Visiting Professor Appointed to Jamaican Leadership Centre

New York, N.Y. The first visiting professor to The James Jay Dudley Luce Leadership Centre at Caribbean Maritime University has been appointed today, German national Malko Ebers of New York.

Founded this month, The Luce Leadership Centre @CMU has been developed to support the students on campus in Kingston, as well as for Young Global Leaders (YGLs) online around the world, with emphasis on Honor, Intelligence, Integrity, Benevolence, and Stewardship.

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Malko Ebers is the Chief Executive Officer of one of New York’s leading consulting firms, New York Business Consultants LLC. Malko is an advocate for organizational change, innovation and emerging markets. He developed a global business mindset and his consulting approach working at Yale School of Management, ETH Zurich, Constance University, Stanford and JNU New Delhi.

Malko received an M.A. in public policy and change management as well as an M.A. in sociology and political science. Malko taught project and sustainability management and is a frequent speaker at institutions such as NYU, Columbia University, Mercy College, Ford Foundation, the United Nations and the African Union.

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Malko serves on the board of various non-profit organizations, including the J. Luce Foundation. Prior to leading New York Business Consultants Malko worked as on Wall Street, for the United Nations (private public partnerships UNFIP) and in finance in Switzerland. His interests include international relations, teaching, writing, debating and martial arts.

The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness spoke extensively with Malko Ebers. His comments are as follows:

The Micronational Enterprise

Globalization has torn down the walls between marketplaces and technology and enabled today’s entrepreneurs to act and have impact not just in their local and regional market but at a global level. One might call this phenomenon the micro-national enterprise, companies and organization that are capable of doing what previously just large multinational companies were able to do -entrepreneurship changes the world.

From just in-time payment systems to global marketplaces such as Ebay and Amazon to the ability to utilize modern warehousing and logistics, small businesses can use those platforms to connect globally with their customers but also their workforce.

Social media offers an opportunity to influence and reach audiences basically for free while great ideas and services can scale at a never seen before pace. To think globally and act locally, young global leaders should #ThinkBigger as the world market is now their marketplaces – both in terms of competition as in terms of opportunity. 

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Trends & Values as Foundation for Global Leadership Education

CEOs talk about trends shaping marketplaces while founders talk about values so a global leadership program as envisioned by the Luce foundation has to teach young global leaders the skills and values that they need as a foundation to orient themselves in an increasingly complex world. At the same time future and current decision makers have to be aware of trends from climate change to demographics and urbanization to the enormous shift of economic activity to East Asia and other emerging markets. Only if students study and understand global complexity and trends and if they learn to anticipate and embrace diversity as an opportunity will they have an inner compass to guide them through their careers from academia, to government and business. There is no plan(et) B, climate change is real and it is happening now and in a world with a growing population that has a right to live well and in dignity, that will demand huge natural resources in their quest for prosperity our global leaders need to act smarter and more sustainable. The need for energy and resources is expected to rise dramatically so only if we decarbonize our economies and find ways to have positive social and environmental impact will we do well and do good as society.

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Training Modules for the Global Citizen

1) Leading Change and Dealing with Complexity

Young people are not the future they are the presence, they are here now with their youthful energy, creativity and ideas and our foundation wants to guide and facilitate that energy, passion and creativity for the social good, to help educate responsible young leaders and global citizens. Leaders inspire others and create more leaders not more followers, they are most needed when change has to be mastered. In an ever faster changing flat world the ability to lead change is fundamental.

2) The Customer in the Digital Economy

Bargaining power has ultimately shifted from large companies to the consumer who compares prices, quality and ratings of any product or service in realtime. In this digital age it has become increasingly hard for companies to engage with consumers and the public audience, the choices are ever increasing while attention is declining. There is no longer a few shows or channels on tv but hundreds and even more such choices online so understanding consumer behavior and engagement, having the eye of the sociologist and psychologist helps our students understand how to effectively communicate or pursue activities such as global marketing or intercultural branding.

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3) The Art of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Progress and economic growth is largely based on technology which is a function of our imagination and creativity. But how to innovate, how to improve and differentiate from anybody else? An entrepreneur needs to have imagination, something that inspired him and others. This third training module looks at the phenomenon, trends and processes of entrepreneurial invention and growth, how new ideas come to life and scale.

Jim Luce, president of the J. Luce Foundation and its Leadership Centre at The Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica, told us, “We are extraordinarily gifted to have our Board member Malko Ebers join our international team in Kingston. We look forward to his visiting the campus and adding value to our online programming.”

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The Caribbean Maritime University began in 1980 and is today the premier tertiary institution for maritime education, training, research and consultancy in the Western Hemisphere. Established through a joint project between the Government of Jamaica and the Kingdom of Norway, the university has achieved ISO certification from Lloyds of London as a world-class institution accepted from the U.K. across Europe and approved by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Fritz Pinnock, its president himself the definition of Global Leadership, joined in 1982.

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The Editors
The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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