Christopher Hansen is a senior agriculture, finance 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 is the founding CEO of First Colombia Development Corporation, a company focused on the development of high-value brands for the CBD cannabis sector. He was also the founding CEO of PharmaCielo Ltd., a leading producer of medicinal cannabis in Medellín, Colombia. He 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.
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.