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James Cole Director of Corporate Relations and Communications

James Cole, Director of Corporate Relations and Communications

James leads the corporate relations, communications and marketing functions at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


James joined the Institute in 2014 from Friends of the Earth where he set up a Business Engagement and Innovation team to develop new ideas, business partnerships, networks and alliances. In this role he worked across environmental campaigns and programmes on climate and energy, food, resource use, nature and biodiversity. 

He previously held a variety of senior commercial roles at Vodafone UK developing strategic partnerships and new routes to market in the IT channel. In 2011 he worked for 6 months setting up sustainable agriculture projects in high altitude communities in the Peruvian Andes. James holds a BSc (Rural Estate Management) and a Master's in Leadership for Sustainable Development. 

"Finding a way to accommodate 9 billion people on this beautiful planet in as fair a way as possible is the greatest challenge our generation faces.  But is not outside our ability."