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Thierry Sibieude

Teaching Professor of the Social Business Chair & Chairman of North and West Africa, ESSEC Business School

BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background

Before a PhD in Geography and Sustainable Development Management at Cergy Pontoise University (2001), Thierry Sibieude has succeeded in graduate a Management Master at Paris-Dauphine University (1982), a Law Bachelor at Paris X Nanterre (1982) as well as a Mathematics Bachelor at Paris-Dauphine University (1980).

After spending 10 years in a company, Thierry Sibieude became professor in 1992 at the Catholic Institut of Paris before joining the ESSEC Group in 1996. In 2002, he has founded the Social Business Chair, a Equal Opportunities Program in 2003, a social business incubator, Antropia, in 2008 and the Innovation and Social Business Institut of ESSEC in 2009.

Between 2001 and 2015, he has been President of the Conseil général of Val d’Oise (a French administrative district in the North of France), in charge of the environment from 2001 to 2008 and of disabled persons from 2011 to 2015. He was also Chairman of the local House for disabled people during these years.

In 1996, he has also created the association Clé pour l’autisme (“Key for autism”) and chaired it until 2011. He was administrator of the French Red Cross from 2009 to 2013 and Board member of FEGAPEI. He also chairs the Philipe Sibieude Foundation under the aegis of the John Bost Foundation.

He has co-written several books such as L’Entreprise sociale a (aussi) besoin d’un business plan (“Social business (also) needs a business plan”) in 2011 and Une Grande Ecole : pourquoi pas moi ? (“A Grande Ecole: why shouldn’t I try?”) the same year.

He has also produced the first French-speaking MOOC (Massive Online Open Class) on social business: L’entreprise qui change le monde (“Business that change the world”) in November 2014 and Changer le monde : passons à l’action (“Change the world: let’s do it”) in May 2015 available on demand without cost on Coursera platform.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

I’ve trained 25 students of ESSEC Business School every year to lead social business for 13 years. The Chair, supported by MACIF, MAIF, Logeo and the Deloitte Foundation counts 250 alumni.

To support and promote social business in France thanks to the “Start-up” and “Scale up” programs of the incubator Antropia. To develop pedagogical and innovative tools such as MOOCs.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

France and every countries where the Chair’s alumni students currently work.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

The outcomes’ issue and the social impact assessment are very complicated since the issues that social business are dealing with depend on a lot of factors.

However, in terms of outcomes, it is true that today, French Business and Engineering Schools offer to their students social business curriculum and Forums such as the Positive Economy Forum or Convergences in September in Paris are events which gather several thousand of people. For sure, the Chair’s achievements have played a role.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill