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Christian O. Deseglise

Adjunct Professor
International & Public Affairs
International Affairs Building, 13th Floor
  • Co-Director, BRICLab

Christian Deseglise is the Global Head of Central Bank and Reserve Managers coverage for HSBC. Before this, he held various positions within HSBC Global Asset Management, including Head of Sales for the Americas, Global Head of Emerging Markets and a member of the Executive Committee of HSBC Global Asset Management. In this role, Mr. Deseglise helped HSBC become one of the world’s largest managers of emerging markets assets. He also designed and spearheaded the launch of a series of innovative products, notably the first BRIC fund and the New Frontiers fund.

Christian began his career in banking at Crédit Commercial de France (CCF), in Paris in 1990 within the Emerging Markets department. In 1998, he became responsible for the bank’s Emerging Markets activities and moved to the London office to set up a department dedicated to the origination, trading, sales and research of Emerging Markets debt. During this time, CCF co-arranged the first ever securitization of Paris Club debt and managed various Emerging Markets sovereign issues. In 2000, with the acquisition of CCF by HSBC, Christian moved to New York to head the Emerging Markets department of HSBC Securities. Under his leadership, HSBC became one of the main dealers of Latin American debt.

Mr. Deseglise is also an Adjunct-Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, teaching on Emerging Markets, and the co-founder and co-director of Columbia University’s BRIC-Lab, set up to study the rise of Emerging countries. Christian has taught at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Institute for High Studies for Development in Bogotá, Colombia. He has written a book “Le Défi des Pays Emergents: Une Chance pour la France”, which was published in France in April 2012.  He has also written numerous articles on Emerging Markets.

Christian is a Graduate from Sciences Po in Paris and holds a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He also received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

In 2003, Mr. Deseglise established Foundation Caring for Colombia, a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to the victims of violence in Colombia.


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