Co-founder & CEO Dioxycle
A graduate of the École Polytechnique and the University of Cambridge (UK), she quickly specialised in the study of energy processes resulting from photosynthesis. After a doctorate in the Laboratoire de chimie des processus biologiques of the Collège de France, in partnership with the Jaramillo Lab of Stanford (US), she launched her entrepreneurial career with David Wakerley. Following on from her thesis, their project seeks to transform CO2 into various substances currently produced from oil.
Writer, member of the Académie française
A graduate of Sciences Po and ENA, elected to the Académie française in 2014, he is considered by his peers as a literary critic and erudite writer. In 1990 he received the Colette Prize for "La Nuit des masques" (Flammarion, 1990), and in 1997 he was a favourite for the Goncourt Prize with "1941" (Grasset). Twenty years later, he published "Quarante ans" (Grasset, 2017), in which he returns to the Paris of 1997 and allows us to rediscover -with the patina of time- the portraits of intellectual and cultural figures such as Woody Allen, Isabelle Huppert, Philippe Sollers that he met during his intense journalistic activity.
After studying at the École Normale Supérieure and obtaining a doctorate in economics, he obtained a research fellowship at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he mainly taught economic policy analysis. Today, as Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), affiliated to the Institute of Public Policy and member of the Conseil d'analyse économique (CAE), he specialises in the study of taxation and redistributive public policies. Published in various leading journals, he was also awarded the 2016 "Best Young Economist Prize" by Le Monde and the Cercle des économistes.
Partner, Mazars in France
A business school graduate, she joined Mazars at a very young age. After a classic audit career, she gave a new direction to her professional career by taking charge of the "Capital Markets" activities of the international group. Today, she assists companies in their financial market operations, particularly start-ups. She is also involved in the adaptation of financial tools with the fight against global warming and the new criteria for CO2 emissions.
Vice President Southern Europe & Country Manager France, UiPath
After graduating from a business school and obtaining a master's degree in economics from the Université Panthéon-Assas, he began his career at Salesforce, where he helped develop the company's presence on the French market. Sensitive to pre-sales issues, he is particularly interested in establishing a relationship of trust with customers. This recognised expertise enabled him to join UiPath, one of the world's leading providers of enterprise automation software, as vice-president of the Southern Europe area.
Laurent LE BON
President of the Centre Pompidou
After graduating from Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole du Louvre, he began his career at the Délégation aux arts plastiques (DAP). Curator of numerous contemporary art events, including the Murakami exhibition at the Château de Versailles, he was appointed Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2010. After contributing to the success of this new cultural centre, he became president of the Picasso Museum. Recognised for his daring tastes, he was appointed President of "Beaubourg", which is embarking on a long period of renovation (2023-2027).
Gwenhaël LE BOULAY
Managing Director & Senior Partner at BCG
Graduated of Centrale Paris, he has been a member of BCG for over twenty years. Specialised in the financing and risk sectors, in connection with investment banks, he assists financial players in the definition of their new orientations, particularly in terms of portfolio diversification strategy, capital allocation, target operating model and organisation. His expertise naturally turns him towards the international arena : he is a member of the Paris/North Africa/Tel Aviv management team of BCG.
A graduate of NEOMA Rouen, she joined Mazars in 2004 as an auditor and then moved into Human Resources functions, taking charge of HR development for the MAZARS France consulting teams. She then became Director of HR Innovation and was responsible for the impact of the arrival of the new generations and the digital transformation on the organisation. From 2018, she piloted the entire HR strategy as Director of Recruitment, Talent Development, HR Innovation and Employer Brand. In 2021, she was appointed HR Director of Mazars in France.
Jean-Marie LE GALL
Professor of Modern History at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
As a lecturer at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne -where he is now a professor of modern history- his work revisits early modernity and the Renaissance. In all his books, he endeavours to re-problematise events with a rich and ancient historiography, using a wide range of sources. His book "Au péril des guerres de Religion" (PUF, 2015) -co-authored with Denis Crouzet following the January 2015 attacks- opens up historical reflection on contemporary issues.
After graduating from the IEP of Grenoble, he began his career at the daily La Voix du Nord. In 1987, he joined the IFOP team, then the Government Information Service (SIG) as head of the Opinions-Media department until 1995. He then became deputy managing director of Louis Harris, before joining the IPSOS group in 1998, the management of TNS Sofres (2011-2014) and the management of the political and opinion activities of Kantar Public in 2015. Two years later, he joined the BVA group.
Initially a journalist, notably assigned to the Army Film Service, he directed his first feature film and created his production company "Les films 13" in 1960. In 1966, his talent exploded internationally when he won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival and the Oscar for best foreign film for "A Man and a Woman". Critics recognised his unique style, which sublimates the actors thanks to a light camera and original, human stories. An emblematic figure of French cinema, still very active today, his movies deliver a precious testimony.
