Executive Team

Sebastien Torre, President, EAEC
Sebastien Torre, President, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sebastientorre

Mr. Sebastien Torre has 15+ years of successful experience in the leadership and management of international marketing/sales and corporate/business development teams/divisions of various technology firms. Partner and founder of Venture Development International, LLC and Venture & Capital International LLC (1999), Mr. Torre has directly participated in the US, EU and international business development, strategic marketing, venture capital funding and M&A efforts of 100+ small, medium and large (some public) European and US software, hardware and wireless companies; including long term executive/VP roles at SWT SA acquired by Captiva Software and then acquired by EMC, and at Captaris, Inc. acquired by Opentext.

German Loperena, Vice President, and Managing Director, EAEC, Spain
German Loperena, Vice President & Managing Director, EAEC, Spain
Linkedin: http://es.linkedin.com/in/loperena

Mr. German Loperena, Aerospace Engineer and MBA, has more than 16 years experience in business development, management and international relations. Infrastructures, Transportation, Energy, ITC, Industry and Aerospace are his main areas of interest.
Managing partner of S&F International and European American Enterprise Council Board Member, Mr. Loperena has helped construction, engineering, IT, Cleantech, Energy and Aerospace companies from abroad to develop their business in the USA. German has worked with several US and European States and Public Institutions in order to promote trade, by organizing trade missions, as well as implementing business development and investment programs.

Blandine Chantepie-Kari, Vice President, University & Entrepreneurship - Soft Landing Programs, EAEC
Blandine Chantepie-Kari, Vice President, University & Entrepreneurship - Soft Landing Programs, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blandinechantepie

Blandine Chantepie-Kari, international strategist, has more than 10 years of experience advising companies on business development in the US, Canada, France, and beyond. She specializes in planning entry strategies to new markets, creating a network of business partners, and establishing a foreign branch.
In January 2014, Blandine, as the co-director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Chapter, created the Global Access soft-landing program for incubators and universities as a partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Global Access supports the local community to welcome international businesses and foreign entrepreneurs as they invest and launch their enterprises in the United States. It provides mentoring and guidance on how to overcome various obstacles, such as the American business climate, immigration, cross-cultural differences, and capital investment.
Previously, Blandine worked with the French company Claremont as the US Director of Sales & Business Development for the Medical and Railway Divisions. In 2005, Blandine joined the Montréal, Québec branch of Enterprise Rhône-Alpes International (ERAI), the French business development agency of the Rhône-Alpes region. After four years, she was hired by ERAI US, based in Atlanta, Georgia, to open and manage their office in Philadelphia. Blandine also served as Project Manager for the Regional Council of Picardie in France. Blandine received a Master’s Degree in Economics, majoring in International Management from the International School of Business and Management of Lille (IESEG) in France. She did her Master’s thesis at the University of Texas at El Paso - Border Studies Department.
Blandine has experience in a wide range of industries, including Healthcare, Environment, Information Technology, Packaging, Customer goods, Defense, Transportation, Electrical and Electronics Manufacturing, Entertainment, Textile and Food.

Nathalie Rouviere, Vice President, Life Sciences
Nathalie Rouviere, Vice President, Life Sciences, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathalierouviere

Nathalie Rouviere, PhD, has led multi-center multi-year research collaboration between academia and pharmaceutical industry, fostering and validating the concept of “network of experts”.
She has a track record of success in strategic planning, branding the science and launching educational campaigns in pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industry for high profile products in US and outside US (developed and emerging markets) to position these companies as leaders and achieve double-digits annual sales growth. Her past companies include Merck, Aventis, Boston Scientific, and Baxter.
The success of these campaigns was a consequence of relying on evidence-based medicine, working closely with scientific experts and clinical investigators, and most importantly, focusing on the patients’ needs. She is the recipient of 4 industry awards, and author of 32 publications and presentations.

Jean-Claude Junqua, Vice President, Open Innovation, EAEC
Jean-Claude Junqua, Vice President Open Innovation, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanclaudejunqua

Jean-Claude Junqua has 20+ years of successful experience as a global executive in the US, Europe and Japan. During his tenure at Panasonic he led the global speech activities involving teams in US, Japan and China. After 2 years spent in Japan, Dr. Junqua started and developed the R&D activities of Panasonic in Silicon Valley. Always enjoying new challenges, Dr. Junqua created an internal startup inside Panasonic which led to the creation of a new US business unit in the area of Health and Wellness.
Dr. Junqua is also Visiting Professor at Osaka Intitute of Technology and Adjunct Professor at CMU Silicon Valley. One of his passions is to develop new approaches to innovation, initiating and developing business transformation and working with startup companies. He serves as a mentor and coach for startups at Singularity University and the US Market Access Center. He is the author/co-author of more than 100+ articles and holder of 80+ patents along with 2 books in the area of speech recognition.

François Modarresse, Vice President, Media/Broadcast, EAEC
François Modarresse, Vice President, Media/Broadcast, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francois-modarresse-482172

François Modarresse runs a consulting practice and marketing services company for broadcast, media and big data technologies. François brings over 25 years of experience in the industry with senior positions in companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar global corporations. Prior to AdvemTV, he was Vice President of Marketing at Dolby Laboratories, Skystream Networks (now part of Ericsson) and Director at Philips Electronics.

Devang Thakkar, Vice President, Products Strategy and M&A, EAEC
Devang Thakkar, Vice President, Products Strategy and M&A, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dthakkar

Devang Thakkar is an entrepreneurial Software Product Management/Marketing and Business Development executive. He has 15+ years of global experience with launching and growing new and current software and technology businesses. His experience and expertise includes business solutions for Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) based Business Process Management, Entertainment and Media, Electronic Content Management (ECM), Imaging and Storage.
Devang has worked at large and small corporations in various roles including Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester and Hollywood), Anacomp and IBM. He expertise is in leading organizations from ideation to market launch including: developing strategy, analyzing market trends, customer requirements, product planning, business planning, market planning, leading cross functional teams, managing outsourcing (offshore and onshore), strategic partnerships, strategic sales and business development.
Devang is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence/Domain Expert for Connect Springboard and Principal Consultant at DCM Consulting offering Product Marketing and Product Management consulting for small to mid size businesses.

Oscar Garcia, Vice President, Aviation, Aerospace and Space Transportation Industry, and Managing Director, EAEC, Florida
Oscar Garcia, Vice President, Aviation, Aerospace and Space Transportation Industry, Managing Director, EAEC, Florida
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/oscar-garcia/0/7b3/79a

Oscar Garcia is the founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of InterFlight Global Corporation (IFG), an aviation, aerospace and space economic, business and financial development consulting and advisory firm, in business in the United States of America since 1992.
He is a Senior Board Advisor, Consultant and Project Leader in the areas of Air-Aviation, Aerospace and Space Transportation Private-Public; Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Financing, Sales and marketing and also optimization of Commercial Spaceflight Operations and Investments worldwide.
Oscar is the Chairman of the Fast Forward Group, a leading Suborbital Transportation Think Tank with an intense focus on Point to Point space transportation. He also serves as an FAA-Aviation Safety Team member, US DOT FAA/AST Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) member and active on both the Operations and Reusable Launch Vehicles and International Space Policy Working Groups.
His business experience ranges from funding start up ventures to designing joint ventures amongst large aerospace conglomerates. His expertise includes, but is not limited to the design, set up, growth and expansion of aerospace companies, their sales and support networks networks as well as their relevant support investment Boards and Committees.
Oscar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Science and Technology with an Aerospace Engineering specialization from San Diego State University, as well as a Masters Degree in Aviation and Aerospace Business Administration (MBA) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds FAA/JAR Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor licenses.

Patrick Rousseau, Vice President, Horizon 2020 & EU PROGRAMS For Startups and SMEs, EAEC, Belgium
Patrick Rousseau, Vice President, Horizon 2020 & EU PROGRAMS For Startups and SMEs, EAEC, Belgium
Linkedin: https://be.linkedin.com/pub/patrick-rousseau/6b/390/243
Patrick J. Rousseau has also a strong understanding of EU funding schemes i.e. H2020 as project support and expert evaluator for the European Commission. Patrick brings its EU & government funding expertise built upon a strong international marketing background, and experiences with spin-off, start-ups, and venture capital.
Patrick has 35 years of experience in the health and high-tech arena including business consortia building, business plan creation and implementation, as well as international partnership building and funding.
Currently, Patrick supports several US and European start-ups penetrating new markets and developing new applications for their technologies and products. His international, especially transatlantic market development expertise, together with multicultural understanding, represent key assets.

