Before coming to Oxford, Jesse helped launch Bookshare.org, the digital library for people with visual impairments and reading disabilities. Bookshare was created and is operated by Benetech, a pioneering social enterprise developing IT-based solutions to social and environmental challenges
Since leaving Oxford, Jesse has worked in business, research and civil society on delivering the energy transition. In the early 2000s he helped establish the Global Risks program at the World Economic Forum, where his focus was on climate and energy security risks. He then served as climate policy advisor for the Swedish power company Vattenfall, and later led the energy and policy foresight work at the Swedish national research institute RISE. He then served as Global Lead for the Energy Transition at WWF International before moving to the Global Maritime Forum. At the GMF he leads the organisation's work with First Movers towards Zero-Emission shipping, and has pioneered the global shipping industry's development of Green Shipping Corridors.