Director of Social, Territorial and Environmental Commitment (DESTE) and Director of the TOUS SNCF corporate project
After graduating from ESSEC, he worked in Germany and then joined the SNCF group in 2001. He held positions within Voyages SNCF, before becoming chief of staff to the chairman Guillaume Pepy. His career path then led him to hold various positions within the group's passenger activities: first in charge of developing Keolis' rail activities, he then worked at Eurostar - notably as Managing Director France. From 2017 to 2019, he was appointed Sales, Marketing and Services Director of Transilien.
Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Board of Mazars in France
He is a graduate of the Institut national agronomique de Paris-Grignon. In 2003, he launched the GRC (Governance, Risk, Compliance) consulting offer which was to become Mazars' consulting business. In 2014, he joined the Executive Committee of the group in France and led the investment plan for strategic acquisitions of consulting firms, including EQR Conseil, Advese, iLeven, Zettafox and Alter&Go. In 2019, Olivier Lenel leads the Executive Committee and, two years later, he is elected CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Mazars in France.
Director General of Internal Security
Driven by the desire to serve the State, he studied at Sciences Po and then at ENA. In 2008, he joined the Paris police prefecture as chief of staff to the police prefect and then deputy chief of staff. He was appointed sub-prefect in Béziers in 2014 and he directed the action of the security services in Corsica as sub-prefect coordinator for security for the prefects of Haute-Corse and Corse du Sud. In 2017, he was appointed deputy director of the cabinet of Gérard Collomb, Minister of the Interior. In 2018, he became the youngest head of the internal intelligence service.
Commissaire général au développement durable au Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire
After a career as an officer in the Air Force, he became a magistrate at the Court of Audit. He was Secretary General of the Court of Budgetary and Financial Discipline from 2008 to 2011. Seconded to the Prime Minister's office, then to the Ministry of Justice, he was appointed deputy chief of staff to the Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition. Since 2019, as interministerial delegate, he contributes to defining the orientations of the national research policy in the field of environment and coordinates the strategic choices in reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (0DD) of the Agenda 2030.
A former student of the École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris Tech, he was an engineer at France Télécom for nearly ten years before joining the cabinet of Gérard Longuet, Minister for Post and Telecommunications. Chairman and CEO of Matra Communication from 1995 to 1998, he then went on to manage several major groups, including Oddo et Cie, Vivendi and Thalès. In 2014, he was appointed by the government to the presidency of the EDF group, where he constantly defended "low-carbon electricity" and nuclear energy.
A business school graduate, she began her professional career in the marketing teams of Nielsen. In 1999, she became director of the media and advertising department of the IFOP group, before joining the TNS Sofres institute as director of the media division. She was then appointed managing director of the IPSOS group from 2012 to 2017. After a brief stint as chairman of the board of L'Obs, she returned to her field of expertise as deputy CEO of the BVA GROUP.
Advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Appointed as an advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in 2010 as a member of the "Environment" and "Internal Market" sections, he is a specialist in programmed obsolescence and environmental communication. In recent years, he has published "Des vents porteurs. Comment mobiliser (enfin) pour la planète" (Le Pommier, 2021), which won the Veolia Foundation's Environment Book Prize. He is vice-president of the think tank La Fabrique écologique and a member of the scientific council of the Fondation pour la Nature et l'Homme.
After a successful start in karting, he began his motorsport career in Formula BMW in 2009. Two years later, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the LMP2 category, on his first appearance. In 2019, with experience in the Swiss high-tech company GreenGT, he decided to found his company Hopium. The ambition of his start-up is to bring the first hydrogen-powered sedan using fuel cell technology to the general public by 2026.
Founding President of the Cercle des économistes
He has a doctorate in economics and is a professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine since 1992. He is also President of the Cercle des économistes - which he founded in 1992 -, advisor to the management board of the Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild, and a member of the Conseil d'analyse économique (CAE) since 1997. His latest book is entitled "La Grande Rupture: Reconciling Keynes and Schumpeter", and has been co-written with Alain Villemeur (Odile Jacob, 2021).
After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, he joined the Cour des Comptes and then worked in the office of Prime Minister Edouard Balladur (1993-1995). After several professional experiences in the world of media and communications, as well as at LVMH, he joined Agence France-Presse (AFP) and became CEO of the group from 2005 to 2010. He was elected President of the French Federation of Telecoms (FTT) until his appointment as CEO of the press group Les Echos-Le Parisien in 2018.
After studying law, he left the Congo with a few literary manuscripts and moved to France at the age of 22, where he obtained a DEA in law from the University of Paris-Dauphine. He now lives between France and the United States, where he teaches at UCLA. He has received several awards for his work, including the Prix Renaudot for "Mémoires de porc-épic" (Seuil, 2006), and places his split identity at the heart of his work. His latest book, "Rumeurs d'Amérique" (Plot, 2020), paints a portrait of another America, one in which he is both intimate and a stranger.
After graduating from the École normale supérieure (ENS), Sciences Po Paris and from the National Assembly's administrator competition, she worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), before heading the IFRI's Energy Centre. After holding various positions within the AREVA group, she chairs "La Fabrique de la Cité", a think-tank on urban innovations founded and supported by the VINCI group. An expert in geopolitical, energy and urban issues, she is a company director and is involved in Replanet. She writes a bi-monthly column for L'Express on the ecological transition and its challenges.
Professor at Mines Paris - PSL, Director of the Transition Institute 1.5 of Mines Paris - PSL, Member of the IPCC
Director of the Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées (CMA) at MINES ParisTech, she currently leads a team of ten researchers and doctoral students who are developing a long-term energy planning model for France. In 2008, she founded the Prospective Modelling for Sustainable Development Chair at MINES ParisTech. She is an international specialist in energy/climate issues, the main author of the 6th IPCC report, and participates in the prospective reflections of institutions such as the International Energy Agency.
He holds a master's degree in political philosophy and ethics (Sorbonne University), a master's degree in environmental sciences (Sorbonne University) and a master's degree in environmental politics (Sciences Po Paris). His research focuses on catastrophist ecology, political commitment and the thought of the philosopher and activist Günther Anders. He has directed the Momentum Institute (2021-2022), a think tank on the issues of the Anthropocene, and chaired the Student Network for an Ecological and United Society (RESES) during the youth climate mobilisations.
After graduating from HEC, he joined the L'Oréal group where he held various positions in the marketing departments of Lancôme and Biotherm. In 2004, he joined the leather goods department of Louis Vuitton within the LVMH group. During this period, he participated in the creation of the brand's accessories department, which at the time marketed perfumes as well as writing instruments. After a special assignment with Loro Piana, he took up his position as Managing Director of Chaumet in 2015.
A graduate of Sciences Po, professor of philosophy and doctoral student on the philosophy of André Gorz, her research analyses the mutations of contemporary work, its new injunctions and values, and alternative models of work organisation in an ecological perspective. In 2021, she published "Travailler moins pour vivre mieux, Guide pour une philosophie antiproductiviste" with Dunod. In parallel, she regularly shares her philosophical analyses on her Youtube channel META.
Head of the restaurants of the Mandarin Oriental Paris
After graduating from the Compagnons du Devoir as a pastry chef, chocolate maker and ice cream maker, he joined the Blue Helmets during the Lebanon War. In 2013, he and Raphaël Haumont created the French Centre for Culinary Innovation. There they reinvented culinary classics and created the dishes for Thomas Pesquet's stays in space. He has founded several restaurants including the "Sur-mesure by Thierry Marx" (two stars in the Michelin Guide), located in the Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel. He is the head of the Cuisine Mode d'Emploi school, which facilitates the obtaining of a diploma in catering for people in retraining. In 2022 he received the "Chef Mentor" award from the Michelin Guide.
Chairman - Founder of BlaBlaCar
After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in physics and then from Stanford University, he co-founded covoiturage.fr in 2006 (which became BlaBlaCar in 2013), a platform for connecting people who want to carpool. In 2015, he launched the "Reviens Léon, on innove à la maison!" movement, to encourage expatriate French entrepreneurs to return to innovate in their country. In 2018, he was elected vice-president of the France Digitale association and publicly committed himself to entrepreneurs by publishing a book on the backstage of his company: "Mission BlaBlaCar" (Eyrolles).
VP Global Environment Schneider Electric
A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, ESCP Paris and ENA, she began her career at the Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development. Since then, she has devoted her career to climate change, technological and financial innovations for a net-zero economy. From 2015 to 2022, she was in charge of Microsoft's carbon roadmap. In May 2022, she joined Schneider Electric as Vice President Environment and Climate. She is an executive in residence at Insead and is part of the Télémaque think tank. She is a French, American and Indian citizen.
Born Edgar Nahoum in 1921, he committed himself against fascism in 1938. He joined the Resistance in 1942 and became Edgar Morin. In 1943 he joined the PCF, from which he was expelled in 1951. He joined the CNRS in 1950 and became director of research there. From 1955, he campaigned against the war in North Africa and took part in the debates. In 1956, he founded the political philosophy journal Arguments with Roland Barthes. From 1962 onwards, he travelled extensively in Latin America where he developed his vision of complexity and connection, the art of linking knowledge. This "undisciplined polydisciplinarian", as he put it, is an inventor of a sociology of the present as well as the author of "Leçons d'un siècle de vie" (Denoël, 2021). He is the centenary of this edition.
First President of the Court of Auditors
After graduating from Sciences Po, he joined the Court of Auditors as an auditor. In 1990, he became head of the department for the modernisation of public services and financing at the Commissariat général du Plan, before joining the Socialist Party (PS). European deputy, deputy of the Doubs, president of the agglomeration community of the Montbéliard country, he was also appointed several times as minister. After a spell at Bercy, he was chosen as European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union (2014-2019).
Public Affairs & Social Impact Director, UiPath
Her background has allowed her to develop strong expertise in public policy and legal and regulatory affairs. She works to shape a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of artificial intelligence and automation technologies in the context of the digital economy, while seeking solutions to current educational and societal challenges.She represents UiPath in associations, and at the American Chamber of Commerce at the European Union, as vice-chair of the "Future of Work" and "Education & Skills" working groups.