Creativity and Emotion

A Masterclass with Givenchy’s Nicolas Degennes
  • Nicolas Degennes ©GivenchyNicolas Degennes ©Givenchy

Creativity and Emotion: A Masterclass with Givenchy’s Nicolas Degennes

In 2020, Nicolas Degennes will be celebrating 20 years as the Art Director of Givenchy Beauty. Often cited as the genius behind the brand's makeup division, in person he presents himself with a visible balance of confidence and humility. In fact, it is what he advised Sciences Po students throughout his masterclass: “Be honest with yourself - don’t be too proud, don’t be too humble.”

As he opened his masterclass on 13 November 2019, in a lecture hall filled with eager-eyed students, the Makeup and Colour maestro introduced himself, stating: “I’m Nicolas Degennes, I’m 48 years old.” And then, he caught himself - “no wait, I’m 58 years old.” This slip was quite telling: Nicolas Degennes has a long and rich career behind him that began in a completely different era: Mylène Farmer, the beginnings of Canal+, Jeanne Moreau, and beauty before the internet, before even Instagram! And yet, today, he is still youthful and at the top of his game: finding inspiration everywhere, innovating with makeup and beauty products with a creativity that has remained undiminished over the course of 25 years.

When he was approached to do this masterclass, the Master’s in Communication, Media and Creative Industries of the School of Management and Innovation asked him to talk about his career, and specifically answer the question: “how did you get where you are?”

His response was not a linear list of steps or specific events that marked his career. Instead, his tips were more about character, which for him is the underlying ingredient of creativity. His first mantra: drive and hard work. “It’s hard work everyday.” But, whatever your dream may be, he explained, it’s worth working towards. Secondly, he told students, “you will be faced with choices, offers, propositions. Ask yourself why you would say ‘no’ - to anything.” According to Degennes, more often than not, there are very few reasons - if any - to say no. Finally, his third mantra: “remember who you are, and where you come from. Don’t forget your family and your roots.”

Nicolas Degennes began his career learning and doing theatre and photography in the United States, in Iowa, of all places. He had left France thinking he could not express himself artistically where he was, and he yearned for adventure and freedom. It was a challenge: he spoke no English at the time. He managed to work as a photographer, and it was when he was preparing photoshoots that he began applying makeup on the women he was to shoot. That is when he fell in love with makeup, and decided to become a makeup artist.Looking back today, he says: “I don’t think I was a very good photographer, but I do think I have done incredible things as a makeup artist.”

This statement, though it could sound arrogant, is what he means when he says, “don’t be too proud, don’t be too humble.” It is important to realise your strengths, and judge yourself realistically and honestly. “Being too proud doesn’t help, but being too humble doesn’t help either.” In other words, there is no harm in knowing what you’re good at - if anything it’s more harmful to not.

He warns that often, society will attempt to put individuals in a single drawer. “You’re this or that, not both, or not a mix. If someone says you’re not able to do something, fight back. Prove them wrong,” he says. “One drawer is not enough, try and open them all.”

Nicolas Degennes decided early on in his career as a makeup artist that his work “needed to be a signature”. Finding his singular take on makeup, and making sure that his work would be recognised as his own, was key. Degennes discussed his creative energy, and how he directs sensations into artistic decisions and the creation of products. Three values guide his creative process: honesty, fidelity, and elegance. When he first arrived at Givenchy, he did not like what they were doing creatively. And yet, it was extremely important, he says, to learn about the roots of the brand and its founder. He did not want to make any drastic changes - it was up to him to integrate himself with the brand and be just to it. In fact, still today, the brand comes first, and his creativity is at the service of Givenchy.

