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Renzo TAAL

Renzo TAAL

Senior Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, UiPath

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He holds a Master's degree in Management Science from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He started his career at Dell and later became Senior Vice President of Philips Lighting EMEA. Committed to the digital transformation of businesses, his talent is recognised in the implementation of automated, robotic platforms (RPA) that streamline decision-making processes to optimise growth. He is also an influential specialist in the Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.

Debate 28 Imagining the company of tomorrow. part 2

François TADDEI

François TADDEI

Director of Exploration at the Learing Planet Institute

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A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and chief engineer of the Ponts, eaux et forêts, he became director of research at Inserm in 1999 within a team specialising in the evolution of cooperation. He then became involved in crossing the boundaries of the life sciences by co-founding the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI) in 2005. For the past fifteen years, he has been experimenting with new learning methods - notably as head of the UNESCO Chair in "Learning Sciences". He has received various national and international awards for his innovative work.

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

Nigel TOPPING

Nigel TOPPING

UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, COP26

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A Cambridge graduate, he became executive director of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2013, after a 20-year career in the private sector. A specialist in emerging markets, he heads We Mean Business, a coalition of companies accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon economy. In 2020, he was appointed as the UK's High Level Climate Action Champion, responsible for strengthening collaboration and driving action on climate change by businesses, investors, organisations and city governments.

Debate 8 The ecological transition faced with the climate clock

Ramdane TOUHAMI

Ramdane TOUHAMI

Designer, Director of Art Research Industry

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A self-taught fashion designer, he began his career by launching the "Teuchiland" T-shirt, which hijacked the image of the Timberland brand. In 1996, fascinated by skateboarding, he launched the streetwear brand "King Size". After other entrepreneurial adventures, in 2014 he relaunched the perfume and cosmetics house L'Officine universelle Buly with his wife. A professor at the French Fashion Institute (IFM), he fascinates the ecosystem with his talent for spotting trends. He currently runs the art direction agency Art Recherche Industrie, specialising in aesthetic companies that advocate home-made products and zero outsourcing.

Debate 56 Comment concilier la tradition et le mouvement ?

Serge TRIGANO

Serge TRIGANO

Co-founder of Mama Shelter

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After studying economics and law at the faculty of Assas, he joined Club Méditerranée (Club Med), which was co-founded by his father. There, he occupied all the positions until he became president in 1993: "We only lived for the Club", he said with nostalgia. Following his sudden departure from the family group, he and his sons launched the urban hotel business based on the Mama Shelter concept, which aimed to combine the quality of a luxury establishment with a reasonable price. The contribution of designer Philippe Starck will contribute to the success of this entrepreneurial model.

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

Romain TROUBLÉ

Romain TROUBLÉ

Executive Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation

He holds a Master's degree in molecular biology from Sorbonne University and quickly embarked on a career as a regatta sailor, following in the footsteps of his father - founder of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Before joining the adventure of the legendary sailing ship Tara, he led an impressive polar logistics operation in Siberia as well as in Arctic and Antarctica. He notably managed the only French ship to have carried out research in the Russian Arctic. This specialist of the sea is esteemed by his peers, and he became president of the Ocean & Climate Platform, an alliance between NGOs and research institutes, in parallel with his activities at the Tara Ocean Foundation.

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

Odon VALLET

Odon VALLET

Historian of religions and mediologist, co-founder of the Vallet Foundation

He holds a doctorate in law and religious sciences and is a graduate of Sciences Po and ENA. An observer of the religious world, he has long taught general culture at the universities of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and Paris VII-Denis Diderot. In 1999, as a philanthropist, he chose to donate his immense inheritance and created - with his brother, Jean-Daniel Vallet - the Vallet Foundation, whose main mission is to help particularly underprivileged young people in France, Vietnam and Benin to pursue their studies through scholarships.

Debate 48 Libraries; memories of the future

Roxanne VARZA

Roxanne VARZA

Director of STATION F

She is the director of the world's largest start-up campus located in the Halle Freyssinet (Paris, 13th arrondissement) since 2016. Originally from Palo Alto (Silicon Valley, California), she studied at Sciences Po and the London School of Economics (LSE) before heading TechCrunch France and Microsoft Ventures Paris, a scheme that supports digital entrepreneurs. She also co-founded StarHer, Tech.eu, Failcon France and Girls in Tech Paris, which aims to promote women in the still predominantly male world of start-ups.

