Luke Figora, DRM

Vice President for Operations,
Northwestern University

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Northwestern University


Past President
Distinguished Risk Manager



Luke Figora is currently the Vice President of Operations at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In this role, he oversees a team of 95 professionals covering the following functional units: • Risk Management, including Risk Finance and Environmental Health and Safety; • University Compliance; • Internal Audit; • Conflict of Interest; • Procurement and Payment Services; and • Auxiliary and Business Services. He oversees the University’s enterprise risk management program and works closely with the Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees to ensure that risks are appropriately addressed throughout the institution. He is the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for the University and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern’s captive insurance company. Luke joined Northwestern in 2015. Prior to joining Northwestern, Luke served as the Executive Director for Risk Management at the University of Chicago. He has held previous positions in the commercial insurance industry with Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Luke was named the 2019 Risk Manager of the Year by RIMS, and was named one of Business Insurance’s 40 under 40 in 2018. In 2018-2019, he was the President of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. He also holds board positions with Student Holdings, LLC and the Harkness House for Children. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Lake Forest College.