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The 8th Ethical Corporation Logo Responsible Business Awards 2017 Ceremony: 16th October, 2017 • Entry Deadline: 29th June, 2017

Meet our panel of expert judges for 2017...

The 2017 judging panel features executives from some of the leading corporate, NGO, media and academic institutions. Together, their combined wealth of experience will make for an in-depth judging experience to ensure we showcase the best responsible business strategies on the night!

Markus Strangmüller

Markus Strangmüller

VP of Sustainability – Business to Society , Siemens

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Markus Strangmüller is responsible for the company-wide Business to Society approach showing the impact of Siemens to the sustainable development of societies and deriving strategic actions.

Markus joined Siemens 28 years ago and has held many different functions in different industries over the years. He spent 2 ½ years in Australia as Project Manager of an AUD$ 500’ telecommunications project, held P&L responsibility of a Service Business with € 300’ revenues, and he was responsible for transforming the bid factory into a global bid management. He spent 2/3 of his career in business operations and 1/3 in more strategic and business development roles. He joined the Corporate Sustainability in 2009 at its establishment.

Markus holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (FH Munich) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the European University. He has also taught Strategy at the European University and Globe Business College at EMBA programs. He also holds a certificate as a systemic Coach in Business Context. Markus’s areas of interest lie in leadership, people and organizational development, sustainability and business development in a global and multinational environment. He is an “investor in relations” and stands for purpose, trust and legacy

Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis

International Director of Corporate Responsibility and Campaigns, The Body Shop International

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Christopher Davis joined The Body Shop in 2003 to work with company founder Dame Anita Roddick. Today he leads the company’s corporate responsibility program and social and environmental campaigns across 3,000 stores in 65 countries. Before joining The Body Shop, Christopher managed corporate relations at Save the Children International and launched Ralph Lauren’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign in the UK.  He has been a director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, co-founded the UK Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence and was awarded the United Nations’ Business Leaders Award in 2012. He lives in Brighton, UK with his young family.

Irene Quarshie

Irene Quarshie

VP Responsible Sourcing, Target Corporation

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Irene Quarshie is a vice president in Target Corporation’s global sourcing organization. She leads a global team of 300+ team members, and is responsible for product safety and quality assurance, product investigations and recall, and responsible sourcing. Her team’s purpose is to ensure Target’s vendors and suppliers operate efficient, safe and ethical factory environments where they can produce safe, reliable, high-quality products.

Previously, Irene was Target’s Director of Government Affairs where she oversaw all government affairs activities at state and local levels nationwide. She has held other leadership positions during her tenure at Target, including Senior Group Manager of Corporate Risk and Responsibility and Group Manager of Supplier Diversity.

Prior to Target, Irene spent five years as a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and three years in the government affairs industry.

Among her many affiliations, Irene serves as on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her graduate paper on juvenile justice was published in A Comparative Perspective on Major Social Problems. She holds a B.A. in political science from Adelphi University and Master’s in Public Policy from American University

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis

VP, Corporate Social Responsibility , Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Richard has spent the past 35 years working for a range of Companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda.

The early part of his career was spent in Banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s. After this involvement he held CSR related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace and ran his own CSR consultancy for five years.

In 2003 he joined Boots and became responsible for all the Company’s CSR activities. Following the merger between Boots and Alliance UniChem and the subsequent Private Equity Buy Out he was appointed Director of CSR.

2014 saw the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance following the merger between Walgreens in the USA and Alliance Boots. He now has responsibility for CSR globally for this new enterprise.

Christine Diamente

Christine Diamente

Head of Brand Strategy, Nokia

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Christine Diamente is Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia, a role she has held since January 2016. Previously, she was Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent (2011-15) where under her leadership, the company was ranked “best in class” for its sustainability performance by key rating agencies including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, GeSI, EcoVadis and SocGen. The company was also the recipient of industry awards for its brand and digital communications.

Prior to this, Christine held other leadership roles including Director of Corporate Relations where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions.

Christine has served on industry boards including ex-officio member of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, founding member and Chair of the Telecoms Industry Dialogue for Human Rights (now GNI) and Board Member of European Internet Foundation (EIF). Today she is a Board member of Ethical Corporation advising them on their sustainability activities, chairing panels at their annual conference and presiding their awards judging since June 2015.

Graduating with a Master's in the History of Technology and International Relations and a B.A in History and International Politics from the University of Ottawa, Christine also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.

Oliver Balch

Oliver Balch

Journalist, The Guardian

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Oliver Balch is a UK-based writer and journalist, specialising on the role of business in society. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and has written for Ethical Corporation for over a decade. He is author of a number of travelogues and is currently studying for a PhD in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University. 

David Grayson

David Grayson

Director, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University

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David Grayson, C.B.E. is director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University. David joined Cranfield as director of the new Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007, after a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in more than 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and serving as a joint managing-director of Business in the Community.

David has an Honorary Dotorate of Law from London South Bank University and was a visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (2005-10);

He has served on various charity and public sector boards over the past 20 plus years. These have included the boards of the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales' Innovation Trust and the Strategic Rail Authority.

He chaired the National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board; in each case appointed by the Major Government and re-appointed by the Blair administration.

He is currently chairman of the national charity Carers UK championing the role of 6.5million Britons caring for a loved one; and is a former chairman of one of the UK's larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing 21(www.housing21.co.uk) during which the organisation made corporate history by becoming the first-ever not-for-profit successfully to acquire a publicly quoted group of companies. David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.

