Thursday, May 9, 2019

Michael Oxman

Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Selected Trends in Global Corporate Sustainability” 

Date:  Thursday, May 9, 2019

Time:  Membership Social at 7:30 p.m.  Program at 8:00 p.m.

50 Diamond Causeway, Skidaway Island: Directions and Map

Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators, and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Michael Oxman

Michael Oxman

Program Abstract:  Michael Oxman will discuss his journey to incorporate (environmental and social) sustainability that began with a focus on risk with the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation and has since included permanent assignments and consulting work in geographies such as the U.S., Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, and Papua New Guinea.  Some say corporate sustainability doesn’t go far enough or is even greenwashing while others point to how much progress has been made by the ness in adopting sustainability principles.  Michael will discuss some examples from his own experience, corporate and societal trends contributing to the field’s increasing relevance, and both challenges and opportunities associated with addressing sustainability.

Biography: Michael Oxman joined the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016 as the Managing Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and Professor of the Practice, Sustainable Business.  He teaches business sustainability courses and oversees industry outreach, partnerships, and educational initiatives.

Prior to joining Scheller College, Michael spent over twenty-five years working at the intersection of international business, sustainability, and risk management including serving in leadership roles at Acorn International LLC and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).  In these roles, he advised a broad range of international energy and mining companies on local content, social impact, risk management, community engagement, reporting, CSR and human rights initiatives.  Michael also has extensive commercial experience through his work at Chevron, Price Waterhouse, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in political risk, fiscal analysis, and strategic planning functions. Michael’s career spans assignments in the US and a broad range of international locations including two overseas residential assignments in Central Asia.

Michael has an MBA from Rice University, an MIA in international political economy from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a B.A. from Trinity College in Russian Area Studies.  He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Sustainable Development Technical Section.

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