Confirmed Speakers

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Azoury, Nehme
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK – Lebanon

Nehme Azoury is a Professor and Deputy-President for Research at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK. Former Dean of the Faculty of Business, he lectures in the fields of marketing, strategy and Corporate Governance in several reputed universities namely, The Georges Washington University, which presented him with an appreciation award and Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). As part of his research activities, he has to his credit several publications in internationally renowned scientific journals. To promote research in the Arab world, he is founder and editor of "The Arab Economic & Business Journal". He also serves as a scientific collaborator at HEC Liège. Beyond his academic and administrative activities, Nehme Azoury is currently Managing-partner at Widein, a consulting firm headquartered in Beirut.

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d'Alessio, Fernando
Director General, Graduate Business School

Fernando D'Alessio is the Director General founder of CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School and a senior researcher, expert in Strategy and Leadership. Currently, Dr. D'Alessio is the Chair of the AACSB's Latin America and the Caribbean Advisory Council. Member of the Boards of the European Foundation for Management Development-EFMD, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative-GRLI, the MBA Roundtable, and the International Advisory Board-IAB of EADA Business School in Barcelona. Officer of the CENTRUM Católica's Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter. Graduated from the Advanced Management Program Harvard Business School. He followed graduate executive education in London Business School and Babson College. He is a DBA and a Naval Engineer. He is Vice Admiral, Sword of Honor 1964.

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De Paula Arruda Filho, Norman
General Director, ISAE/FGV – Fundaceo Getulio Vargas

Norman de Paula Arruda Filho is PhD in Applied Business Management from the Higher Institute of Labor and Company Sciences, Portugal (ISCTE, 2012). Current President of the Higher Institute of Administration and Economics (ISAE), licensed by Getulio Vargas Foundation. Member of the Global Compact Brazilian Committee (CBPG). He is PRME Chapter Brazil Secretariat and also Sustainability Vice-President of the Parana State Commercial Association.

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DiAngelo, Joseph
Dean, Haub Business School – Saint Joseph's University

Widely published and a member of many business societies, DiAngelo graduated from Saint Joseph's in 1970, completed an MBA at Widener University and earned a doctorate from Temple University. Prior to returning to his alma mater as dean, Dr. DiAngelo served as dean of Widener School of Business Administration for 13 years.

Elected by deans from five continents, DiAngelo served as chair of the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the world's premier business school accrediting agency. He also served as president of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration.

Under DiAngelo's leadership, Haub has experienced unprecedented growth, now enrolling 2,700 undergraduates and 1,200 graduates, making it the largest Jesuit business school in the United States.

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Dyllick, Thomas
Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment – University of St. Gallen – Switzerland

Thomas Dyllick is Professor of Sustainability Management, Managing Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment and University Delegate for Responsibility & Sustainability at University of St.Gallen. His current research interests focus on "true business sustainability" and responsible management education. He served as Dean of the Management Department (2001-03) and as University Vice-President for Teaching and Quality Development (2003-11). He directs a core area in Sustainability Management as part of the St.Gallen Master in Business Management and he is director of the Executive Diploma in Managing Sustainable Business, jointly offered with Business School Lausanne and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has been a founder and leading member of the 50+20 initiative – Managing Education for the World and was directly involved in integrating Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability into the EQUIS Standards for business school accreditation. He serves on the managing board of the Sustainable Development at Universities Program in Switzerland.

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Gerber, Michael
Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development – Switzerland

In autumn 2012, the Federal Council appointed Michael Gerber as Ambassador and Special Envoy to prepare Switzerland's position and represent it in the international negotiations and bodies. On 14 January 2015, the Federal Council handed him the mandate to head the Swiss delegations in the intergovernmental negotiations at the UN on the 2030 Agenda, as well as on its financing and implementation in the framework of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Previously Michael Gerber has headed the Policy and Analysis Division within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and was responsible for Switzerland's development programmes in various countries.

Michael Gerber (born 1971) studied political philosophy, history and ethnology at the University of Bern, and completed the post-graduate certificate programme in development studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He has worked for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) since 2002.

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Gillies, Pamela
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Haertle, Jonas
Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), UN Global Compact Office

Since June 2010, Jonas Haertle is Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). He is responsible for driving the mission of the PRME initiative, to inspire responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. He provides global leadership in bringing together good practice in implementing the principles of PRME and the UN Global Compact.

