President, Global Water Strategies
Francesca McCann has been at the forefront of water strategy, project development and investment for over a decade. In 2008, Francesca founded Global Water Strategies, an investment, strategy and policy advisory firm for corporate water strategy, water investments, public-private partnerships (PPPs), water reuse and the energy-water nexus. Francesca covered the water sector for Wall Street for seven years, where she built a niche research product for institutional investors. She also served as CEO of Abengoa Water USA, where she led the team to the successful contracting of a $3.4 billion project in San Antonio, TX, a first of its kind public-private partnership in the US.
Francesca is a respected thought-leader and has been featured in print and on television including the New York Times, Business Week, Barron’s, Bloomberg and MSNBC. She frequently speaks at prominent water conferences in the US and abroad.
Francesca speaks four languages and has lived in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Her professional career includes a political appointment at the US Department of Energy and Latin American trade policy at the US Chamber of Commerce. She holds a BA in International Political-Economy from Colorado College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School with a concentration in International Management and Finance.