Leo Johnson is an independent sustainability expert, and co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd.
Leo’s specialisation is in 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 presented the BBC World programme, ‘Down to Business’, and is involved with BBC World Challenges – an initiative which supports ground-breaking, small business 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, which he has hosted since 2006 and acts as Technical Advisor.
Leo is the author of IFC’s best practice publication Beyond Risk: Sustainability and the Emerging Markets Financial Sector as well as 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 a 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.