Centre for Sustainability and Business
Solving sustainability challenges to benefit organisations and society.
What does sustainability mean for Boards, CEOs and executive teams? In what ways is business transforming?
The MBS Centre for Sustainability and Business is focused on ‘unleashing leaders and ideas for an environmentally sustainable future’.
This often starts with dialogue. Bringing together and holding space for different perspectives and ways of thinking. From this, our focus is on sustainability education (capability development) and research, harnessing School and broader University expertise. With an emphasis on environmental sustainability - the human-nature relationship, climate change, waste and the circular economy and biodiversity conservation.
A sustainable future requires a shift in paradigm, mindset and practice. Melbourne Business School is uniquely placed to help you navigate, in what has been called ‘the decade to deliver’.
Leading by Example
Businesses need the goodwill of the community to thrive, and we, as a community, will not be able to achieve a sustainable world without business because of its financial, human, technological, organisational and political capital.
PROFESSOR GLENN HOETKER
MBS Foundation Chair of Sustainability and Business
Gary brings to this role over 25 years of experience working with leading advisory firms and in industry, often at the forefront of issues relating to sustainability, innovation, growth, research and investment. Gary is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the School of Ecosystem and Forestry Science (University of Melbourne), a former Director with KPMG and holds a PhD in the role of nature in unlocking human potential and corporate nature responses.
Director of Partnerships & Engagement
Alexandra Lazarus-Priestley joined Melbourne Business School as Strategic Relationship Manager in 2019. Alex brings over a decade of experience building long-term sustainable partnerships that effect lasting change for partner organisations. She has led and managed co-designed learning and leadership development programs across Australia, the UK and Africa in both the university and corporate sectors.
DONALD HENRY, AM
Don is an Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism at MBS and the University of Melbourne, with a focus on practical action and transformative change. He is an International Board Member of The Climate Reality Project, chaired by the Hon. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States. In 2018, Don was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in protecting Australia's native wildlife and environment. His background includes being the CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation and WWF Australia, a Director of WWF US and the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.
Sophie joined the centre this year as a research assistant. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on environmental and social policy, built on a background in zoology and ecology. Prior to joining the centre Sophie worked at CSIRO and then also in the construction industry in business development, risk analysis and sustainability compliance for a multi-national that is a leader in these areas.
Gaomin joined the centre this year as a doctoral researcher, primarily focusing on sustainability and business innovation. She holds a master degree on environmental engineering from University of Melbourne and a MPhil degree on engineering for sustainable development from University of Cambridge. Prior to her PhD study, Gaomin has work experience in academia and business consultancy.
Secure your Tomorrow
We bring together the brightest minds in sustainability and business to unleash leaders and ideas for an environmentally sustainable future.
Such a purpose requires fundamental change - a major shift in systems, sectors, organisations, products and services to create a more circular, human and regenerative economy. While success here is no small feat, the consequences of inaction are profound.
As a leading business school, it is our responsibility to nurture mindsets and practices - through dialogue and practical leadership, ideas and partnerships - that serve current and future generations.
Contact us today to find out more.