Global Governance Summit 2022: ESG - Driving Positive Change

25 August 2022, 14:00-16:30 CET | Virtual session




Stress on organizations today is unprecedented. More than ever before, leaders need to be equipped to understand and respond to rapidly changing conditions and ensure the continued sustainability of their organizations within the ESG framework. 

Our environment, society and the essential governance thereof is firmly interwoven into our future. We have a collective responsibility to pivot and transform our organizations to create, preserve and avoid the erosion of value, working together to ensure that we effectively steward our limited resources for future generations.

Join us, as global experts challenge the assumption that our current economic models can expand indefinitely andas suggested by the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI)ask ourselves the uncomfortable questions no one dares to explore.

Can we find innovative solutions that grapple with the complexities ingrained within our environment and implanted deep within our society?

Investigate the latest developments in governance from global thought leaders and catalyze new ideas as we all work towards a sustainable future. 

This Global Summit is hosted by AACSB International and co-organized with the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), the Good Governance Academy (GGA), and the Global Business School Network (GBSN). Supporting organizations include AMBA, CEEMAN, PRME, GRLI, ACCA, and AABS. 

Join us for a globally interactive conversation about ESG, Sustainability and beyond - what we do now affects our future.

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Andre Sobczak

André Sobczak is professor in corporate social responsibility at Audencia Business School, where he is the holder of the Positive Impact Chair and the academic director of the Specialized master “Actor for energy transition”. He is also chief officer for social responsibility at Audencia. André has published various academic articles and textbooks in the field of sustainability, with a specific focus on the transformation of business models and the involvement of stakeholders. He has worked with business of different sizes and in different sectors to accelerate their transformation, and he has served as vice-president of the Nantes metropolitan area in charge of corporate social responsibility and employment.


Armand Bam
Armand Bam received a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town and is currently the Head of Social Impact and the Small Business Academy at Stellenbosch Business School and Senior Lecturer in Business in Society. Armand is responsible for leading the business school’s social impact (SI) philosophy and strategy and oversees the execution of SI processes, programmes and projects. He lectures on the role of Business in Society in the MBA and MPhil Futures Studies programmes and Quality and Integrity in Leadership on the PGDip in Leadership with a focus on NPOs. His research interests include disability, diversity, equity and inclusion; non-profit management & leadership and social impact education. As the lead author his work on student reflections titled Transformative learning through social engagement: Reflections on responsible leadership development in management education received the Best Paper Award at the International Business Conference in 2019. 

Axel Kravatzky

Dr. Axel Kravatzky is Managing Partner of Syntegra-ESG, advising and guiding leaders on how to develop, activate and amplify the power of their brand and people to positively impact society and the natural environment profitably.

Axel is the Vice Chair of ISO/TC309 Governance of Organizations. He also serves as the convener of ISO/TC309/WG1 where he co-led with Dr Victoria Hurth the development of the first international benchmark for good governance: ISO 37000:2021 Governance of Organizations — Guidance. Axel is currently also project leader of ISO 37006 Indicators of effective organizational governance – Guidance. 

Carolynn Chalmers

Carolynn has spent the last 20 years assisting leaders and leadership teams to understand and apply governance principles and generate value for their organizations. She has extensive management and governance experience and has held various Board, Board Committee and Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organizations. Carolynn is co-editor of the ISO standard for the governance of organizations (ISO 37000) and co-convenor of the Governance Maturity Working Group (ISO 37004). Carolynn is well known for her successes in designing and leading large, complex strategy implementations which she attributes this success to the application of effective governance principles. 

Charlotte Valuer

Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom.

She has an extensive portfolio career with a number of Non-Executive Directorships and Chair roles. Over the last decade, Charlotte has been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. Charlotte also has board experience with a range of unlisted companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, BT Pension Fund, Chair of Institute of Directors U.K. and Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice.

Board Apprentice was founded in 2013 and is a not-for-profit organisation that provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business. Addressing the need of providing a pipeline of board ready individuals, Board Apprentice places appropriate individuals as board apprentices on boards for 1 year to gain first-hand experience, through observation, of the workings and dynamics on boards. Board Apprentice has been cited in the U.K. Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.

Charlotte is a regular public speaker and delivers training in corporate governance around the globe. She particularly enjoys getting to the heart of challenging governance issues and helping her clients find successful ways to move forward towards best practices. In addition, she conducts board reviews and advises boards on corporate governance through her company, Global Governance Group. Charlotte has over 35 years of experience in finance, primarily as an investment banker in Denmark and the UK.


David Couldridge

David is Head of ESG Engagement at Ninety One. He works with the investment teams to help develop and integrate responsible investment practices. More specifically, he focusses on company engagement, seeking improved governance and disclosure practices.

Prior to joining the firm, David worked at Element Investment Managers as a senior investment analyst. Prior to this, he was a senior manager at Old Mutual within their Unit Trusts division. David’s extensive experience is such that he currently serves on the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Board of Governors, the CRISA committee (Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa), the ASISA Responsible Investment committee and the Remuneration Forum, which is part of the Institute of Directors South Africa.


Ivo Matser

Ivo Matser is CEO of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) in Brussels. He has vast international experience as dean/ceo/president of business schools. He was leading Twente School of Management (Twente University) in the Netherlands, ISM University of Management and Economics in Lithuania, GISMA Business University in Germany and the UK and IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia.  He has 20 year experience in national and international accreditations as peer reviewer and board member of accreditation bodies. 

Prior to delving into the management of business education institutions, in 1992-2001, he was serving as a Director or a Change Manager in various businesses such as professional services, sports, auditing companies and real estate. 

Ivo Matser, additionally holds a number of board positions at various institutions in  health care, welfare and culture/art. Moreover, he is actively involved in the field of governance and certification of non-executive board members.  

Hon. Dr. Ivo Matser EMP CBM, is a Certified Expert Marketing Professional a Certified Board Member, and an expert in leadership, sustainability, organizational development and change management.  


Elif zkul Gkmen

After majoring in Finance-Accounting at the Business Administration Department at Marmara University of İstanbul in 1996, Elif worked on corporate communications and reputation management for 12 years in local and multinational corporations.

In 2008, she established the first sustainability management consulting company in Türkiye, Sercom, with the motto ‘Respect to Life’ aiming to help corporations to manage their sustainability impacts. She has served over 35 large companies and conglomerates in over 15 sectors including financial services, retail, cement, textile, chemicals, steel, energy, logistics, food and beverage, telecommunications, airport operators, construction, tire, packaging and still providing advisory and corporate reporting services (sustainability, integrated, UNGC), helping companies to improve their and their suppliers’ ESG performance rated on platforms like Refinitiv, MSCI, S&P and EcoVadis.

Elif has served as GRI’s Contracted Quality Consultant in Türkiye from 2010 to 2015. She has been the Project Coordinator of Selecting the Best Green Economy Projects of Türkiye, presented at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference in 2012. Elif, participated in Corporate Governance Board Leadership Training Program by IFC in 2012 and joined Climate Reality Project Leadership Training Program by Al Gore in 2013. She’s written numerous articles on the development of sustainability and integrated reporting, and on the impacts of climate change.

Elif is a member of Corporate Governance Association, ERTA Integrated Reporting Association, Buğday Association for Supporting Ecological Living and Corporate Responsibility Association of Türkiye. Elif is a micro farmer and cat lover.

