Financial technology aims to compete with traditional financial methods in providing funding for projects and developments. In an ever-changing industry, fintech can help SIDS and developing nations explore new economic development opportunities and alternatives.
Christopher has nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, predominantly in the funds sector.
Christopher began his career with a short stint at the Bank of Bermuda prior to moving to Guinness Flight (later Investec Asset Management, now Ninety One) in 1994. Christopher held roles as Legal & Technical Manager, Projects Manager, Operations Manager and Technical Director. He was a Director of Investec funds and other structures and was a Member of the Management Committee and General Representative of Investec’s offshore life branch.
In 2016 Christopher founded Midshore Consulting, which has operations in both Guernsey and Florida and clients spanning three continents. Midshore’s specialities include international regulation, fund structuring and digital assets. In 2021, Christopher led the team at Midshore in getting the first crypto fund authorised in Guernsey.
Christopher joined the Board of Guernsey Finance in January 2021. He is also a Non-Executive Director of various firms and funds.
Christopher is a regular contributor to committees and working groups in Guernsey, including the Guernsey Investment & Funds Association (GIFA, including as Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of the Technical Sub-Committee), the Guernsey International Insurance Association (GIIA) and the Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA). Christopher is President of the Guernsey Branch of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). He was also Founding Chairman and later Treasurer of the Bailiwick of Guernsey Data Protection Association (BGDPA).
Christopher is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI, a Member of the Institute of Directors and an IMC Member of the CFA Society of the UK.
Eliki Boletawa is Head of Policy Programs and Regional Initiatives at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), a global network of policymakers and regulators working towards inclusive finance for all, from more than 90 emerging markets and developing countries. His work includes leading and managing the global policy working groups and regional initiatives implementation of the network. The policy working groups provide policy guidance on financial inclusion through policy models and facilitate knowledge generation and policy insights on emerging financial inclusion topics. Prior to joining AFI, Eliki spent more than a decade working for the Reserve Bank of Fiji, where he held various management positions. Eliki holds a Master of Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business & Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from the University of the South Pacific.