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Chris Leeds

Executive Director, Commodity Origination, Standard Chartered

Chris joined Standard Chartered in 2011 and provides commodity risk management services to the Bank’s clients across EMEA. He is currently a member of the operating team for the Taskforce for Scaling the Voluntary Carbon Markets, chaired by SCB’s CEO, Bill Winters as well as the CLPC’s Net Zero Taskforce and the SMI’s Financial Services Taskforce. Chris’s experience in the commodity industry spans over 25 years in sales and trading. At Standard Chartered, he built up the Bank’s energy risk management platform, providing services for state-owned and merchant refiners, oil producers, airlines, utilities and shipping companies.
Previously Chris was with Barclays where he was Global Head of Environmental Markets Sales and before that at Merrill Lynch where he traded power, gas and set up their carbon emissions trading desk. He was a founder member of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) and was the Chairman of Power Trading Forum a division of the Futures and Options Association (FOA). He also worked as a base metals trader for a number of years before moving to energy. Chris has a strong understanding of commodity trade flows, managing price risk and working with clients across commodities