Maryla Nesbitt, Director, EU-US Trade/FDI Programs & Events, EAEC
Maryla Nesbitt, Director, EU-US Trade/FDI Programs & Events, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marylanesbitt

Maryla Nesbitt brings more than 16 years of experience supporting international business growth to her position. She has assisted more than 170 domestic companies with their business expansion projects and market launches throughout Europe, including: Qualcomm Inc., Illumina, Amgen, Casual America and Oakley. She established influential business networks and contacts on the West Coast of the U.S. as well as in Europe.
In her previous position as an International Business Manager for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Maryla was responsible for creating strategies designed to increase Nevada exports; developing relationships with local, state, federal, and foreign governments, as well as with international organizations specializing in international trade and foreign investment. She organized and participated in international trade missions; and allocated STEP (State Trade Export Promotion) grants to assist regional companies with entry into international markets.
Nesbitt’s background is grounded in both international business development and sales; her professional pedigree includes working for one of the world’s fastest growing wireless technology businesses, Qualcomm, and then for BT e-Locations, a subsidiary of British Telecom, where she was tasked with bringing international businesses to the United Kingdom. In 1999, Nesbitt began working as a consultant for European economic development agencies representing the organization’s interests on the U.S. west coast. Clients included: the Austrian Business Agency, Office for Foreign Investors – Belgium (Wallonia), Locate in Kent, the East of England International (Cambridge, UK) and Alsace International (Strasbourg, France).
Maryla earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in International Business from San Diego State University. She is a native of Poland. She has also lived in France where she studied French language and literature at the Alliance Française. She is fluent in Polish and French. She is a world traveler and enthusiastic learner about different cultures.

Francois Stoop, Managing Director, EAEC, United Kingdom
Francois Stoop, Managing Director, EAEC, United Kingdom
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/francois-stoop/b/761/365g

Francois started his career as a stock exchange broker at the AXA Group, then worked for 7 years as sales manager in an IT leasing company and 3 years at Nortel Networks in charge of the retail sales management.In 2000, he joined CAP GEMINI ERNST & YOUNG and developed an expertise in complex sales models as well as an ability to deliver consistent revenue in consulting business, IT integration and outsourcing for the retail space.Hired by TRADECARD Inc, the world leader of Financial Supply Chain solutions as Vice President EMEA in 2005, he completed his international experience.
In 2010, he founded YOOROP, a company dedicated to support US software small and mid caps in Europe with a set of consulting, marketing, sales and business development skills.Francois is a French Business school graduate (ESCE), studied Economics and Business management at the Los Angeles State University,and is an INSEAD/CGE&Y International Business School Alumni.

Miguel Toledo, Senior Consultant, EAEC
Miguel Toledo, Senior Consultant, EAEC
Linkedin: es.linkedin.com/pub/miguel-toledo-murcia/76/7ab/619

Miguel Toledo is an attorney and founder partner of the Group T&T. His firm is specialized in Negotiation, Payment Methods and International Trade, Company Restructuring, Corporate Crime, Unfair Competition, Law Controller/Compliance Officer and Family Businesses. His firm practices law in most of the EU countries, being the right legal partner for any company seeking legal advise on how to legally proceed in the European Union. He is deeply involved with several Chambers of Commerce, Universities and Foundations.

Eduardo Gonzalez Lowenberg, Senior Consultant, EAEC
Eduardo González Löwenberg, Senior Consultant, EAEC
Linkedin: http://es.linkedin.com/in/eduardogonzalezlowenberg

Eduardo González, Economist, MBA and trilingual, advises companies and entrepreneurs in international investment and trade, both as an Independent Consultant and as Director of the Madrid International LAB, a soflanding and incubation initiative by Madrid Emprende (Economic Development Agency of the Madrid City). With over 12 years of experience, Eduardo has helped many foreign companies to enter and set up in Spain, and has engaged in multiple management consulting and research projects. He is Advisor at a corporate finance firm Clairfield International.
For 7 years Eduardo worked at PromoMadrid, the Investment Promotion Agency of the Madrid Region. There he promoted Madrid globally as an international headquarter location and as a business hub for ICT and Outsourcing companies. In addition, he provided tailored assistance to foreign companies considering establishing their business in the Madrid Region.
Prior to PromoMadrid, Eduardo was Senior Consultant at Capgemini, serving clients in the Telecom industry on strategy development and business transformation. Earlier in his career, he was Market Research Consultant at Frost & Sullivan in London, where he was involved in European research projects on E-commerce and Mobile Communications markets for international clients.

