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Gaël Giraud

Research Director, CNRS

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Dr Gaël Giraud is a French economist, specialized in general equilibrium theory, game theory and finance. Currently affiliated with University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES), Paris School of Economics and senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), he is currently advisor of 8 PhD students. He has also been appointed Associate Professor at ESCP-Europe business school. In 2009, he was nominated as Best French young economist by Le Monde/ Le Cercle des économistes. In 2013, he won the high school first prize “Read the Economy “awarded by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. He is also a member of a French “Laboratory of Excellence” devoted to financial regulation (LabEx ReFi), the European NGO Finance Watch, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation and the French Expert Committee for the national Debate on the Ecological Transition.Between 1999 and 2004, he worked as a quantitative consultant in various French investment banks.
He published 4 books, of which:
Le facteur 12, pourquoi il faut plafonner les revenus, 2012, Gaël Giraud and Cécile Renouard
Vingt Propositions pour réformer le capitalisme, 2009, by Gaël Giraud & Cécile Renouard.
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ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Gael Giraud will present his research works linked with energy consumption and growth. His conclusion: without an energetic transition, the European growth perspectives are zero. He will conclude with the presentation of his funding propositions.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?


IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Actions near the government concerning the financing of energy retrofitting for public buildings in France. Crucial impact on employment, greenhouse gases and hydrocarbon reduction.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“What is important is not to know much but to feel and taste things inwardly.” Saint Ignace de Loyola