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Board Advisor Appointments: John Walker and Mark Gainsborough

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Press Release: NextWave Partners appoints John Walker and Mark Gainsborough as Strategic Board Advisors.  


NextWave Partners is proud to be partnering with Mark and John as Board Advisors as our business goes through the next phase of growth globally. Mark and John share the same passion for renewable energy, cleantech, CSR, sustainability, tech for impact and are aligned in their vision for a net-zero economy to fight climate change. 

John and Mark see the gaps globally in connecting and aligning human capital to form and transform industries to ensure maximum impact on the net-zero ecosystem. NextWave is well-positioned to leverage on their extensive networks and knowledge by continuing to scale an Elite Clean Energy & Infrastructure and Impact Technology recruitment firm fighting for the same cause. 
More importantly, they are both truly inspirational and highly energetic leaders who put people first. "

Adam Wade


John Walker AM

"I am pleased to be engaged with NextWave Partners as an Advisor, working with them to help their clients be ahead of the curve when it comes to hiring decisions and expanding in new markets, within Renewable Energy & Infrastructure. NextWave shares my passion for people and I really look forward to working with them in this very interesting time for Energy & Infrastructure in Asia & globally"

John Walker is an Australian citizen and an international business leader with a track record of leading and expanding Development and Private Infrastructure across APAC.
With over 40 years of experience in leadership positions in the public and private sectors for infrastructure development in Asia, much of John’s success in building businesses has been based on establishing relationships across the spectrum of corporates, financial institutions, and Governments.
He recently retired as Chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies, Korea, and Chairman of Macquarie Capital, Asia after 22 years with Macquarie Group. Macquarie Korea is now a leader in the infrastructure sector. Macquarie, under John’s leadership, was a trailblazer in developing the private infrastructure industry in Korea. Macquarie is now one of the largest foreign asset managers and a leading developer of renewable energy assets.
He is now focused on providing services as an advisor or Non-Executive Director to investors, corporates, and governments, leveraging his practical experience. He is also currently Chairman of InfraCo Asia Development and a Director of the UK-based Private Infrastructure Development Group, focusing on the financing and development of infrastructure in emerging markets.

 View John Walker's profile 


Mark Gainsborough

Mark is one of the most experienced global business leaders working in the field of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development. After a 39 year career with Royal Dutch Shell, he is now deeply involved in moving the world to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, through a combination of board roles, advisory work, and Angel Investing in new low carbon technologies and business models. He has significant operational and business development experience combined with deep knowledge of environmental policy, energy transition, and sustainable development.
Mark spent the last four years of his career setting up and leading Shell’s global New Energies business. This included building and acquiring positions in renewable power generation, electricity supply, energy storage, hydrogen, advanced biofuels, and nature-based solutions. He also had responsibility for Shell’s Corporate Venture Capital arm, investing in new technologies and business models for power and advanced mobility.
Since retiring from Shell in July 2020, he has developed a diverse portfolio of activities with a common theme of working to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. His board roles cover companies working in large-scale renewables, energy access through distributed generation, battery storage systems, and advanced plastics recycling. He advises a number of established companies and start-ups and he is a founder of Low Carbon Advisors (, a new business that helps CEOs and Boards navigate their journey to net-zero carbon emissions.

 View Mark Gainsborough's profile

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