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Anakarina Perez

Anakarina Pérez Oropeza, Global Engagement Manager, Forest Stewardship Council International (FSC)

FSC is a not-for-profit, membership organisation that promotes sustainable management of the world’s forests through certification. Anakarina is responsible for raising FSC’s profile at international high-level events and initiatives, including business and policy forums. Before moving to Germany in 2010 to work for FSC, Anakarina was responsible for the International Communications area at the Venezuelan American Friendship Association (AVAA). Anakarina has experience working with international and multi-stakeholder processes related to forests, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, development and climate change. She is Venezuelan and received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with honours from the Central University of Venezuela. Additionally, she was awarded the Certificate in International Relations, Diplomacy and Communications from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and German. 

Why did you choose to study for the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)?

Coming from a policy and NGO background, I wanted to internalize and study more in depth the role that businesses play the in a sustainability context.  Moreover, I wanted to examine the most pressing global sustainability challenges from a broader perspective in order to better understand the role of stakeholder collaboration in driving positive change.

What role have you been undertaking in your company recently? How does this connect to the sustainability agenda?

I have dedicated the last five years in Bonn working for FSC to develop and manage the area of Outreach & Events, in which I travelled to more than twenty countries to advocate for responsible forestry, coordinating FSC’s presence at international conferences and multi-stakeholder processes related to sustainability, such as Rio+20 and already five UN Climate Change Conferences.

How do you think the PG Cert assists your work?

Apart from innovating in areas linked to my current job thanks to my assignments, I am now influencing and helping colleagues to implement concepts, including value chain analysis in areas of strategic development. With the knowledge I have gained through PCSVC, I feel more empowered and motivated than ever to take action and to contribute towards creating spaces of sharing and innovation.

What have you found to be the most valuable aspect of the PG Cert?

The format and high-quality of the workshops, together with the possibility to work and study in parallel – mixing theory and practice – is quite unique.

What impressed you about the Cambridge PG Cert as opposed to other courses on offer elsewhere?

The high-profile group of participants – including tutors, programme team, students and world-known lecturers, who make possible the opportunity to be part of a “yes we can” world where all ideas are valid as long they are well argued; and where solutions are not given, but are the result of our collective constructions.


 

Heather TrueloveHeather Grant, Responsible Business Strategy & Reporting team, Lloyds Banking Group

Heather's primary responsibility is to support the development of the Group’s Responsible Business Strategy through internal and external stakeholder engagement, and analysis of the broad societal impacts of the Group’s products, services and programmes. Prior to her current role, Heather spent two years in environmental sustainability at Lloyds Banking Group where her main focus was on training Commercial Relationship Managers to understand the risks and opportunities associated with a move to a low carbon, resource constrained economy, as well as supporting the development of business unit sustainability strategies. Heather is Co-Chair of the Group’s Sustainability Network which is a colleague-led body of 1,000 individuals aimed at empowering them to take action to address environmental inefficiencies. After completing the University of Cambridge’s Climate Leadership Programme in 2010, Heather went on to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains in 2014. She also holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Information Systems and Technology from City University, London.

Why did you choose to study for the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)?

I was keen to develop a more holistic understanding of the risks and opportunities that exist for businesses across their entire value chain. I know that this is an area that organisations are increasingly taking interest in, partly due to high profile headlines relating to incidents in their supply chain.  Lloyds Banking Group has been developing a ‘responsible sourcing’ programme and I was keen to help shape this programme to ensure maximum gain for the organisation and those in our value chain. 

What role have you been undertaking in your company recently? How does this connect to the sustainability agenda?

I am responsible for helping to shape the broad responsible business agenda for Lloyds Banking Group which focuses on households, businesses and communities, and also for engaging with our stakeholders to gain their insight into how best we can meet their needs to help rebuild trust in our organisation and sector. Our view is that our organisation will not be ‘sustainable’, in the broadest sense of the word, if we don’t contribute to UK society in a positive way across economic, social and environmental outcomes, so Lloyds Banking Group has defined its purpose as ‘helping Britain to prosper’. One part of my role is to help the organisation measure and articulate, in a clear and transparent way, how we do this currently and how we will commit to doing this for the long term. 

