Men and women working for the region

IPEMED aims to bring the two sides of the Mediterranean closer together using economics, and to make a concrete contribution to building an integrated, sustainable and socially responsible Euro-Mediterranean area

Jean-Louis GUIGOU Jean-Louis GUIGOU


Jean-Louis Guigou is a university professor and former delegate to DATAR (Spatial Planning and Regional Action Agency) (1997-2002). Since 2006, he has been Delegate-general of IPEMED (Economic Foresight Institute for the Mediterranean Region), whose objective is to use economics to move the two sides of the Mediterranean closer.

After a particularly brilliant academic career, he held the post of Project Manager in the ministerial cabinet of Michel Rocard (Minister of Territorial Development) (1982), then Project Manager at the Spatial Planning and Regional Action Agency (Datar) (1983-88). After a brief return to university education (Professor at the University of Avignon (1985-90)), he was Director (1990-97) then Delegate (1997-2002) of the Spatial Planning and Regional Action Agency (Datar), Inspector General for Education (2002-04) as well as President of the Institute of Advanced Studies in European Territorial Planning and Development (Ihedat) (2000-02). In 2002 the French Minister for foreign affairs gave him the task of identifying and promoting scientists working in the Mediterranean. He then created the Economic Foresight Institute for the Mediterranean Region (IPEMED), of which he is General Delegate.   

Jean-Louis Guigou is the author of several works, notably:
Une ambition pour le territoire, Edition de l’Aube (1995)
France 2020, mettre les territoires en mouvement, La Documentation Française (2000) 

Head of administration and finance

Stéphanie BAZ Stéphanie BAZ
Advisor on Communication and presse relations

Projects manager

Advisor on International Affairs


Since 2009, Jean-Marie Paintendre has been an Advisor on International Affairs at IPEMED and an independent board member of several financial institutions in Italy.
He graduated from ESSEC Paris, and has spent most of his career in charge of international affairs in the public and private banking sector.
He was Managing Director for International Affairs at CIC-Crédit Mutuel, Caisse des Dépôts and Groupe Caisse d’Epargne - where he acted as advisor to the Chairman for International Affairs.
In addition, he has been a board member of Euro-Mediterranean companies in France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Algeria, Luxemburg and the United-States, and most recently held the position of advisor to the French Export Trade Board (1988-2008).
From december 2013 , he is vice-president of MED Confederation , launched in Barcelona.

Projects Assistant

Véronique  VARALLO Véronique VARALLO
Project manager