Jacob Malthouse




About me

I work on the design and application of international multi-stakeholder governance models that empower open innovation.

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

I left UNEP FI to join ICANN, the nonprofit responsible for critical aspects of technical Internet governance. While at ICANN I developed and launched the ICANN fellowships program and was a founding member of the ICANN Global Partnerships team. I left ICANN to co-found the .eco Internet domain with Trevor Bowden and Anastasia O'Rourke. I was Director and CEO of Big Room Inc, the company behind the .eco domain registry, for ten years.

After exiting from .eco I worked with Foresight - Canada's leading cleantech accelerator - on their ecosystem strategy, including open innovation challenges and cluster development.

I am now advising Open Lunar Foundation on novel approaches to applied policy development that will enable more resilient lunar futures.

My work in finance, cleantech, digital technology, and consumer advocacy has been covered in major news media around the world including the 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.


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 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.