Conference Organization Team

Florian Lüdeke-Freund
Conference Chair

Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Lecturer at ESCP Europe Berlin, where he also holds the Chair for Corporate Sustainability. He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University, and the Governing Responsible Business Research Environment at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Prior to joining ESCP Europe in October 2017, he held a postdoctoral position at the University of Hamburg and earned a PhD in social sciences and economics in 2013 at Leuphana University.
His research deals with corporate sustainability, sustainable entrepreneurship, business models, and innovation. Besides publishing numerous journal articles and book chapters on these topics, he is guest editor of journal special issues with Organization & Environment, Business & Society, and the Journal of Business Models. Florian Lüdeke-Freund is serving on different advisory boards, including the Journal of Business Models and the annual International Conference on New Business Models. He is an active member of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, and has been a visiting researcher at the Universities of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Tobias Froese
Conference Manager

Tobias Froese is a Research Assistant and PhD student at the Chair for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Berlin. End of 2017 he obtained a Master’s degree in International Business and Sustainability (M.A.) at the University of Hamburg. Prior to that he successfully studied Design management and Project management (B.A.). During his studies, he gathered broad practical experience at companies such as Philips, Henkel, and Beiersdorf where he was, among others, directly involved in business model innovation, product management, project management, and compliance management.
His research interests are business models for sustainability, pattern theory, social innovations and alternative economic practices, such as social entrepreneurship, commons, and post-growth businesses. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Business Models.
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Astrid Tröster
Conference Co-organizer

Astrid Tröster is chair assistant at ESCP Europe Berlin at the Chair of Supply Chain and Operations Management (Prof. Dr. Christian F. Durach), the Chair for Corporate Sustainability (Dr. habil. Florian Lüdeke-Freund), and the Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making (Prof. Dr. Philip Meissner).

Members of the Permanent International Scientific Committee

Jan Jonker

Jan Jonker is professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). In his home country he has been listed for seven years in a row among the Top-100 most influential ‘Green’ Dutch people. His research focuses on transformational trends in society, the development of (new) business models and how these developments are related to organizational change and societal transition. His approach is often based on crowd-thinking, which implies engaging with large groups of people in specific research projects in order to explore and possibly solve issues as a collective endeavor. As a consequence many people consider him a kind of ‘academic activist’, wanting to create change and to have impact. He did a TEDx in 2015 on the central concepts he is working, which you can see here: link. He is author of over 30 books among which the 2014 bestseller on New Business Models, now also available as an ebook in English. More and more he now focuses on a new generation of business models for the circular economy.

Niels Faber

Niels Faber has been an active researcher on social sustainability since 2002. As a researcher, he is affiliated to the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) at Radboud University Nijmegen (RU – Holland). Additionally, he is lecturer at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (Holland). His research focuses on knowledge management, forms of organizing, and decision-making in relationship to sustainability. He has authored over 50 publications including books, chapters, scientific papers, and conference papers. He currently focuses on emerging forms of organizing for sustainability and sustainable decision-making.

Romana Rauter

Romana Rauter is a specialist in the field of Innovation and Sustainability Management. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research at University of Graz. She received her doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences with a thesis addressing the topic of inter-organizational knowledge transfer between research organizations and SMEs. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Nijmegen School of Management at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 2014. Her current main research interests include open innovation, sustainable innovation, new and sustainable business models, strategic sustainability management and knowledge transfer.

Nikolay A. Dentchev

Nikolay A. Dentchev is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and CSR at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and at KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds the Solvay Business School Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at VUB, with founding partners Close the Gap, Kluwer Belgium and Euroclear. Nikolay’s research is published in various indexed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review. He serves occasionally as guest editor to special issues in journals such as Business & Society and Journal of Cleaner Production. Nikolay’s research interests are related to social entrepreneurship, sustainable business models and CSR implementation.

Florian Lüdeke-Freund

Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Lecturer at ESCP Europe Business School, Berlin, where he holds the Chair for Corporate Sustainability. His research deals with sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, and innovation. As well as publishing diverse journal articles and book chapters on these topics, he has co-edited an Organization & Environment special issue on “Business Models for Sustainability” (2016), and he is currently co-editing special issues with journals such as Business & Society and Journal of Business Models, where he also serves as an Editorial Advisor. Florian founded as a research hub addressing sustainability, business model, and innovation topics. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) and a supporter of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. His international research activities include visits to the Universities of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Stellenbosch (South Africa).