They have accepted to participate to the forthcoming edition on 25th and 26th April 2020
With a degree in engineering from École des Mines de Paris, Jean-Pierre Farandou worked in the Denver, Colorado office of Amax, a US-based mining company, before joining SNCF in 1981. After holding various managerial positions in production and marketing, in 1993 he was named project manager and tasked with launching the Paris-Lille TGV line. He then laid the legal foundation for Thalys International in Brussels, serving as its Managing Director from 1993 to 1998. He held positions as Director of Executive HR (1998-2000) and Deputy Director for Main Lines (2000-2002); served as Regional Director for Rhône Alpes, home to the largest TER network in France; and then became Managing Director of Keolis Lyon, operator of the city’s bus, metro and light rail systems. In October 2006 he was named Director of SNCF’s Proximités division, which included Transilien, TER, Intercités and the Keolis/Effia Group, and in August 2012 he became Chairman of the Keolis Executive Board. Jean-Pierre Farandou has served as SNCF Chairman and CEO since 1 November 2019.
A former student of Sciences Po and holder of a Master of Social Law, Gilles Finchelstein has been the technical advisor in several ministerial cabinets, with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Minister of the Economy and Finance, and with Pierre Moscovici, Minister European Affairs. Author of The Next World, an unprecedented crisis (with Matthieu Pigasse, Plon, 2009), Prix La Tribune and HEC for best economic book and L'Express Essay Prize, he also published The dictatorship of the urgency (Fayard, 2011, Pluriel, 2013). He regularly contributes to various journals.
Sophie Fontanel is a novelist, journalist, fashion critic and influencer. A journalist for the print media, she worked for several national dailies before becoming Cosmopolitan's assistant editor. She is now working at Obs, where she publishes every week. his column "Fashion for all" where the modes go through time. She wrote her first book in 2010, entitled "Growing Up". His latest novel, published in 2019, is entitled "Nobelle".
Eric Fottorino is a journalist and writer. Graduate of Sciences Po Paris, he is interested early in journalism and sends in 1981 to the newspaper Le Monde a forum on article 16 of the Constitution which will be published immediately. The following year he began working as a freelance journalist for Libération and then at La Tribune de l'Économie (1984-85). In 1986 he entered the world where he will perform his entire career. In the evening newspaper, he is firstly a journalist specializing in raw materials and the African continent while at the same time being a lecturer at the IEP in Paris from 1992 to 1995. He became Grand reporter (1995-1997), Editor-in-Chief (1998-2003) then managing editor in 2006. In June 2007, Eric Fottorino was elected Director of the World which he directed until 2011. He is the co-founder with Laurent Greilsamer and Natalie Thiriez of the weekly Le 1 launched in April 2014. He is also the author of many novels and essays for which he received several distinctions among which the prize for the best book of economics.
Ecrivain et analyste politique, Jérôme Fourquet effectue l’ensemble de sa carrière au sein de différents instituts de sondage. Il commence en tant que chargé d’études à l’IFOP en 1996, avant de rejoindre CSA Opinion en tant que directeur d’études de 1998 à 2003. En 2004, il retourne à l’IFOP comme directeur d’études au sein du département « opinion et stratégies d’entreprises ». Il occupe ensuite les fonctions de directeur adjoint, puis de directeur du département à partir de 2011. Jérôme Fourquet intervient régulièrement dans les médias, notamment dans l'émission C dans l'air sur France 5, et collabore entre autres avec Le Figaro, L’Opinion, Slate.fr, Huffingtonpost.fr et Atlantico.fr. Jérôme Fourquet a publié de nombreux ouvrages avec la Fondation Jean-Jaurès et la fondation pour l’innovation politique. Son dernier ouvrage, « L’Archipel français : Naissance d’une nation multiple et divisée » (éditions du Seuil, février 2019) dans lequel il analyse la déstructuration de la société française, a reçu le prix du livre politique 2019.
Patrice Franceschi is an adventurer, writer decorated with the Goncourt prize of the short story, also aviator, sailor, filmmaker, paratrooper and reserve officer. He was the first pilot to complete a world tour in a microlight and is the captain of the three-masted exploration "La Boudeuse" with which he has made expeditions around the world. Former president of Solidarités Internationale and the Society of French explorers, he is at the origin of many humanitarian missions in war zones. His writings retrace his travel experiences. His latest book, "Latest News of the Future" published in 2018, questions the future and challenges it to meet our hopes.
