Founder & Executive Director of the Global Circular Economy Chair
Passionate about the circular economy, Pierre-Emmanuel Saint-Esprit co-founded ZACK at the age of 22 while studying at ESSEC and the University of California Berkeley.
ZACK is the leading company in France in the second life of electronic products and the extension of their life (recycling, repair, resale, donation to associations). It has been acquired by the Manutan Group. In 2020, ZACK was one of the top 3 French circular companies according to the TECH FOR GOOD report of the Presidency of the French Republic, with Phénix and Castalie. That same year, Pierre-Emmanuel won the vote of all BCG employees for the social entrepreneur of the year award.
In 2021, he was among the top 50 CSR personalities established by the Giverny Circle, alongside Antoine Sire (BNP Paribas), Hélène Valade or Olivia Grégoire (Secretary of State for CSR). Finally, he is nominated in the 30 Under 30 ranking of Forbes France which devotes a list to the rising stars of the French entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Pierre-Emmanuel is also a Professor of Circular Economy, the President of the ESSEC Alumni Entrepreneurs Club, pioneer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for the Circular Economy, a mentor at Antropia ESSEC, and the Ambassador of the IMPACT FRANCE Movement.
Pierre-Emmanuel is regularly invited to discuss the challenges of the circular economy and its progress in France (UEED, BFM TV, Le Point, Le Parisien, Le Figaro, Produrable, LH Forum, Cercle de Giverny...).