Profile: Simon Lehelley (France)

My name is Simon Lehelley. I’m 25 years old and come from France. I have done my bachelor degree in political science in Versailles University in 2014. I also studied two years in communication before.

Last year, I decided to go in Los Angeles to have an international experience in an English language school and discover a new culture. I stayed six months in a host family to live completely the American culture and share experience with people who comes from all over the world.

It has to say it was also a great experience to discover what I always wanted to do: entrepreneurship. Indeed, there is a different culture where people like to create something new and take risk which is much less the case in Europe.

Also, I’m involved in a non profit organization for finding funds in the medical field.

Then, I decided to go in ISG business school to have global knowledge in different area: finance, marketing, management among others.

Indeed, I decided to launch a start-up with my sister in the digital field. It is the beginning but it is quite challenging to do in the same time both a MBA program and a start-up.

On Sustainable development

Sustainable development is obviously a big challenge nowadays.

It begins with the Brundtland report in 1987 which recommend to answer to the current need without compromising the ability for next generation to answer of their need.

Indeed, it is important to save the environment in using sustainable energy and preserve natural resources. Thus It leads to the subject of economic development to create wealth with sustainable production and consumption way.

It is obviously difficult to find agreement because there are in one part economic priority and in an other part social and ecological aspect. For instance, government often have a short term vision and think more about the economic development than the ecological consequences.

To my mind, there are a lot of actors which are concerned and can lead to a change such as companies (private and public), NGO (WWF,  Greenpeace…) or citizens among others.

Also, there are obviously a gap between developed and developing countries. Indeed, it is much more complicate for developing countries to take into account these new environmental aspects.

Last but not least, the “Cop 21” in France which was the 21 conference to find solutions on global warming lead to an universal agreement on climate with the objective to have an increase of 2°C maximum for 2100 and try to limitate to 1.5°C.


Expectation about the course

We are all concerned by sustainable development and it is a very large and complex subject.

Even if there are more and more awareness about it, I really would like to have further and specific information about this subject.


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Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the IMBA Seminar onSustainable Development, Economy and Democracy of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris, June2016.

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