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Dr Jake Reynolds Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Dr Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Jake is responsible for CISL’s research, including the pioneering Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. He is also responsible for CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance which develops practical thought leadership through long-running collaborations with the investment, banking and insurance industries and financial policy makers. As the architect of CISL’s Rewiring the Economy plan, his team seeks to uncover solutions to sustainability problems and put them into practice with leaders in business, government and finance.


Until 2011 Jake led the UK Sustainable Development Commission’s wellbeing team where he was a senior adviser on education, health and transport and was nominated for Civil Service Awards in 2009 and 2010. Prior to this he worked with CISL’s predecessor institution to refocus its work on sustainability leadership, drawing on his background in conservation and development with the UN and others in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda. This built on a track record of engineering research at the University of Oxford and short spells in the private sector.

Jake sits on the editorial advisory board of Nature Sustainability, and the advisory committee for UN Environment’s GEO for Business programme. He is a board member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, chairman of a start-up serving the energy needs of low-income customers in Uganda, and ambassador for the G9 Ark Foundation. Jake supports a number of financial institutions with their sustainable investment strategies.

"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!"