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At SustainabilityTalks we are working hard to ensure that the voices you see at our events and shows are diverse aiming to showcase the best talent in the industry from male, female as well as from BAME communities. We know that there is a long way to go in this regard but we are committed to playing our part in increasing diversity.


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).


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.


Rebekah Clement

Sustainability Director, Lloyd’s

Rebekah has more than 20 years of experience in corporate affairs, working as a trusted adviser to several government and business leaders across a broad range of sectors in the UK and New Zealand. 

Rebekah is Lloyd’s first Sustainability Director and is responsible for leading and executing Lloyd’s sustainability and ESG strategy together with leading the Sustainable Markets Initiative Insurance Task Force programme of activities. 

Rebekah holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield University, a Bachelor of Communications from Massey University of New Zealand and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.


Alix Bedford

Risk Proposition Manager, Zurich

Alix Bedford is Risk Proposition Manager at Zurich Municipal. A strategic risk professional with over 18 years’ experience working both with and within the public sector, Alix is passionate about the value of risk management and its role in driving improved resilience of organisations and communities. Her current role involves looking at the key emerging and evolving areas of risk impacting the public sector now and in the future and leading Zurich Municipal’s response to these. Alix is also leading on the Sustainability agenda for Zurich Municipal, looking at Climate, Workforce and Data risk areas particularly.


Ekhosuehi Iyahen

Secretary General, Insurance Development Forum

Ekhosuehi Iyahen is the Secretary General of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), a Public-Private Partnership led by the insurance industry and supported by the World Bank and the United Nations, aiming to enhance the use of insurance to build greater resilience against disasters and to help achieve the United Nations Global 2030 Agenda.

Are you interested in speaking on a SustainabilityTalk?

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