Wayne Sharpe is the founder of Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX), a global electronic platform for spot trading of voluntary carbon credits. He was replaced as chairman of CTX in 2016 when it was rebranded as CBL Markets in a management buyout.
Sharpe began studying the issue of climate change in the late 1990s and became increasingly concerned about lack of action to deal with it. After identifying a gap in communication and transaction capability between the business and environmental sectors, he became committed to providing the technology necessary to deliver the financial resources to a wide array of projects aimed at solving the challenge of climate change. 
He conceived and founded the exchange in 2007 and designed the technology and infrastructure. He then led the development of the platform, as the first global exchange based on Microsoft Azure cloud technology.
He built relationships with every major carbon credit standard in the world, and all major environmental organizations and regulators. He speaks at key global events such as the UN Climate Change Conference, World Climate Summit, Carbon Expos and many other business summits.
During his tenure, Bartercard facilitated over $40 billion in trade, via more than 30 million transactions in 20 countries and currencies and at its peak had 136 offices worldwide. He served as CEO for 21 years, before selling the flagship operation in Australia in 2007 to establish Carbon Trade Exchange. He won every Barter industry award on offer (12) and had one created (Outstanding Achievement Award) in his honor. He is a member of the International Reciprocal Trade Associations (I.R.T.A.) Hall of Fame.
Bartercard also won awards globally including Best International and Best Domestic Franchise system (Australia), Best Entrepreneurial Business (Hong Kong) and Best Business Tool (UK). Sharpe is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Society of Senior Executives.
Sharpe sold his remaining shares of Bartercard in early 2012 to focus exclusively on CTX. He has been its sole investor in its first seven years from R&D to global operations.
In the late 1980s, he founded his own financial services company on the Gold Coast, Precision Financial Services, which still operates. He resides in the Gold Coast, Australia, and commutes to the CTX headquarters in Sydney. He counts many sports, particularly tennis and jet skiing, in his list of pursuits. He is also a philanthropist engaged in many annual charitable events, such as the Qantas CEO Cook Off initiative.
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