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the Global Heart Network Foundation
Annabel held several management positions with NGOs in France and the US. In France she worked at Premiere Urgence Headquarters in charge of building corporate partnerships through finding professional skills (Mecenat de competences) and funds for PUs projects. She is also interested in Children’s rights inspired by her Master’s internship at BICE, a nonprofit advocating child’s rights and serves as an advisor to MAP a US Nonprofit whose mission is to nurture and educate underprivileged children to their fullest potential, so that, one day they can contribute and lead within their own communities, thus breaking the cycle of poverty. She also established the Global Heart Network Foundation a 501(c)3 US nonprofit with the mission to amplify change and increase access to cardiac care across the globe by connecting independent efforts and initiatives with people in need. Formerly, Annabel owned a for-profit service company, Corporate Relocations, in Paris that provides services to Human Resources departments for their expatriates. After the company’s rapid growth, it was sold to Prudential in 2001. Annabel has worked for many years helping nonprofits strengthen their economies and communities and improve impact and programs. She has been a board member, volunteer, and supporter of many nonprofits and community groups including chairing the Advisory Board of University of San Francisco’s Master of Nonprofit Administration for 2 years before moving back to France in January 2017
Annabel holds a Masters in Humanitarian Action at the Paris XII (2007) and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco (2010). Annabel is passionate about building partnerships in cross-sector collaboration.
Anne de Kerckhove
Anne de Kerckhove is a self-described start-up addict. At 17 years old, she started her own theatre company and never forgot the excitement and fulfilment it brought her. So after working as a banker in Canada and then a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London, she walked away from what promised to be a stellar corporate career to join her first start-up and create its UK operation. She was 27 years old.
Anne now has over 15 years experience in leading some of the fastest-growing technology, media and entertainment companies in Europe. She is currently the CEO of Iron—a start-up studio specialized in digital subscription—where she also spearheads Iron Capital. Previously, Anne was the Managing Director EMEA for Videology, one of world’s largest online advertising technology platforms, where she drove the company’s expansion in over 16 countries in just under three years.
Prior to joining Videology, she was Global Director of Reed Elsevier, responsible for the B2B Entertainment Division, which included leading events such as Midem, Mipcom, MIPTV and Le Web. From 2003 to 2009, Anne was COO and International Managing Director at Inspired Gaming Group, the worldwide leader in server-based gaming, overseeing the company from its launch to IPO and expansion into 12 countries.
Anne is also an angel investor and mentor for early-stage startups and entrepreneurial funds including Metail, CRE and Daphni, and currently holds board positions with 7digital, WeMoms and Snowite.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD, and lives in Paris and London.
Aymeric is Executive Director of Enactus France, an organization presents in 36 countries that offers innovative educational programs in responsible entrepreneurship and social innovation in partnership with businesses and Higher Education.
As soon as he completes his studies, Aymeric founds Entrepreneurs Sans Frontières, an association whose goal is to accompany young social entrepreneurs in the creation of their company. Co-founder of La Ruche, the first collective working space in Paris for social entrepreneurs, Aymeric also acts as facilitator and trainer on project emergence, social innovation and team cohesion (ESSEC, Euforia, Social Factory , Ticket for Change).
Aymeric studied Entrepreneurship at the Ecole de Management in Normandy and holds a Master’s Degree in Audit / Finance. He attended several training courses, including the ISEP (INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program) in 2007, as well as trainings for trainers and creativity training.
Aymeric lives in the Paris region with his family.
Carole El Zein Corbanese
Co-Founder & CEO
Carole is a visionary who has always developed innovative service concepts. In an extremely competitive environment, she has created service solutions in conjunction with technology deployments of companies such as Internet service providers, and telecom operators. This generated a recurring annual growth of 20% in turnover and the acquisition of new market shares. At the same time, Carole led the change by coaching 200+ employees into consultative sales.
Her leading managerial DNA and operational capacity have been the driving force behind her journey within the Anixter International group, where since 2007 Carole has been a member of Comex.
In 2016, Carole created 4ward-two-gether, an operational consulting firm specializing in Corporate Management, or International Development for technology companies that need to: overcome a critical growth path, transform themselves, manage a crisis or accelerate their international development. Passionate about the development of new opportunities and the creation of innovative offers, she deploys all her energy to achieve customer satisfaction.
