IFPEN’s main strategic directions and annual activity program are approved and monitored by the Board of Directors, which is assisted by several consultative bodies: the Scientific Board, 3 industrial committees and the IFP School Advisory Board.
The Executive Committee, a body made up of General Management, the Business Unit Directors and the Human Resources Director, steers and controls all IFPEN’s strategic and operational initiatives.
Didier Houssin, Chairman and CEO
Éric Lafargue, Executive Vice-President Administration and Management of Subsidiaries
Catherine Rivière, Executive Vice-President Research and Innovation
Business Unit Directors
Eric Heintzé, Energy Resources
Jean-Pierre Burzynski, Processes
Gaëtan Monnier, Transport
Christine Travers, Education and Training
Nathalie Alazard-Toux, Industrial Development
Other member of the Executive Committee
Véronique Ruffier-Méray, Human Resources Director
The Board of Directors defines general policy, sets strategic directions and controls IFPEN’s overall management. It is made up of 16 members, including 14 appointed by the state and 2 employee representatives. The Government Commissioner, the Head of the Economic and Financial General Control Mission and the Secretary of the Works Council also attend the Board of Directors’ meetings.
An international and independent structure, IFPEN's Scientific Board comprises 15 external members, at least half of whom are international scientific personalities. It issues opinions on fundamental research programs, examines theses proposals formulated by IFPEN and monitors implementation. The Scientific Board is also responsible for regularly assessing research divisions.
Interview with Grégoire Allaire, Chairman of IFPEN’s Scientific Board
Grégoire Allaire, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the École Polytechnique, was appointed Chairman of IFPEN’s Scientific Board in May 2016. He describes his vision of fundamental research at IFPEN and the role of the Scientific Board.
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Three industrial committees are responsible for examining IFPEN's R&I programs in order to evaluate their relevance in terms of the needs of industry. These committees, which meet twice a year, bring together around ten French industry representatives, major players in the energy, chemicals and transport sectors. They discuss the energy context and the changes taking place in these sectors and, each year, express an opinion on IFPEN's research program.
IFP SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD
The IFP School Advisory Board examines teaching staff appointments, the evolution of training provision, the focus of programs and teaching reforms, and ensures the school’s values are upheld.