Alex G. McIntosh, Founder & General Partner

Summary:  Alex's areas of expertise are innovative personal care and water.

He has had the privilege over the past fourteen years of helping create and lead three transformative initiatives: the first in the nonprofit sector (Nature Conservancy); the second in the corporate sector (Nestle Waters); the third in the natural personal care sector (Thrive).  In each, his aim was to bring to life something new and successful, by applying vision, funding, innovative partnerships & team-building, strategic management and hard work. 

His interests today are two-fold:
1) Reinventing personal care to improve human health and the planet.  Learn more about Thrive Natural Care.

2) Tackling the toughest water challenges of the 21st century by investing in the world's outstanding entrepreneurs and their innovative business models

 

Specialties:  Entrepreneurship; Natural Personal Care; Water; Sustainability; Environmental business strategy; Impact Investing; New business models & innovation; Social entrepreneurship to benefit people and the planet

 

Professional Background:  

Through Ecomundi Ventures fund, Alex and his team brought to life Thrive Natural Care, an innovative natural personal care company that is helping thousands of consumers ditch their synthetics to look better and live healthier.

Prior to Ecomundi Ventures, Alex was the founding Director of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Nestlé Waters North America, the $4B division of the world's largest consumer water company.  At Nestlé Waters, Alex developed the vision and strategic plan, and provided hands-on leadership to build the corporation's first sustainability program from the ground up during a time of intense social scrutiny.  He created a broad network of partnerships with corporate, policy, regulatory, and nonprofit water organizations to advance sustainability & innovation.  His success in aligning financial, environmental, and social strategies within the 8,500-person corporation played a key role in expanding Nestlé Waters' reputation for excellence in the consumer package goods industry.

Prior to Nestlé, Alex was Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy, where he helped raise a record $75MM in private capital for two of the largest watershed conservation projects in the organization's history.  Alex developed the vision, strategic plan and provided leadership for the 9-person fundraising team that increased annual giving revenue 1,250% over four years and completed the most successful corporate conservation campaign in state history.  

Alex's other environmental contributions include co-development of an ecotourism business/funding model for Gabon's president and leading conservation group, creation of a five-year business plan for Big Bend National Park, and publication of a field guide to birds.  

Alex earned his B.A. with academic honors at Duke University, and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University

Alex is a Board Director of Clearwater Systems Inc., and serves as a Judge or mentor for Cleantech Group's Global 100, Global Social Venture Competition, the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, and Net Impact.  

Water, cleantech, and sustainability speaking engagements have included:  Water 2.0 Investment Summit, Clean Business Investment Summit, Mission Critical Water, Watertech Week, Cleantech Group, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Yale Environmental School, Bluetech Valley Water Conference, Water Innovations Alliance, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Global Cleantech Cluster Assn, Agrion/Water, CERES

 

More biographical information can be found at Alex’s LinkedIn site.