On Top of the Game – Course Faculty


alcortaLudovico Alcorta

Ludovico Alcorta is Director of UNIDO’s Development Policy, Statistics and Research Branch. Previously, he served as Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation and as Associate Dean for Research at the Maastricht School of Management. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for New Technologies, United Nations University and worked as an Economist for Latin America at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). He has performed consultancy work for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and for the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Ludovico Alcorta is also an Affiliated Professor at the Dusseldorf Business School, Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima and University of Maastricht. He has published extensively in the areas of new technologies, innovation and development, including in journals such as World Development, European Journal of Development Research, Research Policy, Industry and Innovation as well as in China’s Economic Research Journal. Ludovico Alcorta holds a Bachelor and Master in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, as well as a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and a PhD, both from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

altenburgTilman Altenburg
German Development Institute, Germany

Tilman Altenburg is Head of the Department “Competitiveness and Social Development” at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the government-funded think tank for development policy in Germany. Before joining DIE in 1995, Tilman Altenburg was a Research Fellow at the Latin American Institute of the Free University Berlin and the Philipps University Marburg. He received his doctorate in Economic Geography from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 1991. Since 1986, Tilman Altenburg has carried out empirical research on issues of economic development in Latin America, Asia and Africa, with a focus on competitiveness, industrial and innovation policy, SME promotion and value chain development. Currently, he is coordinating several international research projects on low carbon industrial policy in developing countries.
Tilman Altenburg has published more than 100 academic papers on these issues and regularly works as an adviser to the German government and international development agencies. Recent publications include, “DIE discussion paper on industrial policy in developing countries”, “Overview and lessons from seven country cases“ and a UNU-WIDER working paper on the topic “Can industrial policy work under neopatrimonial rule?“

bazillianMr. Morgan Bazilian
Special Advisor on Energy Issues to the Director General of UNIDO

Morgan Bazilian is the Special Advisor to the Director-General of UNIDO on international energy and climate policy. In this role he focuses on helping to shape the United Nations approach to energy for development. Previously, he held a political appointment as Senior Advisor on energy and climate change to the Minister of Energy in Ireland, after directing the clean energy division of Ireland’s national energy authority for several years.
Morgan has been the lead climate change negotiator for the EU on low-carbon technology, and a member of the UNFCCC’s Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT). He holds a Ph.D. and Masters degrees related to the techno-economic aspects of energy systems, and has been a Fulbright Fellow. Morgan also supports the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO), the World Economic Forum’s Clean Energy Investment Committee, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Global Futures. He also serves as an advisor to the Novus Modus Fund, a €200M clean-tech venture capital vehicle.
His book, Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security, was published by Elsevier Science in 2008. His 2009 paper, “Technology in the UN Climate Change Negotiations: Moving Beyond Abstraction” was published by Harvard’s University’s Project on International Climate Agreements.

cullenMr. Tim Cullen
Programme Director, Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Tim Cullen has a well-established reputation for his expertise in international economic development policy, multilateral financial institutions and international financial regulation. He is also an experienced practitioner and teacher on all aspects of negotiation. Tim is Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation, which he created in 2003 with Sherman Roberts. He co-designed and co-directed the Oxford Programme on Investment Decision-Making in 2004, and has taught negotiation on the African Leadership Programme and on the Small Countries Financial Management Programme. He was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Oxford Centre for Corporate Reputation and helped design the Centre’s initial executive education offerings. He has also taught at a number of business schools around the world and for major international companies.

Tim heads the consulting firm, TCA Limited, which advises on issues of economic development, governance and integrity and reputational risks and opportunities relating to companies and countries. He worked at the World Bank for 21 years as an advisor and eventual Chief Spokesman and Director of Information. Tim has written extensively on issues of development, governance and negotiation, as well as on Yugoslavia and its successor countries. He has advised many International Organizations and Governments, and has been interviewed many times by international media. Tim has an MA from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

darbishireMr. Owen Darbishire
University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Owen Darbishire is a University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour. He is a leading expert on changing worldwide patterns of employment relations and human resource management, as well as the comparative advantages of national employment systems, Owen Darbishire has extensive executive experience. He has
been director of the Oxford Advanced Management Programme, the Management Acceleration Programme and others, while he teaches and consults across a wide range of organisations internationally.

Owen read PPE at Balliol College, Oxford and has a PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. In addition to the United States, he has lived and worked in Germany and has been a faculty member at Oxford since 1996. He is author of Converging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems. His pursues research into how corporations respond to pressures as new technology, increased competition, the deregulation of markets, and the structure and influence of national systems of corporate governance and industrial relations.

gatesMr. Michael Gates
Group Managing Director, Richard Lewis Communications

Michael Gates is Group Managing Director of Richard Lewis Communications, which provides cross-cultural communication skills and business language training worldwide. At Saïd Business School, Michael teaches on the Oxford Programme on Negotiation. he has also taught on the daytime MBA Programme at Duke Fuqua Business School.

Michael worked for 5 years in radio before moving to Finland, where he set up the Finnish office of Richard Lewis Communications. Since 2000 he has been Group Managing Director for the firm internationally. He also takes an active role as a speaker and trainer, providing cross-cultural training to corporations, governments, business schools and other institutions. Michael’s many clients have included Nokia, Microsoft, the World Bank, Rolls-Royce, Qualcomm and the Central Eurasian Leadership Alliance. He is a board member of the Finnish-British Trade Association and Director of Operations for the English-Speaking Union of Finland.

Through Duke, Michael is a member of the Center for International Business Education and Research InterCulturalEdge team carrying out research into cross-cultural matters in business. He has published dozens of articles and chapter in books on the topic worldwide, with a special interest in Finnish leadership styles. Michael was a scholar of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he gained an MA in English Language and Literature.

leuenbergerMr. Heinz Leuenberger
Director of the Environmental Management Branch (EMB) of UNIDO

Heinz Leuenberger is Director of the Environmental Management Branch (EMB) of UNIDO. The branch is responsible for activities related to resource efficient and cleaner production, waste, chemicals and water management and the reduction of mercury use in artisanal gold mining. The branch is further active in the area of sustainable management of large marine eco-systems, the implementation of measures related to the Stockholm Convention and assists municipalities and cities in methodologies and tools to improve the environmental performance of its industries.
He coordinated the redesign and strengthening of the “Global joint UNIDO-UNEP Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” programme and is currently involved in the design, formulation and implementation of the “Green Industry Initiative” of UNIDO. Furthermore, he is lecturing a post graduate course at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Prior to joining UNIDO, Heinz Leuenberger served as Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) for the Viet Nam Cleaner Production Centre, the Cleaner Production Programme of Lao PDR, and the Kingdom of Cambodia at the Hanoi University of Technology. From 1991 to 1999, he was Head of the Environmental Technology Institute (IFU) at the University of Applied Sciences in Muttenz, Switzerland and lectured in a postgraduate course on environmental technology and management. Heinz Leuenberger holds a Master in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry, both from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.

lowMr. Patrick Low
Chief Economist, World Trade Organization Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Patrick Low is Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization and Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute. Prior to that he worked for two years as Director of the Office of the Director-General and before that as Director of Economic Research and Analysis and also as Counsellor in WTO’s Trade in Services Division.
From 1990-19994, he worked in the International Trade Division of the World Bank. He taught at EI Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City and worked as a consultant for several international organizations, including the World bank, UNCTAD, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development bank and for the Governments of Botswana, Kenya, Mexico and Venezuela.
He holds a PhD in Economics from Sussex University in the United Kingdom and has written and taught on a range of trade policy issues, including on the interface between trade and climate change.

luetkenhorstMr. Wilfried Lütkenhorst
Managing Director of UNIDO’s Strategic Research, Quality Assurance and Advocacy Division

Wilfried Lütkenhorst holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Ruhr University, Bochum, where he lectured and undertook applied research from 1976 to 1984. During this period, he also provided advisory services to the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He joined UNIDO in 1984, with responsibilities in the area of regional and country studies. Until January 2013, he was Director of UNIDO’s Strategic Research, Quality Assurance and Advocacy Division. Previously, he held a number of managerial positions, both in strategic planning and in technical programme management. He was Director of the Small and Medium Enterprises Branch and was UNIDO’s voice in the Committee of Donor Agencies for Small Enterprise Development and conceptualized UNIDO’s contribution to the UN Global Compact and the joint private sector development programme with UNDP. Most recently, Wilfried Lütkenhorst held the position of Chief of Cabinet of UNIDO and was Director of the Bureau for Organizational Strategy and Learning (OSL). As Director of OSL, he was in charge of the organization’s strategy development, strategic partnerships, evaluation activities as well as its relationship with Member States. He has played a major role in UNIDO’s reform process and regularly represented the organization at high-level United Nations system conferences and committees. Wilfried Lütkenhorst was Chairman of UNIDO’s Programme Approval and Monitoring Committee (AMC). He was also Chairman of the Editorial Committee of the journal Making-It. Wilfried Lütkenhorst has published numerous books and articles on issues related to industrial development, foreign direct investment, trade and private sector development.

orrenMr. Gary Orren
Professor of Public Policy and management, Harvard Kennedy School

Gary Orren is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School. He is Professor of Public Policy and Management at Harvard University and an internationally recognised authority on strategic communications, particularly the science and art of persuasion. A teacher on executive programmes for more than three decades, Gary teaches sessions on persuasion for the Oxford Programme on Negotiation. He has taught leadership, strategic management and persuasion in executive programmes in other schools, including Harvard Business School, the Wits Business School in Johannesburg and the University of Ulster. For many years, he taught a multi-day programme in strategic communications for World Bank managers. In Europe, he taught similar programmes to managers from the UK’s Department for International Development and to officials from the United Nations.

