Our Board

We are currently a small Board made up of Co-Founders of OPEN – social entrepreneurs, educators and activists with big ambitions and deep experience. Between us we have launched and scaled numerous campaigns, programmes and ventures that have impacted millions of people around the world.

We are focusing our attention on building OPEN into a global brand for responsible business education. As soon as OPEN is established, we will open up the opportunity to stand for election to the Board to our Fellows, Associates and One Planet Business Schools.

 

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Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, Co-Founder & President

Jean-Paul (everyone calls him J-P) retired in 2016 following a 27 year career with WWF International, latterly as Director of Corporate Partnerships, where he managed global relationships with multinationals including Unilever, Coca-Cola, Lafarge, Nokia and IKEA and worked closely with them to develop sustainable supply chain initiatives (such as the Forest Stewardship Council and Marine Stewardship Council) as well as executive education programmes including the One Planet Leaders programme (with IMD and INSEAD) and the One Planet MBA (with Exeter Business School).

He holds a Masters degree in Forestry from University of Oxford and a Bachelors degree in International Development from the University of East Anglia.

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Tony Cooke, Co-Founder & CEO

Tony is a serial social entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to the sustainable business agenda and brings particular expertise in planning and leading complex multi-stakeholder partnerships, having worked internationally over many years with leading organisations across a variety of sectors to develop strategies for sustainable futures.

Tony is now focused on business education and, in addition to his role at OPEN, teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Exeter and the University of Cambridge. He is also a professionally qualified Yachtmaster and instructor and spends his spare time offshore racing and instructing.

He holds a One Planet MBA (with distinction) from the University of Exeter Business School and a Bachelors degree in Resource Management from the University of Reading. He has also undertaken the International Executive Leadership Programme with the Center for Creative Leadership.

He is a WWF One Planet Leader and holds Fellowships with the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and St George’s House, Windsor Castle.

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Leo Gilliard, Co-Founder & Treasurer

Leo is Political Advisor at WWF Switzerland, where he has been since 2016. Previously he worked at EcoFormation and the Swiss Embassy in Chile.

He holds a Masters degree in European Studies, Politics & Economics and a Bachelors degree in International Relations, Politics, Economics, History & Law, both from the University of Geneva.

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Dr Sally Jeanrenaud, Co-Founder

Sally is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Business School, focusing her research interests on innovation for sustainability. She was previously a Co-Founder and Founding Director of the Green Economy Coalition and led the Future of Sustainability Initiative at the IUCN.

She is a qualified practitioner in both biomimicry and mindfulness and seeks to integrate a humanistic and ecological perspective on sustainability.

Sally holds a PhD in Conservation and Development from the University of East Anglia, a Masters degree in Forestry from the University of Oxford and a Bachelors degree in International Development from the University of East Anglia.

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Professor Jonathan Gosling, Co-Founder 

Jonathan has been Professor of Leadership and Director of Executive Education at two UK Universities (Lancaster and Exeter) and a visiting Prof at McGill in Canada, Renmin in China, Insead in France & Singapore, Auckland in New Zealand and IEDC in Slovenia. He has been a constant reformer of management education – co-founding the first PhD in Critical Management, the multi-country IMPM.org, and the One Planet MBA. Although much of his work has been with executive teams, he is also deeply committed to supporting supervisory and middle managers, which is where real gains are to be made in the quality of business.

He has has authored or co-authored over 40 academic articles and 7 books, and many thousands of emails. It is only the latter that he regrets.

Like Tony, he is a sailor, and generally aims to go the right way around the cans in his fast catamaran (Hurricane 5.9SX for those who care).

He is Lead Faculty at the Forward.institute, and current projects include improving the leadership of malaria elimination in Swaziland and Zimbabwe; and leadership development in the Red Cross in Kenya and South Sudan.

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Franziska Zoller, Co-Founder

Franziska is Head of Innovation & Education at WWF Switzerland, where she has been since 2006. Previously, she worked on campaign management for Pro Natura.

She holds a Masters in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich.

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