Sebastian Johnson

Head of Innovation and Inward Investment, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP)

Sebastian has over 35 years of experience in economic development, business management, strategy and policy development. He has run his own businesses, worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors and advised businesses and local and national government. He is a co-founder of Smart Oxford and led Oxford’s shortlisted bid to be European Capital of Innovation in 2016.

His current role at OxLEP involves leading the International Investment and Trade team to promote the world-class innovation, assets and skills available in Oxfordshire to stimulate collaboration, and investment opportunities to a global audience. He has led work alongside Government and local partners to develop an Internationalisation Plan for Oxfordshire which has resulted in record levels of investment into Oxfordshire over the last five years.

“Oxfordshire has a history of delivering pioneering solutions to the world’s greatest challenges and we believe that the expertise and desire that exists in the county can be a critical driver to delivering the answers that can tackle the climate emergency head-on, and at pace too.  

“With the right level of investment, Oxfordshire is well-set to ‘do more’ and create further solutions that can drive the world towards a zero-carbon future. OX to ZERO will be able to further amplify this message far-and-wide and result in an even greater awareness of our stand-out, world-leading innovation ecosystem and we look forward to showcasing Oxfordshire’s capabilities.”


Speaking at: Innovation