 Harry Broadman


Dr Harry G. Broadman is a Partner and Chair of Emerging Markets at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) LLC, a global consultancy focused on structuring cross-border investment transactions and providing testimony on complex business global disputes in international litigation or arbitration. He is also a member of the Johns Hopkins University faculty. He is an independent corporate director on four boards—all international firms—serving as Audit Committee Chair; Compensation Committee Chair, and Executive Committee Member. He is a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a Commissioned NACD Board Advisory Services Faculty Member. 
Broadman is an expert on multinational corporate finance; sustainability and corporate governance; global supply chain management; cybersecurity; innovation and R&D; international investment treaties and trade agreements; and antitrust and economic regulation. He has worked on the ground in 85+ emerging markets spanning 5 continents, especially China, India, Africa, Latin America, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, and the Balkans. 
Prior to coming to BRG, he was Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded and led PwC’s Business Growth Strategy Management Consulting Practice; Managing Director at Albright Capital Management, the international private equity firm Chaired by Madeleine Albright, where he served on the Investment Committee; a senior official at The World Bank, overseeing the bank’s largest sovereign and enterprise restructuring loans in China, Russia, and Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. 
Earlier Broadman served in the White House, first as Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and then as United States Assistant Trade Representative, leading negotiations establishing the WTO and NAFTA, all U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaties and all U.S. International Science and Technology Agreements, as well as serving as a Member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He was Chief Economist, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Previously, he served on the Harvard University Faculty; the RAND Corporation; The Brookings Institution; and Resources for the Future Inc. 

He is a monthly Business Leadership Strategy columnist for Forbes; a quarterly National Security Columnist for the International Financial Law Review; and a frequent columnist for the Financial Times. 
Broadman’s most recent books are: Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier; The State as Shareholder: China’s Management of Enterprise Assets; and From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy. 
He was educated at Brown University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. 


 John North

John North is an integrative entrepreneur operating across the boundaries of society, business and education. Following an international strategy consulting career which included founding Accenture's sustainability practice in Ireland, his passion to make a difference in his home country brought him back to South Africa where he combines local advisory work with an international role at the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. John is one of the lead contributors to the 50+20 vision "Management Education for the World" and recently directed the design and delivery of a 50+20 Innovation Cohort for Deans and Directors of Business Schools. John and his family lives in the Garden Route of South Africa. 

The GRLI exists to catalyze the development of globally responsible leadership and practice in organizations and societies worldwide. It is the leading incubator for innovation and new practice in business schools and for collaboration with business in the space of ethics, responsibility, and sustainability. 

We bring together an international multi-sector community – leaders, practitioners, professionals, academics and the next generation – to create awareness of the need and urgency for responsible global action and to equip individuals, organizations and societies to respond to this call. Founded in 2004 by EFMD and the UN Global Compact, today it comprises 70 partner (member) organizations who join based on their commitment to transforming leadership development. Since GRLI’s inception, our partners and members have worked collectively to support transformation in management education and business towards global responsibility. 

J Hanks

Incite co-founder and director, Jonathon Hanks, has 30 years of advisory and advocacy experience, working with companies, intergovernmental bodies, investors and NGOs on corporate responsibility and sustainable development in more than 30 countries. In addition to working with leading companies across a range of sectors, he has consulted to international organisations such as the CDP, GRI, IIRC, ISO, and UN Global Compact. Jonathon has played an active role in driving corporate accountability in South Africa and globally. He was instrumental in bringing the Carbon Disclosure Project to South Africa; convened the three-year GRI/IIRC Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting; and served on the global Corporate Reporting Dialogue. From 2006-2010 Jonathon chaired the multi-stakeholder negotiations on the text of ISO 26000, securing consensus – from more than 95 countries, 45 global organisations and 450 experts – on the international standard on social responsibility. Recently he led the consultant team developing the JSE’s Sustainability and Climate Disclosure Guidance.  He is Chairman of Outward Bound South Africa, an Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and a visiting lecturer on various MBA programmes.  He has Masters’ degrees from the London School of Economics and Lund University, and is a keen kite-surfer, runner, and downhill-skier.

Jon Foster Hedley
Jon is a Dean, Director, strategist, activist, speaker, writer, educator, and marketer.

