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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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.



Lisa has an abiding interest in sustainable development: in 2015 launching a vocational agricultural MBA in Kenya and Uganda in partnership with the University of Milan; designing a low-cost intramedullary nail to supply her local hospital in South Africa; and her patented bread-making process won a national business plan competition garnering her a business woman of the year nomination.

After McKinsey, Lisa led sustainable investment for Unilever as a Director of their corporate venturing unit and continues to facilitate global brand and start-up collaborations most recently as Entrepreneur in Residence at the RCA Dyson Incubator. Lisa is a chartered engineer with an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr Lisa  Smith
Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership