Dr. Maximilian Martin is Lombard Odier’s Global Head of Philanthropy and led the ICRC’s “Program for Humanitarian Impact Investment” transaction (humanitarian impact bond) on the side of the co-sponsor Lombard Odier.
One of Europe’s impact pioneers, he created Europe’s first university course on social entrepreneurship (2003), Europe’s first philanthropic services & impact investing offering at a bank (UBS, 2004-2009), coined “impact economy” and “corporate impact venturing,” founded Impact Economy (2011), and wrote the UK Cabinet Office Primer “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the first G8 policy makers’ conference on impact investing (2013).
He holds an MA from Indiana, an MPA from Harvard and a PhD from Hamburg. Max’s book Building the Impact Economy: Our Future, Yea or Nay (Springer, 2016) develops a comprehensive framework for creating sustainable new business approaches. Employers and lecturing appointments have included McKinsey & Company, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, UBS, Harvard University, the University of Geneva, and the University of St. Gallen.
Maximilian also served as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U, training senior faculty in Asia and the Americas on social entrepreneurship, and serves on the advisory board of the Emmy Award winning series on climate change “Years of Living Dangerously,” executive produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.