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Aris Vrettos, Member of the Global Sustain Advisory Board
Aris has been working on sustainability since 2005. He currently leads CISL’s executive education open programmes on sustainable business and is a member of CISL’s senior management team. He is also the global director for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP), the world’s longest running leadership programme on sustainability. The BSP trains approximately 150 business leaders and other decision-makers annually on global sustainability trends in Brussels, Cambridge, Cape Town, Melbourne and São Paulo. Aris is also involved in designing and delivering CISL’s work with individual companies in the areas of sustainable health, climate leadership and the retail sector.
He was previously a Senior Advisor at AccountAbility, the pioneering think-tank,focusing on business strategy,engagement and innovation. At AccountAbility he advised Fortune 100 companies and worked with global corporations such as General Electric and Merck on their global sustainability, stakeholder engagement and access to medicines strategies.He led a two year collaboration with the International Finance Corporation and the UN Global Compact promoting sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets, including a 3 month placement in Brazil. Previously he helped establish the Global Leadership Network, a big business network pursuing corporate citizenship excellence.
Aris is an expert reviewer on stakeholder panels and has sat on the Judges committee of various awards, including the Ethical Corporation’s Sustainable Business Awards. He is an advocate of the role of science, business and leadership and helps companies establish a long term vision. He has worked on the ground in Europe, the US, India, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.Heis a trained economist and journalist and holds an MSc in international money and banking from the University of Birmingham. He began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social issues in Greece.