Veolia Institute Governance

The Veolia Institute is a non-profit organization (Association Loi 1901).

The Team

The management team  drives the Institute forward from day to day. It puts forward new lines of thinking, defines major orientations, and identifies priority topics and expert partners. It also implements action programs, coordinates the network of actors and showcases the results of its work. This collective effort is the fruit of regular discussion with the Foresight Committee and is validated by the Board of Directors.

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    Dinah Louda

    Dinah Louda has been President of the Veolia Institute since May 2020, after having been its Executive Director for 5 years. She is also an advisor on international relations to the CEO of Veolia, and a member of the Ethics Committee. At the helm of the Institute, Dinah Louda works to perpetuate and enrich the top-level dialogue developed between the Institute, Veolia, government agencies, the academic and scientific worlds, and NGOs.

    After obtaining a degree at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris and a masters in political science from Harvard, Dinah began her career as a journalist, working for several French and international newspapers and magazines from 1983 to 1991, notably for the French weekly Express and for the International Herald Tribune. In 1986, she became the France correspondent for Business International (later absorbed into The Economist Group). 

    She left journalism in 1991 to specialize in corporate communication, joining the Victoire insurance group (now Aviva) as its European Communications Director, and subsequently as Director of Communication at Abeille Assurances until May 2002. She moved on to become Communications Director at Crédit Agricole Indosuez (an investment banking subsidiary), and then at Areva T&D. In 2006, Dinah joined Veolia as the Communications Director of Veolia Water and as a member of the Executive Committee. She also sits on the board of the French-American Foundation.

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    Nicolas Renard
    Executive Director

    Director of Foresight at the Veolia Institute since January 2015, Nicolas Renard became Executive Director of the Institute in May 2020. He has also been Director of Mission to the CEO of the Veolia Group, Antoine Frérot since 2010. He defines the research themes of the Institute as well as the contents of the Foresight Committee meetings and manages the Institute's publications, in particular the Facts Reports journal

    A graduate engineer from AgroParisTech, he is also a graduate of HEC and holds a degree in history from the Sorbonne. He has worked at the Technical Cooperation Service of the French Embassy in Brasilia, at the management consulting firm Eurequip and at Setude Ingénieur Conseil. At the end of 1998, he moved to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for the Enda Vietnam Association, of which he became Director. 

    In 2001, he joined Veolia Water's head office in Paris to design new offers for municipalities in France and abroad.

  • Lorraine de Jerphanion
    Program manager

    Lorraine de Jerphanion joined the Veolia Institute in October 2019 as Program manager. She facilitates the ongoing thematic programs and manages their valorization.

    A graduate of Sciences Po Paris, she worked previously as a consultant at Archipel&Co, a consultancy for social innovation.

  • Sophie Soubrier
    Executive Assistant

    With a 22-year experience in assistantship, Sophie Soubrier was able to enrich her career through multiple sectors of activity by starting in 1995 in real estate as a director assistant with a commercial part. within an agency for 3 years. Then in January 1999, she joined human resources in a large Swiss group Schindler (ascensorite) within the employment / training department. In 2001, it was the opportunity to be spotted at a recruitment fair and worked in marketing at Fichet-Bauche for the safes section (Gunnebo group); then in 2003, to discover a new sector that of aeronautics at Matra (EADS) in a secret department / defense. But it was in November 2004 that Sophie joined the Veolia group as Executive Assistant at VWS on a water treatment plant, then joined VERI in 2009 and finally joined the general management in 2014. Dinah Louda, Adviser for international relations to the CEO, also executive director of the institute and join the team in 2018 to contribute to the various topics by bringing its dynamism and expertise.

The board of Directors

The board of Directors defines general policy, and directs and controls the management of the Institute. Made up of 15 members – members of the Veolia Group Executive Committee, outside experts recognized for their competencies in the Institute’s areas of interest, and members of the Foresight Committee – it provides a balanced cross-section of the Institute’s different actors. This diversified membership embodies the original positioning of the Veolia Institute and the bridges it has built between private sector players, representatives of civil society, and scientific circles.

As of June 1, 2020:

  • Jean-Pierre Boisivon, Emeritus Professor at Paris II Panthéon‑Assas University, Vice Chair of the Institute;
  • Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer, Veolia;
  • Olivier Brousse, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Veolia;
  • Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Veolia;
  • Paul-Louis Girardot, Vice Chair of the Institute;
  • Alain Griot, Advisor to the Director of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition;
  • Olivier Grunberg, Executive VP and General Secretary of Veolia Water;
  • Philippe Guitard, Senior Executive Vice President, Central & Eastern Europe, Veolia;
  • Pierre-Marc Johnson, international lawyer, former First Minister of Quebec, Chair of the Foresight Committee;
  • Claude Laruelle, Chief Financial Officer, Veolia, Treasurer of the Institute;
  • Helman Le Pas de Sécheval, General Counsel, Veolia;
  • Claude Mandil, former Director General of the International Energy Agency;
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre, expert in sustainable development and the environment and former Director General of IUCN;
  • Jean-Pierre Tardieu, Honorary Chairman of the Veolia Institute, former Institutionnal Relations and Sustainability Director of Veolia;
  • Sébastien Treyer, Executive Director of IDDRI.