Gary has taught at Harvard University for 40 years. He also has worked as a consultant for corporations, government agencies, interest groups, and political candidates. He has conducted and analyzed public opinion polls for many clients, including The Washington Post and The New York Times. He took a leading role in the creation of the first national news media poll, the New York Times/CBS News Poll. Gary serves as a consultant, coach and trainer to corporate and government clients around the world including top business leaders in China and India, throughout Latin America, the U.S. military, and corporate and government leaders in Egypt and Israel.

Gary has a range of research interests, including the science and art of influence and persuasion and the ethics of leadership and persuasion. He is considering the question of whether executives can learn to be more persuasive leaders; if they can, then what is the most effective way for them to learn these skills? He is completing a major book on persuasion and has previously published a number of books, including Equality in America: The View from the Top, Media and Momentum: The New Hampshire Primary and Nomination Politics and The Electronic Commonwealth:The Impact of New Media Technologies on Democratic Politics.

Gary received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Oberlin College and continued his studies at Harvard University where he received a PhD in Political Science. While at Harvard, he was awarded the Frederick Sheldon Fellowship and the Toppan Prize for the best dissertation in political science.

robertsMr. Sherman Roberts
Academic Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation, Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Sherman Roberts is an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School (SBS), University of Oxford. In collaboration with Programme Director, Tim Cullen he serves as designer and Academic Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation (OPN) and leads a diverse faculty of internationally recognised experts who teach how scientific research on negotiation and its component processes can best be used to meet the challenges of real-world negotiations.
Prior to joining Oxford-SBS, Roberts was Director of Executive Seminars at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where he designed and taught in nine long-running executive programmes on leadership processes that drew a total attendance of over 8,000 executives. He has also taught executive programmes at Carnegie-Mellon University, Texas A&M University, Reykjavik University and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Much of his executive teaching is carried out “on site” at major international, public sector, non-profit and business organizations including UNICEF, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Young Presidents Organization, United Bank for Africa, Defence Equal Opportunity Management Organization, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Sharp Electronics, Johnson & Johnson, Cairn Energy of India, the American Bar Association, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, and among many others.

Some of this teaching is done under the auspices of the Ivy Faculty Consortium, a network of experts on leadership and organisational topics that deliver custom executive programmes worldwide. Roberts founded the Ivy Faculty in 1999 while at Harvard.

ahmedMr. Sidi Menad Si Ahmed
Director of the Montreal Protocol Branch of UNIDO

Sidi Menad SI AHMED is the Director of the Montreal Protocol Branch, UNIDO. He is a meteorologist with a specialization on numerical forecast. He had done his post graduation on atmospheric pollution from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.

Before joining UNIDO, he was the Director on environmental studies at the Ministry of Environment in Algeria. He has also grabbed a fellowship for research on numerical models for meteorological forecast. He has been a University Lecturer on Environmental Impact Assessments and the Montreal Protocol coordinator at UNIDO. He has also served as the Director of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Branch (UNIDO).

sonMr. Sung-Hwan Son
Ambassador for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Korea

Mr. Sung-Hwan Son joined the Korean ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977, and is currently the Ambassador for Climate Change. Previously, he was the Consul-General at the Korean Consulate in Chicago, USA, and a Minister at the Korean Embassy in the Russian Federation. Mr. Sung-Hwan Son was also the deputy Director-General for Environmental and Science affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Mr. Son holds an M.A. in Environmental Policy from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, and studied at the Professional Certificate Programme for Dispute Resolution at Northwestern University.

winklerMr. Hans Winkler
Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Hans Winkler is the current director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and is a former Austrian diplomat and Secretary of State.

Upon graduation from the University of Vienna (Dr.iuris) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Hans Winkler began his career in the Austrian foreign ministry in 1970. He held various positions in Austrian missions, was the permanent representative of Austria at the Council of Europe in 1990s and in 1996 he became head of the Department of North and South America in the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Between 1999 and 2005 he was head of the Office of International Law and, additionally, from 2002 Deputy Secretary General.

On 4 July 2005, Winkler was appointed Secretary of State in the Ministry for European and International Affairs, a positions which he also held in the Gusenbauer government until December 2008. On 1 April 2009 Winkler was appointed Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

yumkellaMr. Kandeh Yumkella
Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Kandeh Yumkella is the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Before his election in 2005, Yumkella had worked in various high-level policy positions in UNIDO, and was Special Adviser to two previous Director-Generals. He also served as Director of the Africa and LDCs Regional Bureau and as Representative and Director of the first UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria.

Prior to joining UNIDO he had served as Minister of Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of the Republic of Sierra Leone; as an Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the Michigan State University and Assistant to the Dean in the College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois. Kandeh Yumkella earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture, a Masters in Agricultural Economics and a Doctorate in Agricultural Economics. He has co-authored numerous publications and has received various awards and recognitions.

He is an active member of the UN system Chief Executives Board and is the current Chair of the UN-Energy Coordination Group and one of the owners of the inter-agency dialogue on technology issues under the Secretary General’s Climate Change initiative. He also chairs the Secretary-General’s UN Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.

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