Speakers

INPHO Venture Summit 2018 panel of experts
George Ugras
Managing Director
Jean-Marc Bally
Managing Partner
Yann Barbaux
Chief Innovation Officer
Olivier Binet
Co-founder & CEO
François Cavalié
Managing Partner
Thierry Chignon
Senior Partner
Michel Cui
Head of Mid Market
& Internet industry
Christophe Desrumaux
Investment director
Philippe Duluc
Chief Technology Officer
Jérôme Grillères
General Manager
Dieter Kraft
General Manager
Nicolas Leterrier
Cto building & IT
Jean-David Malo
DG research & innovation
Alexis Normand
Head of B2B
Aymerik Renard
General Partner
Paul Thurk
Managing Director

George Ugras

MANAGING DIRECTOR – AtPac VENTUREs

 

George Ugras previously worked as Managing Director at IBM Ventures, and previously at ACM, an early stage venture fund, where he was general partner and managed investments across big data infrastructure, cloud computing, and analytics.

He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Stanford and advised faculty on technology spin-offs at various universities. He also provides oversight to the Space Electronics Group at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was a research fellow.

Jean-marc Bally

MANAGING PARTNER – ASTER CAPITAL

 

Jean-Marc serves as the General Partner & Managing Director of Aster Capital (located in San Francisco, Paris and Beijing) since March 2006.

Throughout extensive experience in supporting high growth companies, Jean-Marc leverages his networks and opens partnership opportunities with its corporate sponsors for the companies he supports.

He has been active in the financing of more than 40 innovative companies, including Solairedirect (France, acquired by Engie in 2015), Connectblue (Sweden, acquired by u-blox in 2014), and CPower (US, acquired by Constellation Energy in 2010).

Jean-Marc holds a Master’s degree in Business Management (Grenoble Graduate School of Business), an executive education (INSEAD) and an additional Master’s degree in Mathematics. He has a keen interest in international matters, due to his frequent travels. He likes to adapt each strategy to each culture as he strongly believes that adaption is the key to success. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction. He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science.

Yann Barbaux

chief innovation officer – airbus

 

He is Senior Vice-President at Airbus. From 2013 to 2017. He was Chief Innovation Officer for Airbus Commercial Aircraft. Prior to assuming this position, Yann Barbaux created in 2007, and served as SVP Head of Airbus Group Innovations (former EADS Innovation Work, the Corporate Research Organization of AIRBUS. Yann Barbaux began his career in 1982 at Aerospatiale, in the Corporate Quality Organization. He was associated to the development of new programs, such as the Airbus A320, as an expert in metallic materials. In 1987 he was appointed as head of the Metallic and Thermo-structural Materials Department in the Aerospatiale Common Research Centre. In 1996, he was promoted as Head of Strategy, Research Coordination and Cooperation of the CRC.
Beginning of 2000, Yann Barbaux was appointed as Vice President in charge of R&T and Defence in the Corporate Merger Integration team, tasked to prepare and accompany the creation of EADS. In 2004, he was appointed as Vice President – Chief Executive Officer of GIE EADS CCR. Yann Barbaux published and contributed to a high number of technical publications in International Scientific Reviews and hold a patent on Structural Concepts for a Supersonic Aircraft. He has been a member of various engineering and technology societies, and of the Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) of NATO; in acknowledgement to his contribution as chairman of the Materials Panel of the French Association for Aeronautics & Space (AAAF), he has been elected to the rank of Emeritus Fellow of this Society. Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur et de l’Ordre National du Mérite, Yann Barbaux is member of the board of the French National Agency for Research (ANR), of the French Association for R & T (ANRT), of the board of the Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris Saclay and of the board of the Federal University of Toulouse. Graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1981, he also earned a Master’s degree in Metallurgy at the University Paris VI Pierre & Marie Curie. Yann Barbaux is since 2017 the Executive President of Aerospace Valley, a cluster of more than 800 members, OEMs, SMEs, Universities & Research Centers, from the Aerospace sector. 

