President, Tocqueville Fondation
Partner, Gide

Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville is a lawyer and has been a partner with the Gide firm, a leading international Paris based firm, since 1993. He studied political sciences and law in Paris and in the United States and is admitted to the Paris and New York bars. Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville specialises in banking and financial matters.

He is active in projects promoting the heritage of Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy and human rights, and works on initiatives involving American philanthropy in Europe, in particular joint transatlantic projects in the field of philanthropy. He is in particular founder and President of the Tocqueville Foundation (sous égide de la Fondation Entreprendre) and of United Way Tocqueville in Paris.


Blandine MULLIEZ

President, Fondation Entreprendre

After spending ten years in the medical sector, Blandine Mulliez joined Réseau Entreprendre Nord as an administrator in charge of the “Entreprendre Autrement” program (“alternative entrepreneurship”) in 2002. Convinced of the need to cheer all entrepreneurship support initiatives, she took a major step forward by taking the presidency of the Fondation Entreprendre in 2009.

Passionate about commitment, that of the entrepreneur as the philanthropist, she is also an administrator of the AFM Entrepreneurs Club since 2009.



Chief Strategy Officer, MSL Group

Pascal Beucler joined MSL as Chief Strategy Officer when it was formed in 2009, helping develop and implement the company’s global strategy, particularly in the fields of research and development, business strategy (practices, strategic tools, etc.), engagement planning, trends and market surveys, and audience intelligence. Prior to this role, he ran strategic consultancies for 15 years, before being appointed as General Manager of the branding and design agency, Carré Noir. In 2005, he became Vice President of Publicis Consultants Worldwide, in charge of the brand strategy and the international network. Beucler graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris. As an associate professor at CELSA and a visiting professor at HEC, he has conducted research and published on branding, corporate communications, image strategy, corporate citizenship and digital transformation.

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Jean Christophe LAUGÉE

Vice-President Nature & Cycles Sustainability, Danone

Jean-Christophe LAUGEE entered Danone in 1998 as Industrial Human Resources Manager within the Early Life Nutrition division after 6 years as Business and Labor Lawyer. In 2002 he joined Danone Russia as Human Resources Director. Then, in 2007 he took the position of Danone Sustainable Integration Director. He was appointed Danone Social Innovation and Ecosystem Fund Director in 2009 – a 100-million euro fund designed to strengthen and develop the activity of stakeholders who act closely with Danone local subsidiaries on economic, social and territorial matters.

He deployed the sustainable sourcing strategy of this procurement Dairy entity. In March 2016 he has been appointed Danone VP Nature & Cycles Sustainability and General Manager of Danone Ecosystem Fund.

He also gives lectures in several Business Schools and Universities around circular economy and inclusive growth topics (Oxford Said Business School, HEC, ESSEC Sciences Po Paris).

“Co-creation is necessary at each step of social innovation. The scalability and replication of pilot projects are requiring stronger cooperation between For profit and Public organizations. Some learnings from our co-creation process in Danone Ecosystem to build a strong partnership: a clear alignment on the impact and the transformation expected, a robust governance to co-decide, shared financial risks through cofunding. Finally, the last essential goal of cooperation to scale is to consolidate common knowledge between actors, in order to build more efficiently on existing models“



Founder & Chairman, NewCities

John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation (, a major global non-profit network devoted to improving the quality of life and work in 21st century cities. Founded in 2010, the New Cities Foundation brings together private sector and public sector leaders, the research community and other non-profits and NGOs to pursue a common vision of a world where cities drive economic, social and environmental progress. Foundation offices are in Montreal, Paris, Hong Kong, Zurich and New York.

He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities. From the outset, NewCities mission has been to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects.

The Foundation’s annual meeting – the New Cities Summit – is today one of the world’s most important gatherings of city leaders. The Summit, which brings together around 1,000 leaders and experts from around the world, has taken place in Paris (2012), Sao Paolo (2013), Dallas (2014), and Jakarta (2015). In June of this year, the Summit will take place in Montreal – and in 2017, in Songdo, Korea.