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Challenge:Future 2009-2010 Advisory Board

Nancy J. Adler

Nancy Adler is the S. Bronfman Chair in Management at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
She consults and conducts research on global leadership, cross-cultural management, and the arts and leadership. She has authored more than 100 articles, edited a number of books, and produced the film, A Portable Life. Her book, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior (5th edition, 2008) has over a half million copies in print in multiple languages. Professor Adler is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the Royal Society of Canada. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including ASTD’s International Leadership Award, SIETAR’s Outstanding Senior Interculturalist Award, the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award, and the Sage Award for scholarly contributions to management. Nancy is also a visual artist. The most recent exhibition of her paintings was held at The Banff Centre where she was invited to be an artist in residence. Her paintings are held in private collections in Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

Alberto Alessi

Alberto Alessi is a founder of Alberto Alessi Architecture Studio, working in Italy and Switzerland as an architect, teacher, curator and author.
As an architect, Alberto deals with a wide range of projects, from residence to large urban architecture. As a teacher, Alberto has taught at ETH Zurich, IED Roma, Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, and Cornell University Currently he teaches Theory of Architecture at the HSLU Luzern and at the Universita di Ferrara.
As a curator, Alberto’s works include the architecture dialogues “Transalpinarchitettura” (Switzerland and Italy 2000-2001), “Mittelarchitetture” (Austria and Italy 2002-2005), the international event “Costruire identita? Architecture, city, music, words in the European national imaginaries” (Rome 2004), the exhibitions “Italy now? Country Positions in architecture” (Ithaca 2005 - Zurich 2007), and “Architetture di Passaggio. Views on architecture from the Ticino” (Venice Architecture Biennale 2006).
Alessi’s writings include the books “Heinz Tesar (Edilstampa 2002), Shared Architecture (with Jo Coenen, Libria 2004), and “Italy now?” (Cornell AAP Publications 2007). Since 2008 he’s directing the new architecture review “materialegno”.

Joel A. Barker

Joel Barker is one of the best-known futurists in the world. His videos on the future have been translated into 20 languages and have been seen by more than 100 million people. His book on paradigms is a standard text in more than 100 universities and has been translated into 20 languages.
He popularized the concept of paradigm shifts and started the corporate discussion of the importance of vision in 1989 with his video, “The Power of Vision.” He has influenced the role of leadership with his video, “Leadershift.” His video on “Wealth, Innovation and Diversity” helped redefine the importance of diversity. Industry Week Magazine refers to Joel Barker’s videos as one of the most influential series of programs in the business world.
His last book, Five Regions of the Future, co-authored with Dr. Scott Erickson, came out in 2005. Formerly Director of the Futures Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1975 to 1978, he has since spoken to more than one million people in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
He has received numerous awards including two honorary doctorates. In 2006, he was named one of the 100 most distinguished educators in the past 100 years by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education. In 2008, he was identified as one of the top 100 thought leaders in personal leadership and organizational leadership by Executive Excellence Publications. In 2009, he joined the Board of Leader to Leader Institute.

Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj is a Professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr. Kajfež Bohotaj started her career in science in 1980 with degrees in mathematics, physics, and biotechnology.
In 1996, she became a head of the Center for BioMeteorology, and in 1997 received full professorship at the Biotechnical Faculty and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana.
Between 2002 and 2008, Dr. Kajfež Bogotaj served as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for 2007. br/> As a climate scientist, Lučka has authored over 90 scientific studies and over 400 papers and articles. Her 2008 book is titled What Does Climate Change Bring Us?
Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj is a recipient of Ljubljana Award of 2008, President’s Award for contribution to Slovenia, and Rože Mogote award of 2008

Jennifer Corriero

Jennifer Corriero is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the use of technology.
In 2005, Jennifer was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2007, as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and as a York University Bryden Alumni Award winner.

William A. Fischer

William Fischer is Professor of Technology Management at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He was a development engineer in the American steel industry; an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers; and has also worked as a consultant on R&D/technology issues in different industries.
Additionally, he has served as a consultant to a number of government and international-aid agencies.
During 1997 and 1999, he was the executive president and dean of the leading business school in China - China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), in Shanghai. Between 1976 and 1996, Professor Fischer was on the faculty at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, USA.
Professor Fischer has written extensively on manufacturing, R&D, and technology transfer. His most recent publications include Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from Teams that Changed their Worlds (FT/Prentice Hall, 2005). He has won several awards for teaching excellence from the American Institute of Decision Sciences, and in case-writing from the European Foundation for Management Development.

