The board of Directors
The Board of Directors defines general policy, and directs and controls the management of the Institute. Made up of 14 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.
The Bureau supervises the day-to-day management of the organization and oversees the implementation of the decisions made by the Institute’s Board of Directors. It is made up of 4 members, elected by the Board of Directors:
President of the Veolia Institute since 2005, Jean-Pierre Tardieu became a member of the Board of Directors in 2001 after serving as Advisor to the President of Veolia and Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainable Development. He is also President of E3PO (European Public Private Partnership Operating Companies in Infrastructures and Services).
An alumnus of the École Polytechnique – as well as an engineer from Ponts et Chaussées and a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) in Paris – Jean-Pierre Tardieu began his career with a ten-year stint in the public sector. In 1977 he was appointed Director of the Compagnie Générale des Eaux, in charge of water distribution in France and the UK.
He has also served as President of the Syndicat des entreprises de services d’eau et d’assainissement (water and sanitation utilities union) and of UNSPIC (the National Union of Public, Industrial and Commercial Services).
Paul-Louis Girardot is currently a non-voting member of Veolia’s Board of Directors and has been a member of its Research, Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee since 2006. He has served as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Veolia Water-Compagnie Générale des Eaux since 2001.
Until 1998, Paul-Louis was an administrator and Managing Director of Vivendi. His activity centers mainly on developing Veolia’s facilities management activities, particularly in the water field.
He made a significant contribution to growing Vivendi’s telephony business, particularly in radiotelephony. He has also helped Veolia Environment to develop in the field of energy services and decentralized electricity production (cogeneration), via the Dalkia subsidiary..
Veolia Institute Vice-president Jean-Pierre Boisivon is also Advisor to the Institute de l’Entreprise, a business think-tank (of which he was General Delegate from 1997 to 2008) and President of the Conseil d’Orientation et de Réflexion de l’Assurance, an insurance think-tank.
He began his career as a primary-school teacher (from 1964 to 1969), taught at the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas from 1980 to 2000, set up – and then directed – the Evaluation and Foresight department at France’s Ministry of Education (1987-1990) and headed the Essec Group (1990-1997).
His numerous activities have also included working at the Paris Stock Exchange (1970-1978), and positions as Deputy Managing Director of the Caisse d’Épargne in Paris (1978-1985) and as General Secretary of the Paris Banking Union (1985-1987).
Claude Laruelle is Chief Operating Officer of Veolia Group since October 2018.
Previously, as Director of Global Enterprises since 2015 and as a member of the Group’s Executive Committee, Claude Laruelle has, among other things, implemented a substantial restructuring of Veolia’s Water Technologies entity and of Sade, which has made it possible for them to deal with the economic slowdown in their respective sectors while developing a new commercial dynamism and repositioning themselves on growth markets. His industrial efficiency expertise, acquired in particular as Veolia’s Technical and Performance Director, has allowed him to reinforce the discipline of operational excellence of the entities under his management and to make significant improvements to their profitability and ROCE in the last three years. Claude Laruelle has also achieved significant growth in the results of the hazardous waste treatment activities, while following a rigorous investment management policy which has increased the zone’s operational free cash flow.
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.
Dinah LoudaExecutive Director
Dinah Louda has been Veolia Institute’s Executive Director since January 2015. 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.
Nicolas RenardDirector of Foresight
Nicolas Renard has been the Director of Foresight since January 2015, and Mission Director to the CEO of the Veolia Group since 2010. As the Director of Foresight, he defines the orientation of research themes and the content of Foresight Committee meetings, and oversees the FACTS Reports and S.A.P.I.EN.S journals.
A graduate engineer from AgroParisTech, Nicolas also holds a diploma from HEC and a history degree from the Sorbonne. He has worked for the Technical Cooperation Service of the French Embassy in Brasilia, the management consultancy Eurequip, and Setude Ingénieur Conseil.
At the end of 1998, he moved to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for the NGO Enda Vietnam, becoming its Director. In 2001, he joined the head office of Veolia Water in Paris, to design new offers for municipalities in France and around the world.
Fanny ArnaudProgram Director
Fanny Arnaud works since 2007 in the field of environment services. She joined the Veolia Institute early 2018 as Program Director in charge of boosting, coordinating and valorizing the Institute Veolia’s publications, works and events.
She worked as Special Advisor to Veolia Member of the Executive Committee in charge of the growth strategy (Innovation, Strategy, Marketing, Business Development) between 2014 and 2017. Previously, she worked in the field of public affairs and European lobbying, as Deputy to the Public Affairs Director, where she represented Veolia to the European Institutions on various topics such as access to European Funds for major corporate projects. She started at Veolia in the sustainable development team.
Fanny Arnaud co-founded and presided “Ambition Campus”, a non-profit organization empowering underprivileged young students since 2007.
She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and ESSEC Business School (France).
Sophie SoubrierExecutive 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.