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2 May 2024 - CISL is delighted to announce two exciting new partnerships with organisations delivering sector-leading sustainability education.  

For over three decades, CISL has drawn upon leading academics, practitioners and innovators to help inform business strategy and inspire action through education. Through these partnerships we aim to continue inspiring global action towards sustainability leadership, drawing on innovative, engaging, and accessible new developments in the education landscape.



WeESG provide leading training and advisory services for sustainable finance. WeESG’s mission is to empower the global finance sector to successfully embrace sustainable finance. This includes providing direct support to inform and prepare the workforce of banks, investors, insurers, and their regulators, as well as corporates dependent on sustainable finance, for the transformative changes they face.

Complementing CISL’s existing suite of services for the finance sector, this partnership aims to accelerate sustainable finance learning across all levels of financial institutions, with flexible delivery formats and timelines.

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"We are very pleased to be working with WeESG, who offer deep expertise on technical sustainable finance training. Itis a strong complement to CISL’s ongoing engagements with senior leadership teams and boards of financial institutions. The partnership enables us to produce a comprehensive suite of education offers to financial institutions  that are looking to holistically embed sustainability into their strategic and tactical decision making, as well as operational activities."
Thomas Vergunst, Programme Director – Sustainable Finance, CISL

"As the founders of WeESG first met working together at CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance, we are delighted to announce this strategic partnership that complements CISL’s world-class sustainability leadership programmes with our own sustainable finance skills development courses. By combining forces, we are now able to extend our reach, deepen our impact, and truly support the global finance sector proactively adapt to the risks and opportunities faced."
Dr. Tom Herbstein, Co-Founder & Executive Director, WeESG

“It is with great enthusiasm that we announce our partnership with CISL. Our collaboration means we bring together the latest academic thinking and industry pragmatism to jointly offer highly customised, skills-based capacity building, covering a wide range of sustainable finance related themes with flexible delivery formats. With our comprehensive training for boards, senior management, staff and clients, we hope to equip financial institutions with the knowledge and tools to cohesively and confidently integrate sustainability into every layer of their decision making."
Clarisse A. Simonek, Co-Founder & Executive Director, WeESG



GIFT.ed is an EdTech platform that empowers individuals and organisations to help solve humanity’s greatest challenges. GIFT.ed is underpinned by an internationally recognised curriculum and ground-breaking learning methodologies. Its rich content ecosystem includes publications, research, and frontline insights from two decades of field projects in key development sectors, such as agribusiness, healthcare, fintech and water.

Supporting our innovation in delivering world-class education, this partnership aims to unlock new ways for CISL’s education programmes to be delivered globally.

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"With expert capabilities in disruptive edtech and the foundational underpinning of leading pan-Asian think tank GIFT, this partnership supports both CISL’s continued work in Asia, and our ability to deliver leading sustainability education to learners globally. We are incredibly excited to unlock innovative approaches to digital learning to support the next generation of sustainability leaders."
Paul Smit, Programme Director, CISL

"CISL represents some of the best thinkers and practitioners in sustainability, and we at GIFT.ed are extremely excited to have the opportunity to partner with them to cut through the noise and deliver insights that help leaders navigate the critical challenges of the 21st century. We are also excited that GIFT.ed’s deep insights from across the Asian region will help inspire business and government leaders to design solutions suited to local needs.”
Chandran Nair, Chairman, GIFT.ed


Zoe Kalus, Head of Media  

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