Witold Henisz

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Witold Henisz

Witold J. Henisz is the Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Wharton Political Risk Lab. His research examines the impact of political hazards on international investment strategy including efforts by multinational corporations to engage in corporate diplomacy to win the hearts and minds of external stakeholders. His research has been published in top-ranked journals in international business, management, international studies and sociology and he is the author of the book “Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders”. Witold has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate levels and also teaches extensively on the topic of Corporate Diplomacy in open enrollment and custom executive education programs. He served as the academic co-Director in the development of the stakeholder engagement KEROVKA crisis management simulation. He has authored cases highlighting best practices in integrated project management on Karachi Electric (Pakistan), the Minas-Rio mine (Brazil), Choppies (Botswana), Newmont Ahafo Gold Corporation (Ghana), Gabriel Resources (Romania),Thai Petrochemical Corporation (Thailand) and AES-Telasi (Georgia) that highlight the importance of simultaneously managing above ground (i.e., stakeholder and corporate affairs) risks together with their more traditional financial and operational counterparts. He is currently a principal in the political risk management consultancy PRIMA LLC whose recent clients include AngloGold Ashanti, Rio Tinto, Lockheed Martin, Shell Corporation, Dundee Precious Metals, Calvert (Eaton Vance), EY, Maritime Financial Group, The World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

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