Gennady Padalka was selected as a cosmonaut candidate to start training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in 1989. From June 1989 to January 1991 he attended basic space training. Padalka currently has the world record for the most time spent in space, having spent 879 days in space. Gennady Padalka is a recipient of the Hero Star of the Russian Federation and the title of Russian Federation Test-Cosmonaut. He is decorated with Fatherland Service Medal fourth class, Medals of the Russian Federation and also Medal of the International Fund of Cosmonautics support for Service to Cosmonautics.
Astronaut - ESA
Jean-François André Clervoy is a French engineer and a CNES and ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, in 1981, he became a member of the Corps of Armament. He is graduated from École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace, Toulouse, in 1983 and graduated as a Flight Test Engineer from École du personnel navigant d'essais et de réception, Istres, in 1987. Clervoy is Ingénieur Général de l'Armement (in the French defense procurement agency DGA). In 1991, he trained in Star City, Moscow, on the Soyuz and Mir systems. In 1992, he joined the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Astronaut Center EAC in Cologne. He flew twice aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis and once aboard Discovery for a total of 675 hours in space. Due to the difficulty that American astronauts had in pronouncing his name, Clervoy was nicknamed "Billy Bob."
Astronaut - ESA
Jean-Pierre Haigneré was selected as an astronaut by the CNES in September 1985. From 1986 to 1989 he headed the Manned Flight Division of the Hermes and Manned Flight Directorate, and took part in preliminary studies for the Hermes spaceplane. From December 1990 Jean-Pierre Haigneré underwent training at Star City, near Moscow, as a back-up crewmember for the French-Russian Antares spaceflight. He was selected as prime crew for the Altaïr mission in 1992, undergoing seven month training for a 21-day mission on board the Mir space station, which successfully took place from 1 to 22 July 1993. In 1995 and 1996, he was involved at the Kaliningrad Russian Space Control Centre in the operational aspects of the ESA Euromir 95 and French Cassiopée manned spaceflights. He then returned to France where he was in charge, as test pilot, of flight assessment of the new Airbus Zero-G aircraft. From 1997 till end of June 1998 Jean-Pierre Haigneré trained at Star City for the 6th French-Russian "Pegase" spaceflight. In June 1998, Jean-Pierre Haigneré joined ESA's European astronaut corps, whose homebase is ESA's European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. On 20 February 1999 the Soyuz TM29 was launched with Haigneré and his crew to the MIR station for the Perseus mission. He performed a six-months mission with Viktor Afanasyev and Sergej Avdeyev. They left MIR uninhabited in a stand-by mode and landed in Kazakhstan on 28 August 1999. In November 1999 he was assigned Head of the Astronaut Division at the EAC, Cologne.
Astronaut - NASA
Kay Hire is a United States Navy Captain (retired) and NASA Astronaut (retired) with a career span of 38 years. As a graduate of the US Naval Academy and Naval Flight Officer training, she flew more than 3400 hours in a variety of aircraft during missions worldwide. In 1989 Kay began work at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a space shuttle engineer while she continued to serve in the Navy Reserve. In 1991 she earned an MS degree in Space Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Once United States combat exclusion laws were modified in 1993, Kay became the first female assigned to a U.S. military combat position, flying P-3 maritime patrol aircraft. Two years later, she reported to NASA Johnson Space Center for training with Astronaut Group 15. Kay flew 711 hours in space as mission specialist on two space shuttle missions, STS-90 Neurolab Research and STS-130 International Space Station construction. As founder and president of Astra Portolan Corporation, Kay now guides individuals and organizations to emerging opportunities.
