The Smith School's Business Fellows Programme brings together leading thinkers from the business world who are helping to shape their company and industry response to the challenges of achieving net zero emissions and the sustainable development goals. The programme is an important part of our mission, and we are immensely grateful to the Business Fellows who contribute to making the Smith School a success.
Business Fellows contribute to the success of the Smith School through:
- Exchanging ideas: Sharing ideas and exploring sustainability challenges with academics
- Joining our fellowship: Business Fellows are invited to various dinners and lectures with leading external thinkers and contribute to our community and fellowship
- Being ambassadors: Taking updates on the latest thinking from Smith School scholars and sharing it with appropriate members of the business community
- Mentoring: Mentoring students and academics through dialogue about translation of academic research into real-life business sector applications
- Publishing: Encouraging collaboration on academic publications, by providing data, insights or new ideas. Providing students with the opportunity to base their dissertations and research papers on aspects of business sustainability
- Teaching: Presenting academic seminars and forums at the University of Oxford on the theme of business sustainability, or on our new MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment.
The Business Fellows Programme is led by Professor Cameron Hepburn.
Humphrey Battcock built a 30 year career in venture capital/private equity latterly as European head of Advent International. Advent International is one of the world’s leading private equity firms with operations in 10 countries. During his tenure, the firm increased its assets under management from £200 million to £30 billion.
Humphrey is a chartered accountant, with an MBA from London Business School, a Physics degree from Cambridge University and a degree in demographics from London School of Economics.
Humphrey has lectured at the Business School at Oxford and been a board member of the Woodland Trust and the Campaign Board of Cambridge University. He is currently a trustee at Sadler’s Wells as well as two charities that he set up: the Institute for Research in Schools and the What Works Centre for Homelessness Impact. He is a panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority.
Pilita Clark is an associate editor and columnist at the Financial Times where she writes on the future of work, climate change and corporate life. Formerly the FT’s environment correspondent, her writing has won awards in the US and Asia and in 2019 she was named Environment Journalist of the Year for the third year in a row at the British Press Awards. Before joining the FT in 2003, Pilita was a Washington Correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Pedro Moura Costa is the founder and CEO of Sustainable Investment Management, director of BVRio Environmental Exchange, founder and non-executive director of ecosecurities Holdings S.A., member of the Steering Committee of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity initiative (VCMI), Honorary Fellow of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and non-executive director of Oxford Climate Policy.
Pedro has been involved in climate policy, carbon finance and GHG mitigation projects since 1991, when he developed and run the first carbon-funded projects worldwide, implemented by the Sabah Foundation in Malaysia. In 1996, he co-founded EcoSecurities Group Plc, the world leader in carbon trading listed in the London Stock Exchange and a portfolio of more than 500 GHG mitigation projects around the world.
More recently, Pedro co-founded Brazilian non-profit BVRio, the Circular Action Hub, and the Responsible Commodities Facility to finance zero-deforestation soy in Brazil. Pedro has a PhD from Wye College, University of London and has published widely on climate policy, GHG mitigation, and carbon trading, including as a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that were recognised with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Juliet is the Founder and a Non-Executive Director of Good Energy Group plc - a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together with its customers.
Juliet was Good Energy's CEO for 19 years, working on ideas to fight climate change and transform the energy sector for the better. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. She currently sits on the board of the Renewable Energy Association and Innovate UK and is Vice President of the Energy Institute. In July 2020 she was appointed as a new board member of The Crown Estate. In addition, she sits on the advisory boards of leading UK think tanks, including Energy Systems Catapult, Aurora, Oxford Energy, and LSE's Grantham Institute.
Juliet has various scholastic credentials with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University, Birkbeck and LSE, where she has various roles and accolades, with the ambition of influencing the next generation to think about the energy transition and our low carbon future.
Juliet is passionate about creating a business that does good; one that can deliver the needs of society in a purposeful way. As part of this vision, she is working with the British Academy's Future of the Corporation project, thinking about a better future.
Hauke Engel is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. He serves clients across sectors on sustainability and strategy topics and co-leads McKinsey's work on climate change globally. In addition to his client work, Hauke regularly leads major research efforts. He is a lead author of McKinsey's recent flagship report on socio-economic impacts of physical climate risk and has been responsible for studies on country decarbonization pathways, building an integrated energy demand model and forecasting CO2 emission pathways. Hauke holds a PhD in astrophysics from LMU Munich and a Master's in physics from Oxford.
