The project team
Jean-François is the president-founder of Idid, a company specialising in asset management and financial engineering for major public/private projects. He has twenty years of experience as a director in senior public services in France and across Europe, as well as in the French private sector.
During the 90’s, he was successively appointed Deputy Regional Director for Industry, Research and the Environment in Picardy, responsible for aid to SMEs, European structural funding and major industrial projects, and then a national advisor attached to the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission, in charge of State aid and of the Research and Development Programme Framework (PCRD).
From 1999 he was director of shareholdings at Marceau Investissements, then president-founder of Biblio-U, a start-up in the field of electronic publishing.
In 2002 he was advisor on economic and social affairs for the cabinet at the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development. In charge of eco-technology, fiscal affairs, public contracts and the social and solidarity economy (ESS), he most notably proposed and was in charge of the creation of National Sustainable Development Week and of the bonus-penalty system.
From 2006 onwards he was Director of Economic Development for the CRCI Paris-Ile-de-France where he, most notably, was involved in the Grand Paris project, future investments and the Ile de France competitiveness areas. He was the Managing Director of Sagace, a group that works in the field of eco-friendly industry.
Jean-François has a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique (1987) and from the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées (1992). He was President of the National Experts Liason Commity (CLENAD) that was attached to the European Commission. He has published two works on the code of public contracts for works in Germany.
François has thirty years of experience in regional development and urban planning in France and in the developing world. A consultant, he established Kalutere Polis, a consultancy firm focusing on town strategy and project management.
During the course of his career in public services, François has headed up numerous missions on the ground, most notably as a technical advisor to the Director of Urban Development for Cameroon (1988-1989), Deputy Director General of the new town of Sénart – France (1990-1993), Director of the Town Planning Division for the Ile de France Region – France (2000-2004), Regional Environmental Director for the Auvergne (2006 – 2009) and Deputy Director General for the Bordeaux Urban Community (2009-2012), in charge of urban strategy, economic development and financing major projects.
He was also technical advisor to Mme Simone Veil, Minister for Health, Social Affairs and Cities (1994-1995). From 1995 to 2000, he re-joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Directorate General for International Cooperation – as an advisor on urban planning and infrastructures, before setting up a team on behalf of the Director General dedicated to improving technical coordination with bilateral and multi-lateral donors. Senior specialist in urban management at the World Bank, Middle East and North Africa region (2004 – 2006), he was involved in and headed up development projects, most notably in Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt.
François has a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique (1978) and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1983). He has also been president of the French association "AdP – Urban development and cooperation" (1996-2003), of which he is now the treasurer.
Yann is the Managing Director of Loftus Overseas Management (LOM), a company that specialises in the realisation of leisure park projects.
Involved for around fifteen years in the field of theme park engineering, he has carried out the master plans for numerous parks in Asia (South Korea) and the Middle East. In 2009 he was responsible for all the stages of construction at Turkey’s first theme park (Gaziantep) and has worked to develop attractions for a number of European theme parks (Futuroscope).
He has directed several engineering firms in a range of industrial sectors that are involved with the environment, raw materials and I.T.
Very heavily involved in emerging markets across the world, LOM offers a global service that includes:
- The master plans and engineering for theme parks.
- Management assistance and/or project management for the construction of theme parks
- The creation and scenography of attractions
- The construction and set up of attractions and decor
- The scenography and set up of special effects
- Consultancy and steering services for leisure infrastructures (audits, training, management)
Henri is the founder of the company Duckexperience – brand management consultancy – and of web agency Duckdoweb.com
With Duckexperience, in his role as strategic advisor and creative director, he has advised national and international brands like S.T.Dupont, L'Oréal Paris, Disneyland Paris, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Renault, Jeep, Dior, Cartier, Givenchy and Schweppes.
Over the course of the last 20 years spent working in major communications groups (Publicis, Grey, CLM/BBDO, DDB, Leo Burnett), he was responsible for advising and strategic planning in the field of large scale consumption. He has also advised the brands Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Kraft Food, Kellogg's, Groupe Fiat, MACIF, Mutuelles du Mans, Intermarché, Charal, Air France, INPES, Prisma Press, Epson, Canon ...
Henri has an EDHEC diploma (1982) and a DESS in organisational psychology from the University of Paris Dauphine (1984).