Emilie serves as C40’s Head of Finance Engagement and Partnerships for the C40 x GCoM Joint Programme. She has 20 years of experience in the fields of diplomacy, sustainable urban development policies and finance, including 13 years in the French national administration. She was previously the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes of the Global Fund for Cities Development – FMDV, a global network of local governments dedicated to urban financing. She designed and managed the work program (€35 million) and led strategic partnerships and global advocacy. In this position, she played a leading role in designing the subnational component of the Finance in Common Initiative (gathering 500 Public Development Banks), as well as in obtaining the recognition of innovative solutions for cities’ climate finance in the climate COPs agenda.
At the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she initiated and negotiated Sustainable Development Goal #11 on sustainable cities, represented the French government in UN fora and managed urban programs in Africa. She has been an Advisor at the Cabinet of the French Minister in charge of Urban policy in deprived areas. She has also been Head of the Environment office at the Prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis (gathering 40 cities in the Paris metropolitan area). In this position, she oversaw the environmental regulation of 4000 industrial sites, as well as major urban development projects – Olympic facilities, Grand Paris Express (new metro lines) and the rehabilitation of polluted industrial sites.