Keynote speakers

The purpose of this special day is to reunite with former classmates, meet with alumni and current students but it is also the opportunity to attend various activities.

Among them, an open discussion with special guests:

  • Nathalie MEUZY Nathalie Meuzy reduit

Nathalie Meusy is, since November 2008, the Head of the Coordination Office on Sustainable Development at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Director General’s Cabinet. Prior to the creation of this office, she launched the sustainable development initiative at ESA in 2007. Nathalie Meusy obtained law degrees from the Paris XI and Besançon Universities and studied thereafter social sciences at La Sorbonne University (Paris). She started her career in journalism and intellectual property related to photographic work (Magnum Photos Agency). Thereafter, Ms. Meusy joined ESA in 1987 as a lawyer/administrator in the Human Resources Department. She supported, as Head of Social Policies, all ESA establishments and directorates from a legal and social point of view for 15 years.

  • Tristan LECOMTE c694f-tristan-pp

Tristan Lecomte, an HEC alumnus, founded and managed Alter Eco, a leading Fair Trade and organic brand on the French market from 1998 to 2011. He now leads Pur Projet, which he founded in 2008.

  • Maximilien ROUER maximilien-rouer

Maximilien Rouer’s goal is to urgently adapt society to major environmental changes. To this end, he promotes technological innovation and economic preparation for the social-ecological transition. An Engineer, holding a Master degree from AgroParisTech, and a Master of Cell Biology and Plant Physiology (University of Paris VII), Maximilien is an expert on environmental issues: climate change, energy, biodiversity, resources, toxicity / health. He is the creator of a new Positive Economy theory and he has completed more than 500 conferences on the subject. Chairman and Founding Partner of BeCitizen, he works with his clients to devise business models that will accelerate the transition to a Positive Economy. Since 2014, Maximilien is also Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Greenflex.

Additionally, we will have the pleasure to have input from:

  • Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot photoBFTjan11-72dpi

Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot is the academic director of the MSc in Sustainable Development, which she co-created in 2003, and the executive director of the HEC Paris “Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty” Chair and of the HEC Paris “Society & Organizations” Center.Her research focuses on reverse innovation; she’s studying the processes through which social businesses and Base of the Pyramid business models can be a lever for innovation and strategic renewal. She received her PhD in Management Sciences in 2012. She worked before 15 years in consulting and training, in Eurequip Consulting Group, and in Philips as a controller. She graduated from HEC Paris in 1988.

  • Pascal Chaigneau Pascal-Chaigneau

Pascal Chaigneau is the scientific director of the MSc in Sustainable Development and the former MS in Management of International Risks.

Professor at the University Paris-Descartes, he is in charge of the political science department and the master’s degrees entitled «Development policies» and «export activities practises». Specialized lawyer in international law, he is counsellor at the French Foreign trade and one of the board directors at Radio France Internationale. Head manager of «Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques» he also runs the yearly edition «Enjeux diplomatiques et stratégiques» as well as the publications on international relations for Editions Economica. As an administrator of the Committee of Studies for National Defense, he also is a member of the selection committee for Naval Studies Report and the National Defense Review. Furthermore, he has published six books dedicated to international relations.