Christopher Hansen, the founding CEO of Redwood Green Corp., now Andina Gold Corp., is a senior agriculture, finance, mining and small and medium sized enterprise (SME) expert with more than 25 years of experience, primarily in the US, Latin America and Africa. Mr. Hansen previously conducted appraisals on mining projects in Mexico and Central America on behalf of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. In addition, he led the design and implementation of capacity building initiatives with communities and small businesses (SMEs) surrounding the Yanacocha Mine in Peru. Subsequently, IFC incorporated those sustainable mining guidelines into all its mining projects. Key initiatives included: building the capacity of local suppliers to participate in the supply chains of international mining companies and improve access to finance; supporting local consulting firms and trainers to improve the managerial skills of SMEs; developing local procurement policies to increase local sourcing; increasing mining sector initiatives on conservation, land rehabilitation, biodiversity, and improved water and energy use.
Mr. Hansen has led numerous successful initiatives on behalf of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Finance Corporation (IFC/World Bank), the GIC Group, and the Swiss Foundation for Sustainable Development in Latin America (FUNDES).
Mr. Hansen’s expertise includes developing dynamic boards and management teams, corporate strategy development and implementation, identifying and negotiating collaborative agreements with market partners with the inclusion of individual farmers and other small local players, working with legislators, politicians and regulatory authorities to facilitate enabling political environments for newly developing industries such as the cannabis market and the harmonization of regulations. He has the prescient ability to envision synergistic global trade and industry networks before they’ve been developed and to articulate his vision to others as he brings together diverse parties to build successful new relationships.
He has served on numerous boards including the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Fondo Activo de Capital de Bolivia, a US$10 million private equity fund, Profund International, a US$23.0 million micro-finance fund focused on Latin America, and others. Mr. Hansen received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley, attended the UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business, and began his studies in pre-law at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.