After graduating from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse and obtaining a Master in innovation development (1984), Hélène Pierre started her career as a manager of marketing team at EDF GDF Services. In 1997 she was appointed marketing manager for B2B markets. In 2002, she joined the Centre for research and innovation in gas and new energies within the Research and Technologies Department of GDF Suez. She has been managing R&D programs around industrial ecology, sustainable mobility, energy storage, biogas and biomethane, hydrogen and power to gas. For several years, as a GDF Suez executive, she has been an active member of the French Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell.