Working in the Companies and Development program at ESSEC Business School, Hervé conducted field research in the Niger Delta from 2010 to 2014 to assess the oil companies’ contribution to local development and the performance of their corporate social responsibility strategies.
In 2014, he joined a leading hydropower plant project in Cameroon to provide technical assistance in environmental and social issues. His team was in charge of drafting the project’s stakeholder engagement plan, supervising the project’s contribution to local development. Before this, Hervé was based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, for eight years in the French economic diplomacy network in Africa.
Hervé is also an experienced teacher on corporate social responsibility, economics and ethics. He has authored publications on development processes in Africa and the role of corporations, including a book on economic and political dynamics in the history of Nigeria.
Hervé holds a Ph.D. in economics from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, with a dissertation on the corporate-social responsibility of oil corporations in Nigeria; a master in finance and strategy from Sciences Po Paris with a major in project finance in developing countries; and a master’s in economics and Management from the Catholic University of Central Africa (Yaoundé).