Following his unanimous re-election by the Board of Directors on March 27, 2019, François Barrault began his third term as Chairman.
Since 2011, he has chaired the Board, made up of six members, and the Board of Directors, which is comprised of Accenture, Alten, BNP Paribas, Bouygues Telecom, Engie, France Televisions, GFI, GSMA, IBM, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Nokia, La Région Ile-de-France, La Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Mediterranée, SNCF and Verizon representatives.
Their function is to represent all members, and to set the Think Tank’ strategic directions, whose operational teams are managed by Jacques Moulin, who has been Chief Executive Officer since July 2017.
In addition, A great many prominent personalities have chosen to become IDATE DigiWorld members, to take part in expanding its reach and influence.
François has been the Chairman of IDATE DigiWorld since 2011.
François is an entrepreneurial and corporate veteran of the digital technology sector, which he discovered in 1977 when given his first computer as a gift for passing his baccalaureate. And the passion for new technologies it ignited has never left him.
He is the President and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, a consulting and investment firm specialised in media and telecommunications technologies, and publishing.
François also participates in conferences around the globe. He is a member of several boards of directors and advisory boards, for public and private companies, private equity funds and foundations.
He began his career at IBM as a researcher in robotics and artificial intelligence before going on to create, then sell, several companies.
François then served as a senior executive with a number of major multinationals, including Lucent Technologies, where he was CEO of Lucent EMEA. Later, as their international CEO, François oversaw the integration of 38 Lucent acquisitions in the Internet and telecommunications sector.
He went on to join BT and became CEO of BT Global Services, sitting on the BT Group PLC Board of Directors. François made BT Global Services the world leader in IT network services, with a division that employed 37,000 people operating in 176 countries, in addition to shepherding the acquisition of 32 companies from around the globe in four years, which represented $17 billion in revenue.
He simultaneously headed up BT Innovate, the group’s advanced R&D and innovation division, in addition to chairing and sponsoring numerous initiatives with some of the world’s most prestigious universities.
François remains very active at the WEF (Davos and regional forums) and created and then chaired the BT Global advisory board (60 world-class leaders from around the globe).
Jacques Moulin is CEO of IDATE DigiWorld since 1st July 2017
Jacques Moulin started his career with Thomson SA. He joined France Telecom-Orange Group in 1991 and participated in its transformation in B2B, consumer, and human resources segments both in France and abroad. He held various managerial and operational posts as well as other within Orange Group: human resources manager of the Eastern Parisian Region, human resources manager of Orange Business Services, Regional Manager for Lorraine then Territorial Manager for the Eastern Region (Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, Franche Comté). Prior joining IDATE DigiWorld, Jacques was CEO of Sofrecom (2011), a consulting firm that specialises in assisting large corporation in their digital transformation.
A graduate of the Science Po school of politics, Jacques Moulin also has legal training and a postgraduate degree from the Paris institute of political studies (IEP). He has studied under the ESSEC economics and business school’s international development program.
Directeur Grands Projets, Ecosystèmes, Nokia
Directeur Grands Projets, Ecosystèmes, Nokia
Thierry Evanno est Directeur des projets collaboratifs France chez Nokia, depuis mai 2021. A ce titre, il pilote l’ensemble des actions de développement et de positionnement stratégique de Nokia en France. De 2012 à 2021, il a été successivement Directeur d’Etablissement du site de Lannion, puis de Nozay. Précédemment à partir de 2010, il avait en charge au sein de la Direction des Affaires Publiques d’Alcatel-Lucent France, les programmes du Grand Emprunt et d’Investissements d’Avenir, avant de coordonner en 2013 le Plan de la Nouvelle France industrielle Souveraineté Télécoms, piloté par Alcatel-Lucent et ensuite Nokia. De 2002 à 2010, il a occupé différentes responsabilités comme responsable d’équipe avant-vente, puis de directeur du développement commercial Service et enfin de responsable de compte pour les secteurs des Collectivités Locales, Energie et Transport au sein d’Alcatel-Lucent. Ingénieur en électronique, il a démarré sa carrière en R&D chez Thomson-CSF, puis Tekelec Telecom dans le secteur des radars et de l’instrumentation télécom, avant de rejoindre France Telecom-Cofratel et Newbridge.
Thierry Evanno is Director of Collaborative Projects France at Nokia since May 2021.He is in charge of all the development and strategic positioning actions of Nokia in France. From 2012 to 2021, he was successively Director of the Lannion and Nozay sites. Previously, from 2010, he was in charge of the Grand Emprunt and Investissements d’Avenir programs within the Public Affairs Department of Alcatel-Lucent France, before coordinating in 2013 the New Industrial France Plan for Telecoms Sovereignty, led by Alcatel-Lucent and then Nokia. From 2002 to 2010, he held various responsibilities as a pre-sales team manager, then as a Service business development manager and finally as an account manager for the Local Authorities, Energy and Transport sectors within Alcatel-Lucent. An electronics engineer, he began his career in R&D at Thomson-CSF, then Tekelec Telecom in the radar and telecom instrumentation sector, before joining France Telecom-Cofratel and Newbridge.
Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Accenture & Vice-President Treasurer, IDATE DigiWorld
Laurence Morvan is chief of staff of the office of the CEO Europe and corporate social responsibility officer at Accenture. She is also a member of Accenture’s Europe Management Committee.
As Chief of Staff to Accenture CEO Europe, Laurence is developing Accenture approach to strengthen Accenture presence in Europe, more fully leveraging the EU strategies and funding.
Laurence has management oversight of Accenture Corporate Citizenship activities, which are focused on advancing Accenture’s digital responsibility with programs around skilling for the digital age and leveraging technology for societal impact.
