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Corporate Leaders Groups

Business leadership for a climate neutral economy
 Eliot  Whittington

Eliot is Director of CISL’s Corporate Leaders Groups – leading the team behind both the European and UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG Europe and CLG UK). He also leads CLG Europe’s Green Growth Partnership with leading EU climate and environment ministers.

His work has a strong focus on climate change, but he also helps drive action on the circular economy, plastics and issues around the social and justice implications of economic change. He represents the Corporate Leaders Groups on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition and has been responsible for CISL work that has included collaborations with the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, a number of European governments and a wide range of senior business stakeholders. He regularly advises business and government and has sat, for example, on the UK government’s BEIS Economic Recovery Taskforce on Net Zero and Treasury Net Zero Review Technology and Innovation Advisory Group.

He has over 20 years’ experience in working to unlock systemic change, including providing policy analysis around climate action for Save the Children and Christian Aid, leading Christian Aid’s UK lobbying work with parliamentarians and political parties, and working on mobilising grassroots campaigning in locations from Addis Ababa to Birmingham.

Dr Martin   Porter

Martin joined CISL from the European Climate Foundation, where he was working as Europe Group Co-ordinator. He has also led their Industry and Innovation programme and has a long track record of working on industry, environment and sustainability issues prior to taking up that role in 2015. He is also an expert advisor to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 on climate and resource issues, a representative on the Economic and Social Committee’s Commission on Industrial Change, a member of UCL’s European Institute Advisory Board and a member of the advisory board to the Sustainable Biomass Programme.

He became a Senior Associate for CISL in 2011 and prior to that developed his public affairs consultancy activities largely in this area. He led advocacy campaigns for a range of blue-chip multinational clients, trade associations and coalitions as he established his career in Brussels through international PR agencies such as Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Edelman PR Worldwide, as well as co-founding Brussels’ first ‘think-do tank’, The Centre.

A European of dual Belgian-British nationality, his interest in the EU began as a student. He gained a first class degree in European Studies (French and Italian, Joint Honours) from the University of Bath, and went on to be awarded a Doctorate from the same institution for a thesis on interest representation in the EU on environmental issues. This focused on the activities around the packaging and packaging waste Directive, the most lobbied piece of legislation in the EU’s history, at the time. As convinced ‘pro-European’, he continues to support the UK’s active involvement in the EU.

 Beverley   Cornaby

Beverley manages The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group in the UK and leads a programme of work looking at the issues of packaging sustainability, resource efficiency and industrial transformation. She recently led a collaborative initiative that resulted in a roadmap and vision towards eliminating plastic packaging waste from the soft drinks supply chain and has published a case study of the approach Sky took to eliminating single-use plastic from their business.

Before joining CISL, Beverley spent ten years working in the public sector, in local, regional and then national government, most recently working for the Sustainable Development Commission with a particular focus on education and health policy. Beverley holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (hons) in Ecology and Conservation from University of Sussex. Beverley is the author of a number of government publications on sustainable schools and young people policy.

Isabelle Cross

Isabelle joined CISL in December 2019. As Team Administrator, her role includes scheduling meetings, providing support for events and webinars, and assisting with publications.

Prior to CISL, Isabelle worked as a Recruitment Advisor with the NHS. She also completed a Wildlife Conservation and Media internship in Costa Rica, surveying the unique fauna in the Osa Peninsula to assess the effects of climate change and forest disturbance. Isabelle holds a degree in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Nottingham.

 Aurore   Cupers

Aurore joined CISL in May 2017 and is based in Brussels. As project-coordinator, she supports the Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation, providing coordination and project management for the CLG Europe secretariat. Her main focus is event support and Brussels engagement.

Prior to this, Aurore was working as an executive assistant and interpreter for a culinary school in Italy. She holds a degree in Germanic Languages and one in Multilingual Communication.

 Serena  Liuni

Serena project manages delivery for The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group in the UK office. Prior to joining CISL, Serena gained broad international experience both in the public and private sector working as a project officer for interdisciplinary European projects within multicultural teams, focusing on the implementation of EU regional policies, Structural Funds management, institutional and capacity building, local, rural and sustainable development.

