Building the Impact Economy

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Dr. Maximilian Martin is the Founder of Impact Economy. He previously served as Founding Global Head and Managing Director of UBS Philanthropy Services, Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company, Head of Research at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, instructor at Harvard’s Economics Department, and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Martin’s work and his more than one hundred articles and position papers have helped define the trajectory of market-based solutions and the impact revolution in finance, business and philanthropy.

He created the first global philanthropic services and impact investing department for a bank in Europe with teams in Asia, the Americas and Europe, the world’s leading convening of ultra-high net worth individuals (UBS Philanthropy Forum), the brand Impact Economy, and Corporate Impact Venturing, as well as the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe.

He serves or has served as a Visiting Professor and Lecturer in Impact Investment and (social) Entrepreneurship at the Universities of St. Gallen and Geneva, and as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U.

In 2013, Dr. Martin wrote the primer on impact investing “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the G7 policy makers’ conference, which considered the potential and development options for this new branch of the financial industry.

“Building the Impact Economy: Our Future, Yea or Nay” shows how sustainable finance can become truly mainstream: by next to risk and return consistently adding “impact” as the third investment dimension—and why this is critical if we are to solve the huge challenges that now lie before humanity.

Dr. Martin holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in (economic) anthropology from the University of Hamburg.