Clare Shine


Senior Advisor
Diplomatic Courier
Advisory Board

Clare Shine is Director and CEO of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She joined CISL in April from Salzburg Global Seminar, where she served as Vice President and Chief Program Officer for nine years. Clare is a qualified barrister and has worked as an independent environmental lawyer and policy adviser for intergovernmental bodies, governments, business and NGOs, focusing on biodiversity, climate change, coastal and marine systems, public health, governance, trade, equity and rights, and conflict transformation.

Clare is a UK-qualified barrister, an associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and a bilingual French speaker and professional facilitator.

She began her career in industry, working in the media and publishing sector with responsibility for marketing and new ventures. Clare is also a professional journalist who was the Financial Times' theater critic in France from 2001-2011. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University, UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.