Gail Whiteman

Professor Gail Whiteman (g.whiteman@lancaster.ac.uk) is 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.  She is an expert on global risk and her research analyzes how business makes sense of complex problems and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities. 

She 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.   

Professor Whiteman serves on numerous academic advisory boards and has over sixty peer-reviewed scientific publications in the Academy of Management Journal, Nature, Climatic Change, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Ecology & Society, among others.  She has recently co-authored an impactful article in Nature with Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and leading scientists and business leaders: “Emissions are still rising: Ramp up the cuts.”  This is a follow up to their 2017 essay “Three years to safeguard our climate”, Nature 546, 593-595 (29th June 2017).