Xavier Leflaive

Xavier Leflaive leads the Team that works on Resilience, Adaptation to climate change and Water in the OECD Environment Directorate. Team’s work focuses on sharing best international practices for the design, implementation and financing of policies that contribute to managing water for sustainable development and to enhancing resilience and adaptation to a changing climate. On-going projects cover nature-based solutions, coastal zone management, climate resilient infrastructure, financing water and water quality (contaminants of emerging concern; water & health).

Xavier joined the OECD in 2004, and spearheaded work on environmental finance, environment-related innovation, and water. He coordinated the Recommendation of the OECD Council on water, which captures OECD policy guidance on the management of water resources, water supply and sanitation services, and water-related risks. He has facilitated policy reforms in Brazil, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Caucasus and Central Asia…

Xavier Leflaive studied business administration and social theory in France, Canada and the UK. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK. He teaches international relations and water regulation & financing at Sciences Po in Paris.

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