Astronaut - JAXA
Dr. Koichi Wakata received B.S.in Aeronautical Engineering in 1987, M.S.in Applied Mechanics in 1989, and Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering in 2004. In April 1992, Dr. Wakata was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan. He served as the Chief of the Space Station Operations Branch of NASA's Astronaut Office from March 2010 to February 2011 as well as the Chief of the JAXA Astronaut Group from April 2010 to July 2012. In January, 1996, Dr. Wakata flew as the first Japanese Mission Specialist on STS-72. In October 2000, he became the first Japanese astronaut to work on the ISS assembly on STS-92. In July 2006, he served as the Commander of the 10th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission. From March to July, 2009, Dr. Wakata flew as the first resident ISS crew member from Japan and served as a Flight Engineer and the JAXA Science Officer on the crews of Expeditions 18, 19 and 20 as well as a Mission Specialist on STS-119 and STS-127 (2J/A). His duties during the four-and-half month flight included the installation of the S6 Truss, the final assembly of Kibo, a variety of experiment operation in science, engineering, art, and education, as well as ISS systems operations and maintenance. From November 7, 2013 to May 14, 2014, Dr. Wakata flew on his fourth spaceflight and served as a Flight Engineer on Soyuz TMA-11M and ISS Expedition 38 as well as Commander of the ISS for Expedition 39 on March 9, 2014 and became the first Japanese ISS Commander. He has accumulated 347 days 8 hours 33 minutes in space spanning four missions, setting a record in Japanese human space flight history for the longest stay in space. In April 2018, Dr. Wakata has named as JAXA Vice President and also Director General Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate.
Astronaut - ESA
Michel Ange-Charles Tognini (born September 30, 1949 in Vincennes, France) is a French test pilot, Brigadier General in the French Air Force, and a former CNES and ESA astronaut who serves from 01.01.2005 to 01.11.2011 as Head of the European Astronaut Centre of the European Space Agency. A veteran of two space flights, Tognini has logged a total of 19 days in space. Tognini has 4000 flight hours on 80 types of aircraft (mainly fighter aircraft including the MiG-25, Tupolev 154, Lightning MK-3 and MK-5, Gloster Meteor, and F-104).
Astronaut - NASA
Over the course of his 16-year-career at NASA, Terry Virts piloted a space shuttle and commanded the International Space Station. Virts, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, considers Columbia, Maryland, his hometown. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Harvard Business School. He also was a member of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School class 98B at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and served as an experimental test pilot in the F-16 Combined Test Force there before being selected for the astronaut class of 2000. During his time on the ground at NASA, Virts served in a variety of technical assignments, including as the lead astronaut for the T-38 training jet program, chief of the astronaut office’s robotic branch and lead astronaut for the Space Launch System rocket program. In space, Virts served as space shuttle pilot for the STS-130 mission in 2010, helping to deliver the Tranquility module to the space station, along with its cupola bay windows. He then returned to the station in December of 2014, serving as flight engineer for Expedition 42, and commander on Expedition 43. Virts spent a total of 213 days space and conducted three spacewalks for a total of 19 hours and 2 minutes outside of the space station.
Gilles Dawidowicz is a geographer (Sorbonne University), specialized in planetary sciences. He has been campaigning since the 90s for a robotic exploration of the solar system bodies and is promoting the exploration of Mars. Former member of the Mars Society and its French chapter the Association Planète Mars, he has been president of the Triel Observatory for 5 years and has for many years chaired the Planetary Committee of the Société astronomique de France, of which he is the Secretary General since June 2018. Gilles is also co-author of popular works on Mars, Saturn and Northern lights. He regularly hosts major public meetings at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (Paris) covering international space news.
PhD in Performance Studies at Stanford University
Emma Humphris is a PhD student in Theater and Performance studies at Stanford University. She holds a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University, and a degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Sciences Po-Paris and La Sorbonne. Her work focuses on the role of new technologies, and in particular virtual reality, in addressing gender inequalities in the Police and the private sector. She uses the lens of “performance studies” to examine both gender inequalities in organizations and virtual reality’s potential. Emma Humphris is also committed to reduce gender inequalities in sports through her organization Equal Playing Field.
