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Jonathan Maxwell


Jonathan Maxwell
Nick Mavro
Pictet Asset Management (USA) Corp.
Peter Mayer
RockWood Advisory Partners

Jonathan Maxwell’s Biography

Jonathan Maxwell is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL), a leading investment firm specialising in energy efficiency and low-carbon infrastructure projects. With over 25 years of experience in international finance, infrastructure, and private equity, Jonathan has been instrumental in promoting sustainable development through innovative financial solutions.

Jonathan founded SDCL in 2007 and has since led the firm's expansion across the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia. Under his leadership, SDCL has launched several energy efficiency project investment funds and also founded the SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT), where Jonathan serves as Chairman of the Committee.

Before establishing SDCL, Jonathan was a Director at HSBC Infrastructure, where he managed the IPO of the company, the first Main Market, London Stock Exchange-listed infrastructure fund, which now has an enterprise value of over £3 billion.

Jonathan is also a member of the Reuters IMPACT Climate Council, contributing his expertise to drive climate action and shape the global...
Jonathan Maxwell is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL), a leading investment firm specialising in energy efficiency and low-carbon infrastructure projects. With over 25 years of experience in international finance, infrastructure, and private equity, Jonathan has been instrumental in promoting sustainable development through innovative financial solutions.

Jonathan founded SDCL in 2007 and has since led the firm's expansion across the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia. Under his leadership, SDCL has launched several energy efficiency project investment funds and also founded the SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT), where Jonathan serves as Chairman of the Committee.

Before establishing SDCL, Jonathan was a Director at HSBC Infrastructure, where he managed the IPO of the company, the first Main Market, London Stock Exchange-listed infrastructure fund, which now has an enterprise value of over £3 billion.

Jonathan is also a member of the Reuters IMPACT Climate Council, contributing his expertise to drive climate action and shape the global climate agenda since April 2023.

"The Edge," a book authored by Jonathan Maxwell, explores the contemporary global landscape and the war in Ukraine. drawing on his extensive experience in the energy sector.

Jonathan is a prominent voice in the field of sustainable investment, frequently participating in podcasts and interviews where he shares his insights on energy efficiency, climate change, and sustainable finance. Through these engagements, Maxwell provides expert commentary and analysis, helping to educate and inform audiences on the importance of sustainable practices in addressing global challenges.

Jonathan holds a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.
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Jonathan Maxwell’s Newsfeed

King’s Speech outlines transport and energy plans

Jonathan Maxwell, CEO of Sustainable Development Capital LLP, discusses the importance of energy efficieny.

Sustainable Development Capital LLP Announces Minority Investment from General Atlantic’s BeyondNetZ

Sustainable Development Capital LLP, a leading developer, investor and fund manager in the global energy efficiency and decarbonisation solutions industry, has confirmed a minority investment from growth investor General Atlantic through this firm’s BeyondNetZero climate growth fund.

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Jonathan Maxwell’s Background

Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL)
Founder & CEO
Oct 2007 - Present
London, UK
Sustainable Development Capital specialises in investing in energy efficiency projects and low carbon infrastructure to promote sustainable development.
 
HSBC
Director | Business Development
Jan 2002 - Oct 2007
London, UK
HSBC provides a wide range of financial services, including personal banking, commercial banking, wealth management, and global banking and markets.
 

Jonathan Maxwell’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) | Investment Committee
Group CEO & Chairman
Dec 2018 - Present
London, UK
The Investment Committee for the SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT) is responsible for overseeing the trust's investment activities and making decisions regarding the allocation of funds into energy efficiency projects.
 

Current Advisory Roles

Reuters IMPACT Climate Council
Member
Apr 2023 - Present
London, UK
The Reuters IMPACT Climate Council is a collaborative body comprising global leaders, experts, and thought leaders who aim to drive climate action and shape the climate agenda. The Council focuses on providing business intelligence, fostering innovation, and inspiring solutions to tackle climate challenges.
 

Media

Mayor announces new £100 million fund to accelerate London-wide decarbonisation, in partnership with leading UK investor
Article
Dec 2023
London, UK
In this article, Jonathan stated that London is a global centre for servicing the transition and finding innovative methods for private capital to fully participate in unlocking projects that are crucial for achieving net zero.
 
Substack | Jonathan Maxwell
Profile
View Jonathan's Substack Profile here.
 
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Interviews

The Infra Insider | Exploring 'The Edge' with Jonathan Maxwell | Episode 6
Interview
Nov 2023
London, UK
Jonathan offers profound insights from his recent book, "The Edge," which incisively examines global events, the war in Ukraine, and the crucial connections between resource competition, crises, and sustainability.
 
Checkpoint 2023 | Energy Efficiency Investment | Ep113
Podcast
Jan 2023
London, UK
Jonathan returns for the first in a series of 'checkpoints' on Cleaning Up, where he gives an update on Energy-Efficient Investment.
 
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Publications

The Edge
Author
London, UK
‘The Edge’ offers a highly contemporary perspective on how recent events have transformed the world, focusing on climate change, the war in Ukraine and the challenges the world faces regarding energy, security, the environment, and the economy.
 

Awards & Recognition

UK Green Business Awards 2024 Winners
ESG Investor of the Year | SDCL | Winner
London, UK
Impressing the judges with their systemic approach to investment, engagement with public bodies, and its focus on improving energy efficiency, SDCL was also praised for new funds launched.
 
UK Green Business Awards 2024 Winners
Sustainable Leader of the Year | Jonathan Maxwell | Highly Commended
London, UK
The UK Green Business Awards celebrate excellence in sustainability across various sectors in the UK. The awards recognise companies, projects and individuals that demonstrate innovation and leadership in environmental practices. Jonathan was Highly Commended in the Sustainable Leader of the Year category.
 
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Speaking Engagements

SuperReturn Infrastructure
Speaker
London, UK
SuperReturn Infrastructure is a premier private equity and venture capital event that gathers all the top performers in the industry.
 

Jonathan Maxwell’s Education

University of Oxford
Modern History | BA (Hons)
1992 - 1995