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Janice Lao


Janice Lao is an internationally multi-awarded environmental scientist and economist working with businesses so they can be a force for good for the world. She has nearly 20 years experience working in the field of corporate sustainability, and in the past 8 years as head of ESG/sustainability for several publicly listed companies based in Asia, Europe, and the United States. At 30, she developed the initial mathematical and economic modeling that was the basis for international aviation’s carbon-neutral growth strategy. She also originated and led some of the “first in the industry” sustainable financial deals, from green bonds to M&A. Her work has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s most influential female sustainability leaders, Fortune Magazine and others, often as the only Asian, and one of the youngest, in their lists. She graduated from the University of Oxford as a British Chevening scholar and is currently completing her PhD in Sustainability Education at Prescott, researching on the role of boards and sustainability. She also co-wrote a book on “Sparky & Benny’s Big Home Mystery” with her young daughter, Esther. She also teaches and is a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge’s Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.