From 2007-2010, he was the coordinator of the UN Global Compact's Local Networks in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. In 2009-2010, he co-led the organisation of the Global Compact Leaders Summit with responsibilities for content, budget and logistics of this global flagship event which brought together over 1,000 Global Compact signatories and stakeholders.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Haertle worked as a research analyst for the German public broadcasting service Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Mr. Haertle has written and contributed to a number of publications and academic articles on corporate sustainability and responsible management education and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal respectively.

He holds a master's degree in European Studies from Hamburg University in Germany. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University in the USA. Currently, Mr. Haertle is pursuing in part-time a Doctor in Business Administration program at Nottingham Trent University Business School, UK, graduation expected in 2018.

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Kingo, Lise
CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office

Lise Kingo is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact which is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms. Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S.

Ms. Kingo holds multiple degrees including a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a B.Com. in Marketing Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

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Laszlo, Chris
Faculty Executive Director, The Fowler Center -Case Western Reserve University

Chris Laszlo, PhD is the Chuck and Char Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, and serves as the Faculty Executive Director of the Fowler Center. He is the author of Flourishing Enterprise (2014), Embedded Sustainability (2011), and Sustainable Value (2008), all from Stanford University Press. His earlier book, The Sustainable Company (2003, paperback 2005), was published by Island Press. His work over the last decade has helped launch mainstream management approaches to sustainability for value and profit. In 2012, he was selected a "Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior" by Trust Across America™. In 2015, he was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Management.

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Lawrence, Joanne
Professor of Business and Global Society, Hult International Business School

Joanne Lawrence is Professor of Business & Global Society at Hult International Business School, serves as a member of its Disruptive Innovation Research team and is co-author of the school's PRME report.

A strong believer in the transformative power of business, she focuses on developing strategic, systems thinking leaders who can ethically and effectively leverage resources to achieve both social and economic impact. Her research areas include how tools, such as grand challenges and games, affect learning, and how social enterprises impact development.

She has served as an academic co-advisor to the UN Global Compact LEAD Program, and prior to Hult, was an adjunct professor of strategy and management at INSEAD and an affiliate of its Business in Society Centre. Her more than 35 years' international corporate and consulting experience includes working with global organisations such as BP, IBM, and the World Bank as well as smaller, socially-focused enterprises.

As vice president of corporate communications and investor relations, she received numerous awards in both the U.S. and U.K. for her work in strategically-aligning and engaging stakeholders. While at UK-based SmithKline Beecham (today GSK), she headed a ground-breaking organisational change initiative that was the subject of a book and an award-winning INSEAD case study, and was named one of Britain's "Top 20 Corporate Women." She later founded a London-based consultancy focused on strategically-driven (e.g. merger integration) change.

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Leeds, Michael S.
President, FlightStar, Inc.

In 2001, Michael Leeds led his family's endowment of the University of Colorado's College of Business efforts to increase academic excellence, expand its curriculum emphasis on ethics and social responsibility, and increase diversity and inclusion. Michael then served as Chairperson of the Leeds School of Business Advisory Board from 2002 to 2007.

Michael is the president and founder of FlightStar, Inc., a Long Island (NY) aircraft management firm. Until 1999 Michael was president and CEO of CMP Media, Inc., one of the leading media companies focused on technology, computers and the Internet. CMP was selected as one of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For." Michael led the company from 1988 through 1999 including taking the company public and reaching nearly $500 million in sales.

He earned his BS in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1974. Michael is a regular speaker in BCOR 1015: World of Business, a required first-year course taught by CESR. He also speaks regularly in CESR's flagship course, the highly acclaimed senior-level class Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage.

Michael is a trustee of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital System, one of the largest healthcare systems in the world.

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Leigh, Jennifer
Associate Professor of Management, Nazareth College of Rochester

Jennifer S. A. Leigh is an associate professor of management at Nazareth College of Rochester. She received her PhD in organisation studies from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and her MA in organisational systems renewal from Antioch University-Seattle. Her scholarship addresses management education, cross-sector social partnerships and corporate social responsibility.

She is a recipient of the Mid-Career Distinguished Educator Award (2016) by the Organisational Behavior Teaching Society. She is also a co-recipient of the Fritz Roethlisberger Award for best article of the year in the Journal of Management Education (2010) and the New Educator Award (2008) from the Organisational Behavior Teaching Society.

She co-edited the book Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory into Practice with Roz Sunley (2016). Jennifer is a Senior Editor for The Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP), an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education and Business Ethics: A European Review (BEER), and an editorial board member of theAcademy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE).

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Matto, Nirja
Chairperson - Center for DOCC, S P Jain Institute of Management & Research

Development professional with 30+ years' experience in managing projects on social entrepreneurship, livelihood, education, health, and corporate social responsibility with national and international NGOs.

Currently working at S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, a premiere business school in Asia, as Chairperson for the Center for Development of Corporate Citizenship (DoCC).

Mentors MBA students in the Development Sector and CSR Framework to strengthen the institute's goals of Social Sensitivity by Promoting Value Based Growth and Influencing Practice.

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Muff, Katrin
Thought Leader in the transformative space of business sustainability and responsible leadership, Business School Lausanne

Dr. Katrin Muff is a thought leader in the transformative space of business sustainability and responsible leadership at Business School Lausanne (BSL). She leads projects like the, the Competency Assessment for Responsible Leadership (CARL) and the international action research on the Collaboratory. She acted as Dean of BSL from 2008-2015 until self-organisation made such a position redundant.

Under her leadership and inspired by 50+20, the school focused its vision on entrepreneurship, responsibility and sustainability in education, research, community engagement and institutional governance. Her prior international business experience includes 4 year at Schindler Lifts in Switzerland and Australia, 10 years at ALCOA (General Manager in Russia, Industry Analyst for Global M&A in the U.S. and Business Analyst Europe), 3 years as Director, Strategic Planning EMEA at IAMS Europe (Procter&Gamble), and 3 years as a co-founder of Yupango, a coaching consultancy dedicated to start-ups and training management teams.

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Naudé, Piet
Director, Stellenbosch Business School – South Africa

Piet Naudé holds a BA (cum laude), BA Hons (cum laude), BTh (cum laude) MA in Philosophy (cum laude), Lic Th (cum laude) and a Doctoral degree in Systematic Theology from the University of Stellenbosch. He was awarded the Chancellor's Medal as top student of SU in 1982.

Piet worked as senior lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Venda before entering full-time ministry as ordained pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. He was appointed professor of Biblical and Religion Studies at UPE in 1992 and later became Dean of Arts and Vice-Rector: Academic at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. On 1 September 2014 he returned to his alma mater with an appointment as Director of the Stellenbosch University Business School (USB).

Piet, a rated NRF scientist, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarship to the Universities of Heidelberg and Bamberg (Germany), and life membership of the Centre for Theological Enquiry at Princeton University (USA).

He loves writing, and his monograph on the Belhar confession was awarded the Andrew Murray- Desmond Tutu prize in 2011. In the same year he was awarded the Vodacom Journalist of the Year title for his weekly columns in The Eastern Province Herald.

Piet is a past president of the Business Ethics Network of Africa and the African representative on the executive committee of the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics. He is a non-executive director of the USB-ED Board, a director of The Ethics Institute Board, a Trustee of the Wilderness Foundation Africa, and a member of the EFMD Dean's Steering Committee.

Piet is married to Elize Roodt, an academic. The couple raised three children, with a recent addition of two grandsons.

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Parkes, Carole
Professor of Management, Winchester Business School

She is a Professor of Management - Global Issues and Responsible Management at Winchester University Business School (a PRME Champion School) and has both a business and academic background. She was previously Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability at Aston University, where she developed and led ethics, responsibility and sustainability across all schools in the University that includes the Aston MBA programme and the development of an MSc in Social Responsibility & Sustainability.

Carole has been an early and active leader in PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), is Chair of the PRME Regional Chapter UK & Ireland, a member the PRME Advisory Group, an editor of publications for the Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education PRME Working Group and Chair of the UK Sustainability Literacy Test Group. Carole regularly speaks, publishes and participates in academic and practitioner events and works with a range of business and community groups, locally and globally.

In 2012/13, she was the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics at Dominican University in Chicago. In 2015, a 'Researcher in Residence' at PRME in New York and in 2017 is the Guest Editor for the PRME 10th Anniversary Special Issue of the International Journal of Management Education.

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Sunley, Roz
Professor of Responsible Management and Business Ethics, Winchester Business School

Roz teaches Responsible Management and Business Ethics at the Winchester Business School, where she combines her passion for teaching with academic research into transition to higher education. In 2015 she was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to student learning and the wider teaching profession.

Following an earlier career in sales and recruitment, and from the outset of her teaching career, Roz believed it essential to model enthusiasm for learning, and empower young people to maximise their own learning both inside and outside the classroom. Using a variety of innovative and creative approaches to teaching, she encourages young people to develop enquiring minds, and make connections between academic ideas and their own lived experience. She continues to model her own role as a learner, sharing the joys and challenges of acquiring new skills as part of her own professional development.

