Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D., is the Global Managing Director for Water at The Nature Conservancy. Trained as a scientist, Giulio is an expert on environmental and economic sustainability. 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. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Giulio was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he built and ran its water security practice and advised CEOs and government ministers in dozens of countries on the implications of water scarcity for their growth and operations. For his work on water, in 2014 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is currently a member of their Global Agenda Council. Giulio started his career as a scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on atmospheric and ocean sciences and climate adaptation. He has a master’s in physics from the Universita degli Studi di Bologna, and master’s and doctorate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University.