Leo Johnson’s speciality is future-proofing by pinpointing the megatrends – from rapid urbanisation to revolutions in energy and manufacturing – that are reshaping risk and opportunity for business.
Leo Johnson is co-founder of Sustainable Finance, strategy advisors to over 50 global corporations, and now part of PwC. Formerly with the IFC, part of the World Bank Group in Washington, Johnson won the IFC Corporate Award for his work with the global financial sector.
His most recent book is Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future. He is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Johnson is also the co-founder of the Prix Pictet, a global prize for photography, for which Kofi Annan is the Patron.
Leo Johnson co-presents BBC Radio 4’s flagship series “Future Proofing”, which explores the big ideas and innovations re-shaping business and society and heads the Disruption practice at PwC. Leo Johnson specializes in making business sense of sustainability, identifying environmental and social megatrends and the risks and opportunities for business leaders.
Leo Johnson explores the cutting edge in exponential technology, probing game changers both short term and long, from autonomous transport and payment by data to radical life extension, quantum computing, and the RFID chipped workforce. Leo aims to demystify what in the world of new technologies is real, what is hype, and what will have a long-term impact on business.
He joined the World Bank as a Resource Economist before co-founding the boutique advisory firm Sustainable Finance, since acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers Group. He is now a Visiting Business Fellow at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment, a judge on the Financial Times’ Boldness in Business awards, and a regular presenter for BBC World.
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.
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