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The board of Directors

Jean-Patrice POIRIER, President

As an engineer specialised in hydraulics, Jean-Patrice worked for over 20 years at Veolia Water, serving in different management positions internationally. Currently, he acts as a consultant on water issues. His open-mindedness has enabled him to delve into the question of global water governance. Jean-Patrice was elected President of ATF at the end of 2013.

Gérard VELTER, General Secretary

A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Gérard has worked for major french sea harbours. He has also worked at Veolia Water for 18 years with responsibility for the development and management of water infrastructures in the Middle-East. He has gained a significant expertise for Public Private Partnerships as well as International projects. Gérard has been appointed  General Secretary in June 2016.

Patrick EVIN

Patrick brings to ATF over 30 years of banking experience at the French bank Société Générale, where he served in various sales roles within the retail banking network and currently works at the headquarters in the department of Structured Financing of Corporate Acquisitions. Patrick was elected Administrator in April 2013 and Treasurer from April 2013 to June 2015.

Véronique PICAN

Veronique has 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing for different media groups, driving the diversification and digitalisation of their offerings. She currently acts as Managing and Sales Director of Yahoo France.

Philippe ROBERT

Philippe is a Head Hunter at VMS France, a firm specialised in the recruitment of C-level managers. For a number of years now, Phiippe has developed an expertise specifically tailored to the needs of companies undergoing LBOs.



Management & Operations

Diane de JOUVENCEL, Managing Director

Diane has 20 years of experience in the magazine publishing industry. She joinded ATF in 2003 to manage the organisation's communications and fundraising, following her CFF/AFF ESSEC qualification. Managing Director since 2009, Diane coordinates and develops the activities of ATF.

Renaud d’AVOUT d’AUERSTAEDT, Distribution Project Manager

A spirulina entrepreneur since 2008, he got hooked on the algae while still in business school. He initiated a social farm in Laos before turning to fair trade. His mission: help make spirulina a food that matters in order to improve and save lives, both "over here" and "over there".


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Michel JANNET, Project Manager, Volunteer

Consultant since late 2013, the skills of Michel cover the consulting engineer functions organization, transverse project leader, project management assistance. His professional career in different groups took place in various countries including West Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Egypt.

Martin PETITJEAN, Consultant Technique

Martin a fait des études en biologie végétale et en océanologie avant de se spécialiser avec un mastère de chef de projet et d'exploitation en aquaculture. Pisciculteur dans les Iles Féroé et en Suisse, puis il a décidé de se lancer dans la culture des algues, et il a découvert la culture artisanale de la spiruline en Provence. Il a ensuite créé son exploitation sur la côte bleue à coté de Marseille en 2010. Maintenant son souhait est de transmettre toute son expérience.

Vincent RIOUX, Technical Consultant Madagascar and Niger, Volunteer

Vincent graduated in agronomy and micronutrition. A follower of Cédric Coquet, he started a production of spirulina. He is extremely keen to being involved in international projects with humanitarian dimension. He has been instrumental to the development of a spirulina farm South of Pondichery, India.