Prior to launching i(x) investments, Neilson served as President of G2 Investment Group where he helped lead the firm’s initiatives in energy, real estate and security.
Before his work with G2, Neilson was co-founder of Global Philanthropy Group (sold to Todd Wagner and Charity Network in 2017) an advisory firm. 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 included time as the Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition (GBC). GBC is a coalition of over 200 multinational companies which is focused on global health issues and was created with investments from Bill Gates, George Soros and Ted Turner. 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 is active in a variety of personal philanthropic initiatives including the Climate Mobilization. In the wake of the devastating California fires in 2018, Neilson co-founded the Malibu Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors. 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 also serves as Chairman of Las Flores Holdings, an investment firm focused on companies creating top-tier returns and measurable social impact.