Internal Transparency and Democracy
Actively involved in the social and fair economy, GRET requires of itself transparency and internal democracy. GRET’s orientations are set by the General Assembly of its members, most of whom are actively involved in its projects. The Board of Directors is made up of staff representatives and eminent specialists in development issues. Its chair is elected for a 3-year renewable term. GRET is under the operational responsibility of a managing director elected for at most two three-year mandates. Finally, in 2010, GRET’s “entreprise solidaire” (solidarity enterprise) certification was renewed for five years. In addition, GRET was awarded the “general interest” label in 2011.
Yves Le Bars, GRET President
Yves Le Bars is the President of GRET since 2005. He was a student at the Polytechnic school and is a forest and water rural genius General engineer. During 20 years, he has managed several research organizations (ANDRA, BRGM, CEMAGREF). Now he is an administrator for several research institutes: ISARA (Rhone Alpes Agriculture institute), IHEST (High Studies for Science and Technology Institute), AFPCN (Natural Disasters Prevention Association), and a member of the scientific council of Natixis asset management Climate Change Fund. Finally, he is the manager of SARL YLB Conseils and leads expertises for public authorities, ministries and research institutions. He supports the Repere program, started by the ex French sustainable development ministry, which gathers research institutions and civil society organizations to better address sustainable development issues.
Bénédicte Hermelin, GRET Managing Director
Bénédicte Hermelin has been working as an agronomist since 1989 on agricultural policies issues and international trade negotiations, in a French agricultural organization and in the international solidarity field. Since September 2007, Bénédicte Hermelin is the GRET Managing Director. She has been a member of the Coordination SUD’s administration council since October 2007, and became Coordination SUD vice president in January 2009.