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Philanthropy Powered Global Solutions for People & Planet

Academia For a Better World

Co-founded by the Université Paris-Saclay, its Foundation and the Better World Fund, the "Academia for a Better World" is a borderless global philanthropic platform whose objective is to identify and facilitate the deployment of the best global solutions in response to the societal, economical, health, education, nutrition and climate challenges of the 21st century - in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Academia focuses on the best best global solution selected via World challenges open to:


(products services, start-ups, innovation)


(artwork, movies, culture)


(knowledge, research)


(learning, know-how, education)

Our Team

Patrick Duvaut

Executive President & Cofounder
20 years of experience, as CIO, in USA, China, India, Japan and France. 200 research papers, 5 books, 80 patents & 3 worldwide standards. Graduate in Physics (MS) & Statistics (Ph.D) from ENS in France and MIT in USA. Patrick is currently Vice-President at University Paris-Saclay, Head of its Foundation

Manuel Collas De La Roche

President & Co-Founder
President and Founder, Better World Fund « Cinematic Art at the Service of Humanity » (since 2016) Film Producer ("Darshan – The Embrace”; " Kalachakra - The Enlightenment"; “The Mother”) Former President of the Cinema Verité Festival Geneva - Awarded the Gold Medal of the Universal League of Public Good for his service to Humanity (2018); and on behalf of the Better World Fund the Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Causes, at the Middle East Fashion week in Dubai (2021) Designated as Ordinary Knight of Parte Guelfa (2021, Florence, Italy

Lamia Aamou

Head of Strategy
Head of Innovation Labs at RATP GPF Partnerships President

Daniela Piana

Head of Inclusive Innovation
Professor in Political Science at University Bologna, Ph. D in Sociology (Paris IV Sorbonne) Head of UNESCO Unitwin Network

Judith Nicogossian

Vice President Fundraising
Doctorate in Anthropobiology (CNRS, FR) PhD in Linguistics (QUT, brisbane, AU) Consultante spécialisée en Innovation santé (industriels pharmaceutiques) Dir MBA Communication santé (EFAP, Groupe EDH)