We are pleased to introduce our Fellows, who bring a wealth of experience from their work with business leaders and policymakers. Our Fellows engage in Cambridge research projects that bring insight to our business platforms, and make expert contributions to the design and delivery of our new executive education programmes.
Kern Alexander was appointed in 2010 to the Professorial Chair in Law and Finance at the University of Zurich and is Senior Research Fellow in International Financial Regulation at the Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy, University of Cambridge. Kern is a lawyer and economist with a research focus on the regulation of systemic risk in financial markets. He is the author of academic articles and books, including one of the first books critically analysing Basel II and the structured finance markets before the global credit crisis began in 2007. He has authored several commissioned reports for the European Parliament, is a Member of the Expert Panel on Financial Services for the European Parliament and has served in senior public policy advisory roles in the UK Parliament.
Kern is leading a CISL research project sponsored by the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) analysing the Basel Capital Accord’s (also known as ‘Basel III’) impact on lending for clean energy projects. Based on this analysis, the project will produce a report in 2014 explaining the research findings and making recommendations for how Basel III can be modified and/or how optimal financing structures can be devised (e.g. financial innovations with lower risk weights/capital charges) so that banks are treated in a policy-neutral manner with respect to lending to environmentally sustainable projects that help achieve international climate change objectives. His research is also concerned with the macro-prudential economic effects of bank capital regulation on certain areas of sustainable finance.
Dr Nancy Bocken is a passionate academic with a reputation for designing and delivering research that has a real impact on the way businesses operate. She is Lead Researcher at the EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, at the University of Cambridge. She is leading collaborative research projects with Imperial College London and Cranfield University and has been supervising and teaching at CISL, the Cambridge Department of Engineering and Judge Business School. Her main areas of interest are sustainable business models, innovation for sustainability, scaling up sustainable businesses and closing the “idea–action” gap. Interwoven with her academic work, Nancy regularly advises a range of organisations across sectors and continents, such as Unilever, Prudential, Marks and Spencer and Toyota, and various sustainability start-up initiatives. Nancy has held positions in the logistics, banking and consulting sectors. Originally from the Netherlands, she has lived and worked in France, the United Kingdom and the USA. Nancy holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. As a Fellow at CISL, Nancy is involved in supervision and teaching at the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, and the development and delivery of new course content and new specialised and accredited programmes such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains. In 2013 Nancy was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she was lecturing on the Corporate Environmental Strategy course at Yale, while continuing her work on sustainable business models.
Richard Burrett spent over 25 years working in international banking. After an initial period with NatWest, he joined AMRO Bank in 1988, where he gained wide experience of working on structured and project financing in the energy and infrastructure sectors, becoming Managing Director and Global Head of Project Finance in 2001. In this role he was instrumental in the development of the Equator Principles, creating a market recognised standard for the management of environmental and social risk within project financing. He started to work directly on ABN AMRO's award-winning sustainability agenda in 2004, becoming Global Head of Sustainability before leaving the Bank in May 2008. He was Co-Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative from 2010 to 2012 and led their Biodiversity and Ecosystems workstream. He is a Partner at Earth Capital Partners LLP, a sustainability-focused investment group, and a Board Director of the Union Bank of Nigeria PLC; a Board Member of Forest Renewables, developing the renewable energy potential of Scotland's national forest estate, and also a Board Member of Forest Trends, a Washington-based organisation promoting market-based approaches to forest conservation. He holds a BA in German and a MBA from Durham University.
Richard has contributed a chapter to Iveta Cherneva's book: The Business Case for Sustainable Finance. Read more on our Faculty Publications page.
Will is Sustainability Advisor to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO member organisations to pursue the Millennium Development goal for water and sanitation in the poorest parts of the world. He is a member of the Council of Ambassadors of WWF (UK), the Advisory Board of the ICAEW, and the CR Panel of British Land.
Until March 2011, he was Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, the UK government’s independent advisory body. He has been Chairman of the BBC Children in Need Appeal, the largest grant giver for disadvantaged children in the UK, and was an independent assessor for the public appointments process of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). He was a Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) between 2004 and 2009, and UK Commissioner on the Ramphal Commission on Migration and Development in 2010/11. Until October 2012, he was Trustee, and interim Chairman, of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
He spent twenty years working with a range of relief and development NGOs (Save the Children, OXFAM, Opportunity Trust) in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, and most recently was Chief Executive of CARE International UK. He was involved in the establishment of Comic Relief, a fundraising and grant-making organisation, and as its first Grants Director was responsible for setting up its grants programme for Africa.
