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Senior Associates

Our Senior Associates bring a wealth of practical insight to CISL from their own experience in business, government and civil society. We invite these senior practitioners to advise on our strategic direction and to contribute to the delivery of our executive programmes and business platforms.

Terry A'Hearn, Senior Associate
  • Terry A'Hearn is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. He was previously Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland EPA, an executive with the Victorian EPA in Australia and a consultant in London with global consultancy WSP.
Visiting Professor Charles Ainger, Senior Associate
  • Charles Ainger retired in 2008 after 40 plus years in water engineering worldwide. He is active in graduate teaching, and writing, focusing on facilitating leadership for innovation and change, for people moving their organisations towards sustainability. He is now also active in living in and developing affordable, community based and sustainable housing.
Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi , Senior Associate
  • Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim-Holding. In his current role, Ibrahim oversees the group-wide Sustainability strategy of Majid Al Futtaim and is in charge of raising the company’s Sustainability Profile in the Middle East and globally. One of Ibrahim’s top priorities is to develop and drive ‘Net positive’ sustainability strategy across the company’s different business units.
Sean Ansett, Senior Associate
  • Sean Ansett is a sustainability professional with 20 years’ experience. Sean provides strategic advice to corporations, social enterprise start-ups, UN agencies and non-profit organisations on ethical trade, human rights and environmental sustainability globally through his organisation At Stake Advisors.
Dr Mónica Araya, Senior Associate
  • Mónica Araya was born in Costa Rica, and has worked in sustainbility for over 20 years, focusing on consumer and citizen engagement in renewable energy and electric mobility. She founded the organisation Costa Rica Limpia to bring people closer to clean technologies that improve their everyday life and her group pioneered Movilidad Eléctrica – the first electric mobility platform in Latin America devoted to the education of consumers about electric vehicles. She co-founded the Electric Mobility Association in Costa Rica and is the Vice President of the Board.
Ramon Arratia, Senior Associate
  • Ramon Arratia is Ball Beverage Packaging Europe’s sustainability and public affairs director as well as chairman of ‘Every Can Counts’, the industry’s initiative to promote aluminium beverage can recycling out of home. Ramon has around two decades of experience in sustainability positions at companies such as Interface, Vodafone, Ericsson and now at Ball Corporation. He is a strong advocate of product sustainability and the circular economy. His focus is on creating ambitious sustainability strategies that deliver core business advantages through advocacy and public affairs campaigns based on sustainability, reducing carbon footprint, designing out chemicals, accelerating innovations, creating better marketing, redesigning supply chains, and building higher ground cultures.
Bridgitte Backman, Senior Associate
  • Bridgitte Backman holds a B Sc. (Chemistry) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands with an exchange final semester at the Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley in the USA. She speaks English, German and Afrikaans and has set her next language as Spanish. She has worked across industry sectors and business functions as diverse as Development Finance, Energy (Oil and Gas), FMCG (Food and Beverages), Elections Management, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, General Management, Innovation, Supply Chain and HR. She serves on the UNGC Network South Africa’s board where she gets to live and breathe sustainability as well as foster cross business collaboration for the greater good at a country level. She previously lectured for Duke Corporate Education via Rhodes University.
Enos Ned Banda, Senior Associate
  • Enos is a South African entrepreneur and investment banker who is founder and CEO of the Freetel Group of Companies. Freetel focuses on fund management, portfolio investments and investment and transaction advice to a select number of sovereign and international clients.
Mike Barry, Senior Associate
  • Mike is Head of Sustainable Business at the retailer Marks & Spencer. He was part of the small team that developed and delivered the company's groundbreaking Plan A, a 100-point, 5-year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues.
Nicolette Bartlett, Senior Associate
  • Nicolette Bartlett is Director of Carbon Pricing at CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. CDP is an international not-for-profit organisation providing the only global environmental disclosure system.
Craig Bennett, Senior Associate
  • Craig Bennett is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School.
