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Senior Associates

Our Senior Associates bring a wealth of practical insight to CISL from their own experience in business, government and civil society. We invite these senior practitioners to advise on our strategic direction and to contribute to the delivery of our executive programmes and leadership groups.

 

Michael  Pelken , Senior Associate

Michael Pelken , Senior Associate

  • Michael Pelken is an experienced registered architect and innovator with a consistent 20 year track record of award winning and patented developments in design, architecture, and engineering. He has extensive experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large scale architectural structures and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and China.

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Russell  Picot, Senior Associate

Russell Picot, Senior Associate

  • Russell Picot is Chair of the Trustee board of the HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Fund and a Director of LifeSight, Willis Towers Watson’s UK DC Master Trust Board where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Professor Edgar Pieterse, Senior Associate

Professor Edgar Pieterse, Senior Associate

  • Edgar is holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, all at the University of Cape Town.

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Mashudu Ramano, Senior Associate

Mashudu Ramano, Senior Associate

  • Mashudu Ramano is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Mitochondria Energy Company. Mashudu is an entrepreneur in transition to sustainable entrepreneurship, an aspirant futurist and an adherent, advocate, agent, promoter and student of sustainability, symbiotic existence and transdisciplinary studies and director of companies with extensive experience in listed and unlisted companies in South Africa.

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Kate Raworth, Senior Associate

Kate Raworth, Senior Associate

  • Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the twenty-first century. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she is a Senior Visiting Research Associate, and she is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Mat Roberts, Senior Associate

Mat Roberts, Senior Associate

  • Mat is the CEO of the Shetland Amenity Trust, which aims to protect and enhance the natural heritage and culture of Shetland. Previously he was Interserve PLC’s Group Director of Sustainability Strategy. He leads on the development of the Interserve SustainAbilities Plan with a specific focus on the social and natural capital.

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Chris Rose, Senior Associate

Chris Rose, Senior Associate

  • Chris Rose is a Director of Campaign Strategy Ltd, a communications consultancy working for public sector, NGO and private sector clients. These have included the Home Office, Cabinet Office, DEFRA, National Trust, UNICEF, Amnesty International, RSPB, Shell, BP, Calor, Unilever, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Soil Association, Local Authorities, Imperial College, Oak Foundation, JMG Foundation, Beyond Green and Greenpeace International.

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Jon  Samuel, Senior Associate

Jon Samuel, Senior Associate

  • Jon is Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement with Anglo American. In this role he has responsibility for the development and delivery of policies, strategies, training programmes and guidance documents relating to the company’s host communities and governments.

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Khumo  Shongwe, Senior Associate

Khumo Shongwe, Senior Associate

  • Khumo has over 16 years’ experience in various senior human resources-related roles in the mining industry in South Africa. Until the end of January 2013, she was the Executive Director of Royal Bafokeng Holdings, responsible for people and sustainability.

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Professor Alan  Short , Senior Associate

Professor Alan Short , Senior Associate

  • Professor Alan Short was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and at Harvard University. He has been the Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge since 2001. His work focuses on the design of sustainable buildings.

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Hannah Skeates, Senior Associate

Hannah Skeates, Senior Associate

  • Hannah is a Senior Director at S&P Dow Jones Indices with responsibility for the development of new indices globally in the ‘ESG’ space.

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Dr Lisa Smith, Senior Associate

Dr Lisa Smith, Senior Associate

  • Lisa is an entrepreneurial venture capitalist with a track record of building high-growth businesses. She has an operations and organisation design background including building and operating factories for Unilever in South Africa and practicing lean operations with McKinsey in North America and Europe.

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Jaap  Spier, Senior Associate

Jaap Spier, Senior Associate

  • Jaap Spier (1950) graduated from Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in 1973. He was attorney at the Rotterdam Bar until 1977, lecturer of private law, Leyden ersity (1977-1981), company lawyer Unilever NV (1982-1989) and professor of private law, Tilburg University (1989-1999; after appointment in the Supreme Court part time).

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Professor Will Steffen, Senior Associate

Professor Will Steffen, Senior Associate

  • Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council.

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Dr Rory Sullivan, Senior Associate

Dr Rory Sullivan, Senior Associate

  • Dr Rory Sullivan is the Co-Founder and Director of Chronos Sustainability, which focuses on delivering transformative, systemic change in the social and environmental performance of key industry sectors. He is also Expert Advisor to the Transition Pathway Initiative, Expert Advisor to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, Senior Advisor to the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Project (PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation) and Strategic Advisor to Insight Investment.

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Swenja Surminski, Senior Associate

Swenja Surminski, Senior Associate

  • Swenja is an expert on climate resilience, adaptation, disaster risk management and sustainable finance, with a special focus on the role of the private sector and insurance. She currently works as Head of Adaptation Research at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, is Associate Principal at Vivid Economics, and runs Surminski Consulting.

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Paul Turner, Senior Associate

Paul Turner, Senior Associate

  • Paul recently took early retirement from the Lloyds Banking Group where he was the Group Sustainable Business Director. He was responsible for leading and developing the Banking Group’s approach to responsible and ethical business and sustainable development. Until recently he was also Deputy Chair of the London Sustainable Development. He is currently a Trustee and advisor to a number of charities.

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Simon Tyler, Senior Associate

Simon Tyler, Senior Associate

  • Simon is a Trade Finance Expert. He began his career in banking at the Chemical Bank of New York (London) in 1970. Shortly after joining he completed the Credit Training Course and became a credit analyst in the ‘Commodities and Trade Finance’ team.

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Dr Andrew Venter, Senior Associate

Dr Andrew Venter, Senior Associate

  • Andrew’s role as CEO of the WILDTRUST is built on more than 20 years of environmental experience, ranging from wetland ecology to community-based conservation.

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Andrew Voysey, Senior Associate

Andrew Voysey, Senior Associate

  • Andrew Voysey is Head of Business and Government Solutions at Soil Capital, a farm management firm committed to scaling regenerative agriculture through market solutions.

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