The conference will include a number of Keynote speakers and highlight sessions reflecting on the challenges and opportunities localising the SDGs pose. Our sessions include contributions from:
Olivier van Beemen is an investigative journalist from Amsterdam and the author of the book Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed (February 2019). The book is the result of six years of thorough journalistic research, not only in thirteen African countries where the Dutch multinational is operating, but also in the company’s archives and academic literature. The author has spoken to more than 400 sources within and around Heineken.
Earlier in his career, Van Beemen was correspondent in France for several leading Dutch and Belgian news media and he currently publishes in newspapers such as Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad and The Guardian. His work has been nominated for several awards in the Netherlands.
More information: www.heinekeninafrica.com
Professor Timothy Devinney (BSc CMU; MA, MBA, PhD Chicago) is University Leadership Chair and former Pro-Dean of Research and Innovation at Leeds University Business School. He has held positions at U. Chicago, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Australian Graduate School of Management and been a visitor at many other universities. He has published 12+ books and 100+ articles in leading journals. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Academy of Intl Business, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Awardee and served on the executive of a number of academic associations. Professor Devinney is a leading expert on Corporate Social Responsibility, having published extensively on this topic, including his popular book “The Myth of the Ethical Consumer".
Professor Binna Kandola OBE is Senior Partner at Pearn Kandola. He is acknowledged as an expert in the topic of unconscious bias having been researching and writing about the topic for nearly 15 years. He has written extensively about bias and most recently published Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference. His work challenges orthodox thinking in the field of diversity and inclusion. He is invited to speak at conferences regularly most recently to speak at the Biased Science event at the Royal Institution. He has worked with senior leadership teams in many organisations including Citigroup, AXA, Rio Tinto, UBS, Cabinet Office, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Davide Stronati has been the Global Sustainability Leader of Mott MacDonald since November 2012 using his skills and experience in liaising with Executive, Directors, Managers and teams to help them leading on sustainability, managing programmes and innovative approaches tailored to achieve behavioural changes necessary to realise long-term business benefits. Before, he was seconded for five years in the @one Alliance Anglian Water instrumental in leading the carbon strategy that is allowing the water utility company to be at the cutting edge of low carbon asset management.
His current areas of interest are the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their strategic business application to private sector organisations; a new and pragmatic approach to Circular Economy in the built environment sector linked to whole life assessments of assets, components and materials.
Regularly invited speaker at conferences, he is the Chair of the Sustainability Leadership Team at the Institution of Civil Engineers; member of the Editorial Advisory Panel at the ICE journal Engineering Sustainability; member of the MSc Management Business Advisory Board at Imperial College Business School; member of the Standard Committee of SuRe, Standards for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure at the Global Infrastructure Basel in Switzerland; member of the CSR Advisory Panel at Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland.
He holds a Degree in Environmental Engineering, summa cum laude from the University of Trieste in Italy (1997) an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the Cambridge- MIT Institute (2004); he attended the High Potentials Leadership Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston, US (2011).