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Dr Jake Reynolds Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Dr Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Jake is Executive Director, Sustainable Economy, at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a globally influential Institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy. Jake is responsible for CISL’s research, including the pioneering Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. He also acts as a senior advisor to CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance which develops practical thought leadership through long-running collaborations with the investment, banking and insurance industries and financial policymakers. As architect of CISL’s 10-year vision and plan, Rewiring the Economy, his team seeks original solutions for delivery by leaders in business, government and finance.


Previously Jake was Head of Wellbeing at the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission, leading policy on future education, health and transport. Nominated for Civil Service Awards for outstanding contributions to policy development in 2009 and 2010. Earlier worked with United Nations and British Government on capacity building in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas and Guyana, with two years at Uganda’s leading environment institute. This followed research at Oxford Engineering Department and tech roles in the private sector.

Jake sits on the editorial advisory board of Nature Sustainability, and on UN Environment’s GEO for Business advisory board. He is board member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, and of the sustainability advisory board of Union Banque Privaire (UBP). He is chairman of an off-grid renewable energy start-up in Uganda, and co-chair of the Green Growth Task Force, DRC.

"It’s easy to get wrapped up in sustainability, ricocheting from report to event. Stepping off the escalator every so often reminds me what it’s all for: a family switching on renewable power for the first time, a fragment of forest spared destruction, a child tasting food they have grown themselves.

Then it’s back to work!"