The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation is a public-interest foundation created in 1987. Since the family of its founders has provided it with endowments on numerous occasions, it does not seek outside funding.
Board of directors
The Foundation is governed by a board of directors, which sets its strategic objectives, approves its budget and accounts, decides on the grants to offer based on the proposals submitted by the executive team and the committees, and provides general oversight of its activities and overall balance.
In addition to the founders and family members, the Board also includes government officials and qualified individuals.
FOUNDERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
MEMBERS FROM THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE, CULTURE AND ECONOMY
A statutory audit is carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers, represented by Eric Bulle. A Financial Committee prepares the work of the Board on managing resources and verifying budgets and accounts. Independent juries award the Foundation’s prizes. The Grant Committee prepares the Board’s decisions on the conduct of other philanthropic operations.
Under the direction and supervision of the Board, the Foundation is run by Olivier Brault, Senior Council Member of the French Court of Auditors, Director General, who leads a permanent staff of 15 people.
SUPPORT FROM QUALIFIED EXPERTS
The Foundation is assisted by outside experts.
The Scientific Council is chaired by Prof. Hugues de Thé, Member of the Academy of Sciences, Collège de France Professor and Head of the molecular biology department of Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris.
The selection committee for the Liliane Bettencourt Prize pour l’intelligence de la main® is chaired by Jean de Loisy, président of Palais de Tokyo.
The selection committee for the Liliane Bettencourt Choral singing Prize is chaired by Thierry Escaich, compositeur and Member of the Academy of arts.
Every year, between 80 and 100 eminent persons help the Foundation to pursue its mission.
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