Find out about BRGM’s governing bodies.

Board of Directors and Programme Directors

Last update : April 2023

Christophe Poinssot
Chairman and CEO by interim
Deputy CEO, Scientific Director

Jean-Marc Trouillard
Secretary - general

Philippe Freyssinet 
Director, research, scientific programming and communication

Marie Belossat
Director, human resources

Catherine Bonin
Director, innovation, business and international activities

Christophe Didier 
Director, georesources

Philippe Gombert
Director, water, environment, processes and analytics

Karim Ben Slimane
Director, risks and prevention

Arnaud Garnier
Director, digital for geosciences

Jean-Marc Mompelat
Director, regional network

Natacha Girold
Acting financial director

Last update : January 2022

Knowledge of geological systems
Pierre Nehlig

Imaging and modelling of the subsurface
Philippe Calcagno

Natural risks and resilience of communities
Gilles Grandjean

Management of mining and industrial impacts on land and the subsurface 
Dominique Guyonnet

Digital data, services and infrastructure
Matthew Harrison

Groundwater and global change
Dominique Darmendrail

Mineral resources and the circular economy
Patrick d’Hugues

Subsurface potential for energy transition
Sylvie Gentier

Board of Governors and Committees

Last update : April 2023

Chair of the Board of Governors

To be appointed

Government Commissioner

Émilie Bernardin-Skalen

Representing the ministers for:

  • Research

Didier Marquer, Policy Officer for Earth Sciences, Georesources and Geotechnologies, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Deputy: Lise Fechner, Deputy Head of the Research Strategy Service (SSRI) at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DGRI)

  • the Environment

Philippe Merle, Head of Department, Technological Risks Department
Deputy: Jean-Luc Perrin, Deputy director for Chronic Risks and Steering

  • Mining

Guglielmina Toro, Assistant Deputy Director for Protection and Management of Water and Mineral Resources, Water and Biodiversity Directorate
Deputy: Jean-François Gaillaud, Head of Office, Directorate-General for Planning, Housing and Nature, Water and Biodiversity Directorate

  • Foreign affairs

Sébastien Bidaud, Deputy Director for Strategic Sectors, Economic Diplomacy Directorate
Deputy: Vanessa Salas-Pouget, Head, Energy Division, Strategic Sectors Branch, Economic Diplomacy Directorate

  • Cooperation

Dominique Waag, Deputy Director for Higher Education and Research, Directorate-General for Globalisation, Culture, Education and Development
Deputy: Baptiste Bondu, Head, Division for Operators and Sector Strategies

  • the Economy

Michel Schmitt, Engineer-General for Mines, Council-General for the Economy
Deputy: Isabelle Wallard, Engineer-General for Mines, Council-General for the Economy

  • Budget

Alicia Saoudi, Head of the Department for Energy, State Participation, Industry and Innovation, Budget Directorate
Deputy: Alexie Lalanne-Pelerin, Deputy Head, Department for Energy, State Participation, Industry and Innovation, Budget Directorate

Members selected for their particular expertise: 

Anne Besnier, Vice-President, Delegate for Higher Education and Research, Centre-Val de Loire Regional Council
Marc Chaussidon, Director, Paris Institute of Planetary Physics
Pierre-Alain Gautier, Director of Corporate Affairs & Partnerships, ERAMET Group
Sylvie Joussaume, Research Director, CNRS, Laboratory for Climate and Environmental Science, UMR 1572

BRGM staff representatives: 

Marie-Christine Dictor (CFDT), Nicolas Frissant (CFDT), Daniel Raucoules (CFDT), Denis Thiéblemont (CGT), Émilie Vanhoudheusden (CFE/CGC), Pierre Vassal (CFE/CGC)

Economic and financial auditing: 

Bruno Rossi, Jean-Pascal Codine

Last update : January 2022


Vincent Lagneau
Chair of the Scientific Committee and Director of the Mines ParisTech Geosciences Centre


Stéphane Bourg
Policy Officer for European and International Cooperation at the Institut des Sciences et Technologies pour une Economie Circulaire des Energies Bas-Carbone (ISEC), CEA 

Bertrand Braunschweig
Director of Coordination for the National Research Programme on Artificial Intelligence, (INRIA, Saclay)