Laurence represents Accenture at external forum around topics related to entrepreneurship, future of work and business responsibility. She is a member of the Board of Citizen Entrepreneurs in France and Junior Achievement Europe, two NGO that foster entrepreneurship. She is the executive sponsor for Accenture’s participation to OECD/ Business for Inclusive Growth, to the G20 business fora (B20, W20, G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance…), which bring thought leadership and business policy recommendations to the G20 heads of state, with a focus on entrepreneurship, future of skills, women in business and innovation.
Prior to assuming her current role, Laurence was the Chief of Staff to Accenture CEOs Pierre Nanterme and David Rowland, where she focused on culture transformation, supporting the shift toward innovation and new consulting methods, change management and journey management. She was a member of Accenture Global Management Committee.
Laurence started her career at Accenture as a consultant in the Strategy practice, working primarily for Financial Services clients in France and the United Kingdom. She held a number of internal strategy positions and contributed to the Accenture Human Capital Strategy.
Prior to joining Accenture in 1994, Laurence worked in investment banking on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.
Laurence holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a MS degree in management from ESSEC business school in Paris.
Chairman & Founder, Atlantys Investors
Né à Monaco en 1963, Jean-Luc Allavena est un homme d’affaires et dirigeant d’entreprise monégasque.
Diplômé d’HEC Paris en 1986, Jean-Luc Allavena commence sa carrière à la banque Paribas (1986-88), puis rejoint en 1989 le groupe Lyonnaise des Eaux – devenu Suez – en tant que contrôleur financier.
En 1992, il devient directeur financier de Techpack International. L’entreprise d’emballage de cosmétiques et produits de luxe, a été l’objet de l’un des premiers grands LBOs réalisés en France, avec Pechiney et LBO France comme actionnaires. Il est administrateur directeur général à partir de 1996, puis succède en mai 1999 au président fondateur de la société, Alain Chevassus. Quand Pechiney rachète la totalité du capital, Jean-Luc Allavena devient directeur de sa division cosmétologie-luxe.
En 2000, Arnaud Lagardère l’appelle à ses côtés comme directeur général adjoint de Lagardère Média, pour prendre en charge la stratégie de développement du groupe et améliorer sa rentabilité, mission dont il s’acquitte avec succès. Il devient parallèlement administrateur délégué de Lagardère Active (anciennement Europe 1 Communication) et administrateur des trois autres principales branches du groupe : Hachette Livre, Hachette Filipacchi Médias et Hachette Distribution Services.
Issu d’une famille monégasque ancienne, Jean-Luc Allavena dirige de 2005 à 2006 le cabinet de S.A.S. Prince Albert II de Monaco, chargé de l’organisation et des principales orientations du début de règne du nouveau souverain.
En 2007, Jean-Luc Allavena rejoint le fonds d’investissement Apollo Global Management à Londres en tant que Partner. Apollo est l’un des plus grands gestionnaires alternatifs d’actifs dans le monde avec un portefeuille d’environ 300 milliards de dollars. Il initie notamment le rachat en 2010 d’Alcan Engineered Products – ex-Pechiney, avec le Fonds stratégique d’investissement. L’entreprise, renommée Constellium, est cotée en bourse avec succès à New York en mai 2013. Désireux de financer de grands projets industriels français, Jean-Luc Allavena réalisera d’autres investissements industriels couronnés de succès parmi lesquels Monier, Latécoère, Verallia.
Il est aujourd’hui président et fondateur de Atlantys Investors qui travaille et investit avec Apollo et d’autres fonds. Il est administrateur du Groupe Verallia
Jean-Luc Allavena est engagé depuis plusieurs décennies dans le bénévolat associatif. Il a été président de l’Association des diplômés d’HEC de 2001 à 2003 puis président d’honneur, ainsi que président de la Fondation HEC (2003-2005) puis président d’honneur. Il a notamment été à l’origine des premières campagnes de fundraising auprès des diplômés d’HEC.
De 2010 à 2015 Jean-Luc Allavena est Président de la French-American Foundation (puis président d’honneur), qui se consacre à renforcer les liens entre la France et les États-Unis. Il est egalement President de l’Institut Aspen France.
Conseiller Régional, Région Occitanie/Pyrénées Méditerranée
Date de naissance : 1er septembre 1972 (46 ans) Nîmes, Gard
Parti politique PS
Né à Nîmes, sa mère est d’origine catalane et son père, Billy Assaf, d’origine libanaise, dirigeait le Samu de Nîmes1.
- Au cours de ses études en sciences économiques à l’Université Montpellier I, il devient militant associatif et syndical. Il rencontre Georges Frêche qui lui propose d’intégrer son cabinet où il est successivement chargé de mission, chef puis directeur.
- En 2004, Directeur de Cabinet, cabinet de Georges Frêche à la Région Languedoc-Roussillon avant de démissionner, en 2007, pour cause de divergences politiques avec le Président de Région.
- 2007 : Société BRL, chargée d’une mission générale de maîtrise de l’eau.
- 2009, Médiateur, Ville de Montpellier – cabinet d’Hélène Mandroux, Maire de Montpellier.
- 2009 : Directeur de Cabinet, cabinet d’Hélène Mandroux, Maire de Montpellier.
2010, il codirige la campagne d’Hélène Mandroux pour les élections régionales, cette dernière ayant répondu positivement à la demande de Martine Aubry.
- 2012-2017 : Député de la 8e circonscription de l’Hérault
- 2016, Conseiller régional d’Occitanie
Chairman, Attali & Associés
Jacques Attali was born November 1, 1943. Polytechnique, special advisor to the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, for ten years, is the founder of four international institutions: Action against hunger, Eureka, EBRD and positive Planet. Jacques Attali writes over 1,000 editorials in the magazine Express and is the author of 80 books (essays, novels, biographies, theater) sold to 8 million copies and translated into 22 languages. He has directed several orchestras around the world.
Founder & CEO, Blue like an Orange Capital
Graduated of ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, SciencesPo (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), La Sorbonne and HEC Business School (Haute Etudes Commerciales in Paris): regular speaker and teacher at these institutions as well as many prominent universities.
Inspector, then Deputy Head of the Auditing Service of the French Ministry of Finance; Partner and Managing Director, Lazard (New York, London and Paris); President Jacques Chirac’s Deputy Personal Representative for Africa and spokesman for the working group on new international financial contributions to fight poverty and fund development; Chief Financial Officer at Credit Agicole and Societe Generale Group; Managing Director of the World Bank and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer; Representative of World Bank Group at FSB, G7 and G20; Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital; Member of a number of Boards, including Federation Internationale de L’automobile (FIA), Haulotte Group, Quest France, Euazeo, Wealth Simple, Getlink (Eurotunnel) and Liquidnet.
HOBBIES, INERESTS & CHARITIES
Recently authored the book “Can Finance Save the World?” with a forward from President Emmanuel Macron and Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
President, Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes
Professor Bousmina’s background is in Physics, Physical Chemistry and Material Science and Engineering. He got his Engineering diploma from École des Hauts Polymères de Strasbourg, France and MSc. from Louis Pasteur UniversityFrance. He then got a Ph.D. from Louis-Pasteur University of Strasburg (France) in collaboration with the University of Chicago, USA and then a Post-Doc at École Polytechnique of Montreal.
He is presently:
- President of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes, Morocco
- Chancellor of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco
- President of NASAC (Network of African Science Academies that gathers 28 Academies across the African continent)
- Member of WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science)
- Member of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World)
- Member of AAS (African Academy of Sciences)
- Member of the Executive Board of IAP (InterAcademy Partnership), which gathers more than 140 Academies of Sciences across the world and from the five continents
- Member at large of Polymer Processing Society (PPS)
- Co-Editor of the Journal of Polymer Engineering (Edited by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, New-York.
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Edited by American Scientific Publisher. New-York.
- Regional Editor of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology (Bentham Science Publisher ISSN: 1872-2105 (Print).
- Associate Editor-in-Chief: Frontiers in Science and Engineering: Edited by the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. Morocco
- Member of the Editorial Board of Discovery and Innovation journal: Edited by African Academy of Sciences and TWAS
- Member of the Editorial Board of J. of Polymer Processing, Edited by Hanser, New York.
- Member of the Board of Trustees of PSL University (Paris Sciences et Lettres)
- Honorary member of Mohamed V Foundation for Solidarity
- Senior Canada Research Chair on Polymer Physics and Nanomaterials at Laval University, Canada
- Full Professor at Laval University before that he was assistant professor and then associate professor (1994-2008). He resigned in 2008 from his life time position to go back to his home country
- Director of Polymer Engineering at Laval University, Canada
- Director of Polymer Physics and Nanoscience Lab. It was at that time the largest centre in Northe America
- Director of Graduate Studies, Laval University, Canada
- Co-Founder and Director General of MASciR (Moroccan Advanced Science, Innovation and Research Foundation). (2008-2011).
- Founder & Director General of INANOTECH (Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) (2008-2011); The largest research centre on Nanotechnology in Africa
- President of Quebec Society of Polymers
- Director of SPE (Society of Plastic Engineers): Quebec-Canada section (2002-2007)
- Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Rheology (2000-2008)
- Member of the Canada Team for Aerospace (which selects the experiments to be done in space in collaboration with the European Space Agency and with NASA: 2006-2008)
- Chair of the Canadian NSERC National evaluation committee for Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering section (2005-2008)
- Chair of the Canadian steering committee for the evaluation of the Arbora-Nano Research Center of Excellence (2008)
- Member of the Advisory Board of I3N Network of Portugal (2009-2014)
- Editor-in-Chief of Editor-in-Chief of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience (2010-2014) Edited by Bioinfo publisher
- President of the International Morand Lambla Award Committee of the International Polymer Processing Society (2007-2015)
- President of the International James. L. White Award Committee of the International Polymer Processing Society (2007-2015)
- International representative for the Polymer Processing Society (2006-2015)
- Official examiner of l’Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, Canada (IOQ) (1996-2008)
- Official consultant for the Canadian government for the evaluation of research in industry (2004-2008)
- Consultant for Total, Inc (2004-2008); Consultant for IPL (2001-2006); Consultant for Bouch. Mac, Inc (20012007); Consultant for (Canadian Plastics Industry Association: CPIA: 1999-2006).
- President of S2M-NANOTECH (Société Marocaine sur les Matériaux et Nanomatériaux),
- The Grand Prize on Innovation in Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education, Morocco, 2009
- The prestigious STEACIE fellowship, which is considered as one of the highest distinctions in Canada from the NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada), in 2004
- Canada’s Top Twenty Researchers Prize from CIAR (Canada Institute for Advanced Science) in 2002: The best twenty researchers of Canada under the age of 45
- International Morand Lambla Award from Polymer Processing Society, in 2000. The best researcher at international level in the field of Polymers, Polymer Physics, Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Processing
- Award of Innovative research from the Ministry of Industry of Canada, 1999 Louis-Pasteur Award, France, in 1994.
Track record in terms of publications and scientific dissemination:
- 212 indexed publications in International peer reviewed Journals
- 6 Patents: One patent has been translated into business
- 1 book in press on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; 9 book chapters
- H-index of 43 in Web of Science, 44 in Scopus and 50 in Google Scholar (May 2018)
- Number of Citations: more than 6800 in Web of Science & 10500 in Google Scholar (May 2018)
- More than 300 invited speaker in international conferences (excluding the ones organized in home country)
- 63 Plenary and Keynote lectures in International Congresses (excluding the ones organized in home country)
- More than 60 invited Conferences in Universities at international level (excluding universities from home country) More than 30 Lectures in Industry (excluding home country)
Track record in terms of HQP supervision (Highly Qualified Personnel)
Has directly trained and supervised as Director of Research Centre more than 200 Ph.Ds; MSc.s (research: NAS); PDF (Post-doctoral Fellow); Research Associates; Engineers & Technicians
Teaching: He taught Polymers, Rheology, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena & Heat transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Materials engineering.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Technicolor
Anne Bouverot is Chairperson of Technicolor’s Board of Directors. She is the former Chair and CEO of Morpho, a world leader in security and identity solutions, employing more than 8,600 people in 55 countries and generating revenues of €2bn. Prior to joining Morpho, Ms. Bouverot spent 4 years as Director General of GSMA, the international association of mobile network operators. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Mobiel Services at Orange. She began her career as IT project manager with Telmex in Mexico.
Anne Bouverot is a Board Member of CapGemini, Cellnex Telecom, Edenred and Ledger, and Chair of Fondation Abeona (Data Science for Fairness & Equality).
She is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris in Mathematics. She holds a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
Bruno BOUYGUES is serving as CEO of GYS since 2004
Before graduating in 2002 from INSEAD (Singapore) with an MBA, Bruno studied at ESTP (France) & MIT (USA), where he obtained his Masters of Sciences in 1999. He also started his professional career in the Investment Banking arms of Merrill Lynch and Société Générale where he spent 3 years as Analyst and Associate.
After his MBA, he worked for 2 years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman before joining GYS in 2004 as CEO and then President.
GYS is a family-owned industrial group, headquartered in France, with over 700 employees in 6 countries (France, UK, Germany, Italia, Morocco, India & China). GYS engineers and manufactures welding & charging equipment and solutions. The group is positioned as one of the world’s technological leaders in its fields.
Aside from his professional endeavors, Bruno is a CCE, a Young Leader from the France-China foundation and a member of the YPO network. Bruno is married to Heyoung Lee Bouygues, the founder of the Reboot Foundation.
Bruno is Knight of National Order of the Merit.
Founder & CEO, C4 Ventures & Chairman of the Board, Business France
Pascal is Founder & CEO at C4 Ventures. In August 2017, Pascal was appointed by French President Macron as Ambassador for International investments and Chairman of the Board of Business France.
Pascal is also an independent director at CIC-Banque Transatlantique, a non-executive director at Kingfisher and, until recently, at Vivendi and Style.com, the Condé Nast-owned eCommerce platform which merged with Farfetch.
Pascal acts as an advisor to executive teams at large private equity and European groups. In 2014, he conducted a strategic review of Net-A-Porter for owner CF Richemont, advising on business reengineering including IT & e-commerce systems prior to the company’s merger with YOOX.
In 2000, Steve Jobs appointed Pascal as General Manager and Vice President for Apple EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa), where he developed an innovative Go-To-Market strategy that included the successful rollout of the Apple Premium Reseller (APR) and Apple Shops. Under Pascal’s leadership, EMEIA was consistently Apple’s fastest growing region, with annual sales increasing from $1.2bn in 2000 to $40bn in 2012.
Before Apple, Pascal led Packard Bell NEC to become the leading European Home Computer Company. Pascal also previously held roles at Compaq and Booz, Allen and Hamilton management consultants.
Pascal holds an MA in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, an MA in Business Law and an MBA from HEC Paris. He graduated from the Executive Program (EPGC) at Stanford University and joined the 63rd Promotion of IHEDN in 2011. He has been decorated as Knight of the National Order of Merit of France by Mrs Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF.
CEO, Lefebvre Sarrut
Olivier Campenon has been the CEO of Lefebvre Sarrut since May 2018. Lefebvre Sarrut is a legal publishing and training Group (Dalloz, Francis Lefebvre, Giuffré…), represented throughout Europe.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Professional Women’s Network and member of the ETI Club, Olivier Campenon is also Vice-President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, the first business network between France and Great Britain.
He began his career at Arthur Andersen before joining AT&T, the US telecom operator. He then held management positions in the telecommunications sector for more than twenty years: as Managing Director of Siris, a telecom operator for companies in France, then as President of T-Systems France, the corporate arm of Deutsche Telekom. He then joined BT (British Telecom), as President of BT France and then President of BT EMEA.
Olivier Campenon is a graduate engineer from Supelec.
Directeur des Affaires publiques, Bouygues Télécom
Anthony Colombani est né en 1974. Titulaire d’un DEA d’épistémologie et d’histoire de la géographie, obtenu à l’université de Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, il a également suivi des études d’histoire et de lettres modernes.
Il a commencé sa carrière dans le secteur public local, comme responsable du service « Analyse et prospective sociales » du Centre interdépartemental de gestion de la région Ile-de-France. A ce titre, il a piloté le lancement d’une plateforme de gestion intégrée des ressources humaines et contribué aux travaux de l’observatoire de l’emploi public.
Ancien directeur de cabinet de l’administrateur – directeur général de Dexia – Crédit local, il a été également chargé d’enseignement au Centre national de la fonction publique territoriale et à l’IUP de management public d’Aix-en-Provence (géographie et institutions publiques locales).
Il a rejoint Bouygues Telecom en 2011, en tant que chargé de mission auprès du secrétaire général puis, depuis 2016, de directeur des affaires publiques. A ce titre, il est notamment en charge de représenter les intérêts de Bouygues Telecom auprès des pouvoirs publics, tout particulièrement dans le domaine de l’innovation, des usages et de l’audiovisuel.
Anthony Colombani est également administrateur de la Fédération française des télécoms et président de l’Association pour la médiation des communications électroniques.
Michel leads the CEO and Board Practice for the firm. He has led numerous senior searches for board members and C-suite for financial sponsors and leading international corporations throughout Europe, the Middle East and USA.
Prior to joining Lancor, Michel founded and managed the European Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. In his early career, Michel was Deputy Managing Director of the Benelux countries for AT&T, with responsibility for sales, business development, and customer support.
