Academy Award® winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio was confirmed today to keynote the 2016 Scottish Business Awards on 17 November.

Mr. DiCaprio will join Scottish Business Awards chairman Sir Tom Hunter in addressing an audience of over 2,000 people at the UK’s largest business awards dinner. Past keynote speakers have included actor George Clooney, Sir Richard Branson and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Scottish Business Awards Chairman Sir Tom Hunter said, “Leonardo is not only a famous actor, he is a pioneering environmentalist and committed philanthropist whose charitable work is making a global impact. To have him address our nation’s premier businesses and entrepreneurs is incredibly exciting.”

“That the Scottish Business Awards is the largest awards dinner of its kind in the whole of the UK says a lot about the strength and ambition of Scotland’s entrepreneurial community, and 17 November is set to be another very special night,” continued Sir Hunter.

About the Scottish Business Awards

Founded by Josh Littlejohn and chaired by Scottish businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, the Scottish Business Awards is the UK’s largest business awards dinner.

Held at Edinburgh’s EICC in front of a 2,000 capacity audience made up of Scottish entrepreneurs and business leaders, the awards have featured keynote speeches from Sir Bob Geldof, US President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, and George Clooney in recent years, raising over £4m for good causes since its inception.

About Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio – Academy Award® winning actor and activist – is well known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale. As Chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), he works to protect biodiversity, implement ocean and forest conservation and educate the world about climate change. In addition, he has produced numerous environmentally themed creative projects and documentaries to increase awareness and ignite change. In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a specific focus on climate change. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history’s largest climate march in New York City and powerfully addressed the UN Summit.  In January 2016, DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos for his work to bring global attention to the urgent need to address climate change. Leonardo also serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the funders’ collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.