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Sue Riddlestone

Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Bioregional Development Group

Skoll Awardee


Sue Riddlestone is Chief Executive of Bioregional, an international Skoll award-winning social enterprise and sustainability charity. Sue co-founded Bioregional in 1994 with her husband Pooran Desai. They initiated the iconic BedZED eco-village in south London, where they live and where Bioregional have their headquarters.

Bioregional systematised their approach to create a sustainability framework called One Planet Living which has been used in over $30billion of real-estate development, as well as by municipalities, cities, organisations and companies around the world, including right here in Oxford. A new digital platform will enable more people to take action on sustainability. Sue and the team are working with partners to create One Planet Communities and circular economy products and services which enable us to live a good life with a sustainable carbon footprint and the natural limits of our one planet.

Sue draws on the work of Bioregional and partners to change policy and industry practice from zero carbon policy to eco-towns. A big focus of Sue's work since 2011 has been the UN Sustainable Development Goals, where Sue and colleagues were instrumental in championing the goals, holding the first side event with the Government of Colombia, and then working as the NGO global focal point for Sustainable Consumption and Production. Bioregional are now working on implementing the SDGs in Africa and around the world.

Sue is a Skoll and Schwab award winning social entrepreneur. Sue is a London and SE region winner in the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Sue was a London Sustainable Development Commissioner from 2002-2014. In 2013 Sue was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her work on sustainable business and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Regional Focus

Central America, Central and Southern Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, North America, Oceania