Based in Oxford, Richard Howard is Aurora's Research Director and is responsible for managing and developing Aurora's suite of market intelligence services across European power markets, renewables, flexible and distributed energy, and global commodities. Before joining Aurora he was a Director and Head of Energy and Environment at Policy Exchange, where he authored a number of influential reports on energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to that he was the Chief Economist at The Crown Estate. Richard has a first class degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.
Leo's key topic is Future Proofing, pinpointing the megatrends shaping both risk and opportunity for global business. A Judge for the FT Boldness in Business Awards, Leo is the co-author of "Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future" (Oxford University Press, 2013), described by Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at LBS, as "indispensable reading for the next generation of business leaders".
Hubert Keller is CEO of Lombard Odier Investment Managers and has been a Managing Partner of the Lombard Odier Group since 2006. He leads the firm's work on sustainable investment, including aligning investment strategies to a new economic model known as 'CLIC'TM - Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean. He is also leading efforts to develop a broad range of investment solutions dedicated to the CLIC economic transition. Under his leadership, Lombard Odier has built its own ESG framework to integrate best business practices across all its strategies.
Hubert started his career at Compagnie Financière Tradition and SG Warburg Group. He subsequently moved to Deutsche Bank, working in corporate finance and capital markets before assuming global responsibility for Equity Capital Markets and becoming a member of the Executive Committee of its Global Banking division.
Ian Lowitt is the CEO of Marex Group, a leading independent global commodity specialist providing clients with access to financial and physical markets across Metals, Energy and Agricultural products. He has over 30 years' experience in financial services including 14 years at Lehman Brothers and 3 years at Barclays. Ian's tenure at Lehman Brothers included a variety of senior global roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administration Officer, Global Treasurer, Global Head of Tax and Head of Strategy. Prior to joining Lehman he was an Engagement Manager at Management Consultant McKinsey and Company.
As a leader in Commodities, Ian believes that Marex has an important role to play in promoting and supporting environmental initiatives and sustainability. To address this, Ian is championing investment in the renewables business at Marex as well as driving a series of ESG projects throughout the company's global network. A Rhodes Scholar, Ian has an MSc in Economics, and a MA in Economics, Philosophy and Politics from the University of Oxford, and a BSc and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Julian is Executive Vice Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking at Bank of America. He focuses on key clients globally within the Natural Resources space and also senior client relationships across all sectors in EMEA – with a particular focus on CEEMEA and the UK.
He is also the firm’s Commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission.
Adam's 30-year career has encompassed finance, law, industry, and sport; and he has lived and worked in Japan, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. Between 2006 and 2012 he worked for the Williams Formula One team as chief executive and chairman. Since leaving Formula One, Adam has helped build a number of companies as a VC investor and founder. He chairs Oxford Semantic Technologies, Cheesecake Energy Limited and Homeland Conservation. He is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.
Claire Perry O'Neill was a Government Whip and Transport Minister before becoming Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth. Claire wrote and implemented the UK's Clean Growth and Green Finance Strategies, created the global Powering Past Coal Alliance, oversaw the deployment of £3 billion of international Climate Finance and £200 million of cleantech innovation funding, negotiated the world's first public-private Offshore Wind Sector Deal and led the UK Carbon Capture and Storage taskforce. In 2019 she brought forward the country's ground-breaking Net Zero legislation and led the UK's winning bid to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). She served as COP26 President-Designate until she left politics in 2020 to lead the Climate and Energy team at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and create the WBCSD Business Manifesto for Climate Recovery launched at COP26. She now co-chairs the global Imperatives Advisory Board for WBCSD and has several global non-executive Director and senior Advisory roles.
Ranjita Rajan is Chair of Oxford Global Partnership, working with boards and investors on the intersection of sustainability, inclusion, and net-zero business transitions. At the Smith School, she leads our engagement with businesses on ESG and Oxford Net Zero, and teaches executives/students on the "Essentials of ESG, DEI and value creation.” Ranjita is also the Founder of the Karta Initiative, a global social mobility movement bridging youth and top universities/employers in Canada, India, and the UK. Over nearly a decade at McKinsey & Co, she served clients across multiple industries, and helped build the Climate Change Special Initiative (now McKinsey Sustainability). She grew up in Liberia, commenced her career as a macroeconomist in Uganda’s Ministry of Finance, holds MSc and BSc Econ degrees from the London School of Economics and has authored papers on climate change, low carbon growth, and social mobility. Ranjita is fluent in French and Spanish, with extensive international experience spanning business, government, IFIs, and education. She co-chairs the Race to Zero Working Group on Professional Service Providers, and serves as a non-executive on two boards.
David Scrymgeour has worked as an entrepreneur, consultant, trouble-shooter and community advisor.
