Creating a Blueprint for Sustainable Leadership | Janice Lao

Through this episode of the Sustainable Ambassador Podcast, we speak with Janice Lao about her 20 years of work experience in corporate sustainability, and her recent research to benchmark the traits of sustainable leadership and create a blueprint from which others can follow.

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 over 20 years experience working in the field of corporate sustainability, and in the past 10 years as head of 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 completing her PhD in Sustainability Education at Prescott College, researching on the role of boards and sustainability. She also co-wrote a climate change book “Sparky & Benny’s Big Home Mystery” with her daughter, Esther. Her new children’s book “Penguins Can Fly, Right?”, co-authored with her son, Isaac, will be out in mid-2024.



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