David Michel is a Senior Manager with the Transboundary Water Management Department where he works to strengthen cooperative management practices in shared rivers and aquifers.

David is responsible for conducting geopolitical analyses to identify conflict risks and collaborative opportunities in transboundary basins, designing and implementing multi-track basin dialogues, and developing water diplomacy training and other initiatives to advance international cooperation.

David has over 20 years of experience working on the governance challenges surrounding shared natural resources and the possibilities for collective institutions to address common environmental problems. He has written extensively on issues of water security and water diplomacy, maritime resources management, and the international impacts and implications of global climate change.

Prior to joining SIWI in 2017, he was founding director of the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, and served as an Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.  David holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, an MA in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and did his doctoral studies at The Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies. A US national, he speaks English, French, and Spanish.