Today, in addition to her professional activity, Carole has decided to put her 26 years of expertise at the service of associative structures whose goal is to promote women’s social entrepreneurship.
Her belief: Alone we go faster. Together we go further
Her strength: Enthusiasm, loyalty, active listening, and success
Her Passion: Strong team success based upon mutual trust
Graduate of the Franco-American Institute of Management and the American University of Beirut; Carole is certified in Transition Management – Audencia Business School and is currently in the process of getting certified in “Executive coaching” at HEC
Catherine Van Dahle
founder & ceo
Catherine launched the association Nov’Impact in 2015. With this association, Catherine aims to support a sustainable and social economy by bringing the levers and innovative devices capable of developing the environmental and/or social impact of any project.
Nov’Impact offers a 6-month scale-up program for social entrepreneurs, the Booster, which is labeled FinTech (FrenchTech). Nov’Impact runs the ESS Finance division of the Finance Innovation division and is an accredited training organization.
Prior to that, Catherine worked for 10 years with major consulting firms, Ernst & Young and Accenture, and advised in organization management, IT consulting, marketing strategy consulting and sales. Catherine then wanted to concentrate on the social and solidarity economy and co-founded Altervia Consulting (in SCOP) to support the actors of the social and solidarity economy.
Within the “Centre Francilien de l’Innovation” and for 5 years, Catherine has also accompanied more than 300 companies (TPE), on their R&D and social innovation projects, thus contributing to the development of employment.
Catherine has a scientific background, and specializes in artificial intelligence, computer science and management. Catherine also held an MBA from ESSEC.
Chris Igwe International
FoUndER & CEO
Chris Igwe is one of the world’s leading authorities on global retail and highly sought after for his knowledge and insights.
From 2007 to 2015 he was Head of Retail, France and Senior Director, EMEA at CBRE, the world’s number one real estate advisory firm. Based in Paris, Chris’ retail clients have included many well-known brands: Calvin Klein, Costco, Disney, Esprit, Farrow & Ball, Hard Rock Café, Karen Millen, Michael Kors, Nike, TUMI and numerous others. His landlord clients are equally prestigious and have included AEW, Apsys, Générali, Grosvenor, Inter Ikea, Value Retail, and Unibail Rodamco.
After heading European Real Estate for Foot Locker and then Gap, Chris joined ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) as European Managing Director.
Today he is a special advisor to global brands and investors at his own consultancy firm, Chris Igwe International. He is successfully growing well-known brands across Europe.
Chris is an international speaker and has been an Awards Jury Member for international organizations including ICSC, RLI and CNCC. A Chartered Civil Engineer and an active member of ICSC and ULI (Urban Land Institute), For several years he has been a Steering Committee Member of MAPIC, the prestigious global retail trade show in Cannes, France and is Master of Ceremony for Mapic Shanghai and Cannes.
He was awarded a prestigious recognition in Las Vegas by ICSC in 2014 for his contribution to the retail real estate industry.
Chris coaches and mentors professionals keen to improve themselves and their business skills. He is multi-lingual with hobbies that include teaching life skills to children and young people, sports, and going to movies with his family.
Chris holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering from UK universities. Chris is based in Paris, France.
Co-foUndER & COO
George is the co-founders of Concilio, a company specialized in consulting and medical support for both individuals and businesses and their employees. Concilio is today a worldwide database of more than 12,500 doctors recommended independently by their peers, in 13 specialties covering more than 5000 diseases.
Entrepreneur and passionate, Georges launched HOL first unlimited Internet provider in France in 1996 and headed Amazon in France at the time of its launch, becoming its youngest CEO. Georges then served as Director of Development in Europe for PayPal, and co-founded Bordas.com, a matchmaking platform dedicated to Education and students. But George is also a specialist in the world of distribution and has accompanied its evolution into the digital world. George held executive positions and served on Newell Rubermaid Board of Directors, taking the direction of Sanford Brands, as well as 3SI group (3 Suisses).
Having lived in a dozen of countries and speaking fluently five languages, Georges experienced different cultures, which led early to understand and invest the new frontiers offered by the Internet revolution.
Georges is graduated of Polytechnique, the Ecole des Mines and Paris-Dauphine University. George has a dual engineering and industrial economics training. He now lives in Paris.
Marie is at first curious and naturally turned towards innovation and movement.
After a 2-year career at Bossard Consultants (now Cap Gemini Consulting) as a consultant, she joined Nestlé and held various Marketing and Commercial Management positions for nearly 11 years.
With a busy family life, and wishing to discover other worlds, she decided to bring her skills as an independent consultant and this for more than 4 years. She then works with major non-food FMCG names, in Real Estate, Catering or Tourism, always in contexts of strong transformation.
This taste for driving change will not leave her.
At Reed Midem, a B2B event organizer, she created the International Marketing Division for the Television division at a time when the World Audiovisual is impacted by digital convergence. The MipTV, MipDoc, MipCom and MipCom Junior shows will integrate hybrid formats, offline and online, and will see their targets diversify, bringing together the world of Television and Media, Digital and Marketing Services Agencies.
Then, at GfK for 2 years, she is General Manager of a business unit dedicated to the measurement of the Customer Experience delivered in Retail networks, business unit resulting from external growth.
In the Omnicom group, she is recruited to lead and revive a subsidiary of the group specializing in commercial outsourcing in a downturn.
Finally, as Country Manager of the brand Adam and Eve (Beate-Uhse / Pabo group) for 4 years, she repositioned the brand in the world of women’s lingerie and rotates the business model of mail order and Retail to Ecommerce.
In addition, Marie supports digital start-ups in their development and is also engaged as municipal councilor (Sustainable Development, Return to Employment, Disability, Transport).
Marie lives in the Paris region. She is a graduate of the Executive MBA of HEC, the Master of Marketing Management of ESSEC and Sciences Po Strasbourg.
Nathalie Goldschild is the General Secretary of the EDH GROUP, a private higher education group that comprises 3 schools of reference: EFAP (communication), ICART (arts and culture management professions) and EFJ (journalism) based in France and abroad.
After starting her career in 1991 with Price Waterhouse as a financial auditor, Nathalie decided to use her expertise to help and support companies and their managers, focusing initially on restructuring struggling businesses.
In 2000, she joined a start-up incubator and investment fund dedicated to young technology companies as its Finance Director, contributing to the launch and development of the business while helping young companies meet their challenges.
Nathalie then integrated ICM Associates, an international consulting firm specializing in change management in a global environment, as CFO. There, she organized the activity of the company and participated in its commercial development.
In 2012, Nathalie joined the digital communication group FRED & FARID as Group Human Resources Director, where she set up the entire HR function in a context of very strong growth, in Paris as well as Shanghai.
Nathalie graduated in management from Dauphine University and holds a master’s degree in business law. She is currently based in Paris.
Director of Strategy & Innovation
Pamela works currently for Salesforce as the Director of Strategy & Innovation. Pamela helps companies innovate, transform and adapt to a context in perpetual change in a fast digital transfer.
Before joining Salesforce, Pamela has advised companies for over 5 years as a retail and digital specialist. Pamela has accompanied them throughout their digital transformation.
Before devoting herself to consultancy while being herself a “start-uper” Pamela has worked for 10 years with the major international cosmetics brand Coty in a marketing and development function ensuring the brand’s growth over 15 countries.
Pamela has accumulated strong expertise in the fields of advertising, brand management, sales acceleration, the world of Retail, CPG, the Entertainment, Catering, media and luxury. Her experience has enabled her to work with over 25 brands across 40 countries with a multi-channel approach. Because of her expertise, Pamela also moderated numerous conferences, including the biggest international fair for commercial real estate, MAPIC as moderator but also as a Keynote.
Pamela graduated from Simmons College (Boston USA) in Marketing and later took a specialised course in Northwestern University – Kellogg university. Pamela is Greek-American and lives in Paris with her family.
Yann is the co-founder of workissime! that shifts corporate cultures.
Workissime! fosters empowerment and intrapreneurship through innovative learning, original contents, outstanding experts, engaging workshops, networking solutions…
In 2016 workissime! worked amongst other with Hermès International, Hermès Distribution France, ADEO, Vinci, Banque Populaire, Dentsu Aegis, TOTAL, SCOR and COVEA.
Before that Yann advised its clients on the digital transformation of their ecosystems and business models.
Yann graduated of HEC business school in 1996. He lives in Paris with his family.