Master degree in Contemporary Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Su
Eymard Houdeville is a machine learning engineer and a philosopher. His research work, at IDEMIA currently concerns neural networks architectures for computer vision applications. Eymard is especially interested in philosophy of sciences and epistemology of data sciences: what's the role of simplicity in experiments where we manipulate gigabits of data? Eymard wrote his master thesis at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 2018 about the irreproducibility crisis in modern sciences: how can we explain the fact that sciences is full of spurious and fallacious correlations? Worried about social consequences of these new ways to act and think, Eymard has started several vulgarization works and notably realized a tour of european hackerspaces in 2016. Eymard also holds a degree in politicial science of Sciences Po Paris and a bachelor in applied mathematics of Sorbonne University.
Student in Physics and Communication
Marie-Maude Roy completed her B.Sc. in physics at the Université de Montréal and is now part of the Artefact Lab where she is doing an interdisciplinary Master's degree in Physics and Communication. This project focuses on the mechanisms of production and transmission of scientific knowledge and especially on visualizations of physical time. More generally, Marie-Maude is interested in science and technology studies, popular science and the intersection of art and science.
Student in Politics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Marilou Niedda is currently doing a Masters degree in Sciences Po Lyon about international relations. During a break year, she studied philosophy while working for an association of documentary film makers on the theme of housing. After having studied social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Marilou guided her fields of research towards critical studies in political theory, with a particular interest on gender issues.
Student in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at ENS
After studying literature at preparatory school Samia Mahé entered ENS Lyon where she is currently a student in contemporary philosophy and cognitive science. Her fields of research are mainly guided towards consciousness and emotions. The research Samia has done for her Master 1 and Master 2 degrees deals with philosophy of spirit, with questions of the definition and naturalization of consciousness. At the same time, she is leading some research in cognitive science about the influence of emotions on cognitive skills (attention, memory, decision making…) and more widely, on skills like learning and social interactions.
PhD in Quantum physics at the Kastler-Brossel Laboratory in Pari
After studying physics and philosophy of science, Valentin Métillon has begun a PhD thesis in quantum physics at the Kastler-Brossel Laboratory (Collège de France, Paris) about quantum measurement and entanglement. More widely, he is interested in the question of time measurement in physics and the diffusion of scientific and technical knowledges.
PhD in History of science at Paris Diderot University
Former student of the French engineering school CentraleSupélec, Gautier Depambour is currently studying History and Philosophy of Science at Paris VII University. During his gap year, he had the opportunity to work as an intern for five months at CERN within the communication group of the ATLAS detector. Meanwhile, he has lead a Machine Learning project on particle physics. He has also spent six months in the Quantum Cavity Electrodynamics group in the Kastler-Brossel Laboratory (Collège de France, Paris) for his Masters degree in nanophysics. Finally, he feels passionate about explaining and helping others understand science. He is involved in several projects such as the website of the French physicist and philosopher Etienne Klein. He also wrote a book to tell his experience at CERN, called Une Journée au CERN.
Charlotte Morel is a professional Triathlete since 2006. Morel took her high-school diploma at the Lycée Saint Exupery (BAC S) and registered with the University of Nice for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in sports. In summer 2008 she obtained the DEUG STAPS and in summer 2009 the Licence L3 in éducation et motricité, a kind of bachelor's degree, to go on with her Master’s studies in nutrition which she concluded in June 2011. She is co-founder of Mytribe Triathlon Coaching.
Rémi Camus is not a sportsman like the others. Overnight, when he was only 26 years old, Remi left his job in a Michelin star restaurant. His head is elsewhere and his body takes him to new adventures when he decides to cross Australia by foot (5,400 km), then to go down the Mekong by hydrospeed swim (4,400 km) or to swim around France (2,650 km). Today he continues to explore the world with his own means, while sensitizing people on the state of the waters on the planet.
As a successful ultra-trail athlete and an energetic outdoor enthusiast, Sebastien runs 150-200 km every week, but wherever in the world he finds himself, he always steps out with the same objectives: to be dazzled by nature, to discover new places, to explore his body’s potential and to share his challenges with others.
