Inaugural lesson 2019 with Gilles Boeuf

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Gilles Boeuf is Professor at Sorbonne Université (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, UPMC), associated with the Oceanographic Observatory of Banyuls after having spent 20 years with IFREMER. Gilles Boeuf is a specialist in environmental physiology and biodiversity.

He was President of the French Natural History Museum (MNHN) between 2009 and 2015.

He was also Invited Professor at the College of France for the acadamic year 2013-2014, on the Chair Sustainable Development, Energy, Environment and Society. His lessons there focused on interactions between biodiversity and humanity. For two years he was Scientific Advisor to Ségolène Royal, then Minister of Environment, Energie and Seas.

He is President of the French National Agency for Biodiversity. He received, in 2013 the Grand Medal Albert 1 of Monaco for his career, dedicated to the seas and oceans.


HUMANIty and biodiversity

Humans are naturally part of the biodiversity but they have also differentiated themselves from it by becoming one of the most powerful drivers of its evolution.

With this presentation, we will take a fresh look at how humanity developed in inscription within the biodiversity. This situation could seem paradoxical. On the one hand, recent research has shown how all species are incredibly connected to each other – humans being no exception. On the other hand, partly because of technological development – humans see themselves as increasingly distanced, different from other living species. Today, we are worried by the frightful impact of human activities referred to as the Anthropocene – destruction of ecosystems, widespread pollution, dissemination of everything everywhere, overexploitation of stocks (forests, fishing), and finally, of course, a fast changing climate which is very much to be attributed to our activities.

We will reflect upon the solutions to be implemented in order to move from faber to sapiens!

Cycle de conférences #FUTURSPLURIELS

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Il est conçu en collaboration avec Daniel Kaplan, fondateur d'Imaginizing the Future et de l'Université de la Pluralité.

Pour suivre toute l'actualité de ce cycle de conférences vous pouvez suivre #FutursPluriels ou le compte de l'École @SMIScPo.



Inaugural Lesson

August, 28th, 2019 - 18.00 to 20.00
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Frédéric MION - President of Sciences Po


Marie-Laure SALLES-DJELIC - Dean of the School of Management and Innovation  


are pleased to invite you to the Inaugural Lesson of the School of Management and Innovation. 


The theme that we will follow this academic year is: RESILIENCE 

Keynote Speech:  Professor Gilles BOEUF   


August, 28th, 2019 - 18.00 to 20.00 

Amphitheaters Emile Boutmy and Jacques Chapsal, 27 rue Saint Guillaume


Please register here


Livestream will be available

More information about the Inaugural Lesson and Professor Gilles Bœuf

The Keynote will be in French. Simultaneous translation in English will be available

Event Date: 
Wednesday, 28 August, 2019 (All day)

Florent Lachaud (Graduated in 2016)

From the Master in Economics and Business, Internal Strategy Consultant at BNP Corporate & Investment Banking
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Please note: starting in 2019, the master 'Economics & Business' has evolved into the Master in International Management & Sustainability

I entered This Master in September 2014. Before this experience, I had taken the scientific « Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles », after which I went to AgroParisTech, an engineering school where I majored in Environmental / Energy management and sciences.Willing to work as a Strategy Consultant and – in the long run – in the energy industry, there was no better solution than completing my hard scientific skills with a top-notch training in economics, finance, strategy etc. within this Master.

Indeed, This Master delivers strong knowledge in finance, accountability, economics, but also opens our mind to various other subjects such as political sciences, business law, negotiation, ethics etc. The diversity of subjects – not only economic, financial or corporate - is really the strength of this Master which provides thus a true open-mindedness. The pedagogy mixing theory and numerous practical cases led by teachers and professionals, reinforces the acquisition of those knowledge. Eventually, the alumni network as well as the corporate events are fabulous opportunities to ease students' entrance on the job market.

I had taken a gap year with my engineering school right before entering Sciences Po. I have spent six months as a Business Development Analyst in Areva (Paris) and six months as a Marketing Strategy Analyst in Suez (Hong Kong). Thanks to my professional experiences and the complete education I have taken, I had the opportunity to take my final internship in OC&C Strategy as a Strategy Consultant.

This Master has undeniably instilled in me the business sense and a multi-skill mindset, without which I could never have obtained this internship. Those high-demanding fast-paced six months have helped me to become an entrepreneur, helping startups with their development for three months after the end of my internship. Finally, I flew to New York to take a VIE as an Internal Strategy Consultant for BNP Corporate & Investment Banking. For the years to come, I wish to keep working within internal Strategy in any sector to discover multiple issues for a while, before taking a similar position in the energy field, in order to feel I can have an impact and create added value for business.

To wrap it up, I have had very different experiences and work opportunities… this is also Sciences Po and that Master: the World is yours!

Axel Searle (Graduated in 2015)

From the Master in Economics and Business, M&A Valuations, at PwC Singapore
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Please note: starting in 2019, the master 'Economics & Business' has evolved into the Master in International Management & Sustainability

I am originally from Australia. I moved to Singapore when I was 15 years old where I studied at the Australian International School. I then came to Sciences Po for my undergraduate degree at the Middle East and Mediterranean campus in Menton. I spent my third year abroad at the American University in Dubai. I chose the Master in Economics and Business because I realised my strengths were more numerical than literary. I was also very interested in both economics and finance, having specialised in economics in Menton and taking finance courses while in Dubai.

My time living in both Singapore and Dubai showed me the huge impact that finance could have on the economy. I saw the Master in Economics and Business as a great way of studying my interests in both economics and finance.

The strengths of this Master include both the variety of courses and professors. The courses in the first year gave me a broad knowledge of economics and financial subjects, while I was able to refine specific technical skills in the elective classes in the second year. I also thought one of the big strengths of the Master was that the professors came from a mix of academic and professional backgrounds, giving me both a strong theoretical base and examples of practical applications of the theory.

I did not take a gap year as I wished to continue my studies. However, I did do an internship in the securities and investments department of a bank in Lebanon over the summer between my first and second year.

I did my final internship in the Corporate Finance department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Singapore where I was engaged in both buy-side and sell-side advisory of mergers and acquisitions. My internship was very beneficial as it allowed me to apply what I learnt in the Master in Economics and Business, as well as gain connections in the company and industry. It was also greatly valuable as I secured a permanent position in the firm.

After completing my internship and Grand Oral exam in Paris, I returned to PwC in Singapore to work full-time in the Advisory line of service, where I am involved in the valuation of businesses in M&A deals. The Master in Economics and Business (starting in 2019, the master "Economics & Business" has evolved into the Master in International Management & Sustainability) prepared me with the technical skills gained in finance courses such as Financial Markets II. I also believe the Master and the pedagogic system at Sciences Po gave me a broader education that has given me an edge in understanding different industries and the wider economic system in which PwC is operating.

Why Philanthropy is failing Democracy and how it can do better?

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Event Date: 
Sunday, 12 May, 2019 - 12:30 - 14:30
Event Location: 
Amphithéâtre Simone Veil

ECONECT au Next Startupper Challenge

Salon VivaTech
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Julien SAUR et Ilia GERBER tous deux lauréats du Jury The Great Transition avec le projet ECONECT concourront à la première édition du Next Startupper Challenge sur le Salon VivaTech.

ECONECT entend développer un service d'installation et de maintenance d'accès à Internet permettant de réduire son coût, son impact environnemental et de redonner aux utilisateurs le contrôle de leurs données en repensant la typologie du réseau.

Le Jury se tiendra samedi 18 mai de 14h à 16h - Zone de Pitch 3, Métropole du Grand Paris au nord de VivaTech.


Composition du Jury:

  • Agathe Bousquet, Présidente de Publicis France 
  • Franck Sebag, Head of the department Fast Growing Companies at EY 
  • Julia Lemarchand, Rédactrice en chef de Les Echos Start 
  • François Bracq, Head of the Start Up development & Partnerships at Google 
  • Geoffroy Bouquot, Directeur stratégique et relations extérieures chez Valéo 
  • Gauthier Pigasse, Retail Lab Manager at LVMH 
  • Matthieu Joly, Responsable Services & Innovation - L'Echangeur by BNPParibas.


Venez les encourager !!

21st century leadership is about making a positive impact!

Insights from Olivier Guillet
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Interview with Olivier Guillet on the values and qualities for true leadership in the world of today. In order to make a difference leaders need to combine intellect, emotion, and intuition with an excellent understanding and a continuous exploration of the world. They need to be able to provide positive meaning to business and technology. We train our students to be "thinkers and doers, meaning-providers and risk-takers."

Read the interview



The Great Transition 2018-2019: top ten projects presented to the jury

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Discover the ten most promising projects developed by our students to face the "urgency of now" which were presented to the jury of the GreatTransition class with Marie Laure SALLES, PhD HDR Dhc.

The three winners chosen by the jury and the public are :

  • "Econect" an app to help users get exact data on the ecological impact of their internet use and helps them reduce their footprint.
  • "Poêle de carotte"offers intergenerational cooking-classes to fight against food waste and favor a better integration of the elders as well as healthy eating-habits amongst the younger generation.
  • "Strim-App" a solution for a more responsable and economical use of electricity thanks to open data.

Many thanks to all students and to the jury members Laura Brimont (IDDRI), Luisa Ferreira (European Investment Bank), Valérie Gaudart (Engie) Amélie Lepoutre (Thinkers and Doers) Maxime Marzin (Centre pour l'entrepreunariat de Sciences Po) Eric Philippon (Famae) and Jean Saslawski (La France s'engage)

Samuel Hopkins (Graduated in 2016)

From the Master in Economics and Business, Equity Analyst Energy and Agriculture at Responsability Investment AG
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Please note: starting in 2019, the master 'Economics & Business' has evolved into the Master in International Management & Sustainability

I did an undergraduate degree in Economics at the London School of Economics and then worked at BlackRock, supporting the use of their portfolio management system by external clients. After a few years, I wanted to fulfil two personal goals I had at the time; moving abroad and continuing my studies.

I chose the Master Economics and Business for its breadth and location (Paris is a great city!). With a core curriculum of economics and business, the Master offers a strong academic foundation supplemented by a large range of electives. The electives, taught by working professionals, provide a practical understanding of specific industries; developing core skills by applying them to various contexts. The breadth of the Master really allows you to make a well-informed decision about your future career possibilities.

In fact, I learnt about the company at which I'm doing my final 6-month internship, responsAbility, from a presentation one of the MDs did for my Microfinance course. responsAbility is an investment manager focused on sustainable development finance for emerging markets, allowing me to have a positive social impact from my work, while remaining in the private sector. This complements my studies at Sciences Po well, as it requires both strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.

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