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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 where he is responsible for CISL’s research, including the pioneering Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. He 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. As architect of CISL’s 10-year vision and plan, Rewiring the Economy, his team offers robust analysis, tools and evidence for leaders seeking action on sustainability.


Previously Jake was Head of Wellbeing at the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission, leading policy on future education, health and transport. He was nominated for Civil Service Awards for outstanding contributions to policy development in 2009 and 2010, and earlier worked with the United Nations and British Government on capacity building in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas and Guyana, following two years at Uganda’s leading environment institute. Jake originally trained as an engineer, including research at the University of Oxford and roles in the tech sector.

Jake chairs the performance board of Digital with Purpose, a unique initiative from the technology industry, and sits on the impact advisory board of Union Banque Privaire (UBP). He is a member of UN Environment’s GEO for Business advisory board and is a board member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute.

"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!"