Giulio Boccaletti is a renowned expert in water and natural resources management with over 25 years of experience working with governments, NGOs, and private sector companies. His engaging and thought-provoking speeches offer unique insights into the complex challenges facing our planet and inspire audiences to take action towards a more sustainable future.

Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D., is an author and a globally recognized expert on natural resource security and environmental sustainability. Trained as a physicist and climate scientist, he holds a doctorate from Princeton University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow. He has been a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a partner of McKinsey & Company, and the chief strategy officer of The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest environmental organizations in the world.     

He is an Honorary Research Associate in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. He writes on environmental issues for news media, and is an expert contributor to the World Economic Forum. His work on water has been featured in the PBS documentary series H2O: The Molecule that Made Us. He lives in London.

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The Future of Water Security

People's relationship with water, the most powerful agent of the climate system on the planet, has guided the trajectory of civilization over the long arc of history. The struggle with floods, droughts, storms has shaped not just human geography but its institutions. As climate change shifts water conditions on the planet, this engaging talk will describe the profound choices before us: businesses, organizations, and society at large will have to confront both existential threats and unprecedented opportunities to rethink our relationship to Earth.


Water: A Biography

Writing with authority and brio, Giulio Boc­caletti shrewdly combines environmental and social history, beginning with the earliest civ­ilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers. 

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