Jacob Malthouse




About me

I work on policy and innovation. My career has consistently brought together stakeholders from different sectors and geographies to design mutual approaches to addressing big structural challenges.

At the UNEP Finance Initiative I project-managed the first global collaboration on the materiality of ESG issues to equity pricing (report here). This work, along with the Freshfields report, laid the foundations for the Principles for Responsible Investment. I ran the PRI process until the first investor meeting. I've written about it here.

While at ICANN I developed and launched the ICANN fellowships program. I left ICANN to co-found the .eco Internet domain. I was Director and CEO of Big Room Inc, the company behind the .eco domain registry, for ten years.

After exiting from .eco, I spent two years working with Foresight Accelerator on ecosystem strategy. Foresight is Canada's leading cleantech ecosystem accelerator.

I am now working with Open Lunar Foundation on novel approaches to applied policy development for lunar governance. It is tremendously exciting work that fuses much of my previous experience as a policy, business and technology innovator.

My work in finance, cleantech, digital technology, and consumer advocacy has been covered in major news media around the world including Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Boing Boing, the CBC and Vice.

I have a degree in Geography and Economics from the University of Victoria Canada.


Outside of work I am an advocate for multi-stakeholder governance models. I helped catalyze the Save Dot Org campaign with these posts, leading to global media coverage and the eventual regulatory rejection of the proposed sale of dot-org to private equity.

I am also a certified Outdoor Emergency Care technician, a skill I apply as an active duty ski patroller for the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol Association, where I serve as President.