the speakers
Christine NEAU-LEDUC

Christine NEAU-LEDUC

Dean of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

She holds a DEA in private law and a doctorate from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. In 2003, she obtained her agrégation in private law and criminal sciences. Professor of private law at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, member of the Institut de recherche juridique de la Sorbonne (IRJS), she is specialised in social law, collective bargaining, collective representation and CSR. Between 2016 and 2019, she was elected first vice-president in charge of institutional affairs at the Sorbonne's board of directors before becoming its new president in 2021.

Debate 32 How to combine strategic vision and time management?

Denis OLIVENNES

Denis OLIVENNES

Director General of the newspaper Libération, essayist

After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, and holding an agrégation in modern literature, he quickly joined the ministerial cabinets (1992-1993). Deputy CEO of Air France, then CEO of NC Numericable and Chairman of Canal + France, he joined the PPR group in 2002. Appointed head of FNAC, he participated in the economic recovery of the company. In 2007, he wrote a report to the Minister of Culture on the cultural offer and the fight against illegal sharing on the Internet. He then turned his professional career to the media, managing Le Nouvel Obs, Europe 1 and, more recently, Libération.

Debate 37 Political time versus the impatience of the people

Sydney PALTI

Sydney PALTI

Chairman of Altavia Consortium

After graduating with an MBA in Finance from Shanghai University, he quickly moved into the digital sector and more specifically into mobile applications, particularly in China and France. He then joined the family business Altavia in 2013 and became head of Altavia Cosmic, a commercial communication, marketing and advertising agency. In 2019, he headed Altavia Disko, the group's digital agency, then Altavia Oyez. At the beginning of 2020, he was appointed President of Altavia Consortium, which groups the group's digital and creative agencies.

Debate 56 Comment concilier la tradition et le mouvement ?

Thierry PECH

Thierry PECH

CEO of Terra Nova

A former student of the ENS and holder of an Agrégation higher degree in French Language and Literature, he began his career at the Institut des hautes études sur la Justice (IHEJ) before joining the CFDT as an adviser to the general secretary. In 2002, close to Pierre Rosanvallon, he became the general secretary of "La République des idées" - the think tank he founded. He was director of the Seuil publishing house for a short time before being chosen as editorial director of the monthly Alternatives économiques. Then, he took over the progressive think-tank Terra Nova in 2014. In 2019, he is co-president of the governance committee of the Citizens' Climate Convention.

Debate 17 The role of citizens in an ecological democratic society

Carlo PETRINI

Carlo PETRINI

Founder of the Slow Food movement

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A journalist and food critic with a degree in sociology, he founded the international Slow Food association in Bra, Italy, in 1989. A tireless campaigner for good, clean and fair food for all, and an outspoken critic of 'junk food', his initiative has been hailed around the world. In 2010, he received the European Parliament's European Citizen's Prize. Since 2004, he has also been the founding president of Terra Madre - the largest international event dedicated to food - which takes place every year in Turin.

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

Edouard PHILIPPE

Edouard PHILIPPE

Mayor of Le Havre, founder of Horizons

After studying at Sciences Po and ENA, he joined the Council of State, and became a lawyer and director of public affairs at Areva (2007-2010). At the same time, he became involved in politics alongside Alain Juppé. Established in Normandy -his native region- he was successively elected regional councillor, general councillor and municipal councillor, before succeeding Antoine Rufenacht as mayor of Le Havre in 2010. In 2017, he rallied to Emmanuel Macron after his victory in the presidential election and became Prime Minister until 2020. He founded the political party Horizons in 2021 with the hope of filling the voids in a public debate that he considers "sagging".

Debate 54 Politics: the hostage of time?

Bertrand PICCARD

Bertrand PICCARD

Initiator and President of the Solar Impulse Foundation - Serial explorer, psychiatrist and ambassador for clean technologies

Both a psychiatrist and an explorer, he made history by achieving two aeronautical firsts: a non-stop round-the-world balloon flight and a round-the-world solar flight. A pioneer in his approach to considering ecology from the point of view of economic profitability, he has been working since the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. With the Solar Impulse Foundation, which he chairs, he has succeeded in the challenge of identifying 1,000 profitable solutions to protect the environment and ensure clean growth.

