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Virginie RAISSON-VICTOR is a geopolitical scientist and futurist. She heads the Laboratory for Foresight Studies and cartographic analyses (Lépac), a private-sector organisation she founded with her husband Jean-Christophe Victor. The Lépac was behind the well-known TV programme Le Dessous des cartes, aired on Arte, presented by Jean-Christophe Victor until his death in 2016. In 2019, Virginie Raisson-Victor joined forces with several experts to found the international association Chronos Global whose aim is to improve the effectiveness of measures taken to fight climate change, both in the public realm and in businesses.


Thomas PORCHER is a doctor in economics at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and associate professor at Paris School of Business. He is also a member of the collective Économistes atterrés, ( the Appalled Economists) who “oppose the neoliberal doxa”. In one of his latest books Traité d’économie hérétique (pub. Fayard), Thomas Porcher speaks up against “climate hypocrisy”. In mid-October, he teamed up with several researchers to form the Centre for Research on Energy and Climate Change (CRECC).


Julie PASQUET is a double curriculum student at Sciences Po Toulouse and Toulouse Business School. She is the founder of the project “Up For Europe” which plans a three month European tour by students whose aim is to draw up a set of political proposals to make Europe more eco-friendly. She is also a member of the network Together For Earth, a young people’s movement working to protect the planet. In March this year, she co-wrote the Manifeste du Monde Nouveau (Manifesto for the New World).

Philippe MADEC

Philippe MADEC is an architect, urban engineer, lecturer and writer. He is one of the pioneers in sustainable development in architecture. He heads the firm APM Architecture & Associé. Since 2010, Philippe Madec has lectured in “Inventing sustainable territories” at the Brittany Architecture academy ENSAB. He is also one of the authors of the Manifesto for a Happy Frugality, which calls for the construction of passive buildings designed with resource-efficient materials.

Elisabeth LAVILLE

A graduate of HEC, Elisabeth is acknowledged as a pioneer and one of the leading European experts in sustainable development. Recently awarded the honour of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite on the very day of the 25th anniversary of Utopies (the first think tank and consultancy specialising in sustainable development ad CSR in France, of which she is the founder), Elisabeth adopts a resolutely positive outlook.

Her goal is to further the movement of positive-impact businesses and bring this notion to life with concrete and inspiring example which open up fields of opportunity. She is also the author of the bestseller “Towards a happy consumption” (pub. Allary) and in mid-December will be publishing “Les marques positives” (Positive Brands; Pearson).