Michel Frédeau is senior associate director at the Boston Consulting Group in Paris. He was head of the Paris office and a member of the BCG executive committee, in charge of the firm's HR functions worldwide. He has worked with many French and international companies on issues of transformation and change management. At the heart of its missions is the systematic consideration of the human factor as a source of competitive advantage. In 2017, he carried out a report on the role of CEOs and the imperative of transmission, through more than 20 interviews with the leaders of the largest French companies.
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Descartes University.
Gérard Friedlander is a Doctor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine Paris Descartes. He leads the "Homeostasis and Cell Signaling in Hepatic and Kidney Physiology" team at the Necker-Enfants Malades Institute and the Functional Exploration Department of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital. He was President of the Specialized Scientific Commission No. 7 of Inserm and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Médecine-Sciences. He is a member of several editorial committees of international scientific journals. Since 2014, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Descartes University.
Graduated from the French Air Force Academy and from Joint Services Defence College in Paris, Michel Friedling is fighter pilot, Air Force Chief and responsible for french spatial military activities. He leads the Joint Space Command, a joint formation of the French Armed Forces, which deals with space issues. Emmanuel Macron announced its creation as a response to new defence, espionage and offensive strategies in space. Michel Friedling is appointed Joint Space Commander in september 2018, and leads this internal part component of the French Air Force which gathers 220 experts.
Antoine de GALBERT
Founder of La Maison rouge
Antoine de Galbert is a gallerist, collector of contemporary art and French patron. After starting his career as a supermarket management controller in 1980, he opened an art gallery in Grenoble in 1987 and gradually became a collection. He created the Fondation Antoine de Galbert to affirm his positions and his commitment to contemporary art. In 2004, he opened La Maison rouge, the foundation's exhibition space, with the aim of promoting the different forms of creation through temporary exhibitions. While the establishment closed permanently in October 2018, it continues its commitment within its foundation.
After graduating from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon, then obtaining a post-graduate Law degree in International Cultural Relations and Exchanges, Claire Gannet began her career as part of the artistic direction team of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. She was then called upon by Stéphane Lissner, Director of the Festival, to contribute to the creation and development of Vivendi Universal Group’s cultural website. Following up on her experience as Director of communication in the private sector, she joined the Carat Culture Agency – Aegis Media Group where she was head of the corporate sponsorship activity. In 2006, she joinded the Comédie-Française as Director of Sponsorship and Member of the Board, first with Muriel Mayette and then with Eric Ruf. In 2016, she became General Secretary of the Accentus Choir and the Insula Orchestra led by Laurence Equilbey, where she participated in the inauguration of La Seine Musicale in April 2017. She joined the Maison Chaumet in November 2018 as Director of Heritage.
Head of CENTQUATRE PARIS
Graduated from High studies of social practices, he began his career as a sports trainer before joining the French Institute. In 2000 he becomes the director of La Ferme du buisson, a national scene. Thus, it is a singular journey that led José Manuel Gonçalvès to the head of one of the current high places of contemporary culture in Paris. Director of CENTQUATRE-PARIS since 2010, director of Nuit Blanche in 2014 and 2015, and curator of numerous exhibitions. He is also the artistic and cultural director of the Grand Paris Express. In its image, CENTQUATRE is both a place of artistic production and innovation in the field of creative industries.
Directeur Commercial UiPath France, BG a une longue expérience en High Tech avec de nombreux projets technologiques et missions avec des acteurs globaux High Tech et/ou Services. Son parcours lui a permis de travailler sur des sujets divers pour de grands groupes européens et à dimension internationale. Il considère la technologie comme un moyen d’améliorer l’expérience client ou utilisateur privé mais aussi un levier stratégique dans la transformation des entreprises. Il rencontre en permanence des dirigeants, managers et collaborateurs pour échanger avec eux sur le rôle de l’automatisation dans l’écosystème (humain, technologique, concurrentiel et financier) propre à chaque entreprise. Avec plus de 25 années de management d’équipes mixtes (vente, technologie, services, conseil) BG apprécie le progrès par l’écoute et le dialogue.