Serena worked for the DG AGRI (EC) European Network for Rural Development in Brussels, and as a research assistant for the Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Economic Development in Rome. She holds an MPhil in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, and a postgraduate specialisation in local development projects evaluation from the Economics and Finance Ministry School in Rome. Serena is an Italian native speaker, proficient in English and French, and currently learning Spanish.

Dr Sanna   Markkanen

Sanna Markkanen is a Research Associate in the UK office working on climate policy and financing sustainable infrastructure. Sanna co-authored a recently published paper: “Social impacts of climate change mitigation policies and their implications for inequality”.

After completing her PhD in social policy in 2007, Sanna worked as a researcher and lecturer in the UK and Australia. She has extensive and diverse experience of policy evaluation and social policy research. Her previous work has focused on immigration, housing, inequality, deprivation and public health. In recent years, Sanna has carried out research on energy efficiency and the social and economic impacts of the transition to low carbon economy, including the inequality impacts of climate change mitigation policy.

Romain Pardo

Romain joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in December 2018 to work as Programme Manager in the EU office. Prior to joining CISL, Romain spent most of his career working as a Policy Analyst in various Brussels based Think Tanks.

At the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Romain was the project manager for the Think 2030 sustainability platform which brings together various stakeholders, including business and policy makers, to propose solutions for a sustainable future within and beyond Europe, and worked on projects and publications related to the circular economy. Romain was also a Policy Analyst in the Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC) analysing policy developments in the field of resource efficiency, climate action and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. He first gained experience in the think tank world as personal assistant to the Managing Director of Re-Define, an organisation working on the Euro crisis and the Green New Deal. With an academic background in political sciences and international relations and a Master in Geopolitics and Geostrategy, Romain also lived in England, Mexico, Canada and France with professional experiences in the private and cultural sectors.

 Annabelle   Roblin

Annabelle joined CISL in May 2016. She provides coordination and project management for the CLG secretariat, with a focus on research and content delivery for CLG thought-leadership reports and briefings. She also supports the CLG’s participation in the We Mean Business Coalition. Annabelle is based in Cambridge.

Before joining CISL, Annabelle worked for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, where she contributed to the launch of a multi-year programme to accelerate local climate action and supported the delivery of ICLEI’s Pavilion at COP21. Prior to this she completed an internship for the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park in France where she evaluated its climate policy.

Annabelle holds an MA in Sustainable Development and a BA in Politics and International Relations.

 Janaina   Topley Lira

Janaina joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in January 2019 to work as Project Manager in the EU office. She provides coordination and planning for the CLG Europe secretariat, with a focus on implementing the membership strategy, working on event management and communications campaigns. She also supports the Step Up Now communications platform and on profiling the CLGs at international events.

Prior to CISL, Janaina spent three years working as a communication consultant at Sustainability Consult, where she helped clients develop clear communications tools and fine tune their messaging to accelerate the shift to renewable products and materials. She has also worked as a communications manager at shecco, delivering research, marketing campaigns and publications on the market for natural refrigerant heating and cooling technologies, and as a junior policy analyst looking at the health impacts of climate change for the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). Janaina studied Biology at University College London and has a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Marta Wnuk

Marta is a Policy Intern in the Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation based in the CISL Brussels Office. She supports work with the CLG Europe, Green Growth Partnership and We Mean Business coalition.

Marta is a College of Europe and University of Warsaw graduate, with a background in International Relations and EU Policies. She also completed her traineeship at the British Embassy Warsaw, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and at the European Commission, where she worked on energy transition and the EU’s cohesion policy.

 Ursula   Woodburn

Ursula Woodburn is a Programme Director and manages the Brussels office. Through her role she drives further corporate engagement on the long-term climate strategy and building a sustainable European economy. She manages the Corporate Leaders Group Europe, the We Mean Business EU Policy Group and the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy.

 

Krisztina Zálnoky

Krisztina joined the CISL Brussels office to work as a policy intern in July 2020, and she is currently providing maternity cover for a Project Manager role.

Prior to joining CISL, Krisztina worked at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission and completed internships at the UNICEF Hungarian Committee and the U.S. Commercial Service in Hungary. She gained experience in the private sector, working as an analyst at KPMG on projects related to the Common Agricultural Policy. She is a co-founder and board member of V4SDG – Visegrad for Sustainability.

Krisztina studied International Relations with a specialisation in European integration at Corvinus University Budapest and holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London.

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