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Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Middlesex University, UK

ACRN Oxford Research Network, UK

Prof. Othmar M Lehner works in the field of sustainability accounting and impact investing. As professor for Accounting and Finance in London and Helsinki, at the Hanken School of Economics, with additional backgrounds in entrepreneurship and information sciences, he uses his knowledge to drive forward the field through high-impact publications, keynotes at global industry events and through consulting the financial service sector on ESG investment portfolios and shareholder engagement strategies. He is also the Director of the Hanken Centre of Accounting, Finance and Governance in Helsinki.


Saïd Business School
University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Alex Nicholls is the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford.
He is also a Tutorial Fellow and Member of the Governing Body at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and in 2004, he was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship for which he helped raise the funding. 
His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: social and impact investment; the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability, and governance; public and social policy contexts including impact bonds; and Fair Trade.


European Parliament

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish Member of the European Parliament, representing the European People’s Party (EPP) in EP since 2008. Earlier Minister of Environment from 1991 to 1995 and a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003. Among her many duties at EP, she is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and is currently actively working towards more sustainable finance within EU.

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University of Salford, UK

Prof. Jia Liu joined the University of Salford in 2002, became a Senior Lecturer in 2008, a Reader in 2013 and Professor of Accounting and Finance in 2017. Previously she held posts in Business School, University of Leeds. Her research interests cover corporate finance, corporate governance, asset pricing, banking and financial institutions, financial risk management, the working and regulation of financial markets, and sustainable and responsible investment and economic growth. Her researches also extend to the interface of accounting, sustainability and governance, covering accounting regulation, CSR reporting, risk disclosure and viability reporting, market-based accounting research, and the interactions between accounting and finance.

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University of Trento, Italy

Prof. Ericka Costa is Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Trento. She is member of the Council at the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) networks and director of CSEAR Italy. Her research interests are focused on investigating sustainability accounting and corporate social responsibility for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with a  focus on the multiple-stakeholders and participatory approach to nonprofit accountability and social impact measurement. She participated in several national and international research projects on these topics, including one EU Horizon 2020. Her research has appeared in international publications, including Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Critical Perspective on Accounting, Accounting and Business Research, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Voluntas, Service Business and Sustainability Accounting and Management Journal.

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University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Prof. Pascal Dey is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Business Ethics. He received a licentiate in Psychology from the University of Bern, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Basel. Since his dissertation Dey’s research has revolved around the interface between entrepreneurship, society and politics. His interdisciplinary research - which draws on various (critical) sociological and philosophical theories - focuses on questions of power, resistance and radical transformation. Pascal Dey has gained extensive practical experience as a consultant in such areas as sustainability, strategy and organizational change, and as a co-founder of a sustainable food enterprise.


The New School, USA

Prof. Julia Puaschunder is trained as a behavioral economist with Doctorates in Social and Economic Sciences as well as Natural Sciences and Masters in Science, Business, Public Administration and Philosophy/Psychology and has about 20 years of experience in applied social sciences empirical research in the international arena.  Her ground-breaking work on climate change winners and losers has been cited by Nature. Since 2018 Julia is listed in the ‘Marquis Who’s Who in America and in the World’ among the top 3% professionals around the globe. Currently, Julia dedicates interest to Humanness, Automated Control and Artificial Intelligence Ethics in the digital age.


Southwestern Law School, USA

Prof. Michael Dorff is the Michael & Jessica Downer Endowed Chair at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches Entrepreneurship Law, Business Associations, and Mergers & Acquisitions: Law, Strategy and Finance. He has also taught at UCLA School of Law and at Rutgers Law School. He formerly served as the Associate Dean for Research at Southwestern. Professor Dorff’s research focuses primarily on corporate governance (especially executive compensation), corporate purpose, social enterprise, and the philosophy of law and economics.


University of Quebec, Canada

Prof. Ahmed Marhfor is a finance Professor at University of Québec in Abitibi (UQAT); where he has been teaching since 2011. Between 2007 and 2010, he was a lecturer at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM). Ahmed received his MBA and Ph.D. in Finance from UQAM, Canada. His research interests include corporate governance, international financial markets, investment decisions, and corporate social responsibility.