21st Century Board Leadership Model - Masterclass (topic 2)

 Topic 2: The Climate Emergency Board response strategy


Dr Ravi FERNANDO is an Alumni of the University of Cambridge having completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business in 2008 and a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership in 2014. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the European Business School in Switzerland 2016. At the INSEAD Business School (France) he completed both a Diploma in International Management and the Advanced Management Program. He was an Executive in Residence at INSEAD from 2010 to 2019. In 2018, he created the ‘ILA Future Directors’ program for the Institute of Directors of Luxembourg as its Core Faculty resource, which set the foundation for the INSEAD Aspiring Director Program in 2019 as a Visiting Lecturer. 

In 2010 he received a US Copyright for his work at Cambridge University for the concept of ‘Strategic Corporate Sustainability’©. In November 2015, he published ‘Strategic Corporate Sustainability – 7 Imperatives for Sustainable business’ (Partridge), based on his work at Cambridge University. In April 2020, he created the ‘21st Century Board Leadership Model’© for another US Copyright. 

He is the Chairman/CEO of Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt.Ltd, which operates in Europe, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. His career with Multi-nationals spanned 1981-2007 with Unilever, Smithkline Beecham International covering Africa, Middle East and Asia in CEO/Business Development positions. He was the first CEO of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology 2008-2011 & Operations Director of the Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute 2011-2016. He was the UN Global Compact Focal point 2007-2011 and serves on the Board. He also serves on the Boards of MNC’s LOLC, Aitken Spence Plantations, Habitat for Humanity and Ceylon Asset Management.  

In September 2007 he won “Global Strategy Leadership award”, presented to him by Professor Renee Mauborgne of INSEAD at the World Strategy summit in Mumbai.  In February 2020, he won the ‘World CSR Leadership award’.


Happily married since more than 30 years - Happy father of two kids " Happiness as a parent is when you realize that your children have turned out to be good people! "

Deeply convinced that to meet our sustainability and impact goals: 

we all have a role to play as entrepreneurs, companies, associations, politics, individuals

and  we not only need gender but also generational, competency, cultural background etc...  diversity, or even better complementarity,  at all levels. 

At the initiative and to the benefit not only of women but also companies and above all future generations. 

Deeply inspired by quotes like: 

" I always wondered why somebody had not fixed the problem yet, until I realized I am somebody ! " – unknown

" If ever you think you are too small to make a difference, you have not spent the night with a mosquito yet ! " - african proverb 

" It is not about ideas but about making ideas happen ! " - unkown 

ARNOLD Valérie

Valérie Arnold is an Audit partner, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability leader at PwC Luxembourg. She is responsible for promoting the “Asset Management” practice and has been supervising the Asset Management Task Force, being particularly involved in proposals linked to Social Responsible Investment (SRI), with a specific focus on Microfinance. Valérie has professional experience of more than 20 years in the audit of investment funds, more specifically in the alternative funds like Hedge Funds and Private Equity.


Julie Becker is the Deputy CEO and leads International Primary Markets, with responsibility for the management of the listing activities, the promotion and the development of the LuxSE markets for international debt, equities, derivatives and investment funds. She is a confirmed specialist in regulatory, legal and market related matters linked to capital markets transactions and disposes of a proven track record in advising on and integration of regulatory change.

In 2016, Julie Becker initiated and implemented the creation of the Luxembourg Green Exchange or LGX, a new platform dedicated exclusively to green instruments. This initiative, a first in global capital markets, has been rewarded with numerous awards and recognitions worldwide. She also had been appointed in 2016 to the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.

Before joining LuxSE in 2013, Julie had assumed different positions in the Legal and Compliance departments in the banking sector, including at Dexia and the Central bank of Luxembourg.

She holds a Master Degree in European & Corporate Law and a Master Degree (DEA) in Private Law from the University of Nancy II, France, and completed the Advanced training course in Banking and Financial Law of the European Union from the AEDBF & Leuven CCLE, Luxembourg. She is also an alumna of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Date and Time

From 30/09/2020 17:00
To 30/09/2020 19:00

CPD Hours

2.0 hours


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