She has conducted several research projects into personal and professional values within education. Her current focus is how to help first year students adapt to life in higher education and manage new academic expectations. This challenge continues to inspire her to develop unconventional classroom approaches to meet their changing educational needs.

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van de Velde, Steef
Dean, Rotterdam School of Management

Steef van de Velde (1960) has been Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) since 2011, and is Professor of Operations Management & Technology. He holds an MSc in Econometrics from Erasmus School of Economics, and a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from Eindhoven University of Technology (1985). His career has been based on researching supply chain management and operational excellence, as well as in consultancy in healthcare, public sector, and oil and gas sectors.

While he worked all his life in academia, he has been a part-time consultant at ORTEC, a global provider of advanced planning and optimisation software solutions and consulting services (1999 -2001). His assignments were in the Healthcare sector, Public sector, and Oil & Gas sector. Van de Velde has also been a Programme Director at KLICT, a Dutch institute to stimulate and fund research on Chains, Networks, Logistics & ICT (2001-2003); a founding co-editor of the Journal of Scheduling (1997- 2011); Scientific Director at Dinalog, the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (2009-2010); and Vice Dean at RSM (2008-2011).

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Vaughan, Sarah
Associate Dean, Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle - La Rochelle Business School

Sarah Vaughan is Associate Dean at Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle (La Rochelle Business School) France and her portfolio of responsibilities include strategy, accreditations and internationalization. She has more than 20 years' experience at senior faculty and management level in the design, leadership and management of business programs and international collaborations.

She is a graduate from the University of Leicester (UK), holds a master's degree from the University of Poitiers (France) and her research interests include workplace well-being and corporate social responsibility education in French Management schools.

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Widing, Robert E.
Dean, Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University

Widing is the Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Management, dean and professor of design and innovation. He is a board member elect of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative whose strategic partners include UN Global Compact/PRME, AACSB International and EFMD.

Widing was awarded the highest marketing research honor in Australasia, the Distinguished Marketing Researcher Award from the Australia-New Zealand Marketing Academy. The Journal of Marketing Education has recognized him as a "Top-Ten" academic marketing researcher in Asia and Australasia. Six of his more than 100 publications have received awards, including ones from the American Marketing Association and the Academy of Marketing Science. He was recently identified as a Top 25 Sales Scholars at the Global Sales Science Institute annual conference. Widing's teaching has been recognized through eight awards from four universities, and he has also been listed in Businessweek as an "outstanding faculty member." He has consulted with and given talks to numerous academic and business organizations in Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Widing received his PhD, MBA and BA from The Ohio State University and joined the faculty at Weatherhead in 2012. He is a dual citizen of Australia and the U.S. and a U.S. Army veteran.

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Wilson, Andrew Main
Chief Executive, The Association of MBAs

Andrew Main Wilson has a wealth of experience leading senior teams and managing complex organisations in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. His extensive management experience includes running a premium brand membership organisation and building high level executive education services during his sixteen years with the UK's Institute of Directors (IoD) as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of IoD Enterprises. During this period he launched a suite of qualifications including the Certificate and the Diploma in Company Direction and the Privy Council approved Chartered Director Accreditation. Before joining the IoD he was Marketing and Commercial Director of Thomas Cook and Sales and Marketing Director of Citibank Diners Club.

Andrew has a strong interest in global leadership excellence. He has travelled to more than 150 countries and interviewed many of the world's most famous leaders, including Bill Gates, Jack Welch, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Lady Thatcher in her last ever filmed interview.

He has joined the Association of MBAs as Chief Executive on 5 August 2013.

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Zindera, Sabine
Vice President, Legal and Compliance, Siemens AG

Sabine Zindera, Vice President at Siemens AG, Legal and Compliance, heads Siemens´ global Collective Action activities, Compliance Strategy, and Reporting and Planning.

Since 2009 Sabine Zindera has headed the Siemens Integrity Initiative, which is based on Siemens' agreements with the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.

In addition to supporting the New York-based United Nations Global Compact (10th Principle), she e.g. works with the Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, represents Siemens in the World Economic Forum's Pact Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) in Switzerland, and manages Siemens' relationship with Transparency International.

Since 2011 Sabine Zindera has been deeply engaged in the B20 Task Force on Improving Transparency and Anti-Corruption, which was an important element of the global consultation processes around the G20 Summits in France, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Turkey, China and currently Germany.

She is a frequent speaker and published author on the topic of "Fighting corruption through Collective Action" and introduced the global strategic stakeholder mapping process. In 2012/2013 she was a member of faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Executive Education at the Haas School of Business.

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