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Mark Gainsborough

Mark Gainsborough
Company Position: Board Advisor
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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.

About NextWave Partners

“I’m delighted to be working as an advisor to NextWave Partners, helping them to better understand the mega-trends impacting on the energy business and to anticipate the future needs of their customers. There is a lot of talk about the massive investment needed in assets to reduce our carbon emissions, but equally important is the investment that is needed in the people to make ambitious plans a reality. To thrive in the energy transition, companies will need to find and develop the best talent and NextWave Partners is perfectly positioned to help businesses to do this”