Christophe Jospe is a policy wonk who likes to connect the dots and throughout his career has restlessly tackled some of the most challenging social and environmental issues. After graduating from Colgate University in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, he moved to Cairo, Egypt, where for two years he was an English teacher, an Arabic student, and working at a human rights organization. Christophe left Egypt in 2010 for New York City where he took a role as a community organizer at the Arab American Association of New York. There, he built up a youth leadership program and then transitioned into the role of Associate Director where he more than doubled the organizational budget. During that time, he was taking night classes at New York University, one of which was entitled “Global Climate Change.” The class left him horribly depressed, and compelled him to go back to school to bridge the finance, science, policy, and engineering needed to solve climate change. He enrolled in the Environmental Science and Policy Masters of Public Administration program at Columbia University.
While at Columbia, he was working at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE) and found himself on a ridiculously fast learning curve related to technologies that can capture, use and sequester carbon dioxide. In August 2014, he moved with LCSE director Klaus Lackner as Chief Strategist to found the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University. While there, he established the air capture technology consortium, and played a key role in securing funding and raising awareness around technologies that can extract carbon dioxide from ambient air. In June 2016, he left the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions to throw his entrepreneurial hat into the ring to incubate a company through the Founder Institute, the Carbon A List. His aim is to build a technology agnostic company that amplifies attention and unleashes capital for the most promising approaches available to manage carbon dioxide.