Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Meridiam

Thierry Déau is Meridiam’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He founded Meridiam, an independent investment firm, recently transformed into a Benefit Corporation*, specialized in the development, financing, and management of long-term and sustainable infrastructure projects in 2005, with the belief that the alignment of interests between the public and private sector can provide critical solutions to the collective needs of communities. Managing over $18 Billion of assets, the firm has to date more than 100 projects under development, construction or in operation. 

Meridiam currently holds offices in Paris, New York, Toronto, Istanbul, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Luxemburg, Aman, Vienna, Libreville and Johannesburg, and is a leading investor in public infrastructure across Europe, North America and Africa. 

Prior to Meridiam, Thierry worked for France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations where he held several positions with its engineering and development subsidiary Egis Projects, moving up from project manager, then director for concession projects to his appointment as chief Executive Officer in 2001.  

Thierry is currently a board member of Fondation des Ponts, a member of the Investment Committee of the European Fund for Strategic Investment, Chairman of Archery for Inclusive Leadership and founder of Africa Infrastructure fellowship program Foundation (AIFP Foundation), founding member of the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) of the World Economic Forum a member of Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Council for the Commonwealth, President of Finance for Tomorrow, the branch of Paris Europlace promoting green and sustainable finance on an international level, and honorary chairman of the Long Term Infrastructure Association (LTIIA). 

Thierry Déau graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering School. 

*within the meaning of the French « Pacte » law promulgated on May 23, 2019