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Total Foundation in France

In France, Total Foundation encompasses the community engagement initiatives conducted every day by our sites, our affiliates and the Fondation d’entreprise Total, our corporate foundation. Along with our partners, we contribute to the development and vitality of Total’s host regions here. With a special focus on young people, our four priority areas are Road Safety, Climate, coastal areas and oceans, Inclusion and Education, and Cultural Dialogue and Heritage.

Projects in France are mainly run by the Fondation d’entreprise Total, our corporate foundation.

Fondation d’entreprise Total

The Fondation d’entreprise Total, our corporate foundation in France, was created in 1992. 

It has a €125 million endowment for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022. 


The Board of Directors has 9 members in two governing bodies: 

  • One comprising representatives of Total: Five directors, one of whom represents Total personnel. 
  • One comprising four outside specialists in our priority areas.

The Board of Directors meets two to three times a year at the initiative of the Chairman to approve the budget, the financial statements and to allocate resources for the year.

Members of the board of directors

Namita Shah, Chairwoman of the Fondation d’entreprise Total, our corporate foundation

Namita Shah, directrice générale People & Social Responsibility et membre du Comité exécutif Groupe


President, People & Social Responsibility, and member of Total’s Executive Committee since 2016.

Namita Shah is a graduate of University of Delhi and New York University School of Law. She began her career as an Associate Attorney at Shearman & Sterling, a New York law firm.
In 2002, she joined Total as a legal counsel in Exploration & Production. Namita moved to the New Ventures Department in 2008, where she headed business development in Australia and Malaysia until 2011, when she was appointed General Manager, Total E&P Myanmar. On July 1, 2014, she became Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, at Exploration & Production. On September 1, 2016, she was appointed President, People & Social Responsibility and member of Total's Executive Committee.  

Catherine Ferrant, Chairwoman of nonprofit organization Savoir-être à l’École

Catherine Ferrant


Catherine Ferrant graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain with a degree in economics and communications. She was a journalist at the Belgian daily Le Soir from 1974 to 1989. That year, she joined Belgian oil and gas company PetroFina, where she headed communications, managed the corporate philanthropy fund and sat on the management committee. When Total and PetroFina merged in 1999, Catherine oversaw the Diversity & Accountability Department, where she structured various aspects of Total’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. From 2008 to 2017, she was Managing Director of the Fondation d’entreprise Total, our corporate foundation, and Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy, for the company. She is currently active in France and Belgium in a number of nonprofits focused on underserved schools and giving young people access to the arts, including Flagey, a cultural center in Brussels, Sport dans la Ville, Les Concerts de Poche, Fondation ManpowerGroup, Fondation Égalité des Chances, Savoir-être à l’École, Helen Keller International Europe, Fondation Louvain and l’École de la philanthropie. She is also a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.

Olivier-Vincent Fortin, Representing Total personnel, appointed on the recommendation of Total’s European Works Council

Olivier Vincent Fortin


Olivier-Vincent Fortin holds a postgraduate degree in Sales and Negotiation from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He started his career as Commercial Attaché for the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in Riga before becoming Export Area Manager for Peugeot, then EMEA Channels Manager at Regus, and came to the energy industry in 2010. Olivier-Vincent then joined the Total affiliate BHC ENERGY in 2014 as Corporate Accounts Manager. He is now Energy Solutions & Industrial Lubricants Accounts Manager in Luxembourg since July 2018. On December 12, 2019, he was appointed Representing Total personnel, appointed on the recommendation of Total’s European Works Council.

Jean-Jacques Guilbaud, Former Chief Administrative Officer of Total

Jean Jacques Guilbaud


Jean-Jacques Guilbaud has an undergraduate degree in sociology and a postgraduate degree in public law. He joined Total in 1981 as a legal advisor specializing in labor law, was appointed Industrial Relations Manager in 1985, and was named Vice President, Real Estate Asset Management in 1991. After serving as Deputy General Manager of the Normandy refinery from 1994 to 1996, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Communications and member of the Management Committee in April 1998. He held the same position at TotalFina in 1999, TotalFinaElf in 2000, then again in 2003. He was appointed Chief Administrative Officer in 2008. Jean-Jacques Guilbaud was a member of the Executive Committee of Total from 2007 to 2016.

