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Members of the Steering Committee

Charles-Benoît Heidsieck, Chairman of the Steering Committee


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).

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


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 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.

Philippe Franz, Competencies & Training Manager - TotalEnergies Refining & Chemicals


Philippe Franz is a chemical engineer who began his career in 1988 in R&D, and then in field operations with Saint-Gobain. Assigned to work in France and then in Italy, he carried out a whole series of technical support assignments in affiliates located in Asia, Australia and the United States. From 1998 to 2004 he was Manager of a Company. He joined the chemicals branch at TotalEnergies in 2005 as Director of the chemicals platform, then went on to become Senior Vice President of the HSE Division in the Refining & Chemicals branch. He was then assigned to the Company’s high-potential employees division as Vice President Company Talent Management. He returned to the Refining & Chemicals branch in December 2019 and currently holds the position of Talent Development Coordinator and Manager of Branch Competencies and Training.

Malika Hadj-Boaza, Director of TotalEnergies Learning Solutions



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 TotalEnergies organization, she helped set up TotalEnergies’ High Potentials Division as Vice President, Group Talent Manager. In September 2018, she was appointed Director of TotalEnergies Learning Solutions.

Hâkim Hallouch, CEO of Paideia Education

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. 

Karine Kaczka, Manager of the Inclusion and Education priority action sector of TotalEnergies Foundation


Karine Kaczka is a graduate of the EDHEC Business School in Lille, northern France. In 1994, she joined the Refining & Marketing branch at TotalEnergies where she took on different jobs in France and Belgium in the marketing, strategy, and profit center management centers. In 2011, she became Vice President, Institutional Investor Relations in the Financial Division, where she was tasked with communicating and promoting Company strategy on the financial markets. In 2015, she joined the Human Resources Division in the Refining & Chemicals branch, as Vice President, Diversity. In 2018, as part of the People and Social Engagement Division, she participated in the creation and deployment of the “Better Together” work packages, carrying the Company’s people-focused ambitions. In 2022, she was appointed Manager of the Inclusion and Education priority action sector of TotalEnergies Foundation.

Yannick Nicole, Human Resources Business Partner for TotalEnergies Marketing France

Portrait of Yannick Nicole, Human Resources Business Partner for TotalEnergies Marketing France


Yannick Nicole is from a modest background and started out as a metalworker on night shifts. After going to evening classes, he graduated with an Engineering degree from the CESI (Industrial Higher Education Study Center), specializing in automation/project management and leadership. He began his career as Project Manager in the car industry, then joined Hutchinson in 2001 as Manager, then Director of Human Resources on different production sites, including the Châlette-sur-Loing plant, which he directed as from 2014. In 2018, he joined the Marketing and Service branch as HR Director at Argedis, responsible for 3,000 employees working in service stations on highways and in cities and for those installing highway markers. In February 2022, he joined TotalEnergies Marketing France as Human Resources Business Partner.

Olivier Rabier, TotalEnergies Foundation Programs director


Olivier Rabier is a general engineer and has a joint Masters in Polymers and Plastics Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Moteurs et du Pétrole (Higher National Graduate School of Oil and Engines) in Rueil-Malmaison, France and McGill University in Montreal. He began his career in 1998 at ExxonMobil Chemicals on the Notre-Dame de Gravenchon petrochemicals site. In 2001, he joined the Trading & Shipping branch at TotalEnergies, then moved to the Exploration & Production branch in 2003, where he held different functions in the industrial projects and development studies sector, in South Korea, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Denmark and France. In 2019, he was appointed Global Category Manager - Facilities and Engineering in the Projects and Equipment division at Total Global Procurement. In 2021, he joined the new OneTech branch to manage and define the technical review methods for all the Company’s projects and industrial sites. In January 2023, he was appointed Programs Director in the Public Interest Division.

Olivier Riboud, Managing Director of L’Industreet

Olivier Riboud


Olivier Riboud is an engineering graduate from Ecole des Mines d’Alès and holds a Master’s in regional management from ESSEC business school. He began his career in operations manager roles in the extractive industry in France and Spain. He then worked in the chemicals industry before moving to the world of training in 2006, when he became Head of Performance and Coordination for the Campus Veolia network.

Passionate about learning and teaching, Olivier Riboud joined TotalEnergies in 2018 to take part in the L’Industreet project, an initiative to launch a campus for new industry professions led by TotalEnergies Foundation. He is currently Managing Director of L’Industreet.

Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President Citizenship Engagement

Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier is Senior Vice President Citizenship Engagement and General Delegate of TotalEnergies Corporate Foundation since January 01, 2022. A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Grenoble, Jacques Saulnier was Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Grenoble in 1992, Chief of Staff to the French Minister of Communications, also the Mayor of Grenoble, responsible for coordinating staff in 1993, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the French Minister of the Economy and Finance in 1996. In 1998, Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier joined Alcatel as Vice President of Institutional Relations. From September 2001 to June 2011, he was Senior Vice President of Communications and spokesperson for Areva, which he joined in 1999 as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cogema. From October 2011 and February 2022, Jacques-Emmanuel was Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and spokesperson for Total, now TotalEnergies. From March 2015 to July 2021, Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier was Chairman of Entreprises & Médias, the French association for Communication Directors. He is a knight of the French National Order of Merit.