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Marie-Hélène Bérard
Position: Chairperson

Ms. Marie-Hélène Bérard has been honored for her contributions to France with the distinction of Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur (Commander of the Legion of Honor) and Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite (Commander of the Order of National Merit). She is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Nationale d'Administration and l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques and she holds a Masters Degree in law from the University of Paris. She is an expert on French constitutional law and is the co-author of "Le Dictionnaire de la Constitution" (The Dictionary of the Constitution), an original and in-depth analysis of the current French fifth republic 's constitution, first published in 1974 and often cited as a standard reference work in French law schools.

From 1972 to 1988, Ms. Bérard was posted to the Ministry of Economy and Finance where she served in various increasingly senior capacities. During this period she also acted as an advisor to Simone Veil the Minister of Health and Social Security, as Deputy Advisor to Prime Minister Raymond Barre and as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, on matters of civil service, immigration and trade union relations.

In 1988 Ms. Bérard transitioned from government and has since held a number of executive positions in the private sector, including as Deputy Managing Director of Marceau Investments a French investment firm and as a senior member of management of Crédit Commercial de France (now HSBC France).

Ms. Bérard is presently the treasurer of the Chirac Foundation and of the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce. She is Vice President of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, a Director of the Russian Investment Fund Verno, and a Director of United Cement Group (Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan).

 
Michel Jébrak

Mr. Michel Jébrak is widely regarded as one of the most highly published geologists in the French speaking world. He has published more than 80 journal papers and numerous books on ore deposits and innovations in the mining industry. He's a French national specialized in the geology of mineral resources with more than 30 years of mining industry experience, including with the national geological surveys of Morocco and of France (BRGM).

Mr. Jébrak has held the post of professor of economic geology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) since 1987 and he presently holds the Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship. In 2013 his achievements in mineral exploration were recognized by the University of Lorraine (France) with the prestigious Chercheur d'Excellence Award.

His career has included the positions of Vice-Principal, Research at UQAM and President of the Science and Technology Council of Quebec (Ministry of Economic Development). Mr. Jébrak has worked in the capacity of exploration manager for various Australian, Canadian and French mining companies and he has consulted for mining companies worldwide. He is a global advocate for the mining industry and for the responsible development of mining and innovation policies in Quebec, France and several African countries and he is involved with several research networks in Canada and France.

 
Pierre Cunéo

Mr. Pierre Cunéo is highly experienced in the environmental, transportation, energy and sustainable development sectors. He is a formal civil servant, most recently in the post of Chief of Staff for the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. He commenced his professional career as a civil servant with the French Ministry of Finance holding a number of positions, including with INSEE (the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) and the French Finance Inspectorate. He was then appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for the French Secretary of State for European Affairs. Mr Cunéo has also occupied senior posts with the SNCF, the French State Railways, notably as Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs and as a Director of a Paris regional express rail line. He is currently a senior executive with Thalès, a major European aerospace group.

 
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