Ronald Fry

Ron Fry is the Chair of the department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA and the Program Chair and member of the Executive Board for the Organizational Development and Change division of the Academy of Management.
At Case’s Weatherhead School of Management, Ron serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, and Chief Editor of the BAWB Innovation Bank – an online collaborative library featuring business innovations for sustainability.
Dr. Fry’s research interests include organizational change and development, functioning of the executive, group dynamics and team effectiveness, whole systems change processes, management and leadership development, and applications of Appreciative Inquiry to foster human cooperation.
Ron was one of the co-creators of Appreciative Inquiry at Case and heads the Institute for Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. He also directs the Case Masters in Positive Organization Development and Change Program.

Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of Technology for, a global online community for young people.
In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy. Michael has provided insights on the Net Generation to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including a 6-month engagement developing youth strategy with Microsoft in Seattle, Washington. He is a board member and advisor to numerous groups including Better the World, Microsoft Partners in Learning, Virgin Unite, Greenpower Canada, and several other national and global organizations.

Helmut F. Karner

Professor Helmut Karner shares his time between management education projects, management consultancy, and university lecturing, while contributing to the leading Austrian think-Tank "Föhrenbergkreis".
Born in 1947 in Baden, Lower Austria, professor Karner studied Technical Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Vienna, and later continued his education in management at Harvard Business School, IMEDE Lausanne.
Karner's first employment was in Austro Olivetti, Vienna where he worked as Systems Engineer for Data Base/Data Communication Systems and Software Director. In 1979 he took the position of European General Manager in Northern Telecom Inc. (now Nortel Networks). He continued his career as Managing Director first at Austro Olivetti, Vienna and afterwards at Olivetti International Education Centre, London, U.K.
Professor. Karner shares his knowledge at Danube University Krems where he works as a Visiting Professor in the fields of telecommunications, new media and digital economy. In 1998 he became Dean and Managing Director at Polytechnic University Salzburg (Techno-Z-Fachhochschule) for Information Economy. Since 2004, Helmut considers himself a ‘portfolio worker,’ splitting his time between a number of projects and initiatives.

Anne Lise Kjaer

Anne Lise Kjaer is a futurist and CEO of kjaer global, an international trend forecasting consultancy founded in 1988. Kjaer’s client base numbers over 100 international corporations including Nokia, IKEA, Unilever, Mc Kinsey & CO, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Iittala Group, Masterfoods, Sony and Toyota. Her expertise is bridging the creative and intellectual process – shaping wholebrain strategies and identifying the core concepts that are driving businesses and brands of the future.
Kjaer’s insight into every area of futures – from Human Resource, media and finance to automotive, technology and design industry – has given her a worldwide client base and a unique ability to engage and inspire her audiences.
Anne Lise’s pan-European career began in the trends forecasting business – via her native Denmark, Paris and Hamburg – and led eventually to London where kjaer’s unique philosophy was further developed. Using holistic principles, by combining scientific and social indicators with emotional and spiritual drivers, Kjaer builds up a multidimensional picture of the next generation of consumers - and their needs and wants. The Financial Times wrote: “Her unique world vision is as fertile as Dali’s only she creates social prototypes…based on nascent trends.” In particular she facilitates a new understanding for consumer of the future, she says: 'If the challenge is to create clarity out of complexity then that means getting to know - and identify with - your customers. Only then can you understand what they will want from you.'

Chris Laszlo

Chris Laszlo is a co-founder and managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners, an education, research, and consulting company based in the United States. Chris has provided advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies on sustainability for competitive advantage.
For nearly ten years, he was an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, holding positions as general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary and vice president of business development. Prior to that he spent five years with Deloitte Touche consulting.
Educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris, Chris earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Science. He is a Visiting Professor at Case Western Weatherhead School of Management and at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business as well as a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD.
Dr. Laszlo is the author of The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance, Island Press, 2003. (Paperback July 2005.) His latest book is, Sustainable Value: How Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good, Stanford University Press, 2008.

