I’m In sessions are lovingly curated by Intrapreneurs from around the world.
Three experienced private sector intrapreneurs sharing tips and insights from decades of success and set-backs in making change from the inside. How to work your way into a job you love? What’s the value of being “dumb”? Finding equilibrium and keeping yourself sane & sustainable? How to make change where you are, while finding longer levers for impact? What are the habits we needed to unlearn?
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Archipel&Co (UK Founder & Managing Director), committed to the transition to an inclusive economy
For over 20 years, Justin has been working at the interface of strategy, innovation and sustainability fuelled by the challenge of answering the next generation’s inevitable question: “what did you do to make it better?” As the Founder and Managing Partner of Archipel&Co’s UK office, Justin is committed to the transition to an inclusive economy. He and his team partner with clients to improve their business in “future markets” (precarious, complex and fast-growing) by introducing social insight and innovation to prototype, test and scale more robust, resilient and sustainable solutions. His favourite projects are those that require (1) learning with innovative marginalised communities, (2) applying those insights to design a better market-based solution and (3) iteratively improving that solution to optimise impact and return for community and client. Justin has applied this approach both in-house as an intrapreneur, as a sustainability lead and as a consultant in the circular economy, sanitation, consumer goods & services, agri-business and health arenas. On the subject of scale, Justin is frustrated by what sometimes feels like “pilot project paralysis”. Thus, he prioritises projects and clients whose ambition matches the scale of the problems we are facing. Justin believes intrapreneurs, those brave souls working inside large organisations for positive change, are a critical and under-served actor in scaling solutions. At Archipel&Co, he partners with intrapreneurs as clients while, as a Trustee and Catalyst of the League of Intrapreneurs, he is helping grow the global movement. Before founding and leading Archipel&Co’s UK office, Justin led corporate sustainability strategy at SC Johnson, PUMA and OVO Energy. He is a co-founder and non-executive director of INBONIS, a financial technology firm and Europe’s first SME-focused credit rating agency. Justin is also a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Justin holds a BSc and an MBA from Cornell University.
Maya MehtaLeague Global Fellow
“Maya Mehta, Sustainable Finance, Senior Legal Counsel, BNP Paribas
Maya Mehta is a leading Sustainable Finance Lawyer, globally co-ordinating Sustainable Finance for Legal at the investment banking arm of BNP Paribas, having specialised in Green & Social Bonds since 2016.
Since 2001, alongside her day job as a lawyer, Maya launched global social finance initiatives such as the Microfinance Group at the law firm Clifford Chance, the Social Impact Hub at BNP Paribas and local impact initiatives such as a domestic abuse advice surgery in East London.
Maya co-founded a series of events called “Putting The Soul Back Into Business” with the Harvard Club UK (2013-2018), encouraging social intrapreneurs to connect with social entrepreneurs across the business world.
Her work has been recognised in Financial News Extra Mile 40, Brummell Magazine’s 30 Ones to Watch and she is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader – as well as a League of Intrapreneurs Global Fellow. “
Stefan KochLeague Global Fellow
Stefan has an experienced background on sustainble business development and management across industries (finance, energy, healthcare, agriculture, chemicals). In multinational companies he has been working at the interfaces to investor relations and corporate strategy embedding a modern sustainability as perspective into core processes. Additionally, as intrapreneur, Stefan has gained various experiences in the field of inclusive business development in emerging and developing countries and has initiated and managed strategic programs to tackle various development challenges in collaboration with entrepreneurs, impact investors, non- and governmental organizations. He is global fellow of the league of intrapreneurs and the BMW responsible leadership network. Stefan is founder of the TBW network of sustainability experts and supporter of the Inclusive Business Action Network. He has studied psychology of economics and international management at University of Cologne (Germany) and Lunds University (Sweden) and has furthermore lived in Kerala (India) and Bordeaux (France). He is married and proud father of two children, loves art and unconvention.