A Q&A session brought the masterclass to a close. Expectedly, students posed questions pertaining to Givenchy’s ecological responsibility and environmental impact. Degennes explained that today there are three lists that categorize Givenchy’s use of ingredients: a blacklist of ingredients that are prohibited outright for they are dangerous to people or the environment; a grey list of ingredients that are not dangerous but should be used limitedly, and a green list of completely safe, eco-friendly ingredients. Degennes insisted that when it comes to ecological responsibility, trying to go too fast will never be the answer. Research and development takes time, but being fully conscious of the supply chain, from A to Z, is the first and most crucial step. Finally, when asked about what sacrifices he made for his career, Degennes replied that his personal time and not having a family were the biggest sacrifices he made. The question, he said, really struck a chord in his heart.

Greening the financial system: the new frontier

23rd edition of the Banque de France’s Financial Stability Review
  • Greening the financial system: the new frontierGreening the financial system: the new frontier


The 23rd edition of the Banque de France’s Financial Stability Review is entitled “Greening the financial system: the new frontier”.

Climate change, whose consequences on the environment are already being felt, is a source of risks for the economic system and the financial sector. In order to shed light on these questions, the students of the Master of Finance and Strategy mobilized to share their points of view and interview stakeholders committed to sustainable finance: 

Changement climatique et risques financiers :


Finance verte et transition écologique :


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New Prosperities

December, 3rd, 2019
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Conference at Sciences Po Paris,

3rd December 2019




We are pleased to invite you to the New Prosperities conference. Students from Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation will be attending, as well as global business and thought leaders.

Four main topics will be discussed: the transformation of capitalism, the renewal of education, the unique role of Europe and the promotion of the Economics of Mutuality.

Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic , Dean of Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation

Bruno Roche, Mars Chief Economist and Catalyst Managing Director 



When and where

3rd December 2019, 08.30-18.15

Sciences Po, 27 rue St Guillaume, 75007 Paris

How to book

Places for the conference must be reserved in advance.

To register, click here, which will take you to a web page where you can make a booking.


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International admissions are now open

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International admissions for the 2020 intake are now open!

Should you need further information on the admission criteria and procedure, please do not hesitate to visit our admissions website.

Paul Smith: "many people look, few really see"

MasterClass: From Bike Accident to Global Business
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An aspiring cyclist growing up, Paul Smith was never interested in fashion as a teenager. But a serious bike accident at 17 put him in hospital for 6 months, and led him to reconsider his career options. Meeting the woman who would later become his wife, Pauline Smith, who studied haute couture at the Royal College of Art, would change his life. On 18 September, 2019, Paul Smith gave an exceptional masterclass at Sciences Po during which he shared his inspirations, life lessons, and secrets to managing a successful luxury and fashion brand that has withstood the test of time.

His very first shop, which opened in 1970 in Nottingham, was 3 square metres. “I needed clients to feel comfortable in such a small space,” he explained, “so I would place a cool object on a little table, a small work of art, a poster of Giacometti on the wall or something I found at the Galerie Maeght. People immediately feel more comfortable if there is something to have a conversation about.” Today, Paul Smith remains an independent company, “a miracle in and of itself” he says. With stores in 73 countries, the homey feeling of the boutiques and the quirky window displays have a reputation of putting smiles on peoples’ faces. “Effort is free of charge,” he says.

 "It's not good enough just to be a designer"

When one sees Paul Smith in person, two things are immediately noticeable: his towering physique - (6'4", or 1m95), and his “feet on the ground” demeanor. Though he has been knighted by the queen and named Britain’s most successful fashion designer for many years in a row, he remains humble and extremely approachable. He says it himself: “I’m quite a relaxed person.” Something for which he feels blessed, as he remarks how difficult it is for young fashion designers to launch today.

 “The world doesn’t need another fashion designer.”

