Leadership 2050: Andrew White and Jessica Long

'Use your power to change the things that matter.'

Trigger warning: mentions of sexual assault.

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In episode 5 of Leadership 2050, Andrew talks to circular economy pioneer Jessica Long about the big idea that’s revolutionising business, and what it takes to be a great leader.

One of the marks of a great leader is being able to bring people who may not agree with you along towards the right thing.

For more than two decades Jessica has been helping organisations increase their competitiveness and drive profitable growth while creating positive economic, environmental and societal impact. She is the Chief Strategy Officer at Closed Loop Partners, a NYC-based investment firm that provides equity and project finance to scale products, services and infrastructure at the forefront of the circular economy. She is also co-author of The Circular Economy Handbook: Realizing the Circular Advantage.

In her conversation with Andrew, Jessica talks openly about her life and career and the personal and professional turning points that have shaped her as a leader. She shares her insights into how the circular economy model is reimagining business and business relationships, the recipe for great leadership, and why leaders have a responsibility to use their power to change the things that matter.

One of the areas where Jessica uses her voice is fighting for rights for survivors of sexual violence worldwide. You can find out more information on Rise and its fight for justice by visiting their website.


Leadership 2050 is a podcast exploring the leadership we need to successfully transition to 2050. Who are the innovators setting the agenda for a more equal and sustainable future? In each episode Andrew White talks to a visionary leader from the business community who is confronting the challenges humanity faces and finding solutions.

Andrew's research and teaching focuses on how leaders transcend 21st century challenges such as disruptive technology change and the climate crisis. Also, how they create cultures that are diverse, inclusive, resilient and high performing, alongside the ongoing challenge of delivering profitable growth. At Oxford he directs the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, and works with leaders from industry and governments across the world.