All Tour du Valat activities are managed by the Tour du Valat Foundation, which has been a public interest foundation since 1978.

Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, made up of three colleges – the Founders, Experts, and Full Members.

College of Founders

  • André Hoffmann, President
  • Maja Hoffmann, Vice-President
  • Vera Michalski-Hoffmann
  • Isabel Hoffmann

College of Experts

  • Thymio Papayannis, honorary member, senior MedWet advisor, President of MedINA
  • Dr. Clairie Papazoglou, environmental and political consultant
  • Dr. Gordana Beltram, Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
  • Dr. Tobias Salathé, Secretary, Senior Advisor for Europe at the Ramsar Convention Secretariat (Gland, Switzerland)
  • Antonio Troya, Treasurer, Director of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-MEd, Malaga, Spain)

College of Full Members

  • Fabienne Ellul, Subprefect of Arles, representative of the Ministry of the Interior,
  • Helène Souan, representative of the Ecological transition and solidarity Ministry and the DREAL-PACA (Regional Directorate for Environment, Planning and Housing)
  • Marc Savasta, representative of the Ministry of Research (DRRT PACA)
  • Catherine Balguerie-Raulet, representative of the Mayor of Arles

Scientific Council

The Board of Directors is supported by our Science Council, which is made up of internationally renowned experts from various fields, who assess and validate the pertinence of our scientific programme. Its president is a standing invitee to all Board meetings, but with no voting rights.

  • Dr Patrick Duncan – Senior scientist CNRS, Chizé Lab (retired), France; President
  • Prof. Debbie Pain – Honorary Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK; Vice-President
  • Prof. Wolfgang Cramer – Professor, Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE), France
  • Dr. Ruth Cromie – Chair of Technical Committee for UNEP-Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), UK
  • Dr. Nick Davidson – Nick Davidson Environmental, United-Kingdom & Institute for Land, Water & Society,Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Prof. Elena Kazakou – Professor, Montpellier SupAgro, France
  • Prof. Phoebe Koundouri – Athens University of Economics and Business; President-elect European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; Director EIT Climate KIC Greece; Co-Chair United Nations SDSN Greece
  • Dr. Yann Laurans – Director, Terrestrial Biodiversity, WWF France
  • Dr. Ana Rodrigues – Senior Researcher, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE-CNRS), Montpellier, France
  • Prof. Timothy Swanson – Professor, André Hoffmann Chair of Environmental Economics, Department of International Economics & Geneva Centre for International Environmental Studies, The Graduate Institute, Switzerland
  • André Hoffmann – President of  Tour du Valat Foundation, Switzerland; permanent guest


The Tour du Valat has an annual budget of 5.6 million euros, which is allocated as follows:

Meanwhile, funding comes from the following sources:



The Tour du Valat has an annual budget of 5.6 million euros, which is allocated as follows:

  • 65% for our scientific programme (research and management projects, management of the Tour du Valat Estate, and joint scientific activities such as training and knowledge transfer;
  • 25% for shared operating expenses, for the buildings, canteen, and financial and administrative services;
  • 8% for the general management and communications;
  • 2% for the library (essentially to purchase books and scientific journals).

Meanwhile, funding comes from the following sources:

  • 49% from the MAVA Foundation;
  • 14% from the endowment fund managed by the ProValat Foundation;
  • 25% from partnerships with public organisations;
  • 7% from partnerships with private organisations;
  • 5% from income from the Estate (the sale of meat and other farm products).

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