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 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.