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Christophe FANICHET

Christophe FANICHET

Chairman and CEO of SNCF Voyageurs and Deputy Director General for Digital

A graduate of the ESIEA Paris engineering school and the London Business School, he began his career at the Ministry of Defence. In 1999, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and then the Ministry of Finance in 2003. Five years later, he joined the SNCF. Once at SNCF, he served successively as head of strategy, head of Intercités trains, chief of staff to SNCF’s Chairman, chief communications officer for SNCF Group, and CEO of its subsidiary 574 Invest, which handles investments in mobility start-ups. Photo credits: © Letizia Lefur / SNCF

Debate 21 There are no easy successes or final defeats

Jean-Pierre FARANDOU

Jean-Pierre FARANDOU

SNCF Chairman and CEO

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An engineer from the Mines de Paris, he worked for the American mining company Amax before joining the SNCF, where he became project manager for the Paris-Lille TGV. Then, he created and managed the Thalys International structure until 1998, and successively became Director of HR Managers for the SNCF group, Deputy Director of Main Lines and Director of the SNCF Rhône-Alpes region. In 2006, he was appointed head of SNCF Proximités, which includes Transilien, TER, Intercités and the Keolis/Effia Group. Chairman of the Management Board of Keolis since 2012, he was appointed CEO of SNCF in 2019.

Debate 46 Sustainable mobility: a social issue

Valérie FERRET

Valérie FERRET

Vice President 3DEXPERIENCE Edu at Dassault Systèmes

A lawyer by training, she created the legal department of a Luxembourg postal company, and became Director of the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce in Boston in 2006. In 2008, she joined Dassault Systèmes as Director of Public Affairs and Sustainable Development. Convinced that digital platforms are a unique opportunity to redefine business models for sustainable innovation, she developed numerous projects to involve customers and stakeholders in the group's vision.

Debate 50 Education : comment apprendre à se poser les bonnes questions ?

Marc FONTECAVE

Marc FONTECAVE

Professor at the Collège de France, member of the Académie des Sciences, President of the Fondation du Collège de France

After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de l'Enseignement Technique and getting a state thesis, he became a professor at the Joseph-Fourier University in Grenoble in 1988. There he created a research team and a laboratory for the chemistry and biology of metals which he directed at the CEA-Grenoble centre. In 2008, he became a professor at the Collège de France, where he holds the chair of Chemistry of Biological Processes, and directs the Laboratory of Chemistry of Biological Processes - a joint research unit of the Collège de France-CNRS-Sorbonne University.

Debate 42 Would time be nothing more than an illusion?

Eric FOTTORINO

Eric FOTTORINO

Journalist, writer, co-founder of the weekly newspaper Le 1

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After graduating from Sciences Po, he quickly became interested in journalism and began his career in 1982 as a freelancer for Libération and La Tribune de l'Economie. In 1986, he joined the newspaper Le Monde, first as a senior reporter, then as editor-in-chief, editorial director and finally director of the daily from 2007 to 2011. In 2014, he co-founded the weekly Le Un. In parallel to these activities, he writes numerous novels and essays and has received several prestigious awards, such as the prize for the best economics book. His latest book "Mohican" has been published by Gallimard in 2021.

Debate 55 How to meet the challenge of the digital revolution?

Michel FRÉDEAU

Michel FRÉDEAU

Senior Associate Director BCG

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A graduate of Wharton University (Pennsylvania) and ENSAE, he has spent his entire professional career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Today, he is a senior associate director and has been head of the Paris office and a member of the BCG executive committee. Throughout his career and in his media appearances, he has emphasised the importance of the human factor as a source of competitive advantage. His expertise has enabled him to assist numerous multinationals with transformation issues.

Debate 47 Working toward a form of sustainable capitalism that puts people first

Gérard FRIEDLANDER

Gérard FRIEDLANDER

General Delegate to the University of Paris Foundation, head of the physiology department of the Necker and Georges Pompidou hospitals

He is a professor of physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Paris Descartes, of which he was Dean from 2014 to 2021. He is also head of the physiology department of the Necker-Enfants Malades and Georges Pompidou AP-HP hospitals. Furthermore, he is director of the Inserm research centre "Growth and signalling" at Necker. He has been a member of several editorial boards -including Kidney International- and editor-in-chief of Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation as well as of the journal Médecine-Sciences.

Debate 12 Du temps pour les autres

Michel FRIEDLING

Michel FRIEDLING

Major General of the French Air Force, French Space Command

After graduating from the Ecole de l'air de Salon-de-Provence and the Ecole de Guerre, he became a fighter pilot, general in the French Air Force and responsible for French military space activities. He has been at the head of the French Space Command since September 2018. Its creation had been announced by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, to cope with new strategies of defence, espionage - and even attack - in the space environment. This unit, integrated into the Air Force, brings together nearly two hundred and twenty experts in the field of space.

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

Nicolas FURET

Nicolas FURET

Clara GAYMARD

Clara GAYMARD

Co-founder of Raise

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After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, she began her career at la Ville de Paris in 1982. Then, she joined the Cour des Comptes and the French Embassy in Egypt. She also worked at the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Solidarity between Generations. In 2003, she was appointed Ambassador Delegate for International Investments, and became Director of the French Agency for International Investments (AFII). From 2006 to 2016 she was President of General Electric France and from 2015 to 2018 of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. Currently, she is co-founder and director of the investment fund Raise.

Debate 3 Facing the climate challenge: the urgency of innovation!

Jean-Louis GEORGELIN

Jean-Louis GEORGELIN

President of the public establishment in charge of the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

He graduated from the military school of Saint-Cyr, and started his military career in France where he was promoted to Major before leaving for the United States to attend the Command and General Staff College. He then joined the Ecole Supérieure de Guerre in Paris. After serving abroad, notably in the former Yugoslavia, he became Chief of the Private Staff of the President of the Republic in 2002. In 2003, he was promoted to General of the Army, then appointed Chief of Staff of the French Armed Forces in 2006. In 2021, after the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris, he was entrusted by the President of the Republic with the restoration of the cathedral in five years.

Debate 6 The challenge of restoring Notre-Dame

Flora GHEBALI

Flora GHEBALI

Founder of Coalitions, an ecological and social innovation agency

She founded the agency Coalitions in 2020. Through this agency, she directs investments and actions of companies towards the social and ecological transition. After working for the Fondation de France and in the cabinet of French President François Hollande (2016-2018), she published an essay entitled "Ma génération va changer le monde" (Editions de l'Aube, 2021), in which she advocates concrete solutions to initiate a genuine social revolution in society.

Debate 61 Comment les jeunes vont changer le monde ?

Gaël GIRAUD

Gaël GIRAUD

Economist, priest

Chief economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) until 2019, he currently directs the environmental justice programme at Georgetown University (Washington). He is a research director at the CNRS, and he has taught at the École Polytechnique and Sciences Po. He is a Jesuit priest and honorary president of the Rousseau Institute. In his latest book, he invites us to rethink the functioning of our economic system in a dialogue with the Senegalese writer Felwine Sarr, "L'économie à venir" (Les liens qui libèrent, 2021).

Debate 52 Les actionnaires, pierre angulaire de la transition ?

Guillaume GOMEZ

Guillaume GOMEZ

Ambassador of French gastronomy

After obtaining a BEP at the École de Paris des Métiers de la Table, he was awarded the title of "Meilleur ouvrier de France" at the age of 25, becoming the youngest ever winner in the cooking category. In 2012, he was named Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite in recognition of his excellent work in the Élysée kitchens since 1997. In 2021, he was appointed French Ambassador for Gastronomy, Food and Culinary Arts by the President of the Republic. He recently co-authored "Philosopher et cuisiner: un mélange exquis" (Édition de l'Aube).

Debate 12 Du temps pour les autres

José-Manuel GONÇALVÈS

José-Manuel GONÇALVÈS

Head of CENTQUATRE-PARIS

Trained at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Pratiques Sociales, he started out as a sports trainer and later joined the French Institute. In 2000, he was appointed director of the cultural center Ferme du Buisson. His singular career path led him to the head of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS, where he has been the Director since 2010. He directed the Parisian event La Nuit Blanche in 2014 and 2015. He has also curated numerous art exhibitions. He is the Artistic and Cultural Director of the Grand Paris Express and the President of the Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois.

Debate 5 Are works of art immortal?

Arthur GOSSET

Arthur GOSSET

Engineer, documentary filmmaker

As a young graduate in environmental engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, he decided to film the journey of six young students from "rupturist" universities who are reorienting their professional future in light of the climate crisis. His documentary "Ruptures" (2021) quickly became a success because it depicts a generation concerned with a sustainable economy.

