July 16, 2018

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Dr. Maximilian Martin & William Burckart


Dr Maximilian Martin is the Founder and Global Managing Director of Impact Economy. He also serves as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U and Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen. He previously served as founding global head and managing director of UBS Philanthropy Services, head of research at the Schwab Foundation, senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, instructor at Harvard’s Economics Department, and fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

He created the brand Impact Economy and holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economic anthropology from the University of Hamburg.

Dr. Martin created the first global philanthropic services and impact investing department for a bank in Europe, the UBS Philanthropy Forum and the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe. He has participated in numerous projects and innovations in the impact space and authored over one hundred articles on social entrepreneurship, social business and philanthropy, corporate responsibility, impact investments, and related topics.

William Burckart is the Managing Director of Impact Economy (North America) LLC.  Bill guided special initiatives for the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, including the New Frontiers of Philanthropy where he is also a lead author of the forthcoming book, Philanthropication thru Privatization, and Nonprofit Value Proposition projects—mobilized $1 million in support for this portfolio, and managed a global team of researchers and practitioners spread across multiple countries and continents.

Previously, he was a consultant to Venture Philanthropy Partners, where he supported the seven-year assessment of its first investment fund—a $31.4 million fund that leveraged an additional $33.9 million in funds and that was invested into 12 organizations serving approximately 11,600 children and youth in the National Capital Region.

Bill also worked for members of the United Kingdom Parliament in London, England and as an editor for BizShanghai, a journal that covered business and economic development issues in Shanghai, China.  He holds an MA in Public Policy from the Institute of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a BA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

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