Intersections of Sustainability and Diversity Webinar

Theme: Should international sustainability be more diverse, and diversity more sustainable? An academic-practitioner conversation

Hosts: Sustainability SIG and WAIB

Time: 16 February 2022, 16:00 UTC (View Local Time)



Hosted jointly by our Sustainability SIG and WAIB, the goal of this webinar is to bring sustainability and diversity researchers, as well as practitioners, together to debate, discuss, and share scholarly and practical insights. 

Save your spot today—registration is free and open to the public, but you must sign up by 15 February in order to take part. Brief bios for each of our distinguished panelists are available below.




Banu Ozkazanc-Pan is Professor of Practice at the School of Engineering and Academic Director of the IE Brown EMBA program. She is also the Founder and Director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. The Lab focuses on understanding and solving funding inequities in the VC industry through data-driven research, education, and advocacy. Banu contributed her expertise to 2021 UNGPs10+ consultation on the gender dimensions of business and human rights, which is intended to inform the work of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ UNGPs10+ ‘next decade’ project. She also contributed her expertise to the 2021 gender dimensions of business and human rights project via the Danish Institute for Human Rights.  Her piece on inclusion in the tech industry in The Conversation has over 35k reads. It was chosen as essential reading in relation to sexual harassment and discrimination in tech particularly in regards to the Activation Blizzard lawsuit. Banu is currently a member of CNBC’s Disruptor 50 Advisory Council Member. She recently published her co-authored book, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Critical Gender Perspective (2021), with Cambridge University Press.

Jennifer Oetzel’s research and teaching focuses on social, economic and environmental sustainability. Specifically, she looks at how companies can reduce business risk by promoting economic, social, and environmental development as well as peace building in countries where they operate. She has won multiple research awards including the “2018 Emerald Literati Award” from Emerald Publishing for “Highly Commended” article, Best Paper Award at the European International Business Association Meeting in Vienna, Austria, 2016, Best Paper Award at the 2015 Academy of Management Meeting, Finalist for Haynes Prize for the Most Promising Scholar at the Academy of International Business Conference (2009), among others. Her overall body of research includes more than 30 articles, book chapters, working papers and a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press on business adaptation to climate change. Her work has appeared in the Strategic Management JournalOrganization ScienceHarvard Business Review, and the Journal of International Business Studies, among other outlets.

The Busara Centre is a leading Behavioral Science organization headquartered in Kenya that believes in a world where evidence-based and context-specific solutions are routinely implemented to address the world’s most pressing problems. They are a research and advisory firm dedicated to advancing and applying Behavioral Science in the pursuit of poverty alleviation. They work with researchers and organizations to solve an array of behavioral challenges that cut across sectors, having built their wealth of experience on projects in financial inclusion, education, agriculture, health, governance and more. The panelist for this webinar manages a portfolio of projects that includes programs related to both sustainable agriculture and gender diversity, among many others.


Sarah Ku, Sustainability SIG
Ha Nguyen, WAIB


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