Advisory Team

Luc Julia, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Luc Julia, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/luc-julia/0/11/975

Dr. Luc JULIA is Vice President and Innovation Fellow at the Samsung Strategy and Open Innovation Center. He’s responsible for defining the vision and strategy for the Internet of Everything by creating an open ecosystem for connected objects. JULIA previously directed Siri, Apple’s personal voice assistant, and was Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, leading a global team of architects and developers. He also co-founded several companies, including ORB Networks, inventing “Place Shifting”, the remote, ubiquitous, streaming of multimedia assets. He started his career at SRI International where he created the Computer Human Interaction Center which was involved in the development of the first smart refrigerator and car as well as the creation of Nuance Communications, now the World leader in Speech Recognition. JULIA holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris, as well as BS and MS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie.

Mike Lucas, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Mike Lucas, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/mikelucassd10

Mike Lucas is the CEO of Audyssey Labs.
Mike is a consumer product and technology leader with deep experience across industries, technologies, business lifecycles and cultures. He is recognized for leadership in solving complex issues through strategic creativity, marketing & sales innovation, analytical rigor and disciplined process.
Mike led Sony’s Television, Sound, Personal Computer and Recording Media Divisions in the fast-paced consumer electronics industry for 12 years. Most recently, as SVP/GM of the Home Entertainment and Sound Group, he captured #1 share in the 4K Ultra HD TV segment through the successful launch of this premium TV technology. Mike also developed, launched and operated the world’s first 4K movie download service. With his Sound team, he drove 67% growth of the premium audio portfolio. As head of the Personal Computer division, Mike spearheaded a consumer-centric focus that led to a #1 customer service ranking and also launched Sony’s first tablet products.
Mike has extensive brand building, leadership and new product development expertise from over a decade in consumer packaged goods at Kraft Foods / Nabisco and Clorox. He brings a strong analytical approach, professional curiosity, global focus and cultural sensitivity originating from international work experience and his engineering background. Mike holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Mike enjoys running, golf, skiing and cheering for baseball and field hockey.

Bertrand Leroux, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Bertrand Leroux, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/bertrand-leroux/19/18a/787

Bertrand Leroux has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Head of Global Strategic Sourcing for Activision Blizzard since August 2012. In this capacity, he is responsible for defining Activision’s global information technology strategies; oversees the company’s infrastructure, telecommunications, security and corporate applications; and managing the company’s sourcing strategies, competencies by work closely with all business units and functions to anticipate/plan external vendor needs, and build enduring vendor relationships.
Prior to this position, from 2008 – 2011, Leroux was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Activision Blizzard.
Prior to joining Activision Blizzard, Leroux held various senior executive positions with Vivendi Games, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer from 2000 - 2008, where he oversaw global information technologies and strategies for the company. Between 2002 and 2003, Leroux was also the Special Advisor to the Vivendi Corp CIO based in NY.
Prior to joining Vivendi Games in April 2000, Leroux spent 10 years with The Walt Disney Company in Europe and in the US. Most recently, he served as the Director of Operations and Technology for the Global Licensing division for Disney Consumer Products where he spearheaded several major technology initiatives, including the global licensing system implementation.
Leroux began his career in 1987 with SKF Distribution, the French subsidiary of SKF Company, an industrial bearings Supply Company based in Sweden.
Leroux holds two Masters Degrees in Finance and in Logistics, IS and Organization from the University of Paris IX Dauphine in France. He also holds two French Baccalauréat, one in Mathematics and Physics and a second in Economics.

Jerome Grandidier, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Jerome Grandidier, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: lu.linkedin.com/pub/jerome-grandidier/1/b3/618

Jérôme Grandidier is a the CEO of Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator.
Jerome is a French Citizen who graduated from Ecole Supérieur des Technologies et des Affaires in 1992.
Before founding Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator in 1998, he had numerous management positions in ICT service companies (Econocom, Computer Company & CSS). Jérôme has always worked in Luxembourg but has also a lot of experience doing business all around the world. Today, Jérôme is the President of Telecom Luxembourg Private Operator (TLPO). He is also a serial entrepreneur who co-founded several successful companies: IP Trade, John Paul Luxembourg, Compagnie Financière de Capellen & and SIT Group. Member of Opal, Fedil, MCEI, and the Business Mentoring Program of the Chamber of Commerce, Jérôme is often invited as a guest speaker. Last Year, Jérôme set up an Office for TLPO in San Francisco. TLPO is the first 100% private B to B Telecom operator of Luxembourg and offers Datacenter, National & international connectivity & pay as you use Managed Services.

