The Management Committee

The Management Committee directs the institute according to the strategic guidelines laid down by the Board of Directors. It oversees all Efficacity’s activities: R&D programmes, enhancement and development, links to the other R&D actors, administrative and financial management, human resources and communication.

Claude ARNAUD, Chairman
Over the course of his career, Claude Arnaud held a number of senior posts within the Veolia Group up to 2015. After serving successively as Director of Research and then Deputy Regional Manager for the Mediterranean region with Veolia Transport, he was appointed to the Development France Department of Veolia Transdev as Development Director. Over his 40 years of experience, he has acquired extensive skills in fields including water, energy and transport. Claude Arnaud has chaired Efficacity since its founding in 2013.
Michel SALEM-SERMANET, Chairman
Michel Salem-Sermanet is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1989) and ENPC (1992). He held a range of operational posts within the then Ministry of Works in the Paris region (transport, housing, urban planning, environment), both in the minister's private office and with local authorities. He has also worked for institutions providing financing for urban projects in developing countries (World Bank, French development agency AfD). In 2006, he moved to London for three years to work with the Greater London Authority on urban development around the 2012 Olympic site. On his return to France, he was appointed to the post of operational Deputy General Manager of the Yvelines General Council and subsequently, in 2011, as Deputy General Manager of the Marne-la-Vallée local planning and development authority, EPAMARNE, where he spearheaded an ambitious urban innovation policy. In May 2014, he was appointed CEO of the newly created Efficacity Institute.
Antoine DAVAL, Strategy and Programmes Director
Antoine Duval graduated from INSA Lyon as an energy and environment engineer and holds a combined French and Chinese Master’s degree from Mines de Paris and the University of Tsinghua in international environmental management. He has acquired diversified experience across many aspects of sustainable urban development: deployment of LCA tools in Latin America (UNEP-SETAC), development of new material recovery routes in wastewater treatment (SUEZ Environnement), development of sustainable cities offers for Artelia from 2009, in China and then in France and internationally. In 2013, he was given responsibility for the internal organisation of sustainable and smart city innovation and acted as Artelia project manager on a number of iconic projects including the Eco-Cité on the island of Réunion.
Charline FROITIER, , Development and Valorisation Director
A graduate engineer of ESPCI ParisTech, Charline Froitier specialises in urban and environmental engineering and also holds a Master’s degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris and Tsinghua University in Beijing. She spent several years in Asia (Japan, China, Vietnam) and then in Latin America (Chile, Uruguay), working as project manager on projects relating to the management of urban services (energy, water, transport, etc.), urban development (Sustainable City simulator for Santiago, master plans, etc.) and sustainable development, applying her skills in the fields of energy and the environment. She was involved in the studies for the Grand Paris Express rapid transit system with Société du Grand Paris until November 2016, when she joined the management team at Efficacity in November 2016 with the task of developing the institute’s activities with urban actors in France and internationally.
Matthieu BUGEL, Technical and Innovation Director
After qualifying as an energy and environment engineer at EPF, Matthieu Bugel began his career with VEOLIA Environnement R&I. After spending five years in industrial research in the private sector, heading a number of research projects at both district and city scale, he launched his own startup. He then joined an innovation management consultancy firm, where he was primarily involved in assisting with the implementation of the KCP business method developed by Ecole des Mines. He joined Efficacity in 2016, and now works with the R&D project managers to ensure the transfer of the institute’s findings to the operational sector. On the Innovation front, he oversees the development of collaboration with the incubator and accelerator ecosystems.
Jean-Baptiste de BERCEGOL, General Secretary
Jean-Baptiste de Bercegol heads the administrative and financial management of the institute, as well as its human resources and communication. During his four years' experience with innovation consultancy firm D&Consultants, Jean-Baptiste was involved in the establishment of several public and public/private research centres. After graduating from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse (Sciences Po Toulouse), Jean-Baptiste went on to gain a Master's degree in Economics at the Institut d’Etudes Européennes (IEE) in Brussels.