The Audencia Foundation was created in 2009, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, and in response to a major overhaul of Audencia’s financial model.

Its role: to contribute to the School’s development in France and internationally, and to enable future generations of students to access exceptional training programmes.

The Foundation supports the School in achieving its mission:

To train and support innovative and sustainable value creators. In co-creation with a wide range of stakeholders, Audencia produces and diffuses knowledge designed to transform teaching and inspire new business practices.

The projects supported by the Audencia Foundation can be categorised under the following themes:
• Diversity and inclusion
• Entrepreneurship
• Teaching innovation
• Research

Since 2009


Million euros collected


Business patrons

+ 2 400

Donor graduates and friends of the school




The presidency

My commitment to the Audencia Foundation is the continuity of my deep attachment to the school. My presidency comes at a key moment in the school’s strategy with the launch of its ECOS 2025 strategic plan.

DIDIER GAFFINEL – Graduate of the 1987 GE
Credit Agricole CIB
Deputy CEO

Founding members

“The Audencia Foundation’s major initiatives – CSR, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – address the same concerns as those of CIC Ouest.”

Isabelle AROUN
CIC Ouest
Director of Resource Centre

“L’OREAL’s values, missions and commitment are fully in line with the Audencia Foundation’s project: diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, social responsibility.”

Christophe GAMET
Vice President Global Human Resources – Finance & Legal

“What could make more sense for an entrepreneur than supporting a management school in order to help develop future intrapreneurs and/or entrepreneurs.”

Jean-Paul SIRET
Chairman and CEO, founder

Other members

Always involved in the social economy, I gladly agreed to join the Foundation’s Executive Committee out of my belief in the role of education and young people!

Labo de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire
Managing Director

“The values to which Audencia is committed are fundamental and are perfectly aligned with Eurocities.”

General Secretary

We must give students the tools to innovate, allowing them to be daring and take action in a world that is changing at unprecedented speed. That’s why I support the Audencia Foundation, because it is actively contributing to these issues!”

Michaël Thoby – Graduate of the 2013 ExecMBA
President, Founder

“As an Audencia graduate and KPMG partner, being part of the governance of the Audencia Foundation is a great source of pride. My involvement is at the service of development and the promotion of the Foundation’s societal and entrepreneurial action.”

Vincent BROYE – Graduate of the 1995 GE Diploma

“REALITES is committed to Audencia and its Foundation because we share common values such as social and cultural openness, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Anne-Charlotte BUFFETEAU
Head of Public and Institutional Affairs

“The Audencia Foundation supports the School’s differentiating values and actively contributes to its development. The generosity of our donors is a source of great pride.”

Christophe GERMAIN