Emmanuelle Aoustin

Environmental Sustainability | Change Agent | Thought Leader | Business for Good

Paris, FR


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I believe that business can be a source for collective good, not just for the private gain of a few. That is what will lead us to healthy sustainability solutions that will serve the best interest of our planet and people. I lead companies that are focused on positive environmental impact, where the work itself is meaningful and the workplace nourishes the soul. I am operating in the Zone when I am: - Assembling teams of sustainability professionals who are as smart as they are thoughtful and emotionally intelligent. - Giving a platform for everyone to have a voice, no matter if you are on the front lines, behind the scenes or in the boardroom. - Listening, and not the kind of listening in order to fix, rather the kind of listening in order to learn, so that we don’t stay rutted in the same outdated thinking that stalls positive change. - Creating new ways of doing business. What got us here, won’t get us there. - Building healthy profitability that supports innovation and impact at scale. I am committed to a better world for all of us. That makes me a changemaker and it isn’t for the weak of heart. As a leader, I am in a constant state of listening, learning and strengthening my own courage and resiliency muscles. To make significant and impactful sustainable change, this is needed now more than ever. 

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Work experience

Jan 2014 - Jun 2020

Quantis International


My initial mission as CEO was to create the Quantis 2020 vision, to provide focus & alignment. This was the north star for Quantis’ transformation and growth over the next 5+ years, to become the catalyzer of bold sustainable change and to guide top organizations to shape, implement and communicate intelligent environmental sustainability solutions. This meant building a new multi-country organizational model that would harness the collective intelligence of the Quantis team’s talent through fluid hierarchies. Some of my proudest accomplishments: - Established new country branches in Germany, Italy and expanded presence in the US - Increased profitability and nearly tripled revenue to allow for greater innovation and impact - Built a strong and identifiable brand - Transformed Quantis into a recognized industry thought leader - Nurtured an environment for personal and professional development.

May 2015 - May 2020

Quantis International

Board of Directors

Soon after I was appointed as CEO, I was elected to Quantis’ Board of Directors. With fellow Directors, we set long-term goals, oversaw all aspects of management, supervised the accounting & financial controlling, and managed the General Assembly of Shareholders.

Feb 2012 - May 2014

Quantis International

Director, France

Attracted by the Quantis Spirit embodied by its scientific talent, I transitioned from the corporate world to consulting in order to have greater impact at scale. In this role, I was in charge of the French market, and grew the branch from a small team of great LCA analysts to the go-to partner in France for metrics-based sustainability.

Jul 2011 - Jun 2012

AFNOR Certification

President Commission X30U 'Environmental Management Tools'​

I lead the interested parties to activate France's contribution to major environmental certification frameworks, such as EMS (ISO14001) and LCA (ISO14040 series).

Jan 2007 - May 2012

UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

Co-leader of WULCA (Water Use in Life Cycle Assessment)

I supported the diversity of international expertise (people from academia, various industries and public institutions) to define together the first building blocks of Water Footprint in LCA. Since then, WULCA delivered the renowned consensus-based AWARE methodology.

Nov 2010 - Feb 2012


Corporate Sustainability Manager & Environmental Footprint Co-ordinator

I supported Veolia in integrating Environmental Footprint in its service offerings. I was part of the CSR team at Group Level.

Dec 2005 - Dec 2010


Team Manager - Environmental Risks & Impacts

Team Manager - "Environmental Risks & Impacts" • Set up & management of R&D projects • Developement of scientific expertise in the field of environmental assessment tools & methodologies • Management of 10 research fellows (PhD, Master) • Areas : Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Biodiversity, Biomonitoring, (Environmental) Risk assessment

Oct 2003 - Dec 2005


Project manager - Environmental Risks & Impacts

LCA of waste management scenarios & WWTP sludge mananagement scenarios Environmental monitoring of waste treatment plants

Nov 2000 - Oct 2003


European Projects Coordinator

National & European R&D fundings Scientific partners identification & evaluation

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