Academic Committee

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Carol Adams

Professor of Accounting
Durham University Business School (UK)

Carol Adams’ work is concerned with the role of accounting and reporting in the relationships between business, society and the environment. For over two decades she has sought to advance practice and policy with respect to integrating sustainability considerations into organisations through applied research, leadership, standard setting, advisory work and educating the next generation of business leaders. She has been involved in various global corporate reporting initiatives and is currently Chair of the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Stakeholder Council, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s of Scotland’s (ICAS) Sustainability Panel, the ACCA’s Global Forum on Sustainability and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Technical Working Group. Carol is Editor of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. You can read more about Carol and her work at

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Martin Brueckner

Senior Lecturer of Sustainability
School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University (Australia)

Martin Brueckner is Co-Director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability and a senior lecturer on sustainability at the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University, Perth. He is a social ecologist with a background in management, economics, and environmental policy. His research focuses on industry-community relations, sustainable communities and regional sustainability with a social and environmental justice emphasis.

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Nicholas Capaldi

Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair
Loyola University New Orleans, USA

Nicholas Capaldi is Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Spiritual Capital. He is the founder and President of the Global Corporate Governance Institute. He is the author of 8 books, over 100 articles, editor of ten anthologies,  member of the editorial board of six journals, and has served as editor of Public Affairs Quarterly.  He is Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (Springer).


Archie B. Carroll

Professor Emeritus of Management
University of Georgia (USA)

Archie B. Carroll is a Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Georgia. He was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the Institute of Management at the Humboldt University of Berlin at its 2012 conference. Prof. Carroll is senior co-author of Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management, (2018), 10th edition, with Jill A. Brown and Ann K. Buchholtz – one of the leading books in the field. He is co-author of Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (2012), Cambridge University Press. This book won the prestigious BEST BOOK AWARD at the 2014 Academy of Management—Social Issues in Management annual meeting.

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Bhaskar Chatterjee

Former Director General and CEO
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (India)

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. He was instrumental in framing and issuing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in April, 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Indian Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter.
As the DG & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) between 2011 and 2016, he spearheaded the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR).
He has spoken and lectured on the subject of CSR and Sustainability at a very large number of National and International fora over the last five years and is acknowledged as the primary force for bringing a new paradigm to the realm of CSR and providing it with an innovative and strategic vision.

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Norman de Paula Arruda Filho

Higher Institute of Administration and Economics (Brazil)

Norman de Paula Arruda Filho holds a Ph.D. in Applied Business Management from the Higher Institute of Labor and Company Sciences, Portugal (ISCTE). He is the President of the Higher Institute of Administration and Economics (ISAE), funded by Getulio Vargas Foundation. He is member of the Global Compact Brazilian Committee (CBPG). A passionate advocate of responsible management education  in Brazil, he heads the Latin America Chapter of UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – which since 2007 has guided the management and curricula  of more than 600 business schools around the world.

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Belén Díaz Díaz

Belén Díaz Díaz is PhD. in Economics and Business Sciences at the University of Cantabria (Spain), Associate Professor of Financial Economics at the UC and Academic Director of Santander Financial Institute (SANFI). She has been visiting scholar at universities in the United States, Australia, England, Argentina and Chile. Her research focuses on Corporate Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance. She has published scientific articles in relevant journals and books. She received the “Sanchis Alcover Award” for the quality of her research. She is professor at graduate, post graduate and doctoral level. Among other programs, she teaches at the “International Master in Banking and Financial Markets” (organized jointly by UC and Santander Bank) taught in Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.

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Gabriel Eweje

Associate Professor in Business and Sustainability
School of Management at Massey Business School (New Zealand)

Dr. Gabriel Eweje is Associate Professor of Business and Sustainability at the School of Management, Massey Business School, New Zealand. He is also Director of the Sustainability and CSR Research Group– a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Massey Business School. He is the Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Governance – An International Journal of Business in Society. His research interest lies around the issues of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability related disciplines. He has also published his work in international academic journals and presented his research findings at international conferences. His current research is on Sustainability Strategies, SDGs, Responsible Capitalism and Conscious Organizations, and Ethical Decision Making in Public & Private Organizations.

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Edward Freeman

Professor of Business Administration
Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (USA)

Edward Freeman is University Professor and Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Senior Fellow of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics; Academic Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics; and Co-Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society. He is also Adjunct Professor of Stakeholder Management at the Copenhagen Business School, and Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Melbourne).Mr. Freeman taught previously at the University of Minnesota, and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.Freeman’s latest book, Business: The New Story, with Bidhan Parmar and Kirsten Martin will be published by Columbia University Press in 2019,  A previous book, Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 (co-authored with J. Harrison, A. Wicks, B.Parmar, and S. de Colle.) He is the author or editor of over twenty volumes and one hundred articles in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy and business ethics. Freeman is perhaps best known for his award winning book: Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, published in 1984.

