Trevor Neilson is Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of WasteFuel, a next generation fuel company that develops low carbon biofuels from waste.
Previously, Neilson served as Co-founder and CEO of i(x) investments, an entrepreneurial, multi-strategy impact investing platform addressing areas of human need. Under Neilson’s leadership, i(x) launched platforms in Renewable Energy, Carbon to Value, Waste to Energy, Green Commercial Real Estate, Attainable Housing, Gender Equality, Education and Media. Neilson continues to serve as Co-founder and Chairman of the i(x) board of directors.
In 2006, Neilson co-founded advisory firm Global Philanthropy Group. In that capacity, he has been involved in the creation and implementation of many of the world’s most respected philanthropic initiatives and has worked with over fifty major philanthropists.
Neilson’s leadership in business and social change includes time as the Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition (GBC), a coalition of over 200 multinational companies focused on global health issues created with investments from Bill Gates and Ted Turner amongst others. In this capacity, Neilson reported to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and President Obama’s former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Prior to his leadership of the GBC, Neilson worked closely with Bill & Melinda Gates, both in their family office and as Director of Special Projects. He was a founding member of the team that created and launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he served as the Director of Public Affairs.
Named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Neilson served in the White House during the Clinton administration and served on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre International Advisory Network.
He served as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the World Affairs Council.
Neilson is Co-founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of Sustainable Future, an initiative of i(x) investments and The Prince’s Foundation that engages the world’s leading families to identify and make investments that help address the climate emergency and other global sustainability issues.
He also serves as the United States Chair of the University of Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory Advisory Board. Whittle is the world’s leading jet propulsion engine and power generation laboratory and aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions flight by 2035.
Neilson is an advisor on climate issues to Palo-Alto based PsiQuantum, which is working is to build the world’s first useful quantum computer out of conventional silicon chips that process information using individual photons as well as electronics.
He is also a Co-founder of The Philippines Foundation.
In the wake of the devastating California fires in 2018, Neilson co-founded the Malibu Foundation. He was named a “Citizen of the Year” by the Malibu Times in honor of his work in Malibu and the surrounding region.