Olivier Binet

Co-founder & CEO – Karos

 

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François cavalié

MANAGING PARTNER – Nouvelle-aquitaine fund

 

François Cavalié served as the Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Executive Board at Xange Private Equity, S.A. Previously, he served as a Managing Director and Président du Directoire at the firm. He served as Investment Director at IRDI Midi-Pyrénées. He served as Finance Director at Compagnie de Suez S.A. Mr. Cavalié joined XAnge in 2003 and served there until april 2016. Mr. Cavalié was a part of XAnge’s growth and transmission team, technology, and innovation. He worked in private equity for 30 years. Mr. Cavalié is a seasoned private equity investor and has participated in numerous deals as the Chief Executive Officer at Socri for 16 years. He served as Chairman of the Management Board at SOCRI, SCR. He joined Institut Régional de Développement Industriel for the Midi-Pyrénées region, and served there from 1988 to 2003, where he was the Regional Delegate for the Aquitaine region beginning in 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Cavalié joined Compagnie Financière de Suez as the Finance Director and served there from 1983 to 1988 .He serves as a Director of A2iA S.A., Clinique Development Groupe SA, Marty International, Acces Industrie, INS Telecom Design, Maison Briau, Fimasys S.A., SEFAS Innovation SA, IGE+XAO and Sidetrade.  Mr. Cavalié served as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Cavalié teaches a course in Innovation Finance and Management at the University of Toulouse. He graduated from ESSEC Business School and Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Toulouse and In a Master of Law. 

Thierry Chignon

Senior PARTNER – Mérieux developpement

 

Thierry Chignon is a Senior Partner at Mérieux Développement, the investment vehicle of the Mérieux family. With 220M€ under management,  Mérieux Développement actively invests in Health and Nutrition for both humans and animals, combining Venture and Growth investments, for both products and services. Thierry has more than 25 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials with particular focus on the medical device sector, including a first operational experience as Head Pharmacist within Institut Mérieux (1988-1997, now Sanofi Pasteur).

Prior to Mérieux Développement, he was partner of Matignon Investissement et Gestion (2006-2014) to raise and deploy the first largest European fund dedicated to medical technologies (Matignon Technologies II, 100M$). After several positive exits (trade sale and IPOs), Thierry joined as Senior Partner Mérieux Développement in early 2014. Before this Private Equity experience, Thierry was Director with Quintiles Consulting Europe (1997-2006), he defined and participated to the implementation of business development strategies for innovative products in Europe (market access). Thierry also worked for 5 years as an Expert of the Commission of the European Union drafting Guidelines and Regulations for medical devices. He has chaired several standardization working groups in CEN and ISO (Risk Management), as well as a Eucomed Task Force on Tissue engineering. Thierry holds a Pharmacy Degree, PharmD, a Master Degree from IEP Paris (Sciences Politiques Paris) and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

 

Michel CUI

Head of Mid Market & Internet Industry and benelux country manager – Alibaba Cloud Europe

 

Michel CUI serves as the head of Mid market & Internet Industry and Benelux country manager at Alibaba Cloud Europe, previously he served as IT&Cloud BU director at Huawei France. He started his career as a Functional Consultant at Atos Origin Group and works in ICT field for many years, with a mission to spread cutting edge digital technologies from online to offline, from urban to rural, from France to overseas, from basic needs to lifestyle and fun, he is very concerned about the development of innovative technologies and the establishment of a local business ecosystem with partners, at the same time, he also has a keen insight in industry changes driven by Cloud computing, Big Data, AI and Blockchain. Make IT simple, Make business Agile, Digital technology are amazing business that is admired not only for its innovation but also meaningful contribution to society, he cooperates with Business France / French tech / Bpi France / Station F to help many French & EU innovative pioneer companies to enter into global markets.

Christophe Desrumaux

Investment Director – Supernova invest

 

Christophe joined CEA investissement (now Supernova Invest) in 2013. He led investments in Chronocam, ISKN, Remedee, Exagan, Upmem… Prior to Supernova Invest, he served as VP Sales & Marketing at Mu-TEST, start-up spun-off from Schlumberger. From 2002 to 2012, he held customer support and business development director positions at Soitec (Euronext – 2.5 B€ market cap – staff of 1500), where he triggered major new contracts in mobile phones and imaging fields. From 1998 to 2001, he led as product manager at ST Microelectronics new products releases for Nokia, Motorola… Christophe holds a master and post-graduate degree in physics engineering from INSA Lyon and a corporate finance certificate from HEC Paris.

Philippe Duluc

Chief Technology Officer – Atos Big Data & Security

 

Chief Technology Officer, Atos Big Data & Security, Distinguished expert, member of the Atos Scientific Community, Philippe Duluc graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, initially working as a military engineer, first for the French Ministry of Defence, and then for the Prime Minister’s office, in various security and technology management positions.

