Christophe Poline

Director of Solidarity Investments, Schneider Electric

Christophe has been Director of Solidarity Investments in the Sustainable Development Department of Schneider Electric since 2009.

After having created Schneider Electric’s Solidarity Employee Savings Scheme in France, he is now in charge of managing the solidarity component. This fund invests on the one hand in France and Europe in solidarity companies contributing to the fight against energy poverty and on the other hand in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Africa, the fund targets social enterprises providing safe and reliable access to renewable electricity in rural and peri-urban areas. He has also piloted the creation of a €75M impact fund dedicated to rural electrification in East Africa in partnership with major European development banks.

To do so, he can rely on his previous experience as International Financial Controller, in charge of the balance sheet structure of Schneider Electric subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. He also participated in the design of the Schneider Electric Group Management Control System, implementing new concepts replacing the annual budget process to improve the responsiveness and flexibility of management decision making.

Christophe holds a law degree from ESSEC.