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Sharon Johnson

Board of Directors , London, UK

Sharon Johnson was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, with degrees from Wits University in Industrial Psychology (Hons) and English Literature.
Sharon began her career in the advertising industry in South Africa, with career highlights including the ANC’s first election campaign and the launch and growth of MTN, Africa’s largest cellular phone network today. She relocated to Sydney, Australia to work with a global portfolio of leading brands, developing their growth and marketing communications strategies during a period of great change in the region, when Asian markets were opening to globalisation, increasing the demand and reach of telecommunications and financial services, and the first notable impacts of climate change were impacting on industries from agriculture to retail.

With a young family, Sharon relocated to the UK in 2001 with a corporate sustainability focus, working with large corporations across supply chain innovations and communications. She has consulted to FTSE500 CEO’s and a range of global and UK Foundations to scale sustainable business with full regard for human rights and citizen engagement, and has designed and implemented global campaigns to increase citizen engagement in rights based issues.

Sharon worked as part of the team incubating The Elders in 2007, subsequently running their Human Rights Programme through to 2009; and returned as their Campaign Director for two years leading up to their founder, Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary to reinvigorate communications and drive civil society engagement with The Elders’ work. She now serves a group of rising global leaders, The NewNow, working for dignity, equality and justice.

Sharon is a Trustee and Supervisory Board member of The Wildlife Justice Commission and a Board member of Namati.

Sharon lives in North London with her husband. They have three children.