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Monique CANTO-SPERBER

Monique CANTO-SPERBER

Philosopher, research director at the CNRS

She has taught at the EHESS and the ENS, as well as abroad (Stanford, USA). From 2000 to 2003, she was a member of the board of directors of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Among other things, she chaired the philosophy commission of the Centre national des lettres and was vice-president of the Comité consultatif national d'éthique. Director of the ENS (Ulm) from 2005 to 2012, she then became president of PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres), until 2014. Her work is now focused on contemporary moral and political philosophy. Her latest book, "Sauver la liberté d'expression" (Albin Michel) was published in 2021.

Debate 16 Does freedom impose responsibility?

Laurence des CARS

Laurence des CARS

President-Director of the Musée du Louvre

A graduate in art history and the École nationale du patrimoine, she is a specialist in 19th and early 20th century art. Curator at the Musée d'Orsay from 1994 to 2007, she became scientific director of the Agence France-muséums, in charge of the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, before becoming head of the Musée de l'Orangerie in 2014 and the Musée d'Orsay in 2017. Under her presidency, she revitalised these institutions by forging links with the performing arts and contemporary artists and by developing digital content.

Debate 13 To be amazed, contemplate: can we make time by wasting it?

Philippe CASTAGNAC

Philippe CASTAGNAC

Honorary Chairman of Mazars Group

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A graduate of ESC Rouen, he began his career at Mazars in 1978 and was promoted to partner in 1988. In 2003, he became Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director of Mazars France. In 2006, he became one of the five members of the Group's Management Board, the executive body of the international organisation.He chaired the Group's Management Board as Chairman and CEO from 2011 to 2016. In 2017, he was re-elected as Chairman of the Group Executive Board. He was also appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Interest Entities of the Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes.

Debate 28 Imagining the company of tomorrow. part 2

Didier CASTRES

Didier CASTRES

General, former head of the French army's planning and operations centre (CPCO)

A former student of the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, he comes from the navy. Very quickly, he was immersed in crisis management: in 2002, he took charge of a regiment, before being assigned to the Presidency of the Republic (2005-2009) and then to the Centre for Planning and Conducting Operations of the Armed Forces Staff (2009-2011). Deputy Chief of Operations at the French Army Staff from 2011 to 2016, he is now a senior advisor at ESL & Network where he advises and supports States and armies.

Debate 31 Conflict, media, justice: how to combine different timings?

Dimitri CAUDRELIER

Dimitri CAUDRELIER

CEO at Quantis International

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A graduate engineer from the Ecole Catholique des Arts et Métiers and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, he decided in 2008 to travel the world. For 10 months, he went to discover innovative companies and projects in the environmental field. On this subject, he co-published the book "100 pioneers for the planet" (JC. Lattès, 2009). The same year, he founded the Vendée Globe EcoAdvance project with his navigator brother. He joined Quantis in 2009 as an analyst, then became Managing Director in France and CEO in 2020.

Debate 26 Comment orienter l'économie et les entreprises vers la neutralité carbone ?

Bernard CAZENEUVE

Bernard CAZENEUVE

Partner at August Debouzy

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After graduating from the IEP in Bordeaux, he became involved in politics. He was a Member of Parliament for La Manche, Mayor of Octeville and then of Cherbourg-Octeville from 2001 to 2012, and was appointed Minister for European Affairs in 2012. The following year, he became Minister Delegate for the Budget and then Minister of the Interior. In 2016, he was appointed Prime Minister. He was a legal advisor at August Debouzy from 2006 to 2007, where he returned in 2017. He mainly advises on compliance and international compliance issues.

Debate 54 Politics: the hostage of time?

Guillaume CHARLIN

Guillaume CHARLIN

Managing Director BCG Paris

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A graduate of the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and INSED, he joined BCG in 1997 where he covered strategic and operational issues in consumer products. He has deep expertise in developing brand and growth strategies for consumer products companies. His expertise touches on topics such as demand-centric growth, marketing effectiveness, go-to-market strategies, supply chain, large-scale transformation, and people strategy development.

Debate 20 Imaginons l'entreprise du futur . partie 1

Laurent CHOAIN

Laurent CHOAIN

Chief Leadership, Education & Culture, for the Mazars Group

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He has a doctorate in management sciences and has been a human resources director for 25 years, in the luxury hotel industry, in banking and now in auditing and consulting. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Peter Drucker Society and a founding member of the Cercle du Leadership. Driven by the conviction that quality and benevolence in management -at all levels of society-, is the great alternative to demagogy and tyranny, he works to develop ecosystems of responsible leaders.

Debate 14 Creativity, inventiveness: how to raise new ideas?

Léo COHEN

Léo COHEN

Independent consultant on ecology and citizen participation

A former student of the University of Paris-Sorbonne and Sciences Po Lille, he joined the National Assembly as a parliamentary assistant in 2012. He also held the position of deputy chief of staff of the President of the Assembly. In 2018, he became an advisor to Barbara Pompili and François de Rugy at the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity. He is also one of the organisers of the Citizens' Climate Convention. Author of "800 jours au ministère de l'impossible" (Les Petits Matins, 2022), he depicts and analyses the difficulties of implementing ambitious ecological policies.

Debate 62 Réchauffement citoyen : fixer un cap écologique

André COMTE-SPONVILLE

André COMTE-SPONVILLE

Philosopher

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A former student of the École normale supérieure (ENS-Ulm), professor and philosopher, he marked his entry into philosophy with the publication of "The Myth of Icarus" in 1984, hailed by Michel Foucault. He is the author of numerous works which popularise philosophy through their clarity and pedagogy, such as "Petit traité des grandes vertus" (PUF, 1995). His philosophy is above all ethical and defends the idea that we must live here and now, since only the immediate reality counts. Author of "L'Être-temps" (PUF, 1999), he has worked particularly on the time of consciousness.

Debate 45 Man, space and time: where are the limits?

Jean-François COPÉ

Jean-François COPÉ

Mayor of Meaux

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After graduating from Science Po and ENA, he headed the cabinet of the Minister in charge of relations with the Senate from 1993 to 1995. Deputy for Seine-et-Marne between 1995 and 1997 and then between 2002 and 2017, he was also appointed Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament (2002-2004), Minister Delegate for the Interior, then Minister for the Budget and State Reform (2004-2007) under Jacques Chirac. In 1995, he was elected mayor of Meaux, and was re-elected in 2001, 2008 and 2014. He was responsible for the creation of the Great War Museum. He is also a lawyer at the Paris Bar and has published numerous political and economic works.

Debate 31 Conflict, media, justice: how to combine different timings?

Yves COPPENS

Yves COPPENS

Paleontologist and paleoanthropologist, professor emeritus at the National Museum of Natural History and the Collège de France

The world-famous discoverer of numerous human fossils -including Lucy in 1974- he has devoted his career to palaeontology. From 1980 to 1983, he was professor and director of the National Museum of Natural History. He was then elected to hold the chair of palaeontology and prehistory at the Collège de France. He is present in many national and international bodies, and he is the author of more than a thousand articles and books in his field. His work has contributed to establishing -both in time and in space-, the distant limits of the origin of the humankind.

Debate 22 Time, this obsession: how to tackle society's impatience?

Typhaine D

Typhaine D

Feminist artist and trainer

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A committed artist, she creates and performs feminist shows, such as "Contes à Rebours" -an anti-sexist rewriting of famous tales-, "La Pérille Mortelle"-about current events, and her feminist language "La Féminine Universelle"-, as well as "Opinion d'une femme sur les femmes"-a manifesto by the thinker Fanny Raoul-. Thanks to her speech on feminicide, she earned the Gisèle Halimi Prize in the Women's Foundation eloquence contest in 2018. She works as a trainer in companies, particularly on the promotion of equality and diversity and the prevention of gender-based violence at work. Photo credit : Matthieu Munoz

Debate 23 The glass ceiling in all its shards

Bruno DAVID

Bruno DAVID

President of the National Museum of Natural History

A palaeontologist and marine biologist, he has participated in several major oceanographic missions, notably in the Southern Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific. Recruited as a researcher at the CNRS in 1981, he was appointed director of research and became director of the CNRS Paleontology Laboratory in Dijon in 1995, which later became the BIOGEOSCIENCES Laboratory. Since 2015, he has been President of the Natural History Museum and wants to show the need to integrate natural history more into the way we think about our contemporary societies.

Debate 38 Are human beings an endangered species?

Erri DE LUCA

Erri DE LUCA

Writer

Born in Naples, he is a writer, journalist and poet who has won several literary prizes, including the European Prize for Literature and the Ulysses Prize. His protean work was translated into many languages. It depicts the power of political commitment with inimitable vividness as well as the difficult learning of life during childhood and the intensity of human relationships. He is an environmental activist and a seasoned mountaineer, and is committed against the excesses of capitalism. He uses the beauty of nature to reflect on the human condition.

Debate 17 The role of citizens in an ecological democratic society

Jean-François DELEUZE

Jean-François DELEUZE

Head of the National Center for Research in Human Genomics (CNRGH), CEA

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An internationally renowned biologist and geneticist, he founded and directed Sanofi's world centre for human genetics, before joining the CEA as director of the National Centre for Research in Human Genetics (CNRGH). Today, he is the scientific director of the Jean Dausset-CEPH Foundation as well as of the Labex GENMED. He is a specialist in human genomics and attempts to understand the mechanisms of disease. As a humanist, he aims for scientific researches to be open to artistic disciplines.

Debate 29 Decoding the medicine of tomorrow

Baptiste DENIS

Baptiste DENIS

Writer, climate activist

Trained as a journalist, he is currently a press officer at Axa. At the same time, he is a municipal councillor in charge of the ecological transition in the team of Philippe Juvin, mayor (LR) of La Garenne-Colombes since 2001. His commitment to the fight against climate change was also demonstrated during a mission within the Ministry of Ecological Transition (2020-2022). In the book "Climat. Parlons vrai" (Éditions Les Pérégrines, 2021), he discusses with Jean Jouzel, paleoclimatologist and former vice-president of the IPCC scientific group.

Debate 44 Dialogue intergénérationnel sur le climat

Thierry DEREZ

Thierry DEREZ

Chairman and CEO of the Covéa Group

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A lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal (1981-1994) and former secretary of the Conference, he joined the Garantie Mutuelle des Fonctionnaires (GMF) in 1995 as deputy director general. In 2003, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the AZUR-GMF group. Two years later, he became Chairman and CEO of MAAF assurances. Since 2007, he has also been Chairman of the Mutuelles du Mans Assurances (MMA). In 2008, he became Chairman and CEO of Covéa, which includes GMF, MAAF Assurances and MMA.

Debate 1 La merveilleuse histoire du temps

Alexandre DESSEIGNE-BARRIÈRE

Alexandre DESSEIGNE-BARRIÈRE

Executive Vice President Strategy & Development at Groupe Barrière

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Graduating with a Master's degree in hospitality management from ESSEC, he joined the family business in 2014 in the development department with the ambition to create new Barrière establishments. Since then, he has moved within the Barrière Group as Director of Transformation, General Manager Hotels and Restaurants, Executive Vice President Hotels, Restaurants and Transformation of the group. He was appointed Director of the Board of Directors in 2019 and has held the position of Executive Vice President Strategy & Development since 2021.

Debate 56 Comment concilier la tradition et le mouvement ?

Laurence DEVILLERS

Laurence DEVILLERS

Professor in Artificial Intelligence at LIMSI-CNRS

Since 2011, she is a professor in artificial intelligence at the Sorbonne University. Attached to LIMSI-CNRS, she leads the research team "Affective and social dimensions in spoken interactions". Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, including the affective dimension. Since 2015, she is a member of CERNA (Commission de réflexion sur l'Ethique de la Recherche en sciences et technologies du Numérique d'Allistène) and is currently coordinating a report on the ethics of research on conversational agents.

Debate 19 Artificial intelligence: heaven or hell?

Claire DORLAND-CLAUZEL

Claire DORLAND-CLAUZEL

Owner and grower at Château La Tuilière, founder of Vignes Secrètes

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A graduate of the Institut de Géographie and ENA, she joined the Treasury's General Directorate in 1988. Then, she joined the Cabinet of the Minister of the Economy and Finance and was appointed head of monetary and financial affairs. From 1998, she held various managerial positions within the Axa Group. She joined Michelin in 2008 as Director of Sustainable Development, Brands, as well as of the Michelin Guide and of the External Relations. In 2018, she decided to create her own company by acquiring the Bordeaux vineyard Château la Tuilière.

Debate 56 Comment concilier la tradition et le mouvement ?

Gabin DOURNELLE

Gabin DOURNELLE

Head of the Transitions Commission of the Olivaint Conference, treasurer of the Young Ambassadors for the Climate (JAC)

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Originally from Mennecy (Essonne), he began a degree in history at the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), then a master's degree in political science at Assas. Strongly committed to the fight against global warming since the beginning of his high school studies, he became the president of the environmentalist association (Instinct durable) of the ICP from 2019 to 2021. Then, he continued his activism within the Young Ambassadors for Climate (JAC) and the Olivaint Conference. In 2020, he was elected municipal councillor of Mennecy, in charge of nature and biodiversity.

Debate 11 Qualitative growth or degrowth: how to develop ecological intelligence?

Marc DRILLECH

Marc DRILLECH

Managing Director of IONIS Education Group

After studying at the University of Lille and Sciences Po Paris, he joined the Publicis Group. Between 1990 and 2005, he became one of the main executives of Publicis and was the international vice-president of Publicis Groupe. He was also vice-president of the Association des agences-conseils en communication (AACC) and director of the Institut de recherches et études publicitaires (IREP). He is the author of several books, including "Brand Success" (Volume 2 published in 2019 by FYP). Since 2005, he has been at the head of the Ionis group.

Debate 22 Time, this obsession: how to tackle society's impatience?

Marie DRUCKER

Marie DRUCKER

Director, producer

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After training as a journalist, she became editor-in-chief and presenter of the Soir 3 programme, as well as the evening news programme on France 2. At the same time, she pursued a career in radio on Europe 1 and RTL. In 2016, she put an end to her career as a journalist and devoted herself to creation. She founded No School Productions, a production company specialized in history and social documentaries. She co-produced 13 novembre : Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, about the 13 November attacks. At the beginning of the year, Stéphane Brizé's feature film Un autre monde (Another World) was released, giving her her first film role.

Debate 15 Respect your elders: a moral duty

Axel DUMAS

Axel DUMAS

Executive Chairman, Hermès

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A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris and Harvard Business School, he is the great grandson of Émile Hermès. After spending eight years in project finance at Paribas in Beijing and New York, he joined Hermès in 2003 as an auditor in the Finance Department of Hermès International and then as Sales Director for France. From 2006 to 2013, he was successively appointed Managing Director of Hermès Bijouterie, Managing Director of Hermès Maroquinerie-Sellerie and Managing Director of Operations. Since 2013, he has been Managing Director of Hermès.

Debate 51 Values of our time, time's value

Sylvain DURANTON

Sylvain DURANTON

Global Leader for BCG GAMMA

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A former student of Polytechnique, MINES ParisTech and INSEAD, he joined BCG in 1993 and has advised clients in a variety of sectors such as rail and air transport, construction, telecoms, media and energy, in Paris, London and Bangkok. From 2004 to 2015 he was Global Leader for the BCG Pricing Practice. Since 2015, he has led BCG Gamma globally, working to conceptualise, build and deploy advanced analytical solutions that can transform the trajectories of organisations.

Debate 19 Artificial intelligence: heaven or hell?

Shirin EBADI

Shirin EBADI

Lawyer and human rights activist

As a law graduate, she became the first woman to be appointed president of the Tehran High Court in 1975. The Islamic revolution of 1979 forced her to leave her position and take early retirement. In 1992, she set up a law firm dedicated to human rights cases and took on many cases. These activities led to her imprisonment in 1999. In 2002, she co-founded the Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), and in 2003 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She left Iran in 2009 due to restrictions on human rights activists and continued her activities in forced exile.

Debate 39 Democracy and human rights: why is it crucial that we should get involved?

David ELBAZ

David ELBAZ

Astrophysicist, scientific director of the CEA's Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l'Univers (IRFU)

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As an astrophysicist, his work includes diving deep into the universe to trace the sources of light in stars and galaxies, and studying the invisible with infrared observatories. He and his team discovered that most of the star formation history of the universe is hidden by interstellar dust. This allowed them to identify a universal law linking the mass of a galaxy to the rate at which it forms new stars. He is also editor of the peer-reviewed journal Astronomy & Astrophysics and a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Debate 41 Le choc des temps, de l’Homme et de l’Univers, plaidoyer pour une réconciliation

Laurence EQUILBEY

Laurence EQUILBEY

Orchestra conductor

She has conducted numerous orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia in London. Since 2009, she has been an associate artist of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris with accentus. She is also an associate artist of the Grand Théâtre d'Aix-en-Provence and has a special relationship with the Philharmonie de Paris. In 2012, she founded Insula orchestra in residence at La Seine Musicale. There she creates stage concerts, such as Mozart's Mass in C with Pascale Ferran. In 2020 she explored the last ballads of the composer Robert Schumann in the show "La Nuit des rois", directed by Antonin Baudry.

Debate 36 To create: refinding the experience of sensitive time

Jean-Louis ÉTIENNE

Jean-Louis ÉTIENNE

Doctor, explorator

He is a doctor specialized in nutrition and sports biology and has taken part in numerous expeditions to the Himalayas, Greenland and Patagonia. He was the first man to reach the North Pole alone and succeeded in making the longest crossing of the Antarctic by dog sled. He has led several expeditions to raise awareness of the polar regions and to understand the role their role in life and climate. In 2010, he made the first successful crossing of the Arctic Ocean by balloon. His latest book, "Explorateur d'océans", has been published by Editions Paulsen in 2021.

Debate 21 There are no easy successes or final defeats