Episode 16 of the Security in Focus podcast features a conversation with Risto Haataja, CEO of risk and security consultancy, Centry Global Group. Based in Odessa, Ukraine, Risto is also a founding member of the ASIS Ukraine Chapter.
Our discussion took place in late September 2023, the night after the city of Odessa was hit by several missile strikes, as Risto shares his experiences of what it's been like to continue working in his role during an ongoing and active war. We hear what those first days of the conflict were like and how security professionals worked tirelessly to support and advise clients and businesses on evacuation procedures.
Risto also shares how the perception of risk has changed over the course of the war, the resilience of his fellow Ukrainian people, and the support he's received through ASIS and the global security community.