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The Innovation and Transitions Foundation’s governance consists of three bodies:
  • The Governing Board (decision-making body);
  • The Strategic Orientation Council (advisory body);
  • The Audit and Finance Committee (advisory body).
All mandates within these bodies are carried out free of charge.


President: Michèle Cottier, Université de Lyon
Vice-President: Jean-François Pinton, École normale supérieure (ENS) de Lyon
Treasurer: Pascal Charrière, Caisse d'Épargne Rhône-Alpes
Secretary: Frank Debouck, École Centrale de Lyon

Governing Board

The Governing Board is the supreme decision-making body of the Innovation and Transitions. It meets twice a year and is renewed by half every two years (the last renewal took place in June 2018).

Representatives of the college of founding companies

  • Pascal Charrière, Caisse d'Épargne Rhône-Alpes
  • Jean-Michel Longueval, Métropole de Lyon
  • Delphine Segura Vaylet, Groupe SEB
  • Éric Cotte, CIC Lyonnaise de Banque

Representatives of member institutions of the Université de Lyon, constituting the college of institutional partners

  • Michèle Cottier, Université de Lyon
  • Jean-François Pinton, École normale supérieure (ENS) de Lyon
  • Frédéric Fleury, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
  • Frank Debouck, École Centrale de Lyon

Qualified well-known figures

  • Cécile Barrère-Tricca, IFP Énergies nouvelles (IFPEN)
  • Françoise Moulin-Civil, ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation
  • Philippe Guérand, CCIR Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Ronan Stéphan, consultant indépendant

Permanent guests

  • Laurent Wauquiez, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Gaël Perdriau, Saint-Étienne Métropole

Strategic Orientation Council

A Strategic Orientation Council, independent from the Governing Board, has been implemented at the beginning of 2015. This council, shared with the Université de Lyon, is a source of proposals and constructive criticism for the governing boards of both entities which request its advice on major strategic decisions.

Designated President: Ronan Stefan
Institutional Co-Presidents:
 Stéphane Martinot

Institutional college

  • The Préfet de Région or his representative
  • The President of the Conseil régional Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes or his representative (Yannick Neuder, Vice-president)
  • The President of the Métropole de Lyon or his representative (Jean-Michel Longueval)
  • The President of Saint-Étienne Métropole or his representative (Bernard Laget)
  • The President of the local CCI (Philippe Valentin)
  • The President of MEDEF Lyon-Rhône (Laurent Fiard)
  • Permanent guest: The Mayor of Lyon or his representative

Socio-economical college

  • Alain Denizot, President of the Management Board Caisse d'Épargne Rhône-Alpes
  • Philippe Maurin-Perrier, Co-President HEF
  • Nicolas Baverez, essayist, editorial writer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Alexandre Mérieux, Chief Executive Officer of bioMérieux
  • Christine M’Rini, Vice-President for research and innovation at Danone Advanced Medical Nutrition
  • Jérôme Salord, President of SantéVet - VetAssur

Academic college

  • Pierre Miossec, Professor of immunology
  • Antoine Petit, President of the CNRS, or his representative
  • Gabriele Fioni, Deputy Rector for Higher Education, Research and Innovation in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes academic region
  • Marie-Claire Villeval, Research Director at the CNRS
  • Hélène Laffont Couturier, Director of the Musée des Confluences

Audit and Finance Committee

The Audit and Finance Committee has an advisory role for the Governing Board covering all matters of financial management of the Foundation for the Université de Lyon. It is chaired by Jean-Pierre Lac and meets at least twice a year, particularly to examine the estimated budget for the coming year and the budget implementation for the previous year.

President: Jean-Pierre Lac


  • Jean-Pierre Lac, Lyon place financière et tertiaire
  • Christophe Barrat, Deputy Director of the Public Management Department, DRFIP Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Département du Rhône
  • Marie-José Quentin-Millet, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Yves Minssieux, Lyon Committee of the Foundation France Centre-Est