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Board of directors


To fulfill its missions, the Fondation Chirac wished to provide itself with a board of directors capable of taking the initiative and providing effective and rigorous management of the resources implemented in its programs.

The team Jacques Chirac has gathered around him meets these aims. Each of its members brings his or her rich experience and wellhoned creative skills in his or her area of expertise.

Founder: Jacques Chirac

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, member since 2008

Photographer, journalist, writer, and environmentalist. He is equally at ease with group efforts and media success be it in publishing or the cinema. His book, The Earth From Above, sold over 3 million copies in 24 languages and his movies were also highly popular, Six Billion Others and Home. His associations, Good Planet and Action Carbone, act to offset greenhouse emissions and fund projects based on renewable energy.

Marie-Hélène Bérard, member since 2008

President and CEO of MHB SA, an investment advisory firm specializing in the implementation of French companies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. After graduating from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), she first started working in the French Department of Finance. She went on to join Simone Veil, Minister of Health, then Prime Ministers Raymond Barre and Jacques Chirac. In 1990, she joined the senior management of the Crédit Commercial de France (CCF).

claude_chirac_miniatureClaude Chirac, member since 2012

Catherine Colonna, member since 2008

Managing Partner of the Paris office of Brunswick, she was Ambassador of France to UNESCO until 2010. A career diplomat, Minister Delegate for European Affairs (2005-2007), for nine years she was Spokesperson of the Presidency of the French Republic (1995-2004) before leading the National Centre for Cinematography (CNC) until June 2005. Former student of the ENA, she has also served at the French Embassy in Washington.

Geneviève Ferone, member since 2008

Director of Sustainable Development at Veolia Environnement, after having held the same position at Eiffage from 2006 to 2008. She holds a PhD in International Economic Law and continued to accrue her expertise in international organizations such as the International Energy Agency, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1997, she founded ARESE, the first French agency to rate businesses on social and environmental issues. She is the author of 2030: the ecological meltdown (Paris: Grasset).

Professor Marc Gentilini, member since 2010

General Delegate of the Fondation Chirac’s program for Access to quality medicines and healthcare since 2009, he was also President of the Pan-African Organization against AIDS (OPALS) and Honorary President and Member of the French National Academy of Medicine. Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor. Professor Marc Gentilini was awarded the Grand Medal of Honor by the French Red Cross in 2008.

Jean-Pierre Lafon (Founding member), member since 2008

President of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), his entire career took place within the French Foreign Ministry. His rich and eclectic professional path took him in England, Iran, Niger, and to the head of the United Nations Division of the Quai d’Orsay. He was ambassador to Lebanon and China before becoming Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, a position he held until 2006. He was appointed Ambassador of France in 2005.

Tristan Lecomte, member since 2008

Founder and President of Alter Eco, established in 1998. Alter Eco distributes products from 160 000 small and disadvantaged producers within 43 cooperatives in 25 countries. Thanks to their compliance with Fair Trade requirements, they have managed to access international markets. He founded the group Pur Projet to fight against global warming and deforestation. Pur Projet develops reforestation and forest conservation programs for the Amazon in particular, always in partnership with groups of small producers.

Stéphane Martin, member since 2010 President of the public establishment of the Quai Branly Museum since December 1998. Alumnus of ENA and magistrate at the Court of Auditors, he has held various positions in the cultural sector: Delegate General of the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989, Director of Music and Dance from 1993 to 1995, and then Cabinet Director for Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Culture (1995-1997). Alongside his other activities, he was also Vice-president of the Musée de l’Homme, des Arts et des Civilisations.

Fadi Nahas, member since 2010Ecuadorian Honorary Consul General in Turkey and Chairman of NA Plus SA. He has founded many organizations dedicated to advocacy and education, including “Act for Lebanon”, “Endeavour Turkey”, “Himaya-innocence in danger”… He is an active member of the board of the Beirut International Marathon, and highly present in the Harris School – University of Chicago and the University of St. Joseph. Distinguished by the Inter-American Economic Council in 2005, by the foundation “People’s Princess Charitable” in 2006, he was also awarded the Lebanese Order of Merit.

René Ricol (Founding member), member since 2008

President of Ricol Lasteyrie, René Ricol is at the forefront of independent financial expertise and management of financial risk in France. For the past twenty years, he has participated in efforts conducted by the national and international bodies of the profession to better assist companies in their growth and performance. He chairs the International Federation of Accountants and is president of the network “Tous pour l’Emploi” and the orientation council of “France Investissement”.

Valérie Terranova (Founding member), member since 2008

In May 2007, she founded a strategy consulting firm. After graduating from the Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (“Languages O”) in Japanese language and culture, she spent eight years as a project manager at the head of the International Relations Department of the City of Paris. Commissioner General of the Year of France in Japan from 1996 to 1999. That same year, she joined the staff of the President of the French Republic, where she specialized in intercultural relations.

Bernard Vatier (Founding member), member since 2008

Lawyer, former President of the Paris bar, he was also chairman of the European Union’s Bar Council from 2003 to 2005. He acquired his expertise within a firm of legal council that became a law firm specializing in commercial transactions and business law. As a teacher, he actively defends the values represented by the profession of lawyer. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in the field of arbitration.

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