Christian Berger was Director for Animal Production and Processing Industry at the French Ministry of Agriculture at the time of the mad cow crisis, based in Paris. He moved to the United States in 2002 when he was appointed Agriculture Counsellor of the French Embassy, focusing on agriculture policy and trade issues, including the multilateral Doha Round trade negotiations. He joined the World Bank Group as Senior Agriculture Specialist in January 2009. Initially based at Headquarters in Washington DC and working for the Africa Region, he was particularly in charge of developing a strong agriculture and livestock investment portfolio across West Africa, particularly in Sahel countries. He moved to the World Bank Country Office of Bangladesh in August 2019, where he oversees the Agriculture Sector portfolio, including analytical work, policy development, and investment operations.
His expertise is in policy making, international trade, food security, rural development, and natural resource management, drawing on 35 years of experience in both developed and developing countries acquired across Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.