How do you think the PG Cert assists your work?

The PG Cert has given me a truly broad understanding of the challenges associated with the increasingly complex value chains that exist in businesses today due to globalisation. Businesses are no longer run in the way they used to be and it is important to understand who is involved in the value chain of a business, and in what way could they support or damage the end beneficiary business. Having access to a wide range of speakers across different sectors on the course gave me an invaluable insight into some of the similar challenges faced by businesses, but also some of the more specific challenges that different sectors face. As a Retail and Commercial bank, Lloyds Banking Group supports many different types of businesses from micro to global corporates and it is important that we are aware of the challenges for our customers, but also the opportunities that exist to grow their business.   The course has also enabled me to engage our Group Sourcing division as we work to improve the sustainability of our supply chain through a ‘responsible sourcing’ programme. 

What have you found to be the most valuable aspect of the PG Cert?

Due to the large number of speakers on the course and the other participants, I have built up a great network of contacts in different organisations, sectors, and countries across the globe who all have an interest in working together to drive towards a society with more sustainable value chains. Hearing from the experts in a number of sustainability and supply chain related fields was truly inspiring and has given me a great footing to be able to help create real change within my organisation.

What impressed you about the Cambridge PG Cert as opposed to other courses on offer elsewhere?

I was looking for a course that was specifically focusing on supply / value chains as have attended broad sustainability courses before so this one was the perfect fit. I wasn’t disappointed!

 


Caroline RuterCaroline Rüter, sustainability manager with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Caroline Rüter is a highly motivated sustainability professional with background in management consulting and expertise in strategic business development and sustainability. In her current role, Caroline is focusing on supply chain sustainability. This role entails working with GSK’s procurement department and suppliers to find innovative ways to decrease environmental impacts across the supply chain. 

Caroline has experience from working with companies in a broad range of industries and sectors – including developing a sustainability strategy for a European hub airport, conducting value chain carbon footprinting for a global retail company and developing a sustainability reporting solution for a mining company. Caroline’s academic background includes a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Industrial Engineering and Management from Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden) and an exchange programme at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). At her spare time, Caroline enjoys exploring the world and is very fond of scuba diving in exotic places.

Why did you choose to study for the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)?

The key reasons why I choose to study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) were to deepen my knowledge within sustainability and to connect with fellow sustainability professionals to get inspiration and gain new perspectives. 

In my current role as a supply chain sustainability manger at GSK, I focus on reducing environmental impacts in GSK’s supply chain. When I initially read the course synopsis I immediately felt that the PCSVC programme was highly relevant to what I do and covered many of my key priorities. GSK is taking a value chain perspective to sustainability, which makes the sustainable value chains course relevant as it goes beyond the boundaries of own operations and provides a broader view on sustainability, including the importance of cross-functional integration. 

What role have you been undertaking in your company recently? How
does this connect to the sustainability agenda?

I am currently a supply chain sustainability manager at GSK and my key priority is to decrease the environmental burden in GSK’s supply chain, including reducing the scope 3 carbon footprint, decreasing the supply chain water impact and working with suppliers to ensure resources are being used in an efficient way. 

How do you think the PG Cert assists your work?

The PCSVC programme has helped me to broaden my view and gain inspiration on how I can accelerate my current work and future career within sustainability. As the course takes a value chain perspective on sustainability, it entails much more than just operations and ‘business as usual’; it emphasises on business benefits of resilient and sustainable value chains and how to persuade others to take action. In addition, this course inspires you to make a difference within your company by providing guidance on stakeholder engagement, change management and leadership.

What have you found to be the most valuable aspect of the PG Cert?

The most valuable aspect has certainly been the opportunity to participate in the workshops and listen to and network with other sustainability professionals. 

What impressed you about the Cambridge PG Cert as opposed to other courses on offer elsewhere?

I have been very impressed with the commitment and capabilities of speakers, tutors and fellow participants. The workshop contributors included many high-profile academic and business practitioners delivering high-quality, interesting and engaging presentations. Furthermore, the atmosphere of Madingley Hall and Clare College in Cambridge was absolutely astonishing and it was an honour to get the chance of experiencing this as part of the programme. 

 

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