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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Economy; Private Sector; Investment; Insurance; Sustainability; Development; Health; Education; Conservation; Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Dr Jake Reynolds is Executive Director, Sustainable Economy, of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a member of the Management Committee of the Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, and a member of the Expert Panel for The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the journal Nature Sustainability, is a Governor for a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire, and is a Chairman of a start-up serving the needs of low-income families in Northern Uganda. Previously, Jake was Head of Wellbeing at the UK Sustainable Development Commission with a founding role in the UK Government’s Sustainable Schools strategy, having researched, advocated and advised on education, health and transport policy.

At CISL he is responsible for multiple collaborations with business covering sustainable finance, market transformation, natural capital and inclusive development. Drawing on his background in conservation and development with UNEP and others in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda, Jake designed CISL’s 10 year vision, "Rewiring the Economy", which offers a recipe for how the economy can and should be delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. He started his career with short spells in the private sector and engineering research at the University of Oxford.

Jake’s work at CISL focuses on how the private sector can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, which underlies his motivation to participate in Cambridge Global Challenges. He and his colleagues are pioneering new approaches to achieving research impact based on co-design and delivery with research users. He is keen to underpin CISL’s business and policy engagement with robust evidence from a diverse and engaged academic base in Cambridge and its partners. 


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Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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