Head of Environmental Finance & Bankable Nature Solutions Asia
Mr Champagne is Head of Environmental Finance and Bankable Nature Solutions Asia at WWF. Based in Hong Kong, he works on impact-oriented green financial products and initiatives, including The Climate Impact Asia Fund for which he sits on the Investment Advisory Committee.
He also oversees the implementation of the Asia portion of WWF’s global Environmental Bonds initiative. He leads Bankable Nature Solutions in Asia which aims to originate and develop scalable bankable projects with conservation impact; this includes the implementation of projects for the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development. He is also leading the bankable project effort on WWF’s global Freshwater Practice initiatives, Resilient Asian Deltas and Asian Flyways.
Beyond impact-oriented finance, Mr Champagne advises institutional investors, lenders, and underwriters on the financial and economic risks and opportunities related to climate change and environmental degradation issues; he aims to shift their financial flows toward sustainable investments. He also guides thematic research, recent publications include the Climate Primer for Institutional Investors, and Shrinking Plastics: Tighter Regulations Threaten the World Plastics Industry. Additionally, Mr Champagne was instrumental in bringing WWF’s global Water & Finance Summit to Hong Kong; the summit will be a gathering of high-level delegates from industry, government, and academia which will be held in March 2021.
Prior to WWF, he spent 17 years in the financial industry advising institutional investors on equities and equity derivatives. He started his investment banking career in 1997 with Merrill Lynch in New York City and has been based in Hong Kong since 2004, working for BNP Paribas and Jefferies. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.