|Profile: Geoffrey Williams|
I am glad to have been asked to become a Board Director at EUMCCI and I am proud that people feel that I might have something further to offer. We at OWW had chosen EUMCCI above the bilateral Chambers because of our focus on a broad marketplace in Europe and Asia. I feel very strongly that this is something we should support and build-upon and I hope to be able to make a further contribution as a Director following from my work so far in the EUMCCI Committees.
I have been a member of the EUMCCI CSR Committee since its launch and am now the Chairman after a period as joint-Deputy Chairman. As part of my contribution to the CSR Committee OWW Consulting partnered with EUMCCI for the 1st and 2nd International CSR Conferences in 2008 and 2009, officiated by the EU Ambassador. These were attended by around 200 and 300 delegates respectively from all over the world including speakers from Europe, Asia and North America. We are currently planning a 3rd International CSR Conference in September 2012. We have also been pleased to include the EUMCCI on the list of working partners in an EU Funded SWITCH-ASIA project on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) which we run in collaboration with our partners, GFA Consulting and Adelphi Consulting in Germany. This is an important three-year project based at the EPU in the Prime Minister's Department and will create the sustainability policy framework for Malaysia and for the 11th Malaysia Plan. We have also been pleased to connect the EUMCCI as a partner with Adelphi for a new SWITCH-ASIA project focusing on sustainability issues in event management in Asia. In addition to the above OWW was pleased to provide a RM5,000 sponsorship for the launch event for the EUMCCI CSR Book, Budi Disemai Jasa Dituai: A Collection of Inspirational Corporate Social Responsibility Stories from Malaysia in 2009. OWW Consulting contributed three chapters to this special publication. We also helped to organise, host and support a number of CSR events including a couple in cooperation with the United Nations. I was also a judge for the sustainability domain for the EUMCCI Europa Awards 2011.
I have also been the Chairman of the EUMCCI Education Committee since 2011 following the excellent stewardship of the Committee. The EUMCCI Education committee is a very active group. Since I took over activities have included the signing of an MoU between committee member Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) and Institutio Politecnico de Braganca from Portugal to develop joint programmes and exchanges and to provide a special scholarship for study in Portugal for students from the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka. The Committee has also taken part in the Annual FACON Education Fair 2012 with an EU Booth organized by Nottingham University as part of the MY-EU Link Programme. We held a special session at UNIRAZAK on University-Industry Cooperation in March 2012 attended by around 70 delegates, with speakers from Universiti Malaya, Sunway University, Berjaya University College and Proton Holdings Berhad. Further events will be held with Universiti Malaya in June and we will run a site visit to Proton Holdings for Committee members to help develop Industry-University links. In addition we are preparing policy papers and a Minister's VIP lunch as part of the EUMCCI's contribution to the National Education consultation process 2012.
Dr Geoffrey Williams is a Founder and Director of the Academy of Responsible Management Sdn Bhd. He is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OWW Consulting in Malaysia and Singapore, one of Asiaâ€™s leading Sustainability Consultancies. He has designed and directed numerous research projects for the UK Government (DTI), European Commission (DG-Research), and European Standards Agency, among others. He has also worked with private companies and charities including PA Consulting Group, leading UK law firm Allen & Overy, and the Wellcome Trust UK. He is Chair of the EU Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) Education Committee and Chair of the EUMCCI CSR Committee. He was a member of the Judging Panel for the Prime Ministerâ€™s CSR Awards 2010, Malaysia and designed and manages the research programme for SRI-Kehati CSR Index for the Indonesian Stock Exchange. Geoffreyâ€™s most recent work has focussed on Corporate Social Responsibility in a global context and in particular, on the factors that determine the success of CSR initiatives in different socio-political contexts. He has worked with leading international companies and organisations including PETRONAS, Maybank Berhad, Sime Darby, Telekom Malaysia Berhad , PT Unilever Indonesia, NTUC FairPrice â€“ Singapore, UEM Group, Tesco (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, PLUS Expressways Berhad, UMW Holdings Berhad, MRCB, Resorts World Berhad, du â€“ the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arab Thought Foundation, the International Labour Organisation, the European Commission and many others.
Geoffrey has held academic positions at London Business School, Pembroke College University of Oxford and the Universities of London, Nottingham, Liverpool and elsewhere. He is an Associate Member of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society, School of Management, University of Bath, United Kingdom, Associate Fellow of the Centre for European Research, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (the National University of Malaysia) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in 2004 and Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) in 2010. His work has been published in leading academic journals including Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Research Policy, Business Ethics: A European Review, Review of Income and Wealth, European Competition Law Review, Review of Financial Economics, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Macroeconomics, Information Economics
and Policy, Applied Economics, Applied Financial Economics, International Review of Business and Economics. His edited volume Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives from Asia was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2010. His research output has had direct impact in the business world and has been covered in the media including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, Channel News Asia (Singapore), NTV7 (Malaysia), ASTRO Awani (Malaysia), the Edge (Malaysia), the New Straits Times, The Straits Times, The Business Times, the Malay Mail, Responsible Investor, Malaysian Business, Management (Malaysia Institute of Management Magazine), Personal Money, the Accountant (MICPA) and the Sun newspaper in the UK. Further information can be found at his listing at the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)Â where he is ranked in the top 3% of Social Science authors in the World.