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Denis Childs

Denis Childs

Head of Positive Impact Finance

Societe Generale

Denis Childs began his career at Societe Generale in 1978. 

In 1981, he moved to Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking to develop Export Credit Department. In 1993, he created the Commodity and Trade Finance worldwide Business line and integrated mining oil & gas and power project finance. During that period, he created the “Global Commodity Fund” (“Debt Fund”) and “Agrofinanzas,” a “Sofol” in Mexico (“Farmer Financing”).

End of 2008 he started a new challenge heading both the emerging and sustainable development department of the CIB and Group project aiming at integrating E&S as a financial subject in all activities of the bank (CIB, French and international retail). He is now in charge of all CIB ‘Positive Impact Finance including Environmental and Social Advisory. He is also a leader in the “Positive Impact Finance Initiative of UNEP-FI (United Nation Environmental Program Financial Initiative).

His main focuses today are to develop:

  • Impact based finance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in such areas as Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, Mobility, Food Security, Healthcare and Social inclusion.
  • A Positive Impact Market Place and associated Services

On January 2015 Denis Childs joined the Board of the UNEP-FI Banking Commission.

He holds a Master in Law from Paris I and an MBA from IV Universities.

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