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Monica A. Altamirano

Public-Private Partnerships Specialist and systems thinker. Climate and water finance thought leader. Specialist at Deltares and advisor to Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. 18 years global experience on Public-Private Partnerships for the sustainable management of common resources. 

Throughout her extensive career Monica has contributed to and advanced the concept of sustainable development by applying a System Analysis approach to policy problems in sectors that altogether cover the three pillars of sustainable economic growth: social infrastructure (education), economic infrastructure (transport) and the environment (ecosystems, water and the water-energy-food nexus).  

Monica applies economics of infrastructure and systems engineering to analyze the institutional framework for infrastructure finance and facilitate complex multi-party financing.

With 18 years of experience in Public-Private Partnerships, she is a multi-disciplinary leader who has advised governments on how to catalyze private sector investments in infrastructure, water and climate adaptation in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. 

A thought leader in climate finance, water security and resilient infrastructure, Monica’s focus is working with government and business leaders to drive systemic change in how water is valued in public and private policies, practices, and investment decisions and catalyzing innovative partnerships. 

Monica’s years of diverse experience around the world contribute to her exceptional ability to identify linkages, distil complex data, conceptualize solutions for ill-defined problems in real-world settings, apply innovative thinking, promote a learning culture and manage change. 

She has initiated and successfully implemented pioneering programs in infrastructure and water security for the European Commission, the Netherlands government, Green Climate Fund, Organization of American States, Microsoft and multilateral development banks. 

Monica is passionately committed to making water security and adaptation to climate change financially feasible for every human living in developing countries. 

She holds a PhD in Economics of Infrastructures and a MSc in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management from TUDelft.  She is a member of WEF Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Community and the OECD Roundtable on Financing Water. She is Steering Committee member of the World Association of PPP units and Professionals (WAPPP) and Chair of Water and Natural infrastructure chapter.

Monica is also a keynote speaker and session organizer in various events, such as the World Water Forum, Adaptation Futures and Stockholm World Water Week.