Join us on February 22 for our weekly colloquium series. This week we will feature a talk with Mr. Georg Kell, founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact who will talk about “Relations with the Private Sector”. The talk will take place on Wednesday, 22 February, in the Dana Room (Dana Library, 4th floor) from 2:30 – 4:30 pm.
Georg Kell is the founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact until he retired from the position in January 2015. Mr. Kell spent 25 years at the United Nations where he started his career at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva in 1987. He then joined UNCTAD in New York where he headed the New York Office from 1993 – 1997 before moving to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General in 1997 to foster cooperation with the private sector. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for the private sector to take on more responsibility in the social, environmental and governance aspects of development. As a result, the Global Compact was established in 2000 to help foster this vision of the Secretary-General for a more responsible private sector. Following his service at the United Nations, Mr. Kell was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Anglo-German asset management firm Arabesque Partners in August 2015. He was named as one 2015’s Most Influential People in Business Ethics by the Ethisphere Institute in January 2016.