The selection committee meets twice a year and it is composed of individuals from both inside and outside the Group, plus three members of the Foundation. It validates projects submitted by the Foundation team for budgets of between €50,000 and €200,000/year.
Xavier Darcos, President of the Foundation
A French academic, senior civil servant and politician, Xavier Darcos has been Senator and Mayor of Périgueux, Minister for School Education from 2002 to 2004 and for Development, Cooperation and Francophony from 2004 to 2005, then Minister of National Education from 2007 to 2009, and finally Minister of Work, Social Relations, Family, Solidarity and Cities from 2009 to 2010.
Xavier Darcos has also been an Ambassador, representing France at the OECD from 2005 to 2007 and then Ambassador for France’s foreign cultural policy and, as such the Executive President of the Institut français from June 2010 to January 2015. Since February 2015, he has been Ambassador for the French language abroad.
A man of letters, Xavier Darcos has, since October 2010, been Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques to which he was elected in 2006. Since June 2013, he has been member of the Académie française.
Valérie Faillat, Head of the Foundation
Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau Medical Director
Amélie Moritz, Programs Manager and Communication
Ophra Rebière, Vice President, Head of Corporate Social responsibility
Ophra is a physician by training and received her PhD on General Pharmacology degrees from Université Paris Diderot (Paris7)
She has held several key positions across marketing, sales, and R&D in Aventis and then in Sanofi. Her diverse experiences include Head of the Antibiotics and Allergy Business Unit at the French affiliate, Vice President Marketing and Sales Force Excellence for the Intercontinental Region and Global Project Leader in R&D. She then joined Global Marketing and was Franchise Head in Diabetes and Metabolism for several years where she was in charge of Lantus, Apidra and preparing the launch of Rimonabant.
She took then a transverse position in charge of business transformation, including emerging functions such as Market access and digital inclusion into global and countries practices. She was then in charge of New products, working closely with R&D and Business development. In her last position, Ophra was Global Brand Team Leader for Praluent, in charge of designing and driving the brand strategy, uniting talents and energies around new working principles, and ensuring execution. She was supported by an empowered Global Brand Team composed of regional and functional representatives (Medical Affairs, R&D, Industrial Affairs, Communications, Finance, etc…), leading and coordinating all the key brand activities across the world.
Since June 1st, Ophra is Head of CSR in charge with her team to define and deploy a focused global CSR Strategy to enhance Sanofi’ stature, serve our patient communities and working closely with key stakeholder.
François Bompart, Vice President, Deputy Head and Medical Director - Access to Medicines
He trained in clinical pharmacology at University College Hospital, London (UK) and at Hôpital Cochin, Paris (France). From 1991 to 1997, he held various positions at Rhône Poulenc Rorer in the clinical development of antibiotics, including a 5-year assignment in the USA. In 1998, he joined the vaccines division of the Rhône Poulenc group (now Sanofi Pasteur) in Lyon (France), as VP Medical Affairs for the International area, then VP Global Medical Affairs.
He joined Sanofi’s Access to Medicines team in Paris in January 2006. This department brings together the Sanofi Group’s areas of expertise to address the challenge of access to healthcare in developing and emerging countries for specific diseases: malaria, tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, leishmaniases, mental illnesses, and epilepsy.
Jérôme Auriac, Founder and CEO of Be-Linked
After serving for six years in sales and marketing for the Wolters Kluwer publishing group, Jerome joined Novethic (Resource Centre on CSR, the SRI and sustainable development wing of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations) as sales manager in 2000. Three years later, he joined Manifeste as an Associate Director and then founded Be-linked in 2008. A specialist in sustainable development and business-NGO partnerships, Jerome Auriac is co-founder/leader of the NGOs Who's Who, and over the last decade has advised many multinational companies, NGOs and social entrepreneurs in their reciprocal relationship strategies.
He visits management schools (HEC Chair in Social Business Enterprise and Poverty, Master’s in Sustainable Development, ESSEC General Management of the Social Economy) and reference business associations on CSR or networks of NGOs (Coordination Sud) as a teacher or speaker on business-civil society relationships.
As chairman of a development NGO involved in Brazil and a fluent Portuguese speaker, Jerome Auriac is also a member of numerous think tanks and forums focused on sustainable development.
Pierre Salignon, Head of the Health and Welfare Project at the Agence Française de Développement.
Pierre Salignon joined the Health and Welfare Division of ADF as a project manager in early October 2013. He has been in charge of monitoring projects targeting Chad, Comoros and the Indian Ocean, as well as the horizontal issue of Universal Health Coverage. A lawyer by training, he has been engaged for more than 20 years in international solidarity and public health in fragile countries. He was notably Managing Director of the Médecins du Monde association (2009/2013), Project Director for the World Health Organization in Geneva (2008/2009), and MD of the French section of Médecins Sans Frontières (2003/2007).
Daniel Verger, General Delagate Ile de France, Secours Catholique
With a degree in socio-economic development, Daniel Verger, 49, has held various positions in France and Africa within the Caritas network for over 25 years.
He began his career in 1984 as international action leader in the Paris delegation of Secours catholique-Caritas France, before joining the head office as head of Research and Information on international actions. He continued his career in Africa, as coordinator of Caritas Mali, Deputy Director and the Managing Director of Caritas Mauritania.
In 2003 he became director for the international operations of Secours catholique -Caritas France and for seven years he led a team of 70 employees and 80 volunteers, supervising nearly 500 projects in 70 countries, as well as advocacy and development education. He represents the Secours catholique Board of Directors in the Catholic Delegation for Cooperation (SDC), and took over as executive board member of Concord in 2010. In March 2011, he became Executive Director of Coordination SUD.