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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.
Research Insights on Leadership and Ethics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics
"Banks in India...the accounts are not well used...This may be because they have to walk the 3km to the bank; or it may be due to other obstacles, such as procrastination.”
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Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business
"The industry has developed general principles on which portfolio risk should be decomposed but actually determining the risk contributions can be difficult in complex portfolios.”
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Senior Vice Dean and Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"Those in a homogeneous group put much less effort into the task at hand in part because they were more interested in avoiding conflict. Diverse environments allowed people to focus on the task instead of their social relationship."
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Professor of Finance
“What makes countries rich is how productively they use their resources…Once a (more productive) technology is introduced, do people use it? Why aren’t people using the most improved technologies to begin with?”