21st Century Board Leadership Model - Masterclass (topic 7)

Topic 7: Governance & Board Strategy Advisory Committee


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 


Mary Francia is a Partner in the Board Practice of Odgers Berndtson advising companies on talent strategy, board renewal, and succession planning. She has 25+ years of senior leadership experience in Europe, Latin America, and Asia in the Telecom, Consumer Electronics, and Healthcare sectors. Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Mary was a business strategy consultant for market development and portfolio transformation.

In her corporate roles, she was Vice President, Strategic Partner at NOKIA tackling strategic issues identified by the CEO and the Board in the product portfolio, talent, and supply chain. At Royal Philips, she was globally responsible for business innovation reporting to the CEO and the Board, creating new revenues and market channels for connected entertainment and healthcare devices. Mary’s diverse track record from early executive experience in Latin America, startups in the US, and Fortune 500 in Europe makes her uniquely positioned to advise companies with a comprehensive perspective for oversight, and foresight. She brings strategic clarity and the ability to collaborate to manage disruption and transformative change.

As an advisor, Mary brought innovation and strategy to EICTA (Digital Europe), Philips Ventures, Emerging Business, and Corporate Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, The US National Science Foundation, and The Georgia Institute of Technology. Today she is a Mentor for technology Accelerators and Green Technology Startups.

Mary is an Italian American born in Peru, fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She earned a Bachelor is in Business Administration, an MBA in International Business, and a Certification in International Corporate Governance from INSEAD. She served on the Board of the INSEAD Directors Network 2014-2019, she is their Ambassador for the Americas. She serves on the Board of OnBoard, Inc.

Date and Time

From 02/12/2020 17:00
To 02/12/2020 19:00

CPD Hours

2.0 hours


ILA - Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs



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