Founders, Board, Governance Experts
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A graduate of IGS HR school, Lucille held sales and marketing management positions in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years, including seven years in medical devices. Since 2001 she has managed headhunting projects in health & biotech, retail and emerging technologies. She founded and directs Women in the Heart of Boards. Her role also includes sourcing investment capital for departments and startups in her role as consultant.
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With an MS in international economics, an advanced accounting degree (DECS), and an MBA from HEC/ISA, Michel has held positions in operations and management in the Indosuez Group and CompagnieBancaire, financial analysis, portfolio and wealth management, auditing and corporate finance. He was Director of Sales at Lafitte Investissement, Executive Vice-President at Pierre &Vacances and General Manager at Kléber Finance Conseil. After working as a consultant in a UK firm then Assistant Director at a staffing consulting group, he has led headhunting projects across all sectors with an emphasis on finance and NICT plus oversees relations with investment funds.
Frédérique BedosFounder of educational NGO Le Projet Imagine - The Humble Heroes Sandra ESQUIVA-HESSEAttorney Alain CLOTPresident FranceFintech
Sabine FAUQUEZ-AVONGeneral Manager OFIS Veolia Group Jean-Michel GARRIGUESBLB Partner Brigitte GAUTHIER-DARCETGeneral Manager CBRE Business Services Hugues LE BRETCFO of Payments
Frédérique Bedos worked for 15 years as a journalist and TV/radio host in France and worldwide. She hosted a number of high-profile prime time programs. In 2010, she took a huge leap of faith and started Le Projet Imagine, an educational non-profit that works to spark action through inspiration. Her main source of inspiration is her adoptive parents in northern France who took her in as well as some 20 "unadoptable" children from around the world. With Le Projet Imagine, Frédérique turns the spotlight to the men and women who conquer the unknown and show us that anything is possible: the famous Imagine Heroes.
Sandra Esquiva-Hesse is partner, director and founder of the law firm SEH Legal. She advises and supports companies, entrepreneurs and investors in corporate operations, financing, structuring and restructuring (carve-outs, refocusing, special acquisitions) and represents them in court against such matters.
She began her career on Wall Street in 1998 as a US Associate (attorney at the New York Bar) in the Bank Finance & Bankruptcy department at Shearman & Sterling. In 2002, she became counsel in the Structured Financing department at Clifford Chance Paris and then in 2006 took a position as associate in the Finance & Restructuring department at the Paul Hastings Paris office, a department she created and developed until 2011. With all this experience under her belt, in April 2011 she founded SEH Legal, which has earned a reputation as a responsive niche law firm because of its expertise in crossborder negotiations and an innovative approach to helping resolve complex legal cases. Sandra regularly receives accolades and recognition in business directories (Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR100, Décideurs, Financial Times Innovative Lawyer of the Year).
General Manager of the Sanitary Engineering department (OFIS) at Veolia, most of Sabine Fauquez-Avon's career has been in environmental services. She previously worked as Assistant General Manager of ENDETEC, a Veolia subsidiary that supplies environmental monitoring solutions. Over the last 10 years, she has held various positions at Veolia Eau: Director of Environmental Performance, Director of Consumers and Director of Customer Relations. She spent the first 12 years of her career in operational management. Sabine Fauquez-Avon also serves as vice-president of the Centre d'Information sur l'Eau (Water Information Center) and sits on the boards of the Université Pierre and Marie Curie Foundation and companies certified by IFA-Sciences Po
Brigitte Gauthier-Darcet has an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1978) and a degree in economics and political sciences from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1979). She began her career in teaching as an Assistant Professor of economics at Ecole Centrale.
She then went on to positions in project management, team coordination, financial management and general management at a wide variety of companies ranging in size from millions to hundreds of millions of euros in turnover, in sectors including engineering, media, audiovisual production, salt production, winegrowing, air transport and real estate.
She also founded and then directed a shared services center, managed a takeover bid, helped create and then ran a cluster of audiovisual production companies and directed several corporate acquisitions and sales.
Since 2011, she has also been an independent board member of a publicly traded property investment company and the Express Roularta Group.
Sylvie Bernard-CurieExecutive coaching and Training Jacques H. Paget Kees BLEIJENBERGInternational Consultant Didier DELAIGUE Alain MartelGovernance Expert Daniel Bos Ludivine SabbaghCommunity & Office Manager Inès De LestradeHR Project Manager
Kees holds a PhD in chemistry from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
He has over 30 years of experience in R&D departments at large multinationals and has held senior management positions at Shell, Nova Chemicals and Rhodia/Solvay.
His time in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States and France has taught him that diversity is a key driver of top-level corporate performance.
He manages headhunting projects in the industrial sector and handles global development for Women in the Heart of Boards, mainly in Europe.
For nearly 20 years, Didier Delaigue has served as counsel for general management, mainly in corporate strategy and governance. He has advised corporate directors, board members and boards of directors primarily at family-owned companies on strategy and operations for their governance systems (development, professionalization, inheritance, etc.) He also advises founding directors on creating startups.
He works in a number of different business sectors ranging from distribution, fashion and industrial equipment to pharmacy, mutual insurance, energy and shipping.
Didier had previously spent 16 years working for major industrial companies (Elf Aquitaine and Framatome). In particular, he served as assistant to the Director of Strategy at the Framatome Group.
Didier also teaches in these fields at universities and French engineering/business schools (HEC, CELSA, Centrale). He earned an Executive MBA from HEC and a PhD in Engineering from Ponts & Chaussées.
After receiving his Diploma of Sciences Po Grenoble, a 3rd cycle in Economics at the University of Grenoble and a Master in Strategy-Organization at ESCP Europe, Alain Martel started his career in the financial markets. Alain has held a variety of marketing and management positions on the MATIF (Futures Market Exchange) before becoming Director of the relationship issuers listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, “Euronext”. Since the early 2000s, he has been interested in the issues of financial communication and the governance of listed companies. From 2008 to 2016, he held the position of General Secretary of IFA and its Board of Directors for a period of eight years. Within this new organization, Alain actively participated in the evolution and promotion of the principles of sound corporate governance for companies throughout France. Alain has been involved in the drafting of numerous good governance practices in many fields and for all types of organizations, including listed companies, family businesses, financial institutions, innovative companies, cooperatives, and public companies. During this period of eight years, Alain was particularly interested in questions of training and pedagogy. Within the IFA, as part of the professionalization of the boards of directors, Alain developed all the training programs in corporate governance and oversaw numerous seminars with a wide audience of non-executive directors. In 2010, he initiated and led the implementation of the first administrator certification program in partnership with Sciences Po Paris, which annually trains over a hundred participants. Since 2016, it has been assisting companies in assessing and strengthening the effectiveness of their corporate governance, as well as coaching “next generation” of family companies to always exercise their responsibilities with professionalism