The Guardian has recently named David as one of the top ten tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook - CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook's COO and Kumi Naidoo - the Heed of Greenpeace International.

Aris Vrettos

Aris Vrettos

Director of Open Programmes, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Aris is responsible for CISL’s open executive education programmes where he helps companies understand the implications and possibilities that sustainability creates for business. He is the global director for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) which trains approximately 150 leaders from some of the world’s most influential organisations on global sustainability trends every year. Aris also contributes to CISL’s work on low-carbon transition, resource security, sustainable finance and new business models.

He was previously a senior advisor at the pioneering think-tank AccountAbility working at the forefront of strategy, engagement, governance and innovation for sustainable business. He has collaborated with the IFC and the UN Global Compact to promote sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets, with particular focus in Brazil and India.

He is a trained economist and journalist and began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social tensions in Greece.

Natalie Chan

Natalie Chan

Director and Principal Sustainability Consultant , PIE Strategy Limited

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Natalie Chan is Director and Principal Sustainability Consultant of PIE Strategy Limited, a boutique consultancy that specialises in helping companies develop and integrate bespoke sustainability strategies and implementation frameworks that align with their businesses and brands.

Natalie has close to 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability management. She worked at the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels where she led the Group’s global strategy on corporate responsibility and sustainability. Reporting to the CEO, Natalie worked with HSH’s management teams around the world in setting up the sustainability function and devising the Group’s long-term vision for sustainable luxury. In her five-year tenure with HSH, she led the Group to become a Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Pioneer and part of CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the region in 2014. 

Prior to HSH, Natalie was with Swire Pacific Group, managing group‐level corporate responsibility policies and strategies. Swire is one of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies, with diversified interests in five operating divisions: Property, Aviation, Beverages, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial. She also served as Hong Kong staffer at APEC Business Advisory Council during her tenure with Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a quasi-government body promoting external trade for Hong Kong.

Ioannis Ioannou

Ioannis Ioannou

Associate Professor Strategy & Entrepreneurship, London Business School

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Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, he seeks to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. His academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how investment analysts, and the public equity markets, perceive, evaluate and react to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple factors (e.g. institutional, regulatory, behavioural) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 received an Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He is also active on social media and a frequent contributor to articles in the popular and managerial press including outlets such as the Financial Times, The Guardian, and Forbes. In further recognition of his impactful work, Prof. Ioannou has been shortlisted for the Future Thinker Award of Thinkers50, the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers whose mission is to recognize ideas that have the power to change the world.

Kirstie McIntyre

Kirstie McIntyre

Director, WW Environmental Operations, HP Inc.

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Kirstie McIntyre is WW director for HP Inc’s environmental operations. Her remit covers all product and service-related environmental laws and market access agreements on energy efficiency, chemical / material restrictions and end-of-life considerations. Her teams manage takeback and recycling, IT system support for reporting and disclosure and WW product compliance programmes. She liaises with Government, industry associates and peers, supply chain partners as well as business customers and consumers on environmental regulations, recycling and other environmental aspects of HP's products.

Kirstie is a passionate advocate of the circular economy and has worked for a number of years in the strategic development of end-of-life programmes for various companies in the electronics sector. She has an engineering doctorate in environmental technology and has published widely on sustainability and supply chain issues.

Krina Amin

Krina Amin

Head of Strategy, Ethical Corporation

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Krina Amin is Head of Strategy at Ethical Corporation, a role she has held since March 2014. She has been spearheading EC’s flagship Responsible Business Series in New York, London and California and has worked with the CEOs from Nespresso, Telefonica 02, Virgin Atlantic, Steelcase, KEMET Corp, Odeon Cinemas, Heathrow, Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Krina is currently leading the US expansion of the business to grow the EC brand presence, increase its customer base and diversify its product portfolio.

Before joining Ethical Corporation, Krina worked for the legal arm of Thomson Reuters and various law firms. She has a degree in Law and German from Queen Mary, University of London and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Outside of work, Krina is a figurative artist. Her website is www.krinaamin.com

Liam Dowd

Liam Dowd

Managing Director, Ethical Corporation

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Liam is the Managing Director at Ethical Corporation and has spent the past 7 years working across multiple functions within the Ethical Corp team and parent company FCBI.

Liam is a fully qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has over 10 years’ experience working within the marketing profession. The first few years was spent working in a medical organisation, assisting in the execution of the membership marketing and PR communications.

In 2010 he joined Ethical Corporation to head up the marketing and management of the Ethical Corporation Magazine. Over the years Liam has assisted in the development of ‘Sister-Brands’ within FCBI that have become $1 million businesses within 3 years of being established.

As the Managing Director of Ethical Corporation he’s helped oversee 3 of the most successful events in Ethical Corp's history - including the relaunch of the global Responsible Business Series in the US. He's tasked with ensuring Ethical Corporation becomes the platform where companies can learn and showcase how to transform to new a purpose and impact driven business strategy.

Liam has a passion and belief that brands have the power and means to create a more responsible and sustainable environment – both in business and society.

Terry Slavin

Terry Slavin

Editor, Ethical Corporation

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Terry Slavin is editor of Ethical Corporation. Previously, she had worked on business and sustainability issues for many years as a freelance writer and commissioning editor on Guardian Sustainable Business and Green Futures magazine. She has a special interest in climate and energy, water and development issues.

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