He has spent 10 years as the dean, director, marketing director and builder of Henley Business School, Africa. Under his directorship, Henley was the Winner of Number 1 MBA business School in South Africa in the years 2018, 2019, 2020. Henley is also the highest ranked international business school accredited in Africa (FT 2020). Jon is the Founder and chair of MBAid, a non-profit initiative to create “a better life, a better society through business and through education”.


Jon is:

  • Founder of #CorporateActivism #NoMoreBribes #NewAfricanHeroes #FamilyFriendlyLearning, #HenleyICE, #HenleyFIRE, #HenleyEARTH (Environmental Activism through Research and Training @Henley).

  • Driver of ‘We build the people, who build the businesses, that build Africa’.


Jon’s past roles have included:

  • Director and designer of MBA, leadership and executive programmes

  • Educator at MBA level in strategy, international marketing, marketing, creativity, design thinking and innovation

  • 30 years in strategy, creativity, innovation

  • 40 years in sales and marketing

  • Director of the Southern Innovation Centre in New Zealand and director of entrepreneurship programme.

  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor advisory board member (NZ)

  • Committee member of GBSN and EFMD MEA committees

  • Board member of the British Chamber of Business in South Africa

  • Vice-chair of the South African Business Schools Association

  • Airline captain

  • Marketing director in the European aerospace industry

  • Aerobatics competitor

  • Flight examiner and instructor

Lee Swan

Lee is an experienced business sustainability advisor with hands-on experience in a variety of sectors including investment management, manufacturing, energy, construction, mining, aviation, real estate and infrastructure. She has over 18 years of experience within the sustainable business arena. To date, her career has been spent primarily at the intersection between commerce and sustainability. Lee has a Master’s Degree in Development Planning with a focus on the renewable energy and economics. She also holds a Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute.

Mathias Falkenstein

Dr. Falkenstein is a Professor of Practice in Higher Education Management at Luiss Business School, Luiss University in Rome, Italy. Mathias is also the Managing Director at XOLAS, a Higher Education Consulting Firm based in Berlin, Germany. XOLAS is assisting global universities and business schools in designing and implementing institutional change, with particular attention to issues of sustainability and responsibility, quality management and internationalization. He is also the Chair of the AACSB Responsible Management Education Affinity Group. Mathias worked as Director of Business School Services at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels, Director of International Relations at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris & Lille, and Director of the International Summer University at the Free University in Berlin. He started his career as a Program Officer at the North American headquarters of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York. Mathias serves currently in different business school advisory boards and is the chair of the Supervisory Board of the Positive Impact Rating. Mathias is also a research fellow and post-doctoral graduate at the International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK.

Mervyn King

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel, former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, and designated Chartered Director (South Africa). He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University. He has honorary Doctorates from Wits University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Leeds University in the UK, and Deakin University in Australia.


Mervyn is honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, and the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Mervyn is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, as well as of the Value Reporting Foundation (incorporating the International Integrated Reporting Council and SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally, from several institutions.


Mervyn chairs the Good Law Foundation and has chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance and of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. Mervyn currently chairs the African Integrated Reporting Council and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa and is Patron of the Good Governance Academy.


Mervyn has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.


He is the author of many books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Healthy Company.”

Mette Morsing

Mette Morsing (Ph.D. 1994), Head of PRME, UN Global Compact (New York). Before May 2020, Mette Morsing was the Mistra Chair of Sustainable Markets and Executive Director of Misum: Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets at Stockholm School of Economics, (Sweden) (since 2017). She was also Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School (CBS, Denmark) (since 2007). She was the Founding Director of CBS Center for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2002, and she was the Academic Director of CBS Sustainability Platform 2011-2016 with the ambition to integrate sustainability across fifteen academic departments. In 2003, she was the co-founder of Academy of Business in Society (ABIS, Bruxelles), where she served as a Member of the Board of Directors for 10 years. Morsing was in 2010 appointed as a member of the executive board of directors at LEGO Foundation and Melting Pot, and in 2016 she was elected by her colleagues to serve on CBS Board.

