The associates

ESL & Network is supported by a team of senior associates from industry, finance, senior administration and media.

Alexandre Medvedowsky

Alexandre Medvedowsky

Chairman of the Executive Board of ESL & Network Holding

Alexandre Medvedowsky
Chairman of the Executive Board of ESL & Network Holding

Alexandre Medvedowsky is a graduate of the IEP (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris, holder of a DEA (Diploma of Advanced Studies) in Macroeconomics (Paris 1) and a former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (National School of Administration) (Denis Diderot Class, 1984-1986). He has been a magistrate of the Council of State since 1986 and from 1990 to 1992 served in the cabinet of Laurent Fabius, President of the National Assembly at that time. From 1998 to 2001 he was an associate professor at the University of Aix-Marseille III, and he taught at the IEP in Paris until 2006. He was a councillor of the Bouches-du-Rhône from 1998 to March 2015. He was named a Councillor of State in July 2001 and joined ESL & Network Holding that same year, serving on the Board of Directors. In 2005, he was named President of ESL & Network France. On 1 January, 2013, he was named Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was elected president of SYNFIE, the French syndicate for economic intelligence, in My 2014.

Dorothée Pineau

Dorothée Pineau

Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

Dorothée Pineau
Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

Holding diplomas from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), ENS, IEP Paris, PHD in Economic and Social sciences, Dorothée is member of the Council of State(member of the highest advisory and judicial body of the French government) since 1989, and ” Conseiller d’Etat” since 2011. She has been members ot the staff of Minister Alain Lamassoure (European and Foreign affairs ) from 1993 to 1995, and deputy c hief of staff for Minister Corine Lepage (Environnement) from 