Champion Awards
I wish to express my gratitude to  CEEMAN for this recognition [which] belongs not only to me, but also to all collaborators in Estonian Business School and other schools and research institutions.
Ruth Alas,
Estonian Business School, Estonia

Champions 2012


Arthur Edward Lindemanis
Arthur Edward Lindemanis RISEBA, Latvia

Dr. Lindemanis brings 20 years of international business experience as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and investor to his current academic career as the Chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at RISEBA in Riga, Latvia, where he has been one of the leaders transforming RISEBA from a small ambitious business school to a university where business meets the arts with studies in communication, audiovisual media and architecture in addition to core business and management programs. He believes that diverse teams, not lone “geniuses”, develop meaningful innovations by blending design, technology and business through creative activities synthesizing diverse perspectives, experiences and skills. His award-winning teaching uses an interdisciplinary approach that balances highly creative learning activities with more practical critical reasoning and analysis to address “real world” issues.

Since moving to Latvia in 2003, he has secured over €2 million in funding from the EU, UNDP and other donors to support his innovative approaches to transforming traditional university systems by linking education with the business and public sectors. He advocates entrepreneurial vision, radical innovation, and collaboration to help companies grow in the belief that successful international ventures with high growth potential are the best stimulus for economic development and educational reform. He focuses on developing and delivering high impact learning experiences that enable students, entrepreneurs and executives achieve their potential in today's turbulent markets with extreme global competition and accelerating changes in technology.

After earning his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lindemanis spent his initial career at Fortune 200 companies rapidly progressing from engineering to corporate executive positions. Dr. Lindemanis has acquired or controlled six companies as varied as biotech, lasers, robotics, food processing, and apparel starting with a new biotech venture that he took public. He has participated in more than 50 US and international ventures in diverse high tech, industrial, financial and consumer markets spanning North America, Europe and Asia. 

Institutional Management

Peter McKiernan
Peter McKiernan University of Strathclyde, UK and Murdoch University, Australia

Currently, Peter is Dean of the School of Management and Governance at Murdoch University in Australia. Previously, he has been Head of School of Management at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and Head of School of Management at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was President of the European Academy of Management and President of the British Academy of Management. He is a Fellow of EURAM and of BAM, a Companion of the Association of Business Schools, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He has published widely in the area of strategic management and foresight, including the international best seller ‘Sharpbenders’.

Responsible Management Education

Nadya Zhexembayeva
Nadya Zhexembayeva IEDC-Bled School of Management

Nadya Zhexembayeva, PhD, is the Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development at IEDC- Bled School of Management, Slovenia, where she teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, design thinking, and sustainability. In 2007, Dr. Zhexembayeva joined US-based Sustainable Value Partners, one of the oldest sustainability consultancies in the world. In 2008, Nadya was elected Vice-President of the United Nations Global Compact Slovenia, an association of businesses dedicated to sustainable value creation and corporate citizenship.  She also serves as Vice-President of Challenge:Future, a global youth think tank and innovation competition. Nadya's first book is Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage, co-authored with Chris Laszlo and published by Stanford University Press. 

Bernard Belletante
Bernard Belletante Euromed Management, France

Prof. Bernard Belletante is Director General and Dean of Euromed Management. Professor of Corporate Finance, he is also President of the Schools of Management Chapter of the Mediterranean Network of Management Schools (RMEM) and of Altares Scientific Committee. He is Vice President of the Office for Economic Cooperation in the Mediterranean & the East (OCEMO). Before joining Euromed Marseille in 2002, he used to be Academic Dean at EM Lyon (France). He is a former graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan (France), and holds a PhD in Economics and Management. He is an expert in Financial Behaviour of SME's, Corporate Governance, Trust and Ethics Issues in Management. As such, he is a Board Member of several private and public companies, member of the Steering Committee of the European Center for SME's and also member of IFA (Institut Français des Administrateurs). Prof. Belletante also developed an expertise around the issues at stake in Euro-Mediterranean area: "Euro-Mediterranean Management Model ", Sustainable Development, Diversity. He is member of the Board of Comité 21, the main French organisation in Sustainability. He published about 25 books and more than 100 papers and articles. Bernard Belletante is member of the boards of the following companies: April Group, Bemobee Solution, & Techné SA.

Jean-Christophe Carteron
Jean-Christophe Carteron Euromed Management, France 

After starting his career in the aeronautics industry, Jean-Christophe Carteron (43) arrived at Euromed Management in 2001 and headed the marketing department before devoting himself fully to sustainable development. Director of CSR, Carteron coordinates the School’s CSR strategy, helps to develop research and pedagogical activities on sustainable development and works on leading by exemple though a more sustainable approach of the campus.  In November 2010, he integrated the Corporate and Markets Directorate as the Associate Director.

Jean-Christophe has piloted a project that led Euromed Management to be the first higher education institution in France to obtain extra financial rating (Acadix AA) and organized Deloitte’s first “Stakeholder Consultation” with a business school.  

With the faculty of the school, Carteron has launched 3 Research Chairs with sustainable development themes: the la Poste Chair on Sustainable Performance (French national postal services) in 2007 and the AG2R/La Mondiale Chair in Alternative financing: Investment, Solidarities and Responsibility in 2008 and the Responsible Purchasing Chair with the WWF, Max Havelaar, Sodexo, L’Occitane and SNCF. He is currently working on the launch of two Chairs (on Circular economy and on social entrepreneurship).

He is in charge of the international projects of the Sustainable Development Commission for the Conference des Grandes Ecoles (the French Business Schools organization) and a leading actor in working groups mainly focalized on social responsibility in higher education : UN Global Compact (UNGC Academic Working Group)and PRME (Principle for responsible Management Education) and GRLI (Globally responsible Leadership Initiative).

In June 2012, he was the Representative of French Higher Education for the United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and contribute to the “Rio declaration for Higher Education Institution” by hosting the back office of this UN initiative.

He is also a Board Member of the Comité 21 (the main French civil society organization in Sustainability), and the ONET Foundation. In September 2012, he has been nominated as the co-winner (with his Dean) of the CEEMAN Champions’ Award in the responsible management education category.

In his spare time he likes to go deep sea diving, sea kayaking and hot air ballooning.

Other nominations for 2012

Teaching category:

  • Barbara Stampf, University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Karnten), Austria
  • Tatiana Issyk, International Academy of Business, Kazakhstan
  • Marie Anners, Konstantin Bobkov, and Natalia Bobkova, Baikal International Business School, Russia
  • Luca Gatti and Ian Sutherland, IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
  • George Kohlrieser, IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland

Research category:

  • Tatiana Issyk, International Academy of Business, Kazakhstan
  • Natalia Iudalevich, Baikal International Business School, Russia
  • Francisco Ripoll-Saragosi, Eurasia Open Institute, Russia
  • Bettina Buechel, IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland

Institutional management category:

  • Dominique Turpin, IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland

Responsible management education category:

  • Bernard Belletante and Jean-Christophe Carteron,Euromed Management, France 
  • Francisco Szekely, IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland