John Elkington Keynote Speaker

  • Author of 'Green Swans'
  • Named fourth most influential global figure the CSR Top 100
  • Founding Partner at sustainability consultancy, Volans

John Elkington's Biography

John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. He is currently Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of Volans, a consultancy working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation movements.

In 2008, The Evening Standard named John as one of the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as a ‘true green business guru’ and an ‘evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable’. In 2009, a CSR international survey of the Top 100 CSR global leaders placed John fourth behind Al Gore, Barack Obama, and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop.

Last year, John released ‘Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism‘. The book drawns on John’s experience working with some of the world’s largest companies. He optimistically argues that our species does its best work when backed into a corner. He sees hope in a combination of private and public solutions to pressing problems such as plastics, obesity, antibiotic resistance, climate change, and space junk. The book was shortlisted for the FT & McKinsey Book of the Year Award 2020.

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