Successful Risk Management in Development Finance: Cutting-Edge Case Studies from Africa

Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Bowl 016, Robertson Hall
Princeton University faculty, staff, and students
The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance

As the flow of overseas development assistance shrinks, firms and governments in emerging markets, as well as development banks, are increasingly seeking out new, private investors. In this context risk management tools--from balance sheet readjustment, to project cofinancing, and risk guarantees--are critical for attracting and retaining investment.

Dr. Christopher Marks *96 is the Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets, Corporate Banking EMEA at the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG). He has worked in the financial markets and financial sector advisory, across the public and private sector, for more than 25 years. Prior to his current role, Christopher served as Senior Advisor at the African Development Bank in Abidjan. He also consulted as Expert – Capital Markets/Debt Management for the International Monetary Fund/AFRITAC. He was previously Global Head of Debt Capital Markets at BNP Paribas in London and a member of BNP Paribas’ Global Fixed Income Business Committee, having spent 15 years at the bank. In this role Christopher, was responsible for all capital markets origination and execution, including associated structuring, across all sovereign, public sector, corporate, high yield, special situations loan-bond and financial institution client segments worldwide. Prior to his career as an investment banker, he consulted on public finance projects for the World Bank, OECD and as a three-year resident US Government Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Poland. M.A. Johns Hopkins SAIS; D.E.A. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; Ph.D. Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.