Anne Le Strat has both an academic and political background, holding two masters (economics and political science) and a PhD in geopolitics, and is currently a Research Fellow at NYU and a Senior Consultant. As Chairwoman of Eau de Paris and Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of water and sanitation policy (2001-2014), she led an overall revamping of the water policy including the creation of the largest public-owned water operator in France. She also held several Vice-presidencies and Executive Director roles in other public institutions in the water and environmental field. She co-founded and chaired Aqua Publica Europea, the European network of public water utilities.