James Bond is an independent financial advisor specializing in infrastructure, energy and climate change in emerging economies. He holds several positions in this field including Distinguished Research Associate at Centennial Group International (Washington DC); Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors (New York); and Non-Executive Director with Helios SE (London). He is also member of the Board of Trustees of the Global Heritage Fund (San Francisco, CA) which conserves and restores heritage sites around the world.
James’s most recent major assignment was as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (the major multilateral funding mechanism sponsored by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) from December 2013 until December 2016. He provided support to Executive Director Héla Cheikhrouhou with the launch the Fund, including in particular the design of financial instruments and funding delivery mechanisms; recruitment of managers and staff; back office systems; fund raising with donor countries and financial institutions; and close liaison with the Fund’s Board. In its first financial closing in December 2014 the Fund raised $10.2 billion.
Prior to the Green Climate Fund James acted as Senior Advisor to the African Development Bank (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), where contributed to the launch of the Bank’s partial risk guarantee (PRG) program, and enabled the Bank to close its first guarantee for the Lake Turkana Wind Project in Kenya.
James served in numerous managerial positions in the World Bank Group over two more than decades. Until August 2011 he was Chief Operating Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). MIGA provides political risk insurance and credit enhancement to investors and banks active in emerging economies. During his tenure at MIGA he oversaw the revision of the Agency’s charter documents and the introduction of a range of new products, leading to a more than doubling of business volume.
Prior to joining MIGA in 2008 James was World Bank Country Director for several francophone countries in West Africa. He spearheaded World Bank assistance to countries in the region, including to Côte d’Ivoire to help bring the country’s internal conflict to an end. He financed the demobilization of combatants and led a major sovereign debt workout for the country. He has also been based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, as World Bank Country Director for the Indian Ocean, with a significant lending program in the region.
His sectorial responsibilities at the World Bank have included those of Global Director of Energy; and Director of Agriculture and Environment for Africa. At the International Finance Corporation (IFC) James was Director of the Mining Department and was on the board of the Escondida copper development in Chile. During his tenure IFC financed several important mining projects including the privatization of the copper state-owned enterprise ZCCM in Zambia.
Before joining the World Bank Group James spent nine years with Total, the French oil and gas company, and has also worked for Consolidated Gold Fields, a South African mining company. James holds a doctorate in economic analysis from the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris; an engineering degree in energy economics from the French engineering school ENSPM; and a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He holds the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of France and Commandeur de l’Ordre du Mérite of Madagascar.