Pooran Desai OBE

Pooran has worked in sustainability for over two decades. He co-founded the environmental organisation Bioregional in 1994, setting up enterprises in sustainable forestry, organic farming, recycling and real estate development.

Bioregional was one of the first sustainability consultancies and Pooran put together the UK’s first large-scale, mixed-use sustainable community, BedZED, which was completed in 2002.

I was helping companies and governments create sustainability strategies and the key was resolving conflicts between different departments and stakeholders. I realised sustainability was about helping people see the connections and focus on the goals they shared. I wanted to harness digital technology to make this exponentially easier. That’s why I founded OnePlanet.

- Pooran Desai, CEO OnePlanet

A vision for sustainability

Pooran led Bioregional’s One Planet Living® for 18 years, heading teams that created sustainability strategies for $30bn of real estate development working in over 30 countries. One Planet Living® principles served as an inspiration for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Both the One Planet Living principles® and the United Nations’ SDGs now lie at the heart of our products and services.

In 2009, he was commissioned by publishers John Wiley & Sons to write One Planet Communities:
A Real-Life Guide For Sustainable Living.