2021 Responsible Research Roundtable

Biographies of Speakers and Chairs



  1. Ruben Atekpe (Speaker) is Executive Chairman, Merchant Company of West Africa (MECOWA). An accomplished entrepreneur and investment advisor focused on opportunities for socioeconomic development and growth in Ghana and other parts of Africa, Ruben serves as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Africa. He formed part of the team that established the Executive MBA Program at the University of Ghana Business School, Legon.


  1. Peter Bakker (Speaker) is the President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. A recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009) and the Sustainability Leadership Award (2010), Peter serves on several corporate sustainability advisory boards. He received the royal order Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2018 in recognition of his long-lasting commitment to engaging business in tackling global sustainability issues.


  1. Pratima (Tima) Bansal (Speaker) is the Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School (Western University, Canada). Tima’s research focuses on the dimensions of time, space and scale in business strategy that facilitate sustainable development. She is also deeply interested in the liminal space between research and practice, having founded both the Network for Business Sustainability and the Ivey Innovation Learning Lab.


  1. Mary Jo Bitner (Master of Ceremony) is Professor and Edward M. Carson Chair in Services Marketing Emerita in the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University where she was also Executive Director of the Center for Services Leadership.  Bitner’s research focuses on the customer experience and interactions among customers, employees, and technology in service settings.  From 2014-2017 she was editor of the Journal of Service Research, the top journal in service research globally.  Dr. Bitner is a Co-Founder of RRBM and Co-Chair, 2019-2021.


  1. Arturo Franco (Speaker) is Vice President, Data & Insights, for the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. A development economist and strategy consultant, Arturo’s career combines high-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations and global organizations, with public policy and international development experience. Arturo has been a Global Leadership Fellow for Latin America at the World Economic Forum, economics research fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Development, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


  1. William (Bill) H. Glick (Co-Chair), Ph.D., is the former business school dean and current H. Joe Nelson III professor of management at Rice University.  He is also the former Chair of the board of AACSB, a Founding Member and current co-chair of RRBM, and working on creating an RRBM Honor Roll and societal impact metrics.


  1. Andrew (Andy) Hoffman (Speaker) is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability. He has previously served as Faculty Director of the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. His 2015 book “How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate” is a winner of the 2019 IACMR-RRBM Responsible Research in Management Award.


  1. Mikael Homanen (Speaker) is a Senior Specialist at the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, leading the development of internal research and ESG data integration projects.  He is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) in London. Previously, Mikael was a Bradley Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a visiting scholar at the Wharton School and Singapore Management University, and a Consultant at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group.


  1. Jennifer Howard-Grenville (Co-Master of Ceremony) is the Diageo Professor of Organisation Studies at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Jennifer is Deputy Editor for the Academy of Management Journal. Her research focuses on sustainability and organizational change processes; in addition to publishing books, journal and practice-focused articles on these topics, she he has taught extensively on them in programs spanning executive education to undergraduate engineering. Jennifer is a Fellow of Trinity Hall college, Cambridge.


  1. Andrew Jack (Chair) is global education editor for the Financial Times, writing on educational issues around the world and editorial lead for the free FT schools programme. He was previously head of curated content, deputy editor of the big read section, pharmaceuticals correspondent, and a foreign correspondent in France and Russia.


  1. Andrew Karolyi (Co-Chair and Speaker) is Professor of Finance and holder of the Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professorship in Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He currently serves as Dean of the College. His research specializes in the area of investment management with a focus on the study of international financial markets. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals in Finance and Economics and has published several books and monographs.


  1. Barbara E. Kahn (Speaker) is the Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing and Director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at The Wharton School. She is the current Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute. Prior to Wharton, Barbara served as the Dean at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She was President of the Association of Consumer Research, President of the Journal of Consumer Research Policy Board, and is an area Editor of Marketing Science.


  1. Lise Kingo (Speaker) is the former CEO and Director of the UN Global Compact, an Independent Board Director at the French, Fortune 500 Company, Sanofi; Chair of the Advisory Board of the “Blueprint for Denmark” Initiative, and member of the Advisory Board for Humanitarian and Development at the Novo Nordisk Foundation. She has received numerous awards, most recently the Thomson Reuters Responsible Business Honoree Award 2020.


