Global Head of Carbon Markets
Chris leads HSBC global strategy on carbon markets. He works closely with senior management across the bank to develop carbon market solutions that support the transition to net zero. He drives HSBC external engagement with regulators, central banks and governments on carbon markets policies, carbon offsets and nature based solutions, whilst also providing strategic advice and thought leadership to customers and internal stakeholders.
Prior to this role Chris lead The Nature Conservancy’s work on carbon markets around the world. This included engagement on related policy at both international and national levels, working in partnership with a number of market-shaping multinational companies, and developing a portfolio of high quality carbon credit generating projects. He sat on the advisory boards of a variety of initiatives including the Verified Carbon Standard, the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance, and the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy he was the Deputy CEO of the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) which supported developing country partners integrate climate change into their economic development and planning. He was responsible for both future strategy and managing much of its day-to-day delivery.
He is a chartered accountant, having trained at PwC, although he quickly moved into their sustainability consulting team where ultimately he led their work on carbon markets, working with donor governments (including the UK and Norway), topical forest countries (such as Indonesia and Kenya), and the private sector (including several listed carbon funds).