Leonora Oppenheim – Designer and Writer

treehugger Leonora Oppenheim is a design storyteller. Which is a neat way of saying she uses word, image and form to portray local cultural, environmental and community stories to wider audiences.


In short, she’s passionate about provoking discussion and debate through creativity.


From working on plans for a chocolate factory with cacao farmers in the Ecuadorian Amazon to reporting on biogas toilets from the mountains of northern Ethiopia, Leonora has many a tale to tell of her adventurous and inspiring encounters with creative minds around the world.

“Tackling the enormity of our environmental impact is surely the greatest creative opportunity of our times. It requires brilliant minds not only to redesign services, products and systems, but also communications. When green business and lifestyles are made personal, relevant and dynamic that is when people really get engaged. That’s why I’m excited to see the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ celebrating creative responses to the challenges of sustainability. Championing exciting innovative projects and campaigns will inspire many more creative minds to dedicate their skills to positive change.”


As director of Elio Studio  and founder of Creative Data, Leonora crafts her narratives in collaboration with architects, designers, curators and scientists. Together their creative projects promote engaging conversations around social and environmental issues in public spaces.


Leonora also regularly puts finger to key to tell epic tales of design derring and sustainability do for TreeHugger.com, as well as other online and print publications.


Leonora is a Fellow of the RSA, and a member of the Courvoisier Future 500 network.