John Firth

CEO, Acclimatise

John has over 20 years’ experience in assessing the impacts of climate change. Prior to Acclimatise he worked in the UK water sector for Severn Trent Water, where he led their strategic business planning team, overseeing more than £4bn of asset investment, with responsibilities for water resource and waste water planning, and environmental consenting.

John co-founded Acclimatise with Dr Richenda Connell in 2004. He has extensive experience of integrating climate change into business decision-making and risk management processes. He has a particular expertise in the impacts of climate change on SMEs, multi-national corporates and their supply-chains, the financial services sectors and small island developing states (and in particular the Caribbean where he has a long association with many of the key stakeholders). John is also interested in the legal implications for business, disclosure of information to investors, the mobilisation of private-sector finance and the provision of climate funding to developing countries.

John has worked on projects in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Asia and Australia for banks, governments, institutional investors, development partners, and the private sector.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals and appeared as a speaker at conferences throughout the world on water, environmental issues and climate change. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. In 2013 John was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on environmental investing and policy making by the Journal of Environmental Investing.

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