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Debbra A.K. Johnson
Debbra has spent portions of her career moving between business owner and corporate entrepreneur enabling her to work both with a number of sectors including insurance, banking, healthcare, apparel, oil & gas, building products, and chemicals, to name a few. From 1998 to 2014, she held managerial positions with DuPont where she was sought out for her thought leadership and ability to identify and frame emerging needs across a wide variety of industries.
In her more recent roles, Debbra worked at both the business and enterprise levels and developed integrated frameworks and approaches to translate corporate sustainability aspirations into increased revenues, new products and expanded services. This included leading life cycle assessments to uncover product footprint impacts and converting the findings to claims that increased market share and revenues. She helped define and introduce sustainability elements at the ‘fuzzy front end’ of product development; and paved the way for DuPont’s consulting division’s first climate-related vulnerability studies, while encouraging DuPont businesses as well as its customers to consider the role of “resilience” across their operations and capital flows.
Debbra has served on non-profit sustainability certification and advisory boards and is a member of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) where she has led working groups, presented to the UN General Assembly Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and The Americas Regional Platform; and recently co-authored a chapter on the Private Sector & Resilience for a Springer publication, Disaster Management and Private Sector: Challenges & Potentials, released March 2015 at the World Congress for Disaster Risk Reduction.
In October of 2014 she formed Debbra A.K. Johnson, LLC (DAKJ, LLC) in order to establish a collaborative business model that brings together deep experts who can provide scientific, social, political, educational, environmental, economic and technological guidance on the topics of disaster risk reduction/resilience, climate adaptation and sustainable development.