Jeb Brugmann, Senior Associate
  • Jeb, Founding Partner of The Next Practice, is a strategist and innovation expert in the fields of business and development, serving major corporations, local governments, and non-profit organisations worldwide.
Elizabeth Buchanan, CVO, LLD, ARAgS, Senior Associate
  • Elizabeth is the East Sussex Council Member for the Royal Agricultural Society of England; she sits on the BBC’s Rural Affairs Advisory Committee, the Mutton Renaissance Steering Committee and the Experts Panel of Natural England.
Tom Burke, CBE, Senior Associate
  • Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Chairman of the China Dialogue Trust and a Trustee of Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.
Ken Caplan, Senior Associate
  • Ken is currently Director of Partnerships in Practice – a UK-based think tank and consultancy that focuses on ensuring that global to local partnership approaches are fit-for-purpose.
Anton Cartwright, Senior Associate
  • Anton is an economist at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. His research is focused on the interactions between ecological degradation and human well-being in cities.
Munish Datta, Senior Associate
  • Munish Datta is Director of Membership & Operations, UK Green Building Council & Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Justin DeKoszmovszky, Senior Associate
  • Justin is an impact-driven strategy professional with nearly 20 years’ experience working across start-up social enterprises to multi-national corporations to improve commercial results with a more social approach and social approaches with a more commercial focus.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Senior Associate
  • Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve has over 28 years of European and international policy and strategic experience with a particularfocus on EU and international climate change, environmental, sustainability, green growth and energy policy and strategic programme development. She has built from scratch, fundraised and run EU offices and platforms bringing together business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s.
Jon Duncan, Senior Associate
  • Jon Duncan is Head of Responsible Investment at Old Mutual Group and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Jon Duncan leads the Responsible Investment Programme at Old Mutual. The Programme is focused on driving the systematic integration of material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across the Group’s c£380 billion of funds under management.
Dr Antoine Eid, Senior Associate
  • Antoine is the CEO of the Leapership Consultants Group. A Leadership and Performance Consultant having worked with organizations across the globe and the Middle East in over 23 countries and 17 different business sectors.
Ian Ellison, Senior Associate
  • Ian supports CISL executive, graduate and online training programmes. Formerly he led Sustainability in Product Development with Jaguar Land Rover. At JLR Ian and his team supported the development of large-scale circular economy projects, the use of science to drive sustainable product development and business strategy culminating in the development of JLRs first electric vehicle.
Dr Mark Esposito, Senior Associate
  • Professor Mark Esposito has been teaching at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education since 2011 and he is also affiliated faculty of the microeconomics of competitiveness (MoC) network at Harvard Business School's (HBS) Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and is currently co-leader of the network's Institutes Council.
David Farrell, Senior Associate
  • David Farrell is a founding partner of Blue North Sustainability (Pty) Ltd, a Stellenbosch-based consulting practice specialising in supporting agricultural supply chains, from farmer to retailer, in the integration of sustainability programmes and practices into their business strategies and operations.
Andrea Gangheri, Senior Associate
  • Andrea is a Senior Associate of CISL with a focus on Sustainable Finance. He has over 15 years’ experience in strategic consulting and expertise in sustainability & social impact, having managed projects across Europe at Retail/Corporate Banks, SMEs, International Organizations. He also provides mentorship to start-ups in the Circular economy and Social business fields.
Malcolm Gray, Senior Associate
  • Malcolm is CFO and a co-founder of Libryo. Prior to co-founding Libryo he spent 16 years working for Investec Asset Management in a number of senior roles, including as Portfolio Manager of various ESG funds and Global Head of ESG. Malcolm is also a husband and father, married to Colleen, with three wonderful boys: Daniel, James and Joshua. They live in Cape Town and share a passion for travel and family time. He and the boys are also snowboard enthusiasts! Malcolm enjoys running, cycling and yoga.
Steven Gray, Senior Associate
  • Steven Gray is a public international lawyer with 15 years of experience climate change law. He is currently collaborating with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he leads their work with the Pacific Alliance Green Growth Group.
Bruce Haase, Senior Associate
  • Bruce is now a valued online practitioner and a key member of the CISL team delivering four end-to-end presentations of our popular eight-week online course to hundreds of business professionals each year. As Head Tutor, he manages a team of our experienced tutors and assessors based around the world and leads the course’s annual review. His review work incorporates feedback and updates content to ensure that this commercially successful course remains exciting and engaging for users and stays at the cutting edge of sustainability practice for business. Online education is an growing work stream for CISL with considerable potential and with a shortage of experienced online professionals we will draw on Bruce’s expertise to help grow this portfolio.
Jonathon Hanks, Senior Associate
  • Jonathon Hanks is a founding partner of Incite, a global advisory network based in South Africa that helps its clients build competitiveness by delivering societal value. He has more than twenty-five years of advisory and advocacy experience, working with listed companies, inter-governmental organisations and NGOs in Africa, the MENA region, Latin America and Asia.
Dr Victoria Hurth, Senior Associate
  • Victoria works at the intersect of academia and day-to-day business. She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, management and sustainability, having previously worked for 3M and Accenture with companies including Marks and Spencer, Cancer Research, J Sainsbury.
Professor Deanna Kemp, Senior Associate
  • Deanna is Professor and Director, CSRM and MISHC, People Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane. She is a leading international expert focused on the social and political challenges of the global mining industry.
Dr Alan Knight, OBE, Senior Associate
  • Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global and national companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in April 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility. Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability programmes.
Spyros Kouvelis, Senior Associate
  • Born in Athens, Greece. Spyros Kouvelis studied Economics at the University of Athens (BSc) and Agricultural/Environmental Economics at the University of Reading (MSc).
David Lawrence, Senior Associate
  • David is an expert in enabling organisations to be more effective in their sustainability ambitions through collaborating with others. As well as being a Senior Associate with CISL, he is currently Executive Director of AIM-Progress, the 41-company FMCG sector taskforce working collaboratively to improve responsible sourcing practices in their common supply chains.
Mark Lewis, Senior Associate
  • Mark Lewis is Global Head of Sustainability Research at BNP Paribas Asset Management, having joined in January 2019. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Research at the Carbon Tracker Initiative (April-December 2018), Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank (2005-13). He has also been a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures since May 2016.
Ylva Lindberg, Senior Associate
  • Ylva is the founder and managing director of SIGLA, a boutique consultancy on the role of business in society. She works with listed and state owned companies in identifying risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental challenges, including on leadership programmes, strategy and innovation.
Anna Lungley, Senior Associate
  • Anna is Chief Sustainability Officer at Dentsu Aegis Network and a senior associate at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership. Anna works at the intersection of strategy, communications and sustainability, helping organisations embed purpose at the heart of everything they do.
Dr Sebastian Macmillan, PhD RIBA, Senior Associate
  • Dr Sebastian Macmillan trained and practised as an architect, and went on to found an independent Cambridge-based research consultancy undertaking commissions for a variety of public sector organisations. Joining the University of Cambridge in 1996, he won research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and went on manage their construction research portfolio. Later he was appointed as Consortium Manager for the EPSRC-funded £3m 4-year project Carbon Reduction in Buildings.
Sarah Millar, Senior Associate
  • Sarah Millar is an adviser on UK, EU and international environmental, climate and energy policy with over 15 years experience.
Mary-Jane Morifi, Senior Associate
  • Mary-Jane Morifi is currently the Global Capital Campaign Lead for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust which is building a specialist referral children’s hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tara Norton, Senior Associate
  • Tara Norton is global head of supply chain at Engie Impact, where she works with corporate and civic clients to drive the energy transition of global supply chains.
