Faculty Member Biography

Martin Whittaker

CEO, JUST Capital

Martin Whittaker is a recognized leader with thirty years’ experience at the intersection of global business, investing, philanthropy and social and environmental impact. He is the founding CEO of JUST Capital, a co-founder and Board member of the CREO family office investment syndicate, a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor, and a Commissioner to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development’s inequality initiative.

Martin was named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100 – the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance – and to Business Insider’s 2020 List of 100 People Transforming Business. Previously, he served as a member of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative Advisory Council; a board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S.; a board member of the hydrogen transportation company H2 Clipper; part of the G7 Impact Taskforce’s Working Group on Impact Transparency and Integrity; and an Advisory Council Member of PayPal’s Employee Financial Wellness Program.

Prior to JUST Capital, Martin was a founding partner and investment committee member at Sonen Capital, an impact investing firm, where he led private equity, real asset and direct investing activities. Martin has also served as Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, a family office-led private equity firm; Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, where he was part of the Environmental and Commodity Markets team; and Managing Director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., a pioneering sustainable investment advisory and ESG research firm.

Martin received his Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the University of London, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a B.Sc. from University of St. Andrews.

Martin has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, provided expert testimony on environmental markets to the U.S. Senate, consulted to multiple major corporations on sustainability- and impact-related matters, and been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at business schools including Yale, Columbia, Harvard and MIT. He is a published writer, and is a regular commentator in the media and at events including, among others, the World Economic Forum, the White House, CNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the BBC.

Martin Whittaker

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