A few years back, as a climate change desk officer, a colleague and I took some time off work to teach environmental education in primary and secondary schools in Ondo State. I remember telling the young people that what they give to the environment is what the environment will give back to them. And that humans can only live a healthy life if we are in harmony with nature. The message we shared with those young people resonated so well such that the Ministry of Environment commissioned us to take environmental education to the two tertiary institutions in Ondo State…


Daniel Traça

“Never forget the reason Why. The ‘Why’ is what gets you up today and it will pick you up when you are down tomorrow. That sense of intention will help you continue to be committed. As a leader, you have to remind people of their ‘Why’.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Traça, Dean and Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), in Lisbon. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the European Commission and published scientific research in several leading international academic journals. …


“I believe leadership is all about taking people to places where they hadn’t dare to go alone, and always with a purpose. To me it boils down to three pursuits: commitment to authenticity, commitment to consistency and commitment to fairness.”

Dr. Pekka Mattila is the Group Managing Director of Aalto University Executive Education in Finland, and serves as a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Business. …


Thibault Candia

I believe it is important to emphasize that whatever your level, scale or influence within society, you can always find a way to make a positive impact on it. With goodwill and passion, you are capable to achieve most of the things that you currently think you are not capable of — even things you would have never imagined before.

There has been a global rise in social activism regarding raising awareness about sexual harassment. The topic is still at the centre of many heated debates and social movements. Thibault Candia, an ESCP Business School student, has produced and directed…


‘Trust your own vision — experience doesn’t mean they have a better vision, just better methods to get there. If you make a mistake it is not the end of the line but an opportunity to learn. You will be tested along your journey but standing firm on your vision will lead you to build a company no one saw coming, that’s where a lot of unique value is found.’

Luke Young is the CEO and co-founder of Agrisea — an ocean agriculture company that works to solve world hunger by designing and implementing a truly sustainable food system through…


Orsola Amati

“The fast fashion industry has been growing at an unsustainable rate for many years as people have become more aware of how fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world, therefore I was determined to create an ethically responsible brand.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Orsola Amati. Whilst studying for her masters at MIP Politecnico di Milano, Orsola has created the fashion brand ‘LE ORSINE’.

‘LE ORSINE’ was launched as an optimistic fashion brand that uses colourful products to impact people’s mood, delivering a timeless style that values tradition, passion and sustainability. Orsola has already managed…


The big challenge for a leader is looking beyond the pressures and demands of today’s world. But we need to look at what is coming and what we need to do to win next time.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jordi Diaz, Dean of EADA Business School in Barcelona. As an experienced leader, Diaz insists that during a crisis those in positions of power have a duty of care to their colleagues, and must show an awareness of issues that employees may be facing, both professionally and personally. …


Luka Zrnic

“Always take a very broad definition of sustainability, encompassing not only environmental but also social and healthcare-related factors. More precisely, I strongly believe that a holistic approach towards sustainability is required, as all of the factors are inextricably linked and have a large impact on our wellbeing and the planet’s.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Luka Zrnic, a Master’s in Management student from ESMT Berlin. Luka was attracted to ESMT because of its focus on sustainability and climate change and soon joined the Net Impact ESMT Berlin club, where he is now President. Net Impact is a global sustainability-focused…


Professor Eric Knight

Leaders must over-communicate during times of change. Silence is deadly. We must reach out to people and tell them we are here — students, staff, employers, politicians and members of the community. As a leader within a university, we can inspire people by giving them opportunity when there is loss, hope when there is despair. Universities are places of learning — we welcome anyone seeking to learn, improve themselves, reflect on the world around them, and refine their purpose in life. Universities are critical ballasts for society during times of change. …


Professor Dr Nils Stieglitz

“Even during a crisis, as a leader you have to remain ambitious. You have to remain focused, not so much on the present, but what are the future opportunities for us? What potential do we have?”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Dr Nils Stieglitz, the President and Managing Director of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. As Professor of Strategy he is a firm believer in clarity, he feels that as a leader you should never waste a crisis, but instead see it as a time to focus on what is truly important. …

Kate Mowbray

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