Rebecca Henderson

Harvard Professor and authority on sustainable business

A Professor at Harvard University, Rebecca Henderson is one of the most articulate and insightful academic scholars on the influential role business can play in ensuring a more sustainable future.  Her most recent research explores the ways in which firms can successfully respond to the next great challenge of building a sustainable economy.  She has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School (HBS) in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Chair of the Business and Environment Initiative.  

Professor Henderson’s latest book, Reimagining Capitalism in A World on Fire will be published in April 2020, and will offer a new intellectual framing for a capitalism that can simultaneously make a positive societal impact and deliver sustained financial performance to ensure economic growth.  She is an advisor to some of the world’s leading companies in the sustainability space and is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In 2018 Henderson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Reimagining Capitalism
  • How our experience with COVID-19 sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of capitalism
  • How capitalism can it be a force for tackling the biggest challenges we currently face as a global society
  • How business’ commitment to solving “big problems” can unlock significant innovation
  • Navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenges, but also with extraordinary opportunities