2017 SCF Forum biographies: John Firth
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John Firth, CEO and Co-Founder of Acclimatise Group Ltd

John has over 25 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, with responsibilities for water resource, water supply and waste water planning, and environmental consenting.

John co-founded Acclimatise with Dr Richenda Connell in 2004. Acclimatise has now worked on nearly 400 adaptation and resilience projects in 70 countries, for both the public and private sectors. 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 and the financial services sectors. John is also interested in the legal implications for business, disclosure of information to investors, the mobilisation of private-sector finance, climate funding in developing countries, and the integration of adaptation/resilience into national policy making.

John has worked on projects in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Australia, South and South-East Asia 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. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. John is a member of several professional associations: Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Member of the American Meteorological Society and Member of the American Water Works Association. 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.

Acclimatise is one of the seven founding partners of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation and John is working closely with the Netherlands Government, chairing the Preparatory Group for the Centre’s launch at COP23. John is an active member of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group.

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