Dr Sara Bice

Director, Research Translation 
Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellow
Melbourne School of Government
The University of Melbourne

Dr Sara Bice is Director, Research Translation for the Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne, where she leads work to ensure that the best research from across the university reaches government and industry for greatest social and policy impact. She is President-Elect, International Association for Impact Assessment. In 2016, she was named an inaugural Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellow for her work helping regulators and communities to make shared decisions for optimal underground resource use. She is an award-winning writer and her recent book, Responsible Mining, is available via Routledge.


Dr Leeora BlackDr Leeora Black

Managing Director
Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility

Leeora D. Black, Ph.D, is founder and Managing Director of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility. Leeora is a globally recognised CSR and sustainability expert and has more than 30 years’ experience in helping organisations adapt to their changing environments.
A driving force in the field of corporate social responsibility in Australia, Leeora is known for her pioneering work on stakeholder engagement, as much as her ability to analyse and solve complex CSR and management issues.

Leeora works with senior managers and executive teams to create effective corporate and stakeholder strategies and build management capabilities. She is passionate about nurturing the development of the CSR profession and she works to transfer knowledge and skills to facilitate continuous improvement for clients and colleagues both during and after engagements.

Leeora is highly sought-after as a speaker and facilitator of workshops and seminars on CSR and a widely-published author of books, articles and blogs. She has facilitated over 100 workshops, seminars, and training programs specifically on stakeholder and community engagement.

She is the author of The Social Licence to Operate: Your Management Framework for Complex Times, Do Sustainability Publishers, Oxford, 2013.

Leeora is responsible for all aspects of ACCSR’s direction, strategy, and services. With a background in journalism, corporate communications, and advisory, Leeora undertook her doctorate in corporate social responsibility through the Department of Management at Monash University before establishing ACCSR in 2003. Her doctoral research pioneered new methods of CSR measurement, and established her reputation for application of rigorous social sciences methods to the traditionally ‘soft’ areas of organisation-stakeholder relationship management.

Her experience spans the mining, oil and gas industries, banking, insurance and superannuation, FMCG, agribusiness, retail and consumer brands, utilities, telecommunications, renewable energy, property, automotive, transport, and government sectors.

Leeora is a member of the Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank, and a member of the External Advisory Board of La Trobe Business School. Her vision is for corporate social responsibility to become business as usual.


Dr. Bhaskar ChatterjeeDr. Bhaskar Chatterjee

Formerly, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs,
Ministry of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. He was instrumental in framing and issuing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in April, 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter.

As the Director General & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), he spearheaded the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR).

He has spoken and lectured on the subject of CSR at a very large number of National and International fora over the last five years and is acknowledged as the primary force for bringing a new paradigm to the realm of CSR and providing it with an innovative and strategic vision.  

Dr. Chatterjee is also a widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher. He has written and lectured over many years on issues of social and sustainable development, corporate responsibility and human resources.
Dr. Chatterjee has most recently authored his latest Book entitled “Sustainable Futures - Imperatives for Managing the Social Agenda”.  In this book, Dr.Chatterjee shows how governments, corporates and civil society organizations can synergize their efforts to build a whole new paradigm of development that is sustainable, humanistic and inclusive.

Dr. Chatterjee’s empathy for, and abiding commitment to, the poor, the needy, the deprived, the disadvantaged and the marginalised, stems from the grassroots development work that he did in his early years as a young district official in the State of Orissa, India. Here in the hinterland of some of the most backward districts of the country – Kalahandi, Koraput, Bolangir & Raygada – he grappled for over a decade with the issues of grinding poverty, extreme malnutrition, illiteracy, virtually non-existent public health services et al. His missionary work in bringing and operationalising the concept of strategic CSR in India is rooted in this ethos of bringing succour and sustenance to those of our brethren who struggle to eke out even a subsistence level of existence.


Prof Elisabeth Fröhlich

Professor for Strategic Procurement Management
President - Cologne Business School, Germany

Prof Elisabeth Fröhlich studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich as well as at University of Cologne. After her dissertation concerning the topic “Supplier Assessment”, she continued to pursue her career at the seminar of Prof. Dr. U. Koppelmann at the University of Cologne and finished off her state doctorate concerning the topic “Modelling of Job Profiles in Procurement”. Since end of 2007, Elisabeth Fröhlich is a professor at Cologne Business School responsible for the department of Strategic Supply Management. Since 1st May 2013, she leads the Cologne Business School in her role as president. She is a board member of several scientific organisations, e.g. BME e.V. Region Cologne or the Institute for Sustainable Management. She is speaker of the “Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde” (Cologne Scientific Circle) and Business Ambassador of the City of Cologne. Her current key research lies on the topics of Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Green Procurement, Qualification in Purchasing as well as in Strategic Supplier Management. Procurement 4.0 as well as organizational and personal challenges of an “Agile Purchase” build further main research areas.


