Christoph Ott

Senior ESG Advisor, SLR
Christoph Ott
Publ. date 1 Nov 2022

Christoph has over 15 years of experience in the areas of sustainability, sustainable finance, change management and press work at a major German bank.

As part of Commerzbank's sustainability management, Christoph was primarily responsible for ESG ratings, developed the bank's sustainability strategy and worked continuously on integrating the topic of sustainability into the bank's core business.

He developed the bank's sustainability approach in workshops with the Board of Managing Directors and represented it to investors, associations, political decision-makers and customers.

In addition, he headed Commerzbank's Green Bond Committee from 2018-2020 and played a key role in the bank's first green bond issue. Before joining SLR, Christoph worked as Sustainable Finance Advisor at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Here he developed the “Principles for Responsible Banking Academy” with the Finance Initiative of the UN Environment Program (UNEP FI) to support banks in implementing the Principles for Responsible Banking and advised the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on sustainable finance issues.


  • Diploma in Political Science and International Law, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


  • German
  • English

Relevant Experience

Sustainability Management / Sustainable Finance:

  • Developing and implementing ESG and sustainability strategies,
  • Processing ESG ratings,
  • Developing ESG-related financial products,
  • Developing ESG-related risk strategies - advising public sector entities on sustainable finance issues,
  • Developing and delivering ESG related learning offers and trainings.

Media Relations / Communication:

  • Developing and implementing communication strategies for complex issues - handling press inquiries for critical issues - accompanying change processes

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