Your Winning Sustainability Strategies Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials, and content in all IMD programs.

Benoit Leleux

Dr Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD, where he serves as Program Director of Winning Sustainability Strategies and Foundations for Business Leadership. He was previously Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Director of the 3i VentureLab and Associate Professor and Zubillaga Chair in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Babson College (USA). Prior to his academic career, he was the head of corporate venturing for a leading agribusiness conglomerate in South East Asia.

He is the author of a number of books, among which "Winning Sustainability Strategies: finding purpose, driving innovation and executing change" (2019). His teaching cases have earned more than 20 European case writing awards and he has been ranked #19 in the Case Center’s top-40 best-selling case authors for 2018/19.

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Jan van der Kaaij

Jan is Co-founder of Finch & Beak, a European consultancy specialized in accelerating sustainability. He teaches at IMD and Moscow School of Management, and is co-author of "Winning Sustainability Strategies: finding purpose, driving innovation and executing change" (2019). 

Jan is a creative sustainability expert in strategy development, DJSI and sustainable innovation, with a hands-on approach. He founded his sustainability advisory business in 1997, and over the past two decades he and his team have advised multinationals and family businesses such as McDonald’s, Telenet, DSM, Miguel Torres, Randstad, LANXESS and HJHeinz. Jan’s speciality is designing value generating sustainability strategies, and effectively implementing them into the core of the business.

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Articles and case studies by faculty
Placing sustainability at the core of strategy

Lundin Energy’s longstanding commitment to sustainability was challenged by an oil price war and the slump caused by the pandemic. Here’s how the company rose to the challenge. 

Placing purpose at the centre of a brand

By placing purpose at the centre, a small start-up with a big mission improves lives and establishes itself as a force within bigger competitors.

Article by Program Directors Benoit Leleux and Jan van der Kaaij

Companies must develop a new sense of urgency, moving their sustainability programs from the realm of compliance to that of a key driver of performance and innovation. 

Case study by Professor Benoit F. Leleux, Marta Widz and Guido Corbetta

The third-generation family leader Marco Drago set the family firm on a radical new course to capture the latest digitalization wave.




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