Friedrich GlaunerFriedrich Glauner

Dr. Friedrich Glauner, philosopher, author, and experienced manager and entrepreneur, lectures at the Global Ethic Institute, University of Tübingen, and at other German Universities where he is teaching future viable business models, strategy, business ethics, and corporate cultures. With a broad interdisciplinary background in philosophy, economics, systems theory, semiotics, religious studies, and history, his work is dedicated to a new mental model for our economy and business management. He is the author of the highly praised book “Future Viability, Business Models, and Values. Strategy, Business Management and Economy in Disruptive Markets”. As in his other writings, the book challenges the traditional models of modern economy, business education, and management, which are devoted to the concepts of scarcity, competition, growth, and profit. By deconstructing these models, he analyzes the deeper forces of the present spiral of acceleration, in which technological shifts in global markets and enterprises are producing a momentum of unbridled disruption, concentration, and erosion of human and natural resources. For cutting through this downward spiral of destructive growth and wealth creation, he explores the benefits of awareness-driven business models and value-added strategies for the awareness markets of the future. In this line of reasoning, he developed the concept of ethicology. It replaces the scarcity driven model of economy with a new mental model that relies on value creation cycles. In this model, corporations organize themselves according to the core principles of ecosystems, i.e. the principles of locally decoupled cycles of mutual value creation. Rather than being based on the exploitation of resources, ethicological business models foster the growth and development of the very resources they rely on. Within their core economic rationale, they serve to cut through the present downward spiral of destructive growth and wealth creation.


Associate Professor Debbie Haski-LeventhalAssociate Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Macquarie University
Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is an Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), the Faculty Leader of Corporate Citizenship and the Director of Master of Social Entrepreneurship. As a scholar on corporate social responsibility (CSR), Debbie initiated and leads the MGSM CSR Partnership Network, a network of leading Australian and international companies, nonprofits and governmental departments aimed at developing an evidence-based dialogue on CSR.

Debbie also works in the area of business and peace and developed the Framework on Corporate Peace together with the Institute of Economics and Peace and the UN Global Compact. She is the editor of the journal Business, Peace and Sustainable Development. She further works with the United Nation Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), annually conducting international studies on MBA students and their attitudes towards responsible management education.

Debbie was a consultant for United Nations Volunteers and co-wrote the State of the World Volunteerism Report, launched at the General Assembly in December 2011. She has published widely on different aspects of volunteerism and CSR and she has submitted a briefing paper on volunteering and social inclusion to the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  She also took part in consulting and writing for the Federal and NSW strategies on volunteering.


Prof Gavin Hilson

Gavin is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impacts of the small-scale mining sector.  He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reports on the subject, his specialist knowledge widely recognized internationally.  He has delivered talks on small-scale mining at United Nations headquarters in New York, the World Bank in Washington DC and several universities worldwide.  He has also provided consultancy services on the subject for a range of organizations: the UK Department for International Development, World Bank and EGMONT (Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels); the NGO sector, including the Alliance for Responsible Mining and the WWF Guianas; and corporations such as Newmont Gold Mining and Gold Fields. Gavin is editor-in-chief of The Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier Science), and is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier Science), Resources Policy (Elsevier Science), Mineral Economics (Springer) and The International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment (Taylor & Francis).  He is also an executive board member of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an NGO established to improve awareness and eliminate circulation of ‘conflict diamonds’.  


Haifeng HuangProfessor Haifeng Huang

Assistant Dean of PHBS
Peking University

PProfessor Haifeng Huang, PhD holder from Humboldt-Universität of Berlin, is an Assistant Dean at Peking University HSBC Business School, Peking University. He is also a guest inspector of the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China, an expert in the review panel of China Scholarship Council, the deputy secretary-general of Education Forum for Asia and the first executive director of Ecological Development Union International. He chaired high profile academic forums between China and European as well as China and the US, participated in the UNEP Green Economy report, World Bank projects review and multinational consulting projects. His major areas of research include green business transition, green investment and financing, business ethics, green leadership and corporate social responsibility.


Harald PechlanerProf. Dr. Harald Pechlaner

Harald Pechlaner is Professor of Tourism at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and Director of the Institute for Regional Development and Location Management at the European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

From 1993 to 1998 Prof Pechlaner was Director of the Department of Tourism of the South Tyrolean Government and Director of the South Tyrol Tourist Board in Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). In 2002 he was promoted to Professor of Business Administration. He was Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (1999) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (2001). In 2009 he was Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey (School of Management) and the University of Queensland (School of Tourism), in 2010 and 2012 at Curtin University/Curtin Business School (School of Management).

