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Dalsace Frédéric

Frédéric Dalsace

Associate Professor of Marketing at HEC Paris, Frédéric Dalsace is the holder of the Social Business Chair. A HEC graduate, he also holds an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School and both an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Management from INSEAD. Most of his research concentrates on inter-organizational issues such as outsourcing, product development, and buyer-seller relationships, but Frédéric is also working on non-traditional branding strategies.

Frédéric Dalsace has more than 10 years of experience in the business world. He has worked in the sales and marketing departments of several industrial companies such as Michelin and CarnaudMetalbox (packaging), both in Europe and in Japan. Before returning to Academia, he was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company for more than three years.

Benedicte Faivre-TavignotBénédicte Faivre-Tavignot

Bénédicte is the Executive Director of the Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair, and former Academic Director of the HEC Paris Master of Science in Sustainable Development, which she co-created in 2003.

She is now also Executive Director of the SnO(Society & Organizations) Center, aiming to develop a new way of thinking at HEC Paris on the role of business in society, be it through teaching or research.

Her research focus is on reverse innovation; she’s studying the processes through which social businesses and Base of the Pyramid business models can be a lever for innovation and strategic renewal. She received her PhD in Management Sciences in 2012.
She worked before 15 years in consulting and training, in Eurequip Consulting Group, and in Philips as a controller. She graduated from HEC Paris in 1988.


jerome auriac

Jérôme Auriac

Jérôme is the founder and CEO of Be-Linked, Business & Community Intelligence. After six years in sales and marketing for the editorial group Wolters Kluwer, Jérôme became the commercial director of Novethic (a resource center for CSR issues and Sustainable Development) in 2001.

In 2003, he joined the agency Manifeste as associate director. Specialized in sustainable development and business-NGOs partnerships, he created the website wwo.fr, the first online database with information about NGos to facilitate public-private partnerships. In 2008, he founded Be-linked, Business & Community Intelligence, a consultancy firm specialized in business and civil society organizations relationships.


Dragonetti, Nicola

Nicola Dragonetti

Nicola is a project manager in the research team of the HEC Chair on Social Business, which he joined in 2012.
After his graduation from Università Bocconi in Milan, he worked for a few years as a consultant in London, before alternating periods in consulting (Milan, London, Paris), with periods in academia and research. He holds an M.Sc. in Management with specialization in Strategy from INSEAD, where he has also completed his Ph. D. coursework. He has been a Doctoral Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management in the UK, working at the University of Liverpool for 16 months as a project manager on a £1M research project.


Florian Hoos

Florian Hoos

Florian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Management Control at HEC Paris (France), where he teaches social entrepreneurship and accounting courses. Before joining HEC Paris, he obtained his PhD from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2010 and holds an M.Sc (Diplom-Kaufmann) in business administration from the University of Giessen (Germany).

Florian was awarded first prize by the German Institute of Internal Auditors for his PhD dissertation; won the Prix Pralong award for an entrepreneurship venture he conducted in Ivory Coast; received funding from two major Swiss foundations to lead a teaching project on social entrepreneurship; and has won numerous awards, including the nomination as one of the 40 best Business School Professors under 40 in the world by Poets & Quants, the Prix Vernimmen, and the  “Best Professor Core Phase” award by HEC Paris’ MBA program.

His research interests include entrepreneurship pedagogy; accounting pedagogy; and the impact of corporate governance judgment processes, auditor independence, and legislation on financial reporting.

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Marieke Huysentruyt

Marieke is currently Researcher at the HEC Social Business Chair and Assistant Professor at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics.

She is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of organizational economics, behavioral economics, poverty and public policy. She is especially interested in the questions around the application of behavioral insights to improve reach and effectiveness of social programs or policies She is also working on a series of questions around the relationship between values, organizational performance and market behaviors  using original large scale survey data and in-depth case study materials on social enterprises, as well as lab experimental evidence. Her research in these areas has been published widely, including research articles in the European Economic Review, Economica, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Banking and Finance.

Marieke is co-founder and partner of i-propeller, a boutique consultancy that helps businesses and government agencies develop, test and evaluate shared value strategies and social (business) innovations; and  co-founder and Strategy Director of the Oksigen Lab, a lead incubator of social enterprises and research lab focused on accelerating cutting-edge research in the areas of social enterprise and social innovation.

Marieke has a Bio-Engineering Degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, an MSc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. She has spent time at Harvard University and the Santa Fe Institute as a visiting scholar, and conducted field research in notably Kenya, South Africa and Mali.

Laurence Lehman OrtegaLaurence Lehmann-Ortega

After graduationg from HEC Paris in 1993, Laurence first worked as a consultant in strategy, where she helped global clients in the retail, luxury goods and building material industries to develop and refine their strategy. Since 2006, she holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Aix en Provence. Her research focuses on strategic innovation, that is to say business model innovation, especially in incumbent firms in mature and low tech industries. In this context, she deals with business model innovation as a response to sustainable development constraints and its consequences in multinational firms, in particular the learning process and the questionning of mental schemes.
She is currently an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris where she teaches strategy in Masters and Executive Education programs, as well as in the EMBA. She also is an academic coordinator of the EMBA and of several executive education custom programs.

N.LugagneNathalie Lugagne

Nathalie is Affiliate Professor currently acting Associate dean for Executive Education at HEC Paris. She is the School’s former Executive Dean of Faculty and Research.
Before this position, she has developed 15 years of experience in corporate training and executive development. She has created a professional women network based in Japan. She has managed a 10 M Euros business unit and a cross-cultural team of 30 persons and worked in 4 different countries (France, Germany, Singapore, Japan).
Nathalie’s core expertise includes global HRM, cross-cultural management, and leadership development.
Nathalie attended HEC Paris where she studied management and earned an MSc degree in 1985 and a Doctorate degree in 1996.

Rachel MaignanRachel Maignan

Upon joining Crédit Coopératif in 2003, Rachel joined ESFIN GESTION, a pioneering capital investor involved in Socially Responsible Investment. At the heart of this team, Rachel is in charge of investing in social businesses which succeed in finding the right balance between their social purpose and their economic viability. Over the years, Rachel has acquired a specific knowledge in the selection of different types of social businesses, regardless of their legal form (cooperatives, companies with employee shareholding, associations) and has developed skills in financial engineering.

Rachel began her professional life by managing a team of financial analysts and spent seven years focused on granting loans to small and medium-sized companies in France. She graduated from Paris Dauphine University with a Master in Bank & Finance.

David MenascéDavid Menascé

David is the managing director of Azao, a consulting company specialized on social business. He has also founded BOPOBS, a think tank working on “strategies of the Base of the Pyramid”.

He collaborates with the publishing house Editions Hermes, where he has founded a book collection on sustainable development and corporate responsibility and is also an editor of the Revue Française de Gestion. David graduated from HEC Paris and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.


Laurence MoretLaurence Moret

After completing a Masters in Finance at Paris IX Dauphine and an MBA at Nicholls State University (Los Angeles, USA), Laurence Moret became a financial journalist at the press agency ACP-Telpresse.
In 1993, she began a career in the banking sector by joining the marketing department of Banque Cortal (now Cortalconsors), where she recruited new clients through saving products and Stock exchange investments.
She joined Crédit Coopératif in 2001 (BPCE Group), when the bank created an Alternative and Solidarity-based Finance Department. She served as cross-partnership manager in solidarity-based finance, and held a seat on the supervisory board of La Nef (Lyon).
She is now the Press Relations and Institutional Partnership Director of the bank.
Laurence represents Crédit Coopératif on the Supervisory Board of Sidi (an investment company dedicated to emerging countries MFI), and the Board of Directors of CIEM (edition). She also represents the bank at the solidarity based fund Choix Solidaire (managed by Ecofi Investissements), and three other associations: Finansol, RIED and Epargne Sans Frontière.

Clémence PatureauClémence Patureau

Clémence is a project manager in charge of research at the HEC Social Business Chair. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 2009, and also holds a Master’s degree in Politics from the EHESS. She then joined the Specialized Master “Entrepreneurs” and the Social Business Certificate at HEC and graduated in 2010.
Before joining the Social Business Chair, she worked for various civil society organizations (GENEPI, Doctors Without Borders, Mouvement des entrepreneurs sociaux).

