Leadership for Sustainability: Alumni Perspectives on the Decisive Decade

by Responsible Business Club


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Wed, Mar 3, 2021

3 PM – 3:45 PM (GMT+1)

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The increasingly complex business landscape of 2021 has put many leaders into a chess match of decision making, with one piece of their strategy being sacrificed for another.
Where does sustainability stand today? What new, more sustainable practices and opportunities have arisen as organizations “stay home”? How do creativity, expertise, and technology guide the approach of those who are keeping sustainability goals front and center in their companies?
In this panel discussion among senior IESE alumni, we will hear a diverse range of perspectives on the complexities of effective leadership for sustainability.

Alexandre Holst – Accenture
Eghosa Mabhena – Puma Energy
Masao Takahashi – Nagaoka University of Technology
Moderator: Terry Nelidov - Erb Institute (University of Michigan)


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Terry Nelidov

Managing Director

Erb Institute, University of Michigan

Terry Nelidov is Managing Director of the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, the sustainability partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability. (Go Blue!) Terry joined U-M in 2013, returning to the US from his work as a sustainability consultant with BSR in Asia. Previously, Terry lived and worked across eight countries in Central and South America, starting as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Terry holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain. His languages include native English, as well as Spanish, Portuguese and Guaraní (Paraguay).

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Alexandre Holst

Managing Director



Alexander Holst is a Managing Director at Accenture Strategy based in Berlin. He leads the Sustainability Practice of Accenture Strategy within the DACH region and part of the Global Environmental Management Committee of Accenture. Alexander managed, in his 22 years of consulting experience, projects for his clients to integrate sustainability aspects into their respective core business.

Along this journey he
supported several DAX30 and other leading companies in developing their sustainability strategy and targets. Alexander Holst studied in Osnabrück European Business Studies und holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. He also is a participant of the Cambridge University Environmental Leadership Program as well as the Northwestern University Analytics Program.

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Eghosa Mabhena

CEO Africa

Puma Energy


Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena has about two decades of experience in the Energy Industry and is the recently appointed CEO for Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Global Aviation and Global Lubricants businesses for Puma Energy. Eghosa’s business remit spans across 15 countries, leading close to 3000 Puma Energy employees. She joined Puma Energy in July 2019 as the CEO of Africa and member of the Global Executive Committee before being promoted in 2020 to oversee the expanded portfolio across multiple continents and business segments. Eghosa is a TedEX speaker who is becoming recognised as an impactful Energy industry leader shaping the future landscape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQz5BKaRIqc

Eghosa spoke with CNN about Innovation in the Energy space to drive access and affordability in Africa.https://edition.cnn.com/videos/business/2020/10/09/marketplace-africa-fuelaffordability-innovation-puma-energy.cnn.

Eghosa has recently been named in the top 100 most influential women in Africa https://avancemedia.org/avance-media-announces-2020-most-influential-african-women-list/ following shortly on her 2019 inclusion in the list of top 100 Women CEO’s in Africa https://theminingexecutive.com/eghosa-oriaikhi-mabhena-ceo-puma-energy-nominated-in-topwomen-ceos-in-africa/. Eghosa also teaches a Global Executive MBA class each year at her Alumni using a business case that is written about her life as an international leader.

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Masao Takahashi

Specially Appointed Professor

Nagaoka University of Technology


Specially Appointed Professor

Department of Science of Technology Innovation

Nagaoka University of Technology.

20+ years' experience in management consulting, business development and engagement, policy reform, public-private partnership (PPP), and CSR.  2000-2010 Chief consultant/ Researcher, Nomura Research Institute ltd., Japan. 2010-2021 with the World Economic Forum, various senior leadership roles including: Business Engagement Asia (south Asia, South East Asia, and Japan), Business Membership Programs, Technology Pioneers, and Regional Agenda (Japan). Since 2021 Specially Appointed Professor*, Department of Science of Technology Innovation, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan.

B.Eng., M.eng in Naval Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan; MBA(Bilingual), IESE Business School, Spain; Exchange research program, Naval Engineering, Escola Politécnica, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil.


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