The team

The Shift Project’s ten collaborators are of diverse backgroups, and are managed by the Executive Director Matthieu Auzanneau. The think tank operates under the supervision of the Internal Committee and its President Jean-Marc Jancovici. Project Managers lead the working groups, and The Shift Project is actively supported by volunteers organized within an independent association, The Shifters.

The TeamOur Internal CommitteeOur Projects ManagersOur volunteers ''SHIFTERS''

Matthieu Auzanneau

Executive Director

Matthieu Auzanneau is The Shift Project’s director since September 2016. He joined the think tank in 2014 as Public Affairs and Forecasting Manager, after having worked for more than ten years as a journalist – for Le Monde, Arte, etc. – at the crossroards of economics and ecology. Since 2010, Matthieu is a guest blogger on Le Monde website with his blog “Oil Man, chronicles of the beginning of the end of oil.” He published “Or Noir – La grande histoire du pétrole ” (ed. La Découverte, 2015), which has been awarded the Special Price of the Association of Energy Economists (AEE) in 2016. His Twitter account is @OIL_MEN.

Zeynep Kahraman

Head of Projects

Zeynep Kahraman is in charge of the think tank’s projects management. She is an economist specialised in econometrics as background, graduated from the Istanbul Technical University and from the Toulouse School of Economics, where she also focused on Environmental Economics topics. She joined The Shift Project in 2011 as Project Leader in charge of the Climate and Energy Data Portal. She has worked on energy scenarios and today, alongside Gaël Giraud, she is working on an academic paper aiming to make clear the strong link between GDP and energy. She has co-written the book Décarbonons ! 9 propositions pour que l’Europe change d’ère (Odile Jacob, 2017).


Jean-Noël Geist

Public Affairs and Communications Manager

Jean-Noël Geist is a Public Affairs & Communications Manager, and helps with various working groups within The Shift Project. He is graduated in European Studies from Sciences Po Strasbourg and in Gender Studies from Sciences Po Toulouse, he had originally joined the communications and events team. After a first experience in politics, he joined The Shift Project for leading its public affairs and communication.

Claire Martin

Administrative and Financial Manager

Claire Martin joined the Shift Project’s team as Administrative Manager, ensuring the implementation of good practices within the think tank. During 10 years and before joining the think-tank she gained a large experience as Office Manager along key leaders in international organizations, while being eagerly involved in associative groups. She joined then the Shift Project, convinced that everyone can act, change mindsets and contribute to protect the planet.

Nicolas Raillard

Project Manager

Nicolas Raillard joined The Shift Project as a Project Engineer. A graduate from ISAE – Supaéro (France) and from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), he worked as an engineer in complex systems strategy for 4 years. Having passed an Advanced Master in “Environment International Management” at the Mines ParisTech school (France) and Tsinghua University (China), he now wishes to apply his skills and qualifications to the low-carbon transition.

Clémence Vorreux

Project Officer

Clémence Vorreux joined The Shift Project to assist with Public Affairs & Mobility, focusing at first on peri-urban mobility. Starting 2018, she coordinates a project on Higher Education and Climate and, from mid-2018, one on developing a “guide” to low-carbon economy addressed to territorial players. She ensures the relationship with the association’s volunteers, The Shifters and participates in the communication and event organization. After graduating in European Policies and Public Affairs from Sciences Po Strasbourg, she first worked for the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment in Brussels.

Romain Grandjean

Project Engineer

Romain Grandjean joined The Shift Project as a Project Engineer. He graduated from Arts&Métiers ParisTech, the University of Quebeck and IFP School (ENSAM). He worked for 4 years as a project engineer in an Oil&Gas company’s project department. Passionate about energy, and particularly about the way to move forward with a transition to a low-carbon economy, he then has wished to dedicate all his energy to adress these issues. You can follow him on Twitter.

Coralie Vidal

Events Project Manager: The Shift Forum

Graduated from the Toulouse Business School, Coralie is specialized in communication. She has held the positions of Marketing and Commercial Assistant in a communication agency, of Internal Communication Manager or Mission Manager in companies and associations of different sizes and sectors of activity until she became Events Manager within the Shift Project from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, Coralie left her job, following the geographical transfer of her husband. Since then, she has taken the status of freelancer and continues, occasionally, to collaborate with the Shift on event communications missions.

Maxime Efoui-Hess

Assistant Project Manager
Lean ICT

Maxime Efoui-Hess joined the Shift’s team as a Project Manager Assistant. He is an engineering student in his last year of study at ISAE-Supaero, involved in the « Energy, Transportation, Environment » courses and is driven by climate issues. He found, in the Shift’s initiative, the opportunity to use the best of his skills to bring his own part to the construction of the energy transition.

Valentin Labre

Assistant Project Manager
Power Systems 2050

Valentin Labre joined the Shift to work alongside Nicolas Raillard on the “Power Systems 2050” project. Its goal is to develop a methodological guideline on the scenarization of electric power systems. Valentin obtained an engineer’s degree from the Ecole centrale d’électronique de Paris (ECE) and later achieved a postgraduate degree in “Energy, Finance and Carbon” from Paris Dauphine University. Before joining the Shift, Valentin had various experiences working in the energy field for companies such as Enedis (Public energy distribution) and GreenYellow (Decentralized energy solutions).

Marion Berthault

Policy Officer for
Higher Education and Climate / Power Systems

After a Bachelor’s degree in London and Madrid (Royal Holloway U. of London / La Complutense) Marion joined the team for the first time in 2015. Two years later, after graduating from a Master in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po Paris, and an internship at AXA’s Corporate Responsibility Department (working mostly on the preparation of the One Planet Summit and a report for Art.173 of the French Energy Transition Law), she joined the team again as Policy Officer in Higher Education and Climate / Power Systems.

Annalisa Etna

Communications and Events Officer

Annalisa Etna joins the Shift for an internship as communications and events officer. She graduated from Paris Diderot University, majoring in Japanese language and literature. Currently, she is a student at INALCO, majoring in International Relations. She is passionate about learning new languages and by themes related to the environment, human rights and the geopolitical conflicts due to arms trafficking. Annalisa developed her interest and experience in events management during her time working for the events team at Stade de France.

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The Internal Committee, whose members are elected among the Board of Directors, manages the day-to-day business of The Shift Project with the Executive Director and his team. Since 2016, it is supported by three new administrators who wished to be strongly involved in our activities: they help to drive our research, promote our studies and represent the think tank.

Jean-Marc Jancovici


Jean-Marc Jancovici is main designer and developper the French carbon assessment method (« Bilan Carbone »). Graduate from Polytechnique (X81) and teacher at Mines ParisTech since 2009, he founded Carbone 4, a consulting firm in carbon strategy with the economist Alain Grandjean. He is the editor of the popular website (formerly on energy and climate change and wrote many books related to energy and climate change.

Geneviève Férone-Creuzet


Geneviève Férone-Creuzet is a Doctor in International Economic Law and worked for the IEA, OECD and UNHCR. Chairperson of Casabee, a consulting firm on sustainable territories, she also founded ARESE, the first French social and environmental rating agency for listed companies. She headed the CoreRatings agency, subsidiary of Fitch Ratings, and was also Director for Sustainable Development of Veolia Environment and member of the Executive Committee of Eiffage. Vice-chair of the FNH, she wrote many books on economics and environment.

Michel Lepetit

Vice-Chair and Treasurer

Michel Lepetit is an independent director in the life insurance and telecom sector. Graduate from Polytechnique (X81) and former CEO of The Compagnie Bancaire, Crédit local de France, Caisse d’Epargne and AXA (from 1987 to 2009), he is also a researcher in economics history at the LIED. Within the Shift, he leads the Observatory 173 and works on the sovereign-risk rating, energy-efficient building renovation, the analysis of global energy scenarios and climate-risk rating.

Sylvain de Forges


Sylvain de Forges is a former Chief Executive Director of Agence France Trésor (2000–2003). Graduate from Polytechnique (X74) and ENA, he was the Deputy Chief Executive Director in finance, strategy and prospects for AG2R La Mondiale (2010–2016) after working for Veolia Environment. He is now Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Spread Research, a financial and non-financial rating agency specialized in small and mid-cap businesses. Administrator of the Shift since 2016, he first wanted to get involved in the Decarbonize Europe Manifesto.

André-Jean Guérin


André-Jean Guérin is a former senior official of the French Ministry of Environment. Graduate from Polytechnique (X69) and General Engineer of the Ecole des Eaux, Ponts et Forêts, he directed the Fondation Nicolas Hulot (1991–2000) and now its treasurer. He is also adviser to the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (2010–2015). Historical fellow of the think tank, he helped driving the Decarbonize Europe Manifesto before he became Administator of the Shift in 2016.

Laurent Morel


Laurent Morel graduated from Centrale Paris. Chairman of several companies (automotive, industrial vehicles, real estate, financing), he was especially Chairman of Klépierre group (2009–2016) before he became partner of the consulting firm Carbone 4 in 2017. Administrator of the Shift since 2016, he co-leads a research on climate risk rating with Michel Lepetit .

Zeynep Kahraman

Project Director

Zeynep Kahraman coordinates all the research projects of the think tank. Economist and econometric graduate of the Toulouse School of Economics, she joined the Shift in 2011 as Project Manager. Among others, she developed the Shift’s Energy-Climate Data Portal and worked GDP with Gaël Giraud on an economic research project aimed at demonstrating the causal relationship between energy and GDP. She is co-author of the book Décarbonons ! 9 propositions pour que l’Europe change d’ère (Odile Jacob, 2017).

Hugues Ferreboeuf

Project Manager

Polytechnician, Engineer from the Corps des Mines and a graduate of Télécom ParisTech, Hugues Ferreboeuf has held several senior management positions in subsidiaries and business units within the France Telecom Orange Group. He then led an international double career in management, as an entrepreneur and consultant. He had been at the head of the Banking and Finance sector of the British Telecom Group, where he was involved in numerous digital transition projects. He then got specialized in the management of transitions (energy, digital, generational) and, since 2017, he steers the “Lean ICT” project for the Shift since 2017, at the crossroads between digital and energy transitions.

Benoit Montels

Project Manager

As a thermal engineer and energy efficiency consultant for buildings, Benoît Montels is also involved in environmental associations such as Avenir Climatique. A graduate of the Paul Sabatier University in Housing Engineering, energy performance and comfort, he worked for several years with research organizations (INSE, Atmosphères) before joining the activity and entrepreneurs’ cooperative, SCOP Oxalis. Since 2016, he leads the Energy Efficiency Passport, run by the P2E Experience Association . The Shift is a founding member and provides the secretariat of this association.

Francisco Luciano

Project Manager

He is a civil engineer and urban planner specialized in mobility. Between 2016 and 2017 Francisco Luciano led the Shift working group on low carbon mobility in medium density zones,, which report was published for the Assises de la Mobilité. A graduate of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, the Universität Stuttgart and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he has devoted his career to urban transport and to cities’ sustainable development. Among others, he has been a researcher, an urban planner for the German development bank, director of tramway projects and head of international development projects for a multinational public transport company. He now works as an independent consultant and entrepreneur. In 2018 he took charge of CITEC’s Paris office.

Cédric Ringenbach

Former Executive Director

An engineer, graduate from the École Centrale de Lille, Cédric Ringenbach has worked ten years as a consultant in business intelligence before he starts working on the adaptation of the Carbon Assessment. In 2010, he takes over the management of the young think tank. He had run the association for more than 6 years and has been leading several projects, including the integration of energy criteria into household real estate loans. He also worked a lot on the Energy Efficiency Passport. Having left the Shift in 2016, he is now full time lecturer on climate change, consultant and teacher in higher education classes (Centrale Nantes, SupAéro …).

Frédéric Dinguirard

Project Manager

Engineer graduated from the INSA Lyon, Frédéric Dinguirard is specialized in IT project management, carbon trading registers and mechanisms, and climate negotiations. He worked for the Caisse des Dépôts, the World Bank, RTE, La Poste, EcoAct and the State of Gabon (National Climate Council, Ministry of Equal Opportunities). He also led forest improvement projects in several countries and advised the Chinese administration on the implementation of a greenhouse gas emissions record. Between 2015 and 2016, he led a project on carbon pricing for the Shift, which played a major role in reviving the debate on the desirability and the means of introducing a carbon bottom price in France and in Europe.

Pierre Lachaize

Project Manager

A graduate of Polytechnique and ENSTA ParisTech, he worked as a consulting engineer at Bossard Consultant. He was then Associate Director of CapGemini and Director of Information Systems at Unedi afterwards. He contributed to the works of the Shift, including the Usages of GDP project, Public procurement and Innovation and INDCs and the carbon budget. He is currently an independent consultant and writes a book on the currency.

Guillaume Emin

Project Manager

Graduated in finance from Sciences Po Paris, Guillaume Emin first worked in corporate finance and commercial banking (KPMG, Banque Palatine) and in SRI analysis (Oddo Securities, Candriam). In 2013, he joined and then led the association AFTER (Association for the Financing of Ecological Transition and Thermal Renovation) which run the SFTE project (Energy Transition Financing Company) led by Alain Grandjean, Gaël Giraud and Michel Lepetit. The SFTE report, published in 2014, proposes a European investment strategy with a broad partnership between the public and the private sector. The objective is to stimulate the economy thanks to the energetic renovation of schools, hospitals and all public buildings. In 2014 he joined the young rating agency Beyond Ratings and launched the activity of climate-energy analysis of sovereign risk.

Brice Mallié

Project Manager

A graduate of the London School of Economics, , Brice Maillé began his career in an Anglo-Saxon consulting firms in the 90s (Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young). He has been the Chief Executive of BPI Group, (leader in human resources consulting and services). In 2012, he founded Crosstalent, a solution provider in the field of employment, process management and HRM systems. Between 2013 and 2015, he led the Shift’s working group on energy-efficient building renovation and then led the development of the first Energy Efficiency Passport.
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Alexandre Barré

Project Manager

Physics and statistics engineer from Polytech Grenoble, Alexandre Barré is a specialist in electric systems. He led the project of the Shift on how to make residential electricity consumption more flexible. Co-founder of the association The Shifters, which brings together the volunteers of the think tank, he is also a member of its board of directors. He started his career as an analyst engineer in the production department at EDF. In 2017, he joined the Union Française de l’Electricité as a business advisor and worked, among others, on renewable energies and the involvement of territories.

Léo Bénichou

Project Manager

Polytechnician and a graduate of the KTH University of Stockholm, Léo Bénichou joined the Shift after a stint at the CEA. He led the first projects of the Shift, among which the design of the “Rogeaulito”global energy scenario modeling tool. He also contributed to the Shift Energy-Climate Data Portal. He now works in solar and electricity storage for Engie.

Marion Denantes

Project Manager

A graduate in international economics from Paris Sorbonne University and in international law from the ASSAS University, Marion Denantes worked in Brussels on the evaluation of EU climate policies. Between 2013 and 2015, at The Shift Project, she created and coordinated the network of volunteers, then founds The Shifters association. After what, she resumed her studies to complete a Strategic Carbon Management MBA at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Since 2014, she has been developing mitigation, adaptation and development projects for the international firm E co.

Hélène Le Téno

Project Manager

Engineer of Les Ponts et Chaussées and graduated from the University of Tongji in Shanghai, Hélène Le Téno began her career in hydrocarbons (Shell) and finance (Coequip). Manager at Carbone 4, in 2013, she piloted the project to map the carbon transition for the Shift. On this basis, she published the book “Miser (vraiment) sur la transition carbone” with Alain Grandjean. In 2015, she joined Scop Auxilia to lead the business consulting division and, since 2017, the SOS Group’s environmental transition department.

Margaux Montagnon

Project Manager

Engineer from École Centrale Lyon, Margaux Montagnon led the project on mortgage lending and energy resilience with the Shift, which aimed to analyze the potential consideration of energy expenditure in home ownership projects. After working with The Shift, she joined the engineering firms Indiggo, Artelia (Water & Environment, then City & Transport) and then the Energy Regulatory Commission, where she has been working since 2017 on tenders for renewable energies.

Jean-Guillaume Peladan

Former Executive Director

He was The Shift Project’s first Executive Director, from 2009 to 2010. Jean-Guillaume Peladan, an engineer, is a graduate from the École Polytechnique and École des Mines. He worked for the Boston Consulting Group and led several subsidiaries of Suez Environnement. He created the Shift alongside Jean-Marc Jancocivi, Geneviève Férone-Creuzet and Michel Lepetit. He led the Shift for a year and secured the first fundings, before joining the French Agency for Environmental and Energy Management (ADEME) as Director of Investments for the Future. He is currently the director of Strategy and Environmental Research at Sycomore Asset Management.

The Shift Project is strongly supported by an association of volunteers: The Shifters

The Shifters is a network of volunteers with a wide variety of profiles, experiences and skills, interested in carbon transition of the economy whether they are already involved in this field or not.

Whether you are, translator, professor, job seeker, househusband, artist, engineer or writer, doctor or gardener, antique dealer or marketgardener, all talents are welcomed to take up climate change and energy transition challenges !

If you want to join us, you can contact us at

The Shifters are dedicated to three missions:

  • Supporting The Shift Project in its work, by making occasionally available their taskforce and/or skills for The Shift Project;
  • Informing, debating and training on the economy decarbonation (including its scientific, technical, and political aspects, and in terms of issues, actors, solutions and current events);
  • Disseminating the ideas and works of The Shift Project among their own networks and developing new networks in the economy decarbonation.

Their commitment is based on the five following core values: technical and scientific requirement, openness, impartiality, professionalism and friendliness.

Missions performed by The Shifters can be, for instance:

  • Contribution to the development of several notes of our Decarbonize Europe Manifesto;
  • Contribution to various Shift works on the connection between GDP and Energy and on corporate climate reporting;
  • Tracking of energy-climate proposals of candidates in the presidential election;
  • Contributing to the Shift back-office at the COP 21 (analysis of draft agreements and INDCs);
  • Setting up conferences and events to increase public awareness of the available solutions to the challenge of climate change.

Monthly meeting of The Shifters

  • in Paris: Once a month, every third Wednesday 
  • in Brussels: please contact us to know the dates


Une réunion mensuelle des Shifters à la Mairie du IIème arrondissement de Paris

A monthly meeting of The Shifters in the townhall of 2nd district of Paris.

Conférence des Shifters à Bruxelles

A conference of the Shifters in Brussels on how to reduce one’s carbon footprint

Conférence des Shifters à Bruxelles : "Et si je pouvais faire quelque chose pour le climat ? Le rôle du citoyen dans la transition carbone"

A conference of The Shifters in Brussels, on the citizen’s and consumer’s role in the carbon transition