Leslie Johnston

CEO, Laudes Foundation

About Leslie Johnston

Leslie Johnston is the CEO of Laudes Foundation (previously C&A). She joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013 and brings over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors, including smallholder agribusiness, entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy. At C&A Foundation, Leslie led the development of the foundation’s first global vision, mission, and strategy, anchored on making fashion a force for good. She oversees team of over 50 people across 10 countries, working to improve lives and livelihoods across the foundation’s five signature programmes.

Prior to this role, she managed the Swiss-based Argidius and COFRA Foundations, committed to helping enterprising people to help themselves. As the Deputy Director for TechnoServe in West and Southern Africa, she co-managed a $20 million portfolio and a diverse team. She also has top-tier management consulting experience, having worked for McKinsey & Company in DC and South Africa. She holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a double Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and French from University of California at Berkeley.

Leslie currently serves on the boards of COFRA Foundation (Switzerland), GoodWeave International (US), CottonConnect (UK), and the Organic Cotton Accelerator (NL) as well as the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ Executive Committee and TechnoServe’s Global Advisory Council.

Based in Zug, Switzerland, Leslie is the proud mother to two boys (ages 10 and 12) and wife to a Scottish writer.

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