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Wicked Solutions

Covid-19 has been devastating for the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The pandemic and resulting global recession has pushed millions in developing countries, into extreme poverty, facing worsening health, education, gender and equality issues. 

It’s just one example of how the sustainability challenges we face are so huge that no one government or company can tackle them on alone. Partnerships are crucial in identifying the key challenges and solutions, creating the right regulations and infrastructure to enable these solutions to be put in place, and to direct capital to the right places at the right time. So why is it so difficult to create effective coalitions?


Rachel Hicks

Host, Business Reporter

Rachel Hicks is a senior freelance TV presenter and journalist. She’s worked for BBC TV and radio as a news anchor and reporter since 1992. She regularly presented daily live current affairs TV programmes and co-hosted general election specials, grilling politicians and holding captains of industry to account.  She currently interviews and hosts panel debates  for The Business Reporter.

Rachel dives, skis and drives a speedboat. She’s run the London Marathon, rowed the Thames Marathon and driven a Land Rover to Africa for charity, requiring sand ladders to cross the Sahara.

Leo Horn-Phathanothai

Co-head, UK WRI

Leo is an environmental economist, author, urbanist, and non-profit leader. He co-Heads the World Resources Institute UK Office and serves on the Executive Team of WRI’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Previously he served at the United Nations and as an adviser to the British and Chinese governments and the World Bank, focusing on the nexus of climate and development.

Corli Pretorius

Deputy Director, UNEP-WCMC

Corli Pretorius is Deputy Director of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). She brings 20 years of experience in global public policy on environment and development, including the last 10 years with the UN Environment Programme – first at its headquarters in Nairobi, then in New York and now Cambridge, UK. Enabling governments and business to better integrate biodiversity and ecosystem knowledge in decision-making is a key component of her work. Earlier, she was IUCN’s head of global communications, based in Gland, Switzerland. She started her international career with the Secretariat of the World Commission on Dams, based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has degrees in planning, agricultural development and agricultural economics.

James Cole

Director of Corporate Relations and Communications, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

James is a Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), where he leads corporate relations, communications and network activities spanning collaborations with over 250 companies pa.

He previously set up a Business Engagement function at Friends of the Earth and developed strategic commercial partnerships at Vodafone. He is a Trustee of the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT).