Kalpona Akter

Kalpona Akter

Kalpona Akter is a well-known activist for workers’ rights in the textile and clothing industry in Bangladesh. Since 2000, she is the CEO of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), which fights for labor rights in the textile and clothing industry. Her activism is particularly focused on female workers’ rights, work safety, and giving employees the opportunity of unionizing. Despite of getting imprisoned for her activism in 2010 she continued her work. In 2016 she was awarded the Alison Des Forges Award by Human Rights Watch.

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Zara Berberyan

Zara Berberyan is a doctorate candidate and research assistant at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration in Dr. Jürgen Meyer Chair of International Business Ethics and Sustainability. Prior to joining HSBA Zara has worked in the field of marketing and PR in the Public television company of Armenia, as well as FINCA Universal Credit Organization. Zara received her MBA from the American University of Armenia, affiliated with the University of California. Zara’s main scientific interests include consumer behavior, corporate social responsibility, ethical fashion, corporate governance, marketing, branding, etc.

Lize A. E. Booysen: Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University, USA

Lize A.E. Booysen

Dr. Lize A.E. Booysen is professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University, executive leadership coach at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), USA, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at University of Johannesburg and distinguished fellow of the International Leadership Association (ILA), USA. Dr. Booysen is an internationally recognized scholar-practitioner in the field of leadership, equality, diversity and inclusion, is widely published, and received numerous awards for her work in transformative learning and scholarship.

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

Bhaskar Chatterjee

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. 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).

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Sharon Condon


Christian Dietrich

Christian is a Director at Hamburg based sustainability consultancy Systain. His work focusses on digital solutions and innovations to improve corporate sustainability, with an emphasis on the sustainability challenges of global supply chains.

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Timm Duffner

Timm Duffner is „Social Activist“ at Ben & Jerry’s and as such coordinating and planning the social and political activism work of the business. His role is to use the emotional power of an ice cream company to drive systemic social change. He is also co-founder of HEYHO! granola roastery. HEYHO! is providing employment opportunities to those who have lost their role in society because of their biographies. The success of the company is built on the enormous power of a divers workforce combined with outstanding handmade product quality.

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Monika Eigenstetter

Monika Eigenstetter is a freelance consultancy for occupational health and safety. From 2004 to 2009 she was a research fellow at the Department for Work, Industrial, and Organisational Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and made her doctoral degree on a topic in ethical decision making. Since 2009 she is a Professor for Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, department of Industrial Engineering. She is head of the A.U.G.E.-Institute (Occupational Safety, Environmental Protection, Health and Ethics), head of the EthNa Competency Centre CSR (Ethics and Sustainability). Her primary research interests involve ethical decision making, ethical culture, occupational safety and health, CSR.


Robert G. Eccles

Robert G. Eccles is a leading authority on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in resource allocation decisions by companies and investors. He is also the world’s foremost academic expert on integrated reporting. Currently Eccles is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School, University of Oxford where he is engaged in a number of research projects and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the JANA Impact Capital Fund.

John Elkington is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist.

John Elkington

John Elkington is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist. He is Chairman and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a certified B Corporation driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges. Mr Elkington is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, sits on an A-Z of some 20 boards and advisory boards and has written 19 books.

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FEZEU Espérance

FEZEU Espérance is a princess from Bameka village in the western region of Cameroon. She had a professional training in audiovisual maintenance in government technical high school of Bafoussam.  She started her professional carrier in the field of network marketing with an American enterprise in 2005 and became senior manager after two years. It is in the framework of this activity that she came in contact with many traditional rulers during a seminar on business presentation, and working with this leaders became her passion. Since then, she has become a leader of association and is promoting the leadership of African rulers in Africa continent and the world. She attended the COP 23 conference on climate last year in Born in Germany with two traditional rulers from Cameroon.

Many organizations and universities such as the Cologne Business Scholl, Institute for Cultural Infrastructure Saxony are interested in this program.

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Benjamin Fraaß

Since 2012, Benjamin Fraaß accompanies DAX-companies, foundations and non-profit organizations in strategically aligning their social activities and commitments. He supports them in developing their projects and in engaging various departments and stakeholders in the process of their content development – as well as the impact-oriented implementation of the projects through suitable internal processes. Mr. Fraaß is a trained systemic consultant for organizational development and besides his academic background in economics, philosophy and public management, he brings working experience in various sectors into his projects as a consultant: Before joining Phineo he worked for the Office of the Federal Chancellor, the Robert Bosch Foundation as well as for Bosch India Ltd.

R. Edward Freeman

R. Edward Freeman

Edward “Ed” Freeman is a prolific educator, consultant, and speaker, best known for his work on the topics of Stakeholder Management and Business Ethics. He also teaches Leading with Meaning, helping organizations create a culture that brings out the best in everyone.

Freeman is perhaps best known for his award winning book, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, first published in 1984 and reissued in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. In addition to several books he has authored, Ed was an editor of the 15 volume Ruffin Series in Business Ethics published by Oxford University Press.

Markus Freiburg

Markus Freiburg

By building FASE to become the leading social finance intermediary in Germany and Europe, Markus Freiburg combines his strategic and financial expertise with his passion for social entrepreneurship. Today he is recognized as a thought leader for social finance, with an active presence in public discourses e.g. as member of the Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) of the EU Commission and the German National Advisory Board of G7 Social Impact Investing Taskforce. He was also selected for the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders Class 2017. Markus studied Economics at Witten/Herdecke (Dipl.-Ök.) and Cambridge (M.Phil) and promoted at the WHU Koblenz on investments by institutional investors in private equity funds. He also contributes his experience as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and pro-bono advisor to social entrepreneurs.

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Felix Gottlieb

Felix is a child of the new millennium – 10 years old. At his young age he travelled over 50 countries in 5 continents. He was born in the city of Ingolstadt and now lives in the Austrian Alpes, where he attends the Bundesgymnasium. He enjoys playing soccer, skiing as well as building future LEGO worlds with his friends.


Hannah Helmke

Since 2012, Hannah Helmke has been gaining experience in the field of “economics in a world shaped by climatic change” – pursuing her conviction that a science-based approach to climate management is the correct way for managing corporate climate strategy.
Hannah’s academic background is in psychology and in international business. She studied in Osnabrück, Cologne and Toulouse and has additional international experience in France, Australia, and South Africa.
Before establishing her own business, right. based on science, she conducted research for the German federal government with BridgingIT, analysing digitisation’s potential for achieving climate targets. Before that, she gained experience in purchasing with Deutsche Post DHL Group, where she primarily worked in strategic purchasing of renewable energies around the world.
In addition to economic work in the field of science-based climate metrics, Hannah Helmke is interested in the application of her psychological training in the effective representation and communication of a science-based approach to generating climate metrics.

Prof. Erwin Huang

Haifeng Huang

Professor Huang is the Director of Peking University HSBC Business School’s Center for Green Economy, a pioneering think tank for sustainable development in China. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Director in the Ecological Development Union International and a member of the supervisory committee of the Ministry of Land and Resources. At present, Professor Huang is serving as international jury of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award in Europe.

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Samuel O Idowu

Samuel O Idowu, PhDis a Senior Lecturer in 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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Julia Juergens

Julia Juergens is Head of Leadership Development at METRO. Since her personal emphasis is on sustainable management and responsible leadership, she has become the in-house resource person for furthering the company’s sustainability impact through leadership development. Apart from her exposure to the international corporate world, Julia has gained extensive, global experience with the intergovernmental non-profit sector, as with the United Nations, mostly in civilian crisis management operations: She worked many years developing governmental institutions and leaders, and managing post-war operations, e.g. in Afghanistan, Sudan and Kosovo. Julia holds a Master Degree in Social Sciences (Communications, Political Science & Law) and is about to complete a Mini-MBA at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. She is certified as a mediator, as a coach, and she is an experienced workshop facilitator. Furthermore, Julia is an outdoor sports and nature enthusiast – there she finds the perspectives and inspiration which she brings into her work.

