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TotalEnergies Foundation in France

In France, TotalEnergies Foundation encompasses the community engagement initiatives conducted every day by our sites, our affiliates and the Fondation d’entreprise, our corporate foundation. Along with our partners, we contribute to the development and vitality of TotalEnergies’ 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, our corporate foundation.

Fondation d’entreprise

The Fondation d’entreprise, 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 11 members in two governing bodies: 

  • One comprising representatives of TotalEnergies: Five directors, one of whom represents TotalEnergies 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.

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

Members of the board of directors

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

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


President, People & Social Responsibility, and member of TotalEnergies 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 TotalEnergies 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, TotalEnergies 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 TotalEnergies Executive Committee.  

Catherine Bréchignac, Physicist, member of the French Academy of Sciences and the French Academy of Technologies and Ambassador-at-Large for Science, Technology and Innovation


A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and agrérée in physics, Catherine Bréchignac is a specialist in atomic physics and in nanosciences, focusing on the overlap between atomic physics and material sciences. She works as a researcher, director of research and laboratory director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where she held the position of Director General from 1997 to 2000 and president from 2006 to 2011. Her work has received many distinctions and awards in France and abroad. Catherine Bréchignac has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Palais de la Découverte museum, a director of Renault SA, a member of the Advertising Ethics Council of French industry advertising regulator ARPP, President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and member of the Council of the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices. She was the secrétaire perpétuel of the French Academy of Sciences. She is currently a member of several scientific bodies, and President of the scientific council of the French national advanced police college (ENSP).

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


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 TotalEnergies and PetroFina merged in 1999, Catherine oversaw the Diversity & Accountability Department, where she structured various aspects of TotalEnergies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. From 2008 to 2017, she was Managing Director of the Fondation d’entreprise, 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 TotalEnergies personnel, appointed on the recommendation of TotalEnergies’ European Works Council


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 TotalEnergies 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 TotalEnergies personnel, appointed on the recommendation of TotalEnergies’ European Works Council.

Jean-Jacques Guilbaud, Former Chief Administrative Officer of TotalEnergies

Jean Jacques Guilbaud


Jean-Jacques Guilbaud has an undergraduate degree in sociology and a postgraduate degree in public law. He joined TotalEnergies 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 TotalEnergies from 2007 to 2016.

Charles-Benoît Heidsieck, 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).

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


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

Hilde Luystermans, Chairwoman of TotalEnergies' 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 TotalEnergies- in 1980 as a catalytic cracking researcher. She subsequently held several operational positions at TotalEnergies’ refinery in Antwerp. Hilde served as project manager of the new polypropylene unit at the Feluy plant in Belgium, then General Manager of TotalEnergies 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 TotalEnergies.

Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation and ambassador for innovative clean technologies


A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand Piccard made a name for himself by flying around the world, first in a balloon non-stop, and then in a solar plane without fuel in 2016. Through these exploits, he works to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. Among other achievements, he and his team have identified 1,000 efficient and profitable solutions to protect the planet. A United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment since 2015, Bertrand Piccard is today recognized as an opinion leader on the themes of innovation and sustainable development. Founder and President of the humanitarian foundation Winds of Hope, which helps children victims of forgotten or neglected diseases, Bertrand Piccard is also a committed advocate for young people.

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

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 TotalEnergies since October 1, 2011. He is also a member of the Company'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

Steering Committee for the Inclusion and Education priority

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