in Sustainable Finance and Governance
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).
From governmental to company reporting, authored with Klaus Dingwerth, St Gallen University, in leading Global Environmental Governance volume edited by Jean-Frederic Morin and Amandine Orsini.
Co-authored with Klaus Dingwerth of Bremen University, collaboration with a group of leading International Relations scholars. Presents first historical overview of development of the PRI, voluntary initiative with UNEP FI and UN Global Compact.
The UN Global Compact and Global Reporting Initiative: Where principles meet performance, chapter in Petschow, Ulrich; Rosenau, James and Von Weizsaecker, Ernst Ulrich (eds) 2006. Governance and Sustainability. Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing 2006.
Compares core principles of the Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative, and action steps to implement the environmental principles of the Compact.
Co-authored with Monique Barbut (UNEP, GEF), chapter describes approach followed by UNEP during 1990s and 2000s to corporate environmental responsibility, including the role of reporting in complementing business voluntarism.
Co-authored with Nancy Bennet, chapter places macro and micro level sustainable development indicators side by side, considering how global indexes, observation systems and multilateral agreements link with bottom-up data reported by industries.
Book publication of my PhD, covering developments in EU during the 1980s around the regulation of transboundary air pollution. It includes case study analysis of negotiation of the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive.
Based on my Masters degree, article applies international regime theory to the Antarctic Treaty System. It addresses negotiation of the 1991 Protocol on Environmental Protection, placing a ban of 50 years on mining activities in the Antarctic.