Lord John Browne

Co-Founder of BeyondNetZero



Lord John Browne is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and the co-Founder of BeyondNetZero, General Atlantic’s first climate growth equity fund focused on supporting and scaling high-growth companies that are developing innovative solutions seeking to meet and exceed net zero emissions targets. He also advises the firm on environmental, social and governance considerations. Lord Browne served as Group Chief Executive of international energy company BP from 1995 to 2007, after having joined the company in 1966 as a university apprentice. He led the company through a period of significant growth and transformation, including BP’s merger with Amoco in 1998. His landmark speech at Stanford University in 1997 established BP as a global leader in the way it thought about and sought to address climate change. In 2007, Lord Browne joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. He is also a former Chairman of Wintershall Dea, a European independent oil and gas company. Lord Browne is Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology. From 2010 to 2015, he was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. Lord Browne is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow and Past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He previously served on the boards of DaimlerChrysler, Goldman Sachs, Intel and SmithKline Beecham.

Current Board Affiliations

Venterra, Board Member
Angeleno Group, Advisor
Blue Bear Capital, Advisor
Edelman, Member, Advisory Board
Giant Ventures, Advisory Board
Grafine Partners, Advisory Board
Hyperloop TT, Advisor
Kayrros, Advisor
Loop Energy, Advisor
Nogaholding, Board Member
Pattern Energy, Chairman
Schillings, Chairman, Advisory Board
SparkCognition, Chairman
Stanhope Capital, Chairman, Advisory Board
Windward, Chairman


Cambridge University, M.A., Natural Sciences
Stanford, M.S., Business

Community Involvement

American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Fellow
Courtauld Institute of Art, Chairman
Francis Crick Institute, Chairman
Holocaust Educational Trust, Trustee
Institute of Carbon Management, UCLA, Advisory Board
Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, Independent Co-Chairman
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chairman
Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow and Past President
Royal Opera House, Trustee
Royal Society, Fellow
St. John’s College, Cambridge, Honorary Fellow
Tate Galleries, Former Chairman
UK Research & Innovation, Board Member

Senior Advisors are independent contractors that are advisors to General Atlantic and its portfolio companies. They are not employees nor affiliates of General Atlantic entities.

Advisory Directors are former Managing Directors who have retired under General Atlantic’s retirement policy.