Sir Peter Ricketts

British Ambassador to France

Sir Peter Ricketts took up his post as the British Ambassador to France in February 2012. Before that, he was the British Government’s first National Security Adviser and, from 2006 until 2010, the Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of H.M. Diplomatic Service. After postings to Singapore and NATO Brussels, he worked as Assistant Private Secretary to Sir Geoffrey Howe, before serving in Washington. Sir Peter Ricketts was Head of Hong Kong Department in the early period of Chris Patten’s governorship. He covered EU, economic and financial affairs in Paris from 1995-1997, before returning to London. Sir Peter Ricketts was seconded to the Cabinet Office as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in 2000 and was then FCO Political Director. From July 2003 he was UK Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels. Sir Peter Ricketts is married to Suzanne, who was a lecturer in English language at the Ecole National d’Administration during their posting in Paris. They have two grown-up children.

Mme. Axelle Lemaire (to be confirmed)

Socialist Party MP in the French Parliament for the constituency of Northern Europe

Axelle was elected as MP for Northern Europe in 2012. Before this, she chaired the UK branch of the Socialist party for five years. She has spent several years working for a Labour MP in the House of Commons and she also brings in the experience of having worked in a law firm. The desire to make a difference, to serve others and help change society, with dynamism and integrity, is the driving force in her life and that  motivated her to become a parliamentarian.

She arrived in France as a teenager and pursued higher education in modern literature and Political Science (Public Service in the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) before specializing in law (as a post-graduate student in Paris and King’s College, London). She worked throughout her time as a student before teaching law and finally joining a law firm.

Axelle is a Canadian-French dual citizen. She calls London her home as she has been living here for over 10 years with her two young children who are bi-nationals just like her.

M. Pierre Tapie

Dean of ESSEC Business School and President of Conférence des Grandes Ecoles


Pierre Tapie holds an Engineer diploma from the Ecole Polytechnique of Paris (France), a Master of Science in Biochemistry, a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Paris XI Orsay University and an MBA from INSEAD. He studied Theology at the Catholic Institute of Paris.

He began his career committing 10 years to research and strategy at the French biotechnology group, Elf-Sanofi. He directed the strategy of the Association for Research on Solar Bioenergy, then its Laboratory on Plant Biotechnology and published 30 articles on related topics.

Subsequently, he was Dean of Purpan Graduate School of Engineering in Toulouse for eleven years and CEO of Intellagri, the venture capital company. Committed to entrepreneurship, he coached the creation of 14 ventures. He worked as a Consultant in strategy for various companies. Pierre Tapie became Dean and President of ESSEC Business School on September 1, 2001.

Among his other current responsibilities, Dr. Tapie is Chairman of the National Conference of Engineering and Management Colleges, Member of the National Committee for Private higher education. He is also Member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Foundation (he chaired from 2007 to 2012), Member of the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact PRiME initiative, Chairman of the AACSCB international task force of the PRiME implementation in the AACSB Business Schools, Member of the Globalization Task Force of AACSB, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cergy University.

As a scholar, he lectures and writes on the challenges and organization of higher education in different regions of the world, global responsibility, and Business in society.

Sir Howard Davies 

Chair of the British Government’s Airport Policy Review and of Phoenix insurance group

HowardDaviesHoward Davies is a Chair of the British Government’s Airport Policy Review and of Phoenix insurance group. He also is a Professor of Practice at the FrenchSchool of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po). He was theDirector of the London School of Economics and Political Science from2003 until May 2011. Prior to this appointment he was chairman of theUK Financial Services Authority from1997 to 2003.

From 1995 to 1997 he was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, afterthree years as the Director General of the Confederation of BritishIndustry. Earlier in his career he worked in the Foreign andCommonwealth Office, the Treasury, Mckinsey and Co, where he spentfive years, and as Controller of the Audit Commission.

He has been an independent Director of Morgan Stanley Inc since 2004, and chairs the Risk Committee. He also chairs the Risk Committee at Prudential PLC, whose board he joined in 2010. He is a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Board of Millennium LLC, a New York-based hedge fund. He has also been a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission since 2003 and, from 2012, is Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

In 2006 he edited and introduced The Chancellor’s Tales (PolityPress) on British economic policy from 1975 to 2000. In 2008 hejointly authored Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide(Polity Press) with David Green. Banking on the Future: The Fall andRise of Central Banking, on central banks, also by Davies and Green,was published in April 2010 by Princeton University Press.  His latestbook, ‘The Financial Crisis:  Who is to blame?’ was published byPolity Press in July 2010.


Laurent Bonnaud

Laurent Bonnaud is an economic historian, with expertise in European transport infrastructure and aerospace. He holds an Honours degree from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (B.A. in History, DPhil summa cum laude), an MBA from ESSEC Business School and has been Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. He lectured on Europe and Globalization, 19th-20th centuries at Sciences-Po Paris and on Economic environment analysis at CELSA, Neuilly sur Seine. Prior to this, he was a Research associate in Economic history at Centre Roland Mousnier, University of Paris-Sorbonne and took part to numerous international research programs.

Laurent also held responsibilities in the banking sector in France  (BNP Paribas Group) and Germany (Dresdner Bank), with focus on Corporate banking, Credit decision, Risk and Process management. He is the author of “Le Tunnel sous la Manche. Deux siècles de passion”, published by Hachette in 1994. He edited “France-Angleterre : un siècle d’Entente cordiale, 1904-2004″ (L’Harmattan, 2004) which includes essays by Francois Crouzet, Charles Hargrove and Jean Lacouture. Laurent currently lives and works in Brussels.

