Sophie Trémolet is Europe Water Security Europe Director for The Nature Conservancy, where she leads the development and implementation of a program to accelerate investment in nature-based solutions for water security in Europe and globally. She is in charge of building strategic relationships with Europe-based public and private funders, utilities or regulators so as to support a gradual shift towards greater incorporation of nature into water security investments.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in 2018, she had worked for 20 years on issues of financing, institutional and regulatory reforms and private sector participation in the water sector. She started her career as a consultant working for NERA (an economic consultancy) and ERM (an environmental consultancy) before setting up and running a consultancy specialised on economic and financial aspects of the water sector. As a consultant, she advised a broad range of clients, including major development banks, bilateral donors, NGOs, leading universities and private foundations. She then joined the World Bank as a Senior Economist in the Water Global Practice, where she led the preparation and supervised projects in West Africa, contributed to establishing a new multi-donor Trust Fund and developed the Bank’s approaches and tools in the area of blended finance for water.
She has published extensively in the areas of water financing, included on results-based financing, blended finance and microfinance for sanitation, natural capital investments and the application of nature-based solutions to addressing water security challenges. Since joining The Nature Conservancy, she led the preparation of two reports, including Investing in Nature for European Water Security, which identifies the roles that nature-based solutions can play to tackle Europe’s water security challenges and Investing in Nature: private finance for nature-based resilience, a survey of private investors’ interest in natural capital investments.
She holds a Masters in Economics and Business from Sciences-Po (Paris) and a Masters in International Affairs, with a specialization in Economic and Political development from Columbia University (New York). London, where she lives with husband and two daughters, has been her base throughout her professional career.