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Dame Polly Courtice DBE, LVO, Director, CISL

Dame Polly Courtice, DBE, LVO, Director, CISL

Polly is Founder Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which since its foundation in 1988 has grown to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in sustainability leadership. She is also Founder Director of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, and Academic Director of the University’s Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. She is Chair of the Faculty Board of Engineering and a member of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee. She is a By-Fellow of Churchill College and an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.


Polly is a Director of Jupiter Green Investment Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Anglian Water Services Ltd. She serves on the environmental/sustainability advisory boards for AstraZeneca, Lloyds Banking Group and Nespresso and she is a member of the judging panel for the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

In 2008 Polly was made a Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. In 2015 she received Stanford University’s Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability which recognises ‘an individual who has made unheralded contributions to environmental sustainability’. 

In 2016 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Sustainability Leadership. In 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Awards, and in 2018 she received Business Green’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 Polly received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Polly holds a BA from the University of Cape Town and an MA from the University of Cambridge.

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