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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, Forests and Climate, 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. 

Governance

The Board of Directors has 11 members in two governing bodies: 

  • One comprising representatives of Total: Five directors, one of whom represents Total personnel. 
  • One comprising six 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

 

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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.  

 

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In 1992, Yann Arthus-Bertrand launched an aerial photography project to shoot the state of the natural world and its inhabitants, entitled Earth from Above. In a logical extension of his commitment to the environment, he founded the GoodPlanet Foundation in 2005. In May 2017, he opened the first venue in Paris dedicated to ecology and humanism, Le Domaine de Longchamp. Yann was named a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador in 2009 in recognition of his commitment. He then began directing documentaries, including Home in 2009, Planet Ocean in 2011, A Thirsty World in 2012, Human and Terra in 2015, and Woman in 2019. 

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After graduating from the ENSCR chemical engineering school, Charlotte Beillouin started her career in the British steel industry before transitioning to environmental consulting at Apave. She joined Total at the Normandy refinery in 2007, working in the Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Department and then in Processes in the base oils production sector. Since 2015, Charlotte has been an industrial safety engineer at the Oudalle plant in France. As a member of the European Works Council since 2017, Charlotte takes part in industrial relations at Total as a union representative within Marketing & Services. 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.
 

 

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Stéphane Lissner was appointed company secretary of the Théâtre La Commune in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers (1977-1978), then co-directed the Théâtre National de Nice through 1983. In the 1980s, he taught cultural institutions management at Université Paris-Dauphine, ran the Paris Spring Theater Festival, and served as administrator then general manager of the Théâtre du Châtelet until 1998. Stéphane took over as general manager of the Orchestre de Paris during the same period (1993-1995). From 1998 to 2006, he served as director of the international music festival, Festival international d'art lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence. He created the European Music Academy in that city to nurture educational activities and promote young talent. At the same time, he co-directed the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord with Peter Brook between 1998 and 2005. In 2002, he partnered with Frédéric Franck to take over the Théâtre de la Madeleine. From 2005 to 2014, he served as general manager and artistic director at the Teatro della Scala in Milan, Italy. From 2005 to 2013, he was also musical director of the Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) in Austria. Stéphane is a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters, an Officer of the French Legion of Honor and an Officer of the French and Italian National Orders of Merit. 

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After graduating from the ESSEC business school, Alexis Vovk has worked since 1991 at Total Marketing & Services, where he has held various positions in seven countries in Europe and Africa. Alexis started his career as a retail network area manager for Total Oil Great Britain, before moving in 1993 to Paris, where he managed fuel prices for the retail network in mainland France. In 1996, he served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Strategy, at Total Oil Türkiye. From 1999 to 2002, he was Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Total Tunisie. He then returned to headquarters to work as a project manager in Refining & Marketing’s Strategy Division. In 2005, he joined the Africa/Middle East Division as Deputy Vice President, East Africa Operations. Alexis was appointed Managing Director of Total Zambia in 2007, Total Kenya in 2010, and Total Nigeria Plc in 2013. In May 2016, he was appointed President of Total Marketing France.

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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. 

Members of the Steering Committee

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

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).

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Christa Botes studied at North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus in South Africa where she graduated with a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology. She also graduated from the Academy of Executive Coaching in London. Her career started in South Africa, where she was a research consultant at the Human Sciences Research Council. She joined Marketing & Services at Total South Africa in 1990 as a human resources manager and held various positions before serving as Vice President, Human Resources, from 2003 to 2007. In 2008, Christa joined Total’s headquarters in Paris, where she oversaw management and leadership training. Two years later, she took on the duties of International Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at Total’s affiliate Bostik Holding. She served as Managing Director of Total Coal South Africa from 2013 to 2015. On September 1st 2015, she was appointed Senior Vice President Human Resources & Communication Refining & Chemicals.  

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With an engineering degree and a master’s of science in geology from the University of Texas at Austin, Bruno Courme worked from 2000 to 2010 for Total Exploration & Production, where he held several positions in geology and exploration in France, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway and the United Kingdom. In 2010, he was appointed Managing Director of Total Gas Shale Europe, the affiliate in charge of Total’s unconventional acreage studies and operations in Europe. Bruno was subsequently appointed Vice President, Strategy at Total Exploration & Production in 2014. From 2015 to 2018, he served as Vice President, Exploration Americas in Houston, Texas. In July 2019, he was appointed President of the Total Foundation program.

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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.

