Christian Zabbal

Managing Partner

Christian Zabbal is a Managing Partner with Spring Lane Capital. Prior to this, he was Managing Partner of Black Coral Capital, a family office specializing in cleantech and renewables. He also serves as board member and co-founder on the CREO Syndicate, a group of large family offices that share a common interest and mission in investing capital in food, water, and energy companies and technologies. He is part of the investment committee of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a Canadian Crown corporation focused on investing federal funds to promote the spread of new technologies and businesses in the sustainability space. 

Prior to that, Christian served as a Partner at ghSMART & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm specialized in talent assessment and development for the private equity industry.  Christian was one of the original partners of the firm, and drove much of the firm’s development of programmatic talent improvement programs for large funds and corporate clients.  

Prior to ghSMART, Christian was a junior partner at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm.  He was a leader in the media practice and worked in the New York, Amsterdam and Montreal offices.  Christian published several thought-leadership articles on broadband deployment and the evolution of new media while at McKinsey, and occasionally still speaks at various events on these topics.  

Christian started his career as a cancer researcher, developing new types of cancer therapy, and holds an MBA in international finance from McGill University. He lives in Montreal and buys a lot of princess-related items for his 4 girls.