Jo Confino

Jo Confino

Journalist, Zen Mindfulness Practitioner, and Partner
Leaders' Quest

Jo Confino is an executive coach, facilitator, journalist, sustainability expert and Zen mindfulness practitioner.

He works at the intersection of personal transformation and systems change; working with several organizations including Leaders’ Quest, Future Stewards and the United Nations Development Programme.

He is on the board of advisors for The Climate School as well as Force of Nature, a youth climate activist organization. He is also a trustee of Theatre for a Change, whose purpose is the empowerment of women and girls, particularly in their sexual and reproductive health.

Jo has worked closely for the past 14 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic community in Plum Village, France and is ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing. He is also chair of the board of Parallax Press, which publishes books on mindfulness in daily life.

Besides chairing and facilitating events and conferences all over the world for the past 20 years, he also runs smaller workshops and roundtables.

Until recently, he was executive editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director of What’s Working at the HuffPost in New York. During his five years there, he developed long-term editorial projects based on social, environmental and economic justice and was a member of the HuffPost senior leadership team as well as the senior leadership team of Verizon Media.

Before joining HuffPost, he was an executive editor of the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of the Guardian Sustainable Business website. During his 23 years at the Guardian, he set up and managed a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine, and helped create the Guardian’s environment and global development websites.

Jo also created and managed the sustainability vision and strategy for the Guardian and its parent company Guardian Media Group.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.


After serving for many years as founding Editor-in-Chief at Guardian Sustainable Business, Jo began to realize that the journey to change the world begins with our own ability to look within and... see more

Monday 17th October
5:40 PM - 5:55 PM

An experiential workshop to discover practices that will help us come back into balance and to feel more joyful and at ease so that we can better navigate the complexities of our... see more

Monday 17th October
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet at the Learning Center at the Costal Event Center to begin a guided mindfulness walk by Jo Confino. see more

Tuesday 18th October
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM