David has more than 20 years of international experience in the development and management of large scale projects and urban services in water, energy and related environmental fields. He has been enriched by a broad spectrum of experiences, modernizing municipal public companies and developing major PPP projects in such cities as Paris, Berlin, The Hague, New York and Washington DC.
David is now Executive Vice President of Tilia, partner of cities, communities, public and private utilities, industrial businesses and co-investors who seek to develop new projects, make new investments, improve their operations, redefine their strategies and manage increasingly complex challenges in the fields of energy, water and environmental services. David’s focus at Tilia is large scale project management, international development, strategy and change management.
David recently (2012-2014) led the operational excellence transformation program of the New York City Department of Environmental protection and led the comprehensive assessment and optimization of the Washington DC water supply organization.
David has been COO of municipal energy businesses in Germany for the Veolia Group (2010-2011) and between 2007 and 2010 was the water CEO for the Benelux countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg), leading, as part of his responsibilities, the most critical negotiations of the commissioning of the largest Dutch PPP in the water sector ($420M DBFO project in The Hague).
Before this, David has been responsible for the water supply of the city of Berlin, leading the transformation of this department into a more efficient and reliable service.
David has developed particular expertise in asset management, operational excellence, change management and large project development. He likes to link new progress in the field of environmental impacts and use of resource to measurable efficiency progress in local organizations. On these topics he is sharing his practical experience, giving regular lectures to graduate students in the urban infrastructure management department of the New York University (NYU).
He holds graduate degrees in Business Administration and in Engineering from two of the most prestigious schools in Paris (ESSEC and Arts et Métiers).