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Dr Jake Reynolds Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Dr Jake Reynolds, Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Jake is responsible for CISL’s leadership groups which exist to trigger change towards a sustainable economy. As the architect of CISL’s Rewiring the Economy plan, his team delivers strategic collaborations of business, government and financial institutions designed to put solutions to sustainability problems into practice with partners and peers. Jake also oversees CISL’s research activities, notably The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.


Biography:

Previously Jake led the UK Sustainable Development Commission’s wellbeing team where he was a senior adviser on education, health and transport and 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 board of Nature Sustainability. 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 Northern Uganda, and governor of a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire.

"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!"