External Instructors

In addition to the Programme-invited external guest lectures each year the MSLS class brings a wealth of personal connections from around the world and the programme team encourages students to make good use of them by arranging 'webinars' through use of BTH's IT capabilities, and on rarer occasions direct visits to Karlskrona.

These arrangements are student-led and reflect the interests, popular demand and learning needs of each class. They are coordinated with the programme team but generally take place outside scheduled class times, particularly during study periods 3 & 4 (January - June). BTH supports these initiatives but it is the resourcefulness of each MSLS class that determines their scope and makes them happen.

Below is a list of past Programme-invited guest Lecturers:

Göran Carstedt, Ph.D.

Leadership and Organisational Learning

Göran Carstedt is chairman for The Natural Step International and a leading member of the Society for Organisational Learning global network, dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions." He is Senior Director of The Clinton Foundation's Large Cities CLIMATE Initiative and he also works as an advisor and coach to various European, U.S., and Asian organisations and serves as chairman and board member for several corporations. He is a former Chief Executive with both IKEA and Volvo. Dr. Carstedt has direct experience applying the framework in a business setting as President of IKEA North America.

Leif Johansson, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Sustainable Transportation

Leif Johansson has been Chairman of Ericsson since 2011.  He was President of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group from 1997-2011. Dr. Johansson holds a Master's Degree in Engineering and is a member of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. As previous CEO of Electrolux, Dr. Johansson was instrumental in using the framework to help guide the company's strategic initiatives.

Regina Rowland, PH.D.

Integral Sustainovation™ Strategist and Social Alchemist

Dr. Rowland partners with organisations and institutions to help them integrate systemic sustainability thinking into their daily operations. In addition to her consulting practice, she holds teaching and research assignments at nine universities in Europe and the United States, in the areas of organisational learning, leadership, system renewal, social innovation, strategy, management, and innovation of sustainable products and services. Her model of Integral Sustainovation™ is taught at multiple graduate schools and her research focuses on developing an instrument and other ways to measure growth toward sustainability stewardship in various dimensions of sustainability.

Torbjörn Lahti

Sustainable Communities

Torbjörn Lahti is a social planner with more than 20 years experience in sustainable development of local communities and he is currently the Project Manager of the Sustainable Robertsfors project in northern Sweden. Between 1983 and 1989, Mr. Lahti was the Project Manager of the first eco-municipality in Sweden. He has been a teacher of sustainable development applied to municipalities for the last 10 years and lectured extensively internationally (including Estonia, Russia, Spain, Japan and the U.S.). He is co-author of the book, The Natural Step for Communities.

Jason Leadbitter, Ph.D.

Sustainable materials with expertise in polymers

Jason Leadbitter is the Sustainability Manager of INEOS ChlorVinyls and the former Sustainability Director at Hydro Polymers Ltd., where he applied the TNS framework. Dr. Leadbitter has also recently published leading research on sustainability and PVC based on his work.

Jonas Oldmark

Fundamentals of the TNS Framework in annual planning and decision making

Jonas Oldmark is Head of Real Change Partnerships at The Natural Step International and serves as an advisor and coach to organisations from several sectors including the food industry, construction, energy and utilities. Mr. Oldmark has been instrumental in developing methods to integrate the Framework with the annual business planning of organisations.

Pong Leung, M.Sc., B.Comm

Sustainability Consultant

Pong is the former Programme Manager of the MSLS Programme. He has led real-world sustainability initiatives for over 10 years with a number of private, public and non-profit organisations. Pong played a leading role in the successful development of The Natural Step (TNS) in Canada, where he worked with many organisations to realise a strategic sustainability perspective within their policies and operations. Pong is involved in a wide range of community and corporate sustainability initiatives, such as designing change process road maps, analyzing organisational readiness for sustainability change, providing advice on how to embed sustainability into governance systems, facilitating multi-stakeholder workshops, delivering educational workshops and so on. Pong holds a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in Canada.

Lena Johansson, M.BA.

Fundamentals of the TNS Framework in annual planning and decision making

Lena Johansson has worked as a senior advisor on a variety of projects e.g. strategic planning towards sustainability, management systems (ISO 14001 & TQM), The Balanced Scorecard and sustainability reporting. Lena has worked in many industries, including food & agriculture, financial services, construction and energy. Ms. Johansson has been instrumental in developing methods to integrate the TNS Framework with management systems.

David Waldron, M.Sc., B.A.Sc.

Co-founder and Principal, Synapse Strategies

David Waldron is Co-Founder of Synapse Strategies, a management consultancy focusing on original sustainability strategies and was the ‘lead architect’ of the original Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability Master’s Program, at BTH.  After beginning his career as a municipal engineer, David has for about 20 years, led original sustainability projects and programs for local communities, universities, businesses and non-profit organizations. This included initiating a sustainability movement in Whistler, Canada including initiating Whistler’s community energy planning; a network of European local authorities re-imagining their energy futures (IMAGINE); a long term plan for the David Suzuki Foundation as well as corporate and regional government strategies. David is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, where he holds a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) from UBC. www.synapse-strategies.com

Bob Willard, Ph.D.

The Business Case and Organisational Learning

Bob is a leading expert on the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. He has authored two books on the business justification for sustainability strategies, The Sustainability Advantage and The Next Sustainability Wave, and created a DVD of his presentation, The Business Case for Sustainability. His latest book, The Sustainability Champion's Guidebook, and its DVD, outlines how internal leaders can transform their companies to sustainable enterprises. He worked 34 years with IBM Canada, is on the faculty of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy, and serves on the advisory board of The Natural Step Canada. He has a Ph.D. in sustainability from the University of Toronto. See www.sustainabilityadvantage.com for more information about him and his resources for sustainability champions.

Christian Azar, Ph.D

The physics behind the greenhouse effect, and the associated technologies and national policies to address climate change.

Dr. Christian Azar is Professor of Sustainable Industrial Metabolism at the Department of Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. He is a member of several international research groups and committees, including the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has also authored several papers in direct connection with the framework taught in this programme.


Anders Wijkman

International human rights and geo-political affairs

Mr. Wijkman has been a member of the European Parliament since 1999. Previously, he has been a Member of the Swedish Parliament, a long time Secretary General of the Swedish Red Cross and Secretary General of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. More recently, he has held posts as the Assistant Secretary of the UN and policy director of UNDP. He has written several books on disaster prevention, sustainable development and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Wijkman is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Sciences, the International Factor 10 Club and the Club of Rome.

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