Joanna Yarrow


Female Leadership

Job Title

Head of Strategy | Sustainability Advisory Board | Former Head of Sustainable & Healthy Living


M&C Saatchi Group | Procter & Gamble| ex-IKEA


Lewes, United Kingdom




An exceptionally eloquent and passionate big stage speaker and author, who brings Sustainability to life through use cases and real-world experiences. Joanna shares unparalleled and actionable insights in a very genuine manner. In her roles as a global leader, advisor and change maker she has inspired impact and change both in traditional industries and at government level.

Speaking Topics

  • How to create business value through positive social and environmental purpose
  • How companies will look at ESG and incorporate ESG matters into operations in the next 10 years
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration in organisational change and development, engagement, innovation and co-creation
  • Supply chain, retail and sourcing – making real impact in terms of sustainability
  • Business growth, commercial innovation, corporate sustainability strategies
  • Circular sustainability (circularity) and related business models
  • Ways to shift consumers towards sustainable behaviour and lifestyle using digital products
  • How to accelerate the transition to radical sustainability
  • Sustainable city design and built environment
  • Female leadership in sustainability

Expert Profile

The speaker specializes in making a sustainable, healthy way of life attractive and accessible through transformational business as well as consultancy, broadcasting, writing and practical projects. Currently, Joanna is a Strategy Director at M&C Saatchi Group and Sustainability Advisory Board at Procter & Gamble.

From 2017 to 2020 as IKEA’s Global Head of Sustainable and Healthy Living she led the company’s work to make sustainable and healthy living affordable, attractive and accessible for as many people as possible worldwide, with the goal to inspire and enable 1 billion people to live better lives within the limits of the planet by 2030. 

She has presented TV programmes (including BBC’s Outrageous Wasters), written books (including 1,001 Ways You Can Save the Planet, How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint & Eco-logical!) and fronted consumer behaviour-change campaigns including the Ariel/Energy Saving Trust energy- & water-saving campaigns and the Future Friendly Awards – all focusing on making sustainable living mainstream.

She studied Human Sciences (MA) at Oxford University and has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future. She received an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University in recognition of her work on sustainability and climate change.