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Dr David Hillson

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Known globally as The Risk Doctor, Dr David Hillson is a thought-leader and expert practitioner who speaks and writes widely on risk management. David has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent speaker and presenter on risk. His talks blend thought-leadership with practical application, presented in an accessible style that combines clarity with humour, guided by the Risk Doctor motto: “Understand profoundly so you can explain simply”.

David has advised major organisations, governments and charities in nearly sixty countries on how to create value from risk using applied risk-based thinking, and his wisdom and insights are in high demand. David has written 13 major books on risk, and he has developed significant innovations that are now widely accepted as best practice. He regularly shares his work through the RiskDoctorVideo YouTube channel, with over 200 videos and more than 1.5 million views.

Dr Hillson has received many awards for his ground-breaking work in risk management. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and also an Honorary Fellow of the UK Association for Project Management (APM), as well as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM).

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Hillson D. A. 2019. “Capturing upside risk: Finding and managing opportunities in projects Boca Raton, US: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-8153-8251-5

Hillson D. A. (ed.) 2016. “The Risk Management Handbook: A practical guide to managing the multiple dimensions of risk. London, UK: Kogan Page. ISBN 978-0-7494-7882-7

Hillson D. A.. 2014. “The Risk Doctor’s Cures for Common Risk Ailments. Vienna, US: Management Concepts. ISBN 978-1-56726-459-3

Hillson D. A. 2013. “Managing Risk: Best-practice and Next-practice”, (English & Chinese, e-book only)

Hillson D. A. & Murray-Webster R. 2012. “A short guide to risk appetite”. Aldershot, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-1-4094-4094-9

Hillson D. A. & Simon P. W. 2012. “Practical project risk management: The ATOM Methodology” (second edition). Vienna, US: Management Concepts. ISBN 978-1-56726-366-4

Hillson D. A. (ed) 2011. “The Failure Files: Perspectives on failure.” Axminster, UK: Triarchy Press. ISBN 978-1-908009-30-2

Hillson D. A. 2010. “Exploiting future uncertainty: Creating value from risk”. Farnham, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-1-4094-2341-6

Hillson D. A. 2009. “Managing risk in projects”. Farnham, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-0-566-08867-4

Murray-Webster R. & Hillson D. A. 2008. “Managing group risk attitude”. Aldershot, UK: Gower. ISBN 0-566-08787-1

Hillson D. A. & Murray-Webster R. 2007. “Understanding and managing risk attitude” (second edition). Aldershot, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-0-566-08798-1

Hillson D. A. (ed) 2007. “The Risk Management Universe: A Guided Tour” (revised edition). London, UK: British Standards Institution. ISBN 0-580-43777-9

Hillson D. A. 2004. “Effective opportunity management for projects: Exploiting positive risk.” Boca Raton, US: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-8247-4808-5

The Risk Doctor Collection is described in a little more detail here.

All Risk Doctor books are featured on the risk doctor website under Publications/Risk Doctor Books.  David Hillson also has an Amazon Author Page where they are all listed, and most are available in Kindle format.  People buying his books from Routledge, Taylor & Francis or CRC Press can get a 30% discount using the code ADC30.

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