He is a Member of the Boards of IDATE DigiWorld, C4V and Shareability.
Michel has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and biochemistry from Institut Meurice Engineering School Brussels and an executive master’s degree in management from Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is also an AMP graduate from the IMD, Lausanne.
Responsable Open Innovation, France Télévisions
After his graduation, Gautier Curtil began his professional life at France Médias Monde, where he worked as a European Manager for the distribution of the international news channel France 24 for seven years. In 2016, he joined the France Télévisions group managing the Digital Products and Strategy of France TV Sport. Gautier joined the Sandbox Hub in November 2020 representing his new role as “Open Innovation Manager” for France TV. His mission includes sourcing and testing of innovative solutions in relation to start-ups, managing the annual intrapreneurship program and exploring new topics for the France TV Lab group, such as E-sports.
Agnès De Leersnyder
Chief Strategy Officer, Orange
Agnès De Leersnyder is Chief Strategy Officer at the Orange Group.
She began her career at Vivendi, holding positions in Business Development, Investor Relations & Internal Audit, all in a very international context. She joined the Orange Group in 2012, in charge of conducting key strategic projects for the operational subsidiary Orange France. Beyond her in-depth knowledge of the Telecoms and Media sectors, Agnès has a strong expertise in Strategy, Corporate Finance and M&A.
She is a graduate of ESCP, IEP Strasbourg and holds a DEA in International Economic Law.
President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Thierry Drilhon has 35 years of experience in the world of technology, digital and innovation, acquired as an international manager of major companies such as Microsoft as General Manager and then, in 2000, Cisco Systems, where he became successively President France, Vice President EMEA and then Senior Vice President, based in Paris and San Francisco, and member of the World Executive Committee.
In 2012, he joined Euro Media Group in Paris as Chairman and CEO, which he transformed into a European media leader present in 8 countries in Europe.
Deeply “Francoptimist” and “Europtimist”, Thierry was one of the co-founders, in 2004, of the event “Les Etats de la France”.
In June 2018, he was elected President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry, thus putting his international experience at the service of the attractiveness of Franco-British business relations.
Senior Advisor for Europe of Francisco Partners, an American private equity fund specialized in technology and health, Thierry is also a member of the Board of Directors of Claranet (London), Beijaflore , Synapscore and Tiaré Groupe (Paris).
In January 2021, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of EfficientIP, a world leader in network security and automation.
Member of the Strategic Committee of Yotta Capital, he chairs the Club “L’Homme essentiel” within the Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique (CEPS).
Very committed to health and the Heart, since 2002, as President of Cisco France he accompanied Professor Christian Cabrol in favor of organ donation, participating for 10 years in “La Course du Coeur”. In January 2019, he became the General Manager of the French Federation of Cardiology, which he left to co-found with Professor Claire Mounier-Vehier, the Endowment Fund “Agir pour le Cœur des Femmes – Women’s Cardiovascular Healthcare Foundation”.
Since 2004, he has been a lecturer in the HEC MBA program on leadership, innovation and organizational transformation.
Knight in the National Order of Merit, he is a graduate of EAD Paris and Stanford University in the United States.
Vice-Présidente chargée du Développement économique et de l’Attractivité, de l’Agriculture et de la Ruralité
Vice-présidente chargée du développement économique et de l’attractivité, de l’agriculture et de la ruralité de la Région Ile-de-France auprès de Valérie Pécresse, Alexandra Dublanche est également conseillère communautaire et adjointe au Maire de Sartrouville (Yvelines) où elle est en charge de la politique de la ville et des Transports.
Après des études en école de commerce (ESCP Europe), Alexandra Dublanche débute sa carrière dans le cabinet de conseil en stratégie McKinsey & Company en Allemagne. Trois ans plus tard, elle rejoint le cabinet du Ministre Luc Chatel, où elle est en charge des affaires économiques et des finances publiques au Porte-Parolat. De 2010 à 2012, elle effectue un Master d’Administration Publique à l’Université de Harvard avant de rentrer en France en novembre 2012 et de rejoindre le Cabinet de Valérie Pécresse au Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France. Elle est élue conseillère régionale en décembre 2015 et élue présidente de la Commission du Développement Économique, de l’Emploi et de l’Innovation. Également chef d’entreprise, Alexandra Dublanche est co-fondatrice d’une start-up de stratégie électorale.
CEO, Atelier BNP Paribas
John is the CEO at L’Atelier BNP Paribas, a foresight business identifying investable opportunities at the intersection of technological and social change.
Previously, John led the institutional business at London based VC firm Anthemis Group.
Prior to joining Anthemis, John founded and sold two engineering companies and a capital markets startup, earning a number of entrepreneurship awards in the process.
He was also the CEO of Swiss Network, Sandbox.
John has authored or contributed to numerous books and reports on Innovation theory and the future of retail banking published by Harriman House, Gill & McMillan and Lafferty.
Vice-Présidente, déléguée au développement économique et numérique, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
Group Chief Innovation Officer, Inetum
Jean-François a rejoint Gfi en 2010 où il a successivement occupé les fonctions de Directeur des practices Microsoft, de la mobilité puis de l’Innovation. Auparavant, il dirigeait sa propre entreprise de srvice et d’édition de logiciels, avant d’entrer chez Unilog/Logica pour prendre en charge la création de nouveaux produits et les practices collaboratives. En tant que Chief Innovation Officer, Jean-François met en oeuvre la stratégie d’Innovation de Gfi.
Le temps lui manque toujours pour se livrer à ses passions parmi lesquelles la cuisine, la moto, la plongée, la musique ou la vidéo. Souvent par monts et par vaux, il semble qu’on le trouve tout de même fréquemment à arpenter les marchés de Lisbonne…
Director in charge of connectivity Métier Solutions for cities and territories, Engie
President, Ecole Polytechnique & Institut Polytechnique de Paris
Eric Labaye is President of École Polytechnique, a major French institution of higher education and research in sciences and engineering and President of Institut Polytechnique de Paris, created by École Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis in 2019. He serves on the board of Telecom Paris, the International Advisory Board of ESSEC, and the Board of Advisors of the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po. Eric Labaye was formerly Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the France office, led the firm’s Global Knowledge and Communication and was a member of the Shareholders Council of the firm (Global Board) for ten years, of which he chaired the Client Committee.
Entrepreneur, Board Member at FFP, Inditex, Orange, Pernod Ricard
Anne Lange is an entrepreneur and a sought after C-level business advisor with over 25 years of experience in technology innovation and public sector transformation.
She is the founder and managing partner of Adara, a consulting company that provides senior-level advice in group/organization governance, including strategy process, transformational projects and governance improvement. Amazon, ATKearney, BearingPoint, Dubai2020 are among its clients. On behalf of the French Government, she has recently launched the Think Tank dedicated to the preparation of Dubai 2020 international expo, so called “Connecting Minds”, and involving some of the most influent CAC40 leaders.
Anne is the co-founder and former CEO of Mentis Services, an IoT data intelligent software provider of urban space services, recently sold.
She also serves on the executive board of FFP, Inditex, Orange, Pernod Ricard.
Prior to this, Anne worked in diverse global executive functions with Cisco since 2004, based out of France and Silicon Valley. As a C-level executive, her engagements centered on adoption and innovation of technological, organizational and business processes to drive business transformation.
Anne’s career began at the French Prime Minister’s office as head of department for state-owned broadcasting companies until she joined Thomson, a high-tech champion, where she built up a new generation of consumer internet access devices. Anne is a graduate of French grandes ecoles, Science Po (Political Science) and ENA (Public Administration).
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Publicis Groupe
Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the leader in business, marketing and communications transformation. He joined Publicis in 1971 as IT Director, and was appointed CEO of Publicis Conseil, the Groupe’s flagship agency, in 1981. He was named CEO of Publicis Groupe in 1987, a role that he fulfilled for 30 years until being named Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of June 1, 2017. He was responsible for transforming Publicis from a great, French creative agency into a global leader, covering all segments of the advertising industry. With spectacular acquisitions such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Bcom3 (Leo Burnett, Starcom, Mediavest) Zenith or in the digital space with Digitas, Performics, Razorfish, Rosetta and Sapient, today Publicis represents more than 80,000 talents, $10 billion in revenue and is present in more than 104 countries.
In 2016, to celebrate Publicis Groupe’s 90th anniversary, Maurice Lévy was determined to look to the future rather than the past, keeping in line with Publicis’ pioneering spirit. The result was two initiatives – Publicis90, through which Publicis Groupe invested in 90 promising startups and Viva Technology Paris, a global event dedicated to the collaboration between large companies and startups.
Widely recognized as a leading figure in the communications industry, Mr. Lévy also co-founded the French Brain Institute (ICM) in 2005, and serves as the Chairman of the board for several entities, including the International Board of Governors for the Peres Center for Peace. In 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Pasteur-Weizmann Institute. Mr. Lévy has been honored with numerous distinctions and accolades for his contributions to media, business leadership, tolerance and peace. Mr. Lévy holds the distinctions of Commandeur of the French Légion d’Honneur and Grand Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite.
Managing Director – South EMEA, Verizon
As part of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Frédérique Liaigre is Managing Director for South EMEA, with responsibility for sales in France, Italy and Spain. Frédérique joined Verizon in June 2017, coming from ADP, where she most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Client Partnership for Multinational Customers in EMEA and USA.
Frédérique has extensive experience in both fixed and mobile communications, having spent time at Orange, AirTouch, Vodafone and SFR. She also has a strong experience of integration, convergence and Internet of Things.
Frédérique is reporting to Rich Montgomery, Vice President International Sales.
She is based in Paris.
Former Chairman, IDATE DigiWorld
Francis Lorentz chairs FL Conseil and the Supervisory Board of IT-Translation, an investment fund set up by INRIA.
After starting his professional life at the Treasury Directorate, then at the Lyonnaise des Eaux, he led the BULL IT group from 1982 to 1992. He was President of the groupe RATP and Associate Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine. In 1997, he was appointed by the French Government to set up and run the «e-commerce mission» and chaired at the same time one of the first incubators of the Internet.
From 2000, he was a member of the Comex of the Galeries Lafayette in charge of digital activities of the Group (e-Laser). Francis Lorentz was Chairman of IDATE DigiWorld from 2000 to 2011. From 2005 to 2017, he also founded and chaired LD&A, a merchant bank specialized in «digital» companies, which became Drake Star Partners after merging with its American partner.
President, Cercle des économistes
- President of the Cercle des économistes
- Holds the Research Chair “Demographics transitions, economics transitions” of Risk Foundation;
- Managing editor of the journal “Risques”;
- President of the Competitiveness Cluster “Finance, Innovation”;
- Member of the Executive Board of Edmond de Rothschild France;
- Independent Director of the Executive Boards of Euler Hermès and BNP Paribas Cardif;
- Assistant Director of the Electronics and Informatics Industries Direction of the French Industry Minister (1982-1984);
- Technical Adviser to the French Ministry of the Industry (1984-1985);
- Economic Adviser to the French Prime Minister (1991-1992);
- Chief Executive of the French Atomic Energy Center (1992-1994)
- Managing Director of Gras Savoye (1994-2000)
- Professor of Economics at the University Paris Dauphine (1992-2012);
- Member of the French Economic Analysis Council (1997-2012).
- Doctorate in Economics ;
- Professor in Law and Economics.
- Faust’s Mistake, Descartes, 2019
- The future of our freedom with Mickaël Berrebi, 2017 Eyrolles
- France, the distress of a youth, with HUAN X. and VILLEMEUR A., Eyrolles, 2016 ;
- A world of violence, the global economy 2015-2030, with BERREBI M., Eyrolles, 2014 ;
- France facing ageing, the great challenge, with XUAN H., Descartes & Cie, 2013 ;
- And if the sun were to rise again over Europe, with PASTRE O., Fayard, 2013 ;
- Rejuvenation and ageing of France, with PELLETAN J. and VILLEMEUR A., Descartes & Cie, 2012 ;
- Right against left, with PASTRE O., Fayard, 2012.
- The fabulous destiny of an intermediate power, Grasset, 2011 ;
- The clash of populations: war or peace, with DOCKES P., Fayard, 2010 ;
- Innovation at the heart of new growth, with VILLEMEUR A., Economica, 2009 ;
- End of the world or end of crisis, with DOCKES P., Editions Perrin, 2009 ;
- French Economic Analysis Council :
- Long-term investments and investors, with GLACHANT J., QUINET A. and TRAINAR P., report n°91, 2010 ;
- Private Equity and French capitalism, with GLACHANT J. and TRAINAR P., report n°75, 2008 ;
- Political economy of the LOLF, with ARKWRIGHT E., DE BOISSIEU C. and SAMSON J., report n°65, 2007 ;
- Deindustrialization, relocations, with FONTAGNE L., report n°55, 2005.
Economic field of expertise:
Technology ; innovation ; Economic Wealth ; industrial economy ; insurance ; Financing the Economy
Vice President Policy and Regulation & Head of Europe, Russia and CIS, GSMA
Daniel Pataki leads the GSMA’s global engagement on mobile-sector regulatory affairs. Under his direction, the GSMA is contributing new ideas and analysis to the global policy dialogue at a time when emerging digital technologies and widespread broadband connectivity are reshaping society and the economy.
Daniel also leads the GSMA activities in Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He is responsible for all GSMA Advocacy initiatives (Future Networks, Identity, Internet of Things) in the wider European region.
Daniel has a unique record of strategic input into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority (2004-2009), chair of the European Regulators Group (ERG, now BEREC, 2008) and chair of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG, 2009). Daniel was also Director General of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO, 2012-2015).
He holds a MSc in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma from a leading French institutional programme led by Ecole de Mines, Ecole des Ponts and Sciences-Po.
He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 for his work in EU electronic communication regulation and the Order of Merit (Knight’s Cross) of the Republic of Hungary in 2005 for his work promoting the development of the information and communications technology sector.
Chairman & CEO, CNRS
Antoine Petit, professeur des universités de classe exceptionnelle, a été nommé président-directeur général du CNRS le 24 janvier 2018.
Agrégé de mathématiques et docteur en informatique de l’université Paris Diderot, Antoine Petit est spécialiste de méthodes formelles, principalement à base de systèmes de transitions, pour la spécification et la vérification de systèmes parallèles en temps réel.
Enseignant-chercheur de 1984 à 2004, il a été assistant-agrégé à l’Université d’Orléans, maître de conférences à l’Université Paris-Sud puis professeur à l’Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan en 1994.
De 2001 à 2003, Antoine Petit est directeur adjoint à la Direction de la Recherche du ministère, en charge des Mathématiques et des STIC.
En 2004 il est détaché au CNRS, d’abord comme directeur scientifique du département Sciences et technologies de l’information et de la communication puis comme directeur interrégional Sud-Ouest.
En 2006, il rejoint Inria pour diriger le centre de recherche Paris-Rocquencourt, avant d’être nommé directeur général adjoint. En 2014, il devient président-directeur général d’Inria.
Chief Network Officer, EVP, DISH Network
Marc has 30 years of experience as a technology and business leader of large mobile networks vendors and pioneered the first ever commercial grade GSM voice calls in 1988 with Matra Communication. Marc has served on executive committees for the last two decades. As Nokia Chief Operating Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, he managed the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and the digital transformation of Nokia, serving also as chairman of the board of Alcatel-Lucent; overseeing Nokia technology and Bell Labs research. Recently, President of Nokia’s largest business, he has introduced very large-scale collaboration and information sharing, and championed an open approach in the industry. This radical refactoring of Nokia networks software and chipset technology has powered his business to the first position of the 5G vendors at the end of 2018, with major 5G business wins in USA and Asia. Marc is also an entrepreneur, being the founder and chairman of Dhatim, that has developed an AI-centered suite of applications to solve specific procurement, finance and even HR business challenges. PhD in information theory and graduate from Supélec, he is passionate about sailing, and drives the Nokia/Hugo-Boss project to bring Alex Thomson and his boat to victory in the 2020 Vendée Globe.
Managing Director Media & Telecom, Alten
Gratuated from INSA Toulouse in 2003, Yann started working for Alten in 2007 to increase Information System activities by Telecom Operators clients.
Today, Yann is in charge of Media and Telecom activities for France and helped the Group’s growth in this field.
Beyond that, Yann is also Director for another branch : Alten Technologies, a sister company dedicated to innovation, as well as administrator of Alten Cyber Security.
Chairman, Fondation Mines-Télécoms
Guy is a chemist who started his career surprisingly by joining Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and he so enjoyed this experience that he never left Telecommunications and Digital activities.
He served as CEO with Motorola Group and Ericsson in France and in international assignments.
In parallel he was active in professional mandates as chairing Strategic Committee for Digital Sector, Alliance TICS, ministerial group for Spectrum Dividende, Fontainebleau Business Incubator and Esigetel ( Electronics engineers School).
He represented European telecommunications industry in Brussels DGXIII TCAM.
He served as a member on Radiocommunications Advisory Commission, Digital Superior Council, ARCEP Forsight Committee, Idate Board, and New Caledonia Digital Development Board.
He is today a member of Economy General Council, chairman of Fondation Mines-Telecom and chairs AFD Technology Strategic advisory Board.
Guy is a Knight of the Order of Legion of Honour, French National Order of Merit and Academic Palms.
Professor and Director of the digital economy department, University Paris Dauphine
- Professor at the University Paris-Dauphine
- Administrator of Numerly
- Director of the digital economy department, University Paris Dauphine
- Director faculty de management d’Abidjan`
- Professor ICN Business School of Nancy
- Former Chairman of Bolloré Télécom
- Member of the Autorité française de Régulation des Télécommunications
- Vice-president of national commission of services
- D in economics
- D in Business Administration
- Agrégation in Business Administration
- « Télécommunications pour l’entreprise », Eyrolles, 1990
- « Nobel en économie », Economica, 1991, 2002, 2007 translated in Turkish (2005) and in Spanish (2006)
- « Les enjeux de la télé-réalité », Economica, 2003
- « Laborgistique », Economica, 2005, translated in English : « Laborigistics »
- « TV et vidéo sur Internet », Economica 2006
- « La Télévision de demain », Economica 2006
- « Les 100 mots de l’internet », Que sais-je ? PUF, 2008, 2010, 2011.2013 ; translated in Italian
- « Les 100 mots des télécommunications », Que sais-je ? PUF, 2010,
Economic field of expertise:
Telecommunications ; Regulation ; New medias.
Vice président - Energy/Utilities Telecom/Media et Villes, IBM
En charge des Industries Energie-Utilities, Telecom, Cities Market et Président de la commission de la ville au Syntec Numérique. Depuis plusieurs années Philippe Sajhau s’est passionné pour la thématique de la ville, ce qui l’a conduit à un rôle d’Adjoint au Maire sur les sujets de Transition Energétique et d’Innovation numérique. « La Ville rassemble tous les défis, mais aussi toutes les opportunités d’intelligence, de partage et de savoir de notre société. Il ne s’agit pas d’opposer l’Urbain à la campagne mais d’agir pour que les zones qui rassemblent le plus de population et vont continuer à en rassembler encore plus, deviennent plus agréables à vivre. Dans ce contexte la ‘Smart City’ est une ambition louable, et surtout pas un gadget technologique.
Former Group President, Hertz International
Michel is the former Group President of Hertz International, the leading global car rental brand, where he was responsible for all of its wholly owned and franchise operations in 150 countries across all continents, outside North America.
Over his 38 year career in the constantly transforming car rental business, Michel has progressed through the organisation, holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management.
Most recently, Michel has been championing the « smart mobility » strategies for Hertz, working closely with start ups and incubators.
Since he moved on from Hertz in April 2019, Michel is now an Advisor and a Consultant focusing on Travel, Transportation and Smart Mobility.
He is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the GTTP (Global Travel and Tourism Partnership), a non for profit organisation that supports education programs enabling each year 700,000 students from 15 emerging countries to build careers in Travel and Tourism.
He is also an Ambassador for the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), and a Foreign Trade Advisor to the French Embassy in London.
Michel developed an early passion for travel, world cultures, and entrepreneurship, having lived in Morocco, France, Italy, and currently in London with his family.
He took a gap year at age 26 to « discover the world » and is an accomplished musician who loves travelling, sailing and mountaineering.
Founding CEO, Act III Consultants
Agnès Touraine is chairing the French Institute of Directors’ (IFA), until 29th May 2019.
She is also the founding CEO of Act III Consultants, a management consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation. She previously was Chairwoman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing ($4d) after 10 years with the Lagardère group and 4 years with McKinsey. She holds a degree in Law, is graduated from the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and has an MBA from Columbia University Business School, New York.
She currently seats at the Board of Proximus (Belgacom) and GBL in Belgium, and also Tarkett Supervisory board and Rexel board. She previously was non-executive director of Cable&Wireless (UK), Neopost and Darty PLC.
Investment Director, Banque des Territoires, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts
Antoine Troesch started his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London, then in Paris, spending his time on various projects, especially in the field of energy/utility sector. He actively participated to the Initial Public Offering of EDF, one of the world’s largest utilities, in 2005. He joined AREVA (now ORANO) in 2005 and spent most of his career there, first holding positions in Corporate Strategy department (M&A Manager) and in Operations (Enrichment Business Unit), working on large commercial contracts, development projects in Europe, Asia and North America and industrial restructuring in France. In 2011 Antoine was appointed Head of M&A for AREVA group. His main achievements were a €1.2Bn divestment programme including restructuring of AREVA renewable energy portfolio. From 2015 to 2018, he was Head of Front End division (Chemistry/Enrichment Business Units, €1Bn sales, 2500 employees, 8 nuclear facilities in France) and a member of ORANO Executive Committee, with a strong commitment to defining and executing ORANO recovery plan. Antoine left ORANO end of 2018 to join CAISSE DES DEPOTS Group, as Chief Investment Officer of the newly created Banques des Territoires, a business unit gathering all local economic development tools of CDC. With his teams he manages a €4 Bn portfolio of assets across France in various fields : energy, infrastructure, digital, innovation, real estate, impact investing, etc. Banque des Territoires invests around €1 Bn per year in 150-200 projects, with direct ownership and corporate governance influence. Antoine Troesch graduated as an engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2000 and has obtained a Master in Economics and Finance from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 2001.
Chairman & CEO, International SOS
International SOS is the world’s leading health and security services company.
Present in 90 countries, the group currently operates with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,400 medical doctors. International SOS has over 12,000 corporate clients including 70% of the Fortune 500 as well as many Governments and international organisations.
International SOS is in the business of saving lives, protecting organisations’ employees from health and security threats wherever they are, 24/7.
The group is at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic, helping its clients to build and implement their Health and Wellbeing strategy, ranging from prevention to crisis management.
Arnaud Vaissié is a Board member of the Institut Montaigne and is also the founder and Chairman of the Lycée International de Londres, Winston Churchill.
Arnaud Vaissié is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris (Sciences-Po).