Lise Penillard Lise Pénillard

Lise Penillard is Executive Director of the Master in Sustainability and Social Innovation at HEC Paris, and is responsible for field-action pedagogical programs related to social entrepreneurship at the school.

Before joining HEC, she was Director of Planète d’Entrepreneurs (2012-2014), an NGO helping social entrepreneurs around the world measure their social impact through volunteer student-led field missions and studies.

Lise started her career as a consultant specializing in sustainable development at Ethicity-Greenflex Group, after graduating with a Masters in Management at HEC Paris in 2009.


Tatiana Thieme

Tatiana is currently a University Lecturer in Geography at the University of Cambridge, and a Director of Studies and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. She teaches in the Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty Certificate program.

Tatiana’s research brings together cross-disciplinary interests in urban anthropology, development geography, and social enterprise. Following a background in anthropology (Cornell, BA 2000; LSE, MSc. 2004), Tatiana joined the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge for an MPhil/PhD (2013). Her dissertation was based on 15 months of ethnographic fieldwork in one of Nairobi’s oldest and largest slums studying the informal economies amongst enterprising youth living in conditions of extreme adversity and resource scarcity. For the last decade, Tatiana has situated her work at the nexus of critical academic reflection and practice. Prior to and concurrent with her PhD work, she was involved in applied research with social enterprise ventures in Kenya, India, Philippines, and South Africa focused on improving access to urban sanitation, nutrition, and energy for the urban poor.

Tatiana is also interested in exploring the extent to which insights from this work situated in the global South might apply in the context of “austerity urbanism” in European cities where high unemployment rates and the retreat of formal support systems amongst youth are shaping alternative coping strategies and “hustle” economies. Tatiana’s teaching brings an anthropological perspective to debates on “business and poverty”, new hybrid models of development, and participatory development, and incorporates a reflection on the complementary and contradictory perceptions of positive social change amongst diverse institutional and community-based actors.

CE VincentCharles-Edouard Vincent

After graduating from Polytechnique and l’Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Charles-Edouard Vincent completed his studies at Stanford University in California, USA, where he obtained a Master of Science in Engineering Management. He began his career at Netscape in 1996, and subsequently spent 10 years working in sales and marketing positions at Netscape, Sun-Microsystems, and SAP.
In 2005, he joined Martin Hirsch at Emmaüs, France, to put in place their D3E environmental policy (which deals with electrical/electronic equipment waste) and dealt with the economic issues Emmaüs faced.

In 2007, he founded a system of social integration – Emmaüs Defi, which offers employment to individuals living in emergency sheltered accommodation. Early April 2015, he found and launched “Lulu dans ma rue”.
Charles-Edouard is an affiliated Professor at HEC Paris.



Created in 2010 upon the initiative of the Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair, the Action Tank Entreprise et Pauvreté is a non-for-profit association that aims at implementing and developing innovative and sustainable business models in order to alleviate poverty and social exclusion in France.

Founded by Martin Hirsch, former High Commissioner for Active Solidarity Against Poverty in France, and currently Head of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (Paris Public Hospitals Administration) and Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone, and strongly inspired by Muhammad Yunus’s multiple activities,  2006 Nobel Prize and the Action Tank’s Honorary Chairman, the Action Tank works also closely with HEC’s Chair, on common social business initiatives and sustainable business models to launch.

The Action Tank counts several active members, among them large corporations, associations and social landlords involved in the different projects currently developed in various fields such as child nutrition, health, mobility and social housing.

Jacques Berger

Jacques Berger.

Jacques Berger is the director of the Action Tank. He has a long career in business strategy consultancy. He notably worked for Braxton Associates and the Boston Consulting Group. Jacques was born in Togo and graduated from HEC Paris.


The Action Tank’s team consists of several project managers dedicated to specific social issues: Nicolas DouziechJulie Laurent, Guillaume Ginebre, Joël Lecocq, Claire Lot and Quiterie de Rorthays (from left to right) :

Nicolas Douziech

Julie LaurentGuillaume GinebreJoel Lecocq Claire LotQuiterie de Rorthays

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