Mark Townsend Cox Founder & CEO
New Energy Fund LP
Mark Townsend Cox is the founder, managing partner and CEO of New Energy Fund LP. The fund is a hedge fund format designed to invest in stocks that are focused on the emerging sustainable energy technology market. The fund launched in December 2004 after two years of preparation. His initial experience of renewable energy came as a teacher in Nigeria in 1979 when he was involved with solar ovens made from found materials.
In 1982, he was a platoon commander in the Third Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, in the British Army and was awarded a Mention in Dispatches (MID) in the Falklands conflict for his role in the battle of Mt. Longdon. After working as a teacher and translator from 1983 to 1985, he joined de Zoete & Bevan, a stockbroker in the city of London, which subsequently became Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) in 1985.
Mark came to the US in 1987 and worked on the international equity sell side as a salesman, analyst and head of desk for French and German equities for Dresdner Bank's ABD Securities, Credit Agricole, Swiss Bank, and Bankhaus Metzler. In 1998, he became a portfolio manager at Pinnacle International Management LLC, an employee owned money manager based in New York, where he introduced companies such as Vestas Wind Systems, Gamesa and Solon to the Pinnacle portfolio. The investment team held the number 1 position for 5 year returns in both Nelson's "Worlds Best Money Managers" and in Money Manager Review's rankings up to the third quarter of 2002. Mark also raised $78 million in new assets for Pinnacle during the significant bear market.
Recognizing the macro energy opportunity he formed New Energy Fund L.P., in 2003 to capture the expected worldwide growth of renewable energy. The fund had its first full year of asset management in 2005 and today is in the sixth year of its track record. His interest has been in helping critical, disruptive cleantech technologies cross the ‘valley of death' between concept, prototype and commercial demonstration. The fund has taken lead investment positions in new concept technologies, such as base load, ‘on demand' solar power and cheap hydrogen without the regulatory or infrastructural challenges and developed a record of selecting new effective and economic technologies. Today the fund employs 3 and is situated in downtown Manhattan.
Mark is 54 years old and has 27 years of investment experience in global equity markets. He has a Master's degree in French and English from the University of Dundee in Scotland and is fluent in French. He holds an Executive MBA from Columbia University in New York, and has held the Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 NASD securities licenses.
About New Energy Fund LP
New Energy Fund LP participates in the expected growth of the global renewable energy sector without recourse to investments in fossil fuels or nuclear energy. The manager of the fund uses the equity markets as its vehicle with a long/short equity hedge fund. The goal of the fund is to outperform the 15% - 25% expected growth rates of the renewable energy markets as the penetration of renewable energy increases.