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Caio Koch-Weser

Chairman, European Climate Foundation

Caio Koch-Weser is the Chairman of the European Climate Foundation and the former Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group (since 2006) with global responsibilities for strategy; government, regulatory and corporate advisory; and co-ordination and implementation of group-wide business initiatives.

He was appointed German Deputy Minister of Finance (State Secretary) in 1999, a position he held until 2005. 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 German Banking and Securities Supervisory Agency (BaFin).

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 (1986-1990), 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 (1996-1999).

Other current activities include Chairman of the Board of the European Climate Foundation (ECF); a Non-Executive Director on the Board of BG Group plc; a Member of the Board at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington and a Member of the Board of the Centre for European Reform (CER) in London. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the Guanghua School of Management at Beijing University.

Mr Koch-Weser studied economics in Germany. He is a German and Brazilian national, born in Brazil. He is married with three children.