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Martin Guespereau

Managing Director, Water agency Rhône Méditerrannée Corse

Martin Guespereau, 39 years-old is an alumnus from the « Ecole Polytechnique », civil and forestry chief engineer and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He entered the Ministry of the environment as an economist in the french delegation during the international negotiations on the fight against climate change.

He became chief of the regional section of the industrial environment at the DRIRE of Picardie until 2003 before joining the Treasury department of the Ministry of finances where he was responsible for the financial policy in the North Africa – Middle East area. In 2004, he became the technical adviser “health environment” of Mr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Health and just after the technical adviser “health crisis” of Mr Xavier Bertrand, his successor and finally, and of Mr Philippe Bas.

In May 2007, he was called as technical adviser in charge of the ecology and the urbanism in the prime minister’s office where he has coordinated governmental action during the multiparty debate on environment.

He has taken at the end of 2008, the executive management of the French agency of health, environmental and labor security (AFSSET) and finally of the agency of water for Rhone, Mediterranean, Corsica in 2011.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is your project, initiative, startup, company all about?

The Agency of Water boosts the investments in the water sector to equip the country in efficient sanitization system, to chase away the water wasting in poor areas, to restore the rivers exhausted by harmful and polluting urban development. The agency manages a 550K€ budget per year, financed by the taxes and invested near local authorities, industrials or farmers. The agency benefits from a great expertise that is implemented territory by territory, encouraging the persons in charge to undertake ambitious catchment area.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Rhone – Mediterranean basin and Corsica

IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?

The agency of water’s funds raise to 8% of the whole sector turnover. The agency’s program represent 14 000 jobs through the country, particularly in the SME and in the building and civil low qualified engineering works. The stake is to maintain a high level of public investment in a present context which could push them into the background.

QUOTE / A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

« Let’s save the water » this is the war cry of the Agency of Water that invites anyone who feel concerned to join the energies federation in this recovery of a good water quality.