Dr Nicky Dee is a Research Associate, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. She views innovators and entrepreneurs as a creative force that introduces variety to the economy. From funding mechanisms for new ventures, opportunity screening for eco-innovation, structuring low carbon innovation prizes, and direct input to new ventures, Nicky has focused on the support of new ventures in developed and lesser developed countries. This has included work with Climate KIC, governmental departments, Carbon Trust, Enecsys, European Commission, the University of Cambridge and Colleges, NESTA and others. Not content to just talk about sustainability, Nicky spearheaded the first regular workshops for cleantech entrepreneurs in the East of England, the first business creation competition for sustainable ventures at the University of Cambridge, and founded an award winning sustainable travel business. Nicky has a PhD in environmental technology management from the University of Cambridge and teaches on this and related topics. Nicky’s recent research has examined sustainability from an industrial emergence perspective, with an emphasis on the role of finance. She is currently involved with a pioneering business plan competition in Nigeria that attracted 65,000 entries this year.
As a CISL Fellow, Paul is exploring our capacity to transform the global economy at sufficient speed and scale to keep warming below the agreed 2 degree target. Paul is an independent writer, corporate advisor and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. He has been an activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years and is recognised as an authority on sustainability and business. He has worked with the CEOs and executives of leading companies including globally with Dupont, Diageo, BHP Billiton and Ford. He was CEO of innovative NGOs and companies including Greenpeace International, Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green. He served on the board of many non-profit groups. His book The Great Disruption was published globally and widely acclaimed in the New York Times where Tom Friedman concluded "ignore Gilding at your peril".
Read about Paul's book The Great Disruption on our Faculty Publications page.
Ana's work addresses the political economy of basic rights and the primary institutions of international society such as sovereignty, the market and human rights. At CISL she combines these elements to examine how financial regulation can support human rights through enhanced economic stability and inclusion to underpin resilience and sustainable growth. The relationship between human rights and the global financial system is explored via natural disaster risks and the provision of sufficient resilience to reduce losses of lives, livelihoods and assets to exposed populations.
Ana has direct involvement with international reform processes including: the evolution of financial regulation towards disaster resilience requirements and the role of insurance as an institution of international society, the renewal of the UN Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction, related 2015 UN Development Goals, climate processes and the World Humanitarian Summit 2016.
Ana’s first book Human Rights and World Trade: Hunger in International Society studied the impact that international agricultural trade agreements have on global levels of hunger and how the current system can be improved to protect the right to food enshrined in international legislation. Her second book, International Society & the Middle East, co-edited with Barry Buzan, examined the primary institutions of inter-state relations across the Middle East and how they reflect global norms or exhibit specific regional attributes. Beyond academia, Ana has advised on human rights and trade reform in the Middle East and worked for Bloomberg as an editor, producer and news anchor.
As a CISL Fellow, Carlos explores in theory and practice what it means to engage in responsible investment. He is the architect and prime mover of the Investment Leaders Group, established with the vision and support of Natixis Asset Management and CISL in association with 11 other major institutional asset owners and managers.
Carlos is an investor with over 20 years’ experience experimenting and applying environmental and social criteria in portfolio management. He was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Natixis Asset Management and designed the Natixis Impact Fund—Climate Change. He is also a co-founder and was Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative and its Asset Management Working Group for over 10 years. He Co-Chaired the Expert Group that drafted the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and also served on the Commission d´Investissement Socialement Responsable of Paris Europlace-Euronext, and advised the Fonds de Reserve de France on SRI manager selection.
Carlos has taught at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Toulouse as Visiting Professor of Finance and Sustainable Development. He has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Kellogg Business School, Haute Ecole de Commerce, Université de Paris-Dauphine, and the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He has an A.M. in Philosophy from Harvard University, where he was lucky enough to learn ethics from John Rawls, philosophy of science from Hilary Putnam, and logic from Willard Quine.
Tony is an independent sustainability and environment advisor, including as Special Advisor with the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit and as President of Society for the Environment. He is a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group that advises international companies. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix's Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly. His best-seller, What has Nature ever done for us? was published in January 2013. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation's executive director from 2003–2008 and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000–2008. Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). Tony acts as an expert member of Faculty across many of CISL’s programmes.
Read about Tony's books What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? and (with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly): Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World on our Faculty Publications page.
Dr Jenny Pope is Director of the Western Australian consultancy firm Integral Sustainability, which provides consultancy services to Government and industry on the integration of sustainability concepts into decision-making processes, with a focus on delivering positive sustainability outcomes from major projects. A chemical engineer by training, Jenny’s practice builds upon her practical early career experience in industrial and corporate environmental management, particularly in the wastewater and the oil industries, in Australia and internationally. In 2007 she was awarded her PhD from Murdoch University for her research into the evolution of processes for the sustainability assessment of complex and strategic projects, and she is now recognised internationally as a leader in the field of sustainability assessment. Jenny continues to combine her consultancy practice with academic roles. She has been a tutor on CISL’s Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership since its inception in 2010, and currently also holds positions at North West University in South Africa where she contributes to a Master’s programme in environmental management, and Curtin University in Western Australia. Her current areas of research interest include strategic-level planning and assessment; social impact assessment and management; corporate social responsibility and the contribution of the resource sector to sustainable development; systems and resilience-based approaches to sustainability planning and assessment; and participatory sustainability.
