Speakers 2013

Mark Drewell

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Mark is a thought leader and practitioner at the interface between business and society. He is the CEO of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative grli.org, a worldwide partnership of companies and business schools taking action to develop the next generation of globally responsible leaders and the operational arm of the worlds two leading business school accreditation organisations (AACSB International and EFMD).
Mark is also a member of The ForeSight Group Strike Team which supports organisations aiming to accelerate and leverage impact towards a socially just and sustainable world (www.foresight.se). ?
His current advisory roles include working with Swedbanks Family Office in Stockholm on a new approach to wealth management and serving on the advisory council of the Business School of Lausanne.
Born in the UK, he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University then started his business career in mining finance in the City of London. He moved to South Africa in 1989 and joined international diversified industrial company Barloworld Limited (2012 revenues+4bn, 19 000 employees operating in 27 countries).
Starting out in the steel and ferrochrome business where he was deeply involved with South Africas political transition, he then moved to head up marketing and communications in South Africas largest cement business PPC, and then for a decade served on the Barloworld group executive Committee heading up Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations and Group Marketing.
Amongst other work, he led the companys move into sustainability and the rebranding of the company and the incorporation of many separate corporate and product identities into an integrated brand architecture. In 2007 he fulfilled a personal commitment made five years earlier and stepped out of corporate life into a portfolio career developing his business interests in property, a distillery and asset management company. In 2009 he returned to Europe to take on his current role in the GRLI.
Throughout his career he has combined business with engagement in society as a catalyst of change. He is currently Chairman of the Swedish-based Worlds Childrens Prize for the Rights of the Child Foundation and is a past board member of San Francisco headquartered 14 000-member International Association of Business Communicators; senior associate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of South Africas Centre for Corporate Citizenship and Chairman of Africas largest indigenous environmental NGO, the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
He has also worked extensively with the Aspen Institute, helping them catalyse and launch their Aspen Global Leaders Network. Mark has been married to Yolanda since 2006 and has four children at primary school where he serves as a member of the school board of trustees.
He was appointed a Fellow of the UKs prestigious Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 2010. The RSA was established in 1754 to reduce poverty and secure full employment as well as to “embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce”.