Professor Jem Bendell’s Profile
By: Professor Jem Bendell, University of Cumbria
Friday 3 June 2016 4pm-6pm
LH 2. 1, ELM Business School HELP University
The need for change is what distinguishes leadership from management. The need for sustainability distinguishes good leaders from bad. How can good leaders create rapid and significant change for sustainability? Professor Jem Bendell of the University of Cumbria and Trimantium Capital, will share insights from fields of innovation and enterprise, to show how major changes have occurred in the past and can occur today. Drawing on examples from fashion, finance, the sharing economy and education, Bendell will explain his theory of elegant disruption, which extends management theories on disruptive innovation to include aspirations and values.
The objectives of this seminar is to learn how transformative change can happen in sectors and society, reconsider what leadership may mean as a distributed behaviour, and explore differences of approach between Malaysia and the United Kingdom. All academic, administrative staff and counsellors are invited to this talk.
Professor Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria, UK. The Institute runs the world’s largest MBA in sustainability, with over 1,000 students from more than 100 countries. Jem is also an Independent Non-Executive Director at Trimantium Capital, an impact investing firm specialising in financial services and technology.
Professor Bendell has 20 years of experience in sustainable business and finance, as a researcher, educator, facilitator, advisor, and entrepreneur, having lived and worked in six countries. As the Founder and Director of Lifeworth, a network of independent strategists and educators on social and organisational change, his clients include international corporations, UN agencies and international NGOs.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognised Professor Bendell as a Young Global Leader for his work on sustainable business alliances. With over 100 publications, including four books and five UN reports, he regularly appears in international media on topics of sustainable business and finance, as well as currency innovation. His TEDx talk is the most watched online talk on complementary currencies. In 2012 Professor Bendell co-authored the WEF report on the Sharing Economy. He is a special advisor to the United Nations Department that convenes the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. Previously he helped create innovative alliances, including The Finance Innovation Lab to promote sustainable finance. In 2007 he wrote a report for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on the responsibility of luxury brands, which appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines worldwide, and inspired a number of entrepreneurs to create businesses in the luxury sector.
Professor Bendell holds a Bachelor of Geography from Cambridge University and a PhD in International Policy from Bristol University.