Discovery Event

Discovery Event

Discovery Event

January 21-22, 2021
IMD NEXUS members only
Sustainability: From Talk to Real Transformation

There has been too much talk about sustainability and simply not enough action or focus on how to successfully drive sustainable business transformation. During this highly interactive Discovery Event we will present IMD’s proposed diploma on sustainable business transformation, show you results of survey research on the topic and give you the opportunity to contribute to its design. Come shape how we will get on with sustainable business transformation.

Target audience:

This event is not limited to sustainability teams but rather open to diverse perspectives and view on the topic coming from:

-Investor Relations
-R&D and Innovation
-General Management


Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Afternoon/Evening

Hear from one CEOs sustainable business transformation journey where they transformed talk to real action in a changed vision, strategy, ecosystem of partners, organization and culture.

Friday, January 22, 2021 - Morning

Translate a sustainable business transformation case for your own company and contribute to IMD’s proposed program journey and diploma.


Knut Haanaes

Professor of Strategy and International Management, Lundin Sustainability Chair
James Henderson

Professor of Strategic Management
Natalia Olynec

Head of Sustainability, IMD
Carla de Geyseleer

CFO Volvo Car Group
Teitur Poulsen

CFO Lundin Energy
Cecilie Heuch

EVP and Chief People Officer at Telenor
Daniel Rufenacht

Group VP Corporate Communications at SGS
Julia Wittenburg

Director, Sustainable Investment Research at Bank J. Safra Sarasin

With over 15 years of experience influencing corporate governance and sustainability frameworks and advising senior management in the US and key European markets, Julia has market-leading expertise in sustainability, reputation management, board governance and investor outreach.

Julia started her career at Institutional Shareholder Services in the US in 2001, and worked at Blackrock Investment Management in the U.K., and Camberview Partners (now PJT Camberview), a US governance and activism defence consultancy. She joined Bank J. Safra Sarasin in Zurich in 2019 within the Sustainable Investment Research team, before taking her current role in the Bank’s Sustainable Finance Development division.

She studied at the University of Strasbourg, University of Kentucky and IMD Business School, and is fluent in English, French, German and Portuguese. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, hiking and skiing.

Annette Stube

EVP, Head of Sustainability at Stora Enso

Main occupation

1 Sep 2020- Stora Enso Oyj, EVP, Head of Sustainability and a member of the Group Leadership Team

Working experience

2008-2020 A.P. Moller – Maersk Head of global Sustainability

1997-2008 Novo Nordisk Director, Sustainability Programmes, Corporate Branding & Responsibility; Advisor, Corporate Responsibility; and Human Resource Consultant, Health Care

1995-1997 SOS International Manager of a psychological crisis intervention teams and leading Scandinavian corps of 200 “flying” doctors and nurses, Supply chain Manager in Eastern Europe and Africa

Key positions of trust

  • Independent member of Fortum's Board of Directors since 23 April 2020 (Audit and Risk Comm.)
  • Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School
  • Member of Expert Network of United Nations Global Compact
  • Social Impact Fellow at Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • Vice-Chair of the Board of OneThird (Think Tank on Prevention of Food Waste and Food Loss)
  • Member of Advisory Council on Sustainable Finance (FinansDanmark)
  • Member of the Board of VL64 (Leadership network)
  • Advisor to the Danish Government and Member of the Danish Council for Corporate Sustainability & SDGs appointed by the Minister of Business
  • Chair of Sustainability Network for Large companies DI (Danish Confederation of Industries)
  • Chair of the CSR Committee at Danish Ship-owners Association
Contact Us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IMD NEXUS team:

Email: [email protected]