Fully specialized in strategic ESG and sustainable development, EMG has extensive experience supporting organizations in a diverse range of sectors, all over the world. Through our award-winning core team of senior advisors and expert consultants, strengthened by our diverse international network of ESG management specialists, we enable organizations to gain access to the very best minds in ESG so you can be sure to maximize value.
With our extensive international experience, EMG is well-placed to support organizations in developing strong foundations for achieving triple bottom line success (People, Planet, Profit). From organization- and market analysis, strategy development and implementation, to training, workshops and reporting, EMG’s dynamic team of experts will empower your organization to maximize its ESG potential. EMG works with governments, corporations and not-for-profit organizations from around the world to develop long-term, holistic and effective ESG strategies, enabling them to become more sustainable and more prosperous.
Bridgett Luther is a Co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute with US Presidential Award Winners William McDonough and Prof Dr Michael Braungart. Under her leadership the Institute became the private sector centre point for the certification of products, improving their design to promote human and ecological health, eliminating the concept of waste, increasing materials reuse, and promoting the use of 100% renewable energy, clean water, and socially responsible business practices. Prior to that she served Governor Schwarzenegger as California’s Director of the Department of Conservation. Her 750-person team, with a budget of $1.2 billion, was responsible for overseeing the oil, gas, geothermal and mining industries.
Dr Alberto Andreu is an expert in aligning organizations undergoing transformation and has extensive experience in harmonizing business goals, values and principles with the daily operation of companies. He has broad experience delivering lectures at professional forums and companies and has also spoken at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York and Geneva. He holds an MBA from IE Business School, a law degree from ICADE and is a PhD Candidate in Economics. He is an Associate Professor of the School of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Navarre and is patron of the Chair of Economic and Business Ethics at Comillas Pontifical University. Languages: Spanish and English.
Dr Costas Velis (BSc MSc DIC PhD MInstP MCIWM) is an academic at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK, where he coordinates a cross-disciplinary network on Circular Economy & Resource Recovery (CERRY). He is Vice Chair of the ISWA European Group; Head of the Waste Atlas Partnership Scientific Committee; and Vice Chair of the Waste to Energy Resource and Technology Council – UK. Costas’s academic research papers have been honored with many prestigious Awards, including those from ICE, CIWM and ISWA. Dr Velis holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University, an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development from Imperial College London, and a BSc in Physics. Languages: English, Greek.
Dr Hala Taweel has worked and advised for the last 20 years at national and international levels on strategic project development and implementation related to higher education, university administration, government relations and organization structures with specific focus on the US, Middle East and North Africa region, and for the last six years has focused on the UAE, and KSA. She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, USA, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Dr Taweel is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
Dr Michael Nates is a seasoned management consultant and professional with more than 20 years experience. His career has focused on team and management development, leadership, organisational change and transformation within the contexts of the built environment, sustainability, asset management and corporate responsibility. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer, he has since been awarded professional Engineering and Chartered Environmentalist status and is currently reading for a Doctorate of Business Administration with the University of Liverpool. Michael uses his dual technical and management competencies to address business’ complex dynamic situations in order to implement practical cost effective people-centric solutions.
Dr Nina Kojevnikov Former editor with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Nina holds a Ph.D, M.A., and dual B.A. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. She has edited, drafted documents, and provided training and advice for a number of other international organizations worldwide including UNICEF, Kluwer Law International, and the American Embassy in the Hague. She has edited and/or co-authored publications and training materials in a wide spectrum of fields: management and leadership training, human‑resources skills development, women’s issues, humanitarian concerns, corporate materials, education, legal matters, development, and disarmament issues. Languages: English and Russian.
Dr Ramsi Jazmati holds Masters Degrees from the University of Navarra, ESADE Business School and IESE Business School, and recently earned his Ph.D. in the Leadership of Arab Women at the Institute of Business and Humanism in Spain. As deputy director for the President in Choiseul Institute, Spain, a think tank and independent research centre specialised in geo-economic studies, and director at the Arab-Spanish Centre for Culture, Research and Higher Education, Jazmati supports various cultural programs between prestigious institutions in Spain and the GCC region. Lanugages: Arabic, Spanish and English.
Dr Richard Manlove Specialised in building sustainable businesses and has experience in building strategies to support sustainable food production. He has 30 years of experience in crop science and animal health, managing global product portfolios, international teams and business units. Rick has a unique combination of biological training and commercial experience in agriculture and the food chain and is conducting postgraduate work in the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Languages: English and French.
Dr Robin Porter EMG’s Senior Asia consultant, Robin is a highly experienced specialist and the former Counsellor for Science and Innovation at the British Embassy in Beijing (2002-2005). He is currently working on various projects including for the European Commission and the BBC, and is also Visiting Professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol. His latest book is entitled ‘From Mao to Market: China Reconfigured’ and is published by Columbia University Press (USA) and Hurst (UK). Languages: Chinese and English.
Dr Suhaila Mohamed Over ten years of experience of working in Arabic, English, and French for a variety of international organisations (United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNDIS) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)), universities (the University of Khartoum), and other institutes (e.g the Islamic Institute of Translation). Her expertise and training has equipped her to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural job situations, and to carry out translation and interpretation tasks to a high professional standard. Languages: Arabic, English, and French.
Drs Daan Elffers Founder and MD of EMG Group, Elffers has extensive experience working directly with businesses, governments and non-profit organizations. Named one of the ‘100 Most Talented Leaders in CSR’, Elffers was the Chairman of the CSR Summits in Jeddah and Dubai, the longest running CSR summit in the region. Elffers is a Guest Member of the Circular Economy Taskforce at the World Economic Forum and Strategic Advisory Council Member to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, the world’s largest organization for sustainability professionals. Daan founded Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI) in 2015. Languages: English, Dutch, German, French.
Drs Zeljka Davis-Vorih is a strategist with more than 15 years of experience with stock-listed companies in structuring teams at various levels and development of CSR positioning concepts. Experienced in: Corporate reporting (GRI, IRI, ESG), reputation management, sustainability and corporate positioning, responsible business communications strategies and stakeholder management. Zeljka holds a Master’s degree from the Rotterdam School of Management. She is an expert on the UK Resource Revolution steering group for Circular Economy and has conducted her postgraduate work in 2015 at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership . Languages: Dutch and English.
Eng. Khaled Adas, a change agent professional offering 25 years of progressive leadership experience at Fortune-100 companies. Expert in developing and leading innovative large scale thought leadership strategic initiatives for sustainable socio-economic impacts in collaboration with multi-stakeholders like governments, multilaterals, NGO’s, academia and private industry leaders. His passion about CSR led to the successful implementation of various community outreach development programs, delivering digital literacy programs for underserved communities, fostering STEM innovation, and building entrepreneurial capacity for youth resulted in inspiring over 2 million individuals in the Arab world.
Henri Estramant LLM has been advising on international affairs, protocol and diplomacy for several years in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He is experienced with strategies for ministries/government authorities for sustainable tourism, reputation management, PR & communications as well as financial development. He holds a bachelor degree in Global History and EU Law from Stockholm University and a master degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Imad Kayed is a seasoned marketing and PR professional based in the UAE, specialized in Islamic Finance. Educated in Beirut (Saint Joseph University) and the UK (Cambridge), Imad holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, and an MBA in strategic marketing. Over the past decade, Imad has built an exceptional track record in the MENA and was one of the founding members of the UAE-based Business Islamica Magazine, the first business magazine featuring exclusive coverage of Islamic business and finance. Languages: English, Arabic, French.
James Greyson has over 20 years’ experience in research and analysis with diverse clients internationally. Working across the full range of sustainable development and security challenges, James has a special interest in seemingly intractable problems and multi-scale change. His focus is to apply systems thinking to design policy options that enable governments and businesses to implement CSR within market economics. His work has been published by NATO as advanced research on global security. Languages: English.
Josh Fothergill BSc MSc MIEMA CEnv Josh is a Chartered Environmentalist and the former Policy Lead of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He is recognised for his expertise in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and has also produced practical sustainability research on how organisations move from waste to resource management, as well as developing the core sustainability knowledge for IEMA’s professional membership levels. Josh is a very experienced workshop facilitator, having delivered well over 150 workshops over the past decade addressing sustainability issues including national strategy planning, major infrastructure projects, and the practical implementation of environmental management systems and the circular economy.
Katharina Wittgens, MSc is specialised in training and coaching in professional sustainable development. She gained extensive experience in designing, managing, and presenting trainings and workshops on professional development and has lived and worked in Germany, the USA, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. Driven by her passion for sustainable change, she completed a MSc in Business Psychology with the vision to encourage leaders and their teams to do business in a responsible and sustainable way. Languages: German and English.
Marlene Boateng, MSc Social Development CSR consultant with work experience in both the UK and Sub-Sahara Africa. She has diverse experience within the private sector, government and NGOs. Worked on societal impact project and the humanitarian innovation program (private sector, humanitarian disaster preparedness and response). Marlene’s expertise in the field of CSR encompasses social impact assessment, CSR strategy, corporate benchmarking, stakeholder engagement and community development. She holds an MSc in Social Development – specialising in Environmental Sustainability – from University College, London. Marlene’s key interests are in the natural resource and infrastructure sectors, particularly in the Africa region. Languages: Akan, Pidgin and English.
Nick Pease Seasoned philanthropy, social responsibility sponsorships, business development and CSR executive with extensive experience developing CSR programs, effective communications and strategic partnerships from a range of perspectives. Nick is an award-winning strategist with more than 30 years’ experience in strategic communications, corporate responsibility, crisis communications and public relations including overseeing global CSR strategies and philanthropic partnerships. Prior to joining EMG he played key roles with some of London’s largest agencies including Publicis, TBWA and McCann-Erickson. Languages: Spanish and English.
Patricia McCall Master’s degree in International Affairs focuses on developing policy recommendations for regional governments and the private sector in the areas of economic growth, job creation and youth employment. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Centre for Economic Growth at INSEAD Abu Dhabi, and has also worked for the IFC, part of the World Bank Group, where she focused on regional investment climate and regulatory reform, developing business enabling environment programs in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. McCall received her Master’s degree in International Affairs, focusing on Middle East studies and economic development, from Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, New York. She is Lebanese-American and is a member of the Young Arab Leaders UAE Chapter.