Founder and CEO, European Sustainability Academy
Sharon Jackson, founder and CEO of European Sustainability Academy, Crete, is also Director of Carlton CSR -UK, Associate Faculty at Cranfield School of Management, Associate Scholar at University of Cumbria, Institute for Sustainability and Leadership, Visiting Lecturer at Murray Edwards College- Cambridge University and Visiting Research Fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business. Before embarking on a teaching and research career, Sharon worked for 15 years in global commerce in senior roles in the electronic component sector, developing international business through global distribution and supply chains. In her 20s she was awarded her first board appointment and has gone on to hold several other directorships in both businesses and NGOs. In 2000, demoralised by the lack of ethical business conduct in the electronics sector at that time, after gaining her ‘Certificate in Further and Adult Education Teaching’ she left the industry to develop customised executive learning programmes in the context of responsible business principles at the core of organisational development. She has developed ground-breaking ‘Corporate Responsibility Leadership’ programmes for directors and senior managers which are delivered in wilderness and mountainous places of natural beauty in Europe, Australia and China. Sharon teaches business managers and directors how to combine fundamental business good practice and wealth creation with corporate responsibility as a core facet of global sustainability. Her programmes are designed to stimulate innovative and profitable business through aligning values based leadership with organisational sense making. She also undertakes long term consulting engagements to help businesses embed sustainability principles at the heart of their organisational development and strategy. Her academic work includes the recent completion of a 2 year empirical study to explore the reasons for disconnect between organisational intentions to embed CSR and actual CSR outcomes. Sharon is continuing this research through a part time PhD at Cranfield University.