of ship finance and risk management in shipping.