Christophe Christiaen

Head of Innovation and Impact, CGFI / Head of Spatial Finance Initiative


Christophe is the Head of Innovation and Impact and Head of Spatial Finance Initiative at the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment. As the head of the Spatial Finance Initiative, which he co-founded, he leads a team of multidisciplinary researchers developing open data, metrics and methodologies. He is responsible for innovation strategy and partnerships across various programmes within the Group, focused on data and analytics research to assess physical and transition climate risk as well as nature dependencies and impacts.

Before joining the Smith School at the University of Oxford, Christophe worked at the Satellite Applications Catapult where he established their sustainable finance programme, to promote the use of geospatial technology for green finance. At the Catapult he has worked across numerous national and international technology innovation projects in strategy advisory capacities and supported multiple technology start-ups and SMEs with the commercialisation of their products.

Previously Christophe held roles at the European Space Agency, working as a business analyst and at Henkel, working across credit management and sales controlling. Christophe holds an MSc in Business Engineering from the University of Antwerp, specialising in finance, accountancy, and environmental economics.