Global Cambridge in Geneva
Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Virgo (Downing 1984) will be joined by Robert Wardrop (Trinity Hall 2012), Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School; Dr Jake Reynolds, Director, Sustainable Economy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL); and Eleanor Tew, Conservation Science PhD student (Jesus 2015).
Together, they will explore ways we can reconcile the demands of economic growth and our burgeoning population with the urgent need to preserve our planet’s fragile ecology.
Following the panel discussion, you are invited to continue the conversation at a reception, providing a wonderful opportunity to network with other Cambridge graduates and friends.
This event is free for you and two guests but please note that registration is essential.
Robert Wardrop is a member of the Finance & Accounting Group at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is a leading expert in understanding how and why alternative channels of finance emerge outside the traditional banking and capital markets system. He is co-editor, along with Professor Raghu Rau, of The Palgrave Handbook of Alternative Finance (forthcoming).
Since its foundation in 2015, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance has published 21 influential research reports on alternative finance topics, and currently carries out collaborative research investigating the development of alternative investing, lending and payment systems in more than 180 countries. The Centre’s research is supported by the World Bank, the UN, regional development banks, philanthropic foundations and corporations.
In addition to his academic role at Cambridge, Robert currently serves on the global advisory boards of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.
Eleanor is in the final year of her PhD, supervised by Professor Bill Sutherland in the Conservation Science group. Eleanor graduated with a first class degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, after which she spent nearly a year working for the Forestry Commission, where her main role was to design and deliver a range of biodiversity decision-support tools.
Eleanor is particularly interested in how scientific understanding and evidence can inform detailed, effective and pragmatic conservation solutions. Her PhD focuses on the practicality of using the ecosystem services approach to guide land-use decisions and deliver biodiversity gains. She is once again working with the Forestry Commission, using Thetford Forest and the Brecks to study ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies at a scale relevant to land management decisions. Eleanor’s research results are feeding directly into Thetford Forest management plans.
Eleanor’s PhD is funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council, as a CASE studentship with the Forestry Commission (formerly known as Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering).
Dr Jake Reynolds
Jake is responsible for CISL’s leadership groups, which exist to trigger change towards a sustainable economy. As the architect of CISL’s Rewiring the Economy plan, his team delivers strategic collaborations of business, government and financial institutions designed to put solutions to sustainability problems into practice with partners and peers. Jake also oversees CISL’s research activities, notably the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.
Previously, Jake led the UK Sustainable Development Commission’s wellbeing team, where he was a senior adviser on education, health and transport and nominated for Civil Service Awards in 2009 and 2010. Prior to this, he worked with CISL’s predecessor institution to refocus its work on sustainability leadership, drawing on his background in conservation and development with the UN and others in India, Kenya, Lebanon, Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda. This built on a track record of engineering research at the University of Oxford and short spells in the private sector.
Jake sits on the editorial board of Nature Sustainability, is a Board Member of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, chairman of a start-up serving the energy needs of low-income customers in Northern Uganda, and governor of a large secondary school in Cambridgeshire.