Break Poverty Foundation is recognized of public utility. It is presided by its founder, Mr. Denis Metzger.
Denis Metzger has always been committed to humanitarian causes whilst pursuing a career in investment banking in New York, London and Paris. He is the Chairman of Chequers Capital, a leading private equity investor in Europe. He participated in the creation of Action Against Hunger, the “Appel pour le Combat” with Abbé Pierre and “Droit d’Urgence”. He was the President of ACF France and Chairman of its International Board from 2006 to 2013.
Pierre Derieux is a consultant and independent investor. He began his career as a production engineer in the steel industry. He then spent 18 years working for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in France and in the United States. Specifically, he directed the expertise center for Industry in Paris, and is part of the management team in charge of the totality of BCG activities for France. Pierre graduated from l’Ecole Polytechnique and from l’Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
Serge Papin is the President and CEO of Système U since 2005. Passionate about literature, he created the publishing house ‘Mosée Editions’ with Louis-Marie Barbarit. He is also the author of ‘Consommer moins, consommer mieux’ in collaboration with Jean-Marie Pelt and Céline Rouden (Ed. Autrement, 2009). Serge Papin has actively participated in several programs that support the most destitute in France and internationally.
Christian Dargnat is the President of Dargnatnomics, a consulting firm in finance, economy, geo-economy and geopolitics. Prior to this, Christian was the CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management. He has also presided l’EFAMA (European Fund & Asset Management Association). Christian Dargnat is the President of the association that financed En Marche! He is a professor in Geo-economy and lecturer at HEC and Sciences Po.
Having first studied in history and geography, Véronique Saint Olive later also graduated from Science Po Lyon. She first worked for the Journal Rhone Alpes, and subsequently worked for Libération before joining France 2 where she covered the highest political events in France. She was accredited to the Elysée where she followed the President Jacques Chirac. She was nominated head of the politics department and became chief editor of the TV programs Des Paroles et des Actes and of l’Emission Politique.
With a degree from Dauphine and Sciences Po Paris, Valérie Daher has been invested in the humanitarian sector for over 15 years, specifically within Action against Hunger France as the director of communication and development. She then became the managing director of ACF Development, thus responsible for the international development of this network until 2018. Valérie Daher is a member of the French Fundraisers Association and a lecturer at the French Certificate of Fundraising at ESSEC.
After graduating from McGill University with an Honors Bachelors degree in political science, Fiona pursued her graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she obtained a Master’s in Criminal Justice Policy. Following a first experience as a communication coordinator in a humanitarian association, she joined Break Poverty Foundation in March 2018 as project coordinator.
Mathilde holds a research Master’s degree in anthropology and a professional Master’s in sustainable and territorial development.
After several years spent in Asia working on research and development projects, she returned to France in 2012 to apply her knowledge and experiences to NGOs. Since July 2018, she has joined Break Poverty Foundation as executive assistant.
Having graduated from universities in le Havre and Leeds in International Affairs and Commerce with Asia, Layla began her career in Beijing at Geologistics, in the management and coordination of international tradeshows. She then joined the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, an independent organization of which she became the director and spent 3 years developing the network of members as well as business events within the community. In 2002, Layla joined the Fondation de France, where she was responsible for fundraising and donor relations, which she left in 2016 in order to develop the resources of the Société Protectrice des Animaux (SPA). In July 2018, Layla joined the Break Poverty Foundation as Development Manager.