21st Century Board Leadership Model - Masterclass (topic 3)

Topic 3: The Health and Social Emergency Board response strategy

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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 


Rudi Balling is the Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine in Luxembourg. 

He studied nutrition at the Universities of Bonn and Washington State University, USA and received his PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Aachen, Germany. 

After completing research posts at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto, Göttingen and Freiburg, he became Director of the Institute of Mammalian Genetics at the GSF in Munich (1993-2000) and of the Helmholtz Centre of Infection Research in Braunschweig (2001-2009). During this time Rudi Balling has coordinated the German Human Genome Project (1996-2000), the European ESFRI-Project EATRIS (European Advanced Translational Medicine Research Infrastructure) (2008-2010) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Consortium on the development of Vaccine Animal Models (2005-2009). 

In 2009, he founded the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), an interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Luxembourg dedicated to the analysis of neurodegenerative diseases through computational and system biology oriented approaches. 

Rudi Balling is member of several Scientific Advisory Boards, amongst others the Excellence Cluster „Inflammation at Interfaces” at the University of Kiel (since 2013, elected chairman since 2014), the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences Advisory Council (since 2013) and the Institute of Molecular Genetics (IMG), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (since 2013). Since 2015, he coordinates the National Centre of Excellence in Research on Parkinson’s Disease.


Education : Athenée de Luxembourg. Studies: Internal Medicine, Centre Universitaire Luxembourg, Universität Köln, Germany. Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Post-doc, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA; University Hospital Tübingen. Professorships & Faculty Member: University of Tübingen, U. of Saarbrücken, U. of Trier, U. of Ibadan Nigeria. 60 doctoral students. Past/present senior positions (national): Director, Institute of Immunology; Infectious Disease Unit, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Laboratoire National de Santé. Director, WHO Regional Reference Centre for Measles and Rubella responsible for 24 European countries and New Independent States, WHO Collaborating Centre, Pasteur Institute Laos.  Member WHO Regional Verification Commission Middle East & Northern Africa. Research activities in Virology, Immunology, Molecular Biology (385 publications): epidemiology, public health, outbreak control of viral and vaccine preventable diseases (Sub-Saharan Africa, Central/Southeast Asia, Europe). Scientific Advisor to WHO, UNDP, Word Bank, EU a.o.  Teaching/training and capacity-building of laboratory and public health staff in Europe, Africa, SE-Asia. Other interests/activities: Founding member of TRANSFAIR Germany and TRANSFAIR International which was to become Fairtrade International. Past/present honorary appointments: member of sub-commission “Education” of the Conseil National pour Etrangers; Conseil d´Education, Athenée; Nohaaltigkeetsrod. CSDDD-Education Sub-commission.         

Date and Time

From 24/02/2021 17:00
To 24/02/2021 19:00

CPD Hours

2.0 hours


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