Brune Poirson is Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for Veolia Water India, a subsidiary of Veolia Water, the world's leading water services provider. Based in New Delhi, she is responsible for designing and implementing the company’s social responsibility strategy in India, with a special focus on access to basic services and social innovation. Before joining Veolia Water India, Brune worked as Project Coordinator for the French Development Agency (a public organization in charge of financing and implementing international development programmes) where she coordinated the design and launch of a 54M Euros project in the field of biodiversity conservation in the state of Assam, India. Brune also spent almost three years at NESTA in London (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) working on innovation policy. Within this framework, she was seconded to the Indian National Knowledge Commission headed by Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations. Brune studied political science at the London School of Economics and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence in France.
Nicolas Miailhe is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Until June 2014, he was Regional Director (South Asia) for Sagem, a subsidiary of the SAFRAN Group, the world leader in aerospace, defense and security. Based in New Delhi since 2009, he was in charge of expanding Sagem business footprint across the region, leveraging its diversified portfolio of high technologies with a special focus on the establishment of industrial and technological partnerships. Nicolas was also Deputy Managing Director of Sagem Services India Pvt. Ltd., the local subsidiary in charge of customer support and maintenance. Before joining Safran India, Nicolas worked for Sagem International Development Directorate in Paris as Area Manager responsible for Eastern Europe. He started his career at Sagem in 2004 as Deputy Delegate for India in the then newly created Delhi Office. Before joining the high technology industry, Nicolas worked as an analyst for the Centre for Defence Analysis (CAD, DGA) of the French Ministry of Defense. He was in charge of writing a report on the future of nuclear deterrence post 9/11 in cooperation with the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), a leading French think tank, and EADS Astrium, the world leader in satellites and space transportation. Nicolas graduated from Sciences Po Strasbourg and from Paris Panthéon-Assas University.