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Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson is a champion of next-generation leadership, inspiring talent with direction and purpose in a world often split by pessimism and denial. As a Visiting Business Fellow at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & Environment, he teaches on one of the university’s most popular Masters programs. Additionally, he is a familiar voice on BBC World and Radio 4, presenting series like Down to Business, World Challenge, FutureProofing, Hacking Happiness, and Hacking Capitalism.


About Leo Johnson

Leo’s work focuses on the major trends impacting business today—from climate change and AI to geopolitical instability. He explores how these factors interact and shape an organisation’s global standing, providing insights into navigating business disruption with transformational leadership. At PwC, he heads the Disruption & Innovation team and advises the Global Centre for Transformative Leadership.

In his talks, Leo highlights the “rigidity trap,” where teams revert to the status quo when faced with threats. He believes in unlocking potential within teams to transform challenges into opportunities. At Oxford, he leads research on the Paradox of Intent, which seeks to remove barriers to effective leadership and transformation.

Leo’s background includes studying at Oxford and INSEAD, working as a Resource Economist at the World Bank, and co-founding Sustainable Finance, which was later acquired by PwC. He is the co-author of “Turnaround Challenge: Business & the City of the Future” and a regular Financial Times contributor. He also serves as a judge for the FT’s Boldness in Business Awards.

Through his engaging lectures, broadcasts, and writings, Leo Johnson motivates leaders to embrace innovation and resilience, guiding them to navigate and thrive in today’s complex business environment.

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