Selection Committee & Board of Trustees: A broad range of expertises

To perpetuate its mission, the Veolia Foundation is organized around two governance authorities: A selection Committee and a Board of Trustees: 

The Selection Committee

  • It selects projects applying for financial assistance up to the amount of €150,000 from among those submitted to it by the operations team ;
  • It decides on the amount of the grant awarded, which for some long-term projects may span several years ;
  • It helps identify avenues for improvement for each project ;
  • it meets several times a year.
Composition :
  • It is made up of 15 employees representing Veolia's different business activities, who together offer a broad range of expertises. 

The Board of Trustees

  • It defines the Foundation's strategic orientations and ensures sound management ;
  • It selects projects applying for financial assistance amounting to over €150,000.
  • It is chaired by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia, and is made up of members of Veolia's Executive Committee, a Veolia employee representative and qualified experts, whose role is to endorse actions in their particular field of expertise.
​The Board of Trustees meets twice a year.

  • Laurent Auguste, Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation and Markets;
  • Sylvain Boucher, Delegate for France;
  • Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer
  • Olivier Grunberg, Executive VP and General Secretary of Veolia Water;
  • Carine Kraus, Deputy Managing Director France of Veolia Energy;
  • Dinah Louda, Advisor on international relations to the CEO of Veolia;
  • Jean-Marie Lambert, Senior Executive Vice-President, Human Resources;
  • Laurent Obadia, Senior VP Communications
  • Helman le Pas de Sécheval, Executive vice-president, General Counsel
  • Pierre Victoria, Director of Sustainable Development
Qualified experts:
Alain Boinet, founder of the humanitarian association Solidarités International
Alain Boinet
Alain Boinet is the founder of the humanitarian association Solidarités International, active in about twenty countries with 2000 employees. It intervenes in war and disaster situations, from emergency to reconstruction. After having been its CEO for more than 30 years, Alain Boinet is now a member of the Board of Directors of Solidarités International and leads several missions for the association.
Anne-Marie Couderc
anne-marie couderc
Anne-Marie Couderc is a lawyer by training. She embraced a career in business in the press sector with Hachette Filipacchi Presse, where she exercised management and editorial responsibilities. She has also been active in the political sphere, with the Municipality of Paris and subsequently as Deputy Minister reporting to the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs in the Juppé administration.
Gilles Degois, Doctor and Honorary Chairman of the non profit organization Kinkeliba
Gilles Degois
Gilles Degois is a graduate of the Paris Faculty of Medicine and a specialist in dermatology and syphiligraphy. Chairman and Founder - and today Honorary Chairman - of the nonprofit Kinkeliba set up to promote medical development in West Africa, he has expert knowledge of this region of Africa, having worked there through a number of NGOs.
Françoise Gaill, Chairwoman of the Strategic and Scientific Board of the French Oceanographic Fleet
Françoise Gaill
Françoise Gaill is a scientist and former director of the CNRS Ecology and Environment Institute (INEE). Scientific advisor to Tara Océans, she has a particular interest in the mechanisms allowing living organisms to adapt to extreme environments and has participated in numerous international oceanographic surveys.
Docteur Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, Auda-Nepad
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki is a senior Nigerien politician and professor of international relations and the law of international organizations. He worked for many years in the field of social dialogue in Niger before joining a number of development agencies in Africa dealing with health, education and rural development issues.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aftican Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), a Development program sponsored by the African Union.
Patricia Ricard, President of the Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard
Patricia Ricard
Patricia Ricard has been working in environmental conservation for over 20 years. She has served on the Board of several environmental organizations and contributes to numerous debates and forums. She participates in environmental action juries: Festival Science Frontières, the FEEE Eco-Schools program, ONF (French Forestry Office) actions, etc.