Board Members and Advisory Committee

FSED is governed by a three-member Board of Directors and benefits from the expert guidance of a distinguished advisory committee.

Board of Directors

Kevin McKague
Dr. Kevin McKague is an Adjunct Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability. Kevin's research focuses on business model innovations for poverty alleviation and spans private sector firms, hybrid social enterprises and non-profit organizations pursuing market based approaches. Kevin is co-author with David Wheeler, et al. on Creating Sustainable Local Enterprise Networks, and other studies addressing issues at the interface between the private sector, sustainability and global poverty alleviation. Prior to his academic career Kevin worked for the International Finance Corporation and the United Nations Development Program. Kevin has an MBA and PhD from the Schulich School of Business focusing on business and sustainability and an undergraduate degree from McMaster University focusing on international development. Kevin has worked in ten African countries as well as India and Bangladesh.

Samer Abdelnour
Samer Abdelnour is a founding member of FSED and is currently completing his PhD at the London School of Economics where his research focuses on entrepreneurship and development in Sudan and South Sudan. After a brief corporate marketing career with leading automotive and retail companies, Samer left the private sector to work with refugees in the Middle East, where his passion for pro-poor enterprise development evolved. He holds a Master in Environmental Studies with a focus on Enterprise, Development and Post-war Reconstruction from York University and an undergraduate degree in Management and Economics from the University of Toronto.

David Wheeler
Dr. David Wheeler is the President of Cape Breton University. Previously, David he held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Plymouth Business School, Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, and Erivan K. Haub Professor of Business and Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business. David was also the Founding Director of the York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability. Previous to his academic positions, David was a member of the senior management team of The Body Shop International. David has served as an advisor to many companies, governments, research organizations, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies in the UK, US, Canada, Africa and Latin America.

Advisory Committee

Phil Rosson
From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Phil Rosson was Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax and Acting Dean from 2005 to 2006. Phil joined the School of Business Administration at Dalhousie in 1975 and held the Killam Chair in Technology, Innovation and Marketing from 2002 to 2006. His research focuses on the expansion strategies of small and medium-sized firms, particularly in foreign markets, as well as on industrial clusters and economic development.

Carolyn Egri
Dr. Carolyn Egri is Professor of Management & Organization Studies in the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University (Canada), and a Visiting Professor of Management at Xi-an Jiaotong University (China). Dr. Egri has published extensively with over 35 publications and 50 conference presentations on corporate environmental and social responsibility, international management, leadership, and organizational change.

Alain Berranger
Alain Berranger is a distinguished figure in international development and business partnerships having an early career in the private sector (extractive industries, manufacturing and consulting) and then working for the International Development Research Centre where he was Director, Partnerships and Business Development from 1996 to 2006 where he raised over $100 million in funding. Alain has also consulted for the World Bank, UN and CIDA and has spent over 5 years on the ground in 31 African countries as well as numerous missions to Asia and Latin America. Alain currently holds many senior advisory positions with academic and civil society organizations, as well as having served as Honorary Consul for Sao Tome and Principe in Canada from 1985 to 2000. Read Alain’s review of Sir Andy Chande’s recent autobiography A Knight in Africa.

Patricia Marsden-Dole
Canada's first woman trade commissioner, Patricia is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and College d'Europe, Bruges. Patricia retired from a career in the Canadian Foreign Service in 2003 after serving as Ambassador to Portugal, High Commissioner to Tanzania, Mauritius, Madagascar and the Seychelles, and gazetted interim High Commissioner to India. In Ottawa she served as Director General of the International Markets Bureau of Agriculture and Agrifood Canada and, later, as Director General of South and South East Asia in Foreign Affairs. With Trinity College Dublin, she assisted in developing a course on International Food Regulatory affairs for the Master's degree course in Food Sciences. Since retiring, she has consulted for a major Canadian mining company. In 2007, she completed a Master of Arts degree in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue at Saint Paul University of the University of Ottawa and is now working on her Doctorate. She is a member of several boards and, for a series in her name, international editor for Canada's Penumbra Press.