Matt Hammond joins Breakthrough Energy’s Business Fellow program from Nuremberg, Germany. He is an energy transition strategist who has worked across the globe creating and scaling new clean technology businesses. As a Business Fellow, he is excited to work with innovators to overcome the challenges of bringing impact climate technologies to market.
Whilst a Director at Accenture Strategy, Matt spent the last four years focused on clean hydrogen and its role in the energy transition, leading and advising on 15 growth strategy engagements across both the globe and the hydrogen value chain. This ranged from working with single-person startups developing new technologies, through to working with Fortune 500 companies to create market-leading green hydrogen ventures planning to deploy over $30 billion of capital over the next decade.
In his free time, Matt cherishes spending time with his wife and two young sons. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom and completed executive education at INSEAD, Oxford University and the Kellogg School of Management.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that was shared with me: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
What is your favorite word and why?
Teamwork. There’s no way that any of us can make great progress towards net zero alone. In my experience, the best solutions have always come from engaging discussion and debate with a diverse team.
What is the most impactful book that you have read?
“Principles” by Ray Dalio and “No Rules Rules” by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer.