After graduating from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and training as an economist (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en économie), Thierry Philipponnat started a career in finance in 1985, holding successively the following positions: corporate banker at BFCE (Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur), options and convertible bonds trader for O’Connor & Associates, head of structured products at Exane, executive director in charge of equity derivatives for French-speaking Europe at UBS, deputy-head of equity financing structuring at BNP Paribas, and global head of equity derivatives of Euronext.liffe. As part of this last activity, he was a member of the executive committees of both Euronext (Paris) and LIFFE (London).
In 2006, Thierry Philipponnat crossed into the NGO world, campaigning and lobbying on behalf of Amnesty International, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the financial sector on human rights. He was later elected as an Executive Board member of Amnesty International France.
In 2011, he founded the European NGO Finance Watch in Brussels, which he managed as its first Secretary General until 2014. Subsequently, he became Chairman of the French Sustainable Investment Forum (FIR) and Director of the economic think tank Institut Friedland.
Thierry Philipponnat is a member of the Board of the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers, AMF) and a member of the Sanctions Committee of the French Banks and Insurance Companies Supervisor (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution, ACPR). He chairs the AMF’s Climate and Sustainable Finance Commission as well as its Market consultative Commission. He is a member of ACPR’s Climate and Sustainable Finance Commission and of its Scientific Committee.
On 21 October 2019, Finance Watch has appointed Thierry Philipponnat as its Head of Research and Advocacy.