Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) announces the appointment of its new Secretary General by the Order of March 1, 2021 issued by the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Recovery. Clarisse Lefort takes up her new position on March 15, 2021 for a five-year term. Within the political, organizational, and regulatory context of the institution, her main missions are to manage support services (HR, finance, legal, IS and assets) for IMT as a whole.  Clarisse Lefort will also participate in the development and implementation of Institut Mines-Télécom’s strategy.

Clarisse Lefort is a member of the General Management team and the Management Committee, and is invited to the meetings of the College of School Directors. She coordinates the network of secretary-generals of IMT schools and participates, in an advisory capacity, in the institution’s Board of Directors.

As an executive in the public sector for over 20 years, her skills in managing and transforming organizations, combined with her knowledge of the higher education and research sector, will be an asset for Institut Mines-Télécom.

A career in the higher education and research sector

Clarisse Lefort began her career at the Institut de l’information scientifique et technique (Inist), a CNRS unit, in 1992, as a legal officer in charge of files related to intellectual property and public subscription contracts for scientific journals. In 1995, she became Secretary-General of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société at the time of its creation under the dual supervision of the CNRS and the University of Poitiers, and piloted numerous projects (negotiation of a four-year research contract, staff recruitment and management, supervision of real estate projects, management of interdisciplinary scientific projects, etc.). Clarisse Lefort then joined the CNED’s General Management team, where she held the positions of Assistant to the Secretary-General and Director of Human Resources. There she coordinated the activities of the 8 regional CNED institutes and set up a centralized management control system. She was responsible for the careers and employment of 4,500 teachers, IATOS staff and non-tenured employees. In 2005, she became Director of Human Resources at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she set up evaluation interviews for support staff and introduced the first strategic workforce planning tools. In 2008, she joined the CNRS again and was appointed Head of Human Resources at the Ile-de-France West and North Regional Delegation before being appointed in 2013 to the functional position of Regional Delegate in Brittany and Pays de la Loire for 4 years, then in Ile-de-France for the Villejuif district. She managed administrative, HR, legal and financial support for joint research laboratories with the sites’ higher education and research partners. She represented the CNRS in relations with partner establishments and entities, SATTs, and during Hcéres evaluation panel visits, alongside the management of the CNRS scientific institutes.

Clarisse Lefort, Senior Research Engineer, holds a Master’s degree and a D.E.S.S. post-graduate diploma in communication technology law from the University of Poitiers (1992).

Contribution to working groups

She contributes to several working groups or missions and chairs various boards. In particular, she oversaw the census of CNRS agents acting as COVID volunteers for the AP-HP, Clinical Investigation Centers (CIC) and Biological Research Centers (CRB) during the spring 2020 lock-down. For the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, she led the “Users” project group on the simplification of the life of researchers within the framework of the Programming Law for Research (work to be presented to the Minister in March 2020) and oversaw the Mission for the place of women at the CNRS.

Clarisse Lefort says: “Institut Mines-Télécom is a fine institution that represents academic and research excellence. I am proud to be able to bring my experience in project management as the new Secretary-General. I will endeavor to support its strategy and its major structuring projects with the help of its teams in connection with the schools. »