2014 Biennial Conference on Sustainable Business, Energy and Development in Asia

The KKR Hotel Hiroshima
March 17-19, 2014

Hiroshima, Japan

COSA 2014 will be held at the KKR Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan
March 17-19, 2014

COSA 2014 Schedule Available for Downloading below,

COSA CASA 2014 Final Schedule



The 2nd Biennial Conference on Sustainable Business, Energy and Development in Asia »

Twenty five years ago, the Brundtland report – formally titled “Our Common Future” – launched the concept of sustainable development as “the process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations.” At the heart of the concept of sustainable development lie two interrelated challenges: how to address our growth needs, in particular those of the developing countries, given the limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on our ability to meet present and future needs.

Despite significant progress made since the publication of the Brundtland report, the twin challenges of sustainable development remain valid to the present day. What type of governance structures, business practices, technological innovations, legal agreements or policy tools can best bridge the needs-limitation gap in order to facilitate and accelerate sustainable development? The rapid economic growth of the developing countries in Asia in the recent decades has added a new dimension to this process, by shifting the leverage of change from the West to the East. Designing infrastructure, products, enterprises and processes with sustainability in mind can have an enormous impact on environmental and social systems.

The 2014 Biennial Conference on Sustainable Development and Business in Asia, to be held in Hiroshima, Japan is a biennial international conference that offers a platform for scholarly and applied conversations among a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with the continual challenge of advancing the sustainable development and business agenda: people, planet, and growth. Because this is an emerging paradigm, there is much research and exploration that is needed. Academics, researchers, students and representatives from industry, government and non-governmental organizations need to both share their findings and learn from each other, in order to facilitate the transformation in how economic activity is conducted, allowing human societies to be sustained and to thrive.

As the fields of sustainable development and sustainable business cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies. We particularly invite papers making empirical and theoretical contributions about the social and economic processes impacting on sustainable development; global environmental governance, business and public policy approaches; technological innovations; climate change adaptation & mitigation; renewable energy development.

Major themes

  • Sustainable Business, Production and Consumption
  • Science & Technology of Sustainability
  • Global Governance of Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Energy Policies

Special themes

  • Tourism (Eco, Geo, Sustainable) 
  • Agribusiness and Sustainable Fishing
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
  • The Digital Divide in Asia
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene   


COSA 2014 invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, doctoral students, entrepreneurs, representatives from industry, non-profit and non-governmental organization professionals to submit abstracts of up to 250 words by February 1, 2014. Proposals must be submitted through our online system.


Plenary Speaker and Co-Chairperson

William P Kittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D. (Syracuse University)
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants

Former Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce
Former Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University
Former US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Dr. William P Kittredge is the President of Cervelet Consulting. He is a senior level professional specializing in strategic economic development planning and has significant private sector entrepreneurial and executive experience. Over the course of his promising thirty four years of professional career, he has served in a variety of leadership roles including program analysis/management, performance assessment, budget analysis & integration and program & product marketing.

Dr. Kittredge has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments.

He has worked on several special projects including; Strengthening America’s Community Initiative, Oconee County Economic Development Plan and Georgia State Botanical Garden. Dr. Kittredge is a confident writer and speaker with extensive experience in presenting research findings and conveying information to senior management and junior staff. He has numerous research publications and presentations to his credit.

He received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage.

 Founding Chairperson and Program Adviser

metri Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Dean (Academic)
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
President, Indian Subcontinent-region
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Atlanta, USA


Dr Bhimaraya Metri is Professor Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India. Prior to joining IMI, Professor Metri served as the Dean of the Strathclyde SKIL Business School, and also held numerous academic leadership positions, including Dean (Academics) and Dean (Graduate Programmes), and Chairman (PGPM) at top league B-school MDI Gurgaon. He has also served at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. Prof Metri has published over 90 research articles in international and national journals and proceedings. He is on several editorial advisory boards of national and international journals. He has taught courses across MDI’s post graduate programs, fellow program in management and executive education programs. He has also consulted widely on Quality Management, Benchmarking, Balanced Scorecard, Supply Chain Management and ERP for several leading public sector and private sector manufacturing and service organizations and government departments.

Senior Adviser and Past Keynote Speaker

John Stayton John Stayton, MBA
Director of Venture Greenhouse
Dominican University of California, USA


After fifteen years in the field of high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA. The GreenMBA at Dominican University of California is a rigorous two-year program that transforms students’ abilities to advance environmental and social initiatives in any type of organization. John was GreenMBA Program Director for eight years. In 2010, John co-founded the Venture Greenhouse and now serves as its Director. The Venture Greenhouse is an early stage accelerator for scalable enterprises that address environmental and social issues. He also consults on sustainable enterprise and organizational change.


COSA 2014 Featured Speakers (TBA)




COSA 2014 affiliates include,

 Venture Greenhouse City University of Hong Kong 
UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy Institute for Environmental 
Science and Policy
  DUC Business School 


Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants 


COSA 2014 Advisers

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Cervelet Management and Strategy Consultants, USA
John Stayton, MBA
Director of Venture Greenhouse
Co-founder and Director, Green MBA
Dominican University of California, USA 
Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy
Professor of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Hossein Esmaeli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law
Flinders University, Australia
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
Kanako Morita, Ph.D.
Project Asst. Professor
Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Tokyo, Japan
Scott Valentine, Ph.D.
Dept of Public Policy
& School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong,
China (SAR)
Christopher Leeds, Ph.D.
Professor, Business & Leadership
Dominican University of California, USA
Salvador Peniche, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Aspalella A. Rahman, Ph.D.
College of Law, Government and
International Studies
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Irma Magaña Carrillo, Ph.D.
Faculty of Tourism, Campus Villa de Álvarez
Universidad de Colima, Mexico

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