[Inspiring Conference] iRisk: “Making decisions in an uncertain world”

Date and place – 8 July 2022 on the Lille campus



Uncertainty is pervasive and plays a major role in decision-making. Whether agents pursuing individual goals, or policymakers pursuing social objectives, decision-makers rarely know what the relevant states of the world are.

To celebrate the launch of iRisk, its new research center, IÉSEG School of Management will organize an inspiring conference on the theme: « Decision-making under uncertainty in practice“.

The inspiring conference will be organized as a high-level panel discussion with four leading experts from the industry, policymaking, and academic community and will promote dialogs between theory and practice.


  • 12.30: Lunch (optional)
  • 13.30-13.35: Welcome address: Inspring Conferences
  • 13.35-14.45: Roundtable: Making decisions in an uncertain world [room B050]


Mathias DEWATRIPONT is a distinguished, and broad, economic theorist. He has been instrumental in the development of contract theory, and its applications to a large variety of topics. Mathias holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University (1986). Since 1990, he has been Professor of Economics at Université libre de Bruxelles. Fellow of the Econometric Society, he was President of the European Economic Association in 2005 and was a founding member of the Scientific Council of the ERC. He is member of the Académie Royale De Belgique and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Mathias was also Executive Director of the National Bank of Belgium between 2011 and 2017, being its representative on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and on the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank. During these last two years, Mathias was also a member of different management and exit strategy expert groups, responsible for monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic and providing opinion on the Belgian government’s strategy. Mathias has published widely in the areas of contract theory, organisation economics, and banking and finance.

Christian GOLLIER is Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics and an internationally renowned researcher in decision theory under uncertainty and its applications in climate economics, finance, and cost-benefit analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Catholic University of Louvain. He is fellow of the Econometric Society and won the Paul Samuelson Award for his 2001 MIT book “The Economics of Risk and Time”. With Jean Tirole, he created the Toulouse School of Economics, where he serves as director (2007-2015 and 2017- ). Christian is also one of the authors of the 4th and 5th reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In addition, he regularly advises several governments on their public investment evaluation policies.  In 2020, Christian was asked to lead the climate change component of the Commission of Experts on the Great Economic Challenges set up by President Macron. The work of the commission led to the production of a detailed report drawing recommendations to make economic policies more effective in responding to three long-term structural challenges. Christian’s recent book for the general public, “Le Climat après la fin du mois” (PUF 2019), deals with the importance of taking action in the face of climate change and has been a great success in France.

Gilles MOËC is the AXA Group Chief Economist and AXA IM Head of Research since June 2019. He also oversees Responsible Investment activities pertaining to research, thought leadership, engagement and active ownership since September 2020. Gilles graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1991. Between 1994 and 2006, he held several positions in the French civil service, at the national statistical institute (INSEE) and at the central bank notably as head of the International Economics Division of Banque de France. In 2006, he was appointed Senior European Economist at Bank of America then became, in 2009, Chief European economist of Deutsche Bank. Then, from 2014 to 2019, he has been Chief European Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Vicky POLLARD is acting head of unit and deputy head of unit “Foresight, Economic Analysis & Modelling” at the DG Climate Action of the European Commission since September 2019. Previously, she was the Environment and Climate Counsellor of EU delegation to China and Mongolia. She has worked on climate change for the Commission since 2006, covering international negotiations, relations with the US and other OECD countries and domestic policy. Before 2014, she was Deputy head of unit for the implementation of the EU ETS. She joined the European Commission in 2004 and worked on the EU Lisbon Strategy and the review of the EU Sustainable development strategy. Prior to this, she worked on environmental policy and economics, as a consultant, as Chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association and as economist in the UK government and Environment Agency.


Thibault LIEURADE is Head of the section Economy + Business at The Conversation France. A graduate of ESCP Europe and Grenoble Ecole de Management, Thibault Lieurade is a journalist and editorial consultant specializing in economics and management. Before joining The Conversation, he worked in several national newsrooms, including France 24, as well as for the web TV Xerfi Canal.


The conference will take place at our premises in Lille, B Building (room B050), 3 rue de la Digue – 59000 LILLE.


If you are interested in attending the conference, please note that the registration is free but compulsory.
Registration Deadline: 30th of June 2022.


If you need an accommodation, we advise you to book a room at the Residhotel (link).

72,65€ (studio standard). Breakfast in option 9€.

To benefit from our rate, please book by email >> and mention the code “IÉSEG IRISK”.

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