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Christopher Marks

Senior Advisor
African Development Bank

Christopher Marks currently serves as senior adviser at the African Development Bank, based in Abidjan. He has worked in finance for more than 25 years, bringing together transactional experience as a pre-eminent capital markets banker with an earlier professional specialisation in public finance advisory and development economics. As global head of debt capital markets at BNP Paribas, following progressive promotions during some 15 years at the bank, he built and led one of the world's dominant primary bond market and debt advisory platforms. He has managed global teams while originating and executing some of Europe’s largest and most innovative market financings. In the realm of sovereign advisory, he has worked for governments and international agencies on sovereign debt management, SME financing programmes and infrastructure finance. Before his move into investment banking in 1999, Dr Marks worked for more than 10 years as a development finance expert specialised in intergovernmental finance. He has a DEA from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and PhD from Princeton University.

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