London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs
Torsten Thiele develops blue natural capital and innovative finance solutions to ocean and coastal governance challenges. Torsten is Visiting Fellow at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs where he leads the Blue Finance Initiative, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and Founder of Global Ocean Trust.
Torsten is an expert in the financing of infrastructure projects, with global experience in structuring and funding debt and equity. He worked at leading financial institutions in London for over 20 years, both at development banks such as the EBRD and at private sector firms such as JP Morgan and CIT. Till 2013 Torsten was Head of Telecoms Project Finance at Investec Bank plc.
Torsten consults widely with public, private and civil society organisations on ocean matters and coastal natural ecosystem approaches. He sits on the Engagement Boards of the EU SenseOcean and AtlantOS projects, the finance group of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon and is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
Torsten holds graduate degrees in law and in economics from Bonn University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. He was a 2014 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.