Debate 61 Comment les jeunes vont changer le monde ?

Georgina GRENON

Georgina GRENON

Director of Environmental Excellence for Paris 2024

A graduate in chemical engineering and from INSEAD, she began her professional career with the Argentine national oil company. After working for the international law firm Booz Allen Hamilton, she worked for the Ministry of Ecology and Energy, responsible for supporting the development of renewable energy. She then represented France at the International Energy Agency (IAEA), and became the director of the New Business Factory within ENGIE Fab, before joining the adventure of the Paris 2024 OCOG.

Debate 24 Citizens, companies, governments: changing behaviour in response to the climate emergency.

Georges HADDAD

Georges HADDAD

Professor Emeritus and Honorary President of the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University

While he was a university professor and Doctor of State in mathematics, he was appointed President of the University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne from 1989 to 1994 and first Vice-President of the French Conference of University Presidents from 1992 to 1994. He was President of the Steering Committee of the World Conference on Higher Education from 1994 to 1999. In 2004, he was appointed Director of UNESCO's Division of Higher Education and headed UNESCO's Educational Research and Foresight until 2014. Thereafter, he became President of the University Panthéon-Sorbonne from 2016 to 2021.

Debate 1 La merveilleuse histoire du temps

Chems-eddine HAFIZ

Chems-eddine HAFIZ

Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris

In 1986, he started his career as a lawyer in Algiers, then moved to France and joined the Paris Bar where he was appointed head of the Paris-Alger international commission. In 1999, he became the lawyer of the Grand Mosque of Paris and in 2008 he was appointed vice-president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). In 2020, he was elected rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris. His commitment to fighting against the stigmatisation of religion is illustrated in his books, such as "Le manifeste contre le terrorisme islamiste" (The Manifesto against Islamist Terrorism) published by Erick Bonnier in 2021.

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

Emmanuelle HAÏM

Emmanuelle HAÏM

Harpsichordist and conductor

After studying piano, harpsichord and organ, she chose to become a conductor and in 2000 founded "Le Concert d'Astrée", which has enjoyed great success throughout the world. With this dazzling success, she joined prestigious international stages where she conducts renowned ensembles such as the Paris Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Lyric Opera. Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, her musical expertise has been rewarded on numerous occasions.

Debate 2 The art of management: finding the right rhythm

Hortense HARANG

Hortense HARANG

Founder and CEO of Fleurs d'Ici and WeTradeLocal.io

After studying at Sciences Po, she started a career as a journalist and became a war reporter for the BBC until 2008. After various experiences as a communication consultant, she founded in 2017 the platform Wetradelocal.io, which connects independent producers with high-end local artisans and environmentally friendly delivery companies. A year later she created Fleurs d'Ici, the first 100% local and seasonal flower brand whose model is based on Wetradelocal and of which she is also the CEO.

Debate 43 Le constat et l’action : engager ensemble l’adaptation au changement climatique

Fabrice HEGRON

Fabrice HEGRON

Dairy farmer, president and co-founder of SAS De Nous à Vous

He took over the family farm based in the south of Nantes with his younger brother in 2006. After being involved in the mobilisation of independent dairy farmers in favour of higher wages, he founded the SAS De Nous à Vous and the brand "En Direct des Eleveurs". He is a pioneer of responsible agriculture -which pays producers a fair price and is particularly sensitive to animal welfare- and he was awarded the "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" prize by the BCG.

Debate 27 Nourrir les Hommes, les nouveaux défis de l'agriculture

Hervé HELIAS

Hervé HELIAS

Chairman and CEO of the Mazars Group

After graduating from HEC, he joined Mazars as an audit partner, where he signed the accounts of several large companies, including BNP Paribas. He then accompanied the growth of the partnership by becoming successively head of the Banking sector, director of the international EIP activities, then president of Mazars in France (co-CEO). In 2016, he was appointed CEO of the Group and decided to found the "Mazars University", committed to the development of talent and diversity within the group.

Debate 47 Working toward a form of sustainable capitalism that puts people first

Emmanuel HIRSCH

Emmanuel HIRSCH

Professor of medical ethics, Paris-Saclay University

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He is a university professor and teaches medical ethics at the University of Paris-Saclay.He is also director of the Espace éthique/Assistance publique Hôpitaux de Paris and of the Espace national de réflexion éthique. He is involved in the fields of ethics applied to human realities through research in the field of palliative care, autism, AIDS and degenerative diseases. In his book "Une démocratie confinée : l'éthique quoi qu'il en coûte" (Erès, 2021) he suggests how to live through a global crisis in the long term.

