Leo Johnson is the head of disruption at financial services giant, PwC and the co-presenter of FutureProofing on BBC Radio 4. Making sense of a modern world, he engages in discussions on the risks and opportunities in sustainability. Discovering the latest trends relating to climate change, technology and corporate positioning, he is a specialist advisor to businesses and banks on "future-proofing".
Asking the questions - how does sustainability affect your business? What happens when consumers rethink their preferences? What happens when people only wish to work for businesses that offer meaning? Leo has engaged with businesses to establish strategies surrounding such topics.
Formerly working for the World Bank, Leo co-founded the advisory firm, Sustainable Finance which was absorbed by PwC. Leo would win the IFC Corporate Award for his efforts in the financial sector. He is the writer of Beyond Risk and co-author of Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future.
A regular contributor to the mainstream media, as well as specialist industry publications, Leo has presented and commentated on BBC World, CNBC, The Spectator, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as given a 2014 Ted Talk which amused audiences with his personal journey to making "unthinkable drinkable wine" with his neighbours.
In addition to his media efforts, Leo has hosted awards and events including the FT Sustainable Banking Awards, judged at the Financial Times’ Boldness in Business awards and co-founded prestigious photography prize, Prix Pictet. Heavily involved in sustainability, Leo has also been involved in the launch of the Carbon Disclosure Project and is a trustee for the Green Alliance and the New Economics Foundation.
In an interview with Investec, Leo said: "Do we want a mindset that wealth is life – or that life is wealth? If the latter, I think we’re better placed than any other generation to do something about it."
Talking megatrends and the future as well as the way data can shape business strategy and economic models, Leo discusses how companies will fall and opportunities will knock for disruptors making him an ideal speaker on sustainability and disruption in business today.