Livelihoods Management Team
A team of experts with more than 10 years of experience in impact finance
President & Co-Founder
Former Vice President of Sustainability & Shared Value Creation in Danone, Bernard has played a pivotal role in integrating social responsibility as part of the company’s core strategy. As of 2008, Bernard helped lead Danone’s initial carbon offsetting experimentations and launched large-scale mangrove restoration projects in Africa and Asia, in vitro. Following the success of these projects, Bernard co-founded with Jean-Pierre Rennaud the Livelihoods Funds in 2011, which became an independent entity.
Veteran advocate of sustainable development, he is playing a strategic and visionary role in the structuring of Livelihoods dual approach for climate action and sustainable sourcing.
Chief Operating Officer
Guillaume started his career in the financial sector and worked in Europe, Brazil, and Mexico, before feeling the pressing need to engage his skills and energy into environmental protection and social development. He went back to college and feel in love with the outstanding capacity of trees to sustain human and animal life. He met Livelihoods’ two co-founders and joined the team to launch the adventure with them.
He started in the company as Financial Director and helped create Livelihoods Venture and the first Livelihood Carbon Fund in 2011. He helped launch the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming in 2015 and became the company’s Development Director to co-lead project design and implementation. In 2018, he became Chief Operating Officer to help implement key projects and ensure the overall management of the company’s teams.
Sustainable Sourcing Vice President
Eric has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector and 7 years of experience in NGOs. He has played leading roles in building sustainable sourcing projects and strong partnerships committed for systemic transformation.
Passionate about designing solutions with impact and value for all, Eric has set up strategic private & public partnerships in the cocoa, spices, and tropical oil supply chains in West Africa & South East Asia. He joined Livelihoods team in 2014 and played a key role in the structuring of the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F) launched in 2015. Today, he leads our sustainable sourcing department, including L3F, an innovative investment model designed to build sustainable supply chains with pioneering brands while improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Advisor & Co-Founder
Jean-Pierre is an experienced biochemical engineer and business developer who has spent 30 years in strategic management roles, in Danone. He has played a leading role in the company’s sustainable development strategy as an Environment Director. Jean-Pierre co-founded the Livelihoods Funds together with Bernard Giraud in 2011 and is today a strategic advisor to our social business.
Jean-Pierre is also the former President of the French agronomic Institute SupAgro in Montpellier as well as President of the Scientific Committee of Planet A agriculture platform. Passionate about leading sustainable agricultural models with close contact with the field, Jean-Pierre launched his own brewery in 2018 in Groix island, Brittany. “La Bière de Groix” is a high-quality beer produced with pioneering regenerative agricultural practices that valorize both a unique territory and the island’s economy.
Chief Finance Officer
Christine has more than 20 years of experience in B2B finance & administration. She holds a dual MBA degree from the French Business School EM Lyon and the University of Texas in Austin and is specialized in innovation, environmental & social issues. Christine also holds a Master’s in Engineering & Environmental Management from Mines-Paris Tech. Passionate about sustainable development and contributing to make a change for the livelihoods of rural communities, Christine plays a key role in Livelihoods Venture as the head of our finance and administration team.
Highly dedicated to the good structuring and implementation of our funds, Christine is also strongly involved in the management of Livelihoods’ human resources and plays a key role to ensure a smooth internal organization.
Head of Carbon Projects
Originary from Colombia, Julian is an agronomist with 15 years of experience in designing and implementing innovative models to support smallholder family farmers, worldwide.
He has worked for 7 years with international NGOs in rural development, natural resources management and value chain, leading high added value projects in the field in Asia, Africa, Latin America.
Today, he leads Livelihoods Carbon projects which are implemented across all continents.
Senior Development Manager
Sarah is an Egyptian-British national with more than 7 years of experience in the commodity market, international supply chains and specialied in social impact financing.
She holds an MPA in International Development.
Sarah has played a key role in structuring the pipeline and financial model of Livelihoods Carbon Fund 2, launched in 2017. She leads the partner relationships and structuring of the 3rd Carbon Fund.
Jérémie de Charentenay
Head of Operations
Jérémie holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Environmental Economics, from leading Frech University AgroParis Tech.
He has worked for CDC Climat and Deloitte, as well as a management consultant in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
He pilots large-scale L3F projects for sustainable supply chains , including Livelihoods Coconut project in the Philippines.
Senior Developement Manager
Thomas has been committed in the sustainable agricultural value chains, multiple stakeholder projects and impact investing for the past decade. He leads Livelihoods vanilla sustainable supply chain project in Madagascar.
He is also structuring sustainable agriculture and forestry carbon investments in Africa & South East Asia, and designing innovative financing facilities for scale-up in emerging and advanced economies.
Thomas is the former France Director of “2 Degrees Investing Initiative” & Managing Partner of GreenFlex and BeCitizen (Rothschild Group), two environmental and impact investment consulting firms.
Livelihoods Project Management Team
A team of agronomists, engineers & finance experts with hands-on experience
Senior Project Coordinator
René-Charles is an experienced agricultural engineer holding a DEA & PHD in Agrochemistry.
He has lived 15 years abroad and has managed impactful carbon footprint and water sustainability projects. René-Charles has managed 3 plants in 3 different countries. He has spent 15 years in Danone, including as a QSE manager.
