Franck Galland

CEO of Environmental Emergency & Security Services

Professional history

Between 1997 and 2001, as Director of operations at the Miallot & Associés practice (Mazars & Guérard group) specialising in international risk management, Mr Galland accompanied the directorates-general of major groups in emerging markets, including Lyonnaise des Eaux.

Between 2004 and 2010, Franck Galland was Vice President Corporate Security at Suez Environment and Strategic Adviser to the President on Mediterranean affairs and he was attached to the Vice President Business Development of Ondeo Services (international activities of Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux), with the title of Group Risk Manager.

At the end of 2010, Mr Galland created Environmental Emergency & Security Services, an engineering consultancy in urban resilience, with the aim of assisting local authorities and water and energy operators in anticipating and managing major crisis situations due to natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, earthquakes), industrial accidents or malicious acts.

In his past and current position, he personally performed worldwide more than fifty vulnerability assessments on water supply systems and on emergency preparedness and crisis response strategies for utilities.

Academic history

Mr Galland has a degree in international affairs from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Marseille (Euromed Management) and is currently considered as one of the leading European specialist in strategic and geopolitical issues related to water, as well as in vulnerabilities of water supply systems and critical infrastructures.

He is the author of two well-received books, ‘L’eau: géopolitique, enjeu, stratégies’ (Water: geopolitics, challenges, strategies), published by CNRS Editions, in September 2008, and ‘Eau & conflictualités’ (Water & conflicts), published in December 2011 by Choiseul Editions. He has also written more than forty analyses on strategic and security challenges concerning water, in reviews on international relations and defence.

He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to defence and security institutes, both in France and abroad, to talk about the problems linked to water resources. These have included l’Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale in Paris, the Royal United Services Institute in London and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies in Beijing.

He is also a research fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique in Paris and at the Water, Energy and Environment Research Center in Beirut.


Mr Galland is a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit and a Chevalier of the Order of Academic Palms. Mr Galland is an officer in the operational reserve and has also served several times in external operations. He has been awarded the Cross of Military Valour, the Combatant Cross and several other French and foreign decorations. He is, for example, a Knight of Merit of the Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.