Wayne Visser

Friday Keynote Speaker – Frontiers in Social Responsibility 

Dr Wayne Visser holds the Chair in Sustainable Innovation and is Professor of Integrated Value at Antwerp Management School. He is also Fellow of His work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to 74 countries in the past 30 years to work with over 150 clients, ranging from Coca-Cola, Dell, DHL and HSBC to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank.

Dr Visser describes himself as a professional idea-monger, storyteller and meme-weaver. He sees his mission as helping to bring about transformative thinking and action in business and society. He believes that we all need to be purpose-inspired to make a positive difference.

Dr Visser is a prolific writer, believing that we learn best by constantly challenging ourselves to do research, formulate our thoughts into compelling narratives and share our discoveries and insights. He is the author of 26 books – including most recently The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise and Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change through Business, Leadership and Innovation. He has published over over 320 chapters, articles and reports and is a guest columnist for The Huffington Post and The Guardian.

A full biography and much of his writing and art is on www.waynevisser.com.

Daniela Papi-Thornton

Saturday Keynote Speaker – Tackling Heropreneurship 

Daniela is a social change educator, who designed the Impact Gaps Canvas, a tool used to help budding change makers think like system change leaders. She has taught classes on social entrepreneurship and leadership around the world and worked at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford’s Saïd Business School for five years. As the Deputy Director of the Skoll Centre, she designed new student programming initiatives including a Leading for Impact programme, “apprenticing with a problem” funding, and The Global Challenge, which now runs at 24 universities around the world. She also taught MBA courses at Oxford including the core Entrepreneurship Project course and a course on high-impact entrepreneurship. Daniela is a graduate of Saïd Business School’s MBA programme and was a Skoll Scholarship recipient.

Her thought leadership on social change education has been featured in many global conferences, and in key articles read by the social sector, including Stanford Social Innovation Review’s third most read article of 2016 called Tackling Heropreneurship. Her report on the same topic continues to be downloaded and, along with her TEDx talks, are used in education programs globally.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Daniela spent six years in Cambodia where she grew a youth leadership organization, PEPY, an educational travel company, PEPY Tours, and an advocacy organisation, Learning Service. Daniela is co-authoring a book advocating for a ‘Learning Service’ approach to philanthropic and volunteer travel and has worked as a consultant to other social impact organizations, typically supporting their strategy redesign by incorporating her experience in social marketing and user-centered programme design.

Linda Coady

Moderator for our Executive Roundtable session

Linda Coady is Chief Sustainability Officer for Enbridge Inc., North America’s largest energy infrastructure company for delivering, transmitting and distributing oil and natural gas, and for generating power and renewable energy. Linda has responsibility at an enterprise- wide level for Enbridge’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategy and initiatives.

Prior to joining Enbridge in 2013, she was Vice-President of Sustainability for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is also a former Vice-President, Pacific Region, for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada (WW) and a former Vice-President, Environment, for Weyerhaeuser in British Columbia.

Linda’s work on sustainable development challenges has been recognized with awards from Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, the Ecological Society of America, the YWCA and the Globe Foundation for Business and Environment. From 2010-2012 she was a Distinguished Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC and taught in the MBA Program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She has consulted locally and globally on sustainability issues in the forestry, mining and shipping sectors, and in Olympic Games planning and development. In 2015, she served as a member of the Government of Alberta’s Climate Advisory Panel.

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