Trevor Neilson


Trevor Neilson is Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of WasteFuel, a next-generation waste to fuels company that uses proven technology to address the climate emergency and revolutionize mobility.

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. 

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 and as 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 serves as a 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. Sustainable Future was created in response to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ call to action for private investment into sustainable solutions.

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 a Co-founder of The Philippines Foundation, which is dedicated to building a bright future for the people of the Philippines through sustainable development programs with a focus on health, education, human rights, the environment, and poverty alleviation. 

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 following the devastating fires in Malibu and the surrounding region.

Neilson is also Chairman of Las Flores Holdings, an investment firm focused on companies creating top-tier returns and measurable social impact.

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