Debate 20 Imaginons l'entreprise du futur . partie 1

Flore VASSEUR

Flore VASSEUR

Writer, director

After the September 11 attacks and the financial crisis of the internet bubble, she left New York and started writing. As a journalist and writer, she undertook a long-term work on the trail of activists and whistleblowers: "Ce qu'il reste de nos rêves" (Éditions des Equateurs, 2019); following the example of Edward Snowden. In 2021, she directed her first documentary for the cinema, "Bigger Than Us", thanks to the support of Marion Cotillard. This film -which gives a voice to the youth of the world committed to the climate- is nominated for the 2022 César Awards.

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

Pierre-François VEIL

Pierre-François VEIL

Lawyer, President of the French Committee for Yad Vashem

A graduate of Sciences Po and holder of a master's degree in business law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, he is a partner in the law firm Veil Jourde - specialising in business law, litigation and restructuring of companies in difficulty. In parallel to his professional activities, he is elected member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah and he chairs the French Committee for Yad Vashem, which sets up numerous activities in France (documentation, education) in support of the actions carried out by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem.

Debate 25 Memory against forgetting

Jean VIARD

Jean VIARD

Sociologist, Director of Research at the Centre de recherches politiques (CEVIPOF) of Sciences Po

Sociologist and CNRS research director at the CEVIPOF of Sciences Po, his favourite themes are regional planning, agriculture and the analysis of electoral behaviour. A former president of the tourism forecasting groups at the Commissariat au Plan and Datar, he regularly carries out consulting missions for companies and local authorities. He is also the author of numerous books, the latest of which, "La France telle que je la connais" (2022) is published by Editions de l'Aube, which he co-edits with Marion Hennebert.

Debate 37 Political time versus the impatience of the people

Mathias VICHERAT

Mathias VICHERAT

Director of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

After graduating from Sciences Po and ENA, he began his professional career as director of the cabinet of the prefect of Picardie. From 2008 to 2010, he worked at the General Directorate of the National Police, before joining the cabinet of the PS mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, then the one of Anne Hidalgo. In 2016, he became deputy director of the SNCF group, in charge of the corporate project and communication. In 2021, after a short stint at Danone, he was appointed head of the IEP in Paris. In addition, this urban music enthusiast is the author of an essay on rap.

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

Marc-Olivier WAHLER

Marc-Olivier WAHLER

Director of the Geneva Museum of Art and History

After studying art history and philosophy, he was appointed curator at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Lausanne in 1993. He was behind the creation of the Centre d'Art de Neuchâtel (CAN), and later directed the Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art (SI) in New York. Appointed head of the Palais de Tokyo in 2006, he developed the international appeal and financial strength of the institution created in 1937. In 2016, he joined the MSU Broad Museum (Michigan), financed by the businessman Eli Broad and his wife, before returning to Europe to head the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève (MAH).
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Debate 5 Are works of art immortal?

Emmanuel de WARESQUIEL

Emmanuel de WARESQUIEL

Historian, Director of Studies at the École pratique des hautes études

A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and a doctor of history, he is also a professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. Director of the Larousse collection, he regularly contributes to the Revue des Deux Mondes and Commentaire. He has written a dozen historical works, including several successful biographies such as "Talleyrand: Le prince immobile" (Fayard, 2006). In March 2022, in "Voyage autour de mon enfance" (Tallandier), he recounts for the first time his childhood memories.

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

Andrew WILD

Andrew WILD

Managing Director, HSBC Continental Europe

After graduating from the University of Nottingham Business School, he joined the HSBC Group in 2005 following experience at KPMG. Initially Deputy Head of HSBC Corporate Banking in France, in 2017 he was appointed Head of Corporate Banking for Europe at HSBC Bank plc alongside his activities as Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC Continental Europe. In June 2021, he became the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Continental Europe.

Debate 20 Imaginons l'entreprise du futur . partie 1

Zahia ZIOUANI

Zahia ZIOUANI

Orchestra conductor

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Trained in France and Germany, she founded and directs the Divertimento Symphony Orchestra, which brings together nearly 70 instrumentalists from the Île-de-France region in Stains. Very sensitive to the problems of access to culture, she uses her reputation to initiate actions aimed at promoting the development of symphonic and operatic music in working-class neighbourhoods. It also seeks to pass on its musical heritage, particularly the music of North Africa, as demonstrated by the "Inspiration Orient" concert performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in June 2022.

Debate 40 Heritage, a tool of modernity