Ella Jollands


  • Theology, University of Cambridge

Ella Jollands

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself.

I’m currently a second year Theology student at Cambridge, but I began university studying Arabic and Persian, although I have shifted focus my dream of hiking through the Zagros mountains has yet to be dampened! I have a passionate interest in learning about different cultures, the risks that face them, particularly environmental, and how to mitigate those risks in culturally appropriate ways that help move towards a more sustainable future not only on an environmental level, but also a social one.

What have you learnt during your time at E Co.?

I’ve had the opportunity to learn about climate finance in particular how to prepare bids and interpret terms of references to work with organisations like the GCF, which has been an inspiring experience to see the work that is going into preserving our future. On a more personal level I have been exploring trust, how to continuously develop professional relationships that are grounded in trust, and how by doing this one can create a work environment where people feel open to share ideas and knowledge.

If you were world leader, what’s the first thing you would change?

If I was a world leader, the first thing I would change would be to introduce equal paternity and maternity leave, as not only is the intersectionality between the gender and the environment a crucial and often ignored area, but also because pragmatically it would be one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce gender equality.