Companies he has founded include File Tech Inc., an information management business; The Skills Network which hit Profit Magazine's 'fastest growing companies' list 3 years running; and Green Standards Ltd., another 3-time Profit List firm that provides circular economy solutions for corporate waste that benefit both community and environment.
Politically David has served as National Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, advisor to the Green Party of Ontario and election readiness trainer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
He has also engaged as a Board Member with community organizations including One Laptop per Child, Canadian Executive Services Organisation, MaRS Discovery District, The Belinda Stronach Foundation, Make Poverty History Campaign, Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto Lung Association and Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.
From 2014-21 he was appointed Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at University of Toronto School of Management. He also lectures and leads workshops for Venture for Canada, the MBA & MIB programs at Queens University School of Business and in 2019 was the inaugural Professional in Residence at St Cross College, Oxford.
Jean-Pascal Porcherot is a Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group and Co-Head of the LOIM division with Nathalia Barazal. He joined Lombard Odier in May 2009 and was primarily involved in the development of the Firm’s alternative investment strategies within LOIM. He was appointed CEO of its hedge fund business (1798 Alternatives) in 2014 and became a limited partner of the Group in 2018. In January 2022, he was appointed Managing Partner.
Jean-Pascal Porcherot began his career at JPMorgan in 1997 before joining Lazard Frères in 1998 as an Associate, and eventually becoming Vice President (Mergers and Acquisitions). He has also held the position of Managing Director in the Equity Capital markets team at Deutsche Bank, where he started in 2002 as Vice President.
During his career, Jean-Pascal has advised numerous businesses, private equity funds and governments across Europe.
Jean-Pascal earned a Master’s Degree in Financial Markets from Pierre et Marie Curie University in 1995 and holds a degree in Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.
Solomon Soquar has a long and deep experience of over 30 years across Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management. He has worked with a number of major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch, Citi and Barclays. His most recent executive role has been as CEO of Barclays Investments Solutions Limited.
Solomon currently devotes part of his time on pro-bono activities across Global Health, Climate economics and developmental enablers for Africa. Solomon is Vice-Chairman of Africa Research Excellence Fund and a Non-Executive Director of a FTSE-250 listed company.
Solomon studied and taught at Oxford University. He holds BA/MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and M.Phil in Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.
Jon is a Director of the leadership advisory firm Stokes & Jolly. He is a former Senior Fellow at Saïd Business School where he is now an Associate Scholar, and a Senior Member of St Antony's College. Jon is a Business Psychologist and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist member of the British Psychological Society, and a Clinical Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Jon trained and worked at the Tavistock Clinic and Institute in London where he became Director of the Adult Psychotherapy Department. He was the founding Director of the organisation consulting service Tavistock Consulting in 1993 which he led for 5 years. Since 2000 he has been a Director of the leadership advisory firm Stokes & Jolly Ltd.
Jon has worked as a leadership advisor for over 30 years across many sectors in both the UK and abroad. He is an acknowledged expert on Systems Psychodynamics, has published widely in this field and is a former President of the International Society of the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. Recent publications include 'From Ego to Eco: Leadership for the 4th Industrial Revolution' (Saïd Business School, (2020), 'The New Landscape of Leadership: Living in Radical Uncertainty' in 'The Tavistock Century: 2020 Vision' (Phoenix, 2020), and 'Changing Gear - Creating the Life You Want After a Full-on Career' (Headline, 2021).
Tom is a partner and leads the sustainability practice at Hakluyt – a global strategic advisory firm that works with corporate leaders and investors on the opportunities and risks facing their businesses. Tom also sits on Hakluyt’s board and, from 2017 to 2020, led the firm’s business on the west coast of the US. Before joining Hakluyt in 2009, Tom worked at McKinsey & Co. He was based mostly out of the London office, although also spent two years in Hong Kong and a year in Johannesburg. Tom has a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from Stanford University, and is a trustee of the Sulney Fields Charitable Trust, a foundation that supports development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Wolf is the Global Head of Market Analytics at Marex, one of the world's largest brokers of financial products in the commodities sector. He oversees the firm's data initiatives which encompass algorithmic execution design, quantitative research and alternative data. Marex works with a number of partners, primarily in the field of geo-spatial analysis, to develop environmental monitoring and intelligence products for commodity market participants. A CFA charterholder, Dr Wolf holds a MSocSci and PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, focused on Game Theory, and read PPE at Exeter College, Oxford.
Mark is an investor and advisor in the Oxford startup ecosystem. He spent much of his career leading software and services innovation at Apple and Samsung. He also supports and has developed a number of impact ventures in low and middle income countries.
Mark has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and a George Fellow in Leadership. Prior to that he studied electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, where he also founded the Duke Smart Home.