Philippe Charvis 
Director for Science, IRD

Agnès Ducharme
CNRS Research Director, METIS, Panthéon Sorbonne University

Lara Duro 
Managing Director of the Amphos 21 Group

Lluís Fontboté 
Professor of Mining and Geology, University of Geneva

Emilia Huret 
Head of DRD/3C - Deputy Director of R&D (ANDRA)

Laurent Jolivet
Professor, Sorbonne University, UMPC – University of Paris 6 

Zoubeida Kebaïli Bargaoui
Hydraulic Engineer, Tunis National School of Engineering, University of Tunis El Manar 

Patrick Landais 
High Commissioner for Atomic Energy and Member of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Louis Londe 
Technical Director of Géostock, Chair of the Board of Directors of Géodénergies 

Laurent Montador
Deputy CEO, CCR Group 

Valérie November
CNRS Research Director, Member of the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Société (LATTS, École des Ponts)

Judith Sausse 
Director of the École nationale supérieure de géologie (ENSG)

Hervé Suty 
Director of CapBurdi and TERGYS 

Tirza Van Daalen
Director of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO)

Olivier Vidal 
Research Director, CNRS - ISTERRE

Last update : January 2022


Jean Lamy, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar / Former Ambassador


Özlem Adiyaman Lopes, UNESCO

Theresa Ponce de Leão, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Energy and Geology Laboratory (LNEG), the Portuguese geological survey

Denis Favier, Safety Director - Total Group

Rémi Pelon, Senior Mining Specialist - World Bank

Céline Adrien, Director of the EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) Secretariat

Louis Maréchal, Head of the Minerals and Mining Sector - OECD

Vanessa Salas-Pouget, Head of the Energy Department - Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Rokhaya Samba Diene, Director of Exploration and Mining Promotion at the Ministry of Mines and Geology of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Geological Survey Organisation (OSGA)

Professor Zahar, Professor of Higher Education at the Polytechnic School of Tunisia. EPT and Director of the VDEC (Sustainable Cities and Built Environment) Laboratory

Jean Launay, Chair of the French Partnership for Water (PFE)
or Marie-Laure Vercambre, Executive Director of the PFE

Frédéric Maurel, AFD, Deputy Head of the Water and Sanitation Division

Didier Marquer - Head of mission for georesources and geotechnologies at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (MESRI)

Hervé Boisguillaume, Deputy Director of Strategy, Partnerships and General Affairs
or Chahoul Gaffar, Head of the Partnerships, Operators and Projects Office, Ministry of Ecological Transition (MTE)

Last update : January 2022

Ministry of the economy, finance and recovery
By delegation, the Director-General of Development, Housing and Nature

Representing the ministry for ecological transition
The Director for Water and Biodiversity
The Director-General for Risk Prevention
The Director-General for Infrastructure, Transport and the Sea
The Director-General for Energy and Climate
The Director for Research and Innovation

Representing the ministry of higher education, research and innovation
The Director-General for Research and Innovation

Representing the ministry of the interior
The Director-General for Civil Security and Crisis Management

Representing the ministry for agriculture and food
The Deputy Director for Environmental Performance and Regional Development

Representing the ministry for solidarity and health
The Director-General for Health

Representing the ministry for overseas France
The Director-General for Overseas France

Representing the ministry of culture
The Director-General for Heritage

The chair of the BRGM scientific committee

The chair of the BRGM

Last update : January 2022

Jean-Yves Berthou (INRIA)
Director of the Inria Saclay research centre (Île-de-France)

Paul-Joël Derian (Avril Group)
Group VP Innovation and Sustainable Development - GM (Paris, France)

Annie Geay (Bpifrance)
Director of Studies (Maisons-Alfort, France)

Gérard Jacquin (GJ Consulting SAS)
President (Vitry-sur-Seine, France)

Laurent Jammes (CNRS)
Director of Industrial Partnerships CNRS-INSU (Paris, France)

Frédéric Jory (SAGEOS)
Managing Director (Orléans, France)

Philippe Portier
Open Collaborative Innovation Expert (Écully, France)

Thierry Salmona (TGS conseil)
President (Paris, France)

Hervé Suty (Capburdi)
Chairman (Bordeaux, France)

Last update : January 2022


Marie-Madeleine Miallot-Muller


Jean-Pascal Codine
Alicia Saoudi
Jean-Luc Perrin
Marie-Christine Dictor
Denis Thieblemont
Émilie Vanoudheusden

Government commissioner

Émilie Bernardin-Skalen