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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


James Cole, Chief Innovation Officer

James ColeJames has spent over 15 years working at the intersection of business, sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of CISL’s senior leadership team he works across business policy and finance initiatives building the capacity of leaders, and leading institutions, to drive systemic change for global sustainability. In 2022 he launched The Canopy - CISL’s incubator, accelerator and workspace in central Cambridge, to activate an international community of impact-led startups, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators.  






The team 

Thomas Bingham
Project Manager
Joanne Funk
Senior Project Manager
Jo Gabryel
Canopy Operations Manager
Viola Jardon
Accelerator Programmes Director
Sam Laakkonen
Portfolio Director – Canopy and Accelerator, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Zoë Loughlin
Canopy Programme Manager
Izzy McKeever
Senior Marketing and Canopy Coordinator
Yasmin Revell
Senior Project Coordinator
Claire Wang
Senior Project Manager
Jie Zhou
Senior Programme Manager