Philippe Aghion

Economist, Harvard University

Philippe Aghion is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the economics of growth.

With Peter Howitt, he pioneered the so-called Schumpeterian Growth paradigm which was subsequently used to analyze the design of growth policies and the role of the state in the growth process. Much of this work is summarized in their joint book Endogenous Growth Theory (MIT Press, 1998) and The Economics of Growth (MIT Press, 2009), Read more >>

Esko Aho

Former Prime Minister of Finland

Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard University; Executive Chairman of the Board, East Office Industries Ltd; Consultative Partner, Nokia Corporation; and Former Prime Minister of Finland (Helsinki, Finland)

Before joining Harvard University, Mr. Aho enjoyed a long and distinguished career in government service. He served as a member of Finnish parliament for 20 years, from 1983. He was elected to the Prime Minister’s Office in 1991 at the age of 36, making him the youngest prime minister in Finland’s history. Read more >>

Claude Bartolone

President of the French National Embassy

Claude Bartolone started his career as manager in pharmaceutical industry. He adhered to French Socialist Party in 1974. Close relative of  Laurent Fabius, he was elected deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis in 1981, and was re-elected every time. He became mayor of the City Pre-Saint-Gervais in 1995, but left his position to enter Jospin government in March 1998. He was Minister for the City until 2002.

Since March 2008, he’s president of the General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis.
Re-elected, he became president of the National Assembly in 2012


Dominic Barton

Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company.
In his 27 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial.

Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004. Dominic is an active participant in international fora including Davos, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council and the China Development Forum. Read more >>

Cansen Basaran-Symes

Member of Board of Directors and Chair of Company Affairs Committee
of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD)

After having graduated from the Istanbul University, Business Administration Faculty, Cansen Basaran-Symes joined Pricewaterhouse (PW) Turkey when it was established in 1981 and served PwC for 32 years until April 2013. She worked at the PW Copenhagen office in 1983 and at the PW London office in 1989. In 1990 she was admitted to the PW European firm partnership.

On July 1st, 1998 she was appointed as the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Turkey leader and senior partner in charge of country operations. Read more >>

Phillip Blond

Director of the think tank Respublica.

Phillip Blond is an internationally recognised political thinker and social and economic commentator. He bridges the gap between politics and practice, offering strategic consultation and policy formation to governments, businesses and organisations across the world.

Prior to entering politics and public policy he was an academic, journalist and author. As a senior lecturer in theology and philosophy he taught at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria. Read more >>

Pascal Cagni

Member of Vivendi’s Supervisory Board

Pascal Cagni is the former vice-president and managing director EMEA of Apple and is currently part of Vivendi’s Supervisory Board

He obtained an MA in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris  and an MA in Business Law from the Robert Schumann University in Strasburg. He also graduated from HEC Paris. Read more >>

Chi Fulin

Chairman of CIRD (China – International network of business think tanks)

Prof. Chi Fulin, Senior Research Fellow and Supervisor of Ph. D. Students, Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and President of China Institute for Reform and Development. 

Concurrently, Prof. Chi is also a Vice Chairman of China Society of Economic Reform, Vice Chairman of China Society of Administrative Reform, Read more >>

Gérard Collomb

Sénateur-Maire de Lyon

Né le 20 juin 1947 à Chalon-sur-Saône, Gérard Collomb effectue des études de lettres en hypokhâgne, puis à la faculté des lettres de Lyon. Reçu à l’agrégation de lettres classiques à 23 ans, il enseigne dans plusieurs établissements de la région.Il entre au conseil municipal de Lyon en 1977, puis est élu député en 1981. Read more >>

Matthew B. Crawford

Author of “Eloge du carburateur”.

Matthew B. Crawford is an American writer and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Read more >>

Jean-Marc Daniel

Economist, ESCP Europe

Jean-Marc Daniel is a French economist, economist at the Institut de l’entreprise and Editor in Chief of “Societal” magazine.

Jean-Marc Daniel is a graduate of ENSAE and the Ecole Polytechnique.


Raphaël Enthoven

Philosopher, professor

Raphaël Enthoven is a philisopher, and radio / TV host Read more >>

Charles H. Ferguson

Charles H. Ferguson, cineast

Charles Ferguson is the founder and president of Representational Pictures, Inc. and director and producer of Inside Job, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011, and No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which was nominated in the same category in 2008. Ferguson was originally trained as a political scientist and received his BA in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and obtained a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T., where his research focused on interactions between high technology, globalization, and government policy. Read more >>

Antoine Frérot

CEO Veolia Environnement

A graduate from the École polytechnique (1977 class) and PhD in Civil Engineering from the École nationale des ponts et chaussées, Antoine Frérot started his career in 1981 as a research engineer at the Bureau central d’études pour l’Outre-Mer. Read more >>

Paul Hermelin

CEO of Capgemni.

Paul Hermelin is CEO of Capgemini. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENA.


Haruhiko Hirate

President of North Asia at Takeda

Haruhiko Hirate is President of North Asia at Takeda. He has held Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President positions at Takeda since 2010 and became Head of North Asia in 2011.

Prior to joining Takeda, Mr. Hirate held the position of Representative Senior Managing Director at GlaxoSmithKline in Japan and, before that, Representative Director and President of Banyu Pharmaceuticals, the Japanese subsidiary of Merck & Co.

Mr. Hirate joined Banyu Pharmaceuticals in 2004 from his role as Senior Vice President at Merck & Co. based in New Jersey, USA. He had previously held the position of Representative Director and President at Roche Diagnostics based in Japan and, before that, Representative Director and President at Draeger Japan. Read more >>

Xavier Huillard

Président of the Institut de l’entreprise, CEO of Vinci 

Xavier Huillard is the CEO of Vinci and president of the Institut de l’Entreprise.

He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique et de l’École des Ponts et Chaussées.


Dr Mo Ibrahim

President of Fondation Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim is an expert in mobile communications and founder of one of Africa’s most successful companies, Celtel International. Founded in 1998, Celtel International has brought the benefits of mobile communications to millions of people across the African continent. The company operates in 15 African countries, covering more than a third of the continent’s population, and has invested more than US$750 million in Africa. In 2005, Celtel International was sold to MTC Kuwait for $3.4 billion. Read more >>

Pablo Isla

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Inditex

Chairman and CEO of Inditex (flagship chain: Zara) since 2011. He has been the Deputy Chairman and CEO since 2005.

He is a graduate in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and Abogado del Estado (State lawyer). From 1992 to 1996 he was Director of Legal Services for Banco Popular. He went on to be appointed General Director of State Assets at the Ministry of Economy and Finances. Read more >>

Denis Kessler

CEO and Chairman of Scor

Denis Kessler is a graduate of HEC business school (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and holds a PhD in economics and advanced degrees in economics and social sciences. He was Chairman of theFédération Française des Sociétés d’Assurance (FFSA), CEO and member of the Executive Committee of the AXA Group and Executive Vice-President of MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France). He joined the Group as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on 4 November 2002. Read more >>

Paul Krugman

Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Professor at Princeton University

Paul Krugman is professor of economics at Princeton University.
Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
NYTimes OpEd columnist.

One of the world’s foremost economists. A gifted observer and contributor on policy and economics. Committed to speaking the truth as he sees it in the most compelling terms. Read more >>

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Former Chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission

Current functions
Academic Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute
Chair, Co-Founder, IMPACT Japan

Bruno Le Maire

Deputy, former french minister

Born on 15 April 1969 in Neuilly-Sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine)

Agrégé [holder of the agrégation, a post-graduate competitive examination for the teaching profession], 1992
Graduate of the École Normale Supérieure
Graduate of the École Nationale d’Administration

Pierre Mongin

Chairman and CEO of the RATP Group

Chairman and CEO of the RATP Group (5 billion euro turnover, 55,000 employees, present in 12 countries) since July 12th 2006, Pierre Mongin spent most of his career in the French civil service, mostly in prefectures (regional administrations) and government departments.

