Team

We bring more than four decades of complementary multi-sector perspective, exposure, insight and experience. We work with our Advisory Board and a growing team of specialised consultants, drawn upon for their expertise and cross-border advice.

Dr Anne Wiggins
BA (Sydney), MA (Birkbeck), PhD (LSE), MBAe (UTS, current), GCert. Social Impact (AGSM UNSW, current)

Anne’s doctorate from London School of Economics examined the practical impact of technology innovation policy generation and governance with an SME and entrepreneur-specific focus, with a view to informing constructive and feasible changes in policy making. Now based in Sydney, she ran a London-based consultancy providing ICTs solutions for 14 years, and subsequently founded and ran a research centre based at the Swiss federal technical university EPFL pioneering innovative cloud technologies that minimise environmental impact. At the UN thinktank UNCTAD, she identified emerging issues of potential concern and formulated high-level recommendations and guidelines on sustainable ICT development to the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and General-Secretariat, and oversaw research on the production, use and trade of sustainable biofuels and on the development gains from climate mitigation policy in developing countries. She served at the International Labour Organization (ILO), and was a Visiting Professor on an Executive Masters program in e-Governance (also at EPFL), where her teaching focused on the governance of ICTs in developing nations and in post-conflict situations. She researches and teaches in the Discipline of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School, where she developed the unit of study Managing Digital Innovation for the Master of Management program. This semester, she contributes to the postgraduate units Systemic Sustainable Developments and Business Transformation Projects. She is a Mentor for both the CSIRO’s ON Prime innovation and entrepreneurship pre-accelerator program and Genesis Sydney, the University of Sydney’s cross faculty start-up program. Anne is also currently undertaking an MBA in Entrepreneurship at UTS and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the Centre of Social Impact through AGSM UNSW.

Anne is responsible for our Asia-Pacific operations, although she and Costas confer on all large and international projects.

Contact Anne
anne@gwglobal.org
+61 417 344 688

Dr Constantinos Giannaris
BSc (Open), MEng (NTUA), MSc (Warwick), PhD (LSE), MBA (Warwick)

Costas is a highly qualified senior executive with an exceptional track record of business and program/project management. He holds the professional qualifications Chartered Manager (Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, CMgr CMI UK) and Chartered Engineer (CEng – ICheme, UK). His doctorate from the London School of Economics focused on Knowledge Management, continuous improvement and innovation, in particular the processes of new knowledge creation and its dissemination through work practices. Based in Athens, he has worked as a senior business manager in various departments of SGS, the Swiss multinational that is the world’s largest inspection and certification organisation. As environmental program manager for the Special Agency for the Coordination of Environmental Projects (EU program management), he gained extensive experience in the management of EU programs, including climate change, water management and other environmental projects. As a trainer in the Oil and Gas downstream sector, he has developed and delivered a number of executive-level Corporate Social Responsibility courses. His substantial experience in systems and operations management, auditing and improvement complements his deep working knowledge of the public, energy, environment and automotive sectors. He has considerable executive-level experience providing industrial, technical and environmental services, as well as significant experience with accreditations, quality systems, international standards and technical governance systems. He is also highly skilled in assessing, evaluating, implementing and monitoring programs, investments, projects and managed systems.

Costas is responsible for our European and Middle Eastern operations, although he and Anne confer on all large and international projects.

Contact Costas
costas@gwglobal.org
+30 694 689 0298

Our Approach

We help our customers to unleash progress that has purpose.

We work with each customer to build a strategy adapted to their specific challenges, anchored in realistic thinking and supported by clear, tangible, actionable targets.

We provide both strategic and practical support, responding to precise needs, and offer tailored advice to help optimise their policies and processes.

We offer detailed insights on specific topics, based on extensive research and proprietary data, and analyse current challenges in depth.

Why “Sustainability”?

We use the nomenclature “Sustainability” because we believe it to be more holistic than other descriptions, such as CSR or ESG – although, of course, Sustainability encompasses them.

In 1987, the Bruntdland Commission (the UN’s World Commission on Environment and Development) introduced the notion of sustainable development and the proliferation of over 300 different codes and guidelines related to corporate social responsibility. In the 2011 Harvard Business Review article “Creating Shared Value,” Michael Porter and Mark Kramer introduced the concept of “Shared Value,” or creating economic value that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges, echoing the Bottom of the Pyramid ideas of C. K. Prahalad and Stuart L. Hart.

Our practice is also informed by the CSR guidelines created by the Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), The World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These guidelines require organisations to contribute to economic, social and environmental progress, respect human rights, encourage local capacity building, uphold good corporate governance, and foster trust between business and society. The highest standards of disclosure, labour and industrial relations and consumer protection are called for, as is the avoidance of bribery and anti-competitive behaviour.

CSR

The definition of corporate social responsibility (CSR) we use comes from the International Organization for Standardization’s Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility, ISO 26000:

“Social responsibility is the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that:

  • Contributes to sustainable development, including the health and the welfare of society
  • Takes into account the expectations of stakeholders
  • Is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour, and
  • Is integrated throughout the organization and practised in its relationships.”

CSR is generally understood as a response to business failures that have accompanied the growth in size, impact and power of multi-national corporations, characterised by the separation of ownership from control and the rise of management techniques. Great efficiencies have been created, but a dilution of individual responsibility has also resulted. Business failures, along with crises in corporate accountability, have led to increased probity into the nature of corporate responsibilities.

Advisory Board

Professor Steve Elliot, BA (Sydney), MAppSc (UTS), PhD (Warwick), FACS
Head of the Business Environmental Sustainability Research Group and Professor, Discipline of Business Information Systems, University of Sydney Business School.

Previously Professor and Head of the School of Business at the University of Newcastle, and Director of the IT Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Steve has extensive industry and international experience.

His research work focuses on development of theory in strategic management of technology-enabled business innovation, assisting corporations and other organizations seeking to make meaningful contributions to the challenges of environmental sustainability through innovative technology and business transformation.

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Greg Gothard, EMBA (UTS)
Executive Director, Parmalys Laboratories Asia Pacific; CEO, Cocostree Holdings; Deputy Chairman, Advisory Board, UTS Science Faculty.

Greg has established and owned global distribution networks and his skillset emphasises creation of organisations that strive to provide outstanding customer experiences.

He can clearly identify objectives and value drivers, and evaluate, engage and create business opportunities by articulating value to key stakeholders. Greg is financially astute, has extensive product and system development experience, and an appetite for hard decisions.

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David Walters, BA (Alberta), MSc (Bradford), PhD (Cranfield)
Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. 

Prior to this post, David was Professor of Management: Logistics and Supply Chain at ITLS, University of Sydney and subsequently an honorary professor.  He has taught in North America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, and held posts at the Cranfield School of Management, Oxford University, Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney.  His publications include textbooks including “Managing in the Value Chain Network” in 2012, as well as over 30 articles in academic journals.

In addition, David has acted as a consultant for many international companies, including: AWA, BOC, CSR, British Oxygen Company, Coates, and  retailing organisations, including: Harrods, Laura Ashley, the Kingfisher Group, Storehouse, Marks and Spencer, and Tesco.

Strategic Partners

We are currently in the process of establishing partnerships with the organisations featured below. We actively work to develop relationships with like-minded organisations that share the same values and can offer complementary skills and experiences. For strategic partnership, business development or project partnership enquiries, please contact us at contact@gwglobal.org.