Mikkel Larsen is the Chief Executive Officer of Climate Impact X (CIX), a global exchange and marketplace for high-quality carbon credits, based in Singapore. He led the Sustainability Working Group of the Emerging Stronger Taskforce, a public-private partnership that culminated in the formation of CIX. Mikkel is responsible for developing and executing CIX’s vision to scale the voluntary carbon market through transparency, integrity and quality – with an initial focus on catalysing the market for natural climate solutions.
Prior to his current role, Mikkel was the Group Chief Sustainability Officer and chair of the Sustainability Council at DBS Bank, the leading financial services group in Asia. At DBS, Mikkel was responsible for developing DBS’ overarching sustainability framework, setting key performance indicators and targets in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, and driving sustainability initiatives across the bank.
Mikkel is involved in numerous international and Singaporean sustainability related councils and committees. These include: the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Natural Climate Solutions Alliance (NCS Alliance), World Wildlife Fund Advisory Council (Singapore), United for Wildlife Financial Taskforce, GRI Stakeholder Council, Green Finance Working Group [Workstream Chair] under the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’s Financial Centre Advisory Panel (FCAP), Singapore’s Environment and resources Standards Committee (ERSC) and the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS).
From 2009 to 2012, Mikkel acted as the Chief Financial Officer for Asia Pacific at UBS, covering Investment Banking, Wealth Management and Asset Management. He has also held management positions at Citigroup and KPMG in Europe.
Mikkel is passionate about wildlife, animal rights and nature conservation. He is a frequent speaker on sustainability related topics including green finance and voluntary carbon markets and has authored publications in these fields.
Mikkel is an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and received his MBA from London Business School, a master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University, executive education from Harvard University, along with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from CBS. Mikkel is originally from Denmark, where he also holds his CPA.