Debate 15 Respect your elders: a moral duty

Jean HORNAIN

Jean HORNAIN

CEO of Citeo

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A former volleyball champion (195 caps for the French team), he graduated from the HEC MBA at the end of his sports career. He then worked for the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) group, where he participated in the launch of the L'Équipe TV channel in 1998, before taking over the management of the Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France group from 2005 to 2015. In 2016, he changed his career path once again by accepting the position of managing director of Éco-Emballages, the company responsible for recycling household packaging, which later became Citeo.

Debate 24 Citizens, companies, governments: changing behaviour in response to the climate emergency.

Blandine HUBERT

Blandine HUBERT

After studying at the ESC Troyes Business School, between France, England and Spain and a marketing career in the hotel industry, Blandine decides to turn to the leather craftmanship profession. She joins Hermès as a saddle-leather craftsman in 2016, and is first trained in the Pantin workshops, then joins the maroquinerie de Saint-Antoine. She also assists as a tutor to newcomers starting out at the table.

Debate 4 Le temps, matière première des savoir-faire

Marie HUMBLOT-FERRERO

Marie HUMBLOT-FERRERO

Associate Director BCG

After graduating from Polytechnique and SupAero, she joined AEC Partners as a consultant in 2004 and then BCG in 2007. Sensitive to the medical field, she has accompanied many companies specialised health care, biopharma, and vaccine, notably on R&D and industrial operations and on their digital journeys and their change management. She is a core member of the Health Care, People & Organization, and Operations practices, and also leads people strategy for Western Europe.

Debate 32 How to combine strategic vision and time management?

Anne-Catherine HUSSON-TRAORE

Anne-Catherine HUSSON-TRAORE

CEO of Novethic

After studying journalism, she began her career with the M6 group. In 2001, she became editor-in-chief, and then Managing Director of the Novethic media - a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts, which aims to raise public awareness of the impacts of environmental crises. As a member of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), she regularly gives conferences on the subject and assists companies in their transformation projects.

Debate 52 Les actionnaires, pierre angulaire de la transition ?

Luc JACQUET

Luc JACQUET

Director

After studying biology, he discovered his two great passions following a wintering in Antarctica: images and scientific mediation. His first film "The Emperor's March" won the Oscar for best documentary. In 2010, he founded the Wild-Touch association with the desire to act for the preservation of nature through the emotion of images and cinema. After "Il était une Forêt" (2013), he continues his cinematographic adventure with "La Glace et le Ciel" (2015). In 2020, he created his production company Icebreaker, based in Monaco and financed by blockchain.

Debate 34 Ce que les artistes ont à nous dire sur le changement climatique

Aurélie JEAN

Aurélie JEAN

Doctor of Computer Science, Founder and President of « In Silico Veritas »

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She is an alumnus of ENS Paris-Saclay and holds a doctorate in science from the Institut des Mines. She is a researcher and entrepreneur in the field of computer science. She organizes her time between consulting, research and teaching in graduate schools and executive education, mainly at MIT. She is a technical and scientific advisor for several companies, a mentor at NASA's Frontier Development Lab and an external collaborator for the French Ministry of Education. She is also a scientific editorial contributor, notably for Le Point abs Les Echos.

Debate 1 La merveilleuse histoire du temps

Frédérik JOBERT

Frédérik JOBERT

Managing Director & Senior Partner at BCG

Debate 43 Le constat et l’action : engager ensemble l’adaptation au changement climatique

Patrick JOHNSON

Patrick JOHNSON

Vice President Corporate Research & Science, Dassault Systèmes

Since 1996, he has held various positions in R&D, from life cycle management to product design. He has initiated multiple partnerships with research institutes and participated in the European research programme BioIntelligence, to create innovative modelling, simulation and big data applications for the life sciences. He is a member of the French National Academy of Technologies and the Scientific Council of INRIA and is currently SrVP of Corporate Science & Research at Dassault Systèmes. Photo credit: Bruno Ranvier

Debate 29 Decoding the medicine of tomorrow

Alexandre JOLLIEN

Alexandre JOLLIEN

Writer, philosopher

Handicapped from birth, he managed to study philosophy, obtained a degree in literature at the University of Fribourg and went to South Korea to study Zen and the practice of the Gospels. In 1999, his book "Éloge de la faiblesse" (Éditions du Cerf) won the Montyon prize for literature and philosophy, before being awarded the Mottart prize by the Académie française. A recognised philosopher, he gives numerous lectures and continues his reflection on recklessness and the construction of a "therapy of the human soul". In 2022, he co-directed the film "Presque" with Bernard Campan.

Debate 33 Eloquence contest: Did you say impossible ?

Jean JOUZEL

Jean JOUZEL

Climatologist, Emeritus Director of Research at CEA

Emeritus Director of Research at the CEA, he has been awarded the CNRS Gold Medal and the Vetlesen Prize (equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the Earth Sciences). A member of the French Academy of Sciences, former vice-chairman of the IPCC scientific working group and member of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council until 2021, he is a leading figure in the fight against global warming. In his book "Climat. Parlons vrai" (Éditions Les Pérégrines, 2021) -co-written with Baptiste Denis- he proposes citizen levers to respond to the climate emergency.

Debate 44 Dialogue intergénérationnel sur le climat

Luc JULIA

Luc JULIA

Co-founder of Siri, Scientific Director of the Renault Group

After graduating from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and getting a doctorate in computer science from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris, he began his career at SRI International. He created the Computer Human Interaction Center and led the Siri development teams at Apple. He was CTO at Hewlett-Packard and co-founded several start-ups in Silicon Valley. From 2012 to 2021, he worked at Samsung as Vice President of Innovation. He is now CTO of the Renault Group.

Debate 19 Artificial intelligence: heaven or hell?

Jean-François JULLIARD

Jean-François JULLIARD

Executive Director for Greenpeace France

A journalist by training, he joined Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in 1998 as a conscientious objector. In 2008, he was promoted to secretary general of the press freedom NGO and took initiatives to strengthen the protection of journalists in Europe. In 2012, he was appointed director general of Greenpeace France. A critic of environmental policies, he initiated the "Affaire du siècle", which succeeded in having the French government condemned for climate inaction. In 2022, he published "Climat. Cinq ans pour sauver notre humanité" (Tallandier).

Debate 43 Le constat et l’action : engager ensemble l’adaptation au changement climatique

Vincent KAUFMANN

Vincent KAUFMANN

Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), sociologist and specialist in mobility issues

A graduate of the University of Geneva, he did a PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on daily mobility and urban dynamics. He has been invited as a researcher at the University of Lancaster, the Ecole des Ponts, and the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve. His current work focuses on the study of mobility and its links with the transformation of contemporary societies and their territories. He has notably published "Les paradoxes de la mobilité" and "Re-thinking the City" (Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2008 and 2011).

Emmanuel KESSLER

Emmanuel KESSLER

Political and economic journalist, writer

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After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in philosophy, he began his career as a journalist at La Gazette des Communes, before participating in the creation of the business radio station BFM. An economic columnist at Radio France, he became head of the economic department of the LCI channel in 2011. In 2015, he was appointed president of Public Sénat, and then renewed in 2018. His mandates were marked by the modernisation of the channel and record ratings. He is now head of communications at the Cour des Comptes. In 2022, he published "Bergson, notre contemporain" (Éditions de l'Observatoire).

Debate 59 The time of the economy versus the time of History

Etienne KLEIN

Etienne KLEIN

Director of research at the CEA

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He holds an engineering degree from CentraleSupélec (formerly Ecole Centrale Paris), a DEA in theoretical physics and a PhD in the philosophy of science. He is director of the Laboratory of Research on the Sciences of Matter (LARSIM) and is also a professor at CentraleSupélec Paris. He has published many books that make physics more accessible. His latest book "Idées de génies" (Flammarion, 2022) -co-written with Gautier Depambour- is an anthology of 33 texts from the history of physics, from Galileo to the present day.

Debate 1 La merveilleuse histoire du temps

Haïm KORSIA

Haïm KORSIA

Chief Rabbi of France

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Chief Rabbi of France since 2014, he was a member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee from 2005 to 2009 and Secretary General of the French Rabbinate Association. Initially the rabbi of Reims, he became the general Jewish chaplain of the French Air Force in 2000, and then held the same responsibility at the head of all the armed forces from 2007 to 2014. He is the author of numerous books, the latest of which, "Réinventer les aurores" (Fayard, 2020) received the Edgar Faure prize for political literature and offers a plea for fraternity.

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