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As one of the original business ethics pioneers, Joan Dubinsky offers a unique perspective on international business practices, informed by 35 years experience in ethics, compliance, and responsible business conduct. She is a leader in the global business ethics movement, having served as the Chief Ethics Officer for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, BAE Systems, Inc., and the American Red Cross. Between 2016 and 2020, Ms. Dubinsky served as the first Independent Ethics Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Ms. Dubinsky is a Lecturer at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; a Lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; a Center Fellow with the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, Gies School of Business, University of Illinois; and a Fellow with the Rutland Institute for Ethics, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. For over 20 years, Joan has served as a Kallman Executive Fellow with the Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts. 

With Alan Richter, PhD., Ms. Dubinsky co-authored Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks (2008, 2015, and 2020 editions). She was a contributing author to the ECOA’s Ethics and Compliance Handbook, documenting best practices in the field of corporate compliance. Ms. Dubinsky led the Conference Board’s Research Working Group on Working at the Intersection of Human Resources, Ethics & Compliance. Her work in ethics training was prominently featured in Ethics Matters: How to Implement Values-Driven Management, by Dawn-Marie Driscoll and W. Michael Hoffman (2000).  Her work on investigations was highlighted in Blackwell’s Companion to Business Ethics, ed. by Robert Fredericks (1999). A Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Dubinsky received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree in Religious Philosophy from the Residential College, University of Michigan.

Ms. Dubinsky consults with organizations eager to maintain an ethical organizational culture amidst their diverse and complex operations. Her consulting portfolio includes governance, organizational culture, ethical leadership, program evaluation, provision of confidential advice, addressing interpersonal misconduct, safeguarding vulnerable populations, retaliation protection and prevention, whistleblowing, asset and interest disclosure systems, and ethical risk assessment.  She has worked with organizations in designing and implementing their strategic frameworks to promote ethics, integrity, and compliance.  

Areas of Interest
  • Ethical leadership; organizational culture; ethical decision making; ethical & reputational risk management; ethics in international organizations