We are happy to welcome the world's leading scholars on strategy and sustainabilitty and recognized experts on Latin America to the first “Latin America Forum for Strategies, Solutions, Sustainability” at INCAE Business School, Costa Rica. From May 21 to May 23, these presenters will come together and meet with Latin American business leaders to work on the topic of sustainable strategies as one of the key drivers for the region´s prosperous development.

Together, they will develop solutions and recommendations for concrete management challenges of the participating organizations; they will work on an action agenda to support Latin American organizations in creating, implementing and improving sustainable strategies; and they will identify open questions that need to be addressed by further research.

International Scholars

Stuart Hart

Stuart Hart

Author of Capitalism at the Crossroads

Stuart L. Hart holds a B.A from the University of Rochester, an M.A from Yale, and a PhD from University of Michigan. After graduating from UM, where he founded the Corporate Environmental Management Program, he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. As of 2010, he holds the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise and is Professor of Management at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management. He is an American academic, writer over 70 academic articles, scholar, and consultant.


He is author of the groundbreaking book ´Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems. With C.K. Prahalad, he wrote the path breaking article: ´The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid´ which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. He is one of the founding fathers of the base of the pyramid economic theory. [More information]


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Chris Laszlo

Author of Embedded Sustainability

Chris Laszlo was educated at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of Paris, where he earned his PhD in Economics and Management Science. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Case Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio and has taught at INSEAD, CEDEP, Darden, Cornell, and other leading business schools.


As co-founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Value Partners, he has trained thousands of Fortune 500 executives in sustainability for business advantage. For nearly ten years, he was an executive at Lafarge S.A., a world leader in materials, holding positions as head of strategy, general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary, and vice president of business development. Prior to Lafarge, he spent five years with Deloitte Touche consulting. Chris Laszlo is co-author of the book ´Embedded Sustainability. The Next Big Competitive Advantage´, the author of ´Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good´, and ´The Sustainable Company´. [More information]


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Vijay Sathe

Author of Corporate Entrepreneurship

Vijay Sathe holds the C.S. & D.J. Davidson Chair and is Professor of Management at the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was a professor at the Harvard Business School for ten years prior to joining the Drucker School faculty.  He has taught in numerous executive education programs around the world and has published five books as well as numerous articles in academic and professional journals.


He has also served as a consultant to corporations worldwide and has advised government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Sathe's two latest books are ´Corporate Entrepreneurship: Top Managers and New Business Creation´, and ´Manage Your Career: 10 Keys to Survival and Success When Interviewing and On the Job´. His teaching interests and areas of expertise are business and global strategy, revitalization of self, organization and society, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. Currently, in collaboration with Nadan Nilekani, former co-chairman of Infosys Technologies and head of UID, he is working on a case about the UID project in India. He published the first results of this research in a recent article ´The World's Most Ambitious ID Project: India's Project Aadhaar´, Innovations, MIT Press, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 2011, pp. 39-66. [More information]


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Dane Smith

Managing Director of FSG and

author of Latin America leads the way in creating shared value

With over 20 years of experience advising private and public sector leaders on business strategy, Dane Smith is the managing director of FSG and a co-leader of FSG’s Shared Value and Global Development impact areas. He collaborates with Mark Kramer, Michael Porter’s co-author of the concept ‘Creating Shared Value’. Smith holds an A.B from Harvard College, an MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and an M.A from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Smith was a Partner at Gallup, a senior consultant with the Monitor Group, and a Regional Director with the OTF Group, where he led the firm’s operations in South America and Eastern Europe. He has worked in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Paraguay, Sudan, Qatar, Serbia, Albania, Romania, and Macedonia. Currently, Smith leads the Washington, DC office of FSG. He has worked with CEOs, COOs, and functional heads of Fortune 500 companies in the financial, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. He has particular expertise in helping companies to identify new business opportunities that simultaneously address serious social challenges. Smith has advised cabinet ministers and heads of states in Latin America and Eastern Europe in strengthening their economies and attracting more foreign investment. He has launched National Competitiveness Councils and more than ten industry clusters, bringing together the public sector, private sector, and civil society to establish a shared vision for increasing competitiveness. [More information]


Robert P. Sroufe, Jr. (Supply Chain) holds the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness in the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University, USA. He is a researcher and consultant in environmental management systems, green supply chain management, and environmentally responsible manufacturing. Dr. Sroufe received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Michigan State University. In his research, he studies issues surrounding Operations and Supply Chains, focusing on the broader dimensions of strategy, while investigating environmental management systems, technology integration, and global manufacturing. In particular, he includes environmental management systems, green supply chain management, design for environment, and green purchasing.


He has published in many conferences, edited books, and peer reviewed journals within the operations management and the environmental management field such as Sroufe, R.P. & Curkovic, S., ´An Examination of ISO 9000:2000 and supply Chain Quality Assurance´, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 26, 503-520, 2008; and Sroufe, R.P. & Sarkis J. ´Strategic Corporate Environmental Management Systems´, He teaches classes on sustainability enterprises such like Sustainable Theories and Models, Sustainable Tools and Applications, and Global Economic Systems in India.

