Christian Deseglise is the Global Co-Sponsor of Sustainable Finance and Global Head of Central Banks and Reserve Managers for HSBC. Before this, he held various positions within HSBC, including Global Head of Emerging Markets and a member of the Executive Committee of HSBC Global Asset Management. In this role, Mr. Deseglise helped HSBC become one of the world’s largest managers of emerging markets assets. He also designed and spearheaded the launch of a series of innovative products, notably the first BRIC fund and the New Frontiers fund.

Christian began his career in banking at Crédit Commercial de France (CCF), in Paris in 1990 within the Emerging Markets department. In 1998, he became responsible for the bank’s Emerging Markets activities and moved to the London office to set up a department dedicated to the origination, trading, sales and research of Emerging Markets debt. In 2000, with the acquisition of CCF by HSBC, Christian moved to New York to head the Emerging Markets department of HSBC Securities. Under his leadership, HSBC became one of the main dealers of Latin American debt.

Mr. Deseglise is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, teaching on Emerging Markets, and the co-founder and co-director of Columbia University’s BRIC-Lab, set up to study the rise of Emerging countries.

Christian has also taught at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Institute for High Studies for Development in Bogotá, Colombia. He has written a book “Le Défi des Pays Emergents: Une Chance pour la France”, which was published in France in April 2012. He has also written numerous articles on Emerging Markets and Sustainable Finance.

Christian is a Graduate from Sciences Po in Paris and holds a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He also received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

In 2003, Mr. Deseglise and his wife, the artist Geneviève Maquinay, established Foundation Caring for Colombia, a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to the unprivileged in Colombia.