Francisco Benedito

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Born (1979-05-04) May 4, 1979 (age 43)

Francisco Benedito Valentín (born May 4th 1979) is a Spanish entrepreneur and speaker on climate, blockchain and innovation.

He is the founder and CEO of the startup ClimateTrade, a blockchain-based marketplace for carbon offsetting[1].

Benedito regularly speaks about the intersection of climate change, business and technological innovation, in the media and at events including the Conference of the Parties [2], [3].

In 2021, he was recognized as one of the 100 Latinos most committed to climate action[4], in a ranking developed by Sachamama in collaboration with WWF, The Nature Conservancy, the World Environment Center and various other environmental organizations. Benedito was also listed as one of 22 business leaders most likely to create disruptive change in 2022 by Forbes Spain[5].

Early life

Benedito was born on May 4th, 1979 in La Vall d'Uixó, in the Spanish province of Castellón[6]. He is the son of Juan José Benedito and María Aurora Valentín.

He completed a law degree from the University of San Pablo, in Madrid, in 2003, and an MBA from the University of Paris-Nanterre in 2004.


Benedito spent 15 years working at Spanish bank BBVA until his departure in 2019.

He founded the crypto carbon asset ClimateCoin with his friend José Lindo in 2017. ClimateCoin was presented at COP23 and recognized as one of the best solutions to address climate change in the 2018 UN World Economic and Social Survey[7].

In 2019, they founded ClimateTrade together[8]. The blockchain-based marketplace facilitates the purchase of carbon credits from sustainable projects, and counts international corporations such as Cabify and Iberia as clients[9] [10].


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