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Bimal Arora is a PhD Candidate at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), Nottingham University Business School, UK. With over seventeen years of experience spanning sectors and development issues, Bimal is associated with several organisations and is on the Advisory Board of CSR International, UK. After spending six years in the UK, researching and consulting on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social development, Bimal returned to India in August 2008 and has since been passionately engaged in an independent research project aimed at setting up a Social Enterprise for Social and Financial Inclusion and Protection of Youths at the base of the socio-economic pyramid in India. Bimal did his Master’s from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is currently finishing-up his Doctorate in CSR.

Prof. Shi Donghui is an expert in Industry Study in China. He is the author of several national core teaching books about Industry Study and Corporate Strategy used widely by Chinese universities. Prof. Shi is actively involved in several national key industrial research studies, together with experts in and out of China. He is also working with Chinese companies closely and made special contribution to the development of several big Chinese state-owned companies. Prof. Donghui authored a GIM case study on Huatai, a Chinese newsprint manufacturer.

Charlie Dou is an adjunct Professor and Research Associate, Alternative Energy Institute, West Texas A&M University, USA; International advisor for UNDP/GEF on renewable energy project in China; key Expert for EU; Consultant for the World Bank/GEF, etc. He is directly involved in many research and international projects sponsored by UNDP/GEF, the World Bank, China central government, and has published and/or edited 14 books and more than 40 papers/presentations, including “China Village Power Project development Guidebook” and the series books of “Capacity Building Strategy for the Rapid Commercialization of Renewable Energy in China” for UNDP.  He received his Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology in the US, and Master’s Degree in Electric Engineering in China, and once worked on his doctoral degree on Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University.

Elvie Grace (Bing) Ganchero for the last three years has been working as a freelance CSR consultant based in West Africa after working for over 16 years in the field of CSR and sustainable development in the Philippines.Previously, she was the Manager of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). In this capacity, she provided direction and leadership in developing CSR policy and promoting leading edge practices, particularly in the areas of corporate-community partnership, stakeholder engagement, environmental management, health and safety in the workplace, benchmarking and business in conflict zones. Before leaving PBSP, her last major accomplishment was to work directly with leading CEOs in the Philippines to draft a strategy to coordinate private sector activities to help the Philippines attain the MDGs. As and independent CSR consultant, Bing has worked with international organizations such as IFC, USAID, and private companies in Asia and Latin America. In 2005 she authored an UN-funded publication entitled Responding to the Millennium Development Challenge: A Roadmap for Philippine Business. She has written case studies, published articles and performed extensive research on different CSR issues. Bing was one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific CSR Network, served as a member of the organizing committee for the Asian CSR Forum, and participated as assessor of the first Alcan Prize for Sustainability Awards in 2004. She participates in numerous working groups related to CSR initiatives such as the ENGAGE program of the International Business Leaders Forum, the Asian CSR Awards Committee, and coordinated the MDG and the Business Core Group for the Philippines.

Hamed Ghoddusi is a PhD candidate at the Vienna Graduate School of Finance. He also holds two post-graduate degrees in quantitative economics and business administration and a BSc in industrial engineering. He has more than 10 years of freelance consulting experiences including an 18-month cooperation with UNIDO HQ and more than 30 corporate strategy and business planning projects in a wide range of Iranian industries. He also has taught 60 short courses in these areas. Moreover, he has served for more than 12 years in different positions in NGOs, business press, management training institutions and professional websites inside and outside of Iran.  Hamed’s areas of interests include real options valuation of investment projects, finance for development, management consulting methods and skills and the economics of natural resources.

Diyanto Imam is the Country Director of New Ventures Indonesia, a nonprofit program of World Resources Institute (WRI). New Ventures Indonesia focuses on supporting the development of dynamic environmentally sustainable and socially responsible small and medium enterprises. Prior to joining New Ventures, Diyanto worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands at its Jakarta office. His other professional experiences include working for Queensland State Government Trade and Investment Office and Australian Trade Commission. He holds a Master of International Business degree from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and Bachelor of Business (Management) from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Prabakar Kothandaraman, a Ph.D in business from Penn. State has taught at Drexel and Texas A&M Universities in the United States and, currently, is engaged in writing business cases on Indian companies in collaboration with Harvard Business School. His research interests include creation and appropriation of value and applied social network analysis. He has also started a research program to study social ideology based business models followed by firms in India.
Dr. Kothandaram authored three GIM case studies in India, namely Naryana Hrudayalaya, Sulabh International, and New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Ltd.

Sourav Mukherji is Associate Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. An engineer from IIT Kharagpur, Sourav obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His major research interests are strategic and structural challenges faced by Indian firms competing in global markets. At IIM Bangalore, he teaches post graduate and doctoral level courses on Organization Design, Strategy Process, Organization Learning and Knowledge Management. Prior to joining IIM Bangalore as a faculty member, Sourav worked for the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant, where he was involved in assignments concerning portfolio analysis, organization design, merger and acquisitions and market entry strategies for Indian and international firms. After completing his engineering, Sourav had worked with information technology firms like IBM and Oracle in various product management functions. As a doctoral student at IIM Bangalore he won the ‘Infosys Fellowship’, awarded for research in the IT industry. Sourav has presented papers in international academic conferences, spoken at national and international corporate forums and published in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to globalization of Indian organizations, outsourcing of knowledge intensive services, novel organization forms and knowledge management. He has also been involved in several consulting assignments, advising organizations on strategic and structural issues. At IIM Bangalore, Sourav was the Chairperson of Career Development and Placement activities during 2006-09. He is also a member of various committees that oversee ongoing programmes and new initiatives at IIM Bangalore. Sourav is among the board of advisors of an entrepreneurial venture in the information technology services sector.

