Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans, also Co-founder of SustainAbility (1987) and of ENDS (1978), John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.”
In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”
In August 2001, John was named among the ‘100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders for 2011’ by ABC Carbon and the Sustain Ability Showcase Asia, based on nominations and recommendations received from around the globe.
In terms of other hats, John sits on an A-Z of strategic advisory boards and committees, from the Aflatoun Impact and Policy Analysis Steering Group, to a Cleantech Fund developed by zouk Ventures.
He has written or co-authored 17 books, including 1988’s million-selling Green Consumer Guide, 1997’s Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, the book which brought his triple bottom line concept and agenda to a wider audience, and 2008’s The Power of Unreasonable People.
John is currently working on his latest book, The Zeronauts, due for publication in Spring 2012. The Zeronauts spotlights a new breed of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers who are pushing towards zero targets.
John is a columnist for publications in USA, UK, China, Brazil, Denmark and Japan and writes a weekly column for the Guardian Sustainable Business website. As a public speaker, he has addressed over 500 conferences all over the world. He was a Faculty member of the World Economic Forum from 2002-2008.
James Leaton has been the Project Director of The Carbon Tracker Initiative since September 2010. He has led the research and analysis of listed fossil fuel reserves and is the lead author of the ground-breaking report: ‘Unburnable Carbon: are the world’s capital markets carrying a carbon bubble’. James is responsible for developing the work programme at Carbon Tracker and partnering with other organisations to further our objectives.
James was previously a sustainability and climate change consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on the financial sector, advising blue chip clients on risks and opportunities, stakeholder engagement and contributing to international development. James spent five years at WWF as a senior policy advisor, concentrating on the links between energy and finance. James led work for WWF on the Sakhalin II oil & gas project finance, and initiated work on tarsands finance in the UK, partnering with the Co-operative Bank. He authored the report ‘Unconventional Oils: Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel’, which acts as a reference point on tarsands. James started his career as a governance and responsible investment analyst at PIRC and other research providers.
James has worked in Canada, Russia, Nepal, West and East Africa, and Europe with companies, governments and communities to improve natural resources management. James has an MSc in Environmental Technology and has completed the International Business Leaders Forum Partnership Brokering Level 1 accreditation.
Bob has spoken at numerous industry events and conferences, including Worldwide Exchanges Conference, Sibos and GARP. He has frequently appeared in the press, including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN, and pens a regular column for The Economic Times of India.
Bob’s previous experience includes a Senior Consulting analyst role at Aite Group, where he focused broadly on trading issues in the European marketplace, as they apply not only to those within the capital markets sector, but also within wholesale banking. He covered all asset classes, risk issues and compliance with European regulation, most significantly Basel II, Basel III and MiFID. Before this Bob was a research director at TowerGroup, focusing on the European financial services industry. He is a director and shareholder in Ubicap Group Ltd, a private equity broking and investment company based in Guernsey; and, through UbiCap, an advisor to Alderney Renewable Energy.
Based in the UK’s Channel Islands, Bob holds a law degree (LLB Hons) from University College London, University of London. He is fluent in French and he speaks Russian and Spanish.
Mark Nicholls is editorial director at Environmental Finance Publications, which publishes newsletters and magazines covering growing relevance of environmental and social issues to the financial community and its corporate clients.
Launched in 1999, the flagship magazine Environmental Finance specialises in coverage of environmental markets – such as those for greenhouse gas emissions allowances and renewable energy certificates. It also covers responsible investment, environmental risk management, corporate social responsibility, renewables financing and weather risk management. He also helps oversee Carbon Finance, a specialist newsletter focusing on carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions management, and the impact of climate policies on business and finance.
Over the last 12 years, Mark has developed a particular specialty in business and policy responses to climate change, specifically in the emerging carbon markets created by, or linked to, the Kyoto Protocol. In 2000, he was named Socially Responsible Investment Journalist of the Year (trade press), in an award sponsored by Friends Provident.
Prior to co-founding Environmental Finance, Mark was the Hong Kong-based Asia editor for Risk magazine, which is the leading financial derivatives and risk management publication. He has a degree in Politics from Durham University and a masters degree in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics.