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Death of Benedict de Saint-Laurent, former delegate of Anima Investment Network

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Thursday, May 19th 2022 à 18:10 | Read 356 times

Benedict Saint-Laurent in 2008 during the Mediterranean Economic Week (photo: F.Dubessy)
Benedict Saint-Laurent in 2008 during the Mediterranean Economic Week (photo: F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. has learned of the sudden death of Benedict de Saint-Laurent on Tuesday 17 May 2022 at the age of seventy-three, while on holiday in Corsica.

At Invest in France (now Business France), he had set up an Anima project in 2002, which was transformed in 2006 into an association with international governance, Anima Investment Network, based in Marseille. He naturally became the general delegate of this platform for economic cooperation between the Middle East and Africa.

Benedict de Saint-Laurent knew how to put himself at the level of others, took life in its stride and never missed an opportunity to smile. A Mediterranean at heart, he welcomed the creation of our media in 2008. He was very close to us during the first years of, and from time to time he gave us a column for our Réflexion section. Well-chiselled and clear-sighted articles on Mediterranean issues.

After leaving his position as Anima's General Delegate in July 2010, replaced by Emmanuel Noutary, he continued to work for the network as a scientific consultant. In particular, he actively participated, with Zoé Luçon, in the implementation of an evaluation grid for investment projects in the Mediterranean for the EDILE project.

"An inspiring man"

"I will always remember him as an inspiring man because of his great intellectual honesty and his exemplary commitment. His frankness, sometimes awkward, reflected his need to always seek the truth in the relationships he had with others and his desire to bring each of his collaborators or partners to a high level of requirement", comments Emmanuel Noutary.

Since leaving Anima, on his linkedin profile, Benedict de Saint-Laurent described himself as a "freewheeling volunteer consultant" and his CV only included "University of Life - Diploma in chocolate (70% dark), human relations, teamwork, leadership, transmission".

He spent his active retirement near Aix-en-Provence, in the small village of Saint-Antonin sur Bayon, after having worked for five years as a senior consultant. Since then, he has called himself a "volunteer consultant for associations, everywhere and nowhere". He was particularly involved in environmental associations in the region and especially in the protection of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire.

The editorial staff of sends its deepest condolences to the family of our friend Benedict.

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