Training Team

Professor Wendy Purcell, Chair of the Program

Professor Wendy Purcell PhD, FRSA is Program Development Consultant of the BSDA/AUBG Sustainability Leadership and Innovation Program and is a thought leader of repute who will contribute as an academic to the program.  A full Professor of Biomedicine and former President Vice-Chancellor of a public UK research university (2007/8-2015/16), she set out its strategic enterprise and sustainability mission, taking it to the top 1% of all universities, 37th among the world’s modern universities, and number one ‘green’ university.  She joined Harvard University in the fall of 2016, based in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a member of the Center for Health and the Global Environment moving to the Department of Environmental Health in 2018, and undertakes international research and executive education in the field of leadership and governance for sustainable transformation. Learn more about her here.

Professor Jack Spengler PhD, Academic Adviser to the Program

Professor Jack Spengler PhD is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard University and was Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health through to 2017.  The thrust of his research activities is the assessment of population exposures that occur in homes, offices, schools and during transit, as well as in the outdoor environment typically carried out in conjunction with epidemiologic investigations.  Recent projects include an NIEHS-sponsored exposure assessment study in children in southern California, a World Bank funded epidemiology studies in industrialized regions in Russia and assessment of air and water pollution.  Professor Spengler is also investigating ways to promote improved air quality through sustainable development strategies.

Reducing the stresses on the earth’s environmental ecosystems (both human and non-human) requires better integration of environmental knowledge into all aspects of society (commerce, government, academic and religious).  The concepts of pollution prevention, environmental cost accounting, risk-reducing based decision-making and life-cycle analysis need to mature from academic concerns to functional activities within the public and private sectors of a market-driven economy.  This premise motivates our current work on seeking solutions to support delivery against the Sustainable Development Goals.

Professor Spengler was Co-Chair of the program, leading the October 2017 kick-off Workshop for members of the BSDA.

Boyan Rashev, Trainer to the Program

Mr. Boyan Rashev is one of the leading experts in sustainability
management in Bulgaria. Since 2007, he has been a Managing partner at denkstatt – the premier advisory on the management of natural & social capital in Bulgaria. Boyan has 15 years of work experience in the fields of environmental management, valuation of ecosystem services and impact assessments, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water management and corporate sustainability. Learn more about him here.

Marina Stefanova, Trainer to the Program

Marina Stefanova is “Sustainable Development” Director of the UN Global Compact Network Bulgaria. She has a PhD on Social governance – specialty "Corporate social responsibility in SMEs." She has MA in Law from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and additional qualifications in "Business Management" and "Administrative Governance" from Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the same university. She is certified by the Cambridge University (UK), specialty "Introduction to British and European law." Learn more about her here.

Other Trainers to the Program

Additional leading experts will be invited to deliver content and support leadership development of program participants through presented Case Studies and Webinar sessions with short biographies presented at the time.

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