  1. Shara McClure (Speaker) is Divisional Senior VP, Health Care Delivery at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. She also serves as chairperson of the company’s business resource group Women Improving the Strength of the Enterprise (WISE) and oversees WISE’s initiatives to promote career, community, commerce, and culture across Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in several states. Shara serves on the board for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and IT’S TIME TEXAS.


  1. Peter McKiernan (Master of Ceremony) is a Professor of Management at the University of Strathclyde, Distinguished Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, APS Bank Chair of Strategy at the University of Malta, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. He is a past President of the British Academy of Management and the European Academy of Management; Co-founder of the European Management Review and RRBM. He was Dean at the University of Murdoch and Head of School at the University of St Andrews.


  1. Renate Meyer (Speaker) is a Professor of Organization Studies at WU Vienna, Head of the Institute for Organization Studies and Co-Director of the Research Institute for Urban Management & Governance. She is Part Time Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and visiting professor at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and University of Alberta. She serves as Editor of Organization Studies and Division Chair of the OMT Division of the Academy of Management. She serves on the Supervisory Board of two public sector organizations.


  1. Serguei Netessine (Chair) is Vice-Dean for Global Initiatives and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Operations, Information and Decisions Department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous government and Fortune-500 organizations. He is a founding member and a member of the Executive Board of the Network for Responsible Research in Business and Management.


  1. Rashik Parmar (Speaker) is the IBM Fellow and Vice President responsible for creating and driving IBM’s European technical strategy. His focus is on helping clients on the journey to become a cognitive enterprise leveraging Cloud, AI and IoT technologies whilst creating a dependable IT platform. Drawing on thirty-eight years of practical experience in IBM, he is uniquely placed in developing strategies that are realistic and whilst providing tangible business impact. He is championing responsible computing at IBM.


  1. Dave Reibstein (Co-Master of Ceremony) is William S. Woodside Professor of Marketing, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Previously, a professor at the Harvard Business School, and visiting professor at Stanford Business School and INSEAD.  He is the former Vice-Dean of the Wharton School, Dean of the Wharton Graduate Division, former Chairman of the American Marketing Association, and former Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute.  He visited the Indian School of Business, Interdisciplinary Center (Israel), Singapore Management University, CEIBS (China), among others.


  1. Michael Toffel (Chair) is Professor at the Harvard Business School and Faculty Chair of its Business and Environment Initiative. His research examines how companies manage environmental and occupational safety in their operations and supply chains and how governments can more effectively regulate these issues. He is an Associate Editor at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, on the Editorial Boards of Organization Scienceand Strategic Management Journal, and Co-Founder and board member of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).


  1. Keith Tuffley (Speaker) is the Global Co-Head and Managing Director of Citi’s Sustainability & Corporate Transitions group. He is founder of NEUW Ventures SA, an impact investment company based in Switzerland. Keith is the former CEO of The B Team, an NGO based in NY that comprises a group of prominent CEOs, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders who advocate for the positive role business can play in solving many global challenges.


  1. Dominic Waughray (Speaker) is the Managing Director of the Centre for Global Public Goods, and Member of the Managing Board for the World Economic Forum. Previously, he served as Senior Director, Head of Environmental Initiatives, World Economic Forum, where he was responsible for the agenda on environment and sustainability issues, including events (Annual Meeting in Davos and regional meetings), analysis and initiatives (multistakeholder projects).


  1. Andrea Westall (Speaker) is an economist, strategy and policy consultant. She is a Commissioner, independent Sustainable Equalities Commission, European Parliament; member, business advisory group, Future of the Corporation, British Academy; committee member, BSI, sustainability business standards. Previous roles include Director of a Policy Unit, London Business School, visiting fellow, OUBS, and devising national level business policy in R&D, science, small business, corporate law and social enterprise


  1. Maurizio Zollo (Speaker) is a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the Imperial College in London. Previously, he was at Bocconi University and INSEAD. He directs the GOLDEN for Impact program, involving the active engagement of corporations in field experiments focused on innovation- or sustainability-oriented organizational change challenges. His research also involves international institutions like the UN, EU, OECD, World Bank, and WEF in policy studies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Organization & Environment and past Editor of the European Management Review.