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Anja Karlshaus

Prof. Dr. Anja Karlshaus works as professor for Human Resources Management and Business Operations at the CBS International Business School since 2008 where she leads the department Human Resources Management and Leadership. Since 2018 she also acts as dean for the study programm General Management. Anja Karlshaus studied at the University of Cologne, Santa Clara University in California and European Business School in Oestrich Winkel, Germany. Here she also finished her doctoral studies in “Strategic Human Resources Management”. In addition, Anja Karlshaus was part of various international research institutions. Beyond that, she worked for multinational corporations such as Dresdner Bank, Allianz Group, and Commerzbank mainly in HRM departments for almost 18 years. Anja Karlshaus participates in several working committees held by the chamber of commerce (IHK Cologne) and the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. She is also speaker and coach in the fields of gender, diversity, sustainability, (part-time) leadership, and personnel development.

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Georg Kell

Georg Kell is Chairman of Arabesque, an ESG quant fund that specializes in self-learning quant models and big data to assess the sustainability and performance of listed equity.

He is the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Through Georg’s leadership, the Global Compact became the foremost platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices.

Georg also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives, on investment, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.

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Jan Köpper

Jan Köpper studied European Studies in Maastricht/NL and Berlin with a focus on European Union, Development Economics, Economic History and Human Rights. After having worked for the European business network CSR Europe in Brussels until 2011 he joined imug Beratungsgesellschaft für sozial-ökologische Innovationen in Hanover, Germany. In his position as Head of Client Relations in the division imug | rating, German partner of global sustainability rating agency Vigeo Eiris, he worked together with SRI Investors from diverse backgrounds in the development and implementation of sustainable investment strategies. Since April  2018, Jan works as Head of Department on Impact Transparency and Sustainability at German alternative bank GLS Bank in Bochum.

Norbert Kunz: is one of the high-profile social entrepreneurs in Germany

Norbert Kunz

Norbert Kunz is one of the high-profile social entrepreneurs in Germany.  For 20 years he has advised and supported entrepreneurs, companies, and non-profit organizations in developing their business models, financial plans, and organizational structures. Norbert Kunz has been Ashoka Fellow since 2007. The Schwab Foundation awarded him Social Entrepreneur of the year 2010 in Germany and in 2011 Social Entrepreneur of Europe.

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Karl-Heinz Land

Karl-Heinz Land is an insider of the digital transformation. He experiences and forms his expert topic – digitalization – for over 35 years, amongst others in leading positions at internationally operating companies such as Oracle, BusinessObjects (SAP) and Microstrategy. With neuland he founded a digital strategy consultancy which has been continuously named amongst Germany’s best by “brand eins” magazine. As serial entrepreneur and investor, he trusts in innovative technologies such as blockchain and the internet of things. In 2006, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and “Time Magazine” awarded Karl-Heinz Land with the “Technology Pioneer Award”.

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

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. She 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 is also highly involved with the United Nation Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).


Florencia Librizzi

Florencia Librizzi is Senior Manager at Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), United Nations Global Compact Office. Before joining PRME, she served as a research consultant and attorney at a law firm. Florencia has published several articles, book chapters and expert reports (for NGOs and UN) and is a Ph.D. candidate at UNC. Her academic work focuses on regulatory aspects of sustainability and she often speaks about issues of sustainability and responsible management education and leadership.

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Hualiang Lu

Hakan Lucius

Hakan Lucius

Prof. Dr. Hakan Lucius is Head of Corporate Responsibility at the EIB, the European Union’s bank, covering sustainability and stakeholder engagement dimensions of the institution. He possesses more than 20 years of sustainability experience. Hakan Lucius is Professor of Finance in parallel to his professional career at the EIB, and specializes in sustainable finance. He has developed a masters class in sustainable finance, which he teaches at SciencesPo in France, the Frankfurt School of Finance in Germany and the Welch College of Business in Luxembourg. He has lectured in Europe and the US and is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having presented in conferences in over 14 countries globally and published articles in multiple languages.

