Lausanne, Switzerland, 23 September 2013 – Business School Lausanne hosted a Business in Society Forum “Thriving on One Planet” on Saturday, 21 September, at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne featuring Dr. Luc Hoffmann, Co-founder of WWF, and Polly Higgins, Founder of the ECOCIDE initiative, as keynote speakers and recipients of the BSL honorary degree Doctorate Honoris Causa. The forum was followed by the Kofi Annan Scholarship Handover Ceremony which marks the second year of the initiative in Switzerland.
Business in Society Forum “Thriving on One Planet”
The Business in Society Forum “Thriving on One Planet” brought prominent guest speakers Dr. Luc Hoffmann and Polly Higgins together with Dr. Katrin Muff, Dean of BSL, Dr. Nicolas Rouiller, Professor of Law, and Jon Baguley, MBA student at BSL, to discuss perspectives on the challenges and opportunities to preserve the planet for the generations to come.
Dr. Luc Hoffmann started the discussion with his reflection on the impact of human and economic activity on the planet, based on his lifelong experience in the field of nature and biodiversity preservation. In response, Polly Higgins, international barrister and award winning author, provided her perspective as a Founder and Chairwoman of the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative. In March 2010 Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that Ecocide be the 5th Crime Against Peace. The initiative has since then provoked strong interest from the experts and general public and promises to strengthen its influence in the years to come. To express the opinion of the youth on this matter, BSL’s MBA student, Jon Baguley, provided insights on how the new generation related to the global issue of preserving the planet and offered his perspective as a young business professional.
Kofi Annan Scholarship Handover Ceremony
Following the Business in Society Forum, BSL hosted a handover ceremony of the Kofi Annan Scholarship. The ceremony marked the second year of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation initiative in Switzerland, thanks to the support of BSL – its exclusive academic partner for Switzerland. During the ceremony, 27-year old Diana Kilel from Kenya, first Kofi Annan Fellow and current MBA student at BSL, handed over to Mahlubandile Dyonase (South Africa) who was selected by BSL as its second Kofi Annan scholar and started his master’s studies in Finance two weeks ago.
In 2012 BSL was appointed the exclusive representative of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation in Switzerland. As part of the foundation, BSL strives to provide talented and motivated students from developing countries with superior business education free of charge through its full-time Master’s and MBA degree programs. The Kofi Annan Business Schools Foundation was established in 2007 with the support of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. It is a joint initiative of the Public Advice International Foundation (PA International), Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Vlerick) and Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU).
BSL Graduation Ceremony
Dr. Luc Hoffmann and Polly Higgins were awarded an honorary degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) from BSL at the annual Graduation Ceremony held the same day at the Beau-Rivage Palace. Dr. Luc Hoffmann, Co-founder of WWF, is selected for the award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the global conservation of nature and biodiversity. The honorary award of BSL was also received by Polly Higgins who stands out for her visionary international legal breakthrough for the environment through the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative. Both guests addressed BSL’s new graduates at the ceremony which was headed by Dr. Katrin Muff, Dean of BSL, and Mr. Philippe Du Pasquier, President of BSL, and attended by students coming from 45 different countries.
Press release (English)