Meet the theory instructors

Meet the theory instructors


Dr. Steve Kennedy

is Associate Professor of Corporate Sustainability at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Dr. Kennedy’s research interests include how corporate sustainability strategies are translated into successful innovation and the formation of future-ready sustainable business models. His research has featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning and Journal of Cleaner Production. Dr. Kennedy is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Eco-Transformation and Academic Director of the MSc Global Business & Sustainability.

Dr. Simon W. Moolenaar

is Head of Science & Education at Commonland. He actively connects science and business with multiple stakeholders in ecosystem and landscape restoration projects that aim for the returns of inspiration and of social, natural and financial capital (the “4 returns”). He develops guidelines for valuation and capturing the benefits of ecosystem restoration together with Wageningen University, co-leads the European Network for the Advancement of Business & Landscapes Education (ENABLE) and serves as co-chair of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), European Chapter and as vice-chair of the IUCN-CEM thematic group on Business & Ecosystem Management.

Thorunn Petursdottir

is a senior expert in natural resource management at the Soil Conservation Service in Iceland. Thorunn is also teaching and supervising fellows at the United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme (UNU-LRT). Her research interest is on resilience-based management of natural resources including for instance, research on ecosystem functions, landscape restoration and social-ecological system analysis. She has been involved in various European scientific projects, published several peer reviewed articles in scientific journals and actively participated in policy making within the environmental field in Iceland.

Prof. Rob van Tulder

is professor of International Business-Society Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He has been teaching and researching on major issues – he calls them ‘wicked problems’- at the interface between business and society. Since 2009, he is also the academic director of the Partnerships Resource Centre, which actively supports processes of cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development goals around the world with research and advice.