Ilias Visvikis

Director, Executive and Professional Development, Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Finance, City University Cass Business School
M.Sc. in International Shipping, University of Plymouth
M.Sc. in International Financial Markets, University of Southampton
B.Sc. in Business Administration, University of Aegean


Dr. Visvikis is an Associate Professor of Ship Finance and Risk Management and the Director of Executive and Professional Development at the World Maritime University (Sweden). He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at ICMA Centre - Henley Business School of the University of Reading (UK). Dr. Visvikis previously was a faculty member of ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece, having the position of Associate Professor and the Academic Director of its shipping programmes.

Dr. Visvikis holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration from University of Aegean (Greece), a Masters in Science in International Financial Markets from University of Southampton, a Masters in Science in International Shipping from University of Plymouth, and a Ph.D. in Finance from City University Cass Business School in London. His doctoral thesis was financially supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), under the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Research Fellowship.

Dr. Visvikis has taught (either at BSc, MSc and MBA levels) in several universities around the world, including: Sweden, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, China, Germany, Greece and Cyprus. At the same time, he has designed, coordinated and directed MSc, MBA and executive education programmes.

He has an extensive international experience in consultancy and executive education. He has trained managerial-level maritime professionals in the areas of ship finance and shipping freight derivatives from numerous organisations around the world. In 2004, he co-developed the executive seminar Shipping Derivatives and Risk Management, which has run several times in various forms and in several venues around the world (including, among others, Piraeus, Milan, Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore).

His research interests concentrate on ship finance, maritime financial management, financial and shipping derivatives, forward freight agreements, risk management, and econometric analysis of shipping markets. He is the co-author of the Derivatives and Risk Management in Shipping (2006) and the co-editor of the Theory and Practice of Shipping Freight Derivatives (2011), receiving numerous testimonials both from academia and the business industry.

His research work has been published in international refereed scientific journals, books and magazines, and has received numerous citations. His research has appeared, among others, in Transportation Research Part E, Maritime Policy and Management, International Journal of Transport Economics, Maritime Economics and Logistics, Journal of Banking and Finance, European Journal of Finance, Multinational Finance Journal, European Financial Management, International Journal of Forecasting, Review of Derivatives Research, and Derivatives Use Trading & Regulation.

He has extensively presented his work in international academic and business conferences held in USA, Europe and Asia. He serves as an editorial board member of Transportation Research Part E, International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, and Multinational Finance Journal. At the same time he has served as member of conference steering committees, reviewer for several major scientific journals, guest editor of special issues for scientific journals, and chairman of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) held in Greece in 2007.