Michael Naylor is an Operating Partner of Hobbs & Towne, Inc., based in London. He holds an unparalleled track record in non OECD and emerging market executive search, specifically for private equity funds and platform companies. His Advisory Board appointments include the $400 million Toronto- based water private equity fund XPV Water Partners LLP, and the $1.3 billion Energy Fund III and the $2.75 billion Fund IV of the emerging markets private equity firm Actis.
Michael was a founding partner of The Auriga Partnership, and has been a board member and private investor in a number of successful energy-related businesses, most notably K Road Solar LLC and K Road DG LLC in North America; and New Energy Finance (sold to Bloomberg) and Soltech Energy AB in Sweden.
An emerging market expert, Michael owns a ranch and retreat in Namibia, Africa, where he is a board member of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the largest private conservation area in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Michael is a Non-Executive Director of the London FTSE listed Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc, where he is Chairman of the board. Additionally, he was a founding board member of the NTR Foundation in Dublin, a non-profit created to address the challenges posed by the issues of climate change, resource sustainability and security of energy supply.
In 2013, Michael joined the board of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).