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Our Director and CEO, Clare Shine

Clare Shine Director CISLClare Shine was appointed Director and CEO of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in April 2021. She joins CISL after nine years as Vice President and Chief Program Officer at Salzburg Global Seminar, an international non-profit founded in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a creative, just and sustainable world.

At Salzburg Global, Clare was responsible for strategy, design, execution and impact of multi-year programs, partnerships and networks. She focused the program portfolio on systems transformation and embedded the Sustainable Development Goals across all activities, working with diverse intergenerational teams and Fellows from nearly 180 countries. Under her leadership, Salzburg Global built collaborative alliances linking research, policy, business and entrepreneurial practice and launched a series of cross-border networks for bottom-up innovation.

Clare has over 30 years’ experience at the nexus of sustainable development, organisational change and culture. From 1990-2011, she worked from Paris as an independent environmental lawyer and policy adviser for intergovernmental bodies, governments, business and NGOs, focusing on biodiversity, climate change, coastal and marine systems, public health, governance, trade, equity and rights, and conflict transformation. She played an influential role in the evolution of regional and global policy frameworks and led multi-sector capacity-building around the world.

Clare is a UK-qualified barrister, an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas, and a professional facilitator and mediator. She began her career in industry, working in the media and publishing sector. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University, UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.