Max Duckworth


Max’s Belief

Max believes that comprehensive measures to improve the planet and people’s lives do not have to compromise our economic health. Adopting sustainable policies and practices nearly always makes good business sense. In the energy arena, Max has seen first-hand how clean air standards can be achieved at a fraction of the projected cost to the industry. He has also seen how energy efficiency improves a corporation’s bottom line. Max remains highly confident that we can overcome our greatest challenges, such as climate change, in a cost-effective manner — by promoting entrepreneurship, investing in technology, and facilitating access to markets. Max co-founded MaSa Partners to work with and invest in early-stage companies seeking to help us meet our social and environmental objectives.

Max’s Value

Max spent fourteen years working for a large energy company, helping the organization grow from a domestic, joint venture start-up into a large, global commodities player. During this time, Max held a number of commercial and executive leadership positions, and looks back at the challenging times in his career as being the most enlightening. Max applies these lessons learned to advise start-up companies — for which capital is scarce and missteps can be costly – in many business areas, including deal structuring, financial and risk management, and governance.

Max’s Commitment to the Community

Max grew up all over the world, living in half a dozen countries before he turned ten. The diversity of people and the richness of their cultures instilled in him the outlook that the world really is a village. For this reason, Max has been an active volunteer for the US Fund for UNICEF. He currently serves as Chair of its Mid-Atlantic regional board and as a member of its National Development Committee. Max has been to the field twice with UNICEF, and has a particular interest in leveraging financial and technological tools to reach and save more children every day.

What you don’t know about Max…

Max’s academic training was in physics but when his doctoral project was canceled, he started to tackle environmental issues, publishing several papers on climate change and renewable energy policies. He was born in London though supports Liverpool FC, speaks three languages, and is part-owner of a biodynamic farm in the UK. He has traveled all over the world and does not believe in coincidences.


  • Private investor focusing on early-stage companies
  • Energy commodities executive, Constellation Energy
  • Climate change policy analyst, Tellus Institute
  • Teaching Fellow, Boston University


  • Humanitarian Society, US Fund for UNICEF
  • Child Protection, Belize
  • Social & health programs, Namibia
  • Imperial 1907 Circle


  • Abingdon Health
  • Renewable Power Direct
  • US Fund for UNICEF, Mid-Atlantic
  • US Fund for UNICEF, National Development Cttee


  • Boston University, M.A., Physics
  • Imperial College, B.Sc. (Hons) Physics
  • Universite’ de Paris-Sud, XI
  • Associate, Royal College of Science

Investing Mentoring Deal Structuring M&A Governance Fundraising
Risk Management Trading & Hedging Financial Reporting Sustainable Development Renewable Energy Climate Change

Participating in a group exercise about health and safety in a middle school in northern Namibia.

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