Christopher Lynch is a global business thought leader and founder of the International Business Accelerator (IBA). An economist by training, he was a career US Foreign Service Officer, dealing with economic and business policy issues in Washington DC and at five US Embassies in Europe and Latin America. His last post was as US Consul General to Hamburg, where he was the senior US Government representative in northern Germany.
After returning to the US, Chris has focused on local economic development and entrepreneurship. He has mentored more than 200 startups through business incubators, accelerators and small business development programs. Chris currently heads the Community Vitalization Council and was previously VP for Economic Development at the Irvine and Santa Rosa Chambers of Commerce in California. He founded the International Business Accelerator in 2013.
He is an adjunct professor of International Business at Golden Gate University and of economics at Long Beach City College. He speaks fluent German and Spanish.