The Team

The 5-person management team, renewed in January 2015, 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.

The team members

Monique Fourdrignier, Administrative Assistant
As the Institute’s Administrative Assistant since 2002, Monique Fourdrignier has particular responsibility for the editorial management of the FACTS Reports journal. When organizing forums and conferences, she acts as interface between the different actors and service providers. She is also the Assistant to the President, Jean Pierre Tardieu.

From 1979 to 1989, Monique Fourdrignier worked as secretary to Robert-André Vivien, the parliamentary representative of the Val-de-Marne, before joining the Communication and External Relations Department of the Compagnie Générale des Eaux in 1992.
Ludivine Houssin, Director, Programmes and Partnerships
In 2006, Ludivine Houssin joined the Veolia Institute team, where she manages partnerships and scientific conferences in France and abroad. She works upstream of these meetings, exploring the scientific themes and strategic orientation, defining the program, and identifying key experts and partners. Her responsibilities cover the elaboration and negotiation of partnerships, and the organization and the facilitation of the expert network. She also contributes to the Institute’s other activities, including Foresight Committee meetings, and oversees all actions designed to promote the Institute’s work. She becomes Director of Programmes and Partnerships in 2015.

After graduating from the École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales at Angers (ESSCA) with a masters (DESS) in international management and trade, Ludivine began her career at Cogema (which later became Areva), working in the Safety, Security, Quality department. She then worked as a parliamentary assistant for Val-de-Marne representative Pierre-Louis Fagniez, mainly on environment, energy and health affairs. In 2005, she put together a project on “Mediating for Sustainable Development” for the French Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Aichi, Japan, before joining the Institute.
Dinah Louda, Executive 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.
Dany Martin, Executive assistant
Dany Martin joined the Veolia Institute in 2006. She manages the tax, accounting, administrative and legal aspects of the non-profit organization and interfaces with the bodies involved in its administration. She also participates in organizing international events, and in particular Foresight Committee meetings.

With a university background in foreign languages, Dany Martin joined the Compagnie Générale des Eaux (later Veolia Water) in 1994, working successively for the Overseas Operations department, the International Finance department and the Communication department.
Nicolas Renard, Director 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.

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