Board & Advisory Council

The Oath Project is led and advised by a strong board of directors and Global Advisory Council whose diverse membership spans the globe and includes representation from a variety of industries. The founding board members are:

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Robert Kaplan

Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm.

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Nitin Nohria

Dean of Faculty at Harvard Business School. He previously served as co-chair of the Leadership Initiative, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit.

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Angel Cabrera

President of George Mason University and President Emeritus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, widely recognized as the world leader in international business education. Prior to Thunderbird, Cabrera served as Dean of IE Business School in Madrid.

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Rakesh Khurana

Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. He is also the Master of Cabot House at Harvard College. He teaches a doctoral seminar on Management and Markets and The Board of Directors and Corporate Governance in the MBA program.

 

 

 

The Global Advisory Council members include:

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Max Anderson: Founder, The MBA Oath

Max Anderson the president and co-founder of the MBA Oath initiative to establish a Hippocratic oath for business school graduates. He is also the author, with Peter Escher, of the book The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders (Portfolio 2010). Max studied history at Princeton. He received his MPA and MBA with distinction from Harvard where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and a George Family Foundation Fellow for Leadership. His work has taken him to McKinsey, Google, the Charlie Rose Show, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Max has written extensively and spoken to schools and organizations around the world about the oath and the need for principled leadership. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.

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David Aikman: Senior Director, Forum of Young Global Leaders

David Aikman is the Senior Director of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum 1995, BA (Hons) in English and German Literature, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada; 2003, MBA, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Over 14 years’ experience in business development, fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and brand stewardship in high-profile, complex, international environments. 1995-2002, with International Olympic Committee: Marketing Coordinator, Licensing; Marketing Manager, Licensing; Marketing Manager, Business Development. Since 2003, with World Economic Forum including: grew and led Partnership Team; led Professional Services industry practice Council Member, United World Colleges. Interests: social entrepreneurship, Provence.

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François-Philippe Champagne: Strategic Development Director, AMEC

François-Philippe Champagne is Strategic Development Director, with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions activity and strategy. He was previously Group Vice President and Senior Counsel of ABB Ltd, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Francois serves on the board of a few non-profit organizations in Canada and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader 2009. He joined AMEC in 2008. AMEC is a UK-based engineering, project management and consulting firm. Projects and expertise include oil sands, diamond mines, off-shore oil drilling, nuclear reactors, hydro-electric and other large-scale infrastructure projects (i.e. South America’s first automated phone system). Has shifted strategy to focus on sustainability through four core areas: Workplace, Environment, Community, and Marketplace. Registered with the UNGC.

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Arturo Condo: President, INCAE University

Before becoming President, Arturo was a full Professor in business strategy, international business and competitiveness as well as a Senior Institute Associate of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard. At CLACDS, the Central American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development, he has led a team of professors and researchers working with private and public leaders to strengthen competitive clusters, to implement competitiveness agendas and in general to promote sustainable development. He has taught at INCAE’s masters and executive programs and is an author and co-author of articles, books and teaching cases in his areas of expertise. Prof. Condo holds a DBA from Harvard Business School; a MBA with High Honors from INCAE, where he is a “Distinguished Scholar” honored for leadership on top of academic excellence; and a BS in Electronic Engineering from ESPOL in Ecuador. Dr. Condo also works as an independent consultant in strategic planning and global strategy for firms and industry organizations in Latin America and Asia.

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John Dutton: Deputy Head, Forum of Young Global Leaders

John Dutton is the deputy head of the Young Global leaders forum. He was also a Global Leadership Fellow and Community Manager for the Forum of Young Global Leaders. He is responsible for the MENA and South Asia YGL Communities, leads the governance of the YGL Initiative Steering Group, and a number of additional YGL Initiatives for which he provides the direction, support, and frequent moderation during in-person and teleconference sessions. Prior to joining World Economic Forum, he was the Small Funds Initiative Coordinator for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and has also spent several years as a French Teacher at the Trinity Pawling School. John has earned an MBA with a specialization in International Organizations from the University of Geneva and completed his undergraduate studies at Kenyon College with a BA in Economics. John also enjoys spending time with his fiancée Tania in the nearby Alps skiing and hiking and plays competitive Football and Basketball in local Geneva leagues.