Physicist and philospher
Étienne Klein is a French physicist and philosopher of science. A graduate of École Centrale Paris, he holds a DEA (Master of Advanced Studies) in theoretical physics, as well as a Ph.D. in philosophy of science and an accreditation to supervise research (HDR). He is currently head of the Laboratoire des Recherches sur les Sciences de la Matière (LARSIM), a research laboratory belonging to the CEA and located in Saclay near Paris. He taught quantum physics and particle physics at Centrale Paris for several years and currently teaches philosophy of science. He is a specialist in the question of time in physics and has written a number of essays on the subject. He presents a radio chronicle La Conversation scientifique every Saturday, on the French public station France Culture. Étienne Klein is the author of many books. He practises mountain-climbing and other endurance sports.
CEO Bell & Ross
Carlos-Antonio Rosillo was born in Paris in 1965. He is a graduate of the prestigious business school based in Paris, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, HEC. After finishing his studies, he started working as a strategic advisor for Strategic Planning Associates, an American consulting firm. Later, he joined the Banque Bruxelles Lambert France (formerly Banque Louis Dreyfus) as a manager within the Industrial and Financial Affairs Department. Carlos’ adventure with Bell & Ross began in 1992 when he became the CEO and co-founder of the brand that had been a long-time dream project that he conceived with his childhood friend and associate, Bruno Belamich. Both men have a common passion for the watch industry and a common goal: to create watches suitable for professional use that adhere to strict military specifications where function takes precedence over design. At Bell & Ross, the essential is never compromised by the superfluous. The turning point for Bell & Ross came in 1994 with the introduction of its first collection. Today, Bell & Ross’ high standards have been recognized by many professional organizations: the French Air Force, Raid, submariners, and anti-mine military squads. On September 18th 2012, Carlos-A. Rosillo received the prestigious commendation of Knight of the French Legion of Honor from General Baptiste, Director of the Musée de l’Armée.
Dr. Helmut Crott was a surgeon before discovering the arts of horology techniques as a collector. Captured by the fascinating subject of timekeeping through sophisticated objects, he rapidly became an expert in the field of exceptional timepieces – for now, more than half a century! Studying rare and valuable timepieces first hand have allowed him to gain invaluable insight. He also created the world’s largest, most comprehensive and detailed Patek Philippe database and owns rare and unusual source materials on horology history and know-how. He is sharing his passion of vintage watches and horology exclusive timepieces by offering accurate consultancy to private collectors and historical brands of the contemporary watch industry.
CEO Fugue Watches
After spending seven years at LVMH in various marketing and communication roles, Leopoldo Celi launched Fugue at age 30. This new watch brand was first developed as a side project to his professional activity and launched with the help of social media. Passionate about watchmaking and a collector of vintage watches, his objective was to give a new meaning to the watch through a contemporary product with a strong symbolism linked to time. A self-taught watch professional, he surrounds himself with a team capable of realizing his vision of an innovative and customizable watch, that respects the traditional know-how and codes of the sector. In 2019, he began training as a watchmaker at the Lycée Diderot in Paris to refine his technical knowledge.
Founder of Time-in-Tempo
Born on the shores of Lake Leman in Switzerland, her heterogeneous education brings her around the world to follow her own Tempo in projects management in the United States, Southeast Asia or the Middle East. Back in Switzerland, she discovered watchmaking through her editor activities and became passionate about the human factors hidden behind each of the exceptional watch pieces. For more than ten years, she has been directing international communication and orchestrating the launch of an exceptional French watchmaker François-Paul Journe of the eponymous brand. But her Tempo takes her out of the ticking of watches and she devotes herself to other times. She develops various collaborative projects including an eco-design platform that links the object and the environment issues, an ArtLab that combines two cities to bring understanding of various cultures and religions through art. She founded the TIME-IN-TEMPO platform to offer a creative approach to time through publishing, immersive concepts and thematic exhibitions on the history of watchmaking. Today, she also runs a public interest foundation at the Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) to promote among the large public, energy transition issues.
Since 1993, the insatiable Besançon-based inventor has been telling (of) time. In his approach – born of an immeasurable passion combined with a special touch – the proper methods must be scrupulously observed in order to better turn convention on its head and reinvent the art of clock-making. The longcase clock designer declared his revolution under the brand name Utinam Besançon©. Here, in the birthplace of Pasteur, Proudhon, Courbet, Victor Hugo and Fourier – among others – utopia is second nature and the imagination often takes pride of place. Culture, science and technical achievement must rise to the challenge in order to express and even grasp ideas. This unique modus operandi justly reflects that of Philippe Lebru. His clocks and watches reveal the full magic and complexity of their mechanisms through designs which are at once understated and spectacular. Philippe Lebru has won several prizes for the technical achievement and design ingenuity of his innovations: in 2005 he was awarded the Grand Prix at the international Lépine competition in Paris and the Gold medal of clockmaking at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. With a mind continually in motion, he never ceases to design, imagine and cast his dreams ever further. Philippe Lebru himself designs the watches and clocks of Utinam. According to his vision for a collection, materials are pushed to their limits and crafted in such a way to intensify their innate beauty. Nothing can stop his imagination, which has given rise to the company’s outdoor monumental clockwork pieces as well as the surprising design of Utinam’s household clocks and unique mechanical watches. Understatement is a common thread of his work.
Regis Huguenin Dumittan
Director International Museum of watchmaking - Chaux-de-Fonds
Clockmakers have always shaped the most innovating mechanisms to offer precision all around the clock. But what do they measure exactly? In the past, stopwatches were scientific objects that were indispensable for navigators. But today their purpose has changed. More than ever, watches have become a way of life, a symbol of a delicate know-how, a social status, an access to a certain measure of time… a privilege to choose to know what time it is anywhere else on the planet. Possessing a watch that required months of work spent on a workbench gives the illusion of acquiring time’s sap. The clockmaker’s lifeblood spent while designing the cogs and the decorations of the exceptional piece of work. Some clockmakers address a way different message than a simple measure of time, they stop time and rewrite it on demand. Sometimes, they even claim they can slow it down… Haven’t watches become messengers of a new reading, revealing new challenges our society has to face? Don’t they now escape time itself? Meet traditional clockmakers and clockmaking specialists. With the complicity of the platform Time-In-Tempo.
Fob Paris co-founder
Engineer by training, Sari HIJJI graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris. After spending a few years as strategy consultant, he launched, with two close friends, FOB PARIS, French watchmaking studio. A brand imagined around the signature “WE ARE TIME EXPLORERS”: erase the chronology of a linear time and create timeless pieces that borrow from the past, present and future. A brand that also dares to experiment and cross the conventional boundaries of the watch industry, with a strong stand in the business of fashion, renewed season after season, through special editions, collaborations and runway shows. As a result, five collections of automatic and solar watches, made in France and an iconic product - the reinvented pocket watch. This fascinating product, piece of history, has been the entrance gate of FOB PARIS founders towards watchmaking. A field in which they found the technicality engineers cherish, together with a total freedom in creation. Since 2019, Sari HIJJI sits on the board of France Horlogerie.
General Manager France Horlogerie
Since 1993, Patrice Besnard is the General Delegate for the French Horological Federation. He is also the President of the French Committee of horological standardization and the President of the French delegation of the horological international Committee of standardization ISO TC/114. He is an Expert with the customs arbitration Committee (France). Patrice Besnard is the General Delegate of the European Union Horological Federation “EuroTempus” and the Secretary of the European delegation of the Permanent European Horological Committee. Patrice is also a Member of the Worldwide Exhibitor’s Committee of Baselworld.
Chief Executive Officer at Advens
David holds an engineering’s Degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and a Master of Science from UC. Berkeley. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Advens, the French Cybersecurity specialist. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice-President “Mobile & IoT Services” at Gemalto. He also held there several senior management positions such as head of R&D, head of Gemalto Global Services team and M&A deal manager.
