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Christophe Defert
Vice President
@Centrica Innovations (USA)

Christophe is a Vice President of Centrica Innovations leading its Venture Capital effort deploying £100m over the next five years. He started his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in London before joining the Private Equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners where he focused on growth equity investments and leverage buyouts in a variety of industries. Following his MBA, Christophe joined Centrica, a FTSE 100 company, in the group M&A team and later leading the European gas origination team as part of Centrica Marketing and Trading. In 2014, Christophe moved to North America where Direct Energy, a subsidiary of Centrica is the largest competitive energy retailers. He was part of the M&A team where amongst other things, he led the acquisition of Panoramic Power, an energy management and intelligence company. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff to the CEO of Direct Energy. Christophe has a BA in Economics and International Affairs from Colorado College, a Finance graduate degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Christophe is married with three children.

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