Simon Zadek

Simon Zadek is co-Director of the UN Environment’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. He is also currently visiting professor at Singapore Management University, a senior fellow at the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and distinguished senior fellow of the Academy of Business in Society.

He was, until recently, a visiting scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing and senior visiting fellow at Harvard’s J F Kennedy School of Government. He is on the advisory board of the leading sustainability investment fund, Generation Investment Management.

Mr Zadek founded, and was until 2009, Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility. Before that, he was Development Director of the New Economics Foundation, founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative and on the founding Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative.

Mr Zadek is well-published – his book, The Civil Corporation, was awarded the Academy of Management’s prestigious Best Book on Social Issues in Management, and his Harvard Business Review article, ‘Paths to Corporate Responsibility’ is widely used as a reference point in understanding emergent sustainability strategies. He has advised companies worldwide on sustainability issues, and until recently, lived in China.