Leo’s specialisation is making business sense of sustainability, identifying environmental and social megatrends and the risks and opportunities for business leaders.
He is a Business Fellow of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford, and a regular lecturer for Cambridge University’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
Leo has hosted the BBC World Show “Down to Business” helping scale up BBC World Challenges ground-breaking small businesses, including Green Gold in the Colombian jungle and biogas from waste in Kenya. He has commented and written guest columns for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, the Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal.
In 2004, Leo Johnson was awarded the IFC Corporate Award for his work on the rollout of the Equator Principles.
In 2006, Leo Johnson worked with the Financial Times and IFC to establish the Financial Times Sustainable Banking Awards, for which he has hosted since 2006 and acts as Technical Advisor. Leo Johnson is Sustainability Adviser and Judge for the Prix Pictet—a Prize for Photography around sustainability issues for which Kofi Annan is the Honorary President.
Leo is the author of IFC’s best practice publication: “Beyond Risk: Sustainability and the Emerging Markets Financial Sector”. He is the author of “The Future of Finance: Sustainable Banking and the Banco Real Model”, published in INSEAD collection of essays on best practice in sustainable banking.
Leo has an MBA from INSEAD. He holds an M.Sc. in Resource and Environmental Economics from University College London, where he was Dow Scholar, and a B.A. from New College, Oxford, where he was Stephens Scholar.
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