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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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Intundla Game Lodge, Gauteng, 2 - 5 June 2024 

Please note due to the announcement of the date for national elections in South Africa to be held on 29 May 2024, we have had to change the dates for the Sustainability Practitioner Programme to: 2 - 5 June 2024.


About the programme

This seminar is designed for all middle to senior managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability. Sustainability rests on a simple premise - the interconnectedness of all things. It requires us to push the boundaries and reframe our thinking about what sustainability means. Sustainability is no longer simply a bolt-on to a ‘business-as-usual’ approach. It is something that must become deeply embedded in the day-to-day operations of an organisation.


How the programme is delivered

Participants will be exposed to cutting-edge thinking and practice from the CISL Faculty and Guest Contributors. The participants will deepen their thinking with peers and will leave feeling empowered to convey the business logic of placing sustainability at the core of organisational strategy.

Each delegate will be allocated to a Reflection Group for the duration of the workshop. This group is facilitated by a member of Faculty and is a pause moment and a place where focused reflection on the ideas that emerge in the workshop can take place.


Key Themes

The residential seminar takes place over 3 days and will focus on the following key outcomes:

Evaluate the Emerging Social and Environmental Context for Business
Develop a deeper understanding of the global drivers of change and the importance of navigating complexity and uncertainty through systems thinking.

Alignment of Sustainability and Organisational Strategy
How is purpose, sustainability, and ESG integrated into the core strategy of organisations? What does this mean for operations and various departments, or business units in organisations? What are our options for collaboration and innovation?

Understand the Importance of Engaging Stakeholders, Communicating and Reporting
What are the reporting requirements? We will look at the management of information flow and engaging with internal and external stakeholders.

Reflect on the Leadership required
What is the leadership required? We will reflect on the values, thinking and practices that must be developed to be an effective leader and change agent.

Questions we will consider are:

What does it mean for you personally and the work you do? What is your sphere of influence and how do you use this to affect change in your organisation? How do you communicate the change required?

You will develop a practical action plan with the actions you are going to take after the programme.


Faculty and Contributors

The programme is facilitated by a core faculty of influential thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and practice in the field of Sustainability.

Previous faculty and contributors include:

Elspeth Donovan, Fellow of CISL

Susan Njoroge, CISL Senior Associate and Managing Director of Responsible Business Consulting

Khumo Shongwe, CISL Senior Associate

Khanyi Mlambo, Managing Director of KM ESG Consulting

Dr. Gary Kendall, Systems Thinker, CISL Senior Associate and Head of Climate Strategy Implementation at NatWest

Nicola Robins, CISL Senior Associate, and co-founder of Incite

Jonathan Hanks, CISL Senior Associate and co-founder of Incite


Seminar Venue

The workshop is held at Intundla Game Lodge which is situated to the north of Pretoria. It is flanked by mountains and nestles on the banks of a large dam. Delegates will be accommodated at Intundla Game Lodge and all workshop activities will take place at the lodge’s Conference Centre. The bedrooms all have en-suite facilities.



Delegates must make their own travel arrangements to and from the venue.  For a map and directions, please go to

Important to note that delegates will be required to arrive at 16:00 on Sunday, 26 May 2024 until completion of the programme at 13:00 on Wednesday, 29 May 2024.


Programme fees and application

Programme fees cover seminar materials, accommodation, and all meals during the seminar. Fees do not include travel costs.

The fee for the residential Sustainability Practitioner Programme is ZAR19 500 + 15% VAT per person for delegates from Africa.  The fee for all other international delegates is £2,250 per person.

To apply for the South Africa residential Sustainability Practitioner Programme, please complete the form here.

Our next virtual Sustainability Practitioner Programme is currently planned for September/October 2024.