The experience of working in large organisations at international level has left me with a keen sense of the role of organisational culture, bureaucratic inertia, knowledge systems and relevant incentives in enabling or undermining transformation and out-of-the-box innovation. For managers and executives there is the challenge of ongoing learning, shaping high-performing team work and enthusing accountable initiative. 

Large public and private organisations have a unique responsibility in shaping a more humane global economy and planetary stewardship. This requires understanding among those in leadership positions of transnational processes, new ways of orchestrating public-priate collaboration, as well as evolving principles and rules of the global financial system. The lessons of global financial crisis and impacts of global climate change illustrate the urgence of trust building and multilateral pursuit of agreed norms and standards.

Working with leading education institutions, international agencies and business organisations, I provide co-leadership in delivering:

Executive education in sustainable finance, introducing managers from non-financial backgrounds to the fundamentals of the banking, insurance and investment industries, covering the full financial service value chain,

Management education in the development of partnerships and voluntary or co-regulatory initiatives at international level, involving public and private sector players, expert and professional bodies, scientific and interest groups, and

University education and research supervision in the areas of global governance and standards development, with special focus on climate change, corporate responsibility and green growth based on my own past involvement in these areas (e.g. climate negotiations, standard setting).


"Throughout his service in UNEP and to the multilateral environmental agenda, his professionalism, skills and enthusiasm have enabled Cornis to make a significant and highly appreciated contribution."
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment and Administrator, United Nations Development Programme



"Cornis was one of my very best PhD students. He is an effective communicator who can hold his own in any academic and practitioner conversation. He uniquely combines his extensive international management experience with a creative understanding of current debates about international affairs."
Philip Nel, Professor in International Relations, University of Otago, New Zealand