Our Editorial Board

Launched in September 2014, the new Planète Energies is overseen and endorsed by an Editorial Board made up of 17 independent energy experts from outside Total, who are all leaders in academia, industry, research and communications.  The Editorial Board meets every six months to set the main directions for the website, ensure its objectivity and accessibility, and outline the topics for feature reports and other topics to be covered. Non-energy specialists from the world of education also sit on the Editorial Board, to ensure that the content published on the site is of a high standard. The site is managed on a day-to-day basis by an Editorial Committee made up of information and communications professionals. The Committee meets monthly. It invites the members of the Editorial Board to participate in meetings on the topics that concern them, to determine the best way of explaining subjects and check the accuracy and scientific rigor of the content.

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Jean-François Minster

Senior Vice President, Scientific Development and member of the Management Committee, Planète Énergies

Jean-François Minster obtained a diploma of the Ecole Polytechnique and a Doctorate of the Institut de Physique du Globe of Paris (French institute of geophysics). In 1981, he created the laboratory for Physics and Chemistry of the Hydrosphere of the Institut de Physique du Globe of Paris, then the laboratory of Oceanography and Geophysics of Toulouse which he managed from 1985 to1996. He worked on the study of meteorites, volcanism, ocean currents the oceanic cycle of the carbon in relation with climate, and satellite oceanography. From 1990 to 1996, he also occupied the function of Director of the Institute of the Earth sciences of Toulouse. In 1996, he took the direction of the Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). From 2000 to 2005, Jean-François Minster was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER). In 2005 and 2006, he was Scientific Director General of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He is corresponding member of the Academy of Science and member of the Academy of the Technologies. On October 1st, 2006, Jean-François Minster is nominated Senior Vice President, Scientific Development of Total SA.

Jean-Louis Bal

Jean-Louis Bal

Chairman of the French renewable energy association SER

Jean-Louis Bal has a degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain in Belgium. He was elected Chairman of the Renewable Energy Syndicate (SER) in 2011 and was re-elected in 2013. He is also Chairman of the renewable energies working group of the Strategic Orientation Committee for Eco-industries (COSEI), and a director of Cluster Maritime Français, the French Electricity Union (UFE) and Fondation Bâtiment-Energie. Jean-Louis Bal is also a member of France's Higher Council for Energy (CSE) and was elected to the Aid Committee of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) after having held several management roles at the agency in the area of renewable energy.

Marc Florette

Marc Florette

Chief Digital Officer, ENGIE

Marc Florette is Member of the Executive Committee of GDF SUEZ, Chief Digital Officer directly reporting to the CEO in charge of the digital transformation of the GDF SUEZ group. He has been previously involved as Chief Technology Officer in charge of Research and Innovation in energy issues all along the energy value chain. He is Member of the French Academy of Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the French gas TSO GRTGaz. At the International Level, Marc Florette is Member of the board of MARCOGAZ (European technological organization) and (Past President of GERG ; European Gas Research Group), and is member of the board of the Gas Technology Institute (Chicago). He organized two International Gas Union Research Conference, held in 2010 in Paris, and in 2011 in Seoul. Prior to his appointment as Member of the Executive Committee of GDF SUEZ, Marc Florette has also been involved in operational activities, first as a manager in the distribution of electricity and gas in several regions of France, then as the CEO of a business unit developing, investing, and operating cogenerations and gas combined cycle. Marc Florette graduated from Ecole Polytechnique ,Paris( equivalent of MIT) in 1978, he got a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Paris VI and a master of Science in physics engineering of UCSD in USA. 

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Marco De Michelis

Executive Committee Secretary at IFP Energies nouvelles

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Patrick Landais

Scientific and Production Director, at French geological survey BRGM

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Sophie Sarraute

Headmaster, Secondary School of George Sand, Roquefort, France

After completing a degree in economics, Sophie Sarraute enrolled in Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres (IUFM) in Toulouse, a teacher training institute, and earned a CAPES secondary school teaching qualification in Economic and Social Sciences. From 2000 to 2008, she taught economics and social sciences in several schools. Sophie passed the French Ministry of Education's competitive entrance exam for "Administrative Personnel" in 2008. She was assistant principal at the Lycée Gaston Crampe high school in Aire-sur-l’Adour, which offers its 1,000 students general, technological and vocational courses, as well as associate and post-associate degrees. She is now the Headmaster at the Secondary School of George Sand in Roquefort.  


Valérie Quiniou

Vice-President for Climate & Energy, Total

Valérie Quiniou is a French engineer and naval architect graduated from the École Polytechnique and French School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA). She started working as a Naval Architect in Research and Development with Bouygues Offshore (now Saipem) in 1996, then moved on to Noble Denton in London (2000-2001) before joining Total in Paris in 2002 as a Metocean Advisor. From 2010 to end of 2015, she was Head of the Survey Technologies Department for geophysics, geotechnics, metocean, ice engineering and geomatics applied to development and operations. She was co-chairing the metocean Committee of the IOGP during the past two years. In January 2016, she joined the Corporate Sustainable Development and Environment Division, as Vice-President for Climate & Energy.