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Dr. Giulio Boccaletti


Dr. Giulio Boccaletti

Chief Strategy Officer
Global Managing Director, Water

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Dr. Giulio Boccaletti is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Nature Conservancy, as well as its Global Managing Director for Water. In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Giulio works with other members of the Executive Team to develop the organization’s strategy and apply economic and scientific practice to our conservation agenda. As Global Managing Director for Water, he works with over 200 staff worldwide on advancing the use of water-related natural infrastructure to address issues of economic development and sustainable growth.

Trained as a scientist, Giulio is an expert on environmental and economic sustainability with experience in deploying innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investing in nature will help us achieve a healthier, more prosperous, more resilient world. He has deep expertise on the intersection of natural resources, public policy and business conduct. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Giulio was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he founded the firm’s Global Water Resource initiative and was a leader of its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. He has served public and private sector institutions on issues of resource economics in all five continents. Giulio has been a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a member of its Global Futures Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security.  In 2014, WEF named him a Young Global Leader for his ability to act as a driving force in shaping a sustainable future.

Giulio started his career as a scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on atmospheric and ocean sciences and climate dynamics. He has a master’s in physics from the Università degli Studi di Bologna, and master’s and doctorate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University.

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Content produced by or featuring Giulio

Lessons on Fish Migration Crucial for Protecting Communities, Livelihoods and Food National Geographic - May 19, 2016

Water and Climate Change Huffington Post - April 26, 2016

2° Osservatorio sullo stile di vita sostenibile, la presentazione ufficiale LifeGate - April 12, 2016

Climate Change + Population Growth + Economic Expansion = More Severe Flooding EcoWatch - April 6, 2016

Giulio Boccaletti. La sostenibilità la fanno le persone LifeGate - April 6, 2016

Sostenibilità, luoghi comuni e fine delle scuse Quality Travel - April 1, 2016

The State of the Environment 2016 Environmental Business - February 10, 2016

How to Reduce Water Management Expenses with Green Infrastructure Environmental Leader - January 6, 2016

2016: What Do You Consider the Most Interesting Recent [Scientific] News? What Makes It Important? Edge - January 1, 2016

Nature crucial to combatting impact of climate change on water IUCN - December 15, 2015

The Next Agriculture Revolution — More Crop Per Drop GE Reports - December 6, 2015

Why we need to address global water security now World Economic Forum - December 2, 2015

COP21 Offers an Opportunity to Integrate Water, Climate and Human Development Huffington Post - November 30, 2015

Not all types of water projects should be considered green Environmental Finance - October 23, 2015

4 Hidden Causes of Dam Failures National Geographic - October 7, 2015

Q&A: Giulio Boccaletti on the Sustainable Development Goal for Restoring Water Ecosystems Circle of Blue - September 25, 2015

One in four major cities won't be able to provide clean water for residents The Guardian - September 11, 2015

With Water Crisis Here, Funds Part of Solution, Boccaletti Says Bloomberg - August 27, 2015

5 Steps Toward a Brighter Water Future for California Huffington Post - August 25, 2015

Climate change is deepening California's drought International Business Times - August 20, 2015

The renewable energy source that's about to boom again Time - July 31, 2015

As climate science bites, Kenya water fund offers hope to farmers Climate Home - July 31, 2015

How the UN’s latest initiative could end the water crisis in 15 years Thomson Reuters Foundation News - July 23, 2015

How we can make nature work for us Standard - June 3, 2015

Shorter showers? Nine more ways the state has to change its water ways Los Angeles Times - April 24, 2015

Will 2015 be the turning point for water scarcity? World Economic Forum - March 24, 2015 

Three key lessons from São Paulo's water crisis Huffington Post - March 19, 2015

The future of water Reuters Video - January 20, 2015

World Economic Forum Ranks Water Top Global Risk Global Solutions - January 20, 2015

What do you think about machines that think? Edge - 2015 

Making water conservation pay Project Syndicate - December 4, 2014

Cities should look to nature to bridge investment gap The Guardian - November 18, 2014

Solutions to the water energy nexus remain elusive The Guardian - September 10, 2014

Why global water challenges call for creative advertising GreenBiz - August 12, 2014

How will hydropower shape Africa's future? World Economic Forum - May 6, 2014

Interview with International Hydropower Association IHA Blog - April 29, 2014

Overcoming the water wars LiveScience - April 24, 2014

We must secure nature to secure our water Global Water Forum - February 20, 2014

What scientific idea is ready for retirement? Edge - 2014

Scaling up water sustainability Project Syndicate - January 15, 2014

NGO recruiters are missing a trick by overlooking expert talent The Guardian - November 22, 2013

New megacities must be drivers of 'smart' water revolution The Guardian - November 12, 2013

Could water markets encourage collaboration, reduce conflict? The Guardian - September 6, 2013

It's a mistake for NGOs not to engage with hydropower companies The Guardian - August 19, 2013

How public-private partnerships can solve water challenges The Guardian - July 23, 2013

We know how to solve water scarcity, but failing to fund the solutions The Guardian - July 18, 2013

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Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D., is the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Managing Director for Water at The Nature Conservancy. Trained as a scientist, Giulio is an expert on environmental and economic sustainability.

In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Giulio works with other members of the Executive Team to develop the organization’s strategy and apply economic and scientific practice to our conservation agenda.

As Global Managing Director of Water, he leads the world’s largest team of freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners. Giulio and his team at The Nature Conservancy are working to identify, test and deploy innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investments in nature will enable us to secure the water we need to prosper. He believes solving global water challenges, particularly in the face of a changing climate, will determine the future sustainability of the world economy and the health of the people and places that depend on this vital natural resource. He has deep expertise on the intersection of natural resources, public policy and business conduct. 

Immediately prior to joining the Conservancy, Giulio was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he founded the firm's Global Water Resource initiative and was one of the leaders of its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. At McKinsey he served public and private sector institutions on issues of regulatory strategy and growth, focusing on resource economics. He led projects on the ground in Ethiopia, India, Jordan, South Africa, across Europe and the U.S. His clients included financial institutions, large manufacturing companies, food and beverage companies, mining companies, oil and gas companies, multilateral institutions and individual governments attempting sector transformation. He has published and presented on water security, resource economics and infrastructure finance. 

Before joining McKinsey, he was a physical oceanographer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a research associate specializing in geophysical fluid dynamics and climate science. His areas of expertise included monsoonal dynamics, thermocline theory, instability theory, the fluid dynamics of turbulence and the general circulation of the ocean. Giulio holds a master's degree in theoretical physics from the University of Bologna, Italy, and master's and doctorate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow. 

Giulio has been a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a member of its Global Futures Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security.  In 2014, WEF named him a Young Global Leader for his ability to act as a driving force in shaping a sustainable future. This community of next-generation leaders acts as a driving force in shaping a sustainable future and includes notable figures such as Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, USA and Larry Page, Co-Founder and CEO of Google, USA. 

 

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