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Dr Jake Reynolds,  Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Jake Reynolds

Jake is responsible for CISL’s leadership groups which exist to trigger change towards a sustainable economy. As the architect of CISL’s Rewiring the Economy plan, his team delivers strategic collaborations of business, government and financial institutions designed to put solutions to sustainability problems into practice with partners and peers. Jake also oversees CISL’s research activities, notably The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.

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 Jake 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, and spells in engineering research and the private sector.


 

Kajetan Czyz, Programme Director, Sustainable Finance

Kajetan Czyz 160x200Kajetan Czyz has a background in financial risk modelling, index design, corporate and policy engagement and has expertise in the energy sector transition. Most recently, he headed the Climate Aggregation Platform (a project with UNDP), green bond market development in India and the Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition at the Climate Bonds Initiative.

 

 

 


 

Helen Ford, Programme Director, Business Insight

Helen FordHelen works within the Natural Capital Impact Group, bringing together influential companies with a global reach to address their dependencies and impacts on natural capital and enable companies to translate this into a tangible business context.

Helen has 20 years’ experience in the branded goods industry, including 9 years living and working in Hong Kong. She held senior sourcing, operations and sustainability roles at Pentland Brands plc (including Global Head of Corporate Responsibility), Li and Fung Ltd and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry.


 

Dr Martin Porter Executive Chair, CISL Brussels

Martin Porter 160x200Martin joined CISL from the European Climate Foundation, where he was working as Europe Group Co-ordinator. He has also led their Industry and Innovation programme and has a long track record of working on industry, environment and sustainability issues prior to taking up that role in 2015. He is also an expert advisor to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 on climate and resource issues, a representative on the Economic and Social Committee’s Commission on Industrial Change, a member of UCL’s European Institute Advisory Board and a member of the advisory board to the Sustainable Biomass Programme.


 

Dr Nina Seega, Research Director for Sustainable Finance

Nina SeegaDr Nina Seega is a Research Director for Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is an expert in the use of risk management tools to address environmental sources of risk in the financial sector. Since 2016 she has co-led the CISL team serving as Knowledge Partner for the risk analysis track of the G20 Green Finance Study Group. Previously, Nina was the Head of the London Traded Products Desk for Dresdner Kleinwort, where she was responsible for credit risk management of traded products.

 


 

Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy; Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

Eliot Whittington

Eliot leads CISL’s team that bridges between business and policy makers to bring about a more sustainable economy. He is the current Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, which brings together businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change, and of the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.

Eliot’s work has a strong focus on climate change, but he also helps drive action on the circular economy, plastics and issues around the social and justice implications of economic change. He represents the Corporate Leaders Group on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition and has been responsible for CISL work that has included collaborations with the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, a number of European governments and a wide range of senior business stakeholders


The team

Dr Annela  Anger-Kraavi, Senior Research Associate

Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi, Senior Research Associate

  • Annela is a macroeconomist who enjoys working closely with industry, policymakers and environmental campaigners as well as with scientists from other disciplines.

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Rachel  Austin, Project Manager

Rachel Austin, Project Manager

  • Rachel joined CISL’s Sustainable Finance Team in October 2017 primarily to support the ClimateWise platform.

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Beverley Cornaby, Programme Manager

Beverley Cornaby, Programme Manager

  • Beverley is a Programme Manager in the Policy Team at CISL. She supports the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and leads CISL’s programme of work with clients who are looking at the issue of packaging sustainability and resource efficiency.

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Aurore  Cupers, Project Co-ordinator

Aurore Cupers, Project Co-ordinator

  • Aurore joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in May 2017 as Project Coordinator for the EU Office.

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Faty  Dembele, Senior Programme Manager

Faty Dembele, Senior Programme Manager

  • Faty Dembele is Senior Programme Manager for the Investment Leaders Initiative at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She joined CISL in August 2018, having previously spent three years at Morgan Stanley as an analyst in the Equity Research team, with a focus on sustainability.

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Emma  Jillings, Project Co-ordinator

Emma Jillings, Project Co-ordinator

  • Emma joined CISL in September 2018 primarily to support the ClimateWise team. Before this she spent 9 months as an intern with Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, a medical volunteering charity working towards achieving the health related sustainable development goals. In this role she gained experience in project management, communications and events, and monitoring and evaluating work.

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Serena Liuni, Project Manager

Serena Liuni, Project Manager

  • Serena 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.

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Dr Sanna Markkanen, Research Associate

Dr Sanna Markkanen, Research Associate

  • Sanna Markkanen is a Research Associate working on climate policy and financing sustainable infrastructure.

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John Pharoah, Project Manager, Business Insight

John Pharoah, Project Manager, Business Insight

  • John works within the Natural Capital Impact Group which convenes global companies wishing to better understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. This currently includes research on the interconnected declines in quantity and quality of soil, water and biodiversity, at the landscape level.

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Dr  Judith  Plummer Braeckman

Dr Judith Plummer Braeckman

  • For the majority of her career, Judith has worked on large infrastructure and engineering projects in developing countries with the aim of bringing sustainable improvements in living standards and reductions in poverty. Judith's principal area of expertise is in the structuring, financing and economic development of infrastructure utilities and projects. She was jointly responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for re-engagement of the World Bank in the construction of large water infrastructure.

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Annabelle  Roblin, Project Co-ordinator

Annabelle Roblin, Project Co-ordinator

  • Annabelle has experience in climate advocacy with responsibilities in project and event management, communications, policy evaluation and consultancy.

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Cath Tayleur, Programme Manager, Natural Capital

Cath Tayleur, Programme Manager, Natural Capital

  • Cath is a Programme Manager in the Natural Capital team, with a focus on projects related to biodiversity and pollinators.

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Liam Walsh, Programme Manager, Natural Capital

Liam Walsh, Programme Manager, Natural Capital

  • Liam Walsh joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in October 2017 and works within the Natural Capital Impact Group that brings together influential companies to address their dependencies and impacts on natural capital.

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Ursula  Woodburn, Senior Programme Manager

Ursula Woodburn, Senior Programme Manager

  • Ursula Woodburn is a Senior Programme Manager and manages the Brussels office. Her role will be to drive further corporate engagement on the long-term climate strategy and building a sustainable European economy. She will be supporting The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, the We Mean Business EU Policy Group and the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.

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Candice  Worsteling, Project Co-ordinator, Business Insight

Candice Worsteling, Project Co-ordinator, Business Insight

  • Candice joined CISL as a Project Coordinator within the Natural Capital team in October 2018.

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