Georges Haddad is currently President of the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, since 2016 for a 4 years term. Actually, he has been working at this position once before from 1989 to 1994, and was First Vice-President of the French Conference of University Presidents from 1992 to 1994. He was the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the World Conference on Higher Education. In 2004, Haddad took up the position of Director of UNESCO’s Division of Higher Education, and was leading the Education Research and Foresight of UNESCO from 2010 to 2014.
Harpsichordist and conductor
After studying piano and harpsichord, she chose the direction of orchestra and founded in 2000 Le Concert d´Astrée. At the same time, it was in demand by the most prestigious international stages and enjoyed resounding success from 2001 at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Nicknamed by the English press "The Ms Dynamite of French Baroque", Emmanuelle Haïm is the first woman to conduct at the Chicago Lyric Opera (Giulio Cesare, 2007). The 2018/2019 season also marks the debut of Emmanuelle Haïm at the prestigious New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as at the Zürich Opera House.
Emmanuel Hirsch is University Professor, Director of the Ethical Area of the AP-HP (Public Assistance - Paris Hospitals) and of the ethical reflection national era. He teaches medical ethic. Since the eighties, he committed himself in the ethical fields applied to the human realities thanks to his researches on palliative treatments, AIDS, autism or degenerative illnesses. He is knight of the Legion d'Honneur and Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2016, he creates the French ethical applied journal.
He has been the CEO of Citeo from May 2016. After starting his career in high-level sport as a member of the French volleyball team, he then joined the banking sector and joined the Corporate Finance department. from ScotiaMcLeod Inc merchant bank in London. Joining the Amaury group in 1992, he became head of the television department of Amaury Sport Organization and general manager of Sierra Production. Six years later, he created l'Equipe TV then l'Equipe.fr in 2000, which he merged into a company called L'Equipe 24/24 which he piloted until 2004. He also managed Le Parisien, during over ten years, of which he has developed numerous publications, including LeParisien.fr, Le Parisien Economie, La Parisienne, le Parisien Magazine.
Gavin Jackson is an experienced senior executive leader in technology and is now Senior VP of Sales and Managing Director for UiPath in EMEA. He joined UiPath from Amazon Web Service (AWS) where he served as Managing Director for UK and EU. Prior to AWS, Gavin held executive roles in other leading technology companies, including VMware and EMC. Gavin is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, where he majored in business finance.
Philippe-Loïc Jacob graduated from Ecole de management de Lyon. His career reflects a large experience in the consumer market. Indeed, he has held various senior positions at the national and international level within the Danone Group. He held the post of secretary-general until he joined Eco-Emballages in 2007, where he has since held the post of Chairperson of the Management Board. Philippe-Loïc Jacob is also a member of the executive committee of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.
Jean-Michel Jarre is a singer and composer, pioneer of electronic music in France. Involved in the Group of musical research (GRM), he experimented new forms of sound, whose album "Oxygène", released in 1976, is a keystone. Over the course of his albums, Jean-Michel Jarre developed concept concerts, the first of which was held at the Place de la Concorde in 1979. Keeping his avant-garde status after more than 30 years of musical career, he made the first album composed and made in 5.1 in 2004, "Aero". "Teo & Tea", released in 2007. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1993, Jean-Michel Jarre is also European spokesperson for the music industry on the Internet and new media.
Aurélie Jean followed a mathematics-physics course at the University before joining ENS Cachan. She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Digital Mechanics from the Institute of Mines and continued her studies at Pennsylvania State University and then at MIT. She then worked on digital medicine and then for Bloomberg where she is a computer developer. She is also CTO / CIO and co-founder of the MixR start-up in Los Angeles and CEO of In Silico Veritas, a code firm that seeks to make the new technologies known to the greatest number of people and especially to women, while training employees and leaders in these new tools. Committed to education, she is also the godmother of the first class of the IA Microsoft School in Issy-Les-Moulineaux.
Having joined Gilead Sciences to manage the French affiliate in October 2011, Michel Joly is a Pharmacologist who graduated summa cum laude from Paris University. After two years in neuropharmacology research, including some time in California, Michel joined GSK in 1989 as a representative in Paris, then moved to different marketing positions. In the early 90’s he created the Market Access function in Roche, negotiating the first pricing agreements with the newly formed Pricing Committee. During his 13 years in Sanofi, Michel led several large commercial operations, and then moved to HQ first as VP Corporate Marketing, then VP Corporate Communication. He joined for 3 years Novartis as Head of Operations, before joining Gilead. He has been a Board Member of the French Pharma Association since 2012, and Member of National Pharma Academy since 2016.
President and founder of JOONE
She has a PhD in Literature from Paris-Sorbonne University and an MBA from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. She also takes Florent courses in parallel with her studies. Becoming a professor at the Sorbonne, actress, writer and former Miss Auvergne, she founded in 2015 "Mommyville", a social network between future and young parents. In 2017, she created a second startup, Joone, whose layers claim a total transparency on their manufacturing processes and were ranked No. 1 in the magazine's 60 million consumers list in August 2018.
Co-founder of Siri, global vice president of innovation at Samsung
Dr. Luc Julia is a specialist in human-machine interaction. Graduated in mathematics and computer science from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and having obtained a doctorate in computer science at the National School of Telecommunications in Paris, he began his career at SRI International, where he created the Computer Human Interaction Center and participated in the startup of Nuance Communications, now the world leader in voice recognition. He led Siri's development teams at Apple, was Technical Director at Hewlett-Packard, and co-founded several start-ups in Silicon Valley. As Vice President of Innovation at Samsung Electronics, Dr. Luc Julia led the company's vision and strategy for the Internet of Things from 2012 to 2017. Today Senior Vice President and Technical Director of the company, it focuses on defining a new generation of products.
Japanese film director and writer born in Nara. Known for her movies Sweet Bean (2015), Still the water (2014) and Suzaku (1997) Naomi Kawase stood out of the crowd with her fictions and autobiographical documentaries and has been rewarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Graduated from the photography school of Osaka, Naomi Kawase began her carrier by multiplying experimental short movies in the late eighties. In 1992, she got herself noticed with Embracing, a documentary which earned her the first sponsorship award of the Tokyo Image Forum. But the consecration comes in 1997 with Suzaku, her first full-length dramatic feature film. She is once again selected for official competition at Cannes in 2003 with the elliptical Shara, a film with haunting melody that should confuse the most cartesian souls.
Etienne Klein holds an engineering degree from CentraleSupélec (formerly Ecole Centrale Paris), a postgraduate degree in theoretical physics and a PhD in philosophy of sciences. He is Director of Research at the CEA and heads the Laboratory of Research on the Matter’ Sciences (LARSIM). Recently elected president of the Institute of Higher Studies for Science and Technology (IHEST), he is also a professor at CentraleSupélec Paris. He has published several books, the last one is “Le pays qu’habitait Albert Einstein" (Actes Sud, 2016).
Hervé Knecht est Président de la Fondation de France Nord. Toute sa vie, il n’a pas cessé d’imaginer des solutions durables pour conjuguer fragilité et performance économique.
En 1991, cet entrepreneur dans l’âme a fondé le Groupe AlterEos, Société Coopérative d’Intérêt Collectif, c’est 450 salariés basés à Tourcoing dont plus de 80% de personnes fragilisées par un handicap.
Promoteur de l’innovation sociale, Hervé Knecht est engagé depuis 2013, dans de nombreuses organisations de l’ESS. Pour lui « la fragilité n’est pas une tare, c’est une caractéristique de la nature humaine ». Il est animé par une conviction « si chacun, là où il est, veut changer un peu le monde, alors le monde changera ».
Béatrice Kosowski has been appointed General Manager of Global Technology Services, IBM France since July 2015 and is responsible for both the revenue and profit of IBM’s Global Technology Services business in France. She was Vice President, IBM France, Managing Director in charge of the SNCF Group since January 2011. The IBM GTS organization includes Hybrid IT & Infrastructure services, Technical Support services as well as Cloud and Security services. She integrates IBM France in 1994 where she held various positions in Marketing and Sales before becoming the Office Director of IBM Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) General Manager in 2002.
She then takes the EMEA Software Group Sales Department for Small and Medium Businesses. In 2005, she joined IBM Global Financing as President of IBM France Financing before becoming in July 2009, Vice President, IBM Global Financing for Southwest Europe. Member of the Executive Committee of IBM France, she hosted, among others, a mission to support the transformation. Before joining IBM, Béatrice Kosowski has created a direct marketing company, Anatel, where she became Manager until 1990 before it was acquired by the Directing Group. In 1991, she joined the Esthederm Laboratories where she holds the position of Development Director.
She is graduated of ESSEC Business School.