The Comité Médicis, which became a legal entity with specific resources in January 2019, has a history linked to the emergence of socially responsible investment in France.
It has supported Amundi in its responsible investment policy since its creation in 2010. At the time, it comprised a group of some thirty prominent figures, notably players from the economic and financial arena, researchers and intellectuals.
In its original form, the Comité Médicis was launched in 2002 by IDEAM, one of the first French asset management companies dedicated to socially responsible investment. A partnership was established at the time with the Villa Medici, which continues today.
Yves Barou has been Head of Human Resources for several major French groups, notably Thales from 2000 to 2010. He was the social advisor of the French sovereign wealth fund (FSI) for CSR between 2010 and 2013. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Martine Aubry, the French Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, from 1998 to 2000. He was President of the Association for Adult Vocational Training (AFPA) from 2012 to 2018. He founded the European HRD Circle, which he chairs.
Bernard Carayon is a lawyer and the mayor of Lavaur. He was the Member of Parliament for the Tarn département for fifteen years. He is the designer of the French public policy of economic intelligence. He is the author of several reports and books, including “Patriotisme économique : de la guerre à la paix” (Economic Patriotism: From War to Peace) (2006).
Pierre-André de Chalendar is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint-Gobain group. After serving in the French Finance Inspectorate, he joined Saint-Gobain in 1989. He is the vice-president of Entreprises pour l’Environnement, of which he was president between 2012 and 2015. He is the author of “Notre combat pour le climat. Un monde décarboné et en croissance, c’est possible” (Our Fight for Climate. A decarbonised and growing world is possible) (2015).
Jean de Kervasdoué is a Professor Emeritus of CNAM, a Member of the French Academy of Technologies, and a chief engineer in the Bridges, Waters and Forests administration. After a PhD at Cornell University, he worked in two sectors: health and agriculture. A researcher (Cornell, Ecole Polytechnique), academic (Yale and CNAM), senior civil servant (Ministry of Agriculture, French Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of Health) and business creator (SANESCO), he has published hundreds of articles and 21 books.
Mercedes Erra is the founder of BETC, France’s leading communication agency and one of the top three European agencies, and the Executive Chair of Havas Worldwide. As an active supporter of women’s and human rights, she chairs the Board of Directors of the Museum of the History of Immigration and the French Committee of Human Rights Watch. Under the French presidency of the G7 Summit, she served as vice-president of the Communication branch and sat on the Advisory Council for gender equality.
Jean Jouzel is a climatologist and glaciologist. He was a research director at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and, between 2002 and 2015, vice-president of the IPCC scientific group. He was awarded the CNRS gold medal in 2002. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences and of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.
Denis Kessler is a graduate of HEC business school, holds a PhD in economics and advanced degrees in economics and social sciences, and is a Fellow of the French Institute of Actuaries. He was Chairman of the French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFA), Senior Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of the AXA group and Executive Vice-President of MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France). He joined SCOR as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on November 4, 2002. In January 2016, he was elected to the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of the Institut de France.
Robert Leblanc is the Chairman of Aon France. He has been working in finance and insurance for more than thirty years. He is a non-executive director of Amundi. He has chaired Entrepreneurs et Dirigeants Chrétiens, as well as the MEDEF Ethics Committee. He is the author of “Le Libéralisme est un humanisme” (Liberalism is a humanism) (Albin Michel, 2017).
Anne Le Lorier was Deputy Governor of the Banque de France between 2011 and 2018. Prior to that, from 1977, she spent most of her career in the French Treasury Department and in ministerial offices. In particular, she served as adviser for economic affairs in the Prime Minister’s office between 1993 and 1995. She held various management positions at EDF in the 2000s. Since January 2019, she has been a member of the Enforcement Committee of the French financial markets authority (AMF).
Horatia Muir Watt is a Professor of Private International Law and Comparative Law at Sciences-Po. She has been a member of Institut de Droit International (IDI) since 2013 and of Institut universitaire de France (IUF) since 2018. She is the editor of “Revue critique de droit international privé” and a member of the editorial board of numerous legal journals, including the “Journal of Private International Law”, “European Review of Contract Law” and “Transnational Legal Theory”.
Yves Perrier is the Chief Executive Officer of Amundi. He chairs the Comité Médicis.
Patrick Pouyanné is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Total group. After serving as an advisor to the French Prime Minister’s office and heading the office of the Minister of Information Technology and the Post Office, he joined Elf-Aquitaine in 1997, then held various management positions in the Total group, of which he has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2014 and the Chairman since 2015.
Jean-Pierre Robin is a columnist for Le Figaro, where he follows French and international economic policy issues.
Olivier Rousseau has been a member of the Management Board of the French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR) since November 2011. After working in the Treasury Department in Paris, he joined BNP Paribas’s corporate and institutional banking arm, working in Paris and abroad. He was then a member of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, and regional economic counsellor for the Nordic Countries at the French Embassy in Stockholm.
François Ewald is an honorary professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. He has focused his work on how developed societies were built on the notions of risk and responsibility. He is notably the author of “L’Etat-providence” (The Welfare State) (1986) and “Le principe de précaution” (The Precautionary Principle) (2001).
Sylviane Pargade joined the Comité Médicis in 2020, bringing over 20 years of experience in organisation and major projects and in-depth knowledge of the asset management industry. She holds a Master II postgraduate degree in science from the University of Lyon I and after ten years in higher education, she joined the Société Générale group before taking part in the creation of Amundi in 2010.