The Smith School's Business Fellows' programme, established in 2008, provides a supportive forum where senior corporate representatives share and respond to the sustainability challenges that businesses face. Our mission is to find solutions by facilitating productive relationships and promoting increased awareness and engagement. To this end, the Business Fellows programme convenes a cross-section of business practitioners, active in areas of sustainability, with Smith School academics who can engage through their respective research agendas. Membership is limited and by invitation, to encourage deeper interaction between participants. Students from across the wider university are invited to attend lectures, debates and events.
Complementing the established research strands, Business Fellows contribute through:
- Fellowship: Sharing ideas and discussing sustainability challenges with academics in a 'Chatham House Rules' based setting
- Mentoring: Mentoring students and academics through dialogue about translation of academic research into real-life business sector applications
- Publications: Encouraging collaboration on academic publications. Providing students with the opportunity to base their dissertations and research papers on aspects of business sustainability
- Presentations: Presenting academic seminars and forums at the University of Oxford on the theme of business sustainability
The Business Fellows Programme is led by Dr Alex Money.
With over twenty-five years' experience in the Public Health Sector - Alyson is a state-registered dietitian and the Global Lead for Kellogg for Health and Wellbeing. Her present role includes development and implementation of the Wellbeing strategy which encompasses a holistic approach across human and planetary health and bringing this to life across the various business units, brands and foods around the world. This includes a focus on food reformulation and innovation; incorporating a greater diversity of responsibly sourced plant-based ingredients, improving nutrient density, developing best practice for communications/claims and engagement with our external partners. It's an exciting time whereby consumers, customers are more engaged with health and food than ever before, given our roots in Wellbeing and plant-based diets Alyson is leading the team and strategic intent moving from a narrow definition of Nutrition to a broader wellbeing agenda to consider the social, cultural and ecological dimensions of our food. Prior to Kellogg's Alyson used to work at the University of Manchester and then Leeds focusing on Nutritional Epidemiology; researching bio-markers for carbohydrate intake and understanding food patterns and intakes in relation to Diabetes and hypertension. She then coordinated the UK Women's Cohort Study; a study looking at cancer mortality and diet in 35,000 women, the largest of it's kind in Europe. Alyson has also worked as a freelance consultant, providing nutrition information to a variety of clients including: speaking, writing and broadcasting on a wide range of food and health issues; as well as private practice; clinical sessions for the NHS; media briefings and advising PR companies.
Julie heads the Global Sustainable and Responsible Investment and sustainability team at UBS, which she also founded at the end of 2004. She is a Visiting Fellow of the Smith School. Ms. Hudson is a CFA. She holds an MBA from City University Business School, an MSc in financial economics from London University, and an MSc in Economic Regulation and Competition from City University, and a BA from Oxford University.
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".
Ian Lowitt is the CEO of Marex Spectron 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 Spectron 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 Spectron 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.
Dr Mike Mason
An engineer and entrepreneur, Mike co-founded ClimateCare, one of the world's first carbon trading businesses, which was sold to JP Morgan in 2008. He is involved as an investor and director in a range of companies from healthcare to renewable energy, including Tropical Power, Yasa Motors, and Healix Holdings. Mike is leading research at Oxford focusing on making bioenergy both commercially affordable and a positive force in food production rather than a competitor.
Christopher is a Vice President at McKinsey & Company, and co-leads the McKinsey Capital Project Ventures service line. He has ~13 years of experience in developing, structuring, financing, and delivering infrastructure projects, much of it in the renewable energy space. He has worked on infrastructure transactions in ~14 countries, and has acted as project developer, financial advisor, equity investor, and senior lender. Prior to McKinsey, he was the Head, Power & Infrastructure (Advisory) at Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank, owned by the world's largest bank (ICBC). He was also the Lead Transaction Advisor (Kenya) for Power Africa, a US-government initiative to add ~30GW of new generating capacity across Africa.
Richard is the founder of Greencoat Capital, the UK's largest specialist renewable energy infrastructure investor. Prior to this, Richard worked briefly for the UK Government in what is now BEIS and enjoyed a long career in the City, first at Morgan Grenfell and then at Merrill Lynch. He is recovering well. Richard in a non-executive director of Urenco Limited, the leading supplier of Uranium enrichment services for the nuclear fuel supply chain, and is an inexpert husbander of British White cattle. He has a BA Hons in Geology from the University of Oxford.
Dr Guy Wolf
Dr Wolf is the Global Head of Market Analytics at Marex Spectron, 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.
The Business Fellows programme convenes termly events to which students, researchers, faculty and members of public are usually invited. The venue generally alternates between the School of Geography and the Saïd Business School. The next meeting will take place after the end of the Hilary term, on March 28th 2017 at the School of Geography and the Environment.
Smith School Briefing, March 2020
Dr Radhika Khosla presented her work co-leading the new Oxford Future of Cooling programme. Radhika set out the challenges that exist across the cooling system and the research to address these hurdles. Dr Alex Money set out his latest work analysing the options for Africa's future energy direction entitled Africa's Energy Transition: Leapfrog or Lock-in.
SSEE Business Fellows Event: Fellowship Meeting
School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. 13 June 2016
At this in camera meeting, Business Fellows were provided an update on the School's latest research projects, followed by a discussion on progress against strategic objectives. The Fellows were introduced to the new SSEE View programme, and provided feedback and recommendations. As ambassadors for the School's activities, their support for this initiative is important and welcome. The meeting also focused on teaching plans for an MBA module at the Saïd Business School, which is scheduled for next Trinity term. Ways in which Business Fellows could contribute to the module were discussed, emphasising aspects which are not traditionally part of the MBA curriculum. This project is work in progress, and will be reviewed at the next Fellowship meeting in the Michaelmas term.
SSEE Business Fellows Event: Sustainability and the Circular Economy
Saïd Business School, Oxford. 4 February 2016
Peter Lacy of Accenture gave an informative lecture on the Circular Economy, drawing on his recent book Waste to Wealth. His talk explored five new business models to promote circular growth, alongside the technologies and capabilities that were required to turn them into competitive advantage. This was followed by a talk from Andy Wales of SAB Miller, who provided an insightful perspective into how multinational companies embed and incorporate social, environmental and governance issues within the most senior tiers of management strategy. The complexity of the challenge was made clear through this open and engaging lecture. Both speakers were introduced by the Founder of the Smith School, Sir Martin Smith. He also shared some remarks on the progress of the School to date, and his hopes for what it might do in the future.
SSEE Business Fellows Event: Careers in Sustainability
Saïd Business School, Oxford. 4 February 2016
Peter Lacy, Andy Wales, Emma Howard Boyd and Osvald Bjelland each shared their individual perspectives, based on diverse career experiences. Career prospects in the sustainability field - which might have dimmed slightly following the 2008 global financial crisis - were again very bright. They agreed however that one of the challenges for prospective candidates was in demonstrating their ability to apply knowledge, skills and a mind-set to practical tasks in a workplace environment. The panel answered a broad range of questions posed by an audience of 80+ undergraduates, postgraduates and business school students.