Digital Culture, Finance
& Ecological Sustainability
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Today’s world – with its inter-related realms of planetary ecosystems, human societies and global economies – is gripped by the two defining conditions of our time: the Anthropocene, and Digital Culture.
Businesses and investors are increasingly understanding that their decisions have a wider macro effect on the community, the society and the environment. For that, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) has become something that corporations and financial institutions are actively looking into. Additionally, as the link between businesses, (regulatory) financial institutions, and digital technology (FinTech) is rapidly accelerating, one cannot neglect the effects such relationships have on the environment, on corporations, the society of affected populations, and on us as users and investors.
The Digital Culture, Finance, and Ecological Sustainability Programme of the GRN Think Tank helps key actors, decision-makers, affected communities, and interested individuals understand and navigate these complex issues of today’s world by drawing on the expertise of leading experts in cross- disciplinary conversations.
Alexander I. Stingl is a sociological researcher, academic teacher, and author who is fond of crossing disciplinary boundaries with a research focus on Bioeconomy and Digital Culture and their intersections in the current Global Political Economy. He is a highly qualified expert in transition studies, environmental humanities, and the sociologies of science, culture, cognition, and organization with 13+ years of professional academic experience following inter-disciplinary graduate and undergraduate training in biology, economics, US-American Studies, and philosophy. He is a Senior Lecturer, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Director of the (forthcoming) MA Program ‘Sustainability and Society’ in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). He is a visiting faculty member of the Paris Institute of Critical Thinking (PICT), and a Fellow at the Global Research Network (GRN), and chairs the Scientific Committee of the project “Juridifying the Anthropocene” (directed by Gilles Lhuilier, Dean of the Law and Economics Faculty of the École Normale Supérieure Rennes, and Béatrice Parance, Professor of Law at Paris 8).
Dr Wael Saghir, an innovation maven renowned for his expertise in international business, investment risk management, environmental social governance (ESG) frameworks and in digital transformation. As a visionary consultant, he has pioneered innovative strategies that have transformed businesses across the EMEA region through implementing innovative solutions propelling them to unprecedented levels of success. In academia, he leads groundbreaking initiatives, including directing a master's program in international business, designing a revolutionary-industry based master's module on innovation and consultancy and taking charge of the university’s consultancy services company, experiencing remarkable growth under his guidance. Wael's prolific publications are a testament to his exceptional expertise in the realms of innovation, financial law, and international business. His extensive hands-on experience has honed his skills, positioning him as a foremost authority in the field. These valuable insights, garnered from years of practical work, have not only resulted in multiple publications but have also led to coveted invitations to present his groundbreaking findings at prestigious international conferences. His contributions are actively shaping the landscape of technology innovation and international business, making him a transformative force for the future of innovation and consultancy.