Portrait of Nathan Cazeneuve

Student of the Master in Public Policy, Administration publique policy stream
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Nathan Cazeneuve, student of the Master in Public Policy, Administration publique policy stream at the School of Public Affairs (EAP), tells us about his journey before and during his studies at Sciences Po.

Why did you decide to join the Administration Publique policy stream of the Master in Public Policy?

I was lucky enough to be able to follow three years of literary preparatory classes and to study philosophy at École Normale Supérieure before joining EAP at Sciences Po. My choice to apply there was motivated by a keen interest in public policy issues and the desire to approach them from a technical perspective, which I thought would be a useful and a necessary complement to the approach I had had through history and philosophy.   

What is your professional project? How does EAP help you achieve it?

At the end of the Master in Public Policy, I intend to prepare a thesis in political philosophy on the links between the social state and the theories of justice. The Master in Public Policy at Sciences Po has clearly contributed to clarifying my desire to engage in research and has enabled me to acquire knowledge in law and economics that has greatly enriched my approach to public policy issues and that I am sure will serve me well in the future.

What was your most memorable course in M1/M2?

The course that most marked me during my Master's studies was « Questions sociales » ("Social Issues") which detailed, by mixing elements of labour law, economics and administrative science, the organisation of all the social policies implemented in France, from employment policies to social security. The precise, technical and operational approach to these questions in this course enables us to take the measure of both the stakes and the concrete evolutions that social policies are facing today.

This course constitutes, together with those in Public Law, Economics and Public Finance, the foundation of the teaching of the Master in Public Policy and, in my opinion, its most enriching part, both from an intellectual and professional point of view. 

Why did you choose to take a gap year? 

I chose to take a gap year in order to prepare for the agrégation in Philosophy, having had the opportunity to do a particularly enriching internship in the Political Chancellery of the French Embassy in China.

Any advice for those who would like to join EAP?

If I were to give a piece of advice to those who would like to join the School of Public Affairs, it would be to concentrate during their studies on the fundamentals of law and economics and to take advantage of the freedom and diversity of courses offered by Sciences Po to deepen their knowledge of these subjects, but also to try to put them into perspective - both with other disciplines and with their professional experiences or the state of public debate - by never ceasing to question themselves and to open up their horizons.

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Laurent Rieder de Saint-Joseph, class of 2014

Flagship Store Manager at Bulgari, graduated from the Master in Public Policy, in apprenticeship
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Discover the path of Laurent Rieder de Saint-Joseph. Since obtaining his Master in Public policy, Laurent successfully secured management positions at Christian Dior and Richard Mille between Paris and London. He is now in charge of the UK flagship of Bulgari, the Italian jeweller and member of the LVMH group.

Can you describe your academic and professional background?

I am genuinely curious, and always made sure to nurture a very diverse background. I was first granted a scientific French baccalaureate. I then joined highly demanding Classes Préparatoires littéraires, and later studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. Sciences Po definitely completed these Humanities I would recommend to all.

What were the main stages of building your career plan?

When you design a career plan, while you do your best to plan as much as you can, you always face unexpected opportunities. Embrace them even if you are unsure or fail! I worked hard to build a solid academic background, but consistently mixed it with professional and extracurricular activities - internships, summer jobs, practicing sports and the saxophone, travelling, valuing social gatherings. This mix is key if you want to balance your life at an age when it is easy to run away from responsibilities.

What advice would you give to a student who would engage, as you did, in an apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship Sciences Po offers is the best way to find out what the real world is like. It should actually be generalised to all students who would then have better knowledge and skills once being fully employed. The advice I would give is to dare and explain to Sciences Po why your project deserves to be acknowledged and supported.

What are the main features of your job today?

The luxury goods industry can be quite distant from a Master and a career in our public service. However, adapting yourself in environments which, and working with teams who are multicultural, are definitely rewarding experiences. My main responsibilities include leading and developing high-performance teams within a luxury environment, dealing with high-calibre clients, collaborating with multi stakeholders, designing commercial and marketing strategies while delivering uncompromising service. These also involve a duty and passion to transmit the unique heritage of magnificent Houses.

What were the contributions of your training to the function that you hold today?

Sciences Po helped me acquire an economical and commercial awareness. The school also has an unrivalled reputation for cultural knowledge. This ability to apprehend the world moving around you is what makes you exceed your goals, and have fun!

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Testimony from a MPA graduate

Laura Macias, MPA class of 2019
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Can you describe your academic and professional background before the Master of Public Affairs (MPA)? 

I studied Communications at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, and I am a fellow in Public Leadership from Universidad de los Andes. Before the MPA, I worked for 4 years for the UNICEF Colombian office in fundraising and private sector partnerships, where I implemented different types of projects and campaigns along with companies to advocate and guarantee children’s rights. Before, I worked in communications and project management at a B corporation and an international NGO which focused on poverty alleviation. In 2016, I had the opportunity to live in Kenya and work for a community-based organization in women’s empowerment.

You graduated in June 2019. What is your current professional situation? What are its main features?    

One month before graduation, I started working as a public policy consultant at the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, where I mostly researched innovation trends, the link between diversity and innovation, and gender biases in artificial intelligence. I also coordinated relations with Latin American governments. Today, I work for BSR - Business for Social Responsibility - a global consulting firm in Paris dedicated to sustainability. I am part of the women’s empowerment team, where I focus on a project that seeks to improve the conditions of working women in global supply chains.

What were the contributions of your training to the function that you hold today?   

Given the fact that the MPA offered by the School of Public Affairs has a global and flexible curriculum, I was able to focus my research on gender-related topics in the different subjects offered, such as macro/microeconomics, politics, and public policy. My graduation project was centered on identifying gender biases in tax systems worldwide, working very closely with the Tax and Administration Directorate from the OECD. Both the academic and practical experience I have aquired during the MPA have helped me specialize in gender policies and, coupled with my existing professional experience in project management and knowledge of the private sector, they make a perfect mix and fit for the role I hold today at BSR.

Why would you recommend the MPA to other young professionals?   

If I had to choose one reason, it would be without hesitation the people you study with. The program was enriching in every class and every project because the students in the MPA are experienced professionals with different cultural, professional and academic backgrounds. I felt out of my comfort zone every minute, but challenged to think beyond my own beliefs and values. I truly believe that interacting with people who are experienced and passionate about today's most challenging social and political topics is the best training and curriculum a master program in public affairs can offer, and I definitely found that at Sciences Po.  

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Marie Gervier, class of 2018

Communication and Event Manager at the United Nations, graduated from the Master in Public Policy, Cultural Policy and Management policy stream
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Marie Gervier graduated from the Master in Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Cultural Policy and Management policy stream. She is currently working as as a Communication and Event Manager for the United Nations Office in Geneva. Testimony.

Can you describe your academic and professional background?

I come from a small village in Normandy. My high school was not in the top ones and I joined Sciences Po through the “Conventions Éducation Prioritaire” (CEP). Before I got into Sciences Po, I did not even think that it could be for me, but my French teacher told me about the CEP, a different kind of exam, based on press reviews, for students from high schools like mine. 

I passed the exam and joined the Sciences Po Poitiers campus, where the core curriculum is the same as in Paris, with a regional specialization on Latin America, Spain and Portugal. I chose this campus because it offered classes in Spanish and Portuguese. As I already spoke French and English, it was a good opportunity to speak four languages by the end of my bachelor’s degree. 

After two years in Poitiers, it was time for the third year abroad, which is mandatory at Sciences Po. At the time we could either go on exchange, work on a personal project or do an internship. Since one of the reasons I chose to go to Sciences Po was the opportunity to work abroad for one year, when it was time to decide I naturally chose the internship. 

At the time I already knew that I wanted to work in communications and event management in the cultural, political or diplomatic sectors. I found a very interesting position as personal assistant to Faouzi Skali, communication counselor of the King of Morocco. I was in charge of his agenda, his communications and Public Relations, and also organized many events for his agency.

I would say that the most educational event I organized for him was a Franco-Moroccan symposium on the “construction of radicalism”. It was a very small project at the beginning, but when we obtained the support of the French President and the patronage of the King it shifted to a totally different level. Two speakers on Daesh’s blacklist confirmed their participation and I had to work closely with the secret services of France and Morocco. I was only 20 years old and I will remember it forever. It was an amazing opportunity to contribute to the political, cultural and diplomatic aspects of an event and it confirmed that it was what I wanted to do. My experience in Morocco was very enriching and launched my career as I was entrusted with high-level missions and started to build my network. 

It was in Morocco that I met my current boss, Francesco Pisano, UN Director in charge of the Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva. He was a speaker during one of our events. He came to me and we started to chat. It is only after a few minutes that I realized that his questions sounded like an interview. At the end he told me that UN Geneva organizes dozens of cultural diplomacy events per year in partnership with Member States (concerts, exhibitions etc.). I joined his team as an intern and got promoted to consultant when I was only 23 years old. Sometimes, while rushing through the Palais des Nations to welcome an artist, to set up panels or to meet a diplomat I smile foolishly and I ask myself: is that real?

