Our Masters of Ceremony
Steven P. Eichel is a partner in Sullivan & Worcester’s Boston office. He concentrates his practice in tax consulting and business law, with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning, complex joint venture formations and domestic and international equity and debt financing, structuring and restructuring. Steve, fluent in French, advises France-based companies (and other non-U.S. companies) on the legal and tax aspects of investing and conducting operations in the United States.
Steve sits on the Board of Directors of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of New England as well as the Advisory Board of the International School of Advanced Learning. After receiving his Baccalauréat from the Centre Scolaire St. Marc (Lyon, France) and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Tennessee, Steve earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his LL.M from Boston University School of Law.
Lew Segall is a partner in the Corporate Department of Sullivan & Worcester’s Boston office. Lew’s practice is focused on a number of transactional areas. He regularly represents public and private companies in equity and debt financings, joint ventures, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He also represents financial institutions in secured and unsecured credit facilities. His clients consist of major financial institutions, private equity groups, family-owned businesses, family offices and other investors, as well as emerging and established companies engaged in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, advertising, health care, communications, manufacturing and software.
Lew is a member of the American and Boston Bar Associations and the Association for Corporate Growth. He sits on the Board of Directors of College Bound Dorchester. Lew earned his B.S. from Syracuse University and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
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François Corteel holds a diploma from the National Institute of Polythechnique in Grenoble. He has been the President of the Light Cluster since 2012. He coordinates activities of the EDF group within the region and represents the group to external spokespersons since he was designated the Interregional Delegate in November 2010.
In February 2003, as the Director of the Sales Department in the Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne regions, he had the task of commercializing energy and providing services to local companies and communities.
1997 marks his entrance into “LYON” as the Director of EDF-“DGE” (e.g. Director of large companies) which belongs to the trade division of companies in the Rhône-Alpes Auvergne Region. This is when he created and developed the commercial activities of the EDF group for the companies and communities in the Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne regions.
In 1993, he was promoted to Assistant Director of EDF-GDF service unit in Cahors. He was from then on the head of the Business Service of EDF GDF Services of la Côte d’Opale in Boulogne-sur-Mer. In 1985, he was the head of the agency of the EDF-GDF distribution center services in Rouen. He was responsible for the exploitation of the electric system and gas in the country Caux.
Prior to that, he worked as an engineer at the distribution center EDF-GDF of the blended distribution in Lille, which is where he started his career in 1974 as district manager.
Travelling and discovering new cultures (USA, Canada, Asia, Africa, Europe, …) are François Corteel’s major passions. He also has strong interests towards photography and video, and also plays piano.
He reads, speaks and writes the language of Shakespeare and has scholastically mastered Goethe as well.
He holds numerous mandates:
Anthony Vanky is partner strategist and researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab, a multidisciplinary research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that studies the interface between cities, people, and technologies. The Laboratory investigates how the ubiquity of digital devices and the various telecommunication networks that augment our cities are impacting urban living. Anthony is also a PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research considers the use of new, pervasive sensing technologies on urban design and planning processes.
Anthony has widely presented on topics of design, technology and urbanism, including at Harvard University, Skanska Worldwide Research & Development, the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the New York Center for Architecture, and published in both academic and popular publications, including Metropolis Magazine and the American Institute of Architects. Anthony holds prior degrees from the MIT and Tulane University. Trained as an urban designer and architect, he has worked on projects across the United States, and his design work has been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Biennale, the Dutch Design Week, the Gwangju Design Biennale, and New Orleans DesCours. He previously served in national leadership capacities on each of the five governing organization of the architecture profession in the United States, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has launched two non-profit advocacy organizations which are still active today.
Niels Van Duinen (1965, Dutch citizen) moved to the United States in 2008 following Philips Lightings’ acquisition of the Genlyte Group. As Post-Merger Integration Marketing Manager, he developed a cross- company and interregional product marketing and communication network and achieved related post- merger business objectives.
