Ralph Thurm is a leading professional in sustainable innovation and strategy, operational sustainability, sustainability change management, sustainability reporting, and ThriveAbility. With more than 25 years experience working for major corporates, industry federations, governments, NGOs and advisory services globally, Ralph adds value as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, moderator and writer on a huge variety of sustainability topics. He is the Founder & Managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead, a coaching platform focused on sustainable transformation and strategic advisory.
Ralph has accepted roles as Director Engagement at GISR for the EMEA region and as senior advisor at various organizations and networks, including UNIDO, Turntoo and Katerva.
In 2013 Ralph co-initiated the Reporting 3.0 Platform, instigating change towards a decision-useful new reporting impetus for a green & inclusive economy. Furthermore, Ralph is a co-founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation, set up to build the future agenda for the nexus around sustainability, innovation, behavior and design, host of the ‘ThriveAbility Journey’ and ‘ThriveAbility Index’.
Ralph’s interest in sustainability started during his time at university in Nuremburg, Germany, where he studied business administration, with a specific focus on accounting, strategy and banking between 1988 and 1992. His time there was influenced by the 1987 Brundtland report and the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It was the time when the first aspects of ethical and moral issues in business were addressed in German universities.