Dr. Maximilian Martin

Founder, Impact Economy

Dr. Maximilian Martin is the Founder of Impact Economy. He serves as Global Head of Philanthropy at Lombard Odier. He previously served as Founding Global Head and Managing Director of UBS Philanthropy Services, Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company, an instructor at Harvard’s Economics Department, and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr. Martin created the first global philanthropic services and impact investing department for UBS in Europe with teams in Asia, the Americas and Europe, and the UBS Philanthropy Forum. He has authored more than one hundred articles and position papers that have helped define the trajectory of market-based solutions and the impact revolution in finance, business and philanthropy.
Invited by the UK Cabinet Office, in 2013 Dr. Martin wrote the primer on impact investing “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market” for the UK G8 social investment summit convened by the UK Prime Minister. The primer considered the potential and development options for this new branch of the financial industry.

In 2014, he created the Apparel Innovation Consortium (AIC). The AIC helps to bring financing and world-class manufacturing principles to bear on the world’s #2 polluting industry, where millions of women toil in their first formal sector jobs. In 2015, Springer published his book “Building the Impact Economy: Our Future, Yea or Nay,” which shows how sustainable finance can help us master the energy transition, upgrade global supply chains, and modernize capital markets.

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. He also created the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe and serves or has served as a Visiting Professor and Lecturer in Social Investment and Entrepreneurship at the Universities of St. Gallen and Geneva, as well as at Ashoka U.