Dwight Poler is founder and CEO of AccelR8 Ventures, a climate change mitigation fund he set up upon retiring from 24 years at Bain Capital. Dwight founded and managed the European private equity business for 18 years, and led the investment of four funds, deploying over $10 billion of equity capital at market-leading returns. Dwight remains a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital. Formerly, Dwight was a consultant at Bain & Company, and worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., in both New York and Tokyo.
Dwight has been active in philanthropic activities over a long period, having cofounded a social investment model in London called the Private Equity Foundation (PEF) which invested funds and pro bono skills toward capability building in charities that help disadvantaged young people achieve education and employment. He currently serves or has served on the boards of Amherst College, Right to Play UK, Camp Dudley and the Dudley Foundation (each of which he has chaired), the American School in London (where he chaired the most recent capital campaign), and the Amos Tuck School European Advisory Board (which he chaired). Dwight is also an Adjunct Professor at London Business School where he has taught graduate-level courses over the past 12 years.
Dwight received a BA degree in History from Amherst College, along with the Five College Certificate program in International Relations. Dwight received an MBA degree, with distinction, from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was named Tuck Scholar.
Dwight and his wife Kirsten live in the Boston area and have 3 children.