Respected Global Thought Leaders.

The International Research Advisory Experts is comprised of subject experts who assist the Think Tank on identifying research topics and trends.

We’re proud of the outstanding scholars who serve on our Council, including professors from Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Wharton, ESSEC Business School (Paris), University of Basel, Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), Erasmus (RSM) as well as the Universities of Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Arizona.


Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Rob Reich is a Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, in Philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education. He is the faculty director of the Center for Ethics in Society and co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

His research focuses on contemporary political theory, and his most recent work examines the relationship between philanthropy, democracy, and justice. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (2002) co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation (2005) and co-editor of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin (2009), Occupy the Future (2013), and Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013).

He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University. He is currently a University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford.

Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University

Chris Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell, he worked at Harvard Business School and has held visiting positions at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Marquis received a PhD in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Michigan.  

Professor Marquis’ teaching and research is focused on how business can have a positive impact on society and the natural environment. He is currently pursuing several streams of research. The first seeks to assess how firms’ and entrepreneurs’ social and environmental strategies and activities can be designed to maximize both business and social value. The second explores how environmental sustainability and shared value initiatives have developed in China. Finally, the third examines institutional change processes in emerging markets. These research projects build on Marquis’ earlier work that analyzed how firm behavior is shaped by broader contexts such as embeddedness in geographic communities and how environmental conditions during founding periods leave a lasting imprint on organizations. In particular, Marquis’ prior research examined the effects of these processes   in the contexts of community-based social networks and the evolution of the US banking industry.  

Marquis’ research has won a number of national awards including the 2006 William H. Newman Award for best dissertation across the entire the Academy of Management, the 2006 Louis R. Pondy award for best dissertation in organizational theory from the Academy of  Management,


the 2003 James D. Thompson Award for best graduate student paper from the American Sociological Association and the 2005 State Farm Doctoral Dissertation Award.   

He was a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, a runner-up in the Academy of Management’s Best Published Paper in Organization and Management Theory in 2009 and a finalist in the 2004 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition.  

Marquis has published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal as well as a number of edited collections. He is an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, and the International Association of Chinese Management Research (IACMR). Before his academic career, Marquis worked for 6 years in the financial services industry, most recently as Vice President and Technology Manager for a business unit of J.P. Morgan Chase. 

Anne-Claire Pache, Dean and Chaired Professor, ESSEC School (Paris)

Anne-Claire Pache is ESSEC Dean for Academic Programs and Chaired professor in Philanthropy. She teaches social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in masters and executive programs. Her research lies at the intersection of organizational theory and social innovation, with an emphasis on hybrid organizations and scaling up processes. She is the author of two books, one on family philanthropy and another and social enterprise.   

Her research has appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review and other publications. Prior to joining the academic world, Anne-Claire co-founded Unis-Cité, an innovative youth service program launched in France in 1994.

Dylan B. Minor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration School, Harvard University

Dylan Minor is a visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit. He teaches the MBA required curriculum Strategy course.  

Professor Minor’s research interests originated with his professional involvement in socially responsible investing. This genesis grew into exploring how to integrate strategic and social concerns more broadly. His work has appeared in Journal of Business Ethics, Management Science, Strategy & Business, and other publications. His current work focuses on the nexus between organizational design and social and ethical issues. 

His professional experience includes investment consulting with Morgan Stanley and founding and managing Omega Financial Group. Professor Minor received his Ph.D. and Masters of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California (Berkeley). He earned his BA in mathematics/economics from the University of California (Santa Barbara).  

Joseph Galaskiewicz, Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Joseph Galaskiewicz is Professor of Sociology and has a courtesy appointment in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  Prior to coming to Arizona, he was Professor of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Strategic Management & Organization in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Chicago.  He is the author of Exchange Networks and Community Politics (Sage, 1979), Social Organization of an   Urban Grants Economy: A Study of Business Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations (Academic Press, 1985), Advances in Social Network Analysis: Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (co-edited with Stanley Wasserman) (Sage, 1994), and Nonprofit Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty: A Study of Organizational Change (coauthored with Wolfgang Bielefeld) (Aldine de Gruyter, 1998).  The last book won the Best Book Award for 1999 from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management, was awarded the 1999 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize from the Independent Sector, and was named co-winner of the 2001 Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action’s Award for the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research.    

Professor Galaskiewicz has also published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Administrative Science Quarterly, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, NVSQ, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociological Research  and Methods, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Management Science, Urban Affairs Quarterly, and Sociological Quarterly among other places.  His ASR article in 2004 and ASQ article in 2006 won the Best Article Published Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management.    

His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Program on Nonprofit Organizations at Yale University, the Northwest Area Foundation, and the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund.  He was deputy editor of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and co-edited a special issue on Building Effective Networks for the Academy of Management Journal. Recently he served on the advisory board of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the editorial board of the American Sociological Review, and senior editor of Management and Organization Review. In 2008-09 he served as chair of the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association.  He is also past President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and a former Fulbright Scholar in Japan.

