Elisabeth Laville

Founder & CEO
Utopies
Val d’Isère 2020

Anticipating the future in a positive way is no easy task, yet for the past 25 years Elisabeth Laville has been helping various companies do just that. Founder and president of Utopies, the first sustainable development consulting agency in France, she’s now known as one of the leading experts in Europe on the subject. She borrowed her motto from Winston Churchill: “If you don’t take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat.” Author of the best-seller L’Entreprise verte (published in 2002), this pioneer never stops taking on new projects and fueling innovation (For example: Graines de Changement, which highlights entrepreneurship for the greater good, and mescoursespourlaplanete.com, which provides information on sustainable consumption). She’s also the recipient of very high distinctions, such as the 2008 Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman Prize — the same year she was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur; and in 2019 she became Officier de l’ordre national du Mérite. At a time when ecological questions are leading the conversation, it’s an honor to have her share her optimistic view of the future with us.

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