Jeremy Leggett

Jeremy Leggett

Social entrepreneur and writer. Founder of Solarcentury, an international solar solutions company. Britain’s most respected green energy boss. The first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award.
Jeremy Leggett is an award-winning social entrepreneur and critically-acclaimed author whose books include The Carbon War, Half Gone, The Energy of Nations, and The Winning Of The Carbon War. He is founder and a director of Solarcentury, the UK's fastest growing renewable energy company since 2000, developer and installer of solar in a dozen countries on four continents, winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation and many other awards. He is also founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with five percent of Solarcenturys annual profits, itself parent to a non-profit social venture, SunnyMoney, that has sold almost 2 million solar lights in Africa and won a BITC Unilever Global Development Award. An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he has been described by the Observer as 'Britains most respected green energy boss'. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, has won a Gothenburg Prize, and was the first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award. He lectures on short courses in business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford Universitys Environmental Change Institute. An occasional writer for national media including the Guardian and the Financial Times, he maintains a website blog on the opportunities and dangers of tech: www.jeremyleggett.net.
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History, mind, and future: bedrock of business strategy

Twenty-first century business strategy in the context of a brief history of humankind. The human mind: lessons from the explosion of understanding in neuroscience, pyschology, and anthropology in recent years, and how they might be usefully applied in business strategy and tactics. Learnings relevant to widely-admitted failings in the business world. Opportunities, including scope for societal renaissance, and threats, including scope for new despotism.
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Visions and missions in an unstable world

Visions of a zero carbon world in governments, states, cities, communities and companies: status and prospects. The UNs Sustainable Development Goals: status and prospects. Relevance of these visions and goals to the business world. The overlay of geopolitics and security. Guesstimating the outcome: the basis for sustainable strategy.
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Disruption: winners, losers, and movers

The state of disruptive technologies in energy and information markets. Impacts, current and future, on the energy industry and the wider business world.
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Policy, society, capital and climate

The state of policy and societal response to environmental degradation, emphasising the role of business, with particular reference to climate. Relevant emerging trends in capital markets. Stranded-asset risk and its implications for the business world.
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The state and fate of the oil and gas industry

Dependency on oil and gas, and state of play in the energy incumbency. The history and prospects of the shale boom in the US. The oil and gas industrys debt mountain: history, prognosis, threats and opportunities. Is the oil industrys move to gas a sustainable route to profit, and what does it mean for other businesses? The increasing involvement of the legal system in energy: status and prognosis. Why all this matters to the rest of the business world.

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