MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation, Class of 2010
Currently Project Manager for CEA Liten
from Ecole supérieure d'Agriculture de Purpan
I am now connected every day to fascinating people within private companies as well as social entrepreneurs
I am from France and after obtaining a Master degree in Agriculture, Forestry and Environment from Purpan School of Engineering in 2007, I spent three years working on biomass energy projects. I also worked for UNEP, the World Agroforestry Centre and EcoAct on international projects addressing deforestation and carbon finance initiatives.
Following the HEC Specialized Master in Sustainable Development which I graduated from in 2010, I contributed to the development of access to energy projects in developing countries and led a study on fuel poverty within the Sustainable Development and Environment Department of Total. I joined ENEA Consulting in May 2011 as a consultant. As a consultant, I work on strategic analysis and technical expertise projects focused on bioenergy, access to energy, waste recovery and global performance evaluation for industrial companies. I am now a Business Manager for the Sustainable Development Business Unit.
I chose the HEC program to get high-level education on carbon markets, stakeholders’ management, and the design of new business models integrating environmental, social and geopolitical challenges. I also wanted to strengthen my management skills so I could advise private companies. I have gained a wonderful professional network, I am now connected every day to fascinating people within private companies as well as social entrepreneurs promoting environmental and social innovation, creating new business models to serve the poor and reduce the impact on environment.
Crisis Management, Geopolitics of Natural Resources and the organization of the Rethink Prize that rewarded innovative business models were my favorite courses. The first one was a real-time simulation of a company attacked by an NGO about environmental damages: it taught me how important it is to involve the stakeholders in the design and the evaluation of the social and environmental performance of a project.
In my experience, the HEC Specialized Master in Sustainable Development and a Master’s degree in Technical Engineering are useful to help industrial companies improve their business models, as you need to understand both the technologies and industrial processes they use, the markets they target and the environmental, economic and social challenges they have to face. Besides access to knowledge, you will get connected to strong social and professional networks driving innovation and economic transition that will be highly valuable all along your career.