A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the French school of government administration), Pierre Mongin joined the French Ministry of the Interior in 1984 as a technical advisor for the police force, after being a sub-Prefect in the Ain, Ariège and Yvelines departments from 1980 to 1984. Read more >>

Christophe de Margerie

CEO and chairman of Total

Mr. de Margerie joined the Group after graduating from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris in 1974. He served in several positions in the Group’s Finance Department and Exploration & Production division. He became President of Total Middle East in 1995 before joining the Group’s Executive Committee as the President of the Exploration & Production division in May 1999. Read more >>

Professor Stephen Martin

Chief Executive, CEDA (Australia – International network of business think tanks)

Professor the Hon Stephen Martin is currently Chief Executive, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Professor Martin has had a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, academia and the private sector.  He represented the New South Wales-based electorates of Macarthur and Cunningham in the Australian Parliament 1984-2002. Read more >>

Mario Monti

Former Prime Minister of Italy

Gérard Mestrallet

Chairman and CEO GDF Suez

Gérard Mestrallet is the current chairman and CEO of GDF Suez.

Parcours universitaire

  • Diplômé de l’Ecole Polytechnique
  • Diplômé de l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration

Thierry de Montbrial

Director of IFRI (Institut français des relations internationales)

Thierry de Montbrial is a French economics and international relations specialist and researcher. He’s the current director of IFRI (Institut français des relations internationales). He graduated from the École Polytechnique and from the École des Mines. He received his doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (CA) Read more >>

Pierre Moscovici

Ministre de l’Economie et des Finances

Pierre Moscovici est né le 16 septembre 1957, à Paris.

Fonctions ministérielles

  • Ministre de l’Economie et des Finances, depuis mai 2012 Read more >>

Vineet Nayar

Vice Chairman of HCL Technologies

Vineet Nayar is Vice Chairman of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCLT), a $4.5 billion global information technology services company and author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010). Read more >>

Natalie Nougayrède

Managing Editor, le Monde

Natalie Nougayrède is managing editor at the french newspaper Le Monde.

She is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg and Training Centre journalists rue du Louvre in Paris. Read more >>

Mónica de Oriol Icaza

President de Círculo de Empresarios (Spain – International network of business think tanks)

Mónica has an undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from the Complutense University in Madrid (UCM), and the degree in European Union Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a number of post-graduate courses on Management and Finance at the Harvard Business School, Instituto de Empresa, ESADE and of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. Read more >>

Alain Pons

Chief Executive Officer Deloitte France
Member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Board of Directors and Executive Committee

 ESCP Europe graduate, accountant and auditor, Alain Pons joined Deloitte France in 1980 and became partner in 1988. He led the audit group serving the firm’s largest MNCs from 1998 to 2000 at which time he became Managing Partner of the national audit practice. In 2004, he was appointed Deputy CEO of the French firm and was elected Chief Executive officer in 2010. Read more >>

Hans Reitz

Managing director, The Grameen Creative Lab

Current functions
Creative Advisor to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus
Founder and Managing Director of The Grameen Creative Lab
Founder and Managing Director of circ responsibility

Elliott Schwartz

Committee for Economic Development (CED)’s Vice President and Director of Economic Studies (Etats-Unis – International network of business think tanks)

Mr Schwartz directs CED policy analyses on sustainable capitalism and corporate governance issues. He supervised the publication of the following reports: Private Enterprise, Public Trust: The State of Corporate America After Sarbanes-Oxley; Built to Last: Focusing Corporations on Long-Term Performance; Read more >>

Daniel Tammet


Ecrivain, doué de synesthésie, Daniel Tammet a le don de raconter les mathématiques, de les rendre concrètes et vivantes, à travers sa propre vie, notre quotidien, la poésie ou la grande histoire.
Autiste Asperger, son autobiographie Je suis né un jour bleu est devenu un classique, traduit en 24 langues. Ses derniers livres Embrasser le ciel immense (2009) et L’éternité dans une
heure (2013) sont également des best-sellers.


Samuel Urrutia

President of CEAL (Panama – International network of business think tanks)

Chief Executive Officer CEO, Grupo Semusa Corp. Samuel Urrutia Cantoral is the Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Semusa Corp, a holding company with interest in Insurance, Real Estate, Relocation, Mortgage Brokerage and Human Resources Consulting.

He is a founding partner of international American Assist in Colombia, Brazil, Chile Peru and Argentina. Read more >>

Dr. Vesa Vihriälä

Managing Director EVA (Finlande – International network of business think tanks)

Dr Vesa Vihriälä is Managing Director of the Economic Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA and the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA. Previously Vihriälä worked as an adviser to Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs. Vihriälä has also worked among others as state under-secretary for Economic affairs in the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office and as a CEO of the Pellervo Economic Research PTT, a research think tank. Read more >>