French Tech Tour China 2019
Stephanie Zhang received her master’s degree in power system from Tianjin university in 2007 and her MBA degree from Tsinghua university in 2015. Since 2007 till now, she has been working in Schneider Electric at many different positions including product marketing, digital project leader, strategic and marketing management in joint venture in DER and smart energy solution. She is now in charge of business incubation for Schneider Venture and Innovation department.
Albert VARENNE is the Head of Regional Sourcing Office China & East Asia of Airbus since 1st September 2016. Prior to this role, Albert was the head of Airbus & Airbus Group procurement strategy & governance for three years. In 2014, he was elected as the Procurement Manager of the Year by the French magazine “Décision Achats” for his engagement to SME’s development. In 2006, he became the head of international cooperation inside aerostructure procurement to define and manage cross Airbus CoEs the procurement policy aiming at achieving the international cooperation targets successfully. Albert started his career as a manufacturing engineering engineer at SNIAS (lately known as Aerospatiale) in 1983. Following the launch of the A320 programme, he became the head of the assembly line production. He joined SOCATA to develop the belly fairing of Airbus A330/340 before he started a commercial career in the aerostructure. Albert was the first director of procurement of SOCATA when EADS was set up in 2000. He moved to Airbus in 2004 and took charge of the composite and aerostructure procurement. Among other responsibilities, Albert is appointed as the president of GIFAS China Committee for two years in 2019. In addition, He has been elected as the Chair of the Aviation & Aerospace Working Group, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China since 2017.
Leading the F4.0 Innovation Center project of Kunshan, Robin SABY operates professionally in China since 1993. French by origins, Robin studied Chinese language & History. Robin started in China by running university cooperation programs and later built many comprehensive importation & distribution networks all over the country. Today, Robin is in charge of the F4.0 Innovation Center project powered by Aden in Kunshan. F4.0 Innovation Centers are an ADEN-founded, ADEN-managed experience centers for professional customers across China, located in the middle of an international industrial ecosystem. There forward-thinking companies from many different industries can operate under the same roof. F4.0 Innovation Center is a place for established companies and start-ups; industry-university partnerships; international and domestic clients. F4.0 itself is not a business. It’s a platform, an idea and a meeting-point, and a place where clients come, discover and experience high-tech solutions with their own eyes. F4.0 Innovation Center serves as hub and meeting point for the new wave of industry. Here, innovative businesses that wouldn’t normally cross paths rub elbows on daily basis, are sharing a location with all the amenities of a large, high-tech facility: conference halls, co-working spaces, cafes and incubation management support. Sharing space leads to sharing ideas and building networks across industries. F4.0 is the accelerator for businesses looking to stay at the cutting edge of their industries and build a strong base of resources in the new China. F4.0 creates synergies between several strands of innovation. Aden, Technology with a Human Touch
Mr. de Rancher is responsible for overseeing the Multinational Corporation group of Credit Agricole CIB in China, responding to the local banking needs of the Credit Agricole Group’s worldwide Clients. He joined CACIB China Limited in 2017 after spending more than 10 years in New York working for leading financial institutions in the sectors of Project Finance and M&A, acquiring an expertise in the Renewable Energy and Energy Savings fields. Charles-Louis de Rancher holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated from Paris Dauphine in 2005.
Claude-Sebastien Lerbourg is from Paris and has lived in Shanghai for more than 10 years and is fluent in Chinese. He studied Mathematics and Chinese, he holds a degree in Management from ESSEC Business school and is studying for a global executive MBA from CEIBS. He has worked for Saint-Gobain since 2008 in business general management and product management positions, and since 2018 in strategic investments for “NOVA”, the corporate ventures arm of the group, where he identifies and structure investments which can contribute to startups’ strategies in Asia Pacific. In his current role, he also fosters collaboration between innovative startups and Saint-Gobain companies and R&D centers.
Alain Yuan is R&D Program Director in charge of China. He has led the implementation of major R&D cooperation projects with the academic and industrial partners in China. Previously, Dr Yuan held a number of leadership positions in research and R&D projects management. He is largely involved in the areas of energy system modelling and optimisation, low temperature energy recovery and valorisation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, power plant operation and performance improvement. Alain Yuan received his Bachelor Degree from Dalian University of Technology, his Master and Ph.D. Degree in energy physics from Grenoble INP.
Mark Lunt is Group Managing Director of JOS, one of Asia’s leading IT service and solution providers, with a team of 2,000 professionals serving more than 10,000 customers in Greater China and Southeast Asia. In this role he heads the JOS senior leadership team, driving the company’s vision, strategy and growth. He has been instrumental in transforming JOS’s business, building on its strengths in systems integration, infrastructure projects and enterprise applications to position the company at the forefront of advanced solutions in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud, and the Internet of Things. Mr. Lunt joined the Jardine OneSolution Group inJune 2013 as non-executive Chairman and was appointed to his current executive role in July 2014 and brings to bear over three decades of international management and CEO level experience in the technology sector, having been a director of listed and privately-held companies for more than 25 years.Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Trinity College, Oxford University.
Over her 15 years in technology investment, Ms. Xu has worked in a number of different fields including venture capital, major industrial investment, fintech, industrial park operation, etc. During this period, she has been staying tuned to and engaged in innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up incubation, working as mentor in many universities such as University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and on several youth entrepreneurship projects led by the Communist Youth League of China. Since starting her career, she has published numerous papers including A Preliminary Study on Market-based Operation of State-owned Investment Companies, Analysis on Gradual Evolution of Industrialization during the Transformation Period, Research on Innovation Support of State-owned Capital to High-tech Enterprises and Exploration on Mixed Ownership Reform of State-owned Enterprises in the New Era. Notably, she also wrote a series of papers focusing on cultivating industries in Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone in a gradual manner, and exploring the new-type incubator development modes under the new economy : A Study on Incubator Development Modes under the New Economy from a Global Perspective. Moreover, she has also earned a long list of honorary titles such as “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” of Chengdu, “Excellent Communist Party Member” of Sichuan Province, “Entrepreneurship Star” of Sichuan Province, “March 8 Red-Banner Holder” of Sichuan Province, “Excellent Entrepreneurial Female” of Sichuan Province, “March 8 Red-Banner Holder” of China.
Dr. Jian FAN is a Chinese government awarded state expert, current Big Data Chief Scientist and former deputy CIO and CTO of China Unicom Group. Since 2013 he has led the groupwide big data and digital transformation programs including the elaboration of Bigdata and cloud strategy. He was at the origin of Smart Steps creation, a JV company between China Unicom and Telefonica. He has been also deeply involved in the mobile banking services launched jointly by China Merchant Bank and China Unicom. Currently he is leading the industrial internet program of China Unicom. In the past years, Dr. FAN has been awarded many highest prizes by Chinese and international industries. In 2015, the Customer Centricity program led by him was awarded by TM Forum as the Excellence awards of service providers, and in 2018, finalist of CIO of the year. Before joining China Unicom, Dr. FAN worked at Orange Group for more than 20 years, where he occupied successively the positions of IT Chief Architect, Business Development VP for Orange Business Services, Head of billing center of excellence, etc.
Frank has a technical education background and holds an mechanical & aerotechnical master’s degree from ISAE-ENSMA. He started his career in Turkey where he worked for several years in automotive sector, before joining Ubifrance/Business France in 2008. Since the beginning of 2017, Frank is based in Beijing and manages Industries & Cleantech Department for Business France in Mainland China and Hong-Kong.
Claudia Xu is a leader in the strategic development and commercialisation of technology, with extensive commercial, academic and consulting experience in the Asia Pacific region. She joined HKSTP in 2018 as Chief Commercial Officer to accelerate knowledge transfer and drive innovation to commercialisation. She forges strategic partnerships with key players in mainland China and international markets to attract technology companies, world class research institutes and talent to the park, and builds collaborative networks with universities, industries, professional organisations and technology companies.
Guanghao SUN is responsible for making and executing ALE’s marketing strategies and tactics in Greater China. Prior to his current position, Guanghao SUN took several head roles in China and supporting roles in APAC with Alcatel-Lucent and Alcatel, for product marketing, solution management, regional sales, presales and consultant, etc… With over 17 years of experience in managing strategies and solutions in telecommunication and network infrastructure market, Guanghao SUN can share rich insights about business development of IT solutions, alliance and vertical industries, and experiences of strategy and project management under cross region.
Alex Wang est actuellement SVP du Groupe France Telecom Orange et DG d’Orange Sourcing Consulting. Durant sa longue carrière de 26 ans chez France Telecom Orange, il a successivement assumé les responsabilités suivantes: manager des projets RH（1990-1992), responsable de l’organisation du travail (1992-1994), area manager Grande Chine（1994-1997), directeur de compte stratégique（1997-2001), directeur commercial Wholesale France（2001-2006) et directeur Général d’Orange Sourcing Consulting depuis 2006.
Nathalie Trannois is currently head of the International Immersion unit (Innovation) in Bpifrance, the French Public Bank financing entrepreneurs, innovation and growth of companies.
For seven years her work has been dedicated to managing and supporting initiatives for technological cooperation between French and foreign companies in the framework of European schemes or bilateral agreements. With degrees in law and economics from Paris and Berkeley ( USA) universities, she also has seven years professional experience as a legal adviser in business and social law and her current mission is to support the internationalization of start ups. Her Immersion unit provides masterclasses, training sessions and immersion programmes in North America and China as well as international business workshops for early stage French start ups. And conversely, the unit operates the French Tech Ticket, a French governmental programme attracting foreign entrepreneurs to set up their start ups in France.
Thomas Vial graduated from Science-Po Paris and the Ecole Supérieure Libre de Sciences commerciales Appliquées (ESLSCA), and holds a Bachelors Degree in History of Art and Archeology from the University Paris IV- Sorbonne. After starting his career as a headhunter in a Parisian Human Resources Consulting firm, Thomas entered the Poste in Rome in 2002 as a Sector Attaché in Energy and transports.
In 2004, he joined the Mission Economique in Madrid as a Commercial Attaché in the fields of Energy, Service (NTIS, overseeing Telecoms, Medias, Digital Solutions, Sustainable Energies and Health. On April 1st 2011, he is appointed the Head of the Department of NTIS in Singapore, ensuring coordination among the various Departments of NTIS in ASEAN and Oceania.
From 2014 to 2019, Thomas managed the Department of NTIS-aeronautics for China and Hong Kong in Beijing. In 2002, Thomas Vial wrote several articles in professional newspapers in the fields of New technologies, Digital and Energy.
Shuai, who is based in Beijing, China, is the Director of Technical Strategy & Innovation System at Lenovo Research & Technology (R&T). He is in charge of driving the formulation of Lenovo R&T’s technical strategy and collaboration with higher education institutions. He also oversees Lenovo R&T’s Dream Lab innovation incubator program as well as its marketing, PR and communication initiatives.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Shuai spent over eight years at Microsoft, most recently as Director of Strategic Partnership Group for incubating and promoting innovation ecosystem in PRC, as well as managing R&D IT outsourcing ecosystem. Shuai received his M.A. and M.S. degrees from George Mason University, and B.A degree from Wuhan University.
Raouti is holds a Master Degree in town and country planning, Raouti is specialized in economic development and fundraising.
In 2001, he took the lead on EuraTechnologies strategic development plan and aimed to develop one of the biggest incubator/accelerator in the world in a former 1900’s old textile factory. EuraTechnologies is a unique global hub for digital innovation supporting generation of entrepreneurs from France and abroad to launch digital businesses in France and scale to regional and global markets. We enable tech entrepreneurs to become the next generation of leaders of the european economy. From start-ups to mature businesses, EuraTechnologies focuses in : Information systems and software edition (BI and Big DATA, Cybersecurity, Robotics,…), Hardware (wearables, agrtech, IoT…), Internet companies and SMACS (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and Security) and digital contents (VR, Gaming…).
Ms Hu Hao is a general manager at Tencent. is the co-founder of Tencent Maker Space Product Center and Tencent Youth Creative Camp. Ms HU Hao holds a masters degree MBA from Guanghua Management Institute in Beijing University and is currently studying of 28th EMBA class in CKGSB (Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business).Ms Hu has 12 years experience’ in Internet marketing business operation and brand building for Tencent well-known products including QQ, Yingyongbao, Tencent Cloud, Tencent Maker Space. Tencent Open Platform from 2011, is now the leading open platform in China, instrumental in the success of more than 10000 Internet entrepreneurs. The team led by Mrs. Hu has been awarded many awards, including Tencent Annual Business Breakthrough Award and Tencent Culture Award.