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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

September 2019 – Nick Villiers joins the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership this month to lead the Centre for Sustainable Finance, which undertakes deep industry collaboration, high-calibre research, and exceptional education programmes with over 50 global financial institutions to help them play a leading role in building a more sustainable economy.

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Previously, Nick worked at Credit Suisse in Debt Capital Markets, focusing on financial institutions in UK, Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa. Nick brings with him over 18 years’ experience in finance, and a strong network across financial institutions. His experience includes executing over £40bn of capital and funding transactions; advising HM Treasury during the financial crisis; working on acquisition financing; and interpretation and implementation of complex post-crisis regulations.

Dr Jake Reynolds, CISL’s Executive Director Sustainable Economy said: 

“Nick joins us at a time when climate change, resource security and inequality are front of mind for many financial institutions globally. He brings great expertise to our Centre for Sustainable Finance which exists to help financial institutions power the transition to a sustainable economy using CISL’s unique combination of industry collaboration, high-quality research, and exceptional education programmes.”

On joining, Nick Villiers said:

"The transition to a sustainable economy is the defining challenge of our age, and financial institutions have a key role in achieving this. I am delighted to be joining such a world-leading Institute to work with all aspects of the financial system in achieving this transition and to build on the fantastic work done by the Centre for Sustainable Finance and its leadership groups over the past 12 years."

CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance was launched in 2015 to bridge the worlds of business, finance and policymaking, and to facilitate stronger understanding between financial institutions, their clients and the institutions which govern them, specifically on the challenges and opportunities of sustainability.  The Centre builds on CISL’s over 12 years of experience working with the finance sector and now incorporates CISL’s finance industry groups to provide the insight and cooperation needed to advance policy and market practices including; the Banking Environment Initiative (created in 2010 by CEOs of some of the world’s largest banks) ClimateWise (set up in 2007 for global insurance), and the Investment Leaders Group (leading investment managers and asset owners with over $ 12 trillion under management). The Centre works closely with CISL’s executive education and advisory teams to help financial institutions align their commercial strategies with sustainability, to increase awareness of emerging commercial opportunities and to develop clear, long-term positions to finance the transition of key sectors.

Read more about CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance here.


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