21st Century Board Leadership Model - Masterclass (topic 5)

Topic 5: Geo-Politics - Challenges and Opportunities

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FERNANDO Ravi

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’.



SCHADECK Raymond

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 

MARX Claude

Claude Marx was appointed Director General of the CSSF by the government in February 2016. Claude is also a member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and a member of the board of the ABBL Foundation for Financial Education. 

Prior to his nomination as Director General of the CSSF, Claude Marx was the CEO of Lombard International Assurance S.A., the largest unit-linked life insurance company, owned by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. He was also Chairman of the Board of Lombard Intermediation Services S.A. Claude was with Lombard for 4 years. 

Prior to that, Claude worked for HSBC for 17 year, and was Deputy CEO of its Private Banking Division. 

At the beginning of his career, Claude worked as a lawyer with a local firm that is now Allen & Overy, as well as Arthur Andersen. 

Claude is a lawyer by training, he holds a Master of Laws Degree from the University of Paris and a Master of Laws in International Business Law from the University of London. He was admitted to the Luxembourg bar as Avocat à la Cour in 1990. 

He is fluent in English, German, French and Luxembourgish. 

SCHOCKMEL Paul

Since joining IEE S.A. in 1995, Paul Schockmel has held key management positions in a range of areas, including Communications, Public Affairs, Sales, Innovation Management, Business Development, and Product Management. Currently, in his role as Vice-President Strategy, Business Development and Marketing at IEE, Mr Schockmel is responsible for IEE’s growth strategy.


Prior to his tenure with IEE, Paul Schockmel held several roles in Sales and Marketing at J.B. Wagner, Rotarex. Then from 2014 until 2016, he was CEO of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), representing more than three thousand companies employing more than five million people.


In addition to his business responsibilities, in 2002 Paul Schockmel also founded the Luxembourgish Association of Automotive Suppliers (ILEA), of which he is the President, and co-founded the Luxembourg Automotive Components cluster in 2013.


Paul Schockmel holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and business administration.