Key Instructors and advisors

The following represents a roster of likely individuals that will form the instructional team. The following consist of the key lecturers* for the course; these are in addition to advisors* for project who are listed below.

Göran Broman, M.Sc. Ph.D., Professor, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola. Dr. Broman is Professor and Head of Research in Mechanical Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. Parallel to his engineering education he has undertaken extensive studies in ecology, economy, physical resource theory and other subjects relevant to his commitment in sustainability. He has been instrumental in the development of the framework for strategic sustainable development. For this pioneering work he has received, for example, The Blekinge Institute of Technology Researcher of the Year Award, The Blekinge County Council Environmental Award, and The Swedish Association of Environmental Managers Award. His present research interests are efficient and sustainable product development.

Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D. Ph.D., Professor, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola. Dr. Robèrt is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. He holds a Doctor’s degree in Internal Medicine from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Until 1993 he was an Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet, headed the Division of Clinical Hematology and Oncology at the Department of Medicine at the Huddinge Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden and was the Editor of Reviews in Oncology. He founded The Natural Step Foundation in 1989. In 2005, he was named the inaugural winner of the prestigious global award, the Social Responsibility Laureate Medal.

Jason Leadbitter, Ph.D, Sustainability Manager, Ineos ChlorVinyls. Dr. Leadbitter is responsible for Environmental and Regulatory issues with Government, NGOs and UK and European Trade Associations as well as Directing the Sustainability Strategy within his company.   Dr. Leadbitter has applied the Natural Step framework in his current position and has published a number of papers on sustainability and PVC. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at Strathclyde University.

Göran Carstedt, Ph.D, Chairman, The Natural Step (To be confirmed). Göran Carstedt is a leading member of the Society for Organizational Learning global network, dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."   Dr. Carstedt is also a consultant and coach to various US and European organizations and serves as Chairman and Board Member in several corporations. He is the former President of IKEA North America, CEO Volvo France and CEO Volvo Sweden.  Dr. Carstedt received his Ph.D. from the University of Umea in 1974. Dr. Carstedt has direct experience applying the framework in a business setting as a member of the IKEA Group Executive Committee (1990-97) and President of IKEA North America (1990-95).

Bob Willard, PhD. 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 for more information about him and his resources for sustainability champions.

David Cook David is a well-known executive figure in the sustainability field and has worked with senior managers and operational teams in organisations around the world, including Dow, Nike, Skanska, Scandic, as well as many local communities and public agencies in the UK. David has a long history with The Natural Step, having first established The Natural Step in the UK through Forum for the Future in 1997 and later becoming Chief Executive for The Natural Step International (2005 – 2009). Since stepping down as Chief Executive David concentrates upon building international relationships as an Executive Ambassador for The Natural Step.   David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the author of the Schumacher Society book, The Natural Step – Towards a Sustainable Society. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council and the Sustainability External Advisory Committee of the Dow Chemical company.

Richard Blume, M.SLS. Senior Advisor, The Natural Step. Richard primarily works with international companies that are role models in sustainable development. He supports the development and implementation of their visions for sustainability. Before he joined TNS, Richard worked as a Research Associate in strategic sustainable development at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden. He was part of the management team of BTH's multi-disciplinary masters programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and undertook research in sustainable product innovation. Richard worked in partnership with The Natural Step network to deliver a distance learning programme for managers and product developers in the chemicals industry, and he has lectured on sustainability subjects at BTH and at a partner university in China.

Treva Wetherell, M.Sc. Treva is a graduate of the Master's programme Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) at BTH and a member of the MSLS Programme Team. Before coming to BTH she worked for in the not-for-profit sector in program development and management. Her special interests include food and food systems, and empowering individuals to create positive change in society. In her current role with BTH she works with the MSLS programme and other campus courses, distance courses and workshops on Strategic Sustainable Development.

Tamara Connell, M.SLS. Tamara was previously the Programme Director for the Master's programme Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability at BTH. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning and a Master's degree from the Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability programme (2005/06). She has worked for both the private and public sector, and has a wide range of experience related to community and infrastructure planning/development, First Nation engagement in oil and gas development, waste management consulting, and climate change solutions for businesses. Her areas of interest are personal and group behavioural change efforts related to mitigating our effects on climate change, sustainable community development, and empowerment of individuals to create positive change.


In additional to the key lectures, the following are a list of potential advisors for project work and facilitators for both in-person workshops and online discussions. How advisors are assigned will be based both on the projects selected and how these projects match advisor expertise.

Jonas Oldmark, Secretary General, The Natural Step Sweden. Jonas serves as an advisor and coach to organizations from several sectors including food industry, construction, energy and utility. Mr Oldmark has been instrumental in developing methods to integrate TNS Framework with the annual business planning of organizations.

Pong Leung, B.Comm., M.Sc., Senior Advisor, The Natural Step. Pong was previously the Programme Manager of the Master’s programme Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability at the Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, and has now returned to work with The Natural Step Canada as a Senior Advisor. Prior to this, Pong helped to lead the successful development of The Natural Step (TNS) Canada, where he worked with many organizations to realize a strategic sustainability perspective within their policies and operations. Pong played a lead role in a wide range of projects including: creating a province-wide, community sustainability planning guide; developing an innovative online sustainability course and facilitating numerous workshops with corporate and community leaders.

Lena Johansson, M.B.A, Senior Advisor, The Natural Step. Lena 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.

Henrik Ny, Ph.D., Researcher / Lecturer, BTH. Henrik Ny is a Researcher and Sessional Instructor at Blekinge Institute of Technology.  He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden and a master's degree in environmental management and policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. In 2009 he was awarded his Ph.D.from BTH. He has worked with environmental issues at the Swedish chemical company Perstorp AB. This work focused on the integration of lifecycle assessment into the company environmental management system and the waste treatment and recycling efforts. His research interest s include ecological economics and sustainable product development.

Sophie Hallstedt, Ph.D., Researcher / Lecturer, BTH.Sophie is a researcher and lecturer at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She holds a Master's of Science Degree in environmental engineering from Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden, a licentiate's degree in engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg, Sweden, and a Ph.D. from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. She has carried out environmental control and chemical inventory analysis for Swedish Steel AB and developed biological monitoring systems at Biological Monitoring Inc. in Virginia, USA. Her research interest is sustainable product development. Her other academic interests include the science of sustainability, energy systems and environmental management systems.

Åsa Stenborg, M.B.A, Senior Advisor, The Natural Step. Åsa is working as an advisor and process leader. She has a wide background with experiences like being a controller within the business community, manager for event marketing, working with aid and being a consultant within the transportation sector. Åsa has deep knowledge in application of human rights and is a very appreciated presenter.


Other advisors will be sought out as needed.


*All members have contributed to the development of the course, however not all play an active role in its delivery, so you may not meet everyone included here.

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