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Nazneen Rahman on Sustainability of Life Science and Boards


In our latest episode we speak with Nazneen Rahman, scientist, physician, entrepreneur, and non-executive director (NED).

Nazneen discusses how she combines her life science and sustainability expertise. She explains her current initiative to significantly reduce wasted medicines as CEO of YewMaker. Then she shares her thoughts on sustainable governance and organisational implementation of ESG strategies from her experience as a NED on the board of AstraZeneca, where she chairs the science and sustainability committee.

Nazneen also is a singer/songwriter and we play her song 'Midlife Musings' at the end of the interview.


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About Nazneen Rahman


Nazneen is Founder and CEO of YewMaker which builds science-based sustainable healthcare solutions. YewMaker is the initiator and executive lead of the Sustainable Medicines Partnership, a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder action collaborative of 48 organisations executing a 4-year programme to reduce the waste of medicines and the waste from medicines.


Nazneen is a Non-Executive Director at AstraZeneca, where she Chairs the Science Committee and the Sustainability Committee. Nazneen was previously Professor of Human Genetics at The Institute of Cancer Research, London and Head of Cancer Genetics at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and is an internationally recognised expert in genomics for discovering and clinically implementing cancer genes.


Nazneen has garnered numerous awards, including a CBE in the 2016 Queen’s birthday honours for services to Medical Science. She is also a singer-songwriter and has released four albums.



About 'Leadership Conversations by TSBR'


Leadership Conversations is a podcast by The Sustainability Board Report (TSBR), an independent not-for-profit project. We aim to showcase different dimensions of sustainable business leadership and corporate governance. In this podcast we interview global leaders who advocate for more positive societal impact and responsible business. Leadership Conversations is hosted by Frederik Otto and Helena Guðjónsdóttir.

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