Yvette Nowell, Senior Associate
  • Yvette Nowell is the Head of the Rand Merchant Bank fund. The common denominator in Yvette’s employment history has been her creative spark, analytical approach and ability to connect with many different people. High school teaching (1996 – 2003) helped her to hone her organizational and interpersonal skills, before three years in the Arts NGO sector, which laid the foundation for her transition into the bridging space between business, NGO's and schools. She qualified as a facilitator and assessor of learning before co-creating a pilot programme that connected and facilitated business and NGO counterparts through mentorship for 10 months at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Senior Associate
  • I focus on strategising and organisational sustainability as a change practitioner, researcher, lecturer and coach.
Dr Stephen Peake, Senior Associate
  • Stephen is a Senior Associate at CISL and a Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Michael Pelken , Senior Associate
  • Michael Pelken is an experienced registered architect and innovator with a consistent 20 year track record of award winning and patented developments in design, architecture, and engineering. He has extensive experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large scale architectural structures and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and China.
Russell Picot, Senior Associate
  • Russell Picot is Chair of the Trustee board of the HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Fund and a Director of LifeSight, Willis Towers Watson’s UK DC Master Trust Board where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Edgar Pieterse, Senior Associate
  • Edgar is holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, all at the University of Cape Town.
Mashudu Ramano, Senior Associate
  • Mashudu Ramano is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Mitochondria Energy Company. Mashudu is an entrepreneur in transition to sustainable entrepreneurship, an aspirant futurist and an adherent, advocate, agent, promoter and student of sustainability, symbiotic existence and transdisciplinary studies and director of companies with extensive experience in listed and unlisted companies in South Africa.
Kate Raworth, Senior Associate
  • Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the twenty-first century. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she is a Senior Visiting Research Associate, and she is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Mat Roberts, Senior Associate
  • Mat is the CEO of the Shetland Amenity Trust, which aims to protect and enhance the natural heritage and culture of Shetland. Previously he was Interserve PLC’s Group Director of Sustainability Strategy. He leads on the development of the Interserve SustainAbilities Plan with a specific focus on the social and natural capital.
Nick Robins, Senior Associate
  • Nick is Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment. He has also worked as Co-Director of the UN Environment Programme’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System for the past four years.
Madeleine Ronquest, Senior Associate
  • Madeleine’s FirstRand portfolio includes environmental and social risk management, climate-related risk and opportunity management, climate/green finance and positive impact banking and investment. She has been with the Group for 19 years. Her professional background includes environmental science, risk management, climate risk management and environmental law. One of primary roles is to ensure that FirstRand is positioned as one of the global thought leaders in climate change, natural capital management, positive impact finance, responsible investment and sustainable development finance.
Chris Rose, Senior Associate
  • Chris Rose is a Director of Campaign Strategy Ltd, a communications consultancy working for public sector, NGO and private sector clients. These have included the Home Office, Cabinet Office, DEFRA, National Trust, UNICEF, Amnesty International, RSPB, Shell, BP, Calor, Unilever, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Soil Association, Local Authorities, Imperial College, Oak Foundation, JMG Foundation, Beyond Green and Greenpeace International.
David Sales, Senior Associate
  • David is an experienced leadership development expert, working with leaders and organisations globally. He utilises the latest brain science research to improve our understanding of leadership effectiveness. He applies a diverse suite of brain science based approaches to help leaders improve their influence and results. David is a director of First Ascent Group and Emergenetics UK. He is Head of Training at St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge, which was Europe’s first innovation hub. He sits on the National Council of the Institute of Directors. He is the Lead Assessor for ILM and CMI programmes at First Ascent.
Jon Samuel, Senior Associate
  • Jon Samuel is Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement at Anglo American, based in London. He leads a team with responsibility for the development and delivery of policies, strategies, community development programmes and professional development relating to the company’s host communities, and for liaison with key external partners engaging on the mining and sustainability agenda.
Khumo Shongwe, Senior Associate
  • Khumo has over 16 years’ experience in various senior human resources-related roles in the mining industry in South Africa. Until the end of January 2013, she was the Executive Director of Royal Bafokeng Holdings, responsible for people and sustainability.
Professor Alan Short , Senior Associate
  • Professor Alan Short was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and at Harvard University. He has been the Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge since 2001. His work focuses on the design of sustainable buildings.
Hannah Skeates, Senior Associate
  • Hannah is a Senior Director at S&P Dow Jones Indices with responsibility for the development of new indices globally in the ‘ESG’ space.
Dr Lisa Smith, Senior Associate
  • Lisa is an entrepreneurial venture capitalist with a track record of building high-growth businesses. She has an operations and organisation design background including building and operating factories for Unilever in South Africa and practicing lean operations with McKinsey in North America and Europe.
Jaap Spier, Senior Associate
  • Jaap Spier (1950) graduated from Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in 1973. He was attorney at the Rotterdam Bar until 1977, lecturer of private law, Leyden ersity (1977-1981), company lawyer Unilever NV (1982-1989) and professor of private law, Tilburg University (1989-1999; after appointment in the Supreme Court part time).
Professor Will Steffen, Senior Associate
  • Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council.
Dr Rory Sullivan, Senior Associate
  • Dr Rory Sullivan is the Co-Founder and Director of Chronos Sustainability, which focuses on delivering transformative, systemic change in the social and environmental performance of key industry sectors. He is also Expert Advisor to the Transition Pathway Initiative, Expert Advisor to the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, Senior Advisor to the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Project (PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation) and Strategic Advisor to Insight Investment.
Swenja Surminski, Senior Associate
  • Swenja is an expert on climate resilience, adaptation, disaster risk management and sustainable finance, with a special focus on the role of the private sector and insurance. She currently works as Head of Adaptation Research at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, is Associate Principal at Vivid Economics, and runs Surminski Consulting.
Paul Turner, Senior Associate
  • Paul recently took early retirement from the Lloyds Banking Group where he was the Group Sustainable Business Director. He was responsible for leading and developing the Banking Group’s approach to responsible and ethical business and sustainable development. Until recently he was also Deputy Chair of the London Sustainable Development. He is currently a Trustee and advisor to a number of charities.
Simon Tyler, Senior Associate
  • Simon is a Trade Finance Expert. He began his career in banking at the Chemical Bank of New York (London) in 1970. Shortly after joining he completed the Credit Training Course and became a credit analyst in the ‘Commodities and Trade Finance’ team.
James Vaccaro, Senior Associate
  • James is a strategist and systems thinker with a background in sustainable finance. He acts a Special Advisor to Triodos Bank (having previously been Group Director of Strategy overseeing strategy development for the Triodos Group). As part of his strategy role, he designed and facilitated learning, development and innovation programs to accelerate progress in sustainability sectors across Europe.
Thomas Verhagen, Senior Associate
  • Thomas Verhagen has more than 15 years of experience in commercial banking, multi-sector innovation processes and sustainability issues. He is a freely established researcher, strategy consultant and project booster.
Andrew Voysey, Senior Associate
  • Andrew Voysey is Head of Business and Government Solutions at Soil Capital, a farm management firm committed to scaling regenerative agriculture through market solutions.
Dr Steve Waygood, Senior Associate
  • Steve leads Aviva Investors' Global Responsible Investment team, which is responsible for integrating environmental social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and regions of c£320bn of assets under management. The team has achieved an A+ ranking in governance and strategy from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment; and a Tier 1 assessment for Stewardship from the UK Financial Reporting Council (the UK's independent regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting).
Peter Willis, Senior Associate
  • Peter Willis is an independent facilitator of strategic dialogues with a particular interest in structuring processes that bring together the diverse parts of institutional or societal systems to consider the most challenging questions facing them.
Tomas Wyns, Senior Associate
  • Tomas Wyns is a Doctoral Researcher at the IES. He is working on European and international climate policy, in particular the design of the EU Emissions Trading System, post-2020 industrial and innovation policy and enhancing global climate action under a 2015 international climate agreement. Tomas has a Master's degree in Physics and is specialised in international relations and conflict management.
Dimitri Zenghelis, Senior Associate
  • Dimitri Zenghelis is Project Leader for the Wealth Economy project centred at Cambridge University and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. He was until recently Head of Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.