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

Pascal PICQ

Pascal PICQ

Paleoanthropologist at the Collège de France, writer

Doctor in paleontology, he began his career as a research associate and teacher in anatomy at Duke University Medical Center. In 1991, he became a lecturer at the Collège de France, attached to the chair of paleoanthropology and prehistory of Yves Coppens. He then became head of the paleoanthropology and functional anatomy unit of this chair. His research interests include the evolution of the hominid skull - humans, their ancestors and the great apes - and the origins of the human lineage. He is the author of several books on the question "What is the human-being?"

Debate 28 Imagining the company of tomorrow. part 2

Nicolas PLAIN

Nicolas PLAIN

Scientist and engineer specialising in sustainable development

A graduate of Polytechnique and holder of a doctorate in economics and climate sciences, he also displays his talent in the air as a professional paraglider pilot. In 2016, he joined the COP21 team, attached to the cabinet of Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea. In 2020, he became the European Union's ambassador in charge of accelerating the ecological and social transition in the Alpine territories. An expert for the Solar Impulse Foundation and Schneider Electric, he is also involved in scientific exploration projects and documentary film-making.

Debate 61 Comment les jeunes vont changer le monde ?

Apollonia POILÂNE

Apollonia POILÂNE

Baker and CEO of Poilâne

A Franco-American with a degree in economics from Harvard, she quickly developed a passion for the bakery trade through her father's work in the family business on rue du Cherche-Midi (6th arrondissement), founded by Pierre-Léon Poilâne in the 1930s. In 2002, she took over the management of this French gastronomy brand, which is gradually acquiring a truly international reputation. With the opening of four shops in Paris, one in London and the setting up of a delivery system throughout the world, she continues the family tradition of extending the traditional know-how of the Poilâne House.

Debate 56 Comment concilier la tradition et le mouvement ?

Brune POIRSON

Brune POIRSON

Chief Sustainability Officer at Accor

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A graduate of the IEP in Aix-en-Provence, the LSE and a Master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, she took on various development missions in New Delhi, before becoming Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for South Asia for the company Véolia. Involved in Emmanuel Macron's campaign in 2017, she was elected deputy in Vaucluse, after having been appointed Secretary of State for Ecological Transition, where she notably carried the "anti-waste law" (2019). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation de la Mer.

Debate 61 Comment les jeunes vont changer le monde ?

Olivier POIVRE D'ARVOR

Olivier POIVRE D'ARVOR

Ambassador for the poles and maritime issues, writer

After studying philosophy, he held various positions within publishing houses and arts journals. Involved in the world of culture, he founded a theatre company and a literature festival "Le Marathon des mots". After holding several positions in the French cultural network abroad, he was appointed director of the Association française d'action artistique (AFAA), then of the public radio station France Culture (2010-2015). The Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed him Ambassador in charge of cultural attractiveness, then Ambassador of France to Tunisia and Ambassador for Poles and Maritime Issues.

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

Gilles POPLIN

Gilles POPLIN

Director of the Penninghen School

After graduating from ESAG - Penninghen in 1996, he became known in the fields of press, graphic design and brand image. Successively author, creative director, editor and partner, his work is quickly recognized by his peers. In 2010, he founded his own studio specialising in the television and interactive applications sector, which produces -among other things- the graphic system for France 5 and several credits for Arte. He also shares his expertise in the field of media for emerging countries with Canal France International. In 2016, he became the director of the Penninghen school.

Debate 40 Heritage, a tool of modernity

Marc PRIKAZSKY

Marc PRIKAZSKY

CEO of Ceva Santé Animale

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A veterinarian by training, since 2007 he has been at the head of one of the leading veterinary pharmaceutical groups - the spin-off of Sanofi's animal business - with its headquarters in Libourne, Gironde, and more than 5,000 employees and 43 subsidiaries around the world. It is also a recognised advocate of the "One health, one medicine" initiative, a movement created in the early 2000s that aims to better address emerging diseases with pandemic potential.

Debate 8 The ecological transition faced with the climate clock

Alain PROST

Alain PROST

Car pilot

A four-time Formula One world champion driver (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993), he won 51 Grand Prix races from 199 starts between 1980 and 1993. Nicknamed "The Professor" by the media, he belongs to the Pantheon of Formula 1 thanks to his unique talent on the track and his legendary rivalry with Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna. After his sporting retirement, he remained involved in F1 by buying a team in 1997 and, more recently, by becoming the non-executive director of the Renault F1 Team - now Alpine - from 2019 to 2022.

Debate 58 In a world where everything is fast-paced, does mobility mean freedom?

Valérie QUINIOU-RAMUS

Valérie QUINIOU-RAMUS

Executive Director, Foresight and Research of the French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME)

A polytechnician and naval architect by training, she began her career in the Research & Development department of Bouygues Offshore. In 2002, she joined Total as a specialist in oceanography and meteorology. In 2016, she became vice president for climate change, reporting to the group's strategic management, and was responsible for coordinating the 2°C roadmap. Since 2019, she has been coordinating ADEME's prospective scenarios aimed at France's carbon neutrality as well as the Finance ClimAct project.

Debate 53 La nouvelle donne géopolitique : frein ou moteur de la transition énergétique ?

Mahasti RAZAVI

Mahasti RAZAVI

Managing Partner, August Debouzy

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1994 and to the New York Bar two years later, she advises and litigates on issues related to information technology, digital, e-commerce and media. A specialist in digital transformation, she mainly assists players in the technology, luxury, retail and new economy sectors (Next 40). She is a member of the technology working group of the think-tank "Le Club des Juristes" and regularly publishes analyses in an attempt to influence the public debate.

Debate 19 Artificial intelligence: heaven or hell?

Axel REINAUD

Axel REINAUD

Co-founder & CEO NetZero

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He started his career in 1991 with the Hachette group, then joined the Boston Consulting Group in 1997. He became Associate Director, then Senior Associate Director. He was in charge of the financial institutions practice and the M&A and post-merger integration practice in Western Europe, Africa and South America. In January 2021, he co-founded the startup NetZero, dedicated to long-term carbon sequestration in the form of biochar.

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

Rémy RIOUX

Rémy RIOUX

CEO of AFD

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A former student of the ENS, Sciences Po and ENA, and a senior advisor at the Court of Auditors, he has devoted his career to development and Africa. An expert in economics and a connoisseur of international financial institutions, he took over the management of AFD in 2016. He was reappointed in 2019 and initiated the "Finance in Common" summit, which brought together the world's 450 public development banks for the first time. In 2022, he co-authored "Pour un monde en commun - Regards croisés entre l'Afrique et l'Europe" (Actes Sud) with the philosopher Achille Mbembe.

Debate 52 Les actionnaires, pierre angulaire de la transition ?

Antoine ROBICHON

Antoine ROBICHON

Deputy Director General of Citeo

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After graduating from engineering school, he went into strategy and management consulting. In 2010, he joined Citeo, the leading player in the circular economy in France, and quickly climbed the corporate ladder to become deputy managing director in charge of strategy, innovation, customer management and operations. Appointed in 2019 to the Citeo executive committee, he is also a director of the Conseil National de l'Emballage. In the same year, he was included in the Choiseul Institute's list of "100 economic leaders of tomorrow".

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

Marie-Monique ROBIN

Marie-Monique ROBIN

Journalist, film-maker

Born on a farm in the Poitou region, she began journalism after studying political science. As a freelance investigative journalist, her prolific work is particularly based on long field investigations that offer a critical look at the human rights situation around the world, or the consequences of the crises of contemporary capitalism. Her committed reporting has won several prestigious awards, including the Albert Londres Audiovisual Prize in 1995 for the documentary "Voleurs d'organes".

Debate 38 Are human beings an endangered species?

Stéphane ROUSSEL

Stéphane ROUSSEL

Member of the Management Board and COO of Vivendi, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Hospital in Paris, Chairman of LEPC, les Entreprises pour la Cité, Chairman of WeTechCare

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After studying psychology, he began his professional career with the Xerox group until 1997. Then, he joined the Carrefour group where he quickly became head of the French human resources department. After a brief stint at SFR, he was appointed to the General Management of the Vivendi group. Director of Dailymotion, member of the supervisory board of the Canal + group, member of the Vivendi management board since 2014, he was appointed CEO of Gameloft with the ambition to develop eSports and virtual reality.

Debate 12 Du temps pour les autres

Sabine ROUX DE BÉZIEUX

Sabine ROUX DE BÉZIEUX

President of the Fondation de la Mer

A graduate of the ESSEC business school and Managing Director of the Notus Technologies investment holding company, she is also involved in a number of charitable activities, such as chairing the "Un Esprit de Famille" association and running the Araok Foundation. Particularly recognised for her activities in favour of the protection of the oceans, she was named Personality of the Year 2021 by the Wista International network. In 2021, she joined the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC) in the European and International Affairs Commission.

Debate 9 Le futur est dans le grand bleu !

Monica SABOLO

Monica SABOLO

Journalist, writer

Born in Milan, she began her career as a journalist in Paris, working for Grazia, Elle and Voici. In parallel to this activity, she became a writer recognised by the public and critics with the publication of three novels: "Tout cela n'a rien à voir avec moi" (JC Lattès, 2013), an autobiographical novel awarded by the Prix de Flore; "Crans-Montana" (JC Lattès, 2015); "Summer" (JC Lattès, 2017), finalist for the Prix Goncourt des lycéens. In 2021, she participated in the feminist manifesto "H24, 24 heures dans la vie d'une femme" (Actes Sud).

Debate 38 Are human beings an endangered species?

Florence SARDAS

Florence SARDAS

Partner, Mazars in France

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After graduating from ESCP, she began her professional career at Mazars and became a partner ten years later, in 2017. She balanced her career between consulting and auditing assignments, mainly aimed at helping the group's international clients to assess and strengthen their risk management systems. Member of the Executive Committee of Mazars in France, in charge of Transformations and Data, she also leads the IS Audit & Analytics department since 2019.

Debate 33 Eloquence contest: Did you say impossible ?

Lucile SCHMID

Lucile SCHMID

Essayist, Vice-President of the Ecological Factory

A member of the editorial board of Esprit magazine, she is also co-founder and vice-president of the think and do-tank "La Fabrique écologique". A former regional councillor of Île-de-France (PS) and former member of the executive board of the Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) party, she is the author of various essays on issues related to parity and the place of democracy in France, the latest of which, "Emmanuel Macron à contretemps" (Éditions Bayard, 2022), is co-written with Olivier Mongin, former director of the journal Esprit.

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

Dominique SCHNAPPER

Dominique SCHNAPPER

Sociologist

After graduating from Sciences Po and obtaining a doctorate in sociology from the Faculty of Letters in Paris, she became director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). Since the 1970s, she has varied her fields of study in order to refine her analysis of society: historical sociology, relationship to secularism, integration of minorities, labour issues, urban sociology, etc. Member of the Constitutional Council from 2001 to 2010 and former president of the scientific council of the DILCRA, she is now president of the Conseil des sages de laïcité de l'Éducation nationale.

Debate 54 Politics: the hostage of time?

Pierre SELLAL

Pierre SELLAL

Pierre Sellal was elevated to the dignity of Ambassador of France following his active participation in the French presidency of the Union in 2008. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He joined the Ministère des Affaires étrangères in 1977, and then held several positions in the French ministerial institutions, including diplomatic adviser to the cabinet of the minister for foreign trade, deputy secretary-general of the interministerial committee for European economic cooperation, director of the cabinet of the minister of foreign affairs from 1997 to 2002, or secretary general of the Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Currently, Pierre Sellal is the president of the Fondation de France.

Cécile SEMERIVA

Cécile SEMERIVA

Head of Innovation of Citeo

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A graduate in law from Lyon III and the University of Paris Sorbonne, she began her career at the Ministry of Defence before joining Véolia, then the Moniteur Group. An entrepreneurial project led her to Brazil where she developed a strong personal conviction: sharing is the key to individual and collective success. Since 2017, she has been involved in highlighting innovative projects in the circular economy. Thanks to the Circular Challenge, dozens of entrepreneurs are supported by Citeo to accelerate their solutions for the ecological transition.

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

Guillaume de SEYNES

Guillaume de SEYNES

Managing Director, upstream division and holdings of Hermès

The great grandson of Émile Hermès, Guillaume de Seynes is part of the sixth generation of the Hermès family. A graduate from Paris II Panthéon Assas, IEP Paris and ESSEC, he joined Hermès in 1997 as Sales Director of La Montre Hermès SA in Bienne (Switzerland) and was appointed Managing Director in 1999. In 2006 he became Executive Vice-President of Hermès International. Since 2011, he has been Managing Director of Hermès International in charge of Manufacturing Division and Equity Investments. He is also Chairman of Comité Colbert until June 2022. Photo credit Alexandre Guirkinger

Debate 4 Le temps, matière première des savoir-faire

Jean-Claude SEYS

Jean-Claude SEYS

Chairman, Diderot Institute

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After studying at HEC, he held various positions in several French banking institutions such as Crédit Agricole, and joined the financial commission of the French Banking Association (AFB). In 2003, he piloted the creation of the Covéa group, which brings together the mutual insurance companies MAAF, MMA and GMF, and contributed to bringing this group closer to companies in the social and solidarity economy. He wrote several books on success and commitment and he founded the Institut Diderot - which promotes reflection between disciplines to have a better understanding of the future of our society.

Debate 32 How to combine strategic vision and time management?

Jean-Francois SOUSSANA

Jean-Francois SOUSSANA

French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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He is an agricultural engineer with a doctorate in plant physiology, and has been a member of the IPCC as lead author since 1998, where he coordinates national and European research projects and international programmes on agriculture, soils and climate change. During his academic career, he has published more than 150 papers in international scientific journals and received several national and international awards. Since 2022, he is a member of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change.

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

Bernard SPITZ

Bernard SPITZ

President of the MEDEF International and Europe Division

After graduating from Sciences Po and ESSEC, he joined the Conseil d'État on leaving ENA, and then the Prime Minister's office (1988-1991). In 2000, he worked at Vivendi Universal after a long mission to the Minister of Finance, as Secretary General of the e-business mission. Elected to the head of the French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA), he became at the same time the President of the International and Europe pole of Medef in 2013. Particularly sensitive to the debate of ideas, he initiated the creation of the think-tank "Les Gracques".

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

Amanda STHERS

Amanda STHERS

Writer, film director

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After graduating in Modern Literature at the Sorbonne, she wrote the screenplay for the successful series "Caméra Café". Critically acclaimed since the publication of her second novel "Chicken Street" (Grasset, 2005), she has gained international recognition with her play "Le vieux juif blonde" (Grasset, 2006). Now living in Los Angeles, she continues her protean writing (theatre, cinema, novels) and her foray into film. In 2021, she directed the adaptation of her novel "Les promesses" (2015).

Debate 23 The glass ceiling in all its shards

François SUREAU

François SUREAU

Writer, lawyer, member of the Académie française

A writer, lawyer and former member of the Conseil d'Etat, he is also the founding president of the Pierre Claver association, for asylum seekers and political refugees in France. Recognised for his numerous books and poems, he was elected to the Académie française in 2020 in the chair of Max Gallo (24th chair). As a member of the editorial board of the journal Commentaire since 2008, he regularly takes the floor in public debate to defend fundamental freedoms.

Debate 16 Does freedom impose responsibility?

Francis SZPINER

Francis SZPINER

Lawyer, Mayor of the 16th arrondissement of Paris

Since the 1970s, he is a leading member of the Parisian bar and he has made a name for himself in political and criminal cases, such as the de Broglie affair and the so-called "Élysée wiretapping" affair. He teaches at Sciences Po and is a member of the Académie des sciences d'outre-mer. He has also published several books, including "Une affaire de femmes" (Balland, 1986), adapted for the cinema by Claude Chabrol. A lawyer committed to fighting radical Islam, he is assisting the nephews of Father Jacques Hamel during the trial in January 2022.

Debate 16 Does freedom impose responsibility?