Edith Coune spent most of her career at BASF Belgium, where she was during 7 years communication manager and member of the executive committee. She is now secretary general of Innovation Fund, an initiative of François Cornelis that supports innovative start ups in the chemical and life sciences sectors. She also serves as Secretary General at Belgian Industrial Research&Development (BiR&D).
She holds a master in Economics and a Higher Education Aggregation in Economics from the university of Namur.
Johan Menckel started his career in 1995 at Accenture in Sweden. He then held various Business Unit Management roles at Sapa (Aluminum) in Sweden and China between 2004 and 2012. Since 2013 he is the CEO of Granges AB (Specialty aluminum). Between 2008 and 2012 he was a board member of the Swedisch Chamber of Commerce in China, since 2012 he is a board member of the Swedisch Post Code Lottery, since 2016 a board member of Nederman Holding and since 2017 a member of the steering committee of the World Materials Forum. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
Philippe VARIN started his career in 1978. He held various R&D, plant and Business Unit Management roles at Pechiney in France and the USA and he was Group Executive Vice President for the Aluminum sector when he left Pechiney to become the CEO of the Anglo Dutch steel conglomerate Corus in 2003, based in London. The Corus turnaround led to the acquisition by the Indian Group Tata in 2007. Philippe Varin remained two years with Tata, in Mumbai and in London. He then moved to the French car making Group PSA Peugeot Citroen where he was Chairman of the Managing Board between 2009 and 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the nuclear cycle and equipments companies Areva and Orano and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Saint Gobain. As Chairman of « France Industrie » and Vice Chairman of the « Conseil National de l’Industrie », he plays an active role for developing the French industry.
Philippe graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris.
Prof. Victoire de Margerie started her career in 1986. She held various Business Development, Plant and Business Unit Management roles at Atochem (fine chemicals), CarnaudMetalbox (packaging) and Péchiney (aluminum and packaging) in France, Germany & the USA until 2002. She then became a Professor of Strategic Management at Grenoble School of Management (2003-2011). Between 2011 and 2016, she chaired the Materials Committee of the French Packaging Recycling Scheme (now Citeo). Since 2012, she is the majority shareholder and Chairman of Rondol (small scale machinery) and a Board Director at Arkema (Specialty Chemicals) and Eurazeo (Private Equity). Since 2014 she is a member of Eurazeo Investment Committee and the Vice Chairman of World Materials Forum. In 2016 she joined the Board as well as Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees of Babcock International (Engineering Services) and in 2017 the board of Université de Lorraine. Prof. de Margerie graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris and holds a PhD in Management Science from Université de Paris 2, Panthéon Assas.
Dr. Catherine MAIERON started her career in 1995. She held various production and R&D roles at Daum (crystal glass), and Saint Gobain Desjonqueres (glass) in France until 2011. Since 2012, she works at Materalia, the materials cluster for North Eastern France and she was nominated the Materalia Managing Director in 2014. She is the Operations Director of Rondol Industrie since April 2016. She holds a PhD in Materials Science from Université de Nancy 1.
Philippe BIDEAU started his career in 1980 at Hewlett Packard as sales field engineer and distribution manager in the USA. He then created and led the McKinsey European Operations Practice, headed the Industry sector in France and sat several years on the worldwide senior partners’ evaluation committee. During his time at Mc Kinsey (1983-2012) he served the most prestigious companies worldwide in Metals and Mining, Automotive and Aerospace Industries. Since 2013 he is a Partner Emeritus of Mc Kinsey and he runs his own strategic and financial advisory firm that he created in New York City. Philippe graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and Supelec and holds a Master in Economic Systems from Stanford University.
Stéphane Mangin is a senior member of Institut Universitaire de France and a Member of the scientific committee of the French Parliament Technology Assessment Office – OPECST. Stephane Mangin is a Co-Founder of the French-US International Associated Laboratory on Nanoelectronics at UC San Diego as well as a member of the Lorraine Academy of Science. He holds a PhD in Physics from Université Joseph Fourrier in Grenoble. He has been a Professor since 2008 at Université de Lorraine where he heads the research team of Nanomagnetism and Spintronics at the Institut Jean Lamour. He is the scientific director of a unique tool (TUBE-Davm) : a 70 meter Tube under Ultra High Vacuum which connects 30 equipments to growth and characterise material down to the atomic scale.
Hiro Yamamoto started his career at MHI in 1989 as a sales and marketing representative responsible for missile defense systems for Japan Defense Agency, and later moved to the legal department. From 2000 to 2006 he served as the general counsel and corporate secretary of MHI’s US holding operations in New York City. He then became the general counsel of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation from 2007 to 2011. He is now the Head of Strategy and M&A for the MHI Group worldwide. In his current role he is also a member of the shareholders committee of Primetals Technologies - the metals machinery joint venture between MHI and Siemens, and a member of the boards of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and of Mitsubishi Logisnext, material handling solutions.
Mr Yamamoto holds an undergraduate degree from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, and is a graduate of Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana.