Simon Mundy Keynote Speaker

  • Moral Money Editor, Financial Times
  • Author of acclaimed book, 'Race for Tomorrow: Survival, Innovation and Profit on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis'
  • Speaker on sustainable business and finance

Simon Mundy's Biography

Simon Mundy is a fascinating speaker on sustainable business and finance. He is the Moral Money Editor at the Financial Times, covering the vital but troubled drive for a cleaner, fairer, more sustainable global economy. His writing on sustainable business and finance appears on the award-winning Moral Money platform and across the wider FT. He is also the author of Race for Tomorrow, an acclaimed book on the global climate struggle.

In his writing and speaking, Simon draws on over a decade of on-ground global experience reporting on some of the key trends sweeping the world economy. He began his journalistic career in Johannesburg, where he covered Southern Africa for the FT, before a period writing on the London financial sector. He then spent seven years in Asia, heading the FT bureaux in Seoul and Mumbai, covering issues ranging from the North Korean nuclear programme to the rise of India’s digital economy.

Starting in the summer of 2019, Simon spent two years travelling through 26 countries on six continents to research Race for Tomorrow, a book on the global scramble to respond to climate change. The book features deeply reported encounters with characters ranging from Saudi royalty to Siberian mammoth tusk hunters, from Congolese cobalt miners to clean-tech billionaires in China and Silicon Valley. Published in October 2021, the book has had a hugely positive early response. It has been featured by media including Sky News and BBC Radio 4, and has been named one of the top ten books of 2021 by the Royal Geographical Society’s magazine, Geographical.

Simon is an accomplished and charismatic keynote speaker, panellist and moderator. His speaking reflects not only his own deeply informed perspectives, but the voices and stories of the huge range of people he has spent time with in every region of the world – from some of the most powerful figures in global business and politics, to members of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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Simon Mundy's Speaking Topics

What does climate change mean for global business?

Tracing the complex implications of climate change – and the energy transition it is driving – for businesses in every sector. Simon makes use of his on-ground reporting on topics ranging from the rise of Arctic shipping, to the political storm over Australia’s coal industry, and the fierce controversy around beef farming in the Amazon region.

What is a sustainable company?

As the “ESG“ agenda gathers momentum, companies of every stripe are under pressure to prove their sustainability credentials — amid rising scrutiny of so-called “greenwashing”. What must businesses do to keep up with the fast-growing expectations around their environmental and social impacts?

Why climate action matters

Drawing on his extensive international reporting, Simon sheds light on the severe and growing physical risks to communities, cities and businesses in every region of the world. Audiences can hear about the threats faced by winemakers in Chile, insurance giants in Germany, islanders in the South Pacific and the ancient architectural jewels of Venice.

Climate change and the global balance of power

The climate struggle is at the centre of strategic manoeuvring among the US, China, Europe and countries of every size, in every region of the world. The areas of tension range from competition over clean-tech supremacy to questions of climate finance and economic justice. Simon’s exceptional international experience gives audiences a window into questions that will prove central to the story of the 21st century.

Can technology help the world rise to the climate challenge?

Simon talks about some of the extraordinary entrepreneurs and innovators he’s encountered, and their ambitious plans to deploy technology in the climate struggle. From an Israeli company growing “fake beef” in bio-reactors, to an Icelandic startup turning carbon dioxide into underground stone, and electric transportation companies from Shenzhen to San Jose – all are part of one of the most exciting and high-stakes revolutions in world business history.

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Videos of Simon Mundy

Are we too obsessed with our personal carbon footprints? | FT Rethink
Are we too obsessed with our personal carbon footprints? | FT Rethink
Race For Tomorrow: Survival & Innovation on the Front Lines of Climate Change | Amanpour and Company
Race For Tomorrow: Survival & Innovation on the Front Lines of Climate Change | Amanpour and Company
Race for Tomorrow: Simon Mundy in Conversation
Race for Tomorrow: Simon Mundy in Conversation
Simon Mundy and Samantha Washington in conversation at COP26
Simon Mundy and Samantha Washington in conversation at COP26
Goals House @COP26 | Fireside Chat with Simon Mundy, Editor of FT's Moral Money
Goals House @COP26 | Fireside Chat with Simon Mundy, Editor of FT's Moral Money
Panel discussion - moderated by Simon Mundy - at the Moral Money Summit Americas
Panel discussion - moderated by Simon Mundy - at the Moral Money Summit Americas
How your wallet could save the world | COP26
How your wallet could save the world | COP26

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Simon Mundy

Race for Tomorrow

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