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With a postgraduate degree in labor law from the University of Bordeaux law school, Malika Hadj-Boaza began her career in 1995 as a labor law specialist. In 2007, she became Chief Administrative Officer of the Provence refinery. Three years later, in 2010, she was put in charge of industrial relations for UES Amont Holding. In 2014, Malika’s duties were extended to cover personnel management in France and employees on expatriate assignments. During the introduction of the new One Total organization, she helped set up Total’s High Potentials Division as Vice President, Group Talent Manager. In September 2018, she was appointed Director of Total Learning Solutions.

A graduate of France’s Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, Hâkim Hallouch has master’s degrees in both public affairs and sociology. He also studied at Galatasaray University, Istanbul, at the Department of International Relations. From 2006 to 2018, he headed the Equal Opportunity Department at Sciences Po. He created gateway programs there for social inclusion, such as the Underserved Schools Agreements in 2006, the Experimental High School in 2009, E-Methods in 2013 and First Campus in 2016. As department head, he established partnerships with 130 high schools in 19 school districts. In addition, Hâkim worked for better youth orientation and training as municipal council member for youth affairs in the Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen. The “Explora Jeunes” (Youth Explorer) program introduced more than 4,500 young people to nearly 120 enterprises in the city. Summer schools to improve English language skills and scholarships to promote access to higher education were introduced. 

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After graduating from the Grenoble Institute of Technology with a master’s in mechanics, energy and engineering, Abdul Malik launched his career in Total’s downstream operations as Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Manager in Kenya in 2004 before overseeing major oil depots in France. In 2011, he joined the Africa/Middle East Division, where he supervised the design and construction of oil and gas facilities, as well as supply chain optimization in Gabon, Lebanon, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. Starting in 2013, he spent three years in Singapore as HSE & Supply Chain Manager for the Asia-Pacific region. In 2016, he headed Total’s HSE skills development unit. At the same time, Abdul earned an executive master’s degree in global management in innovation and technology from the École Polytechnique engineering school in 2017. He is implementing the Youth Inclusion and Education initiative at Total and is managing the global deployment of programs focused on new technologies promoting youth inclusion.
 

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After graduating from French engineering school École Supérieure d’Électricité (Supélec) and Stanford University, Muriel Meilhon began her career as an engineer at Bull before moving to Benson-Schlumberger. She started working at Total in 1987 as a project manager in the IT Department before joining Refining in 1990, where she was a supply chain manager then a refinery supply, sales and optimization manager. In 1996, she moved to the Corporate Finance Division, where she headed Investor Relations. Later, as Assistant Vice President, Budget & Financial Control, she took part in the Total, PetroFina and Elf mergers. From 2001 to 2004, Muriel oversaw recruitment for finance and refining and hired sales staff for Refining & Marketing. In 2004, she became manager of the Budget Control Department, then President of Marketing France before returning to corporate functions, where she was in charge of employee savings plans and employee shareholding until 2012. She subsequently held the position of Career Development Coordinator for Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific at Total Marketing & Services. On August 1st, 2016, she was appointed Vice President Human Resources of Total Marketing France.  

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Jean-Marie Petitclerc began his career as a special education teacher in 1978, founding a specialized prevention club in Chanteloup-les-Vignes near Paris, France. Then, starting in 1984, for 10 years, he ran a shelter for troubled teens, accredited by the French Ministry of Justice. Called back by the mayor of Chanteloup-les-Vignes during the 1991 urban riots, he initiated social mediation and founded French nonprofit Promotion des Métiers de la Ville to promote urban trades and occupations. After founding Le Valdocco in 1995, Jean-Marie began managing the urban policy nonprofit focused on prevention. He was also a member of the Conseil National des Villes urban advisory council (2003-2007), a member of the committee to evaluate and monitor the National Urban Renewal Agency (ANRU, 2004-2007) and an advisor to the French housing and urban affairs minister (2007-2009). 

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Florence Varescon graduated from business school with a major in marketing. In 1985, she joined Total, where she has held various positions in marketing, sales, procurement, human resources and corporate social responsibility. She worked successively for Elf Atochem, Elf Lubrifiants, Total Marketing France and at the corporate level, mainly outside France. Florence has held positions related to education since 2009, first as manager of a global program of university partnerships. She also oversees the development of energy-related MOOCs supported by Total. In 2016, she joined the Civil Society Engagement Division, where she manages education programs and is setting up the partnership with Production Schools in France. In 2019, she was appointed Head of the Education and Youth inclusion axes, one of Total Foundation four priority axes, which covers initiatives related to education and youth inclusion in regions where the Group is located in France and abroad.