Professor Judith Walls joined the University of St Gallen (HSG) in 2019 as Chair for Sustainability Management and Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ). She also serves as the Delegate for Responsibility and Sustainability for the HSG.
Prior to joining the HSG, Prof. Walls worked at Nanyang Business School (NTU Singapore) and the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University). Prof. Walls completed her PhD at the Lally School of Management (Rensselaer) and was an Alcoa Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (University of Michigan). She also has an MBA in International Business with the NUS Business School (National University of Singapore) and an MSc in Wildlife, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health at the Edinburgh Medical School (University of Edinburgh).
Prof. Walls researches the intersection of business and environmental sustainability focusing on behavioural governance, the study of boards and managerial characteristics in the context of stakeholder and shareholder pressure on companies. Her work extends into environmental governance of industries that affect land use such as agri-commodities, mining, and trophy hunting. She has published in top journals and won several prestigious research awards and grants, and serves on several Board of Reviewers.
Prof. Walls is also the Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) division at the Academy of Management (AOM), overseeing about 750 of its 20,000 members. She has additionally been on the board at the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) and the scientific committee of the Group of Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN).
Prior to her academic career, Prof. Walls headed investor relations research, consulting, and business development departments at Thomson Financial (Thomson-Reuters) in Europe and Asia-Pacific. She has also managed people and operations at conservation NGOs in Namibia, Botswana, and Mongolia.