Philip Nichols, Associate Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Philip Nichols is Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on trust, corruption, and business ethics. His writing has appeared in law reviews published by NYU, Cornell, Virginia, Yale, Texas, Vanderbilt, Chicago, Penn, Northwestern and other universities. At Penn, Nichols teaches Social Impact and Responsibility, a class that explores the roles that businesses can play in protecting the environment, improving health, expanding education and eradicating poverty. In addition, his teaching includes Responsibility in Global Management, a course that introduces students to important legal and ethical challenges they will face as business leaders, with a particular focus on large, publicly traded, multinational corporations. For his teaching of undergraduates at Penn, Nichols has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Johanna Mair, Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership, Hertie School of Governance (Berlin)

Johanna Mair is Professor of Management, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance. She is also the Hewlett Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Academic Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. From 2001 to 2011 she served on the Strategic Management faculty at IESE Business School. She has held a visiting position at the Harvard Business School and teaches regularly at the Harvard Kennedy School and INSEAD. Before earning her PhD in Management from INSEAD (France), she was directly involved in executive decision-making in international banking. In 2008 she was recognized as a “Faculty Pioneer” for Social Entrepreneurship Education by the Aspen Institute.   

Her research focuses on how novel organizational and institutional arrangements generate economic and social development and the role of innovation in this process. She is the coeditor of three books and has published in leading academic journal. Today, alongside her academic responsibilities, she serves as the vice-chair of Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation of the World Economic Forum and carries out advisory and board work for multinational companies, the United Nations, governments, foundations and social venture funds.  


Lucas Meijs, Professor Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Lucas C.P.M. Meijs is a professor of volunteering, civil society and businesses at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), and a professor of strategic philanthropy at ERIM’s Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP).  

Professor Meijs’ current research focuses on issues related to strategic philanthropy, volunteer/non-profit management, corporate community involvement, business-society partnerships, voluntary energy as a natural resource, re-embedding voluntary energy, student-volunteering and involved learning (life-long development by volunteering).  

Before joining RSM in 2003, he was a guest researcher at the Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit studies at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.  

He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Georgia’s Department of Political Science as well as its School of Social Work.  

Professor Meijs teaches strategic philanthropy and several business-non-profit relations courses at the master level, as well as service learning, strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship at the bachelor level.

Robert Bird, J.D., Professor, The University of Connecticut

Robert Bird conducts research in employment law, legal strategy, intellectual property, law and marketing, business and human rights, and related fields. Robert has authored over seventy academic publications, including articles in the Journal of Law and Economics, American Business Law Journal, Law and Society Review, Connecticut Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.    

He has received fifteen research-related awards, including the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) best international paper award, distinguished proceedings award, and the Holmes-Cardozo best overall conference paper award. He has also received the best junior faculty paper award from the MidAtlantic Regional Business Law Association two years in a row, a distinguished paper award from the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and a best paper award from the North-East Academy of Legal Studies in Business. 

Robert was also awarded the highest honor for a new ALSB professor, the Junior Faculty of the Year Award, in 2003. Robert’s teaching-related awards include winning the outstanding article of the year award two years in a row from the Journal of Legal Studies Education, receiving the student-selected Alpha Kappa Psi Teacher of the Year award, and being a three-time invited finalist to the ALSB Master Teacher Competition. 

Robert was editor in chief of the American Business Law Journal in 2012-13, publishing the 50th anniversary issue. He also served as administrative editor, articles editor, senior articles editor, and managing editor from 2006 through 2012. Robert is also a manuscript reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Legal Studies Education, Journal of Management and Governance, Law and Society Review, and Journal of Brewery History, among others.

Georg Von Schnurbein, Associate Professor, University of Basel

Prof. Dr. Georg von Schnurbein is Associate Professor of Foundation Management and Director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) of the University of Basel. The Center was initiated by Swiss Foundations, the Association of Swiss Grantmaking Foundations. The Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS) is an institute within the University of Basel. The primary research focus of the CEPS is philanthropy in all of its different operational and organizational forms. The CEPS defines philanthropy as any private, voluntary action for the common good.  The CEPS aspires to be the point of contact at a university level for philanthropy and foundations in Switzerland. Its focus is to facilitate the understanding of topics related to philanthropy and their impact in society. CEPS activities generate research-based knowledge on philanthropy and foundations. Activities also include providing research services, continuing education and lectures, and consulting and information brokering. These services are intended for students, course participants, and other customers, as well as for individuals in government, business and members of the general public.  

From 2001 to 2007, Georg von Schnurbein was a researcher and PhD-student at the VerbandsManagement Institut (VMI) of the University of Fribourg/CH. Among his responsibilities were the coordination of the Swiss country reports for “Visions and Roles of Foundations in Europe” and the “Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project”. His theses analyzed the governance of trade associations and unions. Georg von Schnurbein holds a master’s degree in Business Administration of the University of Fribourg/CH. Besides, studied political   science at the University of Berne. He is the author of various publications on subjects such as foundations, governance, and nonprofit management and marketing.

Chao Guo, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

Chao Guo is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management in the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. 

Guo’s research interests focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. More specifically, he conducts research on representation in nonprofit organizations, nonprofit advocacy, nonprofit governance, collaboration within and across sectors, social entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. His work appears in numerous journals such as Administration and Society, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Management, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Policy Forum, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration, Public Administration Review, and Voluntas. He has recently published a book titled “Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value” (Jossey-Bass, March 2014). In 2005, Guo received the David Stevenson Faculty Fellowship from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. In 2008, he was selected as a recipient of the inaugural IDEA Award for research promise by the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.  In 2012, he was selected as a recipient of Top Research Paper Award by the Public Relations Division of National Communication Association. In 2014, he received the Best Paper Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Guo is actively involved in professional and community service activities. He is the Senior Vice-President of the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA). He currently serves on the boards of directors of ARNOVA and the Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ). He also serves on the editorial boards of leading journals of nonprofit studies such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) and Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NML). He has consulted with various nonprofit organizations on board governance and organizational change.

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