The following people acknowledge the importance of the search for the leaders of the future and support the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge. To endorse this position they are a member of the Board of Recommendation. We wish to express our gratitude to all of these people who provide their support.
Ms Alicia García-Herrero, is Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at NATIXIS. She also serves as Senior Fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL and research fellow at Real Instituto El Cano. Alicia Garcia Herrero is currently adjunct professor at City University of Hong Kong, visiting faculty at University of Science and Technology (UST) as well as at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
In previous years Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander and Economist at the International Monetary Fund.
Alicia holds a PhD in Economics at George Washington University and has published extensively in refereed journals and books.
Mr Siep Hiemstra, former President Africa & Middle East, Region Africa & Middle East, Heineken International B.V. and member of the Executive Committee of Heineken. Siep Hiemstra his international career took off in 1978 when he started working for Heineken. Between 1995 and 1998 he got acquainted to the African continent by acting as Deputy Director Africa. In 1998, Siep moved to Singapore where he was appointed Regional Director SEA/Oceania with Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. In 2001, he was appointed Director of Heineken Technical Services in the Netherlands and Regional President Heineken Asia Pacific in 2005, based in Singapore. Most recently, in 2011, Siep Hiemstra was appointed President Africa and the Middle East
Mr Abdoulie Janneh, former United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) (2005-2012), Mr. Abdoulie Janneh is currently a Board Member/Executive Director at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in Dakar, Senegal. He had earlier served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005.
Mr. Janneh is an active participant on the Boards/Advisory Panels of several organizations involved in Africa’s development, notably the Africa Forum of Former Heads of State and is the President of the Governing Board of the Africa Governance Institute.
He is the author of the book “Integrating Africa” and recipient of various honors/awards including the “Distinguished Africa Economic Icon of the Year Award 2011” and an honorary doctorate degree from the Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan, Nigeria.
“I am glad to support this innovative, credible and practical initiative that would add to the global pool of young leaders sustainability-conscious and ready for the future.”
Mr Kees Tielenius Kruythoff, President of Unilever’s North America cluster as of September 2011. He is responsible for the USA and Canada, a business of approximately $11bn. In this role he became part of the Unilever Leadership Executive team (ULE). Kees and the North America leadership team have defined and started a Strategy “Investing Back for Growth in America” to step change growth and drive the Unilever global Compass Strategy in North America.
Kees has enjoyed a long career history with Unilever, working in senior roles for the company since the 1990s, based in countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most recently, Kees was CEO of Unilever Brazil, the second-largest Unilever business, where he was nominated as one of the country’s top leaders in sustainability.
“I am very happy to be supporting Nudge as the organization is exactly what is needed for a prosperous and better world. Value based authentic leadership for a more connected world.”
Ms Lan Ma, former Global Marketing Director, DuPont Solar, based in Shanghai. Dr. Lan Ma brings 18 years of global marketing and strategy experiences with leading companies such as DuPont, Proctor & Gamble and McKinsey & Company, in China, Japan, Singapore and the US. In her role as Global Marketing Director, Lan led the global marketing team for the DuPont Tedlar® business.
Born and raised in China, Lan received a Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Beijing University before moving to the US to complete her Doctorate.
Mr Erik Mandersloot, Erik is a specialist in transformation with a focus on the transition taking place in our time. At the Strategy Center of Nyenrode Business University he initiated Touching the Community Soul, a Learning & Action Research Programme that investigates the organising principles of a new era. Next to his work at the University, he is Affiliate Partner at Aberkyn, an organisation cofounded with McKinsey to help leaders transform themselves and their organisations.
“I very much appreciate Nudge because it dares to explore new possible futures by doing and learning. Nudge shows the courage it takes to let go of an old paradigm and reach out and help create what mostly is still to be discovered. Nudge helps building the bridge to a more balanced future as we walk on it.”
[Chair] Ms Annette D.S.M. Nijs, MSc, MBA, is an economist and China expert. She currently is the Executive Director Global Initiative of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Annette is a former Cabinet Minister for Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands and a former member of the Dutch Parliament. Before joining CEIBS she worked for Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. Annette started her career with Shell.
Annette: “The world is in a spin, in many ways. Leaders of the future should be highly competent and innovation-oriented; they should be capable of leading their organizations and societies in the increasingly dynamic global economic and social environment; they should be collaborating globally to achieve the so much needed sustainability in the world: here is a real challenge – The Nudge Global Leadership Challenge addresses just this.”
Mr Marcello Palazzi, BSc MSc MBA, philanthropreneur, founder and president, Progressio Foundation and co-founder, B Lab Europe, among many other public-good ventures. Marcello coined the notions of “civic” enterprise, economy and leadership in the late 80s. Since then, he has initiated or been involved in 300 “civic” projects in 33 countries, partnering with UN agencies, governments, foundations, corporations and NGOs. Several projects have led to the creation of independent organizations, such as ResponsAbility AG, The Copenhagen Centre, The Bremen Initiative, The New Academy of Business and Social Venture Network Europe. Marcello’s Alma Maters: London School of Economics, London Business School, Erasmus University, Harvard University.
“Nudge has got the formula right for a truly outstanding and inspiring program which cannot easily be found elsewhere. As a Harvard, LBS and RSM alumnus, currently Visiting Scholar at MIT, I can safely say that the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge will uniquely equip participants with the mindsets, tools, contacts to make a positive difference in the world”.
Mr Daniele Sacco, Group HR and Organization Director at Gruppo Mondadori. He is an experienced HR professional who has been working within the HR discipline for more than 25 years. Daniele has held both HR generalist and specialist roles at country, regional and global level and has experience across multiple industries including technology (Hewlett-Packard), finance (Italian Stock Exchange), FMCG (Kraft, Ferrero) and mining (Rio Tinto).