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Georg Kell

Chairman of the Board at Arabesque


  • Advanced degrees, Economics and Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin

New York, New York, United States

Georg Kell

Chairman of the Board at Arabesque

Georg Kell is Chairman of Arabesque, a technology company that uses AI and big data to assess sustainability performance relevant for investment analysis and decision making. He is also Co-Chair of the DWS ESG Advisory Board and Speaker of the Volkswagen Sustainability Council.
Georg Kell is the founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. During his career of almost three decades at the United Nations, working directly with former Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, he built the UN Global Compact and oversaw the launch if its sister initiatives, including the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI), the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE).
Georg started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various African and Asian countries before joining the United Nations in 1987. A native of Germany, Georg Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

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BCG Henderson Institute | April 28, 2022

Can Management Be Beautiful?

What are the limits of "scientific management" and its associated mindset and toolbox? And what is the alternative? We delve into what we know from the arts, history, and philosophy about the power of beauty to inspire, unleash and unite.

Harvard Business Review | October 8, 2021

How Business Leaders Can Reduce Polarization

Rising political polarization can have serious ramifications for businesses.Explore what actions CEOs can take to effectively reduce division — and protect their businesses in increasingly polarized times.

BCG Henderson Institute | April 12, 2020

Emerging Strategy Lessons from COVID-19

How can companies be better prepared for future shocks? Ten strategic insights emerging from COVID-19.

BCG Henderson Institute | January 15, 2018

The Case for Corporate Statesmanship

We can define corporate statesmanship as the action of a company, and in particular of its CEO, to intervene in public affairs to foster collective action in support of the common good beyond the scope of his or her enlightened self-interest.

MIT Sloan Management Review | January 12, 2015

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

As sustainability issues become more complex and global, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact by going it alone.