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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

The 21st Century will be shaped by system shocks such as Covid-19 and climate change. How can leaders improve decision-making for both the short term and long term in a time of crisis? What does this tell us about the thought processes and principles that underpin effective leadership to enable the future we want? 




Martin Frost, co-founder and Director, CMR Surgical. 

Martin is a recognised business leader, with over 20 years’ experience in starting, financing and successfully scaling technology and life science businesses around Cambridge. Most recently Martin co-founded CMR Surgical in 2014 and as CEO was recognised as UK ‘Disruptor’ of the year in the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year awards and ‘Executive of the Year’ at the 2019 MedTech Insight awards recognising his success in taking CMR from inception to global commercialisation with its surgical robot, Versius. Martin was awarded a CBE in the recent Queens’ Honours Awards.
Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School. An expert in qualitative research and organisational theory, Jennifer's research is focused on how people and organisations generate and navigate change related to sustainability. Jennifer has taught extensively on management and sustainability topics at the MBA, Executive MBA, doctorate and undergraduate level. She serves as Deputy Editor at Academy of Management Journal and is a Fellow of Trinity Hall College, Cambridge.
Simon Levine Global Co-CEO, DLA Piper. Simon has extensive experience of intellectual property, media and sports law, advising on all aspects of copyright and related rights, advertising and sponsorship, design rights, trade mark rights, passing off, breach of confidence and patents. Simon advises on both commercial and litigation matters. He has been involved in all aspects of litigation and arbitration and has experience in the High Court, the Copyright Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and Privy Council, as well as the Trade Mark Registry. Simon is a visiting professor and lecturer at Imperial College Business School and a member of the Board of the Office for Students, the UK government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the higher education sector.

Dame Mary Marsh, Chair of Trustees at RCPCH. Mary is also a non-executive director of HSBC Bank plc, a member of the Governing Body at London Business School, a Director on the board of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), a Trustee of Teach First and a Patron of the EY Foundation. She has been a member of the Financial Inclusion Commission from soon after it started in 2014. In the earlier stages of her life journey she was a teacher, including as a deputy head and then headteacher of two comprehensive schools. She was Chief Executive of the NSPCC from 2000 – 08. After this she went on to be the Founding Director of Clore Social Leadership until 2015.

Professor Sudhanshu Palsule, author, educator and global leadership advisor. Sudhanshu is an award-winning educator, consultant and leadership coach, regarded as one of the leading thinkers in the field of Transformative Leadership and Leading in Complexity. He teaches at Duke CE, USA, and at other global business schools. His new work focuses on how leaders can develop a mindset that can help them address complex problems. Palsule's work on leadership brings together the new research emerging from neurology and psychology, and his own background in Quantum Physics and Philosophy. Palsule's clients include several Fortune 500 companies, Governments and public sector organizations. He works with senior management teams assisting them in creating breakthroughs in their thinking and in the way they operate. He is a sought-after speaker and his globally run workshops are renowned for their transformative impact.

Chaired by Gillian Secrett, Director of Leadership Programmes, CISL.

Gillian leads CISL's Leadership programmes portfolio which puts sustainability at its core. Her focus is on supporting major organisations to build the leadership capacity they need to respond to strategic sustainability challenges; to innovate and collaborate in creating value that meets society’s needs; and to be influential in shaping the future we want. Gillian’s work brings together her own experience as a leader, her research and study of leadership and sustainability, and her work with global organisations in the design and delivery of practical, high impact leadership development. She is a qualified business coach and a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.



Find out more about how CISL's Leadership Programmes are helping companies play a transformative role towards a sustainable economy.


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