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Jean-Pierre Lehmann is a Professor of International Political Economy at IMD Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Founding Director of the Evian Group, an international coalition of corporate, government, and opinion leaders, united by a common vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all by fostering an open, inclusive, and equitable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework.
Professor Lehmann’s areas of special interest include globalization, global governance, trade and development, the role of business in reduction of poverty and inequality and the socio-economic, cultural, and business dynamics of Asia. He acts in various leading capacities in a number of public policy institutes and organizations, as an adviser to governments and corporations, and as a frequent commentator in the international media. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and papers primarily dealing with globalization, modern Asian history and Asia and the international political economy.
Prior to joining IMD, Professor Lehmann’s academic and business careers encompassed activities in virtually all Asian and Western European countries, as well as North America. In the course of the last decade, he has also become actively involved in projects in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Jean-Pierre Lehmann did his undergraduate studies at the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University and obtained his doctorate at Oxford (St Antony's College).

Will Morrison

Will Morrison is the Global Chapters Manager at Net Impact, one of the most influential networks of MBAs, graduate students, and professionals in existence today dedicated to using the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Will joined Net Impact in 2007 as the Membership Manager for chapters. As the Global Chapters Manager, Will oversees Net Impact's network of nearly 250 chapters with a special emphasis on the growth and organizational development outside the US.
Before joining Net Impact, Will worked in various capacities promoting economic development in northern Namibia and developing affordable housing options in the northeastern US. Will graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in economics and a minor in environmental studies.

Matjaž Mulej

Prof. Matjaz Mulej is Professor Emeritus of Systems and Innovation Theory, Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Maribor. An author of the Dialectical Systems Theory and Innovative Business Paradigm for catching-up countries.
Dr. Mulej contributed to the world of scholarship with more than 1.500 publications in over 40 countries. Prof. Mulej is a member of New York Academy of Sciences (1996), European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg (2004), European Academy of sciences and Humanities, Paris (2004), and serves as a president of IFSR (International Federation for Systems Research with 37 member associations). Dr. Mulej also contibuted as a visiting professors internationally for 15 semesters, and taught at all Slovenian universities for the past 35 years.

Miha Pogačnik

Miha Pogačnik is a Concert Violinist, Entrepreneur and Cultural Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia. Through music and art he demonstrates the principles of renewal and change, transforming thinking patterns and removing barriers which limit creativity and vision.
Working across the broad area of human learning and development, with major corporations such as IBM, Procter and Gamble, Mitsubishi and Nike, Miha Pogačnik brings music to business to enhance understanding of change and renewal in the corporate world.
1981 Miha founded IDRIART, the Institute of the Development of Intercultural Relations Through the Arts, based in Germany. The launching pad for Miha's engagements is grounded in the fact that creativity and inspiration are gaining cutting edge importance as an organizational capability and collaborative competence for people, as well as organizations, within a rapidly changing and volatile business climate.
As cultural ambassador of Slovenia, Miha follows the dynamic principle that artists and their audiences purposefully travel throughout the world and gather in places that really need them.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott is an international authority on the strategic impact of information technology on innova¬tion, marketing and talent.
Don consistently identifies and explains the next business imperatives and defines business models and strategies required for success. An expert on the Net Generation and author of Grown Up Digital, he wrote twelve other books, including the best-selling Wikinomics, now translated into 20 languages.
Don is Chairman of the think tank nGenera Insight, an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L. Rot¬man School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Fellow of The World Economic Forum.

Danah Zohar

Danah Zohar is a management thought leader, physicist, philosopher and author. Her best-selling books include Spiritual Capital: Wealth We Can Live By and SQ - Spiritual Intelligence, The Ultimate Intelligence, which constitute ground-breaking work on SQ, spiritual intelligence and spiritual capital.
ReWiring the Corporate Brain, The Quantum Society and The Quantum Self, previous work which extends the language and principles of quantum physics into a new understanding of human consciousness, psychology and social organization, particularly the organization of companies.
Danah regularly speaks at leadership forums and works with corporate leadership teams worldwide. She has worked with the leadership initiatives of both local and national governments. She established The Oxford Academy of Total Intelligence (UK) as an educational centre and consultancy, with a mission to create a sustainable future for society through the development of corporate and organizational leadership, purpose and motivation.
Danah Zohar is currently writing a new book, Total Intelligence: Achieving Lifelong Peak Performance, which aims to be the culmination of her life’s work.

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