List of contributors

Authors List

  • Cecile Biccari

    Cecile Biccari is responsible for investors education at the Ethos Foundation (Switzerland). She has worked in sustainable finance for over two decades with a focus on mainstreaming best practices.

  • Philipp Censkowsky

    PhD candidate at the Department of Strategy, Globalisation and Society (SGS), Co-founder and Editor of the Grand Challenges Blog

  • Guillaume Fery

    Guillaume is a water and sanitation engineer and project manager focusing on the modernisation/digitalisation of water utilities in the context of large international development projects. He is currently an expert for international development banks such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of technology deployment and water utility operations. Outside of work, he is a volunteer and ambassador for the Solar Impulse Foundation, where he works with start-ups and entrepreneurs to help evaluate cleantech solutions and scale their impact.

  • Quentin Gallea

    Quentin Gallea is a researcher, lecturer, and consultant.

  • Patrick Haack

    Patrick Haack is a Professor of Strategy and Responsible Management in the Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. He also serves as the Director of the HEC Research Center for Grand Challenges.

  • Marvin Hanisch

    Marvin Hanisch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Innovation Management & Strategy at the University of Groningen. He specializes in governance and leadership issues in high-tech domains, including digital platforms, open-source software, blockchain networks, and biopharmaceutical alliances.

  • Savindu Herath

    Savindu is a Sri Lankan research associate and doctoral student at the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation at ETH Zurich. He is researching the design of AI systems to empower organizations to achieve their objectives with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Sébastien Houde

    I am an Associate Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Economics at HEC Lausanne (Université de Lausanne) and a research affiliate at ETH Zürich and the E2e Project. I work on environmental, energy, and climate issues. I am also an Associate Editor at Resource and Energy Economics.

  • Dovev Lavie

    DOVEV LAVIE is a Professor of Strategic Management at Bocconi University with a PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He studies societal grand challenges, the interplay of competition and cooperation, and value creation and capture in alliances and ecosystems.

  • Ewa Lombard

    Ewa Lombard is Assistant Professor at MBS (France). Cognitive neuroscientist by training, her research focuses on sustainable decision-making in management and finance, and foresight.

  • Johanna Mair

    Johanna Mair is a Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School in Berlin.

  • Garen Markarian

    Garen Markarian is a full professor at HEC Lausanne, teaches “Sustainability Accounting” in E4S (IMD, EPF, UNIL - Master Program in Sustainable Management and Technology) and former Economic Officer for the United Nations. As an international scholar specializing in Corporate Finance and ESG Reporting, he has taught at WHU-Otto Beisheim (Dusseldorf), University of Iowa (CIMBA-Italy), IE Business School (Madrid), HEC (Paris), Institut Mines-Télécom Business School (Paris), Bocconi, (Milan), Concordia (Montreal), Rice (Houston), and Case Western Reserve (Cleveland).

  • Mark McCormick

    Mark is an environmental engineer and data scientist with 20 years of experience in applied research and consulting engineering in the areas of water, wastewater, biomass fuels, urban hydraulics, and municipal solid waste. He is particularly interested in extracting valuable information from data to improve environmental quality and to create more healthy living conditions. Outside of work, he is a volunteer expert for the Solar Impulse Foundation, member of a community garden, and a contributor to local politics.

  • Guido Palazzo

    Guido Palazzo is a professor of business ethics at the University of Lausanne.

  • Arianna Pisciella

    PhD candidate at the Department of Accounting and Control, Co-founder and Editor of the Grand Challenges Blog.

  • Duncan Pollard

    Duncan Pollard: Honorary Professor in the Management School of the University of Lancaster (UK), Consultant on Sustainability, and Trustee of a small charity campaigning against a proposed new coal mine in the UK

  • Yash Raj Shrestha

    Yash is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) at the University of Lausanne and Group Head of Applied AI Lab. His research program aims to identify solutions and frameworks for dealing with organizational and technical hurdles that business organizations face when adopting AI-based systems.

  • Dominic Rohner

    Holding a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Dominic Rohner is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne. Dominic Rohner’s research focuses on key drivers of civil and interstate wars, such as e.g., natural resources and analyses institutions and public policies that can reduce the risk of conflict and foster peace.

  • Wouter Savrij Droste

    Wouter is a visionary, authentic leader with over twenty years of multi-sector experiences within sustainability SME, start-ups, but also international organisations and corporate. His professional and private goal is to continue operationalising sincere sustainability care and values-based leadership in business and society. Wouter challenges the innovation of organisations’ strategy planning by bringing direct conscious responsibility and delicate care into management decision making. He shares freely his ideas, experiences and vision other economic thinking which he calls Sustainabilism (, 2024).

  • Robin Schimmelpfennig

    PhD candidate at the Department of Strategy, Globalisation and Society (SGS), Co-founder and Editor of the Grand Challenges Blog

  • Max Schmidt

    Max Schmidt holds an MSc in Research for International Development from SOAS, University of London and BA degrees in political sciences and sociology. As a climate policy specialist at Perspectives Climate Group, he specializes transforming 'negative' climate finance into 'positive' climate finance, ranging from export credits, L&D (Loss and Damage), and renewable energy finance.

  • Christian Seelos

    Christian Seelos is a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

  • Alexander Semionov

    Alexander Semionov is a Graduate Student at HEC Lausanne (Master of Science in Finance) and alumni of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), with previous work experiences in Business Development in Singapore and in South-East Asia frontier markets.

  • The Editorial Team
  • Patrick Nicolas Tinguely

    Patrick is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation of ETH Zurich, and the Academic Director of the Strategy and Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL). His research focuses on the way emerging technologies shape organization design and employee behavior.

  • Lukas von Flüe

    Currently, I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne. I mainly work on the cultural evolution of social norms in the context of sustainability, using behavioral experiments, game theory, and agent-based modeling.

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