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.

Rosanna Cubelli

Rosanna Cubelli

Rosanna Cubelli has 25 years' experience in general management and strategic roles driving operations, communications, sales and marketing, and cultural transformation initiatives for global and national companies.

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. She led the operations and external communications of one, and subsequently led the operations of a multi-office broker-dealer and member firm of the NASD while managing a modest private equity portfolio as a stockbroker.

In 2006, Rosanna joined the Zürich Insurance Global Corporate in North America business division leading strategic initiatives. In 2008, she became Director of Operations, leading national business unit operations for Strategic Risk Solutions and Global Corporate's East region domestic underwriting services for property, casualty, energy, and marine business units. Rosanna relocated to Switzerland in 2014 joining Group Marketing and Communications first as a senior manager, then appointed an executive member as she advanced Zürich's thought leadership, strategic and global media partnership programs. In July 2020, Rosanna was appointed to Head of Campaigns ad interim with Group Communications, where she continues to develop custom-Made content and global activation programs for Zürich's though leadership and sustainability commitment topics.

Rosanna is a member of the European Association of Communication Directors and a steering committee member of the Global Apprenticeship Network's Skilling Now initiative.

Rosanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from New York University's Stern School of Business. She holds certifications in digital marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing and in Six-Sigma as a Lean green belt. She hed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) license as a General Securities Representative from 1996-2006.

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.

Alyson Greenhalgh-Ball

Alyson Greenhalgh-Ball

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 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".

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.

Dr Yishai Mishor

Dr Yishai Mishor

Yishai is founder and CEO of Meat.The End, a food-tech company developing plant-based ingredients and production techniques for the alternative meat industry. Before starting Meat.The End he worked for over a decade in Israeli politics. He was Executive Director of the Transition of Power Team for the Israeli opposition, Speechwriter for President Shimon Peres, Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Knesset, Chief of Staff to the Acting President of the State, and Director of the Opposition Economic Advisory Team. Prior to that, he clerked for Chief Justice Aharon Barak at the Israeli Supreme Court.

Yishai was founder and director of the pro bono legal aid programme for homeless persons in Tel Aviv. He has a LLB/BA in Law and Economics from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MSc in Economic Development from London School of Economics (Chevening scholar) and DPhil in Law from Oxford University. He was Departmental Lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School in Oxford in 2016-2017. His specialties include Environmental Law, Constitutional law, Public International Law, poverty and welfare policy, and Economic Development. He teaches international law and Middle East politics at Tel Aviv University.

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.

Christopher North

Christopher North

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 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.

Nicola Ranger

Nicola Ranger

Nicola's key topics are the role of finance in resilience to disasters, climate change and other crises. She has sixteen years' experience working across government, international financial institutions, the private sector and academia at the intersection of risk analytics, finance and public policy. Currently, Nicola works for the World Bank, where she works with Ministries of Finance, regional economic institutions, Central Banks and insurers to strengthen financial resilience to shocks in emerging and developing economies. Previous to this, she was lead on crisis and disaster risk financing for DFID, where she led work with governments, the World Bank, UN and civil society organisations to establish anticipatory financing mechanisms for disasters and crises across several countries. Earlier in her career at DFID, she worked in Africa and South Asia to establish early warning systems and integrate resilience into development finance across several sectors. Prior to joining DFID in 2013, Nicola was a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Adaptation and Development at Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, specialising in the use climate risk analytics in decision making in the public sector and the insurance industry. This followed positions as a senior climate change and disaster risk specialist at Risk Management Solutions as well as in government in Defra. She was part of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change at HM Treasury/Cabinet Office in 2005/6. She has written more than 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and contributed to major reports including the UK National Climate Change Risk Assessment, the World Development Report 2010 and the IPCC Special Report on Managing Extreme Events. Nicola has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Imperial College London.

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.