Senior Project Coordinator
Nirmal has more than 16 years grassroots experience working with rural communities in India and Afghanistan, developing market-linked smallholder programmes that link agriculture, natural resources, and livestock. He holds an MPA in International Development (Cornell University).
Nirmal leads the mangrove and agroforestry projects of Livelihoods across Asia.
Maribel Narvaez Gallardo
Senior Partnership Manager
Maribel is an experienced chemical engineer holding an international MBA.
She has developed complex projects in Africa, Latin, America and Europe, including with UN agencies to promote sustainable economic growth focusing on strategic food chains.
In Livelihoods team, Maribel establishes key public-private co-funding partnerships and plays a key role in structuring our funds.
Project manager & business developer
Jean-Pierre is a strategy entrepreneur graduated from Sciences Po in CSR and ESSEC Business School.
In Peru, his home country, he has previously founded PRODESO NGO to empower family farmers and preserve biodiversity.
In Livelihoods team, he leads rural energy projects with strong impact for local communities, across Africa and Latin America.
Social impact Lead and Senior Project Coordinator
Rosa-Maria is a Mexican conservationist with 30 years of experience. She leads large-scale rural energy and watershed preservation projects of Livelihoods, in Guatemala and Mexico.
Rosa is specialized in landscapes management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Back in Mexico, she has founded a prestigious NGO to improve the lives of the poorest communities.
Within Livelihoods team and together with our partners, she leads our Monitoring & Evaluation activities focusing on the social impact of our projects. She plays a key role on the definition and implementation of our social impact KPIs including farmer income, gender equality, women and young rural communities empowerement.
Senior Agroecologist & Project Coordinator
Nicolas is an experienced agroecologist with 18 years of experience, specialized in sustainable rural development and water management.
He has worked with public authorities, NGOs, international development funds, mostly in South America.
Within Livelihoods team, Nicolas leads our watershed project in Brazil and plays a transversal key role on regenerative agriculture and biodiversity preservation.
Senior Carbon & Project Coordinator
Danny is a forestry engineer with 15 years of experience in forestry reasearch, silviculture, project management.
He has worked as a CDM project Director in Colombia, his home country and led impactful forestry projects while at ONF International (REDD+, CDM, Voluntary Carbon Market).
Senior Project Coordinator
Maïkov is an experienced agronomist in reforestation, biodiversity preservation, and social project management.
He founded FORESTEVER NGO to develop agroforestry & reforestation projects with indigenous communities in the Amazon.
He has worked 10 years in UP2Green Reforestation NGO. He leads key Livelihoods agroforestry projects across Africa.
Senior project coordinator
Jonathan is an agronomist specialized in tropical agriculture and rural development. Since 2003, he has been engaged for the improvement of rural population living conditions all around the world.
Over the past 17 years, Jonathan has been working for international NGO, farmers’ organisations and micro-finance institution in 9 countries of Latin America, Africa and South East Asia. Jonathan plays a key role in identifying and designing ambitious development programs for Livelihoods.
Amélia joined Livelihoods in 2020 to contribute to the success of our funds and projects growth, thanks to her strong analytical skills and experience in international relations, impact measurement and humanitarian management. She holds a master’s degree from Sciences Po’ School in Strasbourg, as well as a master’s Degree from IRIS SUP’ school where she specialized in international program management, international aid, and strategic planning.
She has previously worked in Germany, Belgium, and France, and spent 2 years in Vietnam, where she led the strategic activities of Côtes d’Armor-Viêt Nam NGO. Amélia oversees our key fundraising activities and partnerships to strengthen the impact of our projects.
Climate Impact Coordinator
Mélanie is an apprentice engineer in Agroecology at ISARA school based in Lyon/Avignon. Passionate about nature preservation, agroecology and travelling, she has spent several internships in scientific and biotechnology centers, including a 3-month internship in Vietnam in 2018, where she created a protocol to test the concentration of an oligosaccharide on orchid micropropagation.
Since then, she has decided to follow her passion and focus on global agroecology projects with strong social impact. She has joined Livelihoods as an apprentice and Climate Impact Coordinator to support our Livelihoods Carbon Funds projects audits, carbon estimates and impact assessment.
Finance, Administration & Communication Team
Elise has graduated from an Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development.
She has previously worked as CSR Coordinator at Suez Eau France where she focused on facilitating access to water for the most vulnerable communities.
She has worked several years in Ireland and Italy where she also volunteered in organic farming.
Senior Finance Officer
Originary from Egypt, Youssef has more than 13 years of experience as Chief Accountant and 5 years in the private sector. He has worked as a Treasury Accountant and Manager in the banking sector in the Middle East.
He holds Diplomas in Accounting Management obtained in France & Egypt. Highly involved, Youssef operates Livelihoods Funds treasuries, and also deals with human resources and administration.
Inès Sheikh Suliman
Inès is an experienced multilingual Finance Officer who holds a dual Master’s Degree in Accounting and Business Management from Aleppo University, Syria and Anger University, France. She is also certified as a public accountant.
Expert with numbers and with a strong passion for social impact, Inès is highly involved in the transversal finance administration of Livelihoods and the carbon verifications for Livelihoods Carbon Funds projects.
Director of Communication & Network
Marion has spent 14 years in Greece, her home country.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Management & Translation and has 6 years of experience in marketing, communication, business development in both multinational and start-up companies.
Passionate about social impact, and interculturality, she is highly involved in helping Livelihoods grow as a reference actor in impact financing.