Caio Koch-Weser is currently the Chair of the European Climate Foundation, and until recently the Vice-Chairman of Deutsche Bank. Previously, he served as the Secretary of State of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Mr. Koch-Weser will open the conference with his experience in financial policy and strategy as well as his keen insights on climate change.
From 2006 – 2016 Mr. Koch-Weser was Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group, with global responsibilities for strategy; government, regulatory and corporate advisory; and co-ordination and implementation of group-wide business initiatives. He also served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of BG Group (2010-2016)
From 1999-2005, he was German Deputy Minister of Finance (State Secretary). His responsibilities included international finance (G-7 Deputy), European economic and financial affairs, as well as capital markets, banking and insurance. From 2003-2005, Mr. Koch-Weser held the position of Chairman of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee, a committee of treasury directors and deputy central bankers that prepares EU ministerial meetings (EURO Group and ECOFIN). He was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BaFin (German Banking and Securities Supervisory Agency).
From 1973 until 1999, Mr. Koch-Weser held a number of high-level positions in the World Bank in Washington, notably as Division Chief for the China Program (1980-86), Director for West Africa (1986-90), Deputy Treasurer and Director Treasury Operations (1990-91), Regional Vice President for Middle East and North Africa (1991-95), and Managing Director Operations and Member of the Executive Committee (1996-99).
Other current activities include Member of the Board at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington; Member of the ClimateWorks Foundation Board of Directors, a Member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate(NCE); and a Member of the Board of the Centre for European Reform (CER) in London.
Mr. Koch-Weser studied economics in Germany. He is a German and Brazilian national, born in Brazil. He is married with three children.