Societal Impact Conference

Gain real tools and groundbreaking best practices from educators and business thought leaders on the most important societal impact topics of the year.
September 26​ – 27​, 2023
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Societal Impact Conference
Societal Impact Seminar (Copenhagen)
Join us for a welcome message from Lily Bi, President & CEO of AACSB International, and Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, President of CBS and Conference Chair.
Lily Bi
President and CEO
AACSB International
Nikolaj Malchow-Møller
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, President
Copenhagen Business School
Today’s societal issues such as climate change and inequality are posing great challenges for business leaders. Business schools play a crucial role in preparing future leaders to address these challenges effectively by ensuring they have the right skills and competencies to navigate complex problems and contribute to a sustainable and equitable world. Panelists will explore how business schools can develop leaders who bring innovative solutions to the world’s challenges and create business models that operate within the Earth’s system boundaries while achieving financial goals.
Hanne Harmsen
Vice Dean, Green Transition
Copenhagen Business School
Himanshu Rai
Indian Institute of Management Indore
Katherine Richardson
Professor in Biological Oceanography, Globe Institute, and Leader of Sustainability Science Centre
University of Copenhagen
Paulo Savaget
Professor, Author of The Four Workarounds, Strategies from the World’s Scrappiest Organizations for Tackling Complex Problems
University of Oxford
Business schools are recognizing the need to incorporate climate change into their curriculum, research, and operations. In this session, panelists will share examples of business schools’ innovations in this space and discuss the critical role of partnerships in combating climate change.
Juliane Reinecke
Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Louise Whittaker
Deputy Dean and Professor
Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria
Omar Toulan
Dean of the MBA and Hilti Chair, Professor of Strategy and International Management
Washika Haak-Saheem
Dean, Dubai Business School
University of Dubai
Washika Haak-Saheem
Dean, Dubai Business School
University of Dubai
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How can schools take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) and apply it for the greater good of society? Learn how you can prepare students to tackle some of the world’s most challenging issues using the latest technologies.
Camilla Nørgaard Jensen
Innovation Manager, DTU Skylab and the
Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence
Esben Toftdahl Nielsen
Chief Strategy Officer
Johan Roos
Chief Academic Officer
Hult International Business School
Serge Belongie
Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence
The conference attendees will engage in roundtable discussions and reflect on thoughts from the previous session on applying AI for societal good.
Sherif Kamel
Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, School of Business
The American University - Cairo
Hear from business leaders representing companies that operate within sustainable business models. Panelists will discuss the role that business can play in driving positive change, the challenges they are facing, and the skills that business school graduates need to shape the future of business and accelerate change.
Christian Sparrevohn
The Footprint Firm
Fabrizio Ferraro
Academic Director, Sustainable Leadership Initiative
IESE Business School
Lauren Bartley
Sustainability and CSR Director
Morten Enggaard Rasmussen
Executive Vice-President, People, Sustainability and Brand
Yahya Anouti
Partner, Energy, Resources & Sustainability Practice, Middle East ESG Platform Leader
Isabel Rimanoczy has made it her life purpose to promote change accelerators. Aware of the complex challenges we are facing, she developed the Sustainability Mindset, a concept she researched by studying business leaders who championed business initiatives with a positive impact on the environment and the community. In this mini-Ted talk style presentation, Isabel will share our most powerful leverage for action: the internal mind shift.
Isabel Rimanoczy
Convener and Founder
The Sustainability Mindset
Business schools play a key role in developing leaders who can drive positive change and contribute to a healthier planet. Join this session to learn how you can implement the sustainability mindset framework and develop leaders as changemakers at your institution.
Cheryl Kiser
Executive Director, The Institute for Social Innovation
Babson College
Heather MacCleoud
Chief Network Officer
Isabel Rimanoczy
Convener and Founder
The Sustainability Mindset
Mathias Falkenstein
Professor of Practice in Higher Ed Management
Luiss Business School
Valérie Fernandes
Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Development
Excelia Group
The conference attendees will engage in roundtable discussions around the challenges, opportunities, and commitments that need to be considered in business school curriculum to ensure that students have the leadership and functional competencies to advance societal impact.
Heather MacCleoud
Chief Network Officer
Nicholas Igneri
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Product Officer
AACSB International
The Nordic Nine, implemented by Copenhagen Business School (CBS), is a set of nine transformative capabilities that balance the advancement of the individual with responsibilities that stretch beyond business and into society. The purpose of The Nordic Nine initiative is that all graduates from CBS possess the transformative skills described in The Nordic Nine which are part of CBS’ strategy. The goal is that all graduates from CBS in 2024 have engaged in research-based learning processes that develop The Nordic Nine skills, including the special management skills that are characteristic of the Nordic model, and which is essential for leading the necessary transformations in business and society. Join this session to learn how you can incorporate teaching methods that support the Nordic Nine, and how implementing the Nordic Nine capabilities in its programs inspires CBS students to contribute to solving societal challenges with compassion for themselves, others and the planet.
Anna Thomasson
Dean of Education
Copenhagen Business School
Caroline Bering
Copenhagen Business School
Christian Jensby
CEO, Denmark Office
Deloitte LLP
Torben Möger Pedersen
Examples of schools making positive impact as identified in their mission, strategic plan, and beyond, including ways of measuring the impact.
Carla Machado
Director of Societal Engagement
Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University
David Byrne
Director of Accreditation and Quality Assurance
Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Ihsan Zakri
Regional Head, Middle East and Africa
AACSB International
Karin Barac
Deputy Dean, Research and Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
University of Pretoria
This session introduces TASK™ – The Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge – a groundbreaking tool by Sulitest designed to transform education by setting a new standard for sustainability knowledge. Based on extensive research on sustainability and psychometrics, TASK™ is a robust, reliable, and comparable measure of sustainability knowledge leading to a certificate. This online tool provides relevant data and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of educational interventions on knowledge development; understanding levels of sustainability knowledge across an organization or school to inform curriculum redesign; and external reporting for accreditations, rankings, and other stakeholders. TASK™ aims to be the “game changer” that will make sustainability a common language for all.
Aurélien DECAMPS
Co-Founder at Sulitest, and Affiliate Professor at Kedge Business School
Aurélien DECAMPS
Co-Founder at Sulitest, and Affiliate Professor at Kedge Business School
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the need for businesses to measure and report their impact beyond financial performance. This has led to the development of various reporting frameworks used to evaluate the sustainability and societal impact of a company’s operations such as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). ESG has been the center of many debates and challenges – from concerns about greenwashing to lack of standardization related to metrics and reporting. There is a strong need for business leaders with tools to measure, assess, report and communicate societal impact. Join this session for a discussion on emerging reporting frameworks and the importance of educating future leaders to measure, evaluate, report, and communicate company’s sustainable efforts.
Andreas Rasche
Professor of Business and Society
Copenhagen Business School
Kristin Parello-Plesner
Head of Group Sustainability
Danske Bank
Simon Boas Hoffmeyer
Senior Director of Group Sustainability & ESG
Carlsberg Group
Susanne Stormer
Partner, ESG & Sustainability Services Leader
PwC Danmark
Nicholas Igneri
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Product Officer
AACSB International