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Dr Jake Reynolds Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Dr Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Jake is responsible for our collaborations with business, government and financial institutions to build a sustainable economy, and is architect of CISL’s 10-year vision, Rewiring the Economy.


Jake previously led the Sustainable Development Commission’s team on wellbeing where he was a senior adviser on education, health and transport to the UK Government, nominated for Civil Service Awards in 2009 and 2010. Prior to this he worked with CISL’s predecessor organisation to refocus its work on sustainability, drawing on a background in conservation and development with the UN and others in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda. This built on a track record of engineering research at the University of Oxford and short spells in the private sector. Jake is a member of the Expert Panel for The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the journal Nature Sustainability, is a Governor of a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire, and is Chairman of a start-up serving the needs of low-income customers in Northern Uganda.

"It’s easy to get wrapped up in sustainability, ricocheting from report to event. Stepping off the escalator every so often reminds me what it’s all for: a family switching on renewable power for the first time, a fragment of forest spared destruction, a child tasting food they have grown themselves.

Then it’s back to work!"