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Sina Marx

Sina Marx is project coordinator for FEMNET e.V., a non-profit organization which stands up for the economic, cultural and social rights of women in the garment industry. Therefore, she is supporting FEMNET`s partner organizations in production countries for a better implementation of workers’ rights.


Hajo Michels

Hajo Michels invites you to take a break and join a short lunch meditation on Thursday. He has been a practitioning Vajrajana Buddhist and meditation teacher for many years – today he practices in the tradition of non-duality. He’s a “spiritual entrepreneur” and developed the worldwide first inflatable and most lightweight meditation cushion in 2003: www.samten.ch On his website http://meditierenhierjetzt.ch/ he explains in free videos why and how to meditate.
Take a couple of minutes to relax & pause for a moment. End your conference morning (15.11. at 12:25) with a short, freshening lunch meditation before starting to mingle & network again and enjoying lunch with the conference crowd.

Economic Development Consultant, Author and Researcher.

Nayan Mitra

As a Developmental Consultant, Nayan Mitra 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. She 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.

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Günter Nooke

Günter Nooke is the Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa and the Commmissioner for Africa of the Federal Minstry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), a position he took after serving for four years as the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Foreign Office. During his term as a member of the German Bundestag between 1998 and 2005 he was the spokesperson of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on culture and the media; spokesperson and chair of the working group on the Culture in Germany Study Commission; spokesperson of the CDU Bundestag members from Eastern Germany and deputy chair of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Mr Nooke holds degrees in physics and occupational medicine. He has published on a wide range of topics and is a keen reader and traveller and enjoys kayaking and carpentry.

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Henning Ohlsson

Henning Ohlsson joined Epson in 2004 and is the Managing Director of Epson Deutschland GmbH in Meerbusch. In October 2016 he also took the role of Epson Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director for EMEAR. Prior to joining Epson, Henning held the position of General Manager at Motorola and was responsible for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has many years of international experience in marketing and sales within both the consumer electronics (Nokia) and IT (IBM) industry.

Theo B. Pagel

Theo B. Pagel

Since February 2007, Theo Pagel has been the director, chairman and spokesperson for the Zoological Garden of Cologne. Additionally, he lectures at the University of Cologne where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2016 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences. Theo Pagel is the author of numerous academic articles and books. Professor Pagel also works as a consulting expert for the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Furthermore, he is a member of the Advisory Committee on Animal Protection for North Rhine – Westphalia.

Clara Péron

Clara Péron

Clara Péron is the founder and managing director of Value for Good, a specialized consulting company that leverages the methods and tools of top management consulting for social good. Her dream is to help companies, public sector and social purpose organizations worldwide navigate changing technological, economic and political circumstances to create sustainable value for society.

As a dual German and Canadian citizen, Clara has lived and worked internationally – with longer postings in India, Cambodia, Egypt, Ukraine the US and Germany. After completing a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, she worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Clara advises social entrepreneurs, enjoys mentoring various young people and is an active board member of the Harvard Alumni Club of Berlin.

Andreas Pinkwart: Minister of Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy in the Ministry of Economics NRW, Germany

Andreas Pinkwart

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart is professor for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and German politician who currently serves as State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitization, Innovation and Energy in the government of North Rhine-Westphalia. He previously was the Dean of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and holder of the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.

Danica Purg: Founding and current President of the IECD-Bled School of Management, Slovenia and the founding President of the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN)

Danica Purg

Professor Danica Purg is President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia, and President of CEEMAN, the international association for management development in dynamic societies. She is also leading UN Global Compact Slovenia and the European Leadership Centre (ELC). In 2010 Prof. Purg received the 2010 International Educator of the Year Award by the Academy of International Business (AIB). Prof. Purg is 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.


Roy Rao

Roy Rao is an operation strategist, social entrepreneur, and ecosystem builder. Roy currently is a German Chancellor Fellow on behalf of The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and works with SAP IoT Accelerator on corporate innovation in Berlin. Also, Roy is the director of Startup Grind Chengdu in China and founder of Startup Generation, a social enterprise that promotes youth entrepreneurship and volunteerism. Prior to his time in China, he has advised companies, social ventures and technology companies on operational efficiency and technology implementation in United States.

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Daniela Rathe

Daniela Rathe is director of the department Politics and External Relations of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. She is responsible for the coordination of all political issues at local, national, EU and global levels. In addition, she is responsible for the management of the cross-functional sustainability strategy of the company. She studied Eastern European Studies, Eastern and Southeast European History and Romance Studies in Freiburg, Berlin and Paris. Before joining Porsche, she worked for the Robert Bosch Foundation in Romania, among others for the Goethe-Institute in Egypt and the university town of Tübingen.


Henriette Reker

Henriette Reker, born December 9, 1956, is a lawyer. At the mayoral election on 18 October 2015, she was elected mayor of the city of Cologne. She began her political career as an associate for social affairs, health and consumer protection in Gelsenkirchen in 2000. Since 2010, Henriette Reker continued her career as associate for social affairs, integration and environment at the Green Party in Cologne. Henriette Reker participated as a non-party candidate in the 2015 election for the mayor of Cologne Mayor where she was elected with an absolute majority.


Malin Ripa

Malin Ripa is the head of the Corporate Responsibility for the Volvo Group. CR to the Volvo Group means Responsible business behavior throughout the value chain as well as manages the Group’s corporate citizen program. She is responsible for steering and follows up on the CR work as well as coordinating the activities, plans and reporting to stakeholders. The responsibility also includes reporting and communication with stakeholders to understand their expectations, identify societal trends and related external and internal risks which could influence Volvo Group’s ability to operate successfully.
Malin has been with the Volvo Group for 14 years. Before joining the Group she held a position as a Managing Director for a company providing post-secondary education. She holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA).

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Bernhard Schwager

After 20 years within Siemens, Bernhard Schwager joined the Bosch Group in 2005. In May 2006, he was appointed president of the German Association of Environmental Professionals, and in May 2008 chair of the German Environmental Management Systems and Audits committee, part of the German Standards Institute. At Bosch, Schwager is the head of the sustainability office. In this capacity, he acts as contact person for diverse stakeholder groups and promotes sustainability issues. As part of his work, he represents the company in various national and international organizations and he is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles.”

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Weiwei SHI

Weiwei SHI, Director of International Cooperation Department, GoldenBee (Beijing) Management Consulting Co.,Ltd

Ms. Shi is the Director of International Cooperation Department, GoldenBee (Beijing) Management Consulting Co.,Ltd. She has worked for eight years in the field of corporate social responsibility, and has provided consulting services to multi-stakeholders including central SOEs, government departments, industrial associations, and international organizations, on CSR management, policy recommendation & implementation, CSR reporting and training. She holds the Master of Philosophydegree from the Division of Social Science, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Khin Nilar Soe

Khin Nilar Soe is Vice General Secretary of the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) as well as Head of Yangon Regional Industrial Workers Union. She herself is an experienced worker in a clothing factory. Therefore, she is committed to fight for workers’ rights, mainly by negotiating with brand manufacturers, factory managers and owners.


John Spengler

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.

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Lee-Ann Steenkamp

Lee-Ann Steenkamp is a senior lecturer in taxation and climate change at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), South Africa, and is also a registered Master Tax Practitioner (SA). Her research focuses on ‘green tax’ issues, including biodiversity conservation, the taxing of energy use in developing countries and most notably South Africa’s impending carbon tax. Lee-Ann obtained her PhD in Public Law from the University of Cape Town, wherein she examined the transition from the old Kyoto Protocol to the new Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”


Gerald Steiner

Gerald Steiner is a Full Professor of Organizational Communication and Innovation, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Globalization, and Head of the Department for Knowledge and Communication Management at Danube University Krems in Austria. He is a former Schumpeter Professor and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). Now, at Danube University, he also (co)founded three transdisciplinary labs.

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

Teng-Tsai Tu

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.


