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Dr Tom Herbstein

Dr Tom Herbstein

Programme Manager, ClimateWise initiative

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL),

University of Cambridge


Tom specialises in finance and environmental change. He currently manages the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)'s ClimateWise initiative, a collaborative partnership coordinating the response to environmental change by the global insurance industry.

He joined CISL in 2015 as programme manager of the ClimateWise initiative. Prior to CISL he was a Senior Research Coordinator at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he ran numerous projects around environmental security, particularly with regard to the finance and natural resource sectors. He recently completed a PhD exploring the relationship between the global insurance industry and environmental change. Tom also has a BSc in Oceanography & Climatology and an MPhil in International Environmental Law.


  • environmental security, particularly within the finance and natural resource sectors
  • how the global insurance industry will respond to environmental change
  • finance and environmental change