ESCP is strengthening its commitment to the environment and sustainable development by announcing the launch of the "Stand Up For A Sustainable Word" conference series.
The purpose of these conferences is to make business people aware that safeguarding our planet is the major challenge of our century. They will be led by high-ranking personalities committed to environmental protection.
ESCP's Executive Education aims to support managers and companies in the creation and implementation of business models that are more resource-friendly. This is why ESCP has developed a specific training offer on all its campuses, such as the Sustainable Business Model Development programme on the Berlin campus. By associating itself with the Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models Chair in the organization of this conference series, Executice Education actively participates in the promotion of this theme in society.
First Guest: Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former Mauritian president and renowned scientist
The 1st guest personality on May 29, 2019 was Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius (2015-2018), L'Oréal Prize for Women in Science, and 96th most powerful woman in the world according to Forbe magazine's 2017 ranking. Internationally renowned scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim spoke on the subject of climate change and its implications for sustainable development in Africa and small island developing States.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim warned bridging the gap between science and policymaking is critical if the world is to effectively tackle climate change. She claimed the world needs real policies for properly communicating science – adding that decisive action was needed to ensure development planning was inclusive of climate change solutions. She addressed the case of Africa who remains at the epicenter of many of these challenges. She called for more international cooperation on these issues: "the heating and increasing acidification of the oceans can no longer be tackled by national governments; it needs to be done through collaboration that includes the big players".
On this occasion, Professor Frank Bournois, Dean of ESCP, presented Mrs Gurib-Fakim with the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa, the most prestigious distinction awarded by the School.
On the stage from left to right : Prof. Frank Bournois, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Prof. Valérie Moatti, Prof. Bertrand Moingeon, Prof. Valentina Carbone, Prof; Aurélien Acquier, Christian Mouillon, prof. Léon Laulusa
The next dates of the conferences and their speakers:
Monday 24 June from 18 to 20h, ESCP Montparnasse campus
Pierre Larrouturou, Economist, initiator of the Climate Finance Pact, will speak on this topic. (Lecture in French)
Thursday 26 September from 6pm to 8pm, ESCP Montparnasse campus
Prof. Jaideep Prabhu, Professor at Cambridge University and co-author of the best-selling book Jugaad Innovation and Frugal Innovation (Lecture in English)
Tuesday 26 November from 6pm to 8pm, ESCP République campus
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, will speak on the climate and the future of our planet (Lecture in English)
Climate Change - Global Warning
Climate fight must 'bring science to those in power'
Bridging the gap between science and policymaking is critical if the world is to effectively tackle climate change – and Africa is at the forefront of this challenge – renowned scientist and former Mauritian president Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has warned.