Clare Shine to Direct Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Beginning April 2021




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Clare Shine to Direct Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Beginning April 2021

Vice President and Chief Program Officer will complete nine years of program leadership in February 2021 Clare Shine will take over as director of CISL in April 2021.

With excitement for our colleague Clare Shine and with gratitude for her nine years of creative program leadership, Salzburg Global Seminar confirmed today that she will direct the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) beginning April 2021. Clare will continue as Vice President & Chief Program Officer at Salzburg Global Seminar through February 2021, participating fully in the development and execution of a very full program agenda.

During Clare’s tenure, Salzburg Global has achieved global recognition for its multi-year programs addressing cross-border issues and forging groundbreaking partnerships. In fields ranging from health to education, human rights to sustainability, Salzburg Global’s programs attract the world’s leading thinkers and activists, many still early in their careers as well as those in key leadership positions. Almost 10,000 Salzburg Global Fellows have participated since Clare joined Salzburg Global in 2012, with many collaborating across a network spanning six continents. 
Reflecting on Clare’s service, Stephen Salyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, said: “Clare has set the bar high, recruiting and mentoring an extraordinary program team that has earned the admiration of Fellows, friends and collaborators across the world. It is gratifying she has been selected to lead CISL, an institution with which Salzburg Global has a rich history, hosting Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Executive Leadership Seminars at Schloss Leopoldskron from 1996 – 2002. We look forward to continuing collaboration with Clare as she assumes her new role next year.” 
Clare’s ambassadorship across diverse reaches of the world and her ability to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at Schloss Leopoldskron have been hallmarks of her program leadership. Together with her husband Mike Mackenzie-Smith and their family, she helped define the robust hospitality for which Salzburg Global is known. Thousands of Fellows, colleagues, friends, and guests will forever associate the generosity, warmth, and passion they felt at Salzburg Global with Clare’s tenure.
Clare joined Salzburg Global Seminar after two decades as an independent environmental lawyer and policy expert for intergovernmental organizations, national governments, the private sector, and NGOs. At Salzburg Global, she built on her prior work and publications focused on biodiversity and sustainable development, climate change, international trade, global and cross-border governance and cooperation, coastal and oceans policy, and conflict transformation.
Clare’s passion for big ideas and imaginative solutions, and her ability to engage and inspire Fellows, partners, and guests have made an indelible impact on Salzburg Global Seminar.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to bring life into Schloss Leopoldskron and to contribute to Salzburg Global’s unique work,” said Clare Shine. “Like my distinguished predecessors, I look forward to staying closely engaged with our Fellows and friends around the world. CISL and Salzburg Global share a deep commitment to transformative leadership for the Sustainable Development Goals – a critical agenda for this ‘decade of action’.”