Freeman has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Duke University. He was recently awarded four honorary doctorates in economics and management (DHC) from Comillas University in Madrid, from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and Sherbrooke University in Canada for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. Mr. Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts, and the blues. He is a co-principal in Red Goat Records, LLC found at For more information, go to

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Elisabeth Froehlich

CBS International Business School (Germany)

Since end of 2007, Elisabeth Froehlich is a professor at CBS International Business School responsible for the department of Strategic Supply Management. Since 1st May 2013, she leads the CBS International Business School in her role as president. She is a board member of several scientific organisations, e.g. BME e.V. Region Cologne or the Institute for Sustainable Management. She is speaker of the “Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde” (Cologne Scientific Circle) and Business Ambassador of the City of Cologne. Her current key research lies on the topics of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Green Procurement, Qualification in Purchasing as well as in Strategic Supplier Management. Procurement 4.0 as well as organizational and personal challenges of an “Agile Purchase” build further main research areas.

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and the Program Director of the Master of Social Entrepreneurship.

Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Associate Professor in Management
Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and the Program Director of the Master of Social Entrepreneurship. As a scholar on corporate social responsibility (CSR), Debbie initiated and led the MGSM CSR Partnership Network, a network of leading Australian and international companies, nonprofits and governmental departments aimed at developing an evidence-based dialogue on CSR. Debbie has conducted many studies on CSR and published vastly on the topic and she is the author of the book Strategic CSR: Theories and tools for responsible management. She was a consultant to United Nations Volunteers, co-writing the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. She is also highly involved with the United Nation Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), annually conducting international studies on MBA students and their attitudes towards responsible management education. These studies are often covered by the media, including the New York Times and Financial Review.

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Haifeng Huang

Peking University HSBC Business School’s Center for Green Economy (China)

Haifeng Huang obtained his PhD in transitional economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and holds a master’s degrees in economics from both the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies and the School of Economics at Peking University. Professor Huang is currently the Director of Peking University HSBC Business School’s Center for Green Economy, a pioneering think-tank focusing on sustainable development in China. In addition to his role at the Center, he serves as the Assistant Dean for International Relations at Peking University HSBC Business School. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Director in the Ecological Development Union International and has sat member of the Ministry of Land and Resources’ supervisory committee. Additionally, Professor Huang serves on international jury of the European Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award.

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Samuel O. Idowu

Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility
London Metropolitan University (UK)

Samuel O Idowu, PhD is a Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility at London Metropolitan University, UK. Samuel is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. He is a Series Editor of Springer International’s books on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance, an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of CSR and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Economics and Business Administration.

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Sarah Margaretha Jastram

Professor of International Business Ethics and Sustainability
HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Sarah Margaretha Jastram holds the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Chair of International Business Ethics and Sustainability at Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) in Germany. Her research and her teaching focus on Sustainable Leadership, CSR Governance and Human Rights. Prof. Jastram has published in international journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics.

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Nayan Mitra

Developmental Consultant

Nayan Mitra comes with a rich mix of diverse professional experience where she straddles seamlessly between academics, social and corporate sectors. As a Developmental Consultant, she has worked closely with some of the eminent Corporations and not-for profits of India as well as being in their Advisory and Board level capacity. She has conducted several social researches for multi-lateral agencies; the findings of which have become important bases for sustainable action. She has been a resource person in eminent Institutions of higher learning in the areas of CSR and Corporate Governance and has important peer reviewed research publications to her credit in international and national Academic journals and books as well as delivered at key Conferences. She spearheads the India CSR Leadership series under her name, which is a resounding success among various cross-functional stakeholders. She was a finalist of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence – 2013, as conferred by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British Deputy High Commission.

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Danica Purg

IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia)

Professor Danica Purg is the President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia, and President of CEEMAN, the international association for management development in dynamic societies, which brings together 220 management development institutions from 55 countries. She is also responsible for leading UN Global Compact Slovenia and the European Leadership Center (ELC). In 2010, Prof. Purg received the International Educator of the Year Award from the Academy of International Business (AIB) for her outstanding achievements in international business education. In 2013, she became the Chair of the PRME Steering Committee and in July 2017, the Global UN PRME Forum awarded Prof. Purg for her pioneering work in establishing the UN PRME initiative. Prof. Purg is a Professor of Leadership and Effective Management at the IEDC-Bled School of Management. She authored and co-authored several books and numerous articles on leadership issues, her special field of interest is looking for inspirations for managers from art and other professions.