What were the main stages of building your career plan?   

I had one goal – working in communications and event management in the cultural, political and diplomatic sectors, but I never had a career plan to achieve it. I genuinely believe that we need to be aware of the different opportunities that come our way and that there is no unique plan to achieve a goal. At least this is what has worked for me so far. I never told myself that I had to work for a King’s counselor, the French Parliament or the UN to be successful, and I believe that this is precisely what has brought me to where I am today. I did not plan it, I seized the opportunities. 

What advice would you give to a student who would engage, as you did, in the UN?  

First of all, you have to be aware that having a strong academic background is good but not enough. Working for the UN is highly competitive. There are a lot of candidates for internships and only a few of them stay and get a job afterwards. So my first advice would be: be humble and share with us what makes you interesting apart from your diplomas. It does not have to be professional experiences, even if that helps. For an internship in event support, I would be interested by someone sharing with me how he/she contributed to the organization of a wedding, a surprise party or any kind of event. If you volunteered, if you lived far away from home, share with us what you learnt from it. It is also something we value in an international organization like the UN. 

Secondly, if you want to work for the UN, you need to ask yourself: to do what? I meet a lot of students who tell me that working for the UN is their dream, but when I ask them what they would like to do they tell me “anything”. It is definitely the wrong answer. The UN is so diverse, we have nurses, librarians, experts in chemical weapons and so many other profiles. Find your field of expertise and state a specific interest. This is what will make you competitive. 

My last advice applies to any student having a first work experience: be proactive. Many supervisors are busy and don’t always take enough time to think about personalized tasks that could be given to their interns. Show them that you can do the general things they assign you and once it’s done volunteer to do something else. It is a good opportunity to show your skills, your motivation and your ideas. If you seat in the back, there are few chances that they will keep you afterwards. 

What are the main features of your job today?    

My job is to organize cultural diplomacy events for the Permanent Missions based in Geneva. These events can be exhibitions, film screenings, concerts or even fashion shows. It is very diverse. All our events occur at UN Geneva in partnership with the Member States. It involves maintaining personalized relationships with Ambassadors, diplomats and UN staff members and working on all aspects of cultural diplomacy events: from politics, diplomacy and protocol to marketing and communications, through administrative, financial and technical tasks. 

What were the contributions of your training to the function that you hold today?

Sciences Po is an international school. You have students from everywhere in the world. Being immersed in such a multicultural environment during my studies was very enriching and helpful for my job at the UN. Sciences Po also provides skills to analyze and understand humanity’s contemporary challenges and find innovative solutions in the pursuit of the common good, just like UN staff members do. 

The classes of the policy stream on “Cultural Policy & Management” of the Master in Public Policy are very helpful for people who would like to work in the cultural sector. The School of Public Affairs gave me the opportunity to study creative industries, property law, cultural and art economics but also fundraising and marketing in the cultural sector. These courses were also very enriching because the School of Public Affairs’ teachers are experts in their field. Jean-Paul Cluzel, former Director of the Opéra de Paris, Aurélie Filippetti, former French Minister of Culture, and so many other professionals of the cultural milieu teach at Sciences Po. Being surrounded by such talented professionals had been very inspiring to build my own career.

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Katharina Poirier, class of 2019

Associate at PWC, graduated from the Master in European Affairs, Energy, Environment and Sustainability policy stream
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What paths do our graduates take after the School of Public Affairs? Discover Katharina Poirier's testimony. She was a student of the Master of European affairs, Energy policy stream. 

Can you describe your academic and professional background?    

I first studied my Bachelor in Communication and Management in Hanover, Germany and then my Master in European Affairs at the School of Public Affairs of SciencesPo in Paris, which I completed in 2019.  During my studies I specialized in energy, resources and sustainability and had the opportunity to do internships at the UN in Canada and the IEA (OECD) in Paris.

Since 2019 I have been working for PwC in the Energy & Utilities department. I started in Düsseldorf, Germany, and was part of the team of energy audits of renewable energy subsidies. I am currently working as a consultant in the French Portfolio & Programme Management team, working with my colleagues on a successful European energy transition.

What were the main stages of building your career plan?   

