Stuart Hart

Stuart  Hart

Professor, Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business, Co-Director SEMBA Program
University of Vermont's Grossman School of Business

Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy, and one of the originators of the 'base of the pyramid' economic theory." He is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair for Sustainable Business, Professor, and Co-Director of SEMBA at the University of Vermont's Grossman School of Business; the S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management; and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World.  Hart also founded the Sustainable Business programs at the University of Michigan (now the Erb Institute’s Dual Master’s Program) and the UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (Center for Sustainable Enterprise). In addition, he is the Founder of the BoP Global Network, and Founding Director of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, India.

Stuart is perhaps best known for his book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, now in its third edition; the path-breaking 2002 article "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," co-authored with C.K. Prahalad, which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world; and the seminal article "Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World," which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business Review in 1997, and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability.  There are more than 70 papers, 7 book contributions and over 25,000 Google Scholar citations, including his most recent book, with Ted London, Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid.

He has served as consultant, adviser, or management educator for dozens of corporations and organizations including Dupont, Dow, S. C. Johnson, General Electric, Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry’s, Novelis, Caterpillar, Ingersoll Rand, Facebook, Pepsico, Wal-Mart, the World Economic Forum, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Stuart Hart earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester (General Science), Master's degree from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Environmental Management), and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Planning & Strategy).