Business leader, campaigner, co-author of "Net Positive
Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. As chief executive officer of Unilever (2009-19) he demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. Mr Polman now works across a range of organisations and initiatives to help speed global action, including by leading the UN Global Compact and as an ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. He is chair of the Oxford University Saïd Business School, and helps develop young leaders through work with the INSEAD and IESE business schools, and the boards of PRME and One Young World.