Overview

The Smith School's Business Fellows Programme brings together, by invitation, leading thinkers from the business world that are helping to shape their company and industry agendas to respond to the challenge 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 are contributing to making the Smith School a success.

Approach

Complementing the established research strands, Business Fellows contribute to the success of the Smith School by:

  • 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, launching 2021.

People

The Business Fellows Programme is led by Dr Alex Money.

Ana Barillas

Ana Barillas

Ana is Head of Iberia at Aurora Energy Research. Ana has over fifteen years of professional services experience with an extensive energy market modelling, forecasting, and advisory background for utilities, financial institutions, and infrastructure developers in the US, Latin America and Europe. Prior to joining Aurora, Ana worked at CRA where she focused on energy disputes, policy and regulatory work. Ana also worked at KPMG in London in the Power & Utilities Strategy team, as well as in the Commodity & Energy Risk Management team.

Ana started her career with a US-based energy consulting firm specialising in wholesale electricity price forecasting and uncertainty modelling.

Ana holds an Energy MBA from Warwick University and a BSc. Economics from George Mason University.

Rosanna Cubelli

Rosanna Cubelli

Rosanna Cubelli is Head of Campaigns Zurich Insurance for Group Communications & Public Affairs. She is responsible for Zurich's integrated campaign program driving its thought leadership agenda. Rosanna directs qualitative and quantitative empirical research with academia, advisory boards and think tanks contributing to public sector debates. She develops flagship content in tailored web formats and oversees digital, social media and strategic engagement campaigns improving corporate reputation. Before relocating from New York to Switzerland in 2014, Rosanna held the position of Director of Operations overseeing Zurich's national operations for Strategic Risk Solutions and underwriting operations services for property, casualty, energy, and marine in the east region. She managed customer and employee experience initiatives for Zurich's global corporate division.

Rosanna began her career in 1989 in the financial services industry in New York, where she worked in corporate mega-mergers and restructuring with Deloitte and private equity with Y&R. During the 1990s, she co-founded two Wall Street financial services firms holding various leadership positions, including one as VP of Operations and another as Partner, Operations Manager and licensed stockbroker of an asset management NASD member firm.

Rosanna studied at New York University's Stern School of Business and has degrees in finance and international business. She holds certifications in digital marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and as a Six-Sigma Green Belt. She held a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) license as a General Securities Representative from 1996 to 2006. Rosanna is a member of the European Association of Communication Directors.

Juliet Davenport

Juliet Davenport

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

Hauke Engel

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.

Richard Howard

Richard Howard

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.

Julie Hudson

Julie Hudson

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 Johnson

Leo Johnson

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".

Christopher Kaminker

Christopher Kaminker

Dr Christopher Kaminker is Head of Sustainable Investment Research, Strategy and Stewardship at Lombard Odier. He leads a team responsible for cross-asset sustainable investment research, strategy, economic analysis, data science and product development. He also oversees the firm's active ownership and stewardship efforts. Prior to Lombard Odier, he worked at SEB, a Nordic financial banking group, where he was head of sustainable finance research and a senior advisor in the merchant banking division. During his time in investment banking at SEB, Goldman Sachs and Société Générale, he advised on and structured over USD 20 billion of sustainability financing capital markets solutions for investors, corporates and sovereigns. Dr Kaminker also spent 7 years as the lead economist and policy advisor for sustainable finance at the OECD. During his tenure, he represented the OECD as delegate to the G20 and Financial Stability Board. He is an author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications on sustainable finance, and received his doctorate from Oxford University and masters from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His current appointments include the Swiss Bankers Association's Expert Commission Sustainable Finance, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University.

Hubert Keller

Hubert Keller

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

Ian Lowitt

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.

Paul Newnham

Paul Newnham

Paul Newnham is the director of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 Advocacy Hub, an initiative bringing together NGOs, advocacy groups, civil society, the private sector and UN agencies to coordinate global campaigning and advocacy to achieve SDG2. The SDG2 Hub also facilitates the Chefs' Manifesto, a simple set of actions for its network of 700 chefs from 70 countries to support chef action on the SDGs and drive progress on the Global Goals.

Working strategically alongside actors from all aspects of the food, agriculture and nutrition industries, Paul seeks to generate change that will impact our food system and planet. Paul has over 20 years' experience in, and extensive knowledge of, the Not For Profit Sector having worked in National and Global roles with a focus on Campaigning, Youth Mobilisation, Advocacy, Marketing and Communication. He has worked in communities throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, to achieve planned objectives and generate positive, lasting and sustainable change. He is a strong advocate for good development, working alongside communities to improve livelihoods.

Richard Nourse

Richard Nourse

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.

Adam Parr

Adam Parr

Adam's career has encompassed finance, law, industry and sport. After graduating from Cambridge, he worked in Japan, the UK and South Africa in finance and resources before training in law and practicing at the Bar of England and Wales in the field of public law. Adam returned to the resources sector in 1998 and worked in London and Australia in a range of senior operational and corporate positions at Rio Tinto. In 2006 he joined the Williams Formula One team which he led for five years as chief executive and chairman. Since leaving F1 in 2012, Adam has helped build a number of companies as a VC investor and founder. He chairs Oxford Semantic Technologies, and is a director of Osler Diagnostics (both spun out of the University) and Apolitical, a learning platform for public servants. Adam is now working to research and support decarbonisation in capital-intensive companies, focusing on how leadership in organisations that have committed to ambitious targets for decarbonisation can achieve their goals swiftly and efficiently. In this he will be working with the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment and the Laudato Si' Research Institute.

Ranjita Rajan

Ranjita Rajan

Ranjita Rajan's career commenced as a macroeconomist in developing countries, followed by several years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co before moving into start-up "build to growth" in education, health, technology and social impact. She founded the Karta Initiative as a global social mobility movement, building technology, finance, and networks to bridge the divide between 'base of pyramid' youth and world leading universities and employers in Canada, India and the UK. Ranjita works with investors and companies to drive value creation and inclusive prosperity. Her international experience includes Europe, Latin America, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and North America. Ranjita is fluent in French and Spanish, with conversational German and Bengali. She holds BSc Econ and MSc Econ degrees from the London School of Economics.

David Scrymgeour

David Scrymgeour

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.

Jon Stokes

Jon Stokes

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).

Dr Guy Wolf

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.

Past Events

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

Event Poster

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.