After 20 years of service, he joined the private sector, first as the Corporate CSO for Orange Group, then as the Manager of Bull’s Cybersecurity Business Unit. He is now CTO of Atos’ Big Data & Security Division. He has been an adviser to the European Network and Information European Agency, and has a keen interest in scientific and technical domains involved in information society development: cryptography, cyberdefence, computing, communications, big data, and Artificial Intelligence, including future directions like the quantum revolution.

Jérôme Grillères

General Manager – VeChain in Europe

 

Jerome is General Manager Europe at VeChain. He has 15 years of experience in the Finance industry. After completing a MsC in Computer Science he started working in the field of electronic trading (Goldman Sachs London). He then completed an MBA at London Business School and moved to Structured Debt Finance / M&A / Retail Business and Commercial Development, all at Barclays Bank where he worked for 8 years. His dual technical and business background allowed him to lead the development of VeChain in Europe.

dieter kraft

General Manager – Trumpf Venture capital gMBH

 

Dieter Kraft is General Managing Director at Trumpf Venture Capital GmbH since January 2018.
Before joining Trumpf Venture Capital, he was Investment Partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), responsible for the European Venture Business of RBVC. Being more than 20 Years with Bosch Dieter holds contacts to the Bosch Management organization and is broad based in technology. Before he joined RBVC in June 2009 he was heading the Systems engineering Division of Hybrid Electric – and Electric Vehicles within Bosch worldwide. Dieter’s professional background is operational business within Hardware / Software of automotive electronics and Software for telecommunication networks. Heading a Corporate Research Division he was in charge of communication and energy networks, Software methods and architectures, electric drives, human machine interaction and new business areas for Bosch. Dieter got his PhD at University of Frankfurt in nuclear and atomic physics and got some insights to mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies

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insights to mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies.

nicolas leterrier

Cto building & IT – schneider electric

 

Nicolas Leterrier joined Schneider Electric in 2011. He is since May 2015 Chief Technology Officer of Building & IT activity. He held previously the position of Vice-president in charge of Innovation within Technology Strategy organization. He was responsible for the Innovation teams based in France and the teams in charge of Technology Innovation & embedded Platform development for Schneider Electric. Nicolas began his career in Paris working for Gaz de France and GFInformatique. In 1991, he joined ST Microelectronics as a software development engineer. After working in the US for data storage business development, he became in 1999 manager of an application development group covering the field of Telecommunications, Automotive and computer peripherals. Nicolas is graduated with a master of sciences of the Paris XI Orsay University and an engineering diploma from Ecole des Techniques du Génie Logiciel (software engineering).

jean-david malo

director “open innovation & open science”, dg research & innovation – european commission

 

Since February 2017 Jean-David has been appointed as Director of the Directorate in charge of “Open Innovation and Open Science”. The European Innovation Council, the Pan-European Venture Capital Fund(s)-of-Funds Programme, the RDI dimension under the European Fund for Strategic investments, the European Open Science Cloud,… are among the various files he is in charge of or contributing to. From 2011, he was managing a newly created unit in DG Research and Innovation, the main objective  of which was to contribute to increase private finance and close market gaps. From 2006 to 2010, he was heading the unit in charge of the regional aspects of FP7, ie. the “Regions of Knowledge” and “Research Potential” programmes, From 2003 to 2006, he was the assistant of Director Robert-Jan SMITS. He joined the European Commission in January 2001 in the Directorate General for Research. He started his career as Head of internal control management in the Comité Professionnel de la Distribution de Carburants in France before joining ARMINES, a body managing contractual research and innovation for French engineering schools (Ecoles des MInes, École Polytechnique, ENSTA, …). He has studied in the Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (Paris) and the University of California (Berkeley).

Alexis Normand

Head of B2B – Nokia Digital Health

 

A graduate of HEC (Msc.), Sciences-Po (MPA) and La Sorbonne in philosophy (Ba), Alexis has a background in public policy, healthcare reform and strategic consulting. In 2013, he created the B2B department of French start-up Withings, acquired by Nokia in 2016. He became head of B2B for Nokia Digital Health and moved to the US in 2017 to lead its Boston office. Alexis has driven the adoption of digital devices in healthcare with employers, medical providers and life sciences, growing B2B revenues above $5M+ in 4 years. This worked has involved managing the successful launch and customer implementation of SaaS solutions in Corporate Wellness and Patient Care and building a network of 150+ partners in the US and European eHealth ecosystem.