CEO Isen Yncréa Méditerranée
Didier Goguenheim was born in Amiens, France in 1964. He received the Engineer degree from ISEN (Institut Supérieur d'Electronique du Nord - Lille) in 1987, the Ph.D degree in Physics from the University of Lille in 1992 and the HDR degree (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from the University of Provence in Marseille in 2006. His Ph.D was concerning the physical properties of defects at the Si/SiO2 interface, dealing with both theoretical and experimental aspects. His HDR work was focusing on MOS devices and thin oxides reliability. In 1992, he joinded the ISEN Engineering High School in Toulon, where he still works as Director since 2011. His successive responsibilities have included the teaching of Quantum Mechanics and Physics of Solids and the animation research activities up to 2011. From 2011 to 2016 he was involved in the creation of an Engineering School in Fès (Morroco). Since 2000, he has also been member of the IM2NP laboratory (UMR CNRS 7334). His research fields concern electrical characterization of semiconductors, various degradation modes in MOSFETs, characterization and reliability of ultra-thin gate insulators, defect characterization.
Director Digital Humanities Lab
Prof Frederic Kaplan holds the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and directs the EPFL Digital Humanities Lab. He conducts research projects combining archive digitisation, information modelling and museographic design. He is currently working on the « Venice Time Machine », an international project in collaboration with the Ca’Foscari University in Venice, aiming to model the evolution and history of Venice over a 1000 year period. Frederic Kaplan graduated as an engineer of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris and received a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University Paris VI. Before coming to Switzerland, he worked ten years as a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory contributing in particular to the AIBO robot. Then he worked six years at CRAFT, the EPFL pedagogical research laboratory. He published more than a hundred scientific papers, 6 books and about 10 patents. His inventions and devices have been exhibited in several museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Artin New York. He is also the founder and president of OZWE, a company that designs and produces innovative interfaces and consumer electronic products and of bookapp.com, a joint venture focusing on digital publications.
Nicolas Gorgy is the General Manager of Gorgy-Timing,, a French family-owned business specialized in the design and manufacturing of time clocks and time synchronization solutions, for more than 45 years. Administrator of “Pacte PME” and “Richelieu Committee” (French famous professional associations), President of Innovacs (Innovative association federating 17 University Laboratories in Grenoble), Part of the board of MINALOGIC competitiveness cluster, he is also involved on the fields of research as President of Besançon Fast-Lab (“Certified And Secure Time and frequency transfer” common laboratory project, with FEMTO-ST). Along with the founder Maurice Gorgy, he is at the origin of the start-up SCPTime®, which vocation is to set up the first worldwide service broadcasting the Legal Time of a country, with a highly Secured, Certified, Precise and Traceable universal time signal (mainly via computer communication networks). At the Age of digitalization and cybersecurity, where the slightest deviation from the reference time can result in wrong transactions, transport incidents, major server failures and data loss, SCPTime's ambition is to bring users of this new source of time a real added value and a concrete answer to Time reliability and traceability issues.
Coming from the world of R&D computer science, Philippe LOUVET was Head of Innovation since 2009, then Head of Emergence Design & Homologation at SNCF Réseau (The French National Railway Company) since 2017. He put his telecom & IT expertise at the service of supervision and management of company’s innovative strategic projects. Persistent and tireless contributor to the monitoring of technological development and research, he focused on the dimension of time by entering the collaborative project SCPTime that aims to disseminate legal time to users in a secure, certified, precise and traceable way. As a member of this project – of which SNCF is solution’s demonstrator partner – he took therefore the full measure of the importance of Time and synchronization in digital world and in the industry in general, as well as all issues related to the traceability and cybersecurity of time signals.