First, a coherent story. All my experiences, positive and negative, have helped me to orientate myself professionally and help me to make decisions. I have always been passionate about the environment, energy and the European Community. For example, during my bachelor's degree, I started with an internship in the field of biodiversity and then found that the topic of energy transition is a very good link, which I have continued to pursue.

Secondly, many opportunities. In Germany, I did not start with a job, which I had previously imagined. Nevertheless, the professional experience was very enriching and allowed me to move internally to the French team of PwC and now to do exactly what I had wanted to do. It is important to keep your eyes open and to consider different possibilities with regard to your career. 

What advice would you give to a student who would engage, as you did, in a consulting?    

Especially at the beginning of a career, consulting is a very good opportunity to gain insight into a wide variety of companies and to build a professional network. I recommend everyone to make full use of this network, to organize many business lunches and to learn from the knowledge of others. Every day is exciting, and companies like PwC offer numerous initiatives, working groups and internal business development where you can pursue your passions and specialise your career plan. 

What are the main features of your job today?    

Varied, instructive and often unpredictable. Therefore it is important in this job to be curious and flexible. 

What were the contributions of your training to the function that you hold today?    

During my studies at SciencesPo I learned to approach questions and problems in a structured and methodical way. This helps me in my everyday life and is highly appreciated. In addition, the study contents were a very good comprehensive basis for starting in the field of Energy & Utilities. You learn further specialist knowledge during the projects and thanks to your team.  Furthermore, teamwork is not only important during the group work at Sciences Po, but also during the job in companies like PwC. So my involvement in the Association of the School of Public Affairs, for example, was a great preparation for the job and for working with other colleagues. I can highly recommend this experience. 

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Alice Etienne, class of 2015

Environmental project at ADP Group, graduated from the Master in Public Policy, Energy policy stream
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Within the ADP Group, Alice Etienne, a graduate of the School of Public Affairs, Policy stream Energy in 2015, defines and leads the Group's environmental strategy on the subjects of waste management, biodiversity and water.

What was her career path after Sciences Po and what are her day-to-day missions? Testimonial. 

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International Organisations Career Fair

Great success for the first edition
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The 1st Forum of International Organizations of Sciences Po was held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 13, rue de l'Université.

Around thirty representatives from 14 international organisations travelled from New York, Geneva, the Philippines, etc. to meet and exchange with more than 800 Sciences Po students and graduates.

The day was punctuated by round tables and presentations of the organizations. Information and recruitment interviews were also offered to students throughout the day.

Find all the presentations and round tables of the day on vimeo.carrieres

 

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EAP student wins Erignac Award

Naelle Verniest won over the jury with her project
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On February 6, Naelle Verniest received the Claude Erignac Prize, rewarding her project fighting against the digital exclusion of elderly people and improving their access to public services in the digital era. This prize will allow Sciences Po's School of Public Affairs' team, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals Certificate programme, and thanks to the support of the Policy Lab, to expand their digital familiarisation workshops to five Emeraude restaurants in Paris. The first series of workshops has started in February in one of these public restaurants for seniors and participates in the fight against the digital divide in France, a factor that exacerbates both social and economic exclusion.

The Sustainable Development Goals Certificate is a flagship program launched by the School of Public Affairs in collaboration with three international partner universities of the Global Public Policy Network. The SDG Certificate allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to work with public policy students from participating GPPN universities. It provides an opportunity for students to develop concrete projects rooted in their local environments, and to showcase them to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers specializing in the SDGs.

The SDG Certificate at Sciences Po is supervised by Professor Laëtitia Atlani-Duault, Scientific Advisor for the program. For more information on the SDG Certificate, visit our webpage, or contact Jennie Cottle, SDG Certificate programme manager. 

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EAP students' work published in the famous scientific journal The Lancet

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As part of an end-of-semester project, students of the Master in Public Policy and the Master in European Affairs were asked to work on the implementation of public policies in 4 countries to resolve public health issues. 

Under the guidance of Benoît Vallet, Senior Advisor at the Cour des Comptes and Scientific Advisor for the Global Health policy stream, students worked on four themes: diabetes in Mexico, road safety in Sudan, Alzheimer's disease in France and HIV in South Africa. 

This work led to 5 publications in August 2019 in the famous British media The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals.