Pascal Guillard, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Pascal Guillard, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/pascal-guillard/0/248/222

Pascal is Vice President Global Sales at ST Microelectronics. Pascal is a 28-year Semiconductors Veteran with successful leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and operations at STMicroelectronics and Motorola Semiconductors. Based in California, he is responsible for Global Sales at ST Microelectronics. On top of his nanotechnologies Ecosystem knowledge he has expertizes in 5P Marketing, Sales Channels, Strategic Relationship, People & Talent Management, Culture and Change Management, KPI, Cost Saving, Productivity and Coaching. Pascal speaks French, Spanish and English.

Jacques Chirazi, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Jacques Chirazi, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jchirazi

Jacques Chirazi is the Program Manager for San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative. He is responsible for promoting, fostering and coordinating strategic alliances and collaborations among local, regional, state and federal institutions to develop and execute a clean technology business attraction strategy. His focus is the creation of economic growth and environmental sustainability by developing a clean technology cluster in San Diego. Prior to this position, Jacques was Senior Program Manager at Bainbridge Inc., a strategic management consulting firm which provides consulting services to Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Yahoo, HP, NCR, DuPont de Nemours, United Technologies).
He received a Master degree from University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies with an emphasis in International Environmental Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Diego State University’s School of Business Administration. He currently teaches sustainability and clean technology courses to business students at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Finally, Jacques is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P) and LEED-GA.

Benjamin Vallat, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Benjamin Vallat, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjaminvallat

Benjamin is Vice President Business Development at Twitch.
Before working at Twitch, he was working at Zeepro as Executive VP of Operations and Partnerships.
Before Zeepro, Benjamin joined Gameloft – a leading global publisher of digital games on smartphones & tablets – in 2008. He first served as Country Manager for Brazil where he built from the ground up a 12 million dollars business in 3 years. He then moved to the U.S. to assume the Sales Director position for North America before overseeing the worldwide operations with key partners like Apple, Google or Amazon. In 2013, Gameloft became the n°2 most popular publisher across all platforms.
Before this, Benjamin held different product management positions within a major CPG company (Henkel).
Graduated from ESSEC – one of the foremost Business Schools in Europe – Benjamin resides in San Francisco, where he can enjoy his passion for sports, mainly surfing and trail running.

Paul Yantus, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Paul Yantus, Senir Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/paulyantus

Paul Yantus brings over 20 years of senior management experience to EAEC having successfully led international businesses offering enterprise products and services. Mr.Yantus has led successful startups, acquired and divested companies throughout Europe and the US, guided a division of a large company through a period of accelerated growth, and has even done a successful turn-around. Prior to joining EAEC, Mr. Yantus was CEO of Vizit, a SharePoint ISV he founded, and then CMO at Sightcall, a French company specialized in WebRTC API'S for online video calls. Mr. Yantus has held senior positions with Captaris (now Open Text), Scan-Optics, MSX International and the Eastman Kodak company.

Ping Wang, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Ping Wang, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/hpwang

Ping is EIR at TechStars, New York, specialszed in IoT, and was the Technical Director at Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, in San Diego, CA.
Ping is an entrepreneur, scientist, and engineer who focuses on bridging and finding synergies between disparate realms of technical and business disciplines, as well as cultures. He founded a startup accelerator program in San Diego, the Ansir Innovation Center, which hosts a dozen or so early-stage technology companies and facilitates mentorship, business development, and funding for them. He is a also “Visioneer” (strategy innovation engineering) at Mytek International, a diversified business group that now produces over 200 products in the home appliance and consumer electronics space with operations and sales in Asia, US, and Latin America, and is a major brand in Latin America, with as much as 60% market share in various home appliance segments. Recently, he has led new initiatives in innovation and design, spearheading a ‘Venture Manufacturing’ model to accelerate commercialization of product concepts by local entrepreneurs. Prior to these efforts, he also founded and spun out VEA Technologies, a branded consumer electronics design company focused on display technologies. He has worked in various silicon valley startup companies as well as larger icons such as Hewlett-Packard/Agilent.
Ping received an interdisciplinary PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the Salk Institute and the University of California, San Diego in addition to a double major B.S. degree in Computer Science and Biology from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, also from Stanford, and has been published in a number of high level scientific and technical journals, such as Science and IEEE, and was a Mayfield Fellow in the highly-selective entrepreneurship training program of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Robert Reyes, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Robert Reyes, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-reyes-balcorta/5/2a/397

Robert Reyes is a partner at Plug & Play Tech Center San Diego, CA.
Upon his return to San Diego in 2007, Robert co-founded StartupCircle, a group that supports entrepreneurs. StartupCircle is today the partner and representative organization of San Diego Plug and Play Tech Center headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. In addition, he was the President of San Diego Young Entrepreneurs, a 300+ member organization dedicated to bringing together networking and resources in support of local entrepreneurs.
Robert Reyes has 12 years experience in the field of Sales, Marketing, Quality and Supply Chain Management. He founded SafeHaven International in 1999 and based upon its success decided to expand and develop Nordic Mode with his partner Matt Olaiz. Robert has been helping both Nordic and U.S. based firms to expand into the United States, as well as helping American companies reach Nordic markets.

