Dr Giulio Boccaletti

Honorary Research Associate


Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D. is an speaker, entrepreneur, senior executive, and a globally recognized expert on natural resource security and environmental strategy. He is an author. His book, Water: A Biography, published under Penguin Random House, was named by The Economist one of the best books of 2021, and has been translated in multiple languages. He is currently working on his second book. He writes on environmental issues for news media and is an expert contributor to the World Economic Forum, which named him one of its Young Global Leaders. His work on water has been featured in the PBS documentary series H2O: The Molecule that Made Us. He was also series consultant to the PBS/BBC series The Age of Nature, and continues to collaborate with several documentary production companies. He is the co-founder of Chloris Geospatial, a venture backed climate-tech company. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, where he conducts research on the future of climate modelling and its application to resource security strategies. At Oxford he teaches "Strategy for Earth" on how to develop strategy for environmental and sustainability issues.

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 and a partner of McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in the firm’s sustainability practice, and the co-founder of its water practice. At McKinsey he advised corporates, international institutions, and governments on water and resource security issues, corporate strategy, and sustainability strategy. He subsequently was the Global Managing Director for Water at The Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental organization in the world, and became its Chief Strategy Officer, where he led the performance transformation of the institution's strategies. He has been a member of OECD/World Water Forum High Level Panel on Infrastructure Financing for a Water-Secure World, a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Water and of its Global Future Council on Natural Resource Security, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.  He lives in London