Prof Pechlaner is President of AIEST (Association Internationale d’Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme). From 2002-2012 he has been President of the German Association of Tourism Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft, DGT e.V.) Harald Pechlaner is Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Marketing at Curtin Business School in Perth/WA.


Charles Roche

Executive Director
Mineral Policy Institute

Charles focuses on the interactions between the extractive industry and society, with a specific focus on impacts for local communities and the environment. He is part way through a PhD at Murdoch University exploring the practicality and ethics of how extractive industry decisions are made, benefits distributed and how harms can be better understood, minimised and avoided. Charles applies a recipient point of view to CSR.


Patrick SucklingMr Patrick Suckling

Australian Ambassador for the Environment

Mr Patrick Suckling was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment in January 2016. He is responsible for promoting and protecting Australia’s national interests on global environmental issues, including through leading Australia’s negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Suckling was Australia’s High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Bhutan. He has served in Washington and been an adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Between 2009 and 2011 Ambassador Suckling headed the international area of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising two Prime Ministers on foreign policy, international trade and economic policy and development aid, as well as international aspects of the environment. He has served as Australia’s Senior Official for APEC and been First Assistant Secretary, Consular, Media and Parliamentary Affairs Division.

Mr Suckling will be delivering the Conference Dinner talk.


Giselle Weybrecht

Author, advisor, social entrepreneur - sustainability and business topics

Giselle Weybrecht is a recognised advisor, speaker, entrepreneur and author focused on business and sustainability and works with businesses and business schools around the world. She uses multi-displinary, innovative and creative thinking approaches to demystify sustainability and engage a wide range of audiences. Her particular focus areas include;

  • Ensuring all business students around the world are not just taught about sustainability but are able to apply it for the benefit of the business, the planet and society
  • Demystifying sustainability topics and helping individuals get engaged in your jobs and daily lives
  • Exploring creative and innovative solutions, bringing together different disciplines and groups
  • Using chocolate as a way of engaging the public in discussions about sustainability
  • Sharing and connecting the fantastic work in this areas happening globally

Giselle is the author of The Future MBA: 100 Ideas for Making Sustainability the Business of Business education (Greenleaf 2016) and bestselling The Sustainable MBA: A Business Guide to Sustainability 2nd ed. (Wiley 2015). She is the founder of the PRiMEtime blog in collaboration with the United Nations, and gowi (an online learning platform focused on sustainability). She is a Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact/Principles for Responsible Management Education and advises a number of other organisations on their sustainability strategies. Giselle is a graduate of London Business School and previously worked as a programme specialist and consultant with UNESCO, the UN and the World Bank. She is an in demand keynote speaker and a regular contributor to major media outlets writing about sustainability. She is also known for using chocolate to start discussions about sustainability and vice versa.


Prof Arch Woodside

Professor of Marketing
Curtin University

Arch G. Woodside is Professor of Marketing, Curtin University, School of Marketing, Perth, Australia.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research and Advances in Business Marketing and Purchasing annual book series (Emerald Publishing).  He is the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science (Taylor & Francis Publishers).  He is a Fellow of Divisions 8 and 23, American Psychological Association, Royal Society of Canada, Society for Marketing Advances, International Academy for the Study of Tourism, Global Academy of Innovation and Knowledge, and Global Alliance of Marketing and Management Associations.  He is Past-President of the Society of Consumer Psychology (Division 23, APA).  He completed the PhD in Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University, 1968. 

He was awarded the Honoris Doctoris, University of Montreal, 2013 and Doctor of Letters, Kent State University, 2015.  From the 1960s to today his 150+ tourism and hospitality research studies appear in volumes of the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, and ten additional tourism and hospitality focused journals.  He has also completed and published 500+ studies on business-to-business, advertising, pricing, consumer behavior, international business, research methods and data analysis, corporate social responsibility, and retailing topics in 60+ additional journals.  His latest books include The Complexity Turn (2017), Springer Publishing; Bad to Good:  Achieving High Quality and Impact in Your Research (2016), Emerald Publishing;  Case Study Research: Core Skills in Using 15 Genres, 2nd  Edition (2016), Emerald Publishing; Storytelling-Case Archetype Decoding and Assignment Manual (SCADAM) (2016) with co-author Suresh Sood, UTS, Emerald Publishing; Incompetency and Competency Training: Improving Executive Skills in Sensemaking, Framing Choices, and Making Choices (2016) with co-authors R. DeVilliers, AUT, and Roger Marshall, AUT (Emerald Publishing).