Top class call up for leading UK academic

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A LEADING academic from the Lancaster-based University of Cumbria has been picked to join a group of world leaders in business and politics.

Professor Jem Bendell, named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, will attend the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century programme in Cambridge, USA in March.

Professor Bendell is the first academic from the UK to be accepted onto the programme

Young Global Leaders are chosen by the forum for having demonstrated leadership for the common good on a global stage, and include people such as Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace CEO), Hannah Jones (head of sustainability at Nike), and Chuka Umunna MP.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders meets this Monday in Davos, Switzerland, ahead of the Davos Summit.

Professor Bendell said: “I am delighted to be accepted on to this Harvard programme, which gives me the chance to experience the latest approaches to leadership education, and also to share our own approaches in the Lake District.

“Harvard provides elite education to some of the world’s most influential people, in a class-based setting.

“At The University of Cumbria we have a tradition of experiential learning, and a liking for taking our executive students into nature and to local heritage sites, to stimulate their reflection.

I think in future we will see more combinations of such approaches.”

As the world’s first professor of sustainability leadership, Dr Bendell recognises the need to blend insights from leadership development and the challenge of sustainable development.

He added: “Ultimately we need to better understand how to lead across borders, for the greater good, not only for our organisation.”