Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson

Host of Technoport 2016

Leo Johnson makes sense of sustainability.

He pinpoints the megatrends - from rapid urbanisation to climate change, revolutions in energy and manufacturing to regulation and threats to corporate reputation. Laying out both the risks and the opportunities for business, Leo considers what ‘future-proofing’ meaning, bringing it into sharp focus (with the same flair for language as his brother, London Mayor Boris Johnson).

Leo is Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance, advisor to over 50 global banks and businesses - now part of PWC. He also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank dedicated to financing and advising private sector projects and ventures in developing countries. He is the author of Beyond Risk and winner of the IFC Corporate Award for his work with the financial sector. He is a Fellow at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise, and lectures at the LSE and the Cambridge Programme for Industry.

Leo’s latest book Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future considers the huge shifts in society, economy, environment and governance that confronts the world. Whether it’s IT-enabled buildings or fossil-fuel dependent cities, he looks at what the future holds for how we all live and work.

Covering a wide range of topics, Leo considers how growth will be achieved in the future, and what it will look like. From population growth to energy and resource shortages, he address the questions no forward-looking company can afford to ignore. What is sustainability? Is it just hype or does it seriously affect your business? How has technology changed reputation and activism? Leo doesn’t just set the scene, he helps win management buy-in to push through the changes necessary to pursue the next major source of economic growth.

Aside from keynote and after dinner speeches, Leo has moderated international conferences with the likes of Kofi Annan, hosted the FT Sustainable Banking Awards and helped launch the Carbon Disclosure Project in Geneva. He is the co-host of FutureProofing, a look at the big ideas set to transform the world, on Radio 4, is a regular presenter and commentator on BBC World and CNBC, and is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, New Statesman, FT and Huffington Post.

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