Entrepreneur, engineer, author
Entrepreneur, engineer, author and activist, Tristan Nitot worked for Netscape where he got involved with the Mozilla project in 1998. He co-founded Mozilla Europe in 2003 and was its president until 2012. After a 17 years period of involvement with Mozilla, promoting the Web and Open source software and building communities around Firefox, he published a book in French about surveillance capitalism. In 2018, he has joined Qwant as VP Advocacy, spending his time promoting privacy, open source and European digital sovereignty.
Innovation Communication Manager
Virginie Galindo is charge of valuing innovation for Thales, with a special focus on identity and security. She owns a PhD in science, and is serving the security industry since 20 years. Her different jobs allowed her to explore a wide aspects of security, from hardware to software, always on the innovation side. Her current favorite topics are associated with machine learning, cloud, and all new forms of identity, including all the new ways of protecting data, software and systems. Virginie is also a speaker, teacher and blogger.
Axel Villard Faure
Science and web journalist for the french radio France Inter and Science & Vie TV. Axel left Grenoble after scientific studies to start a Parisian career as a journalist. Passionate about new popularization formats, he started on Mouv' radio in 2012 with the web-radio project CO3, an audio web-series that tells the science of everyday life. He quickly joined the team from La tête au Carre as editor of the last connected quarter of an hour of the show, the #laTAC. Since January 2014, he has been co-hosting daily the UNE de la science with Mathieu Vidard, the first ten minutes of the program devoted to science news, and multiplies web projects.
Director of Marketing
David Abdou, a true entrepreneur, CEO Mamienormandie, a company created to promove traditional Norman brioche and others French goods.
CEO Groupe Royer
Laurent Bailbé is Head of communications, media, partnerships ans trademark for EDF BUSINESS MARKET (BtoB Market)
France communications & Public Affairs Director
Laurent Turpault started his career, in marketing at Credit Agricole but his background is principally related to consumer goods and the beverage industry. He spent 10 years within Heineken France where he built the digital strategy for the company and its brands, before developing an innovative program to enhance the beer category image among consumers and stakeholders. After this, he created the communication and CSR department and was able to establish Heineken’s brand equity in the media and public landscape as an economic and thought leader, committed to responsible drinking. Experienced in all types of communication, strategic influence and CSR he joined Bacardi-Martin as external affairs director for its Southern Europe hub. He stayed there 2 years, covering France, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece to promote brands among influencers and protect the group’s license to operate in these markets. Laurent has been with The Coca-Cola Company since November 2015 as public affairs and communications director for France. He’s been driving communications to support the Coca-Cola’s business transformation towards a total beverage company, supported by a massive influence plan in PR and social media. He has also enabled the company to play a key role with coalitions and opinion leaders to address crucial social topics such as nutrition or environment.
Graduate of Arts-Déco, Laurent Vincenti began his career as a designer with Pierre Paulin and Roger Tallon. Over the past 35 years, he has developed and created more than 300 global brand systems in a wide variety of environments, such as Total, BNP Paribas, Attijariwafa bank, La Poste, Peugeot, Air France, Groupama, Gan, Conforama, Monsieur Meuble, Thermor, Galenic, Kickers…
Founding partner of Yuma
Graduate of ESSEC, Loïk Lherbier first worked for 12 years at Renault-Nissan in various marketing responsibilities (customer research, product marketing, advertising strategy). He then moved onto communication agencies or consulting firms (BETC, Havas, Médiamétrie), and has been assisting brands in their positioning and communication strategy.
Combining education in both classical letters and marketing, Georges Lewi has developed an interest in brands’ life very early and started his research on brands’ life cycle with his first book "Sale temps pour les marques » (Bad weather for brands). He analyzed a paradoxical phenomenon: some young brands are aging prematurely while centuries old brands are doing very well. Author of over 15 books, he is considered as one of the best European branding specialists. He taught at HEC Paris, at CELSA (Paris4Sorbonne), delivering his knowledge in conferences and in consulting for major companies where he handled about 500 case studies. He received many honors thanks to his work on storytelling.
