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Director of the Shell Foundation
A development economist by training, Kurt Hoffman first practiced his craft in an academic context as a Senior Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex in the UK and then worked at an advisory and operational level for private foundations as well as the UN, EU, the World Bank and various bi-lateral development agencies. A valuable grounding in the real world of raising investment capital and spinning off start-up businesses followed. In parallel with these activities, there was a prolonged period of work at board level to establish viable societal and customer value propositions to underpin airline industry support for the environment. This led to an invitation to join Shell Group in 1997 as architect and then Director of the Shell Foundation. Kurt was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2003.
2014 Klion Forum
When: April 15th, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: 3022 Broadway
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall (1st Floor)
New York, NY 10027
Join Ms. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup, and Ms. Ellen Kaden, chief legal and government affairs officer of Campbell Soup, for a fireside chat moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut on board governance and maintaining high ethical principles in a competitive market.
Watch the trailer for our interactive debate entitled “Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?”
April 30, 2014
Retirement Reception for Prof. David Beim
April 22, 2014
The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil
The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics is the umbrella for all activities and research on leadership, ethics and governance at Columbia Business School.
Explore their work through our published reports below. See all.
- Business and Politics
- Bolder Policies for Diversity at the Top?
- Executive Compensation
- Governance, Executive Compensation and Excessive Risk
- Inclusive Leadership, Stereotyping, and the Brain
- Preventing the Next Financial Crisis
- The Quantitative Revolution and the Crisis
- Universities, Careers and Women
- 2011 New York Census: The State of Women Business Leaders in New York
- 2009 New York Census: The State of Women Business Leaders In New York State
The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance
Identifies "structural breaks" — privatization, for example, or globalization — and assesses why powerful actors across countries behave similarly or differently in terms of network properties and corporate governance.
View the Bernstein Center brochure, Ethical Challenges in Business