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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Paul is an independent writer, corporate strategy adviser and advocate for a sustainable economy. He has been on the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Core Faculty since 2002.


As a CISL Fellow he is working on “Radical Innovation – Accelerating Clean Disruption” exploring our capacity to transform the global economy at sufficient speed and scale to address system wide sustainability risks, including keeping warming below the 1.5 degree target. 

As a corporate advisor he has worked with the Boards and executives of many leading global companies including Unilever, BHP Billiton, DSM, Ford and DuPont. He is a widely recognised global authority on the economic and business strategy implications of sustainability and climate change.

As an author and advocate he has written a range of seminal papers and articles in key journals, including “The Mother of All Conflicts” on climate change and security and “The One Degree Plan War Plan” (with J Randers) on mobilising the global economy to address climate change.  His book “The Great Disruption” has been widely acclaimed, including in the New York Times where Tom Friedman concluded, "ignore Gilding at your peril".

As a social entrepreneur for over 40 years he has been CEO of a range of innovative NGOs and social enterprises including Greenpeace International, Ecos Corporation, Disruptive Consulting and Easy Being Green. He recently co-founded the Changing Markets Foundation. He lives on a farm in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and children.

 Paul  Gilding
Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership