Christopher Knowles


Christopher has 40 years’ experience of development economics, project finance, infrastructure and climate and environmental finance. He has spent the majority of his career at the European Investment Bank (“EIB”), most recently heading the climate investment business. From 2000 to 2005 he led the lending operations team responsible for EIB’s financing in the transport and infrastructure sectors in Spain, closing €4 to 5 billion of financing annually for Europe’s largest national infrastructure programme, much of it in PPP form. He spent the 1990s doing broadly similar jobs throughout the Central European region, Finland and Greece and the 1980s in the African and Caribbean regions. Prior to EIB he worked for the Lesotho National Development Corporation, the European Commission and Lazard Brothers.

From 2006 to 2017 Christopher was part of an initiative by EIB to reinforce its activity in sectors of high policy priority for the EU and in which the EIB seeks to develop innovative approaches. In this capacity, he had pan-European responsibility for a diverse portfolio of activities, including equity funds for infrastructure and clean energy, carbon finance, and structured finance in the energy and environmental sectors. He is on various advisory committees including that for the Climate Bond Initiative and the OECD Centre for Green Finance & Investment. He was chairman of the of the Green for Growth Fund, which focussed on energy efficiency projects in the Balkans, Caucasus and MENA regions, and a board member the European Energy Efficiency Fund (which focusses on the pan-EU region).