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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Thomas Vergunst leads CISL’s executive education for financial institutions. Working closely with client organisations he designs and delivers customised sustainability leadership programmes for current and future leaders. These programmes help organisations understand and respond strategically to rapidly evolving social and environmental risks and opportunities, while also encouraging them to play a far more active role in driving wider systemic change. 


Since completing his MSc in Soil Science in 2006, Thomas has held multiple roles in the sustainability sector. Prior to joining CISL Thomas worked for Eunomia Research & Consulting where he focused on, among other things, UK and European waste and resource policy. In this role, he managed numerous projects for private and public sector clients, including Eunomia’s strategic work on the European Commission’s circular economy package. Over recent years, his work has focused on the interconnected links between finance, policy and business strategies that can be used to encourage a shift towards a more sustainable economy.  

Thomas has run programmes with numerous financial institutions and asset owners including BNP Paribas, CIMB, DBS, Lloyds Bank, Natwest, Investec, Liontrust, Phoenix Group, Cambridge University Endowment Fund and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Thomas sits on CISL’s Future Economy and Foresight working groups and works closely with CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance. 

 Thomas   Vergunst
Programme Director, Finance Sector Education