Thomas van Gilst is Head of the Water Security and Resilience Division within the European Investment Bank’s Projects Directorate since 2016. The Bank finances some EUR 2 to 4 billion worth of water & wastewater as well as flood protection projects annually and follows the investments from preparation up to completion of works.
Trained as a water resources engineer at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, he first worked with Royal Haskoning a Netherlands based Engineering Consulting firm in the fields of irrigation, water & wastewater and urban drainage. He later worked in business development with Enron and Thames Water, both in London. With Thames Water, he was heavily involved in setting up WSUP (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor), a private sector-NGO-academia based partnership focusing on providing sustainable water and sanitation services in peri-urban areas in developing countries. Since joining the EIB in 2006 he has been in charge of a broad portfolio of water sector projects financed by the Bank both inside and outside Europe through a variety of financial products.