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Giles Jackson

Giles is Director of the Institute for Business, Sustainability & Society and teaches the sustainability curriculum, supported by a global network of subject matter experts. He is an AACSB-designated “Practicing Academic” with significant entrepreneurial, consulting and advisory experience in the wind energy, manufacturing, arts and technology sectors, which he enjoys sharing with his students. He currently works in business development with Wind-to-Energy GmbH, and he has supervised hundreds of MBA consulting projects with organizations as varied as Space for Giants, Quantum Sails, World Sailing, Kraft Heinz, and Sila Health. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1994 and, inspired by the 1987 Brundtland Report, wrote among the first dissertations on business and sustainable development. He serves as Associate Editor of Energy Nexus, and is Senior Advisor at Selva Vida Sin Fronteras, an Ecuadorian NGO protecting the rainforest and indigenous communities. Recent publications include a global survey of ecotourism, published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

David Baxa

A trustee of Shenandoah University, David co-taught the course Sustainable Business Strategy with Professor Jackson from 2015-2022 and has been instrumental in the creation of the Institute for Business, Sustainability, through The Baxa Family Foundation. He serves as Chairman of the Board at VISTA Technology Services, Inc. and was previously President & CEO. David has spent more than half his career leading VISTA and its predecessors. He is an accomplished facilities planner, IT and management professional. He has expertise in real property asset analysis, real property asset management, master planning, application development, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise information portals, knowledge management and spatial data integration. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

 

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