Our Management Team
Sylvain is a founder and Managing Partner of Althelia Ecosphere and Althelia Climate Fund GP, dedicated investment platforms for financing sustainable land-use, ecosystem services and REDD+ in particular.
Sylvain has been involved in climate and environmental finance as early as 1997 when he started the Climate Change advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He advised there numerous corporates and public organisations on their carbon strategies and carried out milestone assignments such as structuring the European Carbon Fund, designing the European carbon registry Seringas, organising one of the first emission trading simulations (GETS2) and developing several CDM projects. In 2005, Sylvain joined the BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking as Head of Climate Finance, where he successfully developed the carbon business of the bank, building a well diversified and highly profitable portfolio of climate projects.
Sylvain is also member of the Board and member of the Investment Committee of the European Carbon Fund. Sylvain is a qualified environmental engineer and holds an MBA from HEC Business School.
Christian del Valle
Christian del Valle is a founder and Managing Partner of Althelia Ecosphere and Althelia Climate Fund GP, dedicated investment platforms for financing sustainable land-use, ecosystem services and REDD+ in particular.
Previously, Christian served as Director of Environmental Markets & Forestry with BNP Paribas. Christian joined the bank in 2005 to manage and develop the client base for environmental products, with a focus that included EU-ETS business and global emissions reductions projects (CDM/JI). He led BNP Paribas’ movement into the Forest Carbon space, with a particular focus on community-based REDD+ in Africa and Latin America. Amongst his achievements there was the execution of one of the first-ever large private sector interventions in REDD+, through the creation of financing framework for African forest carbon projects with Wildlife Works LLC.
Christian has been engaged on the policy side of REDD+, where working through organizations such as International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Carbon Market and Investors Association (CMIA), he has interfaced extensively with national governments and via the UNFCCC. He serves as an advisor to the Forum on Readiness for REDD, the American Carbon Registry and is on the project board of the World Economic Forum’s Project on Sustainable Land-use Finance. Christian holds a MSc in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology at the University of Kent (Canterbury).