Thierry Buffiere, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Thierry Buffiere, Senior Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/thierry-buffière/1/594/b69

Thierry Buffiere is the US General Manager of the French Company Eliot.
Mr. Buffiere brings more than 14 years of successful experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development from various technology companies.
Based in Southern California, he has been primarily focused on business activities in Europe, North, Central and South Americas with expertise in High Tech, Energy and New Medias. Mr. Buffiere currently works as a Management Consulting Executive within the Innovation and Product Development practice of a big four consulting firm. He spent most of his career with Dassault Systemes, the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, simulation and CAD software leader, helping fostering innovation through engineering and manufacturing operation and strategy optimization. Mr Buffiere worked also as a Project Engineer in the Energy and Industrial Equipment industries at Alstom Power Conversion US during the late 90s.
Being adept at global networking and a trusted expert in new technologies, he has been serving as a French Trader Commissioner (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur) in the South West US section since 2008 and was appointed treasurer of that section in 2010.
Mr. Buffiere holds an Engineering Masters degree in Electronics from the Polytech' Engineering School, Montpellier, France and is a professional engineer.

Samantha Simonnet, Advisor, EAEC
Samantha Simonnet, Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthasimonnet

Samantha Simonnet is Senior Director Talent Acquisition at Intrexon Corp.
Mrs. Simonnet is also the Founder and Managing Director of C-MONet, the Cleantech Management and Organization Network, a Cleantech & Sustainability Human Capital & Organizational Consulting Firm.
Samantha is considered a pioneer in the field of green jobs and sustainability careers, having been focusing on human capital applied to cleantech and alternative energy namely in France, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China and the US on technologies ranging from utility scale solar, biomass, energy efficiency and green buildings to water and energy storage. She has extensive international recruiting, organizational consulting, corporate training and executive coaching experience, acquired with leading outfits such as Amonix, Boyden Executive Search, the Center for Creative Leadership Asian Research Institute.
Presently, Samantha is also an instructor with the University of California Irvine Extension and with Cal State University Fullerton Center for Sustainability. She chairs the Cleantech Open in Orange County and serves on the Advisory Committee for CleanTech OC. She is a regular speaker at cleantech and green career conferences.
Samantha holds a MBA from the University of Surrey, in the UK with a major in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development. She wrote her senior thesis on Globalization, Leadership and International Team Performance, discussing issues of cross cultural management, flexpatriation, the knowledge worker and employee engagement.

Tomas Hagenfeldt, Advisor, EAEC
Tomas Hagenfeldt, Advisor, EAEC
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tomashagenfeldt

Tomas Hagenfeldt is CFO and administrative director at Grat Connection, Inc. Tomas served as a mentor at The Kauffman Center for Venture Education in Palo Alto. Tomas was also President of Acceleratus Inc, a Swedish soft-landing site for early stage high-tech companies that want to establish themselves in Southern California. Prior to Acceleratus, Tomas was involved as a mentor and coach in a number of successful spin-offs from the University of Linköping in Sweden. He served on a consultancy basis at the LEAD Incubator and was part of the team that developed LEAD to one of the top producing Incubators in Sweden.
Between 1989 and 2000, Tomas worked within the financial industry in Sweden. Notable is that during 1992 and 1998, Tomas was Vice President and Head of Institutional Equity Sales at Handelsbanken, one of the largest Nordic banks with offices not only in the Nordic area but also in London, Paris and New York City. At Handelsbanken, he led his team of sales and analysts to be ranked among the top in the Nordic’s.Tomas started his career as an auditor at KPMG and after five years he started his own business together with family members. A few years later he started to work for a large consultancy firm in Stockholm, Sweden, mainly supporting financial departments at large corporations.
With his broad experience from many different sectors and sizes of companies, Tomas is well suited for the role as mentor to entrepreneurs. An understanding of the mechanisms that successfully drives a venture as well as an ability to inspire young professionals is also factors that have contributed to Tomas much appreciated involvement in many start-ups.