Guest Speakers


Since the creation of the Seminar in 2014, more than 40 Keynote Speakers inspired ESSEC students.

Chantal Dardelet

Chantal Dardelet dirige le Centre Égalité des chances de ESSEC Business School, qui porte depuis 2002 des programmes de lutte contre les inégalités d’accès aux études supérieures, qu’elles soient sociales, territoriales et liées au handicap, avec l’appui de la Chaire Innovation et Entrepreneuriat Social. 

Elle est également Directrice exécutive de la démarche de transition écologique et sociale de l’ESSEC, qui déploie, outre une politique d’eco-campus, une ambition forte en matière de Diversité et d’Inclusion. Elle anime le Groupe Ouverture sociale de la Conférence des grandes écoles depuis 2005 et est membre du Conseil National des Villes, instance qui dépend du Premier Ministre.

"La Transition : c'est Maintenant!"

Claire Nouvian

Claire Nouvian is president and founder of the nonprofit conservation organization BLOOM, based in Paris and Hong Kong. Her research and activities focus on deep-sea fisheries and shark consumption habits. In Asia, Nouvian and BLOOM’s co-workers aim to improve the degraded conservation status of shark populations by ultimately making shark fin soup a socially unacceptable dish. 

Nouvian’s approach is designed to make corporations act as trend-setters in society, specifically the luxury segment of the hospitality industry, andto make the banning of shark dishes part of corporate policy. In Europe, Nouvian is dedicated to studying the nature of deep-sea fishing. Her work on this topic has included the organization of a press conference and “science tour” of political entities, a scientific workshop on deep-sea fisheries in an ecosystem-based context, and a legal workshop on deep-sea bottom trawling. 

Angel Gurria

As Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006, Angel GURRIA has firmly established the Organisation as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture including the G7, G20 and APEC, and a reference point in the design and implementation of better policies for better lives. 

Under his watch, the OECD is leading the effort to reform the international tax system, and to improve governance frameworks in anti-corruption and other fields. He has also heralded a new growth narrative that promotes the well-being of people, including women, gender and youth, and has scaled up the OECD contribution to the global agenda, including the Paris Agreement  on Climate Change and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Joseph Maïla

Joseph Maïla is member of the ESSEC IRENE team on mediation and professor of geopolitics, mediation and international relations at ESSEC.

He has also been invited as expert on interreligious dialogue and mediation to participate to the First Forum of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, held at the State of the Vatican, in November 2008. In December 2014, he participated as well to the Third Islam-Catholique Summit hosted by the Holy See.

In 2013, he ran for the office of Director General of UNESCO.

Jean-Luc Petithuguenin

After graduating from the ESSEC in 1979, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin worked for a construction company as a management controller, financial director, and general director. In 1990, he directed a task force for the Générale des Eaux (the French national water company), before transferring to its recycling branch and becoming its director. He then took over Paprec in 1994, and has remained at the helm ever since as founder and CEO.

He is also the CEO and founder of Helios (BTP), since 2000. Helios is the French leader in road surface markings.