Ambassador for Digital Affairs
David Martinon was appointed Ambassador for Digital Affairs by the President of the French Republic on November 22nd, 2017. Prior to that he was Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and the Digital economy since October 2015, and had been the Special Representative for international Negotiations on Information Society and the Digital Economy since April 2013. As such, he is the coordinator and chief negotiator on all Digital Affairs, including internet governance, cybersecurity, cybercriminality, freedom of expression and the fight against the use of internet for terrorist purposes, intellectual property, and counter-narrative on the internet. He is also the French contact point of the Open Government Partnership and was notably responsible for the OGP Summit in Paris (December 2016).
From May 2002 to December 2006, he was Diplomatic Adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. He was appointed Chief of Staff for Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign. After the victory (May 2007), he was appointed the Press Secretary and Communications Director to the President of the Republic.
David Martinon was then appointed Consul-General of France in Los Angeles, California. He joined the French Mission to the UN in New-York, in August 2012. After graduating from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (IEP) and with a Master of Economy at Paris-Sorbonne University, he completed his studies at the French National School of Public Administration (ENA).
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and became, from 1998 to 2001, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry and then a desk officer at the European Cooperation Directorate. David Martinon previously taught International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and worked in the advertising industry. He got involved in Politics at an early age and notably worked at the office of the Ministry of Defense (1995).
PARIS REGION ENTREPRISES, Chairman
Franck Margain is Councilor at the Conseil Régional d'Ile-de France (the Paris Region government authority) in association with "les Républicains" political party.
In 2016, he was elected President of Paris Region Entreprises, the agency in charge of promoting the Paris Region to attract foreign investors.
At the municipal level, he is currently a Councilor in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, associated with the opposition party.
After studying corporate finance at Paris II University, he began his professional career in civil engineering, followed by positions at the Samuel Montagu and HSBC banks, highlighted by responsibilities in London and Stockholm. He is now executive director of Deutsche Bank France.
Extremely active in associations that assist homeless people and disadvantaged children, including "Aux captifs la libération" and "La Bagagerie," he is also director of the "Newways" NGO that focuses on children's education in third-world countries. In 2011, he presented the Minister of Health, Roselyne Bachelot, with a report on addiction among marginalized people. He authored a book entitled "Sortir de la crise, un banquier chrétien s’engage (Getting out of the crisis, the commitment of a Christian banker)," published by Éditions Gascogne.
Christophe Chaptal de Chanteloup
Founder, CC&A Design Fax
Christophe Chaptal de Chanteloup graduated from the ESDI School of Industrial Design and INSEAD. While still a student, he founded Design Service in 1986, an industrial design consultancy. In 1993, he became a Managing Partner of the organizational development consultancy Arion. In 1995, Christophe joined the Groupe SEB (the world leader in domestic appliances) to take up a position as Product Director and, subsequently, as VP Strategic Marketing. In 2001, he was appointed VP Marketing, Design & Communications at Peugeot Scooters (PSA Peugeot Citroën Group). In 2005 he moved to Automobiles Peugeot (PSA Peugeot Citroën Group) where he assumed responsibility for organizational development assignments (internal audits, the implementation of lean management methods). Since 2009, Christophe Chaptal de Chanteloup is Managing Partner of Experience makers and CC&A. He is also Publishing Director of Design fax and President of the French national design association APCI-Promotion du design.
Director of Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xiao Guoqing, a researcher and doctoral tutor, was born in Chengde Hebei Province in May 1962. He graduated from the physics department of Sichuan University in 1983 with a degree in nuclear physics. In 1996, he studied at the Hahn Meitner Institute in Berlin, Germany, and also studied at the physics department in the Free University of Berlin, where he obtained a doctorate in natural science. He is currently the director of the Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, director of the degree committee, deputy director of the Lanzhou Heavy Ion Accelerator National Laboratory, chairman of the Gansu Provincial Physics Society, executive director of the Chinese Institute of Nuclear Physics, and director of the China Nuclear Society.
After returning to China in 1997, he worked at the Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was responsible for the development of the beam diagnostic system of the Lanzhou Heavy Ion Cooling and Storage Ring subproject under the national "Ninth Five- Year Plan" major scientific project, and the major renovation project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences HIRFL Beam System Renovation and Upgrade, development of HIRFL shallow layer and CSR deep heavy ion cancer treatment equipment, development of a high charge ECR source atom physics experiment platform. He also participated in the projects such as the 973 national key basic research and development planning projects, key and topical issues of Outstanding Youth Fund and National Natural Science Fund, important and major projects of Chinese Academy of Sciences, mainly engaging in the nuclear physics and applied research based on radioactive nuclear beam, the study of interactions between highly charged ions and solid surfaces, the diagnostic method for heavy ion beam, and the application of heavy ion beam. In 1999, he won the first prize for scientific and technological progress of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2001, he received the special government allowances. In 2003, he became a member of the National Fund Committee's Innovation Research Group Science Fund project. In 2012, he won the second prize for national scientific and technological progress. He has already published a total of more than 100 academic articles and also served as the head of the national "973" major scientific research project.
Counsel, Allen & Overy
Charles relocated to Allen & Overy’s Brussels office in May 2018 from Beijing, where he had been since 2014. He focuses on advising Chinese companies, in particular State-owned entities, on merger control issues and other regulatory issues (such as foreign investment reviews) arising from their investment abroad. He has also developed a rich experience in counselling multinational companies on merger filings with competition agencies in China and general issues regarding compliance with China’s Anti-Monopoly Law.
Charles’s practice also includes assisting leading Asian, European and U.S. companies in antitrust investigations (cartels and abuses of dominant position) and merger control reviews. He works with clients from a wide range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, automotive and financial services.
President & CEO INSEEC U. Group
Born in Corrèze in June 1961, Catherine Lespine graduated from ESCP Europe in June 1982 after her scientific high-school diploma and one year of preparatory classes at Kléber high school in Strasbourg.
She starts her career as a financial controller at Paris Public Hospitals and graduates with a Master’s degree in Research in management sciences at La Sorbonne in 1985. In April 1986, her family life leads her to Bordeaux where she joins the INSEEC Group as a young professor in management control and strategy. From then on, she will never quit the Group. After having held all positions in Bordeaux, Lyon and Paris, managed all three Schools, created and developed various programs, she is at the forefront, as Associate Executive Director, during the sale of INSEEC by its founder to an American group, CEC listed on Nasdaq in February 2003. She is then appointed General Manager.
Between 2003 and 2013, she carries out development operations via an internal growth from 3,500 to 14,500 students, manages three acquisitions: University of Monaco, Luxury Attitude, ESC Chambery and contributes to the international development of the Group.
By the end of 2013, Catherine Lespine accompanies the Group in a further stage: CEC decides to sell INSEEC to APAX Partners, a French investment fund.
Since then, she has redefined with the new shareholder a geographical development strategy (acquisition of a campus in Geneva and majority stake in LBI China, campus in San Francisco), and in July 2016, has carried out with Apax Partners the acquisition of Laureate France. This M&A operation turns the INSEEC U. Group into the first private post-education group in France (23 500 students).
Catherine Lespine is named Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.
Lionel Baraban is a serial entrepreneur and started the adventure in France where he launched several successful start ups. He then went on to manage a technology incubator in Israel from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, Lionel founded Entopia, a company specialized in semantic analysis and raised $40 Million. He headed the company from the Silicon Valley until 2006. After France, Israel and the USA, Lionel moved to China where he developed Xanadu, a key player of online travel services, with Nicolas Berbigier. In 2010 they co-founded FAMOCO of which he is the CEO.
