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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Jeannette has a diverse portfolio career which includes serving as a non-executive director, supporting clients as an executive coach, providing corporate governance and strategic advice, and teaching leadership and governance.

Jeannette Lichner has been involved with CISL since 2018, delivering the High Impact Leadership course where she and the teams receive consistently high student feedback.


Jeannette is involved in sustainability more broadly through her involvement in Chapter Zero, supporting The Sustainability Board Report, a well regarded initiative founded by one of her ex-students, Frederick Otto. She is involved in setting the financial services strategy around the full ESG agenda, including through her non-executive director role at the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Her current non-executive roles currently include being on the board of the UK Financial Conduct Authority; Chair of Elucidate GmBh, a data-driven financial crime ratings company; a trustee of Local Trust, a community empowering charity funded by the UK Community fund; and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the McIntire School of Commerce of the University of Virginia, of which she is an alumnus.  She is also a visiting professor at the London Institute of Banking and Finance, teaching leadership and corporate governance. She is a Companion Member of the Chartered Management Institute and recently served on the 75th Anniversary Companion Panel which explored diversity and inclusion, culminating in the Everyone Economy paper laid before the House of Lords.

Prior to her portfolio careeer Jeannette spent 20 plus years in the financial services industry as an executive where she held senior roles in numerous functions including Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Corporate Finance and Regulatory Compliance in firms including Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. That was followed by 10 years as a consultant to the financial services industry focused on governance, risk, regulation and leadership.  Throughout her corporate career and now, Jeannette has been involved in start-up companies across numerous industries as an investor and advisor.

Jeannette Lichner
Non-executive Director, Sustainability Advocate, Governance and Leadership Advisor, and Executive Coach