Indeed, as we know it, the fashion world is saturated. He explains, “before, you had an idea in your head and in your heart, and you hoped somebody would like it." Today, he goes on, managing a fashion company is branding, marketing, influencing, and so on, and then, maybe, the clothes. Paul Smith believes that perhaps the secret to his lasting brand is that the brand itself is not - or most often not - too visible. “Because by the time a 14-year-old turns 20, he won’t want to wear Paul Smith because that’s what his dad wore.” "You can find inspiration in anything, and if you can't - look again!" When it comes to inspiration, Paul Smith’s creative eye knows no bounds. Showing a picture of a plant pot, he pointed to the screen and said, “I don’t see a pot, I see colour.” From that moment on, all eyes in the full amphitheatre were wide open. The designer flipped through his slides revealing images popping with colour. A picture showing women in traditional Guatemalan dress gave the room a bright red and blue hue. “This, becomes this,” he said, flipping to the next slide showing the pattern samples that resulted from this inspiration. “I’ve never actually been to Guatemala, but I did visit... a library.” Inspiration, for Paul Smith, can come from anywhere. The key, he says, is training one’s eye to not just look, but to see.

He has resisted buy-outs and intentionally remained a relatively small company. What is important to him is that Paul Smith stays true to 5 key values: design, communication, individuality, personality, and quality. A generous and warm character, Sir Paul Smith’s quirky sense of humour and immense creativity shined through his lecture. At the end, he opened up the floor for a student Q&A session - throwing pairs of striped Paul Smith socks to those who willingly participated.

This exceptional masterclass was organised by the Master's in Marketing and the Master's in New Luxury & Art de Vivre of the School of Management & Innovation, and made possible by journalist and author Laurence Benaïm, who teaches the course (in French) “Art et Mode : les liaisons dangereuses”.


Marie-Laure Djelic dans notre websérie Prof.
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Transition économique, transition sociétale, politique ou encore écologique... Et si tout cela était lié ? “Une société doit placer l’humain au coeur de son développement. Pour moi, c'est cela le vrai sens de "être libéral", rappelle Marie-Laure Djelic. Chaque semaine, dans son cours “The Great Transition”, Marie-Laure Djelic invite les étudiants de Sciences Po à interroger les transformations du capitalisme. Avec un objectif : repenser notre modèle économique pour qu’il devienne plus humain et durable.

Marie-Laure Djelic est professeur des Universités au Centre de sociologie des organisations (CSO) et doyenne de l'École du management et de l'innovation de Sciences Po. Ses travaux portent sur les transformations contemporaines du capitalisme. Elle enseigne le cours “The Great Transition - Responsibility, Innovation, Commons”.

Prof., c'est la 1ère websérie de Sciences Po. À chaque épisode, nous vous emmenons au cœur des salles de cours, dans cette rencontre entre un « Prof. », une discipline, et ses étudiants. Quel est le secret d'un cours réussi ? Une confrontation des points de vue parfois inattendue, souvent drôle, toujours passionnée. Pour revoir tous les épisodes de la série, rendez-vous sur notre chaîne Youtube.

Lancement de la Chaire Good in Tech

12 septembre 2019
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Lancement de la chaire Good in Tech

12 septembre 2019


Portée par Christine Balagué, Professeur à IMT-BS, et Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic, Professeur Doyenne de l’Ecole du Management et de l’Innovation de Sciences Po, la chaire Good in Tech vise à repenser l'innovation et la technologie comme moteurs d'un monde meilleur pour et par l'humain.

Elle va développer un programme de recherches autour de 4 axes :

  1. Innovation numérique responsable : quelles mesures ? 
  2. Comment développer des technologies responsables « by design » ? 
  3. Réinventer les futurs : Quelle société pour demain dans un monde numérique ? 
  4. Gouvernance de l’innovation et des technologies responsables 

KICK OFF - 12 SEPTEMBRE 2019 DE 8H30 À 12H

Séminaire grand public "Le numérique responsable : une utopie réaliste?"



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Sciences Po Careers Fair 2019

On Friday 27 September during Sciences Po Careers Fair, find your internships, get information about recruiting companies, develop your profesional network and train yourself for job interviews
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The Sciences Po Business Fair is a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with companies willing to recruit you

During the Fair students and recent graduates will be able to :

  • get information on the largest recruiting companies, their values, the opportunities they offer, and their recruitment process for jobs and internships
  • find an internship, a first job, a graduate programme...
  • develop their career project
  • develop their profesionnal network
  • train themself for job interviews

Get prepared for the fair!


Registration for the Fair is mandatory: Register Now.

Please note: confirmation of registration and student ID card will be required in order to access the Fair.

Attention ! Le jour du Forum, merci de bien vouloir vous munir de votre carte étudiante et de votre confirmation d'inscription.

Sciences Po Career Fair Friday September 27th, 2019 10am-5pm Porte de Versailles.

Key Data

  • 1500 students and young graduates
  • more than 100 companies
  • 600 professionals HR, experts...
  • Sections:
    • Finance Banking Insurance
    • Auditing Consulting
    • Media Communication Digital
    • Luxury, Distribution
    • Industries Transports Environnement Construction
    • Public French administrations
    • International organizations and NGOs
    • Start up corner

Find out more

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Repenser la société pour le 21ème siècle

Marie-Laure Djelic - Marc Fleurbaey
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La table ronde de Futuribles International du 18 décembre 2018 était consacrée à une présentation et à une discussion du rapport 2018 de l’IPSP (International Panel on Social Progress) que préside le prix Nobel d'économie Amartya Sen.

Elle était introduite par Marie-Laure Djelic, doyenne de l’École du management et de l’innovation de Sciences Po Paris, ancienne directrice du Centre de recherche sur le capitalisme, la mondialisation et la gouvernance de l'ESSEC Business School et Marc Fleurbaey, professeur à l’université de Princeton, titulaire de la chaire Économie du bien-être et de la justice sociale du Collège d'études mondiales.

Ils ont présenté le rapport 2018 de l’IPSP « Rethinking Society for the 21st Century » (Repenser la société pour le 21e siècle). S’inspirant d’instances internationales telles que le GIEC (Groupe d'experts intergouvernemental sur l'évolution du climat), l’IPSP nous livre avec ce nouveau rapport un vaste panorama de la situation sociale dans le monde, des enjeux majeurs et des actions pouvant être entreprises.

Replay de la leçon inaugurale : Resilience

Gilles Boeuf, invité d'honneur
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Gilles Boeuf est Professeur à Sorbonne Université (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, UPMC), affecté à l’Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls après avoir passé 20 ans à l’IFREMER (Institut français de recherche pour l’exploration de la mer).

Il est spécialiste de physiologie environnementale et de biodiversité. Il a été Président du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN), entre 2009 et 2015.

Il a également été professeur invité au Collège de France pour l’année universitaire 2013-2014, sur la Chaire « Développement durable, énergies, environnement et sociétés » et avait alors dédié son enseignement aux interactions entre biodiversité et humanité. Il a été deux années conseiller scientifique au cabinet de Ségolène Royal, alors ministre de l’Environnement, de l’Energie et de la Mer.

Il est aujourd’hui président du Conseil Scientifique de l’Agence française pour la Biodiversité. Il a reçu en 2013 la Grande Médaille Albert 1er de Monaco pour l’ensemble de sa carrière, dédiée aux mers et à l’océan.


Bien entendu, l’humain fait partie de la biodiversité mais il s’en est singulièrement « distingué», étant devenu la plus puissante force d’évolution sur notre planète.

Nous nous proposons au cours de cet exposé de revenir sur la mise en place de l’humanité au sein de la diversité des êtres vivants. La situation peut apparaître paradoxale, d’un côté, des travaux très récents démontrent l’incroyable connectivité de tous les êtres vivants entre eux et l’humain n’y fait pas exception et par ailleurs l'humain imagine de plus en plus se détacher grâce à sa technique du restant des autres espèces vivantes.

Aujourd’hui, c’est l’accélération effroyable des impacts des activités humaines qui nous préoccupe, ce que l’on appelle l’anthropocène – destruction des écosystèmes, pollution généralisée, dissémination de tout partout (la « roulette écologique »), surexploitation des stocks (forêts, pêches), et enfin bien sûr ce climat qui change beaucoup trop vite et dans lequel nos activités sont massivement impliquées.

Nous réfléchirons sur les solutions à mettre en œuvre et qui sont indispensables afin que nous passions enfin de faber à sapiens !

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