The International Green Awards™, in association with Climate Change – The New Economy, is proud to announce that BBC veteran, Philippa Forester, and sustainability luminary, Leo Johnson, will host the 6th International Green Awards, which takes place on Thursday 24th of November 2011 at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London.
Philippa Forrester brought a fresh touch to Tomorrow’s World and went on to her mark on Robot Wars and Time Machine. She also fronted Heaven & Earth, before moving to BBC Bristol. Philippa’s four years with Children’s BBC saw her presenting the popular afternoon links from the Broom Cupboard. She then stepped into The Ozone, interviewing acts from Annie Lennox and Paul McCartney to East 17 and Take That. Other TV credits include The World’s Strongest Man and a strand on extreme sports for This Morning. A keen environmentalist, Philippa is Vice President of the Wildlife Hospital Trust. She produced the film, My Halcyon River, which tells of a year in the life of the river that runs past her window, and the wildlife it hosts.
Leo Johnson makes sense of sustainability. He pinpoints the trends – from climate change to increased regulation and threats to corporate reputation – then lays out both the risks and the opportunities for business and finance. His key topic is ‘future-proofing’, bringing it into sharp focus (with the same flair for language as his brother, London Mayor Boris Johnson). Leo is Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance, advisor to over 50 global banks and businesses – and now part of PWC. He is also author of Beyond Risk and winner of the IFC Corporate Award for his work with the financial sector. He lectures at a number of academic institutions from the LSE to the Cambridge Programme for Industry. Presentations address the questions no forward-looking company can afford to ignore. What is sustainability? Is it just hype or does it seriously affect your business? What’s going on when activists collect in the lobbies of Merrill Lynch, and consumers re-think their own preferences? Leo doesn’t just set the scene; he helps win management buy-in to push through the changes necessary to pursue the next major source of economic growth. Aside from keynote and after dinner speeches, Leo has moderated international conferences with the likes of Kofi Annan, hosted the FT Sustainable Banking Awards and helped launch the Carbon Disclosure Project in Geneva. He is a regular commentator on CNBC and frequently writes for the Wall Street Journal, FT and Spectator.
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