Cornis van der Lugt

Cornis van der Lugt

Sustainability advisor and researcher, Cornis is an associate for Incite in the European Union


  • Over 20 years of international experience
  • Worked extensively with the United Nations and business covering sustainability reporting, responsible investment, sustainable lifestyles and marketing, greening value chains, and climate change strategy
  • Worked across a range of sectors including manufacturing, building and construction, power generation and service industries.
  • Has been actively involved with the UN Global Compact (2000), ISO 26000, the Global Reporting Initiative
  • Collaborated with London-based think tanks SustainAbility and AccountAbility in development of global surveys and guidance documents
  • In the 1990s he served as multilateral diplomat and deputy director in the South African Foreign Ministry, included representing South Africa in the Montreal ozone and Kyoto climate negotiations.


Executive MBA, Haute Ecole de Commerce (HEC), Paris, France, including Leadership Course at Said Business School, Oxford University, and Global Competitiveness Course at Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles
PhD International Relations, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with scholarship research at Freiburg University, Germany, and Leiden University, The Netherlands
Masters in International Relations (cum laude), Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with Trans-Antarctic Association-funded research at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, United Kingdom


Other passions
Cooking, good food & wine – admiring French & Mediterranean passion for this; as well as photography, hiking in the Swiss Alps and travelling in Africa

“We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.” – Kofi Annan, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 31 January 1999


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