Christèle Delbé

Sustainability

Christèle Delbé, MSc, is a Sustainable Business Director, intrapreneur and change agent with more than 18 years’ experience shaping and scaling shared value initiatives that unlock brand and revenue growth across FMCG, Utilities, Banking, Automotive and Technology sectors.

As Head of Sustainable Innovation for the Vodafone Group, she initiated and led a B2B programme which generated an annual sales pipeline of £5M and sparked the co-creation of four mobile products, helping to address supply chain, community engagement and access to water challenges across Africa and Asia.

Previously Christèle embedded global frameworks into seven countries by gaining buy-in from local senior leaders on strategy, ethics and reporting at Orange Group.  She started her career as a sustainability consultant for five years at SustainAbility, EQM and PIRC.

She was awarded the Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Social Impact and was a speaker at the TEDx Lausanne on innovative mobile products for Unilever, Nestle, Danone, Anglo American and Vodafone.  She has delivered more than 20 speaking engagements and interviews in England, Egypt, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland on food, agriculture, women, labour rights, and technology and she has published more than 10 thought leadership reports.

Having grown up in West Africa, she spent the first decade of her life visiting smallholder farmers with her veterinary father. Committed to her communities, Christele has been giving back for more than two decades as an Advisor and Researcher at Lund University, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Greenpeace.

Christele has an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of Lund, a BA (Hons) from the University of South Bank and a two-year degree in International Marketing from the University of Sceaux in Paris. She grew up in West Africa and has lived in France, the United States and Sweden before settling in London where you may catch her trying to beat her personal best in her local 10K Park Run in Bushy Park.

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