Vivianna Guzman: Executive VP, CFO & Treasurer, American Management Association

Ms. Guzman is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the American Management Association, where she is responsible for the financial strategy, structure and resources worldwide to support the overall mission and strategy of the Association. She has an extensive background in the financial services industry where she spent over 10 years in investment banking and consumer banking prior to joining AMA. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms Guzman also spent over six years with the international accounting firm KPMG, where she served multinational audit clients in the United States and Latin America. Ms. Guzman serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center.

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Jonas Haertle: Head of PRME and Secretariat of UNGC

Jonas Haertle is Head of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact Office. The mission of the PRME initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. In his role as coordinator for Global Compact Local Networks he works with the country networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Haertle holds a master’s degree in European Studies of Hamburg University. As a Fulbright scholar, he also attained a MSc degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

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Liz Maw: Executive Director, Net Impact

Liz Maw is the Executive Director of Net Impact, an international non-profit with a mission to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Under Maw’s leadership, Net Impact has more than tripled paid membership, grown the chapter network to over 250 and launched new initiatives for campus, community and workplace change – ultimately connecting over 15,000 professionals and students globally. Maw’s professional experience includes non-profit strategic consulting with the Bridgespan Group, as well as fundraising and marketing for non-profit organizations in New York City and Washington DC. She holds a BA with honors from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she co-led the student Net Impact chapter and received the Joanne Martin Award for Public and Non-profit Management. Maw also spent one semester as an exchange student at the Haas School of Business at University of CA, Berkeley. As a volunteer, she co-launched Net Impact’s first professional chapter in 2002 in San Francisco.

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Patricia Menendez-Cambo: Chair of Global Practice Group, Greenberg

Traurig Patricia is the Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. She has advised clients in connection with cross-border mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, and corporate finance matters throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Miami. Menendez-Cambo was recently named one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal. She has also been consistently recognized by other leading legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America and Latin Lawyer. She is a board member of the Council of the Americas and a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR). In 2008, she was appointed to the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Board of Overseers. Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Oliver Niedermaier: Founder, Chairman and CEO of Tau Investment Management

Currently, Oliver is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Tau Investment Management and a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. Before founding Tau, Oliver was the founder of DF King Worldwide. Previously, Oliver was CEO of Georgeson, a subsidiary of Computershare, a world-leading provider of strategic solutions to corporations and shareholder groups. Oliver joined the Computershare group executive committee following its 2004 acquisition of Pepper Technologies AG, an international CRM software and consultancy business which he founded in 1998. He was responsible for corporate strategic development during an active period in Computershare’s international expansion. Oliver is currently a non-executive director for UK-based Equiniti (formerly Lloyds TSB registrar, acquired by Advent International in 2007) and was an Operating Partner at Advent International from 2008-2012. He is the Chairman of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Munich. Oliver graduated from Ludwig Maxmilians University, Munich, with an MBA. While teaching Strategic Management at the University of Munich, Oliver completed his coursework for a PhD and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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John (Ozzy) Osborn: President & CEO, BBDO New York

John joined BBDO in 1991. Over the years, he has demonstrated that he is an energetic, positive and passionate leader with a proven ability to build strong client relationships and to lead big multi-disciplinary teams in the creation of powerful communication programs. For example, he has been actively involved with many of the agency’s clients including FedEx, GE, Sony, Lowe’s, Monster and Mars. He began his BBDO career on Pepsi and was the principal architect of the agency’s integrated marketing efforts, expanding the agency’s service offerings to include digital marketing, direct, CRM, custom-publishing and more. He was named President and CEO of the New York agency in February 2004. In January 2006, BBDO was named “Agency of the Year” by all of the leading trade publications. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League of New York, and also serves on the Boards of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the New York Chapter of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and the Dartmouth College Alumni Club of New York City. John was inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement, to the Crain’s New York Business list of “40 under 40″ as well as BtoB magazine’s “Who’s Who in BtoB.”

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Efrat Peled: Chairman & CEO, Arison Investments

Efrat Peled is currently the Chairman and CEO of Arison Investments, having served as CEO since 2006. Peled has also served since 2003 as the CEO of SAFO, Shari Arison’s Family Office based in Miami, Florida. Peled sits on the board of directors of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, and is a member of several of the board’s committees. She is also a member of the board of directors of Shikun&Binui, one of Israel’s largest real estate and infrastructure groups, and of Israel Salt Industries. A licensed CPA, Peled holds an EMBA from Kellogg-Recanati, an international program of Northwestern and Tel Aviv universities. She also holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and a postgraduate diploma in Real Estate Appraisal and Management from Tel Aviv University. Prior to her current positions in the Arison Group, Peled served as CFO of the Ted Arison Family Foundation in Israel and the United States. Efrat Peled was nominated as the only Israeli on Forbes Magazine’s 2009 list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Daniel Sachs CEO: Proventus AB

Mr. Daniel Sachs is the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Proventus AB. He is the Chief Executive Officer since 2003. Previously, Mr. Sachs was the Managing Director in Spray Ventures. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner at AB Segulah. Mr. Sachs has a background in auditing, banking, and finance and has worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in London, Genesis Merchant Group Securities in San Francisco and SIAR Bossard Consulting. He holds an M.Sc. from Stockholm School of Economics and Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, United States. Proventus – The company serves as a holding company/private equity firm; buying midsized companies in change and providing funding through corporate bonds and leveraged loans. The company also provides restructuring capital to other firms. For investments, Proventus uses external capital and capital available through its co-investment vehicle Proventus Capital Partners.

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Judy Samuelson: Director, The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program

Judith Samuelson is a leading public policy advocate with a background in business, public-private partnerships, and philanthropy. Since the mid-1980s, her work has focused on the role and impact of business in society. In 1998, Judy created the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, which employs research and dialogue among business leaders to build a sustainable global society. Judy’s work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, strategy+business and the Journal of Management Learning and Education, among others. The work of Aspen BSP is regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Financial Times, BizEd, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Judy holds a B.A. from UCLA and Masters Degree from the Yale School of Management. She sits on the Board of ACCION-New York and is Chair Emeritus of Net Impact, a network of business students. Judy led the Ford Foundation’s office of Program Related-Investments and created the Corporate Involvement Initiative, a comprehensive effort to encourage private-nonprofit partnerships and facilitate business opportunities with social benefit.

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Gregory Unruh: Director, The Lincoln Center for Global Ethics in Management

Gregory Unruh is a thought leader dedicated to helping businesses innovate and profit sustainably. A doctor of international technology and environmental management, Dr. Unruh is professor of global business at Thunderbird School of Global Management and director of the Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management. He is a noted writer, speaker and teacher in the areas of Business ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability, Energy and environment, Environmental sustainability, Technology and innovation management. An outspoken advocate of environmental sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility, Dr. Unruh co-founded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management along with William McDonough (renowned “green” designer) and also has served as a technical reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former President Al Gore. Dr. Unruh contributed to the development by the United Nations of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education” which he presented to UN secretary general Bon Ki Moon in 2007 at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva. Before Thunderbird, Dr. Unruh was the IE Alumni Professor of Corporate Sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid.

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Sangeeth Varghese:

Sangeeth Varghese is a leadership thinker from the London School of Economics, a contributing editor for Forbes.com and Economic Times, a best-selling author and the founder of LeadCap Ventures, a research and management consulting firm. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader 2010 by the World Economic Forum, Davos and is honoured as the first Asian Youth Ambassador by the government of Libya. Varghese was ranked among the world’s top 10 leadership thinkers in 2008 by the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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Devi Vallabhaneni: President & CEO, The Association of Professional Business Managers

Devi Vallabhaneni received her bachelor’s degree with high honors in accountancy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a CABM, CBM, and a CPA and has authored the book “What’s Your MBA IQ? A Manager’s Career Development Tool” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Vallabhaneni’s career started at Arthur Andersen’s Litigation Services practice in Chicago where she worked on numerous damage claims projects for large litigation matters. She then helped start the Litigation Services practice at Arthur Andersen’s Singapore and Hong Kong offices. With her MBA, Devi worked for Gap, Inc. in international business development as well as Gap Online’s business development where she was responsible for devising expansion strategies for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. After Gap, Devi worked in equity research focusing on specialty retailing at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco. Companies such as Gap, Ann Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch, and the Limited were amongst her coverage. Prior to joining the Association, she served as Senior Director, Business Development for NextDoor Networks, an internet company focusing on digital infrastructure for service-based businesses.