In an inaugural meeting on May 7, 2021, the Center for Sustainable Economic and Corporate Policy (SECP), located at the Darmstadt Business School of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da), constituted its new advisory board. Four years after its founding, the SECP completes its organizational structure. The members of the advisory board, all working on a voluntary basis, represent the broad spectrum of sustainability topics for which the SECP stands. They are supposed to voice the expectations of businesses, civil society, workers, and the public sector towards the SECP. The Board intends to give recommendations on setting priorities in research, teaching and third mission activities, as well as impulses for specific projects.
In alphabetical order, the following members form the new Advisory Council: Barbara Akdeniz, full-time city councilor of the City of Science Darmstadt and head of the department for social affairs, youth, family, women, housing and employment policy as well as the environment; Dr. Dirk Aßmann, Head of the Technical and Methods Department at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH; Auditor Nicolette Behncke, Partner Sustainability Services at Pricewaterhouse Coopers GmbH; Dr. Christian Hey, Head of the Sustainability, Climate and Nature Conservation Department at the Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; Benedikt Hoffmann, founder and CEO of AfriKairos GmbH and the Circular Economy Innovation Partnership Africa and Chairman of the Research Group on Ethical-Ecological Rating; Katrin Redmann, Global Innovation Portfolio Lead & University Relations, SAP University Relations and SAP Next-Gen, and Sandra Monja Scherer, Head of the Joint Works Council of Merck KGaA.
“In the first few years of its existence, the SECP has developed into an integral part of Darmstadt Business School, something we now want to build on,” said Ulrich Klüh, spokesman for the SECP’s board of directors. “We are extremely pleased that we can rely on the impulses and suggestions of such distinguished personalities in our further development”.