Roland Kupers

Visiting Fellow, Oxford University

Roland Kupers is a visiting fellow at Oxford University (currently on sabbatical) and a former executive at Royal Dutch Shell. He is also an associate professor at Sciences Politiques in Paris and a senior lecturer in complexity at the University of Nijenrode in the Netherlands.

Kupers is a consultant for organisations such as Eskom, Royal Dutch Shell, and the Port of Rotterdam, and a trustee of LEAD International.

He has held a variety of senior management positions at Royal Dutch Shell, including Vice President for Sustainable Development and Vice President Global LNG. He was closely involved with strategy and scenario planning, both for Shell's own Long Term Energy scenarios, as well as in projects with other partners such as IUCN. He has been a regular public speaker and panel member at a broad range of conferences and forums.

A theoretical physicist by university training, Roland spent the first 11 years of his career with AT&T in the Netherlands and in Italy, holding different business management positions. His last assignment there was as Regional Managing Director for Northern Europe. In 1999, after AT&T, Roland spent a sabbatical year looking at new developments in the field of complexity, understanding the dynamics of organisations, as well as publishing and lecturing.

His academic interests include complex systems, sustainability, strategy, and organisational development.

Focus: Business, Communication, Energy, Environment, Sustainability, Technology, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom, Africa, Europe


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Last Updated: May 02, 2011

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