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Christian Grossmann

Director, Climate Change, IFC World Bank Group

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Christian Grossmann, a German national, is the Director of Climate Change, World Bank Group, a position he assumed in October 2014. In this role, he coordinates IFC’s climate change strategy and product development, embedding climate knowledge and capacity in IFC’s operational groups in support of investments in clean energy, green buildings, sustainable agriculture, manufacturing, and climate mitigation through financial markets. In 2014, IFC’s climate-smart investments reached a record $ 3.1 billion.
Christian has been a Director at IFC since 1998, leading a number of key positions and most recently managed IFC’s Corporate Strategy department. From 2002-2006, Christian was based in Moscow, Russia and led IFC’s Private Enterprise Partnership Advisory Facility, where he successfully introduced several new product lines, most notably in the financial markets, investment climate reform and energy efficiency. From 1998-2002 and 2006-2008 he served as the Director of IFC’s Controllers and Budgeting Department.

Before joining IFC, Christian held senior finance positions within Dresdner Bank Group in Paris, New York and Frankfurt. In the earlier stages of his career he worked as an international management consultant in Europe, United States and South Africa, and as a civil engineer in France and North Africa. In 2011, he co-authored the joint report of 31 multilateral and bilateral development finance institutions, “Development through the Private Sector,” as well as a discussion note on “World Bank Group Innovations in Leveraging the Private Sector for Development” in 2012.

Christian holds a Dipl.-Ing from TU Munich, a CES of ENPC, Paris and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau. He is married and has a son.