Dirk Voeste

Dirk Voeste is Vice President of Sustainabiltiy Strategy, BASF SE. Being in this position since 2012 he is responsible for BASFs sustainability strategy, the implementation into business activities and decision making processes as well as sustainability stakeholder relationship. Also, he is heading eco-efficiency analysis, sustainability evaluations and Value-to-Society; BASFs monetary assessment of business impacts on society along the value chain. Dirk graduated with a Ph.D. in biotechnology and agricultural botany from University Bonn in Germany and a M.Phil. in Post Harvest Technology from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in England. After his studies he was a responsible scientist in cooperation with NASA, USA. He has held various positions in the field of biotechnology, breeding and crop protection. Dirk joined BASF SE in 2001 with responsibilities in R&D and in global marketing. Among others he was Head of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for the Crop Protection Division.

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Britta Weber

Britta Weber is the District HR Director for UPS Germany and Austria. During her studies, she worked part time at UPS and saw values that she liked so much that upon completing her studies (Volljurist) she returned to UPS on a career path. 10 years later after various assignments in Germany and abroad she holds a senior leadership role in UPS`s largest international operation. As part of her responsibilities for 20,000 employees she is an advocate for development programs and CSR activities. She is also actively involved in several outside charities and CSR programs locally and internationally.

Co-Chair of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management und Co-president, Club of Rome.

Ernst von Weizsäcker

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, is Co-Chair of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management and Honorary President of the Club of Rome. Apart from having been director of several environmental institutes, he was director of the UN in New York. He is the author of “Faktor Fünf” (2010, Droemer Knaur). Furthermore, Prof. Weizsäcker was honored with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009) and the German Environment Price (2008).

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Jan Werner

Dr. Jan Werner holds a PhD in Economics from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, the Forum of Federation as well as the German Technical Cooperation GIZ. Dr. Jan Werner was a Guest Professor and Visiting Professor at several international universities.Since winter term 2016 he is Professor of Economics at the CBS International Business School (Germany).

Moreover, he has worked for the European Parliament and the Lower House of German Parliament as a Scientific Employee. He is specialised in intergovernmental fiscal relations (fiscal decentralisation), tax administration, public sector budget management, corruption combat, good governance, local public finance and economic policy analysis.

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Gordon Weuste

Gordon Weuste (27) is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte in the field of Strategy & Operations. Besides, he is strongly involved in various social projects around the world.
Just recently, he founded the German non-profit organization Build & Grow e.V. that arranges life changing 3-5 day service trips to Eastern Europe for business people primarily. The team is tasked with and given all the material needed to build a home for a family in need in only 3 days. The organization evolves out of Gordon’s vision to transform lives of poor families in Eastern Europe while seeing business people living with greater purpose and a heart of service. Next to the two homes that have already been built in Romania and Moldova this year, he could also win several renowned ambassadors such as Arne Friedrich, Deidre Pujols or Michael Herberger. Build & Grow hopes for more supporters to make a real difference to the housing problem is Eastern Europe.



Rüdiger Winkler

The Cologne lawyer Rüdiger Winkler opened his own office in the year 2006 and is since November 2007 Managing Director of the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Foundation. Before he practiced law 25 years as head of legal department of one of the biggest German retailing companies and became there later a member of the managing board with responsibility for human resource and law of the whole group. He is specialised on contract, company and foundation law. At voluntary worker he is active in quite a few associations and organisations.

Dr Wayne Visser holds the BASF | Port of Antwerp | Randstad Chair in Sustainable Transformation and is Professor of Integrated Value at Antwerp Management School.

Wayne Visser

Prof. Dr Wayne Visser holds the BASF | Port of Antwerp | Randstad Chair in Sustainable Transformation and is Professor of Integrated Value at Antwerp Management School. He is also Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Director of Kaleidoscope Futures and Founder of CSR International. He is the author of 28 books and his work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to 75 countries in the past 30 years.


Patrick Bungard

Patrick Bungard

Patrick Bungard is a director of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at the CBS International Business School. He is also a lecturer for Business Ethics, Sustainable Business Models, Sustainable Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship. Additionally, he has considerable professional experience in the management consulting field, particularly in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and the nonprofit sector. Patrick Bungard is the CEO and founder of M3TRIX GmbH, a consulting firm, which focuses on supporting companies on their  professional sustainable management journey.

