Area of expertise

Professional Experience

> Henri d'Ambrières joined Crédit Lyonnais in 1984. He held several positions in Paris and Madrid (5 years). He worked in Commercial Banking and Structured Finance, especially for Infrastructure Projects (metros, High-Speed rail, toll roads, and waste-to-energy). From 1995 to 1997, he was in charge of the Department for engaging Executives. Back in Project Finance as Deputy Head of Natural Resources, he was involved in gas projects (e.g. LNG in Trinidad &Tobago, in Iran), in mining projects (like Goro Nickel, gold mine at Bulyanhulu) or industrial ones (e.g. Ford Getrag).

> In 2002, Henri d'Ambrières was appointed Global Head for Export & Multilateral Credits for Credit Lyonnais. Then he managed the merger of this team with the one of Credit Agricole Indosuez in 2003. From 2004 to 2012, he was the Global Head of Export Finance for Calyon / Crédit Agricole CIB (CA-CIB). Between 2008 and 2011, CA-CIB was ranked among the Top 5 in the League Tables for Export Finance and was rewarded with 25 "Deals of the Year" by Trade Finance Magazine or Global Trade Review.
These remarkable deals were arranged with most Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) and development banks; they involved borrowers throughout the world. The innovative solutions which were promoted included: buyers' credits in local currencies, purchase of supplier's credit without any recourse on the exporters, insurance on letters of credits, bonds issuances with a guarantee of an ECA. In September 2012, CA-CIB issued for the first time Covered Bonds to refinance European Export Credits (Coface, ECGD, Euler Hermes).


> In France, Henri became a member of the first Clients' Committee of Coface State Guarantees (2004 -2006) and was involved in Business Organizations such as MEDEF or the French Banking Federation). At that time he participated in a number of working groups to prepare the implementation of the new tools proposed by Coface and new refinancing solutions for commercial banks.

> Henri d'Ambrières became the first Chair of the Export Credit Working Group of the European Banking Federation (EBF) from 2008 to 2013. This Group represents the banks in specific forums (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Berne Union, etc.). It also published several papers on the unintended consequences of CRD IV / Basel III on Export Finance as well as on the possible solutions to help the refinancing of export credits signed by commercial banks. These papers are used for exchanges with the European Commission and the Parliament as well as with the Berne Union or the OECD.
Since 2013, Henri has been working with the Banking Commission of the ICC for the preparation of the ICC Trade Finance Register, which presents on a regular basis data on banking assets in Trade & Export Finance and their low rates of default.


In 2005, Henri became a member of the Board of several French exporting companies :

  • Systra (engineering for rail projects) the two main shareholders of which are RATP and SNCF ; He also was a member of the Audit Committee in 2011 and 2012 ;

  • ODAS, SOFRESA and SOFRANTEM which are active in the Defense sector.

He was a member of the Board of Inmobiliaria Colonial (listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange) and participated in the Audit Committee.
Since 2015, he is an Independent Board Member of Genoyer International.

Born in 1960, Henri d'Ambrières is a graduate of the French Business School HEC. He speaks French, English, Spanish and German. Married, he is the father of 4 children.



  • EBF Conference - Banks for Growth – Bruxelles – March 2013telecharger
  • TXF France – CIRR – Is it back ?.... – Paris – 28 September 2016
  • IBC - 27th Annual Global Convention Insuring Export Credit & Political Risk –
    The Emerging Markets Funding Gap: The Role of Public & Private Organizations
    - Londres – 1 March 2017telecharger
  • TXF Africa 2017 – Are You Covered? Private Market Insurance for Banks
    and Corporates – Nairobi – 30 March 2017telecharger
  • ICC Banking Commission - Multilateral and ECA Activity in South Asia:
    Trade, Infrastructure and Risk Mitigation – Jakarta - 5 April 2017telecharger
  • GTR Global Trade Review Europe - The evolving export and project landscape
    - Paris - 21 June 2017telecharger
  • 18th Global Export Finance Conference – Euromoney - Regulatory
    framework considerations for export finance : Finalisation of Basel III and the
    implications for ECA policies and lenders – Barcelone – 12 September 2017telecharger
  • 1st IFC Global Debt Mobilization Conference - Balancing Act: How the
    Next Wave of Banking Rules and Tools Can Promote Flexibility and System
    Stability – Madrid – 21 September 2017telecharger


  • Trade Finance Magazine – September 2012telecharger
  • GTR – Hot Topics in Export Finance – January 2013telecharger
  • Video – 13th Global Export Finance Conference – Barcelona - October 2012video
  • Henri d'Ambrières takes up advisory role at ICC - TFX Newslire
  • TXF News – Henri d'Ambrieres takes up advisory role at ICClire

Services for Corporates

  • International Development
  • Relations with Export Credits Agencies and
    Development Banks
  • Presentation of tools used in the Financing of International Trade
  • Search for adequate financing solutions
    for specific projects

  • Follow-up of specific projects

Services for the Financial Sector

  • Advisory Services for International Trade activities
  • Assistance in the preparation and the management
    of some large projects
  • Assistance in the management of some difficult files
  • Funding solutions for Export Credits

Services for ECAs and
Business Organizations

  • Benchmarking, products, processes etc.
  • Development of new products to support exporters
    more effectively
  • Development of new funding solutions to ease the refinancing of export credits