Our people

Find out about the people who work within the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership at Victoria Business School.

Professor Karin Lasthuizen

Professor Karin Lasthuizen is the inaugural Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership and is highly regarded in Europe for her research and consultancy work in ethical leadership and ethics management in the public sector, as well as her innovative research in the methodology of organisational unethical behaviours. She has held numerous senior research and policy positions, and most recently was an Associate Professor in Leadership and Ethics Management at VU University Amsterdam.

Karin grew up in the Netherlands and studied at the Radboud University of Nijmegen where she obtained her MSc in Political Science. In 2001, she joined the VU University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, to achieve her PhD in Social Sciences in 2008 with the dissertation Leading to Integrity on leadership and integrity violations within the police. In 2011 she was awarded the VU/FSW Jenny Gierveld Fellowship for talented female scholars.

Before moving to Wellington, Karin also worked part time as a City Councillor for the Dutch Labour party (PvdA) in her home city, Arnhem.

The Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership sits naturally amongst other Professorial Chairs within Victoria Business School who lead research on important contemporary issues and strengthen the Business School’s capabilities in training, researching and supporting stakeholders.

The Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership aims to improve ethical practices in business, government and community organisations.

There are also several visiting and adjunct positions within the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership.