Lucas Joppa

Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer, Professor at Yale University School of Public Health, Named on the Fortune Magazine 40 under 40 list

  • Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Managing Director at Haveli investments
  • Chief Environmental Officer & Environmental Scientist for Microsoft
  • UNEP-WCMC Fellow & Former UNEP-WCMC Advisor on Science & Innovation
  • Former Federal Advisory Committee Member of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • 2016 USERN Prize in Formal Sciences winner
  • 2014 Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Service Award winner & 2013 Society for Conservation Biology Early Career Award winner

Lucas Joppa is accelerating action to combat environmental and sustainability issues. Currently the Chief Environmental Officer and Environmental Scientist for Microsoft, Lucas is working to develop and carry out Microsoft’s sustainability strategies, passionate to develop technology that will help to monitor Earth’s resources.  In 2021, he was made a Professor Adjunct at Yale University, where Luca educates the next generation of sustainability champions. Also booked as a sustainability speaker, Lucas has previously spoken on topics such as being carbon negative, environmental and computer science.

Originally a Computational Ecologist for Microsoft, Lucas was appointed as Chief Environmental Officer in 2018. Since then Lucas has been at the helm of Microsoft’s sustainable practises, whilst developing the intersection of technology and the environment. Lucas has spearheaded ecological and conservation research, solidifying his expertise in environmental issues and sustainability. On the 1st of June 2022, Microsoft is launching Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, which is clearing the path for net-zero organisations across the globe with greater insight into environmental impact and sustainability progress. Lucas is also currently a United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre Fellow, an Associate Editor in Chief of the Ecological Society of America and an Honorary Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

Educated with a PhD in Ecology, Lucas’ first major role was as an Advisor in Science and Innovation for UNEP-WCMC. He has since been on the Science Advisory Board for Natural England, the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and the External Science Advisory Board of RESOLVE. He has also been Chair of the IUCN Red List Informatics Working Group, the Chair of the External Advisory Board of The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Centre and on the Board of Directors at NatureServe. He has also been the recipient of the 2016 USERN Prize and the 2014 Distinguished Service Award and Early Career Award from the Society for Conservation Biology.

With experience across environmental science and data science, Lucas is now becoming a popular choice as a speaker on sustainability. Committed to advancing sustainability and technology, Lucas also founded the AI for Earth program and continues to develop strategies for Microsoft. Having previously spoken for GLOBAL 2020 and the Virtual London Tech Week, Lucas Joppa is a seasoned speaker and a fantastic choice to bring understanding to the often complex subject of sustainability.

Official Testimonials

Lucas Joppa is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“It was unbelievably inspiring! I am sure everyone felt the same way!”

Hanan, Al Dabbagh Group 

“Thanks Mark, the session went very well, it was a really good discussion hence glad that we had Dr Lucas with us!”


“We were thrilled with Lucas’ presentation as part of our rise event. He was engaging, articulated clear messaging and used Microsoft initiatives & frameworks to back up his broader message. Thanks again for your help in securing him and coordinating his appearance at our event.”

Michael-Oliver, Brightness

To enquire about Lucas Joppa for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.