Collegial management

Collegial management: an original format

In 2020-2021, a prefiguration group worked on an original and ambitious management model that offers several advantages:

  • Collaboration and shared responsibility: Collegial management encourages collaboration and shared responsibility between members of the management team. This allows a diversity of opinions and expertise to be taken into account when making decisions, leading to more informed and balanced decisions.
  • Redundancy and continuity: With several people involved in management, there is a redundancy in skills and knowledge, which reduces the risks associated with dependence on a single individual. In addition, it ensures continuity in the management of the organization in the event of rotation or departure of certain members.
  • Diversity of perspectives: Collegial management brings together people with different backgrounds, experiences and points of view. This encourages different perspectives to be taken into account when making decisions, enriching debates and thought processes.
  • Transparency and accountability: Decision-making is transparent and democratic. Each member of the management team is accountable to the other members and to the organization as a whole, reinforcing individual and collective responsibility.
  • Resilience and adaptability: Faced with complex challenges or situations, collegial management can be more resilient and adaptable, as it can quickly mobilize the skills and resources needed to deal with changes and crises.


The principle of rotation and term of office

The rotation of scientific management functions at the Institut d'études avancées de Nantes is based on several structuring ideas:

  • the search for complementary points of view, the sharing of scientific leadership and the development of relations to enhance the Institute's influence;
  • the enrichment of work topics through collective intelligence, different and complementary fields of expertise, dialogue, shared decisions and horizontal exchanges;
  • the distribution of time spent in Nantes to enable each member to pursue his or her academic career.

The scientific ambitions of the Institute are therefore supported and represented by a pair of academics for the management and deputy management, ideally ex-fellows of the Institute who have applied and been appointed by the Board of Directors; implementation is ensured by an Executive Director, a permanent employee, who supervises and coordinates the work of the permanent team of 14 people.

From experimentation to consolidation


The first collegial management model was developed in an experimental format in 2021.

In 2021, Pascale Vielle was appointed Director, assisted by Luis Mora Rodriguez and Mustafa Abdalla as Deputy Directors.

They were supported in their duties by Rozenn Le Merrer, General Secretary.



In 2022, Luis Mora Rodriguez was appointed Director of the Institute by the Board of Directors for the period 2022-2024.  Since autumn 2022, he has been assisted by Deputy Director Pierre Etienne Kenfack.

They are supported in their duties by Emmanuelle Garcia, General Secretary.

A period of formalizing functions and modeling responsibility principles has led to a better definition of action principles.

In January 2023, Emmanuelle Garcia has joined the collegial management team as Executive Director-Permanent General Secretary.



In July 2024, Luis Mora Rodriguez will step down in favor of Pierre-Etienne Kenfack, appointed Director for the year 2024-2025. He will be assisted by Sophie Halart as Deputy Director. 

Sophie Halart will in turn become Director in July 2025.

Recruitment of the 2025-2026 Deputy Director is currently underway (March 2024).

Collegial management 2022-2024



Costa Rica
Deputy Director 21-22 / Director 22-24