Mumbi Wachira

Dr. Mumbi Maria Wachira is a full-time Accounting Lecturer at Strathmore University Business School (SBS), Nairobi. She obtained both her Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Master of Commerce (MCom) degrees at Strathmore University, and her PhD at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her teaching and research areas are in Sustainability Reporting, Creating Shared Value, Financial Reporting, Corporate Fraud, and Sustainable Finance. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Wachira has also been involved in the training and consulting of SMEs operating within Nairobi in collaboration with various companies. Currently, she is involved in developing and facilitating customized programs for organizations seeking to embed sustainability strategies into their core business operations.  Dr. Wachira is the Vice Chair for UN-PRME Chapter Africa. She is a member of the Shared Value Africa Initiative Council of 8 and is also actively involved in the B Academics Global Engagement Committee.  

Owen Skae

Owen Skae is an Associate Professor and was appointed Director: Rhodes Business School with effect from 1 January 2010 after extensive experience in the consulting arena, the private sector, academia and most latterly an international organization.

Owen studied at Rhodes University from 1983 to 1988, where he completed his undergraduate studies and read for an M.Com in the Department of Management. Immediately thereafter he read for an MBA degree at Durham University in England.

He is formerly an Associate Professor in Managerial Accounting & Finance at the School of Accounting at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he taught from 1996 to 2006. Most recently he worked for the Geneva based, International Trade Centre, the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, its main goal being to help developing countries achieve sustainable human development through exports. In this former capacity, he advised numerous countries on priorities for raising overall levels of competitiveness and assisting in the formulation of national and sector export strategies.

His areas of interest are strategic management, managerial accounting and finance and he also has a strong research background in business linkages and small business development.



Patrick Kabuya

Patrick is a Senior Governance Specialist at the World Bank (based in South Africa). He is involved in partnering and supporting African countries to strengthen the accountancy profession, corporate governance, integrated thinking and reporting, and public finance management for benefit of citizens. He has extensive wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in these areas.

Patrick was instrumental in establishing and remains actively involved in the operations of Africa Integrated Reporting Council (AIRC) that is promoting and supporting implementation of integrated thinking and reporting in Africa. He is also the current Chair of the World Bank Group Integrated Reporting Community of Practice whose role is to promote and empower both WBG staff and member countries to implement integrated reporting.

He is a Chartered Accountant – CA (South Africa), Fellow Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (FCPAK) and Fellow of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), – and a Fellow of African Leadership Initiative (a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network). He has served in several leadership positions: Board member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA), Chairman of NEPAD Business Foundation Audit Committee, member of Cricket South Africa Audit Committee, Chairman of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) South Africa Chapter, amongst others.

Patrick served in both EY (Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa offices) and South Africa Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) before joining World Bank Group in 2009.



Wayne Visser

Dr Wayne Visser is a globally recognized Cambridge “pracademic.” An idea-monger, storyteller, and meme weaver, he is the author of 41 books, including Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society, and the Economy. His work as a champion for thriving, strategy analyst, sustainability academic, documentary filmmaker, and professional speaker has taken him to more than 75 countries. He has been listed as one of the world’s top 10 most influential faculty thinkers on social media on issues of responsible business (by University of Bath #thinklist), and a top 100 thought leader in trustworthy business (by Excellence and Trust across America).

Dr. Visser currently serves as head tutor, fellow, and lecturer at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, as well as professor of Integrated Value at Antwerp Management School, where he holds the world’s first academic chair in sustainable transformation, supported by BASF, Port of Antwerp, and Randstad. He is also a director of the think tank and media company Kaleidoscope Futures and founder of CSR International, and Global Advisory Board member of Asia-based BCorp, IMPACTO. Previous roles include director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and strategy analyst for Capgemini in South Africa.