Christian is a Director of Environmental Markets & Forestry with BNP Paribas. He joined the bank in 2005 to manage and develop the client base for environmental products, with a focus that included EU-ETS business and global emissions reductions projects (CDM/JI). He is now leading BNP Paribas' movement into the Forest Carbon space, with a particular focus on community-based REDD+ in Africa and Latin America. Amongst his recent achievements is the execution of one of the first-ever large private sector interventions in REDD+, through the creation of a $50m financing framework for African forest carbon projects. In addition to structuring, origination and business development, Christian's role extends to regulatory affairs, where working through organisations such as International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Carbon Market and Investors Association (CMIA), he has interfaced extensively with policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. He serves as Vice-Chair of CMIA’sREDD working group and sits on the project board of the World Economic Forum's Project on Sustainable Land Use. Previous trading and structuring experience gained in North American and European energy markets has provided valuable background preparation for his current role. Augmenting his commercial credentials, Christian has gained significant on-the-ground experience working on conservation & environment-based projects in East and Southern Africa. Christian has a BS from Texas A&M in Business Communication, and an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology at University of Kent at Canterbury.