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Greg Unruh earned his Ph.D. in international technology and environmental management from the Fletcher School at Tufts University; his MA in international affairs and business from Schiller International University in Madrid and Paris; and his BS in earth sciences from the University of California. He is professor of global business at Thunderbird School of Global Management and director of the Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management. Before Thunderbird, Dr. Unruh was the IE Alumni Professor of Corporate Sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid. He also served on the faculty of Columbia University through Jeffrey Sach’s Earth Institute and at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, where he was interim director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.


Prior to his academic career, he spent eight years as an environmental consultant in California and northern Mexico. Dr. Unruh is a noted writer, speaker and teacher in the areas of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability, Energy and Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Technology and Innovation Management. An outspoken advocate of environmental sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility, Dr. Unruh co-founded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management along with William McDonough (renowned “green” designer) and also has served as a technical reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with US former Vice-President Al Gore. Dr.. Unruh contributed to the development of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education” by the United Nations that he presented to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon in 2007 at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva. Dr. Unruh has published numerous articles, has appeared on BBC radio and has been interviewed in popular media outlets such as BusinessWeek, Financial Times, the Boston Globe and the Spanish-language dailies Expansion, Diaro, ABC (Spain) and El Mercurio (Chile). [More information]


Dennis Young is Professor of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University. He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Young helped establishing the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University that he directed from 1988 to 1996. He is president and founding CEO of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise based in Arlington, Virginia. From 1972 to 1987, he was a professor at the W. Averell Harriman School for Management and Policy. As former president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Dr. Young recently received the organization's Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research.


Dr. Young is editing the two forthcoming volumes ´Financing Nonprofits: Bridging Theory and Practice´ and ´Wise Decision Making in Uncertain Times: Using Nonprofit Resources Effectively´. Young received numerous grants concentrating on nonprofit interests and is a widely respected authority in the international nonprofit field. He has written many articles and several books, including co-authoring ´Corporate Philanthropy at the Crossroads, and Economics for Nonprofit Managers´. He is founding editor of the journal Nonprofit Management & Leadership, which he edited from 1990 through 2000. He was recently named to the Non Profit Times Power and Influence Top 50´ list. [More information]

Latin America Experts
Irene Alvarado Fernando Casado Bernard KilianMartin LoefflerLiza Lort-PhillipsMarcilio R. MachadoAna María Majano


Professor in Entrepreneurial Economic Sciences, Earth University

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Fernando Casado

Expert for international development, Center for Partnerships for Development, CAD

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Associate Professor, for Operations Management, Economics and Agribusiness, at INCAE Business School

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Senior Project Leader The Grameen Creative Lab


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Liza Lort-Phillips

Advisor, Value Chains Intelligence, Centre for Sustainable Markets (CIMS) CLACDS / INCAE Business School

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Marcilio R. Machado

Brazilian Foreign Trade Association Administration Council Member Lecturer at Fucape Business School

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Ana María

Associate Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLADCS), INCAE Business School

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Jorge Vinicio Murillo

Jorge Vinicio Murillo

Visiting Professor for Strategy, Earth University; Researcher at CLACDS / INCAE Business School

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Andrea Prado


Assistent Professor for Strategy, Sustainable Development, Organizational Change & Development, INCAE Business School

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Angélica Rotondaro


Representative of the University of St. Gallen in the hub office in Sao Paulo, Brasil

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Antonio Vives


Principal Associate, Cumpetere; Consulting Professor, Stanford


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Keith Whittingham

Keith Whittingham

Associate Professor for Sustainable Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship, 

Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Florida

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Yunhuan Tong


Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tsinghua SEM; Director of Center for Green Leap Research, Tsinghua University.

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INCAE Business School Faculty

Esteban Brenes Arnoldo-Camacho John Ickis John Ickis John Ickis Lawrence Pratt Felipe Pérez

Esteban R. Brenes

Professor for Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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Arnoldo Camacho

Professor for Finance

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Professor for Maketing

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Professor for Strategy and Organization

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Niels Ketelhöhn

Professor for Strategy and Competitiveness

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Director of CLACDS and Lecturer on Sustainable Development, Politics, Tourism

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Associate Professor for Quantitative Methods, Sustainable Development, Communication

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Attending companies as cases for sustainable strategies

Florida Ice and Farm Grupo Vanguardia Grupo Islita

Florida Ice & Farm

Food & Beverage company; recently awarded  “Sustainability Champion” by the World Economic Forum): A case on corporate market strategy that integrates social and environmental issues with markets.

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Grupo Vanguardia

Plastic recycling and producing company): A case on including the base of the pyramid into a business

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Grupo Islita

High-end tourism company): A case on converting social issues into business opportunities

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