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Brigitta Herrmann

Brigitta Herrmann studied economics and theology in Bonn and Paris. She wrote her PhD thesis about the Right to Food in Mali and analyzed the applicability of eco-nomic ethics approaches. She held leading positions in church-based organisations and in NGOs, namely:

  • CEO for Germany of the ethical investment cooperative society Oikocredit
  • Head of department for World Trade and World Food Issues with Ger-manwatch
  • Project Manager on: “Politically Shaping Economic Globalization” with the German Justice and Peace Commission
  • Project Manager for Development Policies with MISEREOR

Her research focus is Business Ethics, Development Policies, Human Rights, Globaliza-tion, World Trade, International Investment Agreements, International Financial Rules, European Economic Issues.

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Sarah Margaretha Jastram

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.

Monika Kolb

Monika Kolb

Monika Kolb is a conference coordinator and researcher at the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at CBS. She is also a Ph.D. candidate at the IEDC School of Management in Bled, Slovenia. Her research focus includes responsible leadership development, embodied cognition, and innovative teaching methods. Since 2014, she has organized various projects that seek to empower tomorrow’s game changers. She is actively involved in academic networks like PRME and CEEMAN to promote responsible management. Additionally, she has several years of professional experience in the consumer goods industry and is a certified trainer and coach. Monika designs and conducts leadership development seminars together with M3trix GmbH where she is Director Empowerment.


Fritz Lietsch

Fritz Lietsch is CEO of the ALTOP publishing house and chief editor of ECO World, the ALTERNATIVE YELLOW PAGES for eco-friendly products and shopping guide for a better life, and forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften, the leading German CSR magazine. He’s a Social Entrepreneur who studied business management, market and advertising psychology. Fritz Lietsch was as awarded with the prestigious environmental prize of the German Environmental Management Association (BAUM) in 2010. His clients count national and international fairs, panels, symposia for and with decision makers of sustainable business companies, whether they may be theorists or practitioners, interested or just curious, in short: unconventional thinkers and visionaries. He’s author of numerous books and articles, consultant, anchorman, and lecturer on topics such as ecology, eco-marketing, LOHAS, CSR, responsibility for the future, biodiversity, e-mobility, and sustainability in every eco-relevant environment.

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Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna

Dr. Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna is Project Director at sequa gGmbH where she manages a portfolio of projects (financed by BMZ, EU and GIZ) in the field of international development cooperation in close collaboration with the German private sector. She is also a Senior Scientist at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center in New York, where she has led the development of a methodology for measuring social and ecological impacts of global equities associated with water on US$2.1B assets held by a large European pension fund.

She is also a lead author of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the UN-led global science-policy platform tasked with the evaluation of the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers.

René Schmidpeter

René Schmidpeter

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.


Marina Schmitz

Marina Schmitz is a project manager, research associate and lecturer at the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at CBS. Additionally, she is the Scientific Director of M3trix GmbH, a consulting firm with a focus on sustainability. She studied Business Administration and Sinology at Trier University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Resources Management and Asian Business at the University of Goettingen in Germany. She spent a year abroad at Wuhan University during her undergraduate studies and six months as a Ph.D. exchange student at Nanjing University in China. Her PhD thesis is concerned with the voluntary labor turnover of blue collar workers in China.

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Janine Steeger

Janine Steeger is a journalist, moderator and speaker. From 1998 to 2015 she worked for several TV stations in germany and get know a larger audience by hosting a magazine at RTL for seven years. Then she quit her job for take care of environmental protection. She wants to inspire people for a more sustainable lifestyle and finding solutions to safe the planet for the next generations.

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Antje Tönnis

Dr. Antje Tönnis is senior press and public relations officer with the communications department at GLS Bank, Germany’s first social and ecological bank. With a Ph.D. in Geosciences her communications focus includes renewable energies and organic agriculture. Antje facilitates events, seminars and workshops and is an associate at the institute for social banking