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Lunch Talk Series I Grand Challenges, Digitalisation & Sustainability

The first edition of our “Digital Pathways to Sustainability” Lunch Talk Series will take place on 22 June 2022 at 1 pm CET. The speakers René Bohnsack, Helen Etchanchu and Amanda Porter will provide insights into the topics of grand challenges, digitalisation and sustainability. Ali Aslan Gümüsay will be moderating. This is an online event, which will be held in English. Our aim is to come together and exchange ideas through an inspiring digital lunch break.


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Grand Challenges, Digitalisation & Sustainability
René Bohnsack, Helen Etchanchu, Amanda Porter & Ali Aslan Gümüsay
Wednesday, 22 June 2022 | 1 pm – 2pm (CET) | Stream


René Bohnsack, PhD, is a Professor for Strategy and Innovation at Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics. He researches the strategic management of innovation at the intersection of digitalisation and sustainability. He is also an avid entrepreneurs, director of the Smart City Innovation Lab and academic director of the Lisbon MBA. Réne Bonsack will talk about “Tech for Good!? The consequences of digital technologies for sustainable development”.

Helen Etchanchu, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Montpellier Business School, and Chairholder on Communication and Organising for Sustainability Transformations (COAST). She researches on how we can organise for and make sense of the grand challenges of our time, such as climate change, inequality, and health. Helen Etchanchu will talk about “Exploring pathways for sustainability transformations: Green growth, degrowth and prosperity”.

Amanda Porter, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit, School of Business and Economics, in the KIN Center for Digital Innovation. Her research examines collaborative innovation to tackle grand challenges and how digital technologies can be used to scale impact. Amanda Porter will discuss the “Organising for sustainable development: harnessing open social innovation to accelerate and scale impact”.



Ali Aslan Gümüsay is Head of the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society Research Group at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). At HIIG, Ali coordinates our projects related to digital innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes work on (social) digital entrepreneurship, platforms, AI, digital transformation, and open innovation. Ali’s own research consists of four streams: values, meaning & hybridity in entrepreneurial settings; grand challenges, innovation & new forms of organizing; societal complexity & engaged scholarship; and digitalisation, AI & the future of work/leadership.


Lunch Talk Series: Digital pathways to sustainability

In our digital pathways to sustainability, we explore cutting edge research at the intersection of sustainability and digitalisation that is also highly relevant for practice and policy. Topics include grand challenges, green energy, responsible platforms, and sustainable entrepreneurship. Our aim is to bring researchers and practitioners with a mutual interest on these topics together, exchange ideas, and make research more visible, applicable and impactful.

To participate in the event, please register using the form below. You will receive the login details on the day of the event.


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Event date

22.06.2022 | 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm ical | gcal


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Ali Aslan Gümüsay, Prof. Dr.

Head of Research Group and Associate Researcher: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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