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Elspeth Donovan Deputy Director, South Africa Office

Elspeth Donovan, Deputy Director, South Africa Office

Elspeth is the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, South Africa Office. Elspeth’s interest in Sustainability, Well Being & Human Development comes from her science background when she studied Zoology, Biochemistry and Dietetics and much later on in life an MBA.


Elspeth joined CISL in 2008 and is currently responsible for all CISL’s work in South Africa. She directs the CISL Sustainability Practitioner Programme and the Business and Sustainability Programme in South Africa. She is a tutor on CISL’s Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, the Anglo-American Sustainability Leadership Programme and CISL’s online programme Business and Sustainability Management. Elspeth was a former director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business MBA programme and has 20 years’ experience in designing and delivering leadership development programmes.

“I am inspired by the many unsung heroes in Africa working towards a society that allows current and future generations to flourish within the limits of a finite planet.”