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6:00 – 7:00 I Asia Deans Panel: The Leadership Role of Business Schools as Catalysts for Sustainability
The Asia-Pacific Region has not been on track to achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19 has only worsened that outlook. At the same time the economic center of gravity continues its migration eastward and we continue to witness the remarkable rise of higher education across the diverse countries of the region. Deans from the region discuss the role of business schools in catalyzing sustainable development in business and in their country, region, and beyond. They discuss the contextual factors which are helping or hindering these efforts, as well as the importance of collaboration across schools and with industry, government, and civil society organizations.
Moderator: Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore, India (READ BIO)
Dr. Xiang Bing, Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China (READ BIO)
Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics; Head of Monash Business School, Australia (READ BIO)
Christina Soh, Dean, College of Business; Nanyang Business School, Singapore (READ BIO)
7:00 – 7:20 I EMERGING ECONOMIES’ RESPONSE TO COVID-19: A CASE OF SONJO IN YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA
During the COVID-19 pandemic, developed countries have provided subsidies to their society and business. In developing countries this may not be the case as financial resources are much more limited. This has been exacerbated, in some countries, by the minimum role of the government in tackling the pandemic. It leaves people to develop a social capital to help themselves to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19. SONJO is a social capital, based on volunteerism, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic. SONJO has more than 1800 members spread over 20 WhatsApp groups (WAGs), covering 20 programs in health, economy, and education. SONJO aims to help vulnerable people of the impacts of COVID-19 in Yogyakarta.
- Rimawan Pradiptyo, Head, Department of Economics Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (READ BIO)
- Gumilang Sahadewo, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (READ BIO)
7:30 – 8:25 I HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP IN 2021: PAVING THE WAY FOR 2030 & BEYOND
Healthcare delivery around the world faced with long-present challenges of affordability, access, quality, and efficiency. As the pandemic has proven, communicable diseases, in addition to the ageing population and the steady increase in non-communicable diseases, continue to pose a threat, especially in emerging economies. In this session, we will discuss:• The regional and global issues of health care in 2021 and beyond•The imperative for business schools to play a role in healthcare leadership •Discuss the programs offered in healthcare by GBSN partner schools•Identify and highlight key challenges and trends for which we should prepare our students as healthcare leaders.
- Renata Schoeman, Associate Professor: Leadership, Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa (READ BIO)
- Maurice Goodman, Chief Medical Officer, Discovery Health, South Africa (READ BIO)
- Sarang Deo, Professor Operations Management; Executive Director, Max Institute of Healthcare Management, Indian School of Business, India (READ BIO)
- Magdalene Rosenmöller, Senior Lecturer of Production, Technology and Operations Management ; Director, Center for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management, IESE Business School, Spain (READ BIO)
8:30 – 9:00 I KEYNOTE: THE NEW CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS AGENDA
The business issues associated with human rights are not only increasingly important, but also more complex and challenging than ever. The issues cut across social, technological, political, as well as economic domains. We welcome insights about business and business education from the head of human rights efforts at the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, who also is co-chairing the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights. The session is an initiative of the Global Business School Network for Human Rights, a GBSN Impact Community operating in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
Julia Olofsson, Head of Human and Child Rights at Ingka Group (IKEA), Sweden (READ BIO)
9:00 – 9:20 I Demand for Graduate Management Education: New Insights from GMAC Research
This timely session offers valuable insights from the annual GMAC survey of business school admissions offices about the factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, shaping the graduate management education candidate pipeline and what it means for business schools around the globe. Get an exclusive preview of the anxiously awaited 2021 report, which will officially be released the day after this session.
Rahul Choudaha, Director of Industry Insights & Research Communications, GMAC, USA (READ BIO)
9:20 – 10:15 I Tackling New Frontiers of Corporate Responsibility
This session will discuss how to meet changing public and regulatory expectations towards the private sector to protect human rights, and support agendas on sustainability and Build Back Better post the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide participants from business, government and civil society with ideas and tools to improve corporate responsibility and engagement strategies and human rights due diligence to keep pace with current developments in legislation and norms. The pandemic has seen novel interventions by companies help combat the effects of COVID-19 at the community level while the pandemic has made the vulnerabilities of the system even more visible. The planed EU Directive on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence is setting the path towards new development. What are examples that companies and training programmes can use to go beyond Do No Harm, and respond to pressures? Speakers will draw on the findings from the research programme the UN Business and Human Security Initiative.
- Linda Benraïs, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law and Mediation, ESSEC; Director of the Governance and Conflict Resolution, ESSEC Business School, IRENE, France (READ BIO)
- Maria Prandi, Founder and Director, Business and Human Rights, Spain (READ BIO)
- Dr. Mary Martin, Director and Senior Policy Fellow, UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE IDEAS, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
- Antonio Fuerte Zurita, Specialisterne, Spain (READ BIO)
10:15 – 10:45 I KEYNOTE: Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili
Human capital development, economic and social justice, transparency and governance have been dominant themes in the influential career of Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili. In this session, she shares insights on teach of these themes and how they are connected, by reflecting her experiences in Nigerian government, Transparency International, the World Bank, and more.
- Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, President, Human Capital África and Senior Economic Adviser, África Economic Development Policy Initiative, Nigeria (READ BIO)
- Darius Teter, Executive Director, Stanford Seed, USA (READ BIO)
10:45 – 11:25 I The Role of Liberal Arts in Business Education
- Howard Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management & Management Education at Singapore Management University, Singapore (READ BIO)
- Michelle Lee, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education; Associate Professor of Marketing; Academic Director, SMU-SUTD Joint Program, Singapore Management University, Singapore (READ BIO)
- Rick Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Vice Dean for Education and Partnerships, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, USA (READ BIO)
11:30 – 12:15 I Art as a Vehicle for Social Change
Art not only plays a vital role in society as a source of joy but it also plays a key role to encourage people to change. People around the world are drawing lessons from various forms of arts such as performing arts (theatre, music, dance etc), visual arts (drawing, painting, photography etc) to teach leadership, communication skills, create awareness about social issues & most importantly to ins till empathy. Moreover, the year 2021 is the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. In this context, it is pertinent to deliberate the need for business schools across the globe in using these art forms to make their graduates aware about grand challenges and encourage them to take up actions.The multi-stakeholder panel will foster dialogues on the importance of arts in various issues e.g. human rights, climate challenge and discuss various examples of arts integration into the business school curricula and other activities to advance the 2030 agenda.
- Divya Singhal, Professor and Chairperson, Centre For Social Sensitivity and Action, Goa Institute of Management, India (READ BIO)
- Fernanda Carreira: Head of the Integrated Education Program at the Center for Sustainability Studies, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil (READ BIO)
- Katell le Goulven, Founding Executive Director, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD Business School, France (READ BIO)
- Okan Pala, Co-director of Sustainability Platform, Ozyegin University, Turkey (READ BIO)
- Abby Litchfield, Senior Associate at Network for Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School, Canada (READ BIO)
12:20 – 13:00 I Research for Business Sustainability
This session focuses on the role that business school research can and should play in transforming business for sustainability. It explores the challenges and opportunities from both a business perspective and an academic perspective, and where they intersect. What are some ways we can work together across sectors to strengthen the positive impact of research on sustainable development?
- Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director RSM, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (READ BIO)
- Sharon Bligh, Director, Health & Wellness, Consumer Goods Forum, France (READ BIO)
- Mette Morsing, Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, Switzerland (READ BIO)
13:00 – 13:30 I UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: STABILITY DURING COVID AND BEYOND?
Learn the latest results from an on-going field research project in Kenya showing that even a modest universal basic income can help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations survive crises like COVID-19. UBI also provides positive benefits in connection to food insecurity, physical and mental well-being, and the viability of entrepreneurs.
- Tavneet Suri, Louis E. Seley Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)
- David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)
13:30 – 14:00 I From Quality to Impact: Reflecting SDG Engagement in Journal Metrics
Following a meeting at GBSN’s 2019 conference in Lisbon, David Steingard and Simon Linacre have been working on a methodology for analysing how a journal has engaged with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has resulted in a new metric – SDG Impact Intensity™ – the first academic journal rating system for evaluating how journals contribute to positively impact SDG. SDG Impact Intensity™ provides a rating of up to three ‘SDG wheels’ to summarize the SDG relevance of articles published over a five-year period (2016-2020). Findings show that journals well-known for academic quality performed badly when assessed for SDG relevance, while journals focused on sustainability issues performed much better.
- Simon Linacre, Director of International Marketing & Development, Cabells Scholarly Analytics, USA (READ BIO)
- David Steingard, Associate Director, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Business Ethics, Department of Management, Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University, USA (READ BIO)
14:00 – 14:55 I Business, Poverty and Climate Action: Promoting People-Centered Solutions in Africa
Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its negative impacts are more severely felt by poor people and poor countries. They are more vulnerable because of their high dependence on natural resources, and their limited capacity to cope with climate variability and extremes. The objective of this session is to contribute to a global dialogue on how businesses can respond and mitigate the many adverse effects of climate change in Africa while aiding poverty reduction efforts.
- Franklin Ngwu, Associate Professor and Director, Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre, Nigeria (READ BIO)
- Philip Thigo, Director for Africa, Thunderbird School for Global Management, Arizona State University, USA (READ BIO)
- Douglas Brew, Head of Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainable Business for Africa, Unilever, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
- Tiekie Barnard, Founder and CEO, Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) and Shift Impact Africa, South Africa (READ BIO)
15:00 – 16:00 I SUSTAINABLE FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
How can the finance and investment sector do more to accelerate the transformation of business for sustainability? What are the obstacles and opportunities? What role do business schools and scholars play? How can we work together in business schools to build capacity and capability in the sustainable finance space around research, teaching, and engagement, and how that may differ from what we normally do? Panelists will address these and other important questions in this indispensable discipline.
- Iain Clacher, Pro Dean for International; Professor of Pensions & Finance, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
- Andrew Karolyi, Dean; Professor of Finance and Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, USA (READ BIO)
- Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Associate Professor of Finance, Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago, New Zealand (READ BIO)
- Viviane Torinelli, Co-founder, Brazilian Research Alliance on Sustainable Finance and Investment (BRASFI), Brazil (READ BIO)