Since 2013, Niels is Global Head of Business Development for Philips’ strategic business group Lighting Systems and based in Burlington MA, United States. Member of the Management Team, he leads a dedicated team of 70+ specialists supporting marketing, key-account management and sales to increase profitable revenue of leading-edge professional ‘connected’ lighting systems in all geographies of Philips Lighting.
Between 2011 and 2013, Niels held the position of Global Strategic Marketing Director, contributing to vision, mission and strategy development for Philips Professional Outdoor Lighting. Considering next-generation, digital LED lighting as a critical part of the Internet-of-Things, he identified strategic business opportunities leading to sustainability, economic growth, and well-being. As chairman of Philips Lighting’s Global LED Portfolio Team, Niels contributed to the critical LED technology transition across an international network of Philips Lighting organizations.
Before his assignments in the US, Niels Van Duinen was Philips France’s Director of Marketing Professional Lighting and based in Paris, designing and implementing organizational change around distinct business segments and customer clusters, addressing ongoing business transformation. He was member of the Executive Committee Philips Lighting France and also held office in Philips’ National Marketing Board.
In his preceding responsibility as General Manager Luminaires Middle East, he spend 5 years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, changing Philips’ core-business of trading lighting commodities to one of fast- growing and profitable high end lighting solutions. Niels Van Duinen started his career in Philips as Product Design Engineer (Philips Design) and European Product Manager Architectural Outdoor Lighting. Prior to his work within Philips, he held different positions in product design and project management.
After studying at Rouen Business School, Bernard Tabary joined the Bolloré group, a world leader in maritime trade and logistics. He held various management positions within Bolloré in the Middle East and North America, before being appointed Managing Director for Australia/New Zealand and Director for the Europe-Africa route.
In 2000 he was recruited by Plastic Omnium, a publicly listed automotive supplier, as Managing Director for their Environment division.
Bernard Tabary joined Keolis in 2005 as Senior Vice President and two years later became Senior Executive Vice President, France and Managing Director of Keolis Lyon. His leadership enabled Keolis to renew the contract for the multimodal public transport network - the largest service contract in Europe to be awarded to a private operator. In 2011, Bernard Tabary was appointed CEO of Keolis’ International Division with the goal to steer international growth and development. He is a member of the Executive Committee.
Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab, an inter-disciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. Popular design tools originating from the group - such as DIVA, DAYSIM and umi - are used in practice and education in over 90 countries. Before joining MIT in 2012, Christoph led the sustainable design concentration area at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He holds a doctorate in architecture form the Technical University of Karlsruhe.
Carl Spector is Director of Climate and Environmental Planning in the City of Boston’s Environment Department, where he oversees programs related to climate mitigation and adaptation, air and noise pollution, and other aspects of sustainability. Before joining Boston City Hall in 2005, Carl worked on a wide variety of environmental and energy issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. General Accounting Office, and in private industry. He holds degrees in physics and environmental science.
Bernard Parisot is the President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of JCDecaux North America. He has redefined and reinvented outdoor advertising in U.S. cities, malls and airports, removing the stigma that it has to be negative, ugly, or something to do with highway billboards. It’s a mission, really. Under Bernard’s leadership, JCDecaux has brought authentic innovation and design to the out-of-home industry, proving time and again that airports, bus shelters and malls can be a canvas for something imaginative and alluring; that tired urban landscapes and outdoor public spaces can be transformed into something beautiful and visually compelling – as well as revenue-producing for his clients. Motivated by the public service and shared-revenue model JCDecaux brings to airports, cities and metropolitan transit authorities, Bernard also thrives on offering an advertising brand value proposition to clients that is without peer in the industry. Bernard has led business development efforts at JCDecaux North America since 1996, two years after joining the firm in France and securing a major street furniture contract with the City of Prague (Czech Republic). He also brings 33 years of business experience to JCDecaux, beginning his career as a graduate engineer in hydraulics and serving as international business manager of environmental services for Vivendi of France.
