Professor Judith Walls joins IWÖ-HSG Professor Judith Walls, PhD, has been appointed to serve as Chair for Sustainability Management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), effective of 1 February, 2019, to take over from Professor Dr Thomas Dyllick who co-founded the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) in 1992. She is joining St. Gallen from Singapore, where she has served as Assistant Professor, Strategy Management and Organization at NTU’s Nanyang Business School. With an academic career spanning eleven years, an extensive publication list, and several prestigious awards, Walls is fundamentally interested in obtaining a better understanding of corporate environmentalism and the impact it makes. Her research focus is on the interface of corporate governance and sustainability, investigating the factors that influence the environmental and social performance of companies. Her research has been published in leading international management journals (including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society). Importantly, the empirical focus of her work encompasses not only companies within industrialized nations, but also in developing countries in Asia and Africa. “We are extremely pleased to have recruited such a high-calibre and intellectually inspiring colleague. With her outstanding academic achievements, combined with work experience in industry, and a truly international career, Professor Walls seems like a perfect fit to the University’s mission ‘from insight to impact’”, said Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik, Dean of HSG’s School of Management. Her new colleague Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, co-director of IWÖ-HSG, adds: “Thomas Dyllick has done a tremendous job in creating a vibrant academic hub for business sustainability in St. Gallen. I am delighted that Professor Walls will join us and take our efforts to the next level in the years to come.” While Judith Walls is one of the leading figures in the international scientific community related to sustainability management, she is also passionate about the natural environment on a personal level. One of her interests is sustainable development at community levels and she volunteered in remote areas of Namibia and Botswana where large predators like cheetah and lion, and large herbivores like elephant, co-exist with humans. This passion for the natural environment and the role of business in its conservation acted as an impetus for her to become involved in environmental management research, which led her to pursue her PhD in 2007 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, USA) with her dissertation titled The impact of corporate governance on environmental strategy. A particular focus of her research is to understand the emotions, values, motivations and attitudes driving the management of sustainability issues that, in some cases, have become highly polarized topics of debate. Her work typically adopts a phenomenon-driven approach to investigate current issues of social and environmental import in businesses. Dutch-born Walls is a truly global citizen, having lived for the last 35 years outside of the Netherlands across continents such as Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 1996, she was employed as Director of Research/Consulting at Thomson Reuters for four years in London and two years as Vice President of New Business Development at Thomson Reuters in Asia-Pacific. Working for six years in investor relations prior to her academic career gave her invaluable insight into the corporate world. During this time, she received an MBA from the National University of Singapore in 2000. After having obtained her PhD in 2007, Walls was an Alcoa Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2009, she became Assistant Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montréal (Canada). In 2013 she took a position as Assistant Professor in at Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore where she also serves as an Associate Director of the Centre for Business Sustainability. Since 2016, she has been a Faculty Affiliate at the Asian School of the Environment at the Nanyang Technological University and a Research Fellow at the Center for Organizational Research and Design (CORD) at Arizona State University. She is Chair-Elect of the Academy of Management’s (AOM) Division on Organizations & the Natural Environment (ONE) at and has been a Board Director of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) since 2015. Professor Walls says that she considers her appointment to the Chair for Sustainability Management at the University of St. Gallen as her biggest achievement to date, and feels “honoured” and “humbled” by it. She views the subject of sustainability management as being both complex and often controversial, but nevertheless a challenge that can only be addressed if business is on board with finding and implementing solutions. Walls says that she hopes “to inspire the next generation to consider sustainability as part-and-parcel of corporate management and personal lifestyle choices”. Prof Walls has broad experience at all levels of teaching. Her lectures focus on the topics of corporate strategy and sustainability management. Her didactic skills also include extensive experience with digital course elements. She uses interactive teaching and learning methods, such as case studies, flipped classroom formats, and large online courses. Walls is keen to reacquaint herself with Switzerland, having lived in the country for four years during her teenage years. She is an avid sportswoman, particularly skiing, and enjoys reading fiction.