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Dr Jake Reynolds Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Dr Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Jake leads our efforts with business, government and finance leaders to build a sustainable economy. Architect of the Rewiring the Economy plan, he is responsible for CISL’s business platforms enabling leaders to find system-level solutions to sustainability problems, and put them into practice with partners and peers.


Jake previously led the Sustainable Development Commission’s team on wellbeing where he was a senior adviser on education, health and transport and nominated for Civil Service Awards in 2009 and 2010. Prior to this he worked with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Director to refocus its work on sustainability leadership, 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, a Governor of a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire, sits on the Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Board of Sarasin & Partners LLP, 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!"