Chris is a Principal Investment Officer for the IFC Infrastructure & Natural Resources department based in Dubai, where he is responsible for origination and execution of IFC's debt and equity investments in the Power, Water, Energy & other essential infrastructure sectors throughout the MENA region.
Prior to joining the IFC in April 2013, Chris served Mubadala GE Capital (MGEC) for nearly three years in Abu Dhabi as Director and Head of Energy & Project Finance, as well as a member of the MGEC senior leadership team. Chris had previously served for 11 years in London as Vice President and Head of Project Finance for Marubeni Corporation's power development arm for the EMEA region. During that period, Chris led the project finance and M&A activities for Marubeni overseeing the large growth its power activities in the region.
Before Marubeni, Chris was already a seasoned project finance banker: in the 1990s serving in London for the Sakura Bank, now Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (SMBC), responsible for leading project finance advisory, origination and execution in the MENA region; in NYC for Citibank; and in Washington, DC for OPIC. Chris began his career, however, as a well-travelled engineer which culminated by serving as UN's Head Engineer in Northern Iraq during the Kurdish relief efforts immediately following the first Gulf War in 1991 just prior to commencing his MBA/MA.
Chris has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in International Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University. He also has a BS with honors in Civil Engineering from UCLA.