As a CISL Fellow, Paul will examine how sustainability issues are, or could be, considered within the regulatory framework for financial services, with particular reference to capital adequacy and investment activities.
Paul was Head of Corporate Responsibility at RSA, a leading general insurer providing products and services in around 140 countries until 2012. His role involved the implementation of corporate responsibility strategy covering environmental and community issues as well as legal compliance. He managed the work that saw RSA become the UK’s first carbon neutral insurer in 2006 and undertook the world’s first carbon footprint of an insurance policy. He also championed the development of new services with sustainability attributes and worked with WWF to further sustainability issues into employee pension funds.
In 2010 Paul was elected to the role of Vice Chairman of IEMA, an organisation for environmental professionals with over 15,000 members. Paul’s PhD focused on modelling heavy metal contamination in the Tyne Estuary, following which he worked in a number of environmental consultancies prior to joining RSA.
Read about Paul's book (with Nick Coad): Leading Innovation on our Faculty Publications page.
David is an independent adviser on the social and environmental impacts of business. He joined BP in 1979 as a research geophysicist and in his 27 years there held positions as an exploration and production geophysicist, Head of Basin Modelling, Head of Geoscience Training, Exploration Manager in China, commercial analyst, strategic planner, and political adviser. In 1998 he was appointed Director, Policy Unit, and Chief of Staff for global Government and Public Affairs, and the BP Group Policy Adviser on Development Issues. He instigated for BP a number of relationships with NGOs and helped develop and implement policies with respect to climate change, human rights, indigenous people, HIV, social investment, and more. He was an initiator of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights for the oil, gas and mining industry. Since leaving BP in 2006, David has worked with companies, NGOs and academics on social and environmental issues. He is Chairman of the Azerbaijan Social Review Commission, an independent body funded by BP which includes leading Azerbaijani NGOs and international human rights lawyers, established to monitor the social impacts of BP’s oil and gas activities in Azerbaijan.
Dr Farzad Saidi is a financial economist, with research centred on the real effects of financial markets in various contexts: financial development (also in developing countries), labour markets (and organisational economics) as well as mergers and acquisitions. Farzad joined Cambridge Judge Business School in 2013, and has experience in the private sector with top management consultancies, investment banks and as an entrepreneur.
Farzad's research is inspired by the links he has developed between development economics and financial systems. Within academia, he tries to strike an interdisciplinary balance between the analytical tools of (theoretical, empirical and experimental) economics and the vast range of social sciences that contribute to understanding the global nexus of development issues. Farzad views his contribution to CISL'sInvestment Leaders Group (ILG) as stemming chiefly from his research background and his experience in the financial sector. First, his broad methodological training allows him to flexibly adjust to the sustainability-specific context of the analysis conducted by the ILG. Second, in order to put theoretical ideas that are to be developed in the group to test, he firmly believes this requires an adequate empirical setup. By means of his experience with financial institutions, he hopes to be able to negotiate for data provision efforts on the part of the ILG members that will provide the group with a crucial empirical backdrop that allows it to conduct a highly innovative analysis of how responsible investment creates value in the real economy.
James's 20 year career has been in mergers & acquisitions, finance, corporate strategy and management consulting, with a focus towards environment / sustainability commercial risk and opportunity. James is currently a Partner at the sustainable infrastructure and private equity asset manager, Earth Capital Partners LLP (ECP), which focuses on investment in renewable energy, clean technology and forestry.
Prior to ECP, James was Global Head of Sustainable Business at Standard Chartered plc (FTSE15 international bank), responsible for the sustainable business strategy, including the launch of new products and revenue lines; environment / sustainability risk management (credit & reputation / brand); and Government relations. Previously, James was Head of KPMG's UK Sustainability Consulting Practice and earlier, KPMG's Environment Transaction Services (M&A), where he led a business advising a range of corporate, public sector, private equity and IPO clients. James began his career as an environmental engineer in 1992, working at RPS plc and Parkman Ltd.
James is an adviser to the CEO-led soft commodity collaboration between the Banking Environment Initiative (BEI) and Consumer Goods Forum (CGF); Non-Executive Board member of Gold Standard (carbon credit issuance and standards body); member of the BBC's independent Sustainability Advisory Board and the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance (UKSIF) Leadership Committee.
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