Closing keynote speaker: Leo Johnson


Environmental economist Leo Johnson’s speciality is ‘future-proofing’. By pinpointing the megatrends that are reshaping risk and opportunity for business – from rapid urbanisation to revolutions in energy and manufacturing –  Leo’s award winning company ‘Sustainable Finance’ provides strategy advice to over 50 global corporations. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and the writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4's 'Hacking Happiness'.

Leo’s passion lies strongly with sustainability matters, with his most recent book, Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future, being an examination of sustainability and the state of the planet. The City of London may even have Leo to thank for the successful ‘green’ bike-sharing initiative (aka ‘Boris bikes’), as it was he who steered his brother towards this environmental victory.

In his spare time Leo enjoys wine making, having founded the Urban Wine Making Collaborative ‘Unthinkable Drinkable Brent’, and has a keen eye for photography. His co-founded ‘Prix Pictet Photography Prize’, for which Kofi Annan is the Patron, focuses on photographs that awaken our understanding of social and environmental challenges.

In his keynote address at the Closing Plenary, Leo delivered an uplifting message about our global future and the role of education in reaching it.