Lorenzo Naranjo

NARANJOLorenzo Naranjo teaches Investments and International Finance in the Global MBA, MSc in Management and Advanced Masters programs at ESSEC Business School. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical asset pricing, fixed-income, derivatives and commodity markets. In addition to his academic work, Lorenzo has been a consultant in the fields of investment strategies, fixed income, real options and commodities. More recently, he has been advising students in the field of microfinance and socially responsible investments. He holds a PhD and an MPhil in Finance from New York University, and an MSc and BSc in Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Mikå Mered

tempMikå Mered is CEO & Director of Analysis at Polariis Advisory Services, a consulting firm operating since 2003 specialized in international political risk, business intelligence, strategic watch, and entry strategy in Arctic, Antarctic & sub-areas. His expertise is focussed on focused on military, economic and political scenario-planning applied to Polar geopolitics & geoeconomics. He is also co-founder of “Génération Expat-La Fondation Expatriée”, a Paris-based policy think tank for French nationals living abroad with now chapters in 35 countries. He is currently writing his thesis in International Affairs & Political theory at Columbia University: “Arctic Warfare : the geostrategic impact of a globalized Arctic” (expected May 2013).

Sridhar Arcot

Sridhar ArcotSridhar Arcot teaches Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions in the MSc and the Advanced Masters programs. Sridhar’s research interests are broadly in corporate finance with emphasis on corporate governance, capital structure, private equity and venture capital. He has published in the International Review of Law and Economics. He holds combined charge of the Finance Track in the ESSEC MSc. He was the joint winner of the GAM Gilbert de Botton Award for Finance Research in 2006 awarded by the Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics.  He is also a Research Associate of the Financial Markets Group. In addition to his academic work, Sridhar has nearly ten years of professional experience in Information Technology and Finance areas, both in the UK and India.

Jacques Delpla

Jacques Delpla teaches at the Toulouse School of Economics. He is a  former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm, 1987-1992), a graduate from ENSAE and an Associate in Social Sciences. He worked as an economic advisor to the Russian government (1992-94) and the French government (1995-97 and 2004). With an experience of more than 10 years in debt markets for Europe (in Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas), he is now launching with his partners an investment fund specializing in debt for infrastructure projects in Europe.

Yannick Naud

Yannick has a Master’s degree from Dauphine University and a Post-graduate degree in European Studies from Ecole Nationale d’Administation (ENA). He also has strong experience in international campaigning; recently he was a candidate for the Mouvement Démocrate (MoDem) in the 2012 French Parliamentary elections standing in the overseas constituency of Northern Europe, which include the UK, Ireland, Nordic & Baltic countries. Yannick’s campaign focused on emphasizing the rights of citizens within the European Economic Area, he is passionate about citizens being able to cross borders freely whilst maintaining their political, social and economic rights.

Yannick has over 20 years’ experience in the financial industry working in France, Japan and the United Kingdom. As an expert on European economic issues he is a leading commentator in the UK media on Nordic countries and Eurozone events with regular appearances on BBC, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Al Jazeera English and in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist and the Scotsman.

Marc Tabouis

Marc TabouisMarc is a Professor at Sciences-Po for the Masters program in Finance and Strategy. He is also an Independent Financial Consultant.

Before retiring and becoming an independent Financial Consultant,  Marc Tabouis was a member of the Executive Committee of Credit Agricole CIB (CA-CIB) and head of its Structured Finance Dpt. He was with CA-CIB for 27 years with an extensive experience in the Project and International business, having been in charge of these departments at different times for more than 12 years before taking over the Structured Finance business line of the bank which included the advising and/or financing of the following sectors : Energy, Infrastructure, Telecom, Project and Export, Commodities, Trade, Aerospace, Shipping, Real Estate and Acquisition Finance. Before joining CA-CIB, he spent 14 years in various finance positions within the British Oil Group BP, both at head office and in France.

Marc Tabouis holds degrees in both Economics (Sciences-Po, Paris) and Applied Mathematics (Sorbonne).

Arnaud Grünthaler

Arnaud has a Master degree in business law and a Post-graduate degree in International trade law from Paris X University. Arnaud qualified as an Avocat à la Cour in April 1999. He used to work as a senior associate in the Financial Services Department of an international law firm prior to joining the Financial Markets Department of Simmons & Simmons LLP Paris in July 2007.
His practice encompasses all aspects of banking and capital markets regulatory matters for credit institutions, investment services companies and management companies. Arnaud also advises on funds in France and on the issue of structured products and listing of financial instruments in France.
Arnaud has been published several time in specialised magazines, is also in charge of the French law private banking manuals published by the Swiss Bankers Association and used to give lecture at the Swiss Finance Institute in respect of cross-border regulatory banking matters.

Charles Babinet


Charles Babinet recently graduated from Ecole Management Lyon. He worked at Canal+ and Car Security S.A as a Product Manager. He is now a Project Manager at Kisskissbankbank.

Kisskissbankbank is an online community platform which helps raising funds to realize one’s ideas and projects. The platform’s first interest is to create an alternative space dedicated to creativity, innovation, and culture.Its second aim is to give the public the possibility to choose the ideas and projects that will shape the future beyond the mainstream trends.