Christine Valentin, Chief Operating Officer

Christine is Board Member & Chief Operating Officer of the World Ocean Council. As such she is leading the WOC efforts to develop and drive strategically focused action to ensure sustainable growth and visibility to the members of the ocean business community who believe in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, bring sustainable business value to members, grow the WOC membership and visibility among ocean business community, and guide WOC budget development and financial management.

Christine has almost 30 years of senior positions (international business development, strategy, CFO) in multicultural contexts in S&P 500 companies and smaller management owned businesses in France, the Netherlands and the US. More specifically since 2002, she has worked in sustainability and environmental consulting, engineering and services firms designing environmentally friendly and climate change adapted solutions. In 2012 Christine created Batzine Consulting to help companies, organizations and associations accelerate and grow sustainably using gender, ecology and financial performance together as a competitive advantage.

Christine has been active in the past 10 years on non-profit Boards and more recently became the treasurer of  WISTA France (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association). She also co-founded Harvard Women France in 2008.

Christine has degrees in Philosophy, American Literature, Political Science, Law and Economics from the Sorbonne, Sciences Po and Harvard Business School. More recently, she also graduated from France’s IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale) as an auditor of the first Maritime Challenges and Issues national session.

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