Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Paul McMahon
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Paul McMahon is co-founder and managing partner of SLM Partners LLP, an asset management business that invests in sustainable agriculture in Australia and across the world. He has acted as an advisor on food and agriculture to the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit, UN agencies and TV production companies. He has spoken at a number of investment conferences on how financial capital can help scale up ecological farming systems, and has contributed articles to publications such as the Financial Times and is the author of Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food. Originally from Ireland, he holds a PhD in history from Cambridge University.


  • The global food system
  • Farmland investment
  • Sustainable agriculture


2009-presentManaging Partner, SLM Partners LLP
2009-12Advisor to The Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit
2008-09Vice-President, Climate Change Capital
2006-07Technical Advisor on SME Financing, UNDP/Government of Indonesia
2002-06Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, New York Office

Broadcast experience


A burning issue: Tropical forests and the health of global ecosystems’ in Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century (Springer) 2014

Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food (Profile Books) 2013

‘What price resilience? Towards sustainable and secure food systems’, The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit, 2011

British Spies and Irish Rebels: British Intelligence and Ireland 1916-45 (Boydell Press) 2008

After the Tsunami: Lessons from Reconstruction McKinsey Quarterly 2006