For over three decades, Nicholas Parker has pioneered sustainable venturing ideas and initiatives. He is currently Founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners Inc. (“GAP”), established to address global megatrends shaping basic needs for clean energy, food, water and sustainable infrastructure by accelerating cross-border deployment of technologies and business models into emerging economies, particularly China. GAP seeks superior value creation and positive impact at scale.
Known as “Mr. Cleantech”, Nicholas introduced the “cleantech” concept to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group (“CTG”), the market-leading research and advisory company he chaired until the end of 2013. Under his leadership, CTG helped mobilize over $6B in private equity while building an innovation ecosystem involving corporations, governments and institutions around the world. During 2010-2013, Nicholas was Chair of Corporate Knights (“CK”), the media and financial research company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Prior to starting CTG, Nicholas accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. He initiated the first trans-Atlantic “sustainability” private equity fund, the first pan-Asian fund, the first cross-border India fund and participated in the second ever solar IPO on NASDAQ. In the 1990s, he built and sold one of the first environmental finance firms.
He serves on several non-profit advisory boards including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Clinton Global Initiative, Purpose Capital and Network for Business Sustainability (academic research). From 2003-08, he was Chairman of E+Co, the award-winning investment company for clean energy in developing countries.