Our Team

We are a small but nimble team of dedicated researchers with big hopes of changing the world.

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Stephanie Bertels

Founder & Lead Researcher

Stephanie is the Lead Researcher for the Embedding Project. She founded the Embedding Project in 2010 when she developed the embedding framework in a systematic review on Embedding Sustainability into Organizational Culture for the Network for Business Sustainability. Since then, she has worked with global firms to refine the framework into a comparable diagnostics assessment tool and build a set of resources and tools to support its implementation. Stephanie is also an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. She has worked in industry as an environmental engineering consultant. She has a BSc in Geological Environmental Engineering, a MSc in Petroleum (Environmental) Engineering and a PhD in Strategy and Global Management and Sustainable Development.

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Jess Schulschenk

Research Director, South Africa

Jess leads the project’s research initiatives in South Africa. She brings a wealth of research and practice knowledge from past roles in private and public sectors including Senior Researcher with Ernst & Young and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Network for Business Sustainability South Africa. Jess is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, where her research investigates how companies embed sustainability into their core strategies. She has a BSc in Ocean and Atmosphere Science and Environmental and Geographic Science and a MPhil in Sustainable Development Management and Planning.

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Jason Jay

Research Collaborator

Jason is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and innovation for sustainable business. He engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. His research focuses on how people navigate the tensions between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts, particularly in cross-sectoral collaborations and hybrid organizations. Much of his research and practice occur in the technical domain of energy efficiency. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP and the World Bank. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University.

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Jenn Howard Grenville

Research Collaborator

Jennifer is the Diageo Reader in Management Studies at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She serves as an Associate Editor at Academy of Management Journal, and is the author of 20 papers in academic journals and 3 books. Her work is published in management/organization studies journals, as well as journals focused on environmental issues. Jennifer’s research focuses on cultural change within organizations, organizational routines, organizational identity, and environmental and social issues in business. She is an expert in qualitative research methods, deriving insights from in-depth interviewing and participant observation. Jennifer holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA from Oxford University, and a BSc from Queen's University, Canada.

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Ralph Hamann

Research Collaborator

Ralph Hamann is Professor at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and he holds a Research Chair at the African Climate and Development Initiative. He teaches on business sustainability, social innovation, and cross-sector collaboration. Among his other roles, Ralph is Academic Director of the Network for Business Sustainability (South Africa), Chair of the Southern Africa Food Lab, and a Director at the Cape Town Partnership. Ralph’s tertiary training was in environmental science at UCT and he has a PhD in corporate responsibility in the South African mining sector from the University of East Anglia.

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Lisa Leong

Managing Director

Lisa oversees the website development, brand management and member recruitment and support. She also conducts research interviews and develops practitioner guides. She brings over 5 years of professional experience organizing partnerships, managing communications, and developing community investment strategies.

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Alexandra Cooperman

Project Administrator

Alexandra oversees our day-to-day operations and community engagement. She has been with the Embedding Project since its initial formation and has contributed to the development of the embedding framework, conducted data analysis and synthesis, and produced assessment reports for over a dozen leading global companies.

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Rylan Dobson

Project Manager, Contextualised Strategy-making CoP

Rylan manages the activities of our Community of Practice on Contextualised Strategy-making. He conducts research, develops resources and provides operational support. Rylan has a degree in Environmental Biotechnology and recently completed his Masters in Business Administration at the Beedie School of Business. Rylan joins our team with expertise in water resources and over 10 years of international project management experience.

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Max Serpa

Research Analyst

Max’s support to the Embedding Project includes data analysis and the creation of reference materials. He joins the project with a background in organizational team building, community consultation, and project management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Business Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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