Chris West

Shell Foundation

Chris West serves as Director at the Shell Foundation. He was involved in early discussions around the creation of the Shell Foundation and joined soon after its launch in 2000 as Deputy Director. In this role he reinforced an “enterprise-based” approach to catalysing scalable and sustainable solutions to global development challenges and oversaw the design and scale-up of SF core programmes. This included co-founding GroFin (now the leading provider of skills and finance to start-up and growing small- and medium-sized enterprises in Africa) and the Global Alliance on Clean Cookstoves. He was appointed Director in 2008 and has co-authored SF publications including “Enterprise Solutions to Poverty” (2005) and “Enterprise Solutions to Scale” (2010).

Prior to joining the Shell Foundation, Dr. West set up his own business in the environmental services sector. Following the successful UK and international growth of this “social enterprise”, he took on the position of senior environment adviser at the UK Department for International Development. As an adviser to UK Ministers, he worked with a wide variety of donors, governments, NGOs and businesses in over 60 developing countries and emerging economies. Dr. West completed his Doctorate in Ecology at the University of Oxford.