Nelis Global

Next leaders initiative for sustainability


Our story starts way back in 2004…
NELIS co-founder, Peter David, worked on sustainability strategy with multinational corporations in Japan and often felt terribly frustrated. “There are many good people in these organizations, but the system in which they are embedded made it seem unlikely that any kind of “sustainable” future would ever be possible”, he thought. 
Another approach was needed and the idea that struck Peter David was NELIS –Next Leaders’ Initiative for Sustainability.

The original idea behind NELIS was that there is an urgent need in the world for “next generation leadership,” which integrates social and environmental considerations into decision-making regardless of whether we are talking of agriculture, business, urban planning, politics, education, health or other sectors of society.

NELIS argues that only by linking a new generation of sustainability practitioners across the world in a collaborative network, will humanity be able to shift towards a more humane and ecologically sound model of social and economic development.


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Africa, Antarctica Region, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Europe, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kiribati, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Nicaragua, Northern America, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Clean technology and energy, Food production, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene


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