Minh Kieu Nguyen was born to a farmer family, in Long An Province, Vietnam. His child age was very hard because of civil war and poverty. In 1982, he moved to Ho Chi Minh City to study at the University of Economics – Ho Chi Minh City (UEH). In 1986, he was recruited and worked for UEH as a lecturer after graduation. In 1995, he was recruited to participate in the Swiss-AIT-Vietnam Management Development Program (SAV). This Program offered him a scholarship for studying for an MBA at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. In 1997, after graduation from AIT, he came back Vietnam and worked as a lecturer at Faculty of Finance and Baking, UEH and worked as a part-time lecturer for SAV Program. In 1998, he started a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Southern Cross University (SCU), NSW in Australia. After graduation and coming back from SCU, he returned to work for Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics, where he has been working for 15 years. Two months later, he successfully applied for a position of instructor at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP), which is a joint program between Harvard University and HCMC University of Economics. The first course he taught at FETP was Corporate Finance for graduate students. After one successful semester at FETP, he became a senior instructor with two courses: Corporate Finance and Development Finance. In addition, he has taught International Banking and Financial Market at HCMC University of Economics. Besides academic activities, he also has some consulting activities with commercial banks, seafood processing and exporting companies, and coffee exporting and processing company.  In 2005, he moved with his family to New Zealand by the skill immigration program.  After two years living in New Zealand, he returned to Vietnam and worked as a part-time lecturer for the School of Economics and Finance, Victoria University of Wellington. At the same time, he was recruited for the position of Vice Dean, Faculty of Postgraduate, Ho Chi Minh City Open University.

M. Habibur Rahman was born in Rajshahi in Bangladesh. He obtained his BA (honors) and MA degrees in economics at Rajshahi University in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He was conferred PhD degree for his research in the area of international economics at the Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh in 2003. During the last 18 years he has undertaken a number of qualitative and quantitative studies in a wide range of areas that include, among others, private sector development, trade, poverty, education. He has worked as a consultant for the major development partners of Bangladesh such as UNDP, ADB, and JICA. Recently he has undertaken a UNDP sponsored study entitled “MDG (Education) Needs Assessment and Costing”. He is now involved in one IFC sponsored project in the area of private sector development as a monitoring and evaluation consultant. He also worked for the country’s leading civil society think tank ‘Centre for Policy Dialogue’ as a Research Fellow in 2007. Rahman has participated in a number of policy dialogues, seminars, consultative meetings and workshops across the country. Rahman is now working as an Associate Professor of economics at the Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr Mahendra Reddy is the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism Studies at the Fiji Institute of Technology, Suva, Fiji. Dr Reddy is a well-renowned economist and academic in the Pacific region. Dr Reddy has researched, authored or co-authored a wide array of papers and articles that have had an effect on economic policy and practice in Fiji and the greater South Pacific region. In 2005, he was appointed as the President of the Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff, and, in 2008, as Head of School of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Dr. Reddy holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of the South Pacific and a Master of Science from the University of Hawaii.

Shuan SadreGhazi serves as a PhD researcher at United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and is located in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is also a tutor in International Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University. In addition he has work experience with the private sector in Northern Europe and the Middle East. His academic interests lay primarily in innovation management and business strategy with a special focus on their application for development in the South. Shuan’s current research aims at studying pro-poor innovations.  He holds a M.Sc. in Management and Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and received his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (Iran).

Tram Nguyen-Stevenin is a French citizen who was born and raised in Vietnam. She graduated from ESSEC MBA with a focus in Marketing & Sales, and has 12 years of international management experience acquired in both the association sector and private sector. She effectively managed Sales & Marketing for the largest European and American multinationals operating in Telecommunications and e-commerce & Online Financial Services. For the past 18 months, she has been the Executive Director of a Business Organization (European Chamber of Commerce) in the developing and exciting country of Vietnam.  She accepted this appointment which is somehow different in her corporate career path as a key opportunity to promote and facilitate trade and investment activities between the EU, her welcome mainland, and Vietnam, her born country. This personal background has also provided her with a passion for communication, experiencing cultural diversity wealth and learning foreign languages.

Han Shi is a PhD researcher at the Yale School for Forestry & Environmental Studies with focus on assessing the application of eco-industrial development and its implication for resource efficiency and climate change in China. He also serves as Co-Director of the project China Provincial Environmental Performance Index at the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. From 1997 through 2003, he served as the founding director of the Beijing-based Centre for Environmentally Sound Technology Transfer (CESTT). Between 1993 and 1996, he coordinated the international cooperation programs at the Administrative Center for China’s Agenda 21, the national secretariat for China’s sustainable development initiative. His previous research has covered the fields of sustainable development planning, environmental & energy technology policy, foreign direct investment & environment, industrial environmental governance, and public-private partnerships for urban environmental services.