After starting out as an actor, Lionel set out on an entrepreneurial adventure. Lionel launched successful start-ups in France, then went on to manage a technology incubator in Israel. In 1998, Lionel took over the management of Entopia, a spin-off from his incubator and raised $40 Million. Lionel moved to China in 2009 and joined Xanadu as CMO
Ex Chairman & CEO VALEO
Thierry Morin studied at the College of St Cloud and the University of Paris IX Dauphine where he gained a Master in BA management.
Thierry Morin began his career as a commercial engineer with Burroughs in 1977. He remained there for 1 year, before moving to Schlumberger. He spent the first 3 years as financial controller of the electrical metering department, and then 2 years as financial controller of the Electronic branch of Schlumberger . In 1983 Thierry became chief accountant of Schlumberger Europe. After 1 year he changed job to take on the role of financial controller of Flopetrol-Schlumberger.
In 1986 Thierry Morin became vice-president of the Information Systems division, and then director of finance and planning of the audio division of Thomson Consumer Electronics in Los Angeles, USA.
It was in 1989 that Thierry Morin joined Valeo. Valeo is one of the world’s leading automotive supplier with sales of nearly 12 bn Euros. It employs 70 000 people in 120 factories and 22 Research centers, in 27 countries Worldwide.
He has held the following positions:
– Group Financial Director, Clutch division (1989-90) ; Financial Director Engine Cooling division (1990-91) ; Director of Financial Control (1991-94) ; Goup Director of Financial Control, Strategy and Purchasing (1994-95) ; Group Finance, Strategic Operations and Purchasing Vice-President (1995-97) ; Group Senior Vice-President (1997-2000) ; Executive Vice-President & CFO (2000-2001) . In March 2001 he took on his role of Chairman & CEO at a very difficult time for Valeo (600million Euros of net loss).
As Chairman & CEO Thierry restructured the group (closed down more than 50 factories worldwide, opened 20 new factories in low cost countries), positioned Valeo as a strong supplier in terms of quality (3 defaults per million in march 2010) and innovation (Stop-Start, park 4 U….)while assuring positive results at all times.
Thierry left Valeo in 2009 after a rather fierce fight with Pardus, an activist fund trying to dismantle Valeo. Thierry won the fight and Pardus was forced to sell its share but Thierry resigned from his position.
Since then, Thierry Morin manages his own companies (110M €, 1100 people in metal sintering and alloy wheels for the auto industry).
− Chairman of TM France
− Chairman of Elis (European leader in rental/maintenance of textile and hygiene articles)
− Member of the Board of Directors of ARKEMA ( and chairman of the nomination, remuneration and governance committee).
− Exchairman of “ Université Technologie de Compiègne ”
− Exchairman of the Board of Directors of INPI (French National Institute for Industrial Property)
− Decorations : Officer of the French National Merit, Knight of the French Legion of Honor, Knight of « Arts & Lettres »
− Member of the “Automobile Club de France”
Deputy Director, Future Sectors, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Government
Louis Barson is Deputy Director, Future Sectors at the Department for BEIS since April 2018 and Head of Future Sectors since September 2017. He is leading a whole range of Government approaches to policy in new tech and innovation-led sectors such as Robotics, Drones, Artificial Intelligence (through work with the Office for AI) and clusters of disruption in established sectors such as EdTech, InsurTech and LawTech – supporting new technology and ways of doing business for the benefit of the economy and society.
Before this he was head of the BEIS Challenger Business Programme, tracking disruptive technology trends, identifying application areas where technology running ahead of policy, convening businesses to understand their issues and working across government to resolve.
William Samengo Turner
Senior Associate, Allen & Overy London, Corporate
Will’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on the tech sector. From emerging enterprises and startups to public corporations, Will advises some of the world’s leaders in technology on a range of issues including M&A, JVs, board advisory and corporate finance. He also regularly advises on corporate governance matters and has extensive experience of working closely with in-house teams.
A member of Allen & Overy’s London team, Will has spent considerable time living and working in Silicon Valley. His West Coast experience included a variety of M&A and financing transactions for corporations – ranging from seed round investments in startups to major acquisitions and disposals by listed companies.