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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Louise (Lou) is a Programme Director in the postgraduate education team at CISL, where she is a content lead for the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership. She also contributes to cross-organisational thought leadership and research specifically on the topic of leadership capabilities for a sustainable and just future.

Lou has been with CISL since 2012, with previous roles as Course Director for the Master's in Sustainability Leadership and the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business as well as various teaching and faculty responsibilities. She has a passion for supporting current and future business leaders to respond to some of the most pressing global leadership challenges and opportunities, and lectures, supervises, writes and contributes to research on a range of topics including sustainability concepts, heterodox economics, social justice, theories of leadership and change, leadership mindsets and practices, and board leadership and dynamics.

She has a background in strategy and financial planning, stakeholder engagement, and leadership development within the public sector. Lou holds a PhD in Environmental Policy, and an MPhil and BA in Geography, all from the University of Cambridge, as well as postgraduate qualifications in public sector leadership, and teaching and learning in higher education.

Louise Drake
Programme Director, Postgraduate Education