Here are the articles published in the medical journal: 

Preparing the next generation of global public health experts (introduction). Author: Benoît Vallet

Road safety in SudanAuthors: Kristina Sokourenko, Michel Wakim, Michelle Bassil

Alzheimer’s Disease and neurodegenerative diseases in FranceAuthors: Kenza Bakhta, Eléonore Cecillon, Emma Lacombe, Marie Lamy, Aziliz Leboucher, Jeanne Philippe

HIV in South AfricaAuthors: Suzuka Satoh, Elisa Boyer

Ending diabetes in Mexico. Authors: Mathieu Levaillant, Gaëlle Lièvre, Gabriella Baert

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Portrait of a student enrolled in the Master in Public Policy

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Camille de Bellescize, student at the School of Public Affairs, in the Master in Public Policy, Administration publique policy stream, tells us about her journey before and during her studies at Sciences Po.

What background did you have before joining the School of Public Affairs?

I joined the Law-Economy-Management department at École Normale Supérieure in Rennes (ENS) in 2015, after a D1 preparatory course. Since ENS works with the University, I had the chance to go to Germany with the Erasmus program (Viadrina Universität) during my Master 1 in European Law. I joined the Administration publique policy stream of the Master in Public Policy after a gap year. During this break, I worked for six months for the Press and Communication office of the French Embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and then five months for an association, the CSR Observatory (Orse), which accompanies CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategies in organisations.

Why did you decide to join the Administration Publique policy stream?

These two internships were decisive in my career path. Indeed, they confirmed my desire to become a diplomat and to hold management and supervisory positions in the civil service. Following my studies at ENS, the Administration publique policy stream of the Master in Public Policy seemed to be the best preparation for it: a wide range of courses taught by professionals, already oriented towards competitive exams preparation.

What particular course has left its mark during your M1?

Among many others, Frédéric Ramel's Philosophy of International Relations. This course was demanding and precise, and allowed me to discover authors in a very contextualized way, with an in-depth reflection that really captivated me. I particularly appreciated the fact that the exam modalities differed from the traditional dissertation, since it was an inventive writing, more adapted to the spirit of the course.

Why did you choose to take a gap year? How did you choose your internships? What do you retain from them?

I was lucky to take a multidisciplinary training course, that offered many opportunities. My various internships and student jobs have been essential to my personal development as well as the definition of my professional project. I have always seized the opportunities that were offered te me in order to discover various professions and stakeholders (High court, law firm, Public Affairs department for a French group, safety-security consulting).

My internships at the Embassy and the CSR Observatory met two objectives, which were more than fulfilled. On the one hand, I wanted to discover the professional environment I seeked to join later (Embassy and diplomacy). On the other hand, I wanted to familiarise myself with the major human resources issues involved in any managerial function (gender equality, diversity, employee commitment, appropriation of digital technology).

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European Forum of Internships in Brussels

February 28, 2020
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Organised in partnership with the London School of Economics and the College of Europe, the European Forum of Internships in Brussels aims to inform Sciences Po's students and young graduates about careers in European organisations, about European main actors, and to enable them to find an internship and/or job opportunities.  

All Sciences Po's students are invited on Friday 28, February 9am-1pm at Hotel Sofitel, Place Jourdan 1140 Brussels.

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Top Schools launch European & Transnational Governance Network

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Professionals can combine executive training opportunities at eight of Europe’s most reputable academic institutions 

Launching its new executive training course catalogue today, the European & Transnational Governance Network (ETGN) is a newly formed collaborative partnership between eight of Europe’s most reputable academic institutions. Its mission is to provide professionals and executives with a unique opportunity to extend their knowledge and contribute to their professional development across several innovative public policy areas by participating in a number of diverse, though complementary, training programmes.

By leveraging the comparative advantage of each institution’s unique training curriculum, an ETGN programme certification aims to sharpen participants’ analytical skills while enhancing the thought processes necessary to understand the most complex economic and political challenges.

ETGN Network Members include: Central European University (CEU), College of Europe Bruges, College of Europe Natolin, Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Hertie School, School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute (EUI), Sciences Po, and SDA Bocconi.

Learn more about the ETGN certification and 2020 training courses!   

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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.

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Students from the School of Public Affairs present their work at the Social Outcomes Conference in Oxford

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Sciences Po’s Master in Public Policy candidate Estela Souto and Master in Public Affairs graduate André Quadra were invited as guest speakers at the Social Outcomes Conference 2019 hosted by the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The event took place on September 5th and 6th. 

The students had the opportunity to present their work “Using the results-based public procurement approach as a tool towards better governance in Latin America”, where they analysed the Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) proposed by the Government of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, in the end of 2017, in order to improve the rates of successful graduation from the high-school and the recent SIB launched by the city of Buenos Aires in March 2019 to improve the long-term employment outcomes of young underprivileged individuals in the city’s southern area.