Charles-Benoît Heidsieck, President-Founder of Le Rameau, an incubator for innovation partnerships

Charles Benoit Heidsieck


After graduating from the ESLSCA Business School Paris, Charles-Benoît Heidsieck began his career in marketing at wine and spirits companies in France and England. He then set up and expanded two strategy consulting firms. He created Le Rameau to promote R&D applied to innovation partnerships serving the community. Convinced of the need to work together to develop effective, sustainable solutions, Charles-Benoît is a member of several think tanks, including  French business confederation MEDEF’s Growth & Territories Committee, the Environmental & Sustainable Development Committee of the French Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CPME), Transparency International’s Advisory Council, the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Confrontations Europe, La Fonda, and Institut Français des Administrateurs. He also teaches at ESSEC business school and Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po).

Guillaume Larroque, Senior Vice President France and President of Total Marketing France within Marketing & Services


Guillaume Larroque graduates from the ESSEC Business School in 1994 and begins his career a year later with Total Asia within the Special Fluids Trading division in Singapore. In 1999, he joins the Strategy & Development division of Total Raffinage Marketing. From 2003 to 2006, he takes the position of Managing Director for Total Austria. Guillaume Larroque continues his career in Africa as Deputy Chief Operations Officer East Africa within Total Marketing & Services Africa. He then becomes Managing Director for Total Petroleum Ghana. Three years later, he comes back to Europe to take on the position of Director Network & Fuel Cards for Total Deutschland, before taking on the same position within Total France in 2017. In January 2020, he is appointed Senior Vice President, France, and President of Total Marketing France and becomes a member of the Total Marketing Services Management Committee.

Hilde Luystermans, Chairwoman of Total’s Ethics Committee

Hilde Luystermans


After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from Ghent University in Belgium, Hilde Luystermans joined PetroFina  -which later merged with Total- in 1980 as a catalytic cracking researcher. She subsequently held several operational positions at Total’s refinery in Antwerp. Hilde served as project manager of the new polypropylene unit at the Feluy plant in Belgium, then General Manager of Total Petrochemicals in Antwerp. From 2006 to 2008, she was Senior Vice President, Polymer Procurement & Logistics, at PetroFina SA in Brussels. In 2008, she became General Manager of the olefins plant in Antwerp and then General Manager of the Antwerp complex following the Refining and Petrochemicals merger in 2012. On October 1st 2017, she was appointed Chairwoman of the Ethics Committee of Total.

Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Total

Jacques Emmanuel Saulnier


A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Grenoble, Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier held the positions of Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Grenoble in 1992, Chief of Staff to the French Minister of Communications, who was also Mayor of Grenoble, with responsibility for coordinating staff in 1993, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the French Minister of the Economy and Finance in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed Vice President of Institutional Relations at Alcatel. 

From September 2001 to June 2011, Jacques-Emmanuel was Senior Vice President of Communications and spokesman for Areva, which he joined in 1999 as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cogema.

Jacques-Emmanuel has served as Chairman of Entreprises & Médias, France’s association of communications directors, since March 2015, and has sat on the Board of Directors of AROP, whose purpose is to promote the Paris Opera, since December 2018. He is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit. Jacques-Emmanuel has been Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and spokesman for Total since October 1, 2011. He is also a member of the Group’s Performance Committee.

Susanna Zammataro, Director General, International Road Federation (IRF)

Susanna Zammataro


Susanna Zammataro is a member of the advisory council to the International Automobile Federation’s High-Level Panel for Road Safety. Since 2012, she co chairs the UN’s Safer Roads and Mobility project group, part of the UN Road Safety Collaboration, a multi-party partnership whose goal is to facilitate international cooperation and to strengthen global and regional coordination. Susanna has been active in the World Bank’s Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative since it was launched. She currently sits on the initiative’s steering committee and is one of the experts participating in working groups on efficiency, safety and gender

Appointment and term of office

Directors are appointed by the Board of Directors on the recommendation of founder Total S.A. for a three-year term. They are not compensated for fulfilling their duties.  

The Board of Directors decided to seek assistance from a Steering Committee for the Inclusion and Education priority. Its members take part in managing the Inclusion and Education roadmap and meet twice a year.

The Steering Committee has 10 members in two governing bodies: 

  • A body comprising Total representatives: Six members representing Total. 
  • A body comprising four outside specialists in inclusion and education.