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
Prof Dr Hakan Lucius is Professor of Finance, lecturing at SciencesPo in Paris, the Frankfurt School of Finance, and the Welch College of Business, Luxembourg and specializes on sustainable finance. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having presented in conferences in over 16 countries globally, quoted by the Financial Times and by Reuters, was awarded Best Lecturer, Master of Development Finance, by Frankfurt School and by the by Welch MBA, Luxembourg and has published articles in multiple languages. He received a Ph.D. with distinctions in industrial economics, an MBA from INSEAD, France and an MSc in Engineering from Vienna Technical University, where he graduated as the youngest student of his faculty.
Prof Dr Lucius is currently Head of Corporate Responsibility at the European Investment Bank, EIB, the European Union’s bank, and possesses more than 20 years of sustainability experience in finance with some EUR 7 bn of financing structured. His responsibilities cover the ESG reporting, sustainability ratings, transparency and stakeholder engagement dimensions, amongst others, of the EIB.
Prof Dr Lucius is also member of the Board of Luxflag, serves on the European Investment Bank’s Pensions Board, co-chairs the FinTech working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, is on their environmental fund label and the ESG fund label eligibility committees, SASB`s financial advisory group, as well as the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Committee.
Andy leads a team of strategists focused on helping corporate leaders understand and navigate the opportunities and risks which emerge from rapidly evolving stakeholder expectations in the areas of economic, social and environmental performance.
He and his colleagues use the B Corp framework to help companies understand, improve, measure and communicate their impact in the world. The team is widely recognised as having some of the world’s leading B Corp expertise and regularly partners with B Lab to support the B Corp movement. Andy also serves on the Sustainability Strategy for Boards working committee at ILA to establish and share best practice in the areas of Strategy, Sustainability and Corporate Governance.
Prior to being a trusted external strategic advisor, Andy spent nearly a decade at Skype and Microsoft in a variety of roles and teams. For the last half of his career there, he looked after Skype’s Social Good Program Globally.
Andy has worked directly in-house, as an external strategic advisor, or through partnership with organisations like Skype, Microsoft, Ramborn, Degroof Petercam, Coutt’s, eBay, Facebook, innocent drinks, Danone, Sodexo, City of London Corporation, NASA, TED, UNHCR and more.