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S&O - Lead picture - Ecological transition



How is climate change radically redefining business models and practices?

Energy and Finance Chair

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On December 2019, The Energy and Finance Chair sponsored by Société Générale and held by Jean-Michel Gauthier, Affiliate Professor in Finance and expert in the energy sector joined the S&O Center. The energy world is going through an unprecedented change. In 25 years, global energy will be completely transformed: decarbonized, decentralized, digitized. The Chair is key to training leaders from all sectors in energy-transition issues and aligned with the  S&O objectives related to climate and ecological transition.

Since its foundation in 2005, the Energy and Finance Chair created by Société Générale and HEC Paris has developed a number of training programs on energy economics and finance, including the flagship Certificate on Energy & Finance, a 6-week intensive module dedicated to energy markets and economics and delivered by SG professionals and executives or the HEC Energy & Finance chairperson, and attracts over 120 students every year.

Interview of Jean-Michel Gauthier, Holder of the Chair: from the oil industry to the Energy Transition

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"The leaders of the World Economic Forum in Davos identified climate risk as the greatest and most far-reaching threat to the global economy for the third year in a row. That applies to all companies and all countries." Jean-Michel Gauthier, Holder of the Chair


It is the duty of managers across the board to learn about the challenges of the energy.



The Energy and Finance Certificate is designed for students who have a strong interest in the economics of energy, energy-related financial issues, and climate change or who are willing to move to these sectors for a career.

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2 weeks programs : If you wish to understand the future of energy and global economic trends, this summer program will give you an acute insight into the problems faced by the energy industry in the 21st century and the varying impact of different prospective solutions.

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HEC Paris Students Grapple with Climate Change

On November 7, HEC Students for Sustainability welcomed guest speaker Darius Seiller for its first Climate Nights event. This series aims to foster an institution-wide commitment to environmental issues. A June 2018 alumnus, Darius Seiller is the co-founder and CEO of...

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