Chaire Finagri


The team

Our team

Coordinated and directed by Philippe Dessertine and Marie-Christine Favreau, the FINAGRI Chair is an evolving team of researchers, PhD students, interns and specialists (particularly legal specialists).


Éric Lamarque

He also holds the Chair in Management and He also holds the Chair in Management and Governance of Financial Cooperatives (MGCF). His research concerns issues of strategy, governance, organisation, risk management and performance of financial institutions. A member of the CEFDG (Commission for the Evaluation of Training and Qualifications in Management) of the Ministry of Higher Education and of the Board of Directors of the FNEGE, he was President of the National University Council for Management Sciences between 2011 and 2015. He currently heads the IAE France network.

Philippe Dessertine

Philippe Dessertine is a University Professor in Finance at the Institute of Business Administration of the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Director of the Institute of High Finance and a former member of the High Council of Public Finance, Philippe Dessertine directs the FINAGRI Chair that he founded. He is also Chairman of the Agenda 21 Committee.

Marie-Christine Favreau
Executive Secretary

Professor of Finance and Green Finance at IFG and Solvay Business School, Marie-Christine Favreau has international and multicultural experience in the financial sector (banking, insurance and wealth management). She has experience in a wide range of market products, more specifically in the field of Sustainable Finance.

Grégory Benteux
Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs

A partner in the law firm CMS Francis Lefebvre, Grégory Benteux is a recognised specialist in securitisation and covered bonds. He contributed to the creation of most French covered bond issuing vehicles as well as to the changes that have marked this market in recent years. Grégory also has extensive experience in structured financing and complex debt securities, particularly in the field of energy and the ecological transition.

Associate experts

Rébecca Couzens

An expert in sustainable development, Rébecca Couzens created and directed the Sustainable Construction and Property department at ELAN, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction. She contributed to the creation of the “Biodivercity” standard and an ad hoc association with Gecina, Bolloré, the Caisse des Dépôts et de Consignation, the LPO and Les Jardins de Gally (IBPC). Rebecca also initiated the creation of Circolab, an association committed to the circular economy and reuse of materials in construction.

Charlotte Gardes

Charlotte Gardes is an economist specialising in climate change, energy and financial stability issues. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis in legal and environmental economics on the adaptation of prudential regulations to climate risks. She has been working for the International Monetary Fund since 2021 (climate finance in emerging and developing countries; financial supervision) and began her career at the stock market regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers and the French Treasury Department. She is also the author of several publications, and is active in several working groups – in France and the United States – on carbon reduction and the role of the financial sector, as well as in scientific and mission committees. The views expressed in this project do not necessarily reflect those of the institution employing her.

Michel Griffon
Chairman of the Expert Committee on Agriculture

Michel Griffon works on public agricultural policies at the Société d’Etudes pour le Développement Economique et Social (CDC). Formerly Secretary of Programs at the Ministry of Cooperation and then Scientific Director at CIRAD, he worked for the Ecosystems and Sustainable Development Department of the National Research Agency before becoming its Deputy Director General. He chairs the International Association for Ecologically Intensive Agriculture, a concept he developed for the Grenelle Environment Forum.

Francky Duchateau

Francky Duchateau has nearly 20 years of experience in the agricultural, agri-food and agro-industrial world. A specialist in agricultural economics, he has worked as an advisor to managers and as a manager of innovative projects in banking, industrial, trade union and public authority structures. He is currently Head of Economics and Forward Planning for the French wheat producers’ association, the Association Générale des Producteurs de Blé (AGPB). His field of intervention includes support for the development of sustainable strategies, competitiveness of farms and agricultural sectors, risk management, finance, the ecological transition, development of agricultural CSR and change management. He also works on contract and public policy outcome indicators and impact measurement.

Lise Moret

Lise leads Sustainable Finance at Banque Hottinguer and manages the development of the Bank’s Impact Investing expertise and products range. Lise supervises the integration of ESG (Environment Social Governance) factors across asset and wealth management activities. As part of her role, Lise covers the enhancement of strong and committed stewardship approaches at Banque Hottinguer. She is also President of the French SIF Research Commission

PhD students funded by the Chair

Romain Berrou
PhD student

Romain Berrou, holder of a PhD in Finance, wrote his thesis on the regulation and financing of capital markets in the era of sustainable finance. He founded RSF Advisors, an independent sustainable finance consulting firm. He is co-author of the book “The Rise of Green Finance in Europe”, co-creator of the “Introduction to Sustainable Finance” course at IFG Executive Education and a lecturer in Sustainable Finance at Montpellier Business School. An ambassador member of the AFR, he is also an economist for BSI Economics.

Yi Zhong
PhD student

Yi Zhong has skills and knowledge in the Asian market, the differences in sustainable finance regulations in Europe and Asia, as well as analysis of the sustainable financial market with environmental and social data. She wrote a thesis entitled “Research on the development of sustainable finance in Asia: an in-depth discussion of the theory of sustainable finance based on the national conditions of certain developing countries in Asia”.

Dephine Dirat
PhD student

Before joining the London Stock Exchange Group in 2021, Delphine Dirat worked for 10 years at the stock market regulator Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). She was Director of Regulatory Policy and International Affairs and a seconded expert to the European Commission, in which she contributed to the development and implementation of the European Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. Delphine Dirat holds a diploma in Business and Organisation Management from Sciences Po Bordeaux and a diploma in Corporate Finance from the Bordeaux Institute of Business Administration. She is a PhD student in the FINAGRI Chair.

Romain Ménard
PhD student

During his studies at ESSEC Business School, Romain wanted to discover the world of research by taking a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Cergy. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESSEC and a Master’s degree in Economic Analysis and Economic Theory. He decided to continue his research by doing a PhD in the FINAGRI Chair.


Emmanuel Boutron
Head of the Chair's PhD students

Lecturer at the University of Paris Nanterre and Associate Lecturer at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Emmanuel Boutron is responsible for the Master’s degree in Business Finance at the University of Paris Nanterre. His research mostly concerns corporate financing.

Jaak Dye
Netherlands Project

Jaak Dye undertook his higher education in Britain where he specialised in the field of sustainable development, on the economic and ecological level for his Bachelor’s degree and from the political and societal point of view for his Master’s degree. Following several professional experiences in the carbon reduction field, as well as in project management, he decided to focus on the theme of agriculture. Within FINAGRI, Jaak will lead a research project on sustainable agriculture in the Netherlands, which leads the way in Europe in this field, with a particular focus on water use and nitrogen reduction..

Marco Migliorelli

Drawing on fifteen years of experience as an economist in the academic and political fields, Marco Migliorelli holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He worked first at the Court of Justice of the European Union and then at the European Commission. Author of several publications, his areas of expertise include banking and sustainable finance.

Scientific Committee

Philippe Dessertine

Chaired by Philippe Dessertine, the Scientific Committee is currently being set up

Eric Lamarque

Eric Lamarque, Director of IAE Sorbonne

Michel Griffon

Michel Griffon, agronomist, economist and sustainable development advisor at CIRAD

Emmanuel Boutron

Emmanuel Boutron, Director of the Master’s degree in Corporate Finance at the University of Paris Nanterre