George Polk is the Managing Partner of Tulum Trust, a private equity firm which works primarily with family offices and delivers high returns while having a meaningful impact on climate change.
George has been applying his skills as an institution builder, investor, and philanthropist to the challenge of creating a viable and vibrant low carbon society since 2007, when he stepped out of a successful career as a technology entrepreneur to focus on tackling climate change. Since then, George has worked some of the largest donors on climate to found a range of new organizations and initiatives including the European Climate Foundation (where he was Chairman), the Carbon War Room (where he was Chairman), and Project Catalyst.
On the for profit side, began as a Senior Advisor to the Mckinsey and then started working with some of the largest investors in the world to develop and implement investment strategies related to climate, including work with George Soros to design a $1 billion climate related investment initiative. Tulum was founded three years ago and has committed over $150m to investments in energy infrastructure sectors that are generally overlooked by mainstream investors but which can grow into significant investment themes.
Before his work on climate change George was an entrepreneur, having founded, run, or bought a number of technology and telecommunications companies. George was recognized as Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Pioneer of the City of London, and has been ranked several times in the top 25 global technology agenda setters by Silicon.com. He was most recently founder and CEO of The Cloud, the leading broadband wireless network operator in Europe which was sold to Sky/News Corporation. He is a graduate of Harvard University and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.