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Johan Eliasch (Cool Earth)
|Born||February 1962 (age 57)|
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Alma mater||Stockholm University|
Royal Institute of Technology
|Net worth||£2.3 billion (May 2019)|
|Title||Chairman and CEO of Head, Special Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
|Board member of||Equity Partners|
Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Eliasch (1988-2006)|
Johan Eliasch (born February 1962) is a Swedish billionaire businessman, and the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Head, the global sporting goods group, and the Special Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Johan Eliasch was born in February 1962, in Djursholm, Sweden. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stockholm University and a master's degree of science from the Royal Institute of Technology. He did military service in a specialist unit, the Royal Life Guard (K1) 1980-81.
Eliasch is the grandson of G. A. Svensson, a leading Swedish industrialist who "made a killing in real estate".
Eliasch, a conservative, was appointed on September 14, 2019 as the Special Representative of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Forestry. Previously he served in the British Government, as the non-political Special Representative of the then Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Deforestation and Clean Energy from 2007 to 2010. He served in different roles for the Conservative Party between 1999 and 2007, as Party Deputy Treasurer (2003–07), Special Advisor to the Leaders of the opposition (William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith) and shadow Foreign Secretaries (Michael Howard, Francis Maude and Michael Ancram) (1999–2006). He covered Shadow Foreign Relations (2003–2006) as part of the Shadow Foreign Office team. In 2006 he and Michael Ancram set up Global Strategy Forum, a foreign affairs think tank based in London; he remains President. He was a member of the Austrian President's delegation of State for Trade and Industry 1996-2006. He was chairman of the Young Conservatives Party in Djursholm, Sweden (1979–1982).
He is on the board of directors of Equity Partners, Aman Resorts, London Films, the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, Longleat and Pitch@Palace Global. He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions, Brasilinvest, Societe du Louvre, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Capstar[specify], Centre for Social Justice and the British Olympic Association. He is a member of the Mayors of Jerusalem and Rome's International Business Advisory Councils. He is the first president of the Global Strategy Forum, a trustee of Cool Earth, a patron of Stockholm University, and chairman of the Saatchi Gallery.
He has also served on the boards of IMG (2006-13) and the British Paralympics Association, the sports advisory board of Shimon Peres Peace Centre, the advisory board of the World Peace Foundation. He was non-executive chairman and a non-executive director of Starr Managing Agents 2008-2015. He was non-executive chairman of Investcorp Europe 2010-2014. He was non-executive director of Acasta Enterprises 2015-17. He was a trustee of the Kew Foundation 2010-2016. He chaired the Food, Energy and Water security program at RUSI 2010-2016. He was a member of the Mayor of London’s (Boris Johnson) International Business Advisory Council 2008-2016.
In 2007 he was commissioned by HM Government to undertake an independent review on the role of international finance mechanisms to preserve the global forests in tackling climate change, 'The Eliasch Review' , which was launched by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street in October 2008. The Eliasch Review has served as a guideline for REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) as part of the international climate change convention.
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