Dr Jake Reynolds

Executive Director, Sustainable Economy at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Jake is Executive Director, Sustainable Economy, at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership where he is responsible for CISL’s research, including the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. He acts as a senior advisor to CISL’s Centre for Sustainable Finance which develops practical thought leadership through long-running collaborations with the investment, banking and insurance industries. As architect of CISL’s 10-year vision and plan, Rewiring the Economy, his team offers robust analysis, tools and evidence for leaders seeking action on sustainability.

Previously Jake was Head of Wellbeing at the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission, leading policy on future education, health and transport. Alongside the development of the UK Government’s Sustainable Schools strategy, he led research programmes on the environmental dimensions of child wellbeing (Every Child’s Future Matters), including the impact of road traffic (Fairness in a Car Dependent Society). Jake was nominated for Civil Service Awards for outstanding contributions to policy development in 2009 and 2010, and earlier worked with the United Nations and British Government to build capacity on biodiversity conservation in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas and Guyana, following two years at Uganda’s leading environment institute. Jake originally trained in AI, completing a PhD at the University of Oxford and various roles in the tech industry.

Jake chairs the performance board of Digital with Purpose, a unique initiative from the technology industry. He sits on the impact advisory board of Union Banque Privée (UBP) and the academic advisory board of the First Sentier MUFG Sustainable Investment Institute. He is a member of UN Environment’s GEO for Business advisory board and is a board member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute.