Chris Coles

Chief Investment Officer

Chris joined CDC as Chief Investment Officer in February 2018. Prior to joining CDC, Chris was Chief Operating Officer and a Board Director of Actis LLP. During his time at Actis, he was also Chairman of the Executive Committee and a voting member of all Actis’s investment committees.

Between 1996-2006, Chris was a Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Finance at Barclays Capital (where he initiated and executed a start-up plan to establish an international leveraged finance business and served on both Management and Credit Committees), and was previously a Director at SG Warburg, and European and Group Treasurer of the WPP Group plc up to 1992.

Chris has a degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and also holds an MSc in International Development.