• Mike LenoxMike Lenox, Faculty Director, Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative

    Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Professor Lenox's primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. He is broadly interested in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth and firm competitive success. Recent work explores firm strategies and nontraditional public policies that have the potential to drive green innovation and entrepreneurship. Lenox's research has appeared in over 25 refereed academic publications and has been cited in a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Economist. In 2009, he was recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by The Aspen Institute and as the top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society. In 2011, he was named one of the top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. He holds a Ph.D. in technology management and policy from MIT. Lenox has served as a professor at Duke and NYU, and as a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford and the International Institute for Management Development.


    Saeedeh AnvariSaeedeh Anvari, Postdoctoral Researcher

    University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Anvari’s research focuses on sustainable operations and strategies, incorporating corporate sustainability, green energy, innovation and stakeholder relations. She also has experience with optimization models, data analysis, forecasting methods and relationship marketing. Anvari has authored several articles in academic journals, such as the International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Advanced Transportation, Journal of Specialized Social Science, and International Journal of Computer Applications. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations management, a master’s degree in executive management, and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.


    Becky DuffRebecca Duff, Researcher, Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative

    Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Prior to joining the Batten Institute, Duff worked at ICF International, a consultancy based in Washington, D.C., in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Labeled Products program. Duff led a team of engineers that developed more than 100 product specifications. She also worked with the EPA to launch the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award initiative, which recognizes cutting-edge technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions but face barriers to broader market adoption. Duff has more than 15 years of experience in project management, market and technical research, and stakeholder engagement and relationship building.


    Greg FairchildGreg Fairchild

    Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration, Associate Dean for Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Professor Fairchild teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. He has received a number of awards for teaching at the School. He was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a three-year, $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fairchild was named one of five high-impact research professors and the sole scholar focused in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times in 2010. In 2011, he was the only academic named as one of 25 Virginians to Watch by Virginia Business Magazine. In 2012, Fairchild was named one of the Top 10 Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc., The Economist, National Public Radio, USA Today, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.


    Erika HerzErika Herz, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital

    Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Herz is responsible for the Batten Institute's research program and academic conferences, related publications for academic and business audiences, and major events such as the Jefferson Innovation Summit and the Global Innovators' Roundtable. Herz was previously the associate director of sustainability programs at Darden and managing director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), a 22-university consortium. She hosts the Research and Relevance podcast series on entrepreneurship and innovation research. Before Darden, Herz served as sustainability manager for UTC Power, a business unit of United Technologies Corp.


    Tim KraftTim Kraft

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Professor Kraft has expertise in distribution and logistics, supply chain management, and sustainable operations. His research focuses on the impact of environmental and social responsibility issues on supply chain management decisions. Topics he has worked on include firms’ and nongovernmental organizations' decisions regarding potentially hazardous substances in product lines, developing collaborative methods to improve the management of chemicals and toxic substances in supply chains, and improving transparency in supply chains with regard to social responsibility practices. Kraft teaches operations management in Darden’s full-time MBA program as well as in the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education executive program. Prior to joining Darden, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and RadioShack Corp. as a supply chain consultant and manager.


    Jay ShimshackJay Shimshack

    Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

    Professor Shimshack has published widely on environmental regulation, environmental policy and corporate social behavior. He has advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies; consulted for private organizations and companies; testified before the U.S. House of Representatives; and published numerous book chapters and reports at the intersection of business and public policy for the environment.


    Katherine WillinghamKatherine Willingham, Program Manager, Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative

    Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

    Willingham has been instrumental in orchestrating Batten Institute events, such as the fall 2016 Batten Institute Advisory Council meeting and the Institute's presence at SXSW in March 2017. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, with a minor in Hispanic studies. At UNC, Katherine worked as a student manager for the men’s varsity basketball program. After graduation, she worked for the Charlotte Sports Foundation as the administrative coordinator. In this role, she provided event planning, as well as operational and administrative, support for the Belk Bowl, Belk College Kickoff and Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship games.


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