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Visiting Scholar

Alistair Barker

Alistair is the Head of Portfolio Construction at AustralianSuper. AustralianSuper is the largest superannuation (pension) fund in Australia, with US$120bn in members’ assets and over US$12bn of net cash inflows annually. It is a defined contribution fund with members in both accumulation and pension phases and is run with the sole purpose of improving the retirement outcomes of its members. Alistair is a member of the leadership team of the Fund’s Investment Department and has been with AustralianSuper since 2008.

Eric Knight

Eric Knight is Professor of Strategy Management at the University of Sydney Business School, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar visitor to Stanford University early 2020. His research area is organizational strategy, with a particular focus on the organizational processes and practices that underpin strategic change, innovation, and the management of conflicting demands.

Kim Wikström

Kim Wikström is professor (chair) in Industrial Management, with a specific focus on project business and industrial marketing at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University. Before returning to academia 1992, he worked in engineering and construction companies responsible for developing and implementing project management and governance processes in large energy and marine projects. He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, USA, St.

Alisa Valderrama

Alisa was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center and is the founder of Neptune Street Environmental Markets Advisors. Alisa’s research focuses on facilitating investment in resilient water infrastructure. Prior to launching Neptune Street Advisors, Alisa was the Director of Water Infrastructure Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the NRDC from 2010 to 2018, Alisa initiated and led the organization's work with cities focused on innovative infrastructure finance, with an emphasis on water infrastructure projects located on privately-owned land.

Håvard Halland

Dr. Håvard Halland was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). His research focused on sovereign wealth funds and strategic investment funds. Other research interests include climate finance, and the role of strategic investment funds in financing clean-energy infrastructure. From 2012 to 2018 he was an economist / senior economist at the World Bank, where he provided advice to governments on the establishment and operations of strategic investment funds and sovereign wealth funds.

Atif Ansar

As a Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford, Atif’s research focuses on the cost, time, and benefit outcomes of major programmes and megaprojects. In collaboration with colleagues at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Stanford, and notable companies, Atif is pioneering research on technology, modularity, and artificial intelligence in major infrastructure and city projects. Atif is the Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) at Oxford Saïd and the Cohort Manager of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) of the UK Government for senior civil servants.

Ragnhild Kvålshaugen

Ragnhild Kvålshaugen is Professor in Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School and currently holds a chaired professorship in efficient building processes at the Center for the Construction Industry at BI. Her research area is strategic change and in particular she focuses on topics like collaboration, learning and change in the interface between temporary and permanent organizations.

Lucas Kruitwagen

Lucas is a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Global Projects Center. He is also the Data Lead of the Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Lucas researches the impact of data-driven technology on the management of environment-related risks by companies and investors. He has a background in energy engineering and leads the technical development of 2 Degree Pathways Wargame and Decision Support Tool and the Risk, Impact, and Opportunity Tool.

Khalid Alsweilem

Khalid was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC). In addition to his non-resident affiliation with Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development (CID), Dr. Alsweilem is a board/ investment committee member with several institutions. He is chairman of Ashmore Investment Saudi Arabia; an independent board member at Fajr Capital; and an investment committee member at the Arab Gulf Fund for Development.


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