Africa, luxury, power and responsibility

By Christopher H. Cordey - CEO | Strategic Foresight Advisor at Futuratinow

22 March 2013

Christopher H. Cordey, strategic foresight adviser and founding director of the Sustainable Luxury Forum, asks what role luxury companies play, and could play, in solving endemic environmental, economic and societal issues in emerging-market countries. Food for thought for key segments of the global hotel industry.

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Christopher H. Cordey

Prof. Christopher H. Cordey is the Program Director for the MSc in Luxury Management and teaches at Master’s and MBA level at BSL. After an international corporate career working for Philip Morris, Movado, Richemont, and Clarins, he is a now a consultant for C-level executives and lecturer specializing in strategic foresight, change management and corporate sustainability. Prof. Cordey currently manages Wholebeauty SA, a boutique advisory firm offering foresight, ideation, change management and corporate sustainability services. He is also the founding director of the Sustainable Luxury Forum, a non-profit association that acts as a learning and sharing platform for Sustainable luxury practitioners, NGO’s, and the academic world. Apart from his teaching work at BSL, he also lectures at Geneva University CSR Executive Education and at International Management Institute in Kiev, in Ukraine. Prof. Cordey earned his MSc in Business Administration from HEC, University of Lausanne, a Diploma in Management from the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines, and a DAS in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Geneva.

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