21st Century Board Leadership Model - Masterclass (topic 4)
Topic 4: New Technology Challenges and Opportunities
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
Georges is Chief Strategist and Board Member at Governance.com. During his 27-year career at KPMG Luxembourg, Georges held numerous positions at both a national and global level, including Managing Partner, Head of Tax and Global Chair of the KPMG Funds Tax Network.
Georges' experience has allowed him to contribute to Governance.com in various matters matters, including market positioning, acceleration and scale-up, and product strategy.
He has contributed to a variety of professional organisations, including ALFI, ILA, and EU Commission Expert Groups.
Sarah is a 17-year-old, final-year IB student at ISL here in Luxembourg.
Having a vested interest in both technology and sustainability, she has participated in numerous events, both national and international, ranging from winner of the LTS Hackathon, to keynote speaker for the 2019 Youth Forum Switzerland on Sustainability, speaker for TEDxYouth@ISLuxembourg, and winner of the UGTM Essay Competition on the future of AI in healthcare infrastructure.
These experiences have allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of the role of technology in creating a sustainable future, and have further allowed her to contribute to her school environment, helping to organize the March 2019 Friday for Future" student strikes and co-chair her school's division of Amnesty International in 2020.
She firmly believes that technology and innovation are invaluable tools for the development of sustainable, green businesses that will create a brighter future for our next generations.