Strategic Advisors

We are extremely fortunate to enjoy the support of a high-level pro-bono panel of Strategic Advisors who apply their deep expertise and international experience to help steer the development of OPEN.

Our current Strategic Advisors include:


Mike Barry | Director of Sustainable Business, M&S (UK)

“Global society and the economy that serves it need to change fundamentally to build a better, very much more sustainable future. We will only achieve this with a fundamentally different approach to how we run the economy. This requires different business models, leadership skills and technologies and these will only come from a higher education system that is attuned to sustainability across all it does. OPEN offers a bridge between business and higher education to ensure that teaching and research are delivering the sustainability outcomes business needs to prosper in the future.”

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Seema Bennett | Director, EveryWoman (UK)

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Carlo Giardinetti | Global Responsible Leadership Initiative & Business School Lausanne (SWITZERLAND)

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Hinnerk Hansen | Global MD, Impact Hub Network (SWITZERLAND)

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Thomas Jelley | Vice President of Sodexo Quality of Life Institute (FINLAND)

“In the world of business, it’s increasingly common to see students, start-ups and multi-national organisations come together to develop goods and services in innovative ways, drawing on the diversity of the knowledge and insight they represent.  Increasingly, we also see the business community reaching out to stakeholders motivated by social purpose and joining forces.  To facilitate this, there is great potential in platforms such as OPEN to bring together educators and students of all levels and disciplines, businesses and civil society, to develop a really solid shared sustainability discourse that is informed by knowledge but focused on solutions.”

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Professor Joe Raelin | Asa S. Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education, Northeastern University (USA)

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Dr Isabel Rimanoczy | Convenor of UN PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset (ARGENTINA)

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Professor Steve Waddell | Director, Networking Action & Lead Steward, SDG Transformation Forum (USA)

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Professor Sandra Waddock | Galligan Chair of Strategy, Boston College (USA)

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Thomas Vellacott | CEO, WWF Switzerland (SWITZERLAND)

“Sectors from agriculture to retail and from energy to transportation are undergoing deep transformations, as more sustainable business models challenge the status quo. Students and companies rightly look to business schools to provide an education that is relevant in this rapidly changing world. OPEN brings together educators, universities, companies, non-profit organisations and students to co-create this change and shape the transition to a sustainable future.”

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We are conscious that we need more diversity in our panel, not just in terms of gender and ethnicity, but also in specific areas of expertise and geographical/cultural representation. We are therefore currently searching for Strategic Advisors from outside of Europe (especially North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific) in the following specific areas of expertise:

  • International development
  • Social justice
  • Governance & ethics
  • Marketing & communications
  • Technology-enabled social networks

If you are interested in volunteering as one of our Strategic Advisors (or want to nominate someone), then please contact our Founding President, Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud at for a confidential conversation.


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