Gail Whiteman is Visiting Professor at IMD and Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School’s Department of Management.
She was previously the Rubin Chair, Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University, UK, and the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. As an expert on global risk, her research analyzes how business makes sense of complex problems and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities.
Whiteman is the creator of the Arctic Basecamp at Davos (2017, 2018, 2019), an innovative science-outreach event concurrent with the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, which calls for action from world leaders to address global risks from climate change.
She serves on numerous academic advisory boards and has over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the Academy of Management Journal, Nature, Climatic Change, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Ecology & Society, among others.
Whiteman co-authored the 2017 essay Three years to safeguard our climate with former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres, which was followed up in 2018 with their 2018 article Emissions are still rising: Ramp up the cuts.