Dr Samuel Short
Sam is an Industrial Associate with IfM Engage. He is working with new ventures, SMEs, large organisations and policymakers in all geographic regions, on business transformation and value creation, with a specific focus on industrial sustainability. He seeks to help industry, governments, and society tackle the world’s biggest environmental and social sustainability challenges, while at the same time delivering new forms of value and superior competitive advantage from sustainability initiatives.
Sam holds a PhD from the IfM Centre for Industrial Sustainability. He is interested in how industry and policymakers can drive the transition towards a more sustainable future. He has specific interests and expertise in business model innovation and collaborative networks for sustainability, tools and methods to support innovation for sustainability, sustainable development and policy approaches for developing nations, circular economy, industrial symbiosis, ethical trade, environmental and social stewardship, sufficiency-based models, and ‘net-positive’ regenerative approaches to business. He is actively engaged in ongoing academic research and education, and serves as a supervisor for Master’s students projects.
In addition to his PhD, Sam is also a Cambridge MET alumnus with an MEng in Manufacturing Engineering, holds an MBA from Queen’s University in Canada, has professional qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), ACCA Management Accounting and Finance, and practitioner certification in PRINCE2 project management. He is a Chartered Engineer of the Institute for Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
He has 15 years of work experience primarily in the aerospace and defence sector, and has lived and worked extensively across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. His work experience includes production management, new product development, supply chain management, industrial development strategy, sales and marketing, commercial management, international partnerships, government relations, and general business management. Since completing his PhD he has focused on sustainability, working as a strategy consultant, and advisor and participant in several start-up initiatives in housing and transportation sectors.
Sam is a mountaineer and adventurer. He has successfully climbed the ‘7 summits’ (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mount Everest), completed an unsupported ski-tour crossing of Greenland, and many other adventures around the world.