Associate experts

Etienne Germain
International security, crisis management
Formerly the security director for Alstom, Etienne Germain is a specialist in security issues and risk analysis. A graduate of the ESM Saint-Cyr and the École de Guerre, he also holds a Master 2 in Political Science from the Sorbonne. He previously held operational responsibilities in the French Army and in the General Staff, and was director of a crisis management centre for the armed forces in French Guiana.
Michel de Gliniasty
Aerospace, space, nuclear, defence
Michel de Gliniasty is a graduate of the Polytechnique (1969) and ENSTA (1974), and Engineer General of Armaments. He has devoted most of his career to research, first at the General Directorate for Armament (Centre d'Etudes de Gramat, 1974-1981), at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) (1981-2000), and at the National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research (ONERA, 2000-2010), where he was Director General of Science, in charge of programming and evaluation of scientific research. He is trilingual in French, English and Russian.
Carlos Khouzami
Sport, sports betting, gambling and games of chance
Based in Paris, Carlos joined Avisa as an associate expert in the betting, gaming and sports sector. Carlos is a former international director and board member of major European groups such as Banca Commerciale Italiana (COMIT), Mondial Assistance and PMU. He speaks French, English, Arabic, Spanish and Italian and understands Portuguese, German and Russian.
Franz Kraus
European regulatory affairs, food
Franz is a seasoned expert in public and government affairs, with more than 20 years of experience in Brussels, both in the public and private sector, as well as with civil society and international organisations. Formerly in charge of European public affairs at BMW and then advisor to two Members of the European Parliament for eight years, he then joined Kraft Foods/Mondelez International to work on subjects ranging from biotechnology to food issues. His expertise covers a wide range of subjects, including budgetary control, fight against fraud, social affairs, transport, environment, consumer protection and public health. Franz holds a university degree in English literature and European history and is a specialist in European political procedures . His working languages are English, French and German, and he has basic knowledge of Spanish and a limited knowledge of Dutch.
Jean-Christophe Le Toquin
European affairs, cybersecurity, cybercrime
Jean-Christophe Le Toquin is a public affairs consultant with deep experience in implementing confidence-building initiatives in the field of cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime. Founder and President of SOCOGI SAS since 2013, he sits on the Board of Directors and assists in the development of tech companies. In 2015, he co-founded CyAN, a network of experts in cybersecurity and cybercrime, of which he is also President. From 2003 to 2013, he was in charge of the Digital Crimes Unit of Microsoft Europe and Middle East Africa (MEA), and founded the Internet Service Providers Association, of which he was General Delegate from 1997 to 2003. A lawyer by training, he is a member of the Paris Bar.
Denis MacShane
European affairs, international relations
Denis MacShane is a former British Member of Parliament, and served as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and then Minister for European Affairs in Tony Blair's government. He has also been a member of the Council of Europe and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. A leading specialist in international relations and European policies, he has written some twenty books. He is credited in particular with the invention of the word "Brexit". Denis has from a wide network in the Anglo-Saxon and European political and media world. He continues to write regularly for European and American media outlets including the Financial Times, Le Monde, Libération, Die Welt, The Globalist and Slate. In addition to his native English, Denis is fluent in French and German.
Mikko Ohela
Environment, forestry, European affairs
Prior to joining Avisa Partners, Mikko worked for many years for the Metsä Group, one of Europe's leading forest industry groups, where he held various management positions, including leading the international corporate affairs function. He has also worked for the European Commission on trade and environmental issues of forest products. He has also worked for the European Free Trade Association Supervisory Authority (EFTA), where he was in charge of 170 Internal Market Directives, ranging from motor vehicles to medical devices.
Jean-Philippe Olier
Aerospace, Space, Environment, Energy Industries
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1975) and Chief Engineer of the Corps des Mines, Jean-Philippe Olier has 40 years of industrial experience in management and strategy positions. In particular, he has held various senior management positions, including R&D Director of the Air Liquide Group, Director General of Saretec and General Manager of Snecma Propulsion Solide. From 2008 to 2019, he was Business Development Director within the Strategy & M&A department of the SAFRAN Group. In parallel with his professional activities, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d'Essais (LNE) since 2010.
Enrico Ponzone
Finance, circular economy, food, international relations, European affairs
Prior to joining Avisa Partners in 2016 as a specialist in financial, commercial and agricultural issues, Enrico had a long career in several major international investment banks based in London, including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Deutsche Bank, and fund manager F&C Management. He was also Director of Public Affairs at EUBrasil, a Brussels-based association responsible for overseeing trade policy, market access and trade negotiations between Europe and Brazil. An economics graduate from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Enrico is fluent in Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Richard Pouillaude
Banking, Specialised Financial Services, Transformation, Risk Management
Richard Pouillaude, a graduate of ESCP (1988), has nearly 30 years of experience in banking and finance. Following various operational positions, he held the Director General position for 20 years. After becoming a consulting engineer at Accenture, he led numerous operational and strategic transformation projects in different environments. He also chaired a fintech company specialised in payment systems. Pouillade is a lecturer in Internal Audit and Management Control at the Master 2 level, and associate lecturer on risk management at Toulouse Business School (TBS). He is also an associate expert at CEIS in the Banking and Finance division, and works as a consultant for various banks on projects of operational excellence and digital transformation, particularly in West Africa.
