Chris Richards is a principal with the Partnerships and Advisory Services Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC, where his responsibilities include IFC’s foundation relationships. Previously Richards was a principle adviser to IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory Department, where he was the global lead for IFC’s advisory work on standards, with a focus on the agri sector. Prior to this, Richards coordinated IFC’s global advisory services operations in agribusiness.
From 2003 to early 2007, Richards was the general manager for IFC’s advisory services programs in Indonesia and the Philippines, including IFC’s program in Aceh. For the two years prior to this he was a program manager for IFC’s Private Enterprise Partnership (PEP), responsible for IFC’s financial markets advisory in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucuses.
Before joining IFC, Richards worked as a country manager for Australia’s international development agency (AusAID), covering China, Mongolia and the DPRK. Prior to this Richards was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, as a member of their financial services practice area.
Richards holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, is a Frank Knox Fellow and has an MBA from Monash University, Australia.