A digital health evangelist, Alexis has promoted the vision that patient centric solutions are shifting the logic of healthcare from “fee for service” to “value-based-care”, creating new models for prevention in an ageing society. He has been an active keynote speaker (Connected Health, HIMSS, AHA, OECD etc.), a lobbyist, e.g., as a member of the GDPR working Group on eHealth for the EU commission and has authored publications, including a book on “The Revolution of eHealth”), blog articles and columns in leading newspapers Les Echos & Le Monde.

derek proudian

INVESTOR

 

Derek Proudian is a Silicon Valley venture investor, start-up CEO, and entrepreneur. Derek has served as the CEO of six venture-capital backed companies, including Zip2 (Elon Musk’s first company) which Derek sold to Compaq for over $300 million. Derek has worked as a general partner at the venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), a Venture Partner at Morgan Stanley Ventures, and an R&D manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs.  As a general partner at MDV he was part of a team that turned $225 million in investment into $3.5 billion in returns for limited partners. He holds a BA in Creative Writing, a BS in Cognitive Science, an MS in Computer Science, and an MBA all from Stanford University.  He also holds five issued US patents. As a founding board member Derek has helped shepherd a number of companies to successful exits, including mSpot sold to Samsung in 2012 for $50 million, Daintree Networks sold to General Electric in 2016 for $100 million, and SquareTrade sold to Allstate in January 2017 for $1.4 billion.

Christian reitberger

PARTNER – WELLINGTON PARTNERS

 

Christian is an active business angel and since 2009 serves as a Partner with Wellington Partners, the pan European technology investment firm. Christian is a savvy technologist with a passion for transforming breakthrough innovations into real businesses that have the potential to improve the state of our world.

He has led venture, growth and buyout investments in the Electronics, Resource Efficiency, Software and Internet Infrastructure area and has served on some 20 boards including NXP Semiconductors, Q-Cells, Heliatek, Orcan Energy and Romo Wind. Christian spent nine years with Apax Partners where he was a Partner in the Tech & Telecom team and five years with McKinsey where he worked with clients in the electronics, digitial media, telecom and medtech industries. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction.

He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science.

Aymerik renard

General Partner at Hardware Club

 

Aymerik joined the Hardware Club team in October 2017, bringing over two decades of experience in international venture capital spanning hardware, software, and services.

Most recently responsible for Western Digital Capital’s strategic investments across North America, Europe, and Asia, Aymerik came to Western Digital via its acquisition of SanDisk, where he led their US venture activity as well as their communications and venture ecosystem outreach since 2014, taking them into frontier tech and IoT investments.

Prior to SanDisk, Aymerik joined PCH International in 2011 where he was the Vice President responsible for startup business development, aiding consumer electronics, medtech and IoT companies with funding, design, manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution aspects. Capitalizing on his on-the-ground experience of the Hong Kong and Shenzhen manufacturing ecosystems, he later co-founded the Highway1 accelerator for hardware startups. Since then, he has remained active as a mentor in accelerators such as Qualcomm Robotics, R/GA Connected Devices, Impact USA, Alchemist Accelerator, and Startup Bootcamp IoT, among others.

Earlier in his career, he headed North American investments for Orange for twelve years. Under his watch, several of his hardware, software and services portfolio companies IPO’ed on the Nasdaq and New York stock exchange with others being acquired by Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Cox Automotive, Keynote, Ericsson, Oracle, and Cable & Wireless.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Information & Decision Systems, Aymerik has been involved in the computing industry since his student days, when he taught a third-year lab course in software engineering methodology and also worked as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer.

PAUL THURK

MANAGING DIRECTOR – ARCH VENTURE PARTNERS

 

Paul Thurk is a Managing Director with ARCH Venture Partners, joining in 2000 via a Kauffman Fellowship. In 2011, he established ARCH’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Thurk was co-founder and initial CEO of Innovalight (acquired by DuPont), CoolEdge Lighting, and Pinon Technologies (acquired by a large German chemical company). More recently he was co-founder of Carrick Therapeutics and Genomics Medicine Ireland. Mr. Thurk formerly held various operating roles at NABS (acq by ILS) – a supplier of electronics components to the computer industry – ending his tenure there as Director of Operations Asia Pacific. Mr. Thurk holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

ARCH is a global venture capital firm of 30 years and over $2 billion under management, focused on disruptive innovations in the physical and life sciences. ARCH invests at the earliest stages, often co-founding start-ups directly out of university labs, and continues to invest to exit.

He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Stanford and advised faculty on technology spin-offs at various universities. He also provides oversight to the Space Electronics Group at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was a research fellow.