André and Estela are both Brazilian qualified lawyers and impact investing enthusiasts inspired by evidence-based policymaking. Estela was directly involved in in the designing of the potential first SIB implemented in the country when they both were working as in-house counsels at UBS Investment Bank in Brazil.

“By shifting from the traditional activity or inputs-based approach towards a results-based public procurement process, governments might define to a service provider their needs, instead of trying to think themselves the best ways to provide it”, said Estela.

In his turn, André’s passion for the topic was intensified when working on his final MPA research project in partnership with the European Investment Bank. The research assessed the feasibility of social outcomes contracting for tackling unemployment among migrants in the European Union.

“Such change of mind-set could also promote innovation, which could be particularly positive for complex social problems that Latin American governments may not have the solution yet”, added André.

The students, however, emphasized that “the lack of data and available information of public services and social outcomes in Latin America can significantly undermine the effectiveness and efficiency of the procurement process.” They also said that “these challenges, if not well addressed by the local public administration, could hinder the promotion of governance and worse off transparency and accountability.”

The panel was chaired by Prof. Dr Aris Georgopoulos from the University of Nottingham. “This presentation enriched the session and articulated clearly the opportunities and challenges for outcome-based public procurement in Latin America”, he concluded.

Biography

  • Estela Souto is a Sciences Po’s Master in Public Policy candidate with more than 5 years of professional experience in the Brazilian banking and capital markets. She co-authored the “UBS White Paper on Social Impact Bonds” and is currently a policy analyst in the Directorate for Public Governance at the OECD.
  • André Quadra, Sciences Po's Master in Public Affairs graduate, is a Brazilian lawyer with 15 years of experience in the banking and capital markets in Latin America and a member of the Brazilian Center of Strategic Studies for Capital Markets at the Sociology and Politics Foundation School of São Paulo (FESPSP).
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Charlotte Norlund Matthiessen, class of 2012

Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels, graduated from the Master in European Affairs
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Charlotte Nørlund-Matthiessen did her undergraduate studies on the Dijon campus, which hosts the European specialisation programme with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, before enrolling in the European Affairs Master’s programme at Sciences Po. Since graduating in 2012, she has worked on multiple projects inspired by her drive to build a stronger Europe. Today she works as a Parliamentary Assistant for a French MEP at the European Parliament in Brussel

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Laurent Rieder de Saint-Joseph, from a Master in Public Policy to Retail and Brand Management

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Discover the path of Laurent Rieder de Saint-Joseph. Since obtaining his Master in Public policy, Laurent successfully secured management positions at Christian Dior and Richard Mille between Paris and London. He is now in charge of the UK flagship of Bulgari, the Italian jeweller and member of the LVMH group.

Can you describe your academic and professional background?

I am genuinely curious, and always made sure to nurture a very diverse background. I was first granted a scientific French baccalaureate. I then joined highly demanding Classes Préparatoires littéraires, and later studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. Sciences Po definitely completed these Humanities I would recommend to all.

What were the main stages of building your career plan?

When you design a career plan, while you do your best to plan as much as you can, you always face unexpected opportunities. Embrace them even if you are unsure or fail! I worked hard to build a solid academic background, but consistently mixed it with professional and extracurricular activities - internships, summer jobs, practicing sports and the saxophone, travelling, valuing social gatherings. This mix is key if you want to balance your life at an age when it is easy to run away from responsibilities.

What advice would you give to a student who would engage, as you did, in a apprenticeship ?

The apprenticeship Sciences Po offers is the best way to find out what the real world is like. It should actually be generalised to all students who would then have better knowledge and skills once being fully employed. The advice I would give is to dare and explain to Sciences Po why your project deserves to be acknowledged and supported.

What are the main features of your job today?

The luxury goods industry can be quite distant from a Master and a career in our public service. However, adapting yourself in environments which, and working with teams who are multicultural, are definitely rewarding experiences. My main responsibilities include leading and developing high-performance teams within a luxury environment, dealing with high-calibre clients, collaborating with multi stakeholders, designing commercial and marketing strategies while delivering uncompromising service. These also involve a duty and passion to transmit the unique heritage of magnificent Houses.

What were the contributions of your training to the function that you hold today?

Sciences Po helped me acquire an economical and commercial awareness. The school also has an unrivalled reputation for cultural knowledge. This ability to apprehend the world moving around you is what makes you exceed your goals, and have fun!

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