Director of Samusocial Mali
Holder of a DEA of Anthropology of Social Change and Development and a Higher Diploma in Social Work, Alou Coulibaly has been working for 15 years in the Malian civil society and associations. After a long experience of capacity building of grassroots community organizations in rural areas and of support / advice to local authorities, Alou Coulibaly has been working since 2011 with Samusocial Mali, a Malian NGO working for the protection and promotion of the rights of street children and youth in Bamako. He led the creation in 2011 of the coordination framework of the public and association actors involved in the fight against social exclusion of street children and youth in the Bamako District, and he remains today one of the main leader of this platform. Committed to children's rights, Alou Coulibaly has been a member of the office of the Malian Coalition for the Rights of the Child (COMADE) since 2018.
Coordinator of technical resources and university courses
Graduated with a Master 2 in Public Law, Delphine Laisney has been involved for more than 15 years in international action against social exclusions. After a first professional experience dedicated to the right to education for Afghan female refugees in Pakistan, she joined Samusocial International in 2003 with the position of Samusocial Mali’s director and developed a specific project of assistance for girls living in streets. Then, she coordinated the network of Samusocial organisations working with young and children living in streets in West and Central Africa. Since 2010, she has been responsible, at Samusocial International headquarters, for the professional training, studies and documents capitalizing professional experiences, as well as for the university courses on exclusion problematics at Sciences Po, University of Paris 13 and at University of Paris Descartes (specific diploma related to young and children living in streets).
Director of samusocial Moskva
After a degree in history at Paris Sorbonne, Eva Bertrand continued her university studies in international relations with a master and doctorate of Political Science at Science Po Paris. Specialized in emergency and security issues in the Russia-CIS space, she first worked as a consultant with the Secours catholique-Caritas associations for their actions in the CIS. At the same time, she wrote articles for the newspaper "East Station". From 2014, she was a lecturer at Sciences Po. In 2017, she joined Samusocial International to become the executive director of Samusocial Moskva in Russia. She manages actions of exchange of practices and care to people living in the streets, with the social patrols of Moscow Municipality, developed on the model "Samusocial", with a particular attention to women in a situation of great exclusion. She is also responsible for promotion of Samusocial experiences in other regions of the Russian Federation, and development of conferences and lectures in social science and public administration universities in Moscow.
Director of operations
Holder of a diploma of International Solidarity Project Coordination, Isabelle Diouf has been involved in associations for 15 years. She first worked in associations of popular education and health education in France, then in West Africa as program officer for Child Protection NGOs. In 2016, she joined Samusocial Senegal, a Senegalese NGO whose mission is to improve the situation of street children and youth in Dakar, based on human dignity and solidarity with the most vulnerable people. Project Manager and Operational Director, she manages the field teams and ensures that the Samusocial method and values are respected. Strongly involved in the networking of actors at a strategic level, she managed advocacy campaigns to combat violence against street children and young people.
Director of operations
Public health physician graduated from Alexandria University, Dr. Youssef Naguib first practiced medicine in his native Egypt, then in various other countries. He then joined the international cooperation sector, as a technical assistant for the Belgian Cooperation in Niger, and with Caritas NGO in Alexandria. He joined Samusocial International at the opening of his office in Cairo in 2008 to set up an intervention for children and young people living in the street. He is part of the first Mobile Aid Team (EMA) to which he brings his expertise on this public, developed in Alexandria. The functions of Dr. Youssef Naguib have since evolved as Samusocial International developed in Egypt: Samusocial International office in Egypt is now one of the main actors in care management and promotion of the rights of street children and youth in Cairo, and Dr Youssef Naguib is now its Director of Operations. He coordinates all the activities for street children, in the street (street roaming) and in partner’s centers, as well as networking, training and dissemination of professional knowledge.
Actor, scenarist and producer
Patrick Timsit is a French comedian, writer and film director. He has been nominated for 4 César Awards, three times as an actor and once as a writer. He is best known for the French comedy Un indien dans la ville. In 2006, he participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue.