Head of Environmental Finance, Asia-Pacific
World Wide Fund for Nature - Hong Kong
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 conducted by a team of former equity analysts; recent publications include No Middle Road: The Growth of Electric Vehicles and Their Impact on Oil and the Climate Primer for Institutional Investors, and Shrinking Plastics: Tighter Regulations Threaten the World Plastics Industry.
Beyond advocacy, Mr Champagne works on impact-oriented green financial products and initiatives, including the forthcoming Climate Impact Asia Fund. He aims to originate and arrange commercially viable investments with environmental and conservation impact, either directly or via capital markets, with funding sourced from private as well as public institutions.
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, New York.