Martin Koehring


Martin Koehring


Martin Koehring is Global Director of Impact at the international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. For 25 years Forum has been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate transformation to a just and regenerative future. Forum is internationally recognised for its approach to driving systems change and inspiring alternative futures. As Global Director of Impact Martin leads Forum’s programmatic work, with a focus on ensuring and increasing its impact on the world. He leads the International Impact Team, which works across four geographies. The International Impact team holds the leadership, technical expertise and strategic direction on Forum’s three areas of programmatic focus: Food, Energy and the Purpose of Business; its Practice’ (or its unique approach to change-making, which embodies its systems change approaches and applied futures); and finally, overall programmatic quality and MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning).

Before joining Forum Martin held various leadership positions at Economist Impact, which is part of The Economist Group (publisher of The Economist newspaper). He was the head of Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative, inspiring bold thinking, new partnerships and the most effective action to build a sustainable ocean economy. He also led Economist Impact’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Natural Resources practice in the EMEA region and was the editorial lead of the award-winning Sustainability Project. Over the years he has directed many sustainability-related research and thought-leadership projects with partners in business, government, academia and civil society.

Martin’s previous roles at The Economist Group include managing editor, global health lead and Europe editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit. In addition to being a trustee of the New Economics Foundation Martin has also been a member of the Advisory Committee for the UN Environment Programme’s Global Environment Outlook for Business, a senior rapporteur at World Water Week, and a faculty member in the Food & Sustainability Certificate Program provided by the European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability. Martin earned a bachelor of economic and social studies in international relations from Aberystwyth University and a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from the College of Europe.