Bruno BONNELL is a multi-entrepreneur specialized in interactive technology. He graduated from CPE with a degree in engineering and in 1982 obtained a Master of Economics degree from the Université Paris Dauphine. He was named "Entrepreneur of the year” in 1995. He was awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite in 1997.
In 1983, he founded INFOGRAMES, which purchased ATARI in 2000 and became one of the main international video game companies. In 25 years, the company went from being a garage-based start-up to a multi-national organization with a presence on every continent. In 1996, he co-founded INFONIE, the first Internet service provider in France, and which participated in the expansion of the Internet in the country. In 1999, he co-founded GAMEONE TV, the first all-digital world television station, now part of the MTV group.
Since 2007, with his associate Denis Guyennot, he has chaired ROBOPOLIS, the biggest service robotics company in Europe, operating in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Belgium, and Luxembourg. ROBOPOLIS provides consulting and is a multi-distributor in the service robotics sector. It represents leading brands such as IROBOT, ROBOTIS, and DASAROBOT in a variety of sales channels: major retailers, web, institutes, schools, and SMEs.
Bruno BONNELL also founded AWABOT, a company that creates robotic platforms, including EMOX and POB, an augmented robot designed for the educational and leisure markets. He is also Chairman of SYROBO, the professional service robotics organization in France that organized the first European summit in the sector, INNOROBO.
Emily Stapleton is General Manager of Hubway bike share system, a collaboration between the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline that is operated by Alta Bicycle Share. Prior to bike sharing, Emily worked in the car sharing industry at RelayRides, a nationwide peer-to-peer car sharing start-up. She also has experience in public sector transit at Transport for London and public sector logistics, as a consultant to the US Department of Defense. Emily received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard College.
Karine Dognin Sauze serves as vice president of Innovation, Smart City and New Technologies for GRAND LYON. She also serves as Deputy Mayor for the City of Lyon in charge of International, European affairs, decentralized cooperation and International Solidarity.
As Vice-President, her mission covers different aspects. She drives principles of the innovation policy promoting the knowledge convergence to pathway new emerging businesses and usages. She is committed to reinforce the foundation and development of the local Digital industry and ecosystem as well as its potential of transformation for the City. She is in charge of the Smart City strategy and road map.
As Deputy Mayor, she promotes international collaborations to contribute and prepare the building of the emerging metropolis, shares urban management best practices with city partners and works on what can make the City the place to be for international communities.
In addition to her political responsibilities, she is an innovation and marketing expert with a deep knowledge of entertainment, new technologies industries and entrepreneurship ecosystems. She has served as International Marketing Director for Electronic Arts Inc, a World leading Interactive Entertainment company, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) for 18 years and as Director of Innovation for GL events, a leading company operating in Events and Media industry.
John Gilbrook serves as Director for ChargePoint in New England and Eastern Canada. John has been in the alternative transportation arena since 2010 when he joined National Grid’s Transportation Products group. In that role John planned and managed the deployment of hundreds of electric and natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure in MA, NY and RI. John also represented National Grid in all matters of electric and natural gas transportation such as policy & regulatory, engineering & construction and operation & maintenance. Notable positions include a Board Member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative and MA Electric Vehicle Initiative Task Force. John still serves as the Vice President of the Board for Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition and Director of Infrastructure of Drive Electric Cars New England a RI NPO. John earned his BS in Facilities Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a minor in Energy
Alistair Pim is VP of Business Development and Alliances in the Global Smart Cities segment at Schneider Electric. In this role Alistair is responsible for developing the partner ecosystem for Schneider-Electric’s Smart Cities business.
Alistair has spent 23 years in the technology industry, 19 with APC/Schneider Electric, developing partnerships with Global System Integrators and leading IT OEMs and more recently with a wider ecosystem including Urban planners, architects, engineering design consultancies, Universities, NGOs and industrial technology companies. From 1999 to 2003 Alistair was with start-up SynQor Inc, working as GM European operations, and VP WW Sales.
Alistair is on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of ASAP (Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals), and is a CSAP (Certified Strategic Alliance Professional). He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and a BSc in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter (UK) and lives in the Greater Boston area.