Jake is CISL’s Director of Business Platforms. In this role he is responsible for enabling business leaders to identify system-level solutions to sustainability problems. Previously Jake was Head of Well-being at the Sustainable Development Commission, leading change in public policy in the education, health and transport fields. He was nominated for Civil Service Awards in 2009 and 2010. Prior to that Jake helped to refocus CISL’s work on sustainability leadership, building on seven years’ experience in conservation and development with UNEP and others in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda. This built on a track record of research at the University of Oxford and University of Sussex. Jake is a Governor of Impington Village College, a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire, and sits on the Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Board of Sarasin & Partners LLP.
Nicolette Bartlett currently leads development of the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action (CLN), an international network of business leadership groups focused on triggering the shift to low carbon, climate-resilient economies. During the last two and a half years at CISL, she has managed The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and has played a key role in their international initiatives, the Communiqués on climate change, which are seen by many as the definitive statements from the international progressive business community in advance of the UN climate change negotiations. Prior to working at CISL, Nicolette worked at a London-based recycling consultancy and was a consultant for one of the leading executive coaching and leadership consultancies in Europe. She holds a BSc (Natural Sciences) and an MSc in Human Ecology.
Cécile joined CISL in October 2010. She works on The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG) and also supports the Director of the EU office on various CISL programmes. She has previously worked at the European Climate Foundation’s Energy Strategy Center and for the Public Affairs department of Ferrero. Cécile holds a Master's in Public Law and Political Sciences from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
Mara Caboara's role includes managing programmes in the pharmaceutical, biofuels, waste and health sectors. She joined CISL in 2012 to help set up and manage collaboratories between industry, governments and academic institutions. Mara is a lawyer by training, specialising in EU and international environmental law. She has worked for more than ten years for the European Commission and the European Chemical Industry Association, where she headed the international affairs department, and later the chemical industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) signature programme, Responsible Care. She is based in CISL's EU office.
Gemma has worked on various sustainability issues with a range of stakeholders from international organisations, financial institutions, NGOs to academics. Before CISL she was the Lead Scientist at Global Footprint Network spear-heading the development of their Geneva office, engaging with clients and delivering projects. She holds a PhD on Carbon and Ecological Footprints and a Master's in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bath.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the Director of CISL's EU office in Brussels and The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group, and is a faculty member of our Executive Programmes. Sandrine is an international expert with over 25 years' experience in environmental, sustainability, climate, and energy policy and implementation, She ran the EMEA office of a leading energy consultancy and has been the personal advisor to major chemical and energy companies, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and international organisations including OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, and USAID. She sits on the advisory board of a large African oil company, is the Vice Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform, a member of the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board, and a member of CISL’s Right Value for Externalities Advisory Committee.
Read an article by Sandrine for the Guardian Professional Network: 'Concentrating on building efficiency is Europe’s new climate-change mantra'.
Rosie joined CISL in October 2013 as a Project Co-ordinator in the Business Platforms team. Her work is split between ClimateWise, the Banking Environment Initiative and the Investment Leaders Group. Before joining CISL, Rosie worked for the Welsh Assembly Government and as Events Officer for the Wales Community Recycling Network. She has also worked as a proofreader and English teacher, and has spent time in Egypt writing, editing and teaching within the garbage collector community in Cairo.
Serena joined the CISL Business Platforms team in September 2012 as a Project Co-ordinator for the EU Office. She gained broad international experience both in the public- and private-sector working as a project officer for interdisciplinary European projects within multicultural teams, focusing on the implementation of EU regional policies, Structural Funds management, institutional and capacity building, local, rural and sustainable development. Serena worked for the DG AGRI (EC) European Network for Rural Development in Brussels, and as a research assistant for the Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Economic Development in Rome. She holds an MPhil in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, and a postgraduate specialisation in local development projects evaluation from the Economics and Finance Ministry School in Rome. Serena is an Italian native speaker, proficient in English and French, and currently learning Spanish.
Paul joined CISL in 2007, and specialises in communications and project management. Prior to CISL he worked in the corporate sector (retail and fuel industries), and has a background studying and working in marketing. With CISL, much of his time has been involved with a number of global initiatives established by The Prince of Wales. In over 5 years working with businesses on sustainability challenges, Paul has gained experience across a wide range of themes and sectors, and is currently managing projects within CISL's major Natural Capital Leaders Platform and ClimateWise insurance industry initiatives.
Olivia joined CISL in February 2014 as a Project Co-ordinator in the Business Platforms team. She works on The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action, and also supports the work of the EU office. Prior to joining CISL, Olivia worked as an ecologist, working on environmental impact assessments, survey logistics and data management. She has worked on conservation projects around the world – in Honduras, Brazil, Indonesia and New Zealand, as well as local conservation NGOs in the UK. Olivia gained experience of international policy issues while working as an Assistant in the Protected Areas Programme at UNEP-WCMC. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from the University of Cambridge, as well as a BA (Joint Hons.) in French and Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Olivia is fluent in Dutch, French and English, and has working proficiency in Italian, Spanish, German and Portuguese.
John joined CISL in October 2012 as a Project Manager working on the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. Prior to CISL, John has project managed in a range of sectors with significant experience in the transport industry. John has experience of managing complex transport modelling projects for a range of clients both in the UK and overseas. Whilst working in the railway sector, he contributed to several passenger and railfreight strategies to achieve modal shift away from the UK road network. John holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds and recently completed an MSc in International Logistics.
Fiona joined CISL in November 2011 as part of the Climate Team working on the UK Corporate Leaders Group. Before joining CISL Fiona worked as a Climate Change Officer in the public sector. Prior to this she worked for three environmental charities as a fundraiser, securing over £6million for projects in the UK and internationally. Fiona holds an MSc in botanical surveying from Reading University and a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Geography from the University of Keele.
Martin is Director of the University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform, a global business initiative. His work at CISL has also supported the global tourism industry and mining sector in their responds to the challenges of climate change and the depletion of natural resources. He is a member of the UK Government’s Ecosystem Market Task Force and has extensive practical experience of working in the fields of water management, food security, agriculture and natural resource management. Over a diverse career he has gained an understanding of sustainability strategies through his practical engagement with global business, government and civil society organisations in the UK and in several countries in Sub Saharan Africa. He holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Imperial College London.
Helen Spence-Jackson joined CISL in April 2012 as a Programme Adviser in the EU office (based in Brussels). She manages the Atlas Schools project and the Professional Services Sustainability Initiative. In addition, Helen works with colleagues in Brussels on The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group. Helen’s background is in EU affairs, local and regional government policy, climate change and sustainability issues. She has over ten years’ experience of working in Brussels for a variety of organisations, lobbying the European Commission and working with MEPs. Most recently Helen worked for the Local Government Association (LGA) for England and Wales, where she managed the Brussels team and was responsible for leading the energy, climate change and sustainability policy portfolios. Helen holds an MSc in European & International Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
Katharine is experienced in incentivising environmental governance and decision making, facilitating multi-stakeholder processes. She joined CISL in 2011 and within the finance sector team has been taking a value systems approach to addressing issues of climate change and resource management. She has particular responsibility for the secretariat of ClimateWise, the global insurance group, ensuring that it achieves strategic impact through audited business standards, regional partnerships, effective communications and collaborations. These include focus on rural resilience, sustainable investment and reducing the environmental impact of supply chains. She also leads a collaboration for the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. She has spent the majority of her career working for the UK Government within the Departments of Energy and Climate Change, International Development and Environment and Rural Affairs. She is a social and political scientist with a Master's in International Natural Resource Management.
Hannah joined CISL in April 2014 as a Project Manager in the Natural Capital Leaders Platform. Prior to CISL, Hannah managed the Green Impact Project at the University of Kent to implement environmental practices and subsequent behaviour change. Hannah gained hands-on experience in a number of projects that explored links between natural resource use, development and education; she interned for WWF Madagascar on a Holistic Conservation programme as well as for an agroforestry project in Peru. Recognising that resource management and business opportunities are two areas which are increasingly important in today’s globalised world, Hannah is keen to work with business to better manage their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. Hannah holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southampton and recently completed an MSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security from the University of East Anglia.
Anaïs joined CISL in March 2014 as PA to the Director of the EU Office. Before working for CISL, she spent four years working in the Customer Service Department of two multinational companies based in Dublin and on her return to Belgium, worked for a recruitment agency. She holds a diploma in Law and a degree in Communication from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve.
Andrew joined CISL in 2008 to lead work driving collaboration, learning and change to build a financial system that values a sustainable future. The Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) supports ten of the world’s largest banks from China, Europe, Japan and the United States that were convened by their CEOs to direct capital towards environmentally sustainable economic development. Andrew leads collaborations between bankers and groups of corporates to pioneer the alignment of banking services with client needs on clean energy, soft commodity production and trade finance. Since its inception, Andrew has played a leading role supporting the ClimateWise group of insurance companies seeking to drive action on climate change risk. Prior to CISL, Andrew worked at the UK Government Department for Business and the insurer RSA. He holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development and a Bachelors in Geography from the University of Oxford.
Eliot Whittington is the Director of The Prince of Wales’s UK Corporate Leaders Group (UK CLG) – which brings together UK businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change. He has worked for a number of years in policy and campaigning for UK development charities, including providing climate change policy analysis for Save the Children UK and Christian Aid. Before this he was Christian Aid's Senior UK Political Relations Adviser, leading lobbying work with parliamentarians and political parties, and has also worked on campaigning with the World Development Movement and with Oxfam GB. During his career he has written a number of significant policy reports on subjects such as biofuels and carbon trading, lobbied ministers and officials, worked with parliamentarians to change legislation, organised campaign events that have gained local, national and international media attention and spent some time coordinating a major national campaign in Ethiopia.
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