Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative

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Mike LenoxMike Lenox
Faculty Director, 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 TimesFinancial 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.

 

Rebecca DuffRebecca Duff
Senior Research Associate, 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 TodayThe 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.

 

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.

 

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