Mohammad Hossein Rahmati

Assistant Professor in Management
University of Tehran (Iran)

Dr. Mohammad Hossein Rahmati is an Assistant Professor in Management faculty at University of Tehran (Iran) and a professional in Organization Development (OD) and structure design. As a scholar on Organization Development, Dr. Rahmati has initiated and led the OD teams during recent years. He has good experiences on change management and OD in entrepreneurship and has conducted many studies on organizations mortality and has played an important role as a consultant to Iranian SMEs. He has published vastly on the topic and is the author of 5 books in Change management (in Persian).He is one of the editors of the Iranian journal of management studies (IJMS) and He is also highly invited with the public organizations and private corporations for redesigning structures.

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René Schmidpeter

Professor of International Business Ethics and Sustainability
CBS International Business School (Germany)

René Schmidpeter holds the Dr. Juergen Meyer Endowed Chair of International Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at CBS International Business School (CBS) and is conference chair of the 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility in Cologne (ICSR). He is director of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at CBS, General Secretary of the World Institute of Sustainability and Ethics (WISE) in Bled and Vice-President of the Global Corporate Governance Institute (GCGI). He is a series editor for Springer’s CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance books, a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (ECSR) and an editor of the Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (DCSR) as well as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of CSR (IJCSR). His research and teaching activities focus on the management of Corporate Social Responsibility, international perspectives on CSR, Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship as well as the relationship between business and society. He has published widely, holds several honorary and guest professorships in three continents, is advisor to national and international sustainability initiatives, an international keynote speaker as well as founding manager of M3TRIX in Cologne – an innovative sustainable transformation company.

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Joachim Schwalbach

Professor Emeritus of International Management
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

Joachim Schwalbach is Professor emeritus of International Management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. From 2004-2006 he was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics. He was a visiting professor at various universities like Harvard, Santa Barbara, Stanford GSB, and Toulouse; and is visiting regularly Peking University-Guanghua School of Management and Sun Yat-sen – Business School in Guangzhou.

Joachim Schwalbach’s research and consulting fields are: corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, responsible leadership, and executive pay, effective boards of directors, corporate and CEO reputation management, and international market entry. He is editor and associate editor for various academic book series and journals, and published books and many articles in leading academic journals.

Joachim Schwalbach was and is on several advisory boards, like as deputy-chairman at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW), 2011-2014, and INFRANEU-Hauptverband für den Ausbau der Infrastrukturen und Nachhaltigkeit, since 2016.

Joachim Schwalbach organizes the world’s premier international conference on corporate sustainability and responsibility since its inception in 2004.

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Arnold Smit

Associate Professor of Business in Society
University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa)

Arnold Smit is the Head of Social Impact and Associate Professor of Business in Society at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. His research and teaching are focused on the contextualization and integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in management education and organizational practice. He also works in executive education where his core expertise is in learning process design and program facilitation in the areas of values-based leadership, corporate governance and sustainability management. He serves on several governing and advisory bodies amongst which are the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, the Business Ethics Network of Africa and the USB-ED International Advisory Board. In his early career he served as a parish minister, a leadership and organizational development consultant and a human resources executive.


John Spengler

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

John Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, and Director of the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Several of his investigations have focused on housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, building materials’ selection, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes. Spengler chaired the committee on Harvard Sustainability Principles; served on Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Taskforce to develop the University’s carbon reduction goals and strategies; and was a member of Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Executive Committee.


Kanji Tanimoto

Professor of Business and Society
School of Commerce at Waseda University (Japan)

Kanji Tanimoto is the Professor of Business and Society at the School of Commerce, Waseda University, Japan. He is the Founder and President of the Japan Forum of Business and Society, an academic association dedicated to exploring the intersection between business and society. He was a visiting professor at Free University of Berlin, CBS International Business School, Durham University, and National Taipei University.

His research interests are primarily concerned with the relationship between business and society, especially corporate social responsibility, social enterprises and social innovation. He is an editorial member of a number of journals and publishing numerous papers and books.

Additionally, he has been active as a consultant and has advised numerous leading Japanese companies on the topic of CSR management over the last 20 years.

Teng-Tsai Tu: President of the Ecological Development Union, Asia (EDUA) and a faculty member of National Taipei University in Taiwan.

Teng-Tsai Tu

President of the Ecological Development Union Asia (EDUA)
National Taipei University (Taiwan)

Dr. Teng-Tsai Tu, president of the Ecological Development Union, Asia (EDUA), is a faculty member of National Taipei University in Taiwan. He also is a listee of the IBC (International Biographical Centre) top 100 educators since 2015. His interest of research includes pricing models of the derivatives, portfolio management, ethical investment, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and behavioral finance involving the trading and hedging strategies for investors. Dr. Tu further tries to dedicate his effort to the areas of green finance, green economics and green business.

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Sandra Waddock

Professor of Management
Boston College’s Carroll School of Management (USA)

Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and a Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.  Winner of numerous awards, including the 2016, she has published around 140 papers and multiple books, including “Healing the World” (Routledge/Greenleaf, 2017) and “Intellectual Shamans” (Cambridge, 2014). Her current research interests include large system change, corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism, and management education.