Christopher Knowles


Chris has over 40 years’ experience in projects, infrastructure and environmental finance and economics. He spent the majority of his career to date at the European Investment Bank (EIB), heading the infrastructure and environmental investment funds business from 2005 to 2017. In this capacity, he had pan-European responsibility for a diverse portfolio of activities, including equity funds for infrastructure and clean energy, energy efficiency, carbon finance, natural capital and structured finance.

From 2000 to 2005 he led the lending operations team responsible for EIB’s financing in the transport and infrastructure sectors in Spain, closing €4-5bn of financing annually for Europe’s largest national infrastructure programme, much of it in public-private partnership form. He spent the 1990s in similar jobs throughout central Europe, Finland and Greece, and the 1980s in Africa and the Caribbean. Prior to his time at EIB he worked for the Lesotho National Development Corporation, the European Commission and Lazard Brothers.

Chris also serves as a non-executive director on a number of private equity and debt funds pursuing ESG and impact strategies in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. He is a member of various advisory committees including that for the Climate Bond Initiative and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) Centre for Green Finance & Investment.

Chris holds degrees in Economics and Management from the University of Durham.