Jean Rannou
Aerospace, defence
Air Force General (2S) Jean Rannou was Chief of the Military Cabinet of the Minister of Defence, Major General of the Armed Forces Staff and then Chief of Staff of the Air Force (1995-2000). In addition, he was senior adviser at the Court of Auditors (2000-2004). Concurrent to his activities at CEIS, Jean Rannou is a member of the Defence Scientific Council, an advisory body to the Minister of Defence, as well as President of the EuroDéfense Association.
Michel Troubetzkoy
Aerospace, defence, space, European affairs
Before joining Avisa Partners in 2013, Michel had a long career in the diplomatic and industrial world. In charge of international issues for the French Ministry of Economy and Finance for 16 years, he specialised in international trade, aerospace and defence issues. He then became President of Aerospatiale Canada before moving to Brussels as Permanent Representative to the European Union and NATO. Until 2012, Troubetzkoy was the Director of Public Affairs for the European Union and NATO for Airbus (formerly EADS). At the same time, Michel was the Chairman of the External Affairs Commission of the European Aerospace and Defence Industry Association, President of the “Europe et Défense” Club, and President of the Club of Representatives of large French Companies in Brussels. After more than twenty years in Brussels, Michel has a unique knowledge of all EU and NATO issues of interest to the aerospace and defence industry.
Olivier Verdeil
International Cooperation, Technical Assistance, International Financing
Olivier Verdeil has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of international development project engineering, technical assistance and international cooperation. He has thus alternated operational and management positions in consulting companies (Sofreco, Louis Berger), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and finally at Civipol, a private company associated with the Ministry of the Interior, as Deputy Managing Director in charge of operations. With an in-depth knowledge of major international donors (EU, World Bank, ADB, AFD, DFID and others), Olivier has participated in and led major international structural cooperation programmes, both as a Technical Expert and as Project Director, particularly in Africa.
Laura Vivani
Research, Innovation, Science, European Affairs
Laura has worked for over 20 years on European Union financial programmes, including the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development led by the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation. She has been involved in the design, negotiation, implementation and communication phases, both in terms of commitments and programme evaluations. Since then, she has worked for numerous clients in the private and public sector, including universities and research centres. Her expertise extends to subjects related to the environment, energy, food safety, health, information technologies, nanosciences and nanotechnologies. Laura speaks Italian, French, English and Spanish.
Wolfgang-Joachim Waeber
Aerospace, international relations
Prior to joining Avisa Partners in 2016, Wolfgang-Joachim had a long career in the aviation industry in Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa. Between 2000 and 2010, Wolfgang-Joachim was in charge of European and US government affairs and international relations for Deutsche Lufthansa, based first in Washington and then in Brussels. He then became a member of the Lufthansa Board of Directors. Since 2010, he has been an independent public affairs consultant and has in particular advised the Chairman of UTair Group, a Russian airline, the 4th largest helicopter transport company in the world. Wolfgang-Joachim is fluent in German, English and French.
Rui Faria da Cunha
International trade, competition, real estate
Rui Faria da Cunha is an international lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in Portugal, Macau, China, Luxembourg, Belgium and Brazil. Prior to becoming an associate expert for Avisa Partners, Rui was in charge of public affairs for APEX-Brazil, the association for trade promotion and investment in Brazil. As a lawyer, he has worked on a wide range of subjects, both for public and private interests, in the field of European affairs, gambling, competition, state aid and real estate. In addition to his native Portuguese, Rui is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
Marine Elgrechi
Digital, cultural industries, media
The founding president of Mazagan, Marine is the former director of communications and public affairs in Europe for Spotify, where she held a number of senior positions between 2012 and 2017. She was previously a consultant at Havas. She now advises a number of major companies and professional associations in Paris and Brussels on public affairs and communications assignments. She is a recognised specialist in issues related to digital and cultural industries. Marine is a graduate of the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in public law and of ESCP. She speaks French, English, Arabic (Moroccan) and Spanish.
Alain Christienne
Digital transformation, geopolitics, naval and military data
Vice-admiral (2S) of the French Navy and a graduate of the École Navale (1978-1980), Alain held three commands at sea (aviso, oil tanker, frigate) before holding leading positions at the Naval Action Force Headquarters (2005-2008), the Joint Directorate for Defence Infrastructure Networks and Information Systems (2008-2014) and the Directorate for Military Intelligence (2014-2017).
Thierry Caspar Fille-Lambie
Aerospace, defense
Air Force General (2S) Thierry Caspar Fille-Lambie is a graduate of the École de l'Air. He was certified as a fighter pilot in 1984 before embarking on a career as a transport pilot. He joined the French Air Force Inspectorate and the Permanent Council for Air Safety in 1999, before becoming Air Deputy to the Commander of the Operations Planning and Control Centre (CPCO). After commanding the Orléans-Bricy Air Base, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Air Force Command in 2007. In 2009, he headed the French forces stationed in Djibouti and was promoted to Commander of Air Defence and Air Operations. He took over as head of the General Inspectorate of the Armed Forces (Air) in 2014 until his retirement in September 2015. He is the founder of the consulting firm Morlanne Conseil.
Michel Benedittini
Cybersecurity, Naval sector, defense
Vice-Admiral (2S) of the French Navy, Michel is a graduate of the École Navale (1973-1975), the École des officiers transmetteurs de la marine (1979) and the École de guerre (1990). He first served as a naval officer (10 sea postings, including 4 commands; 8 at naval or army staffs) from 1975 to 2006, then as Deputy Director General of the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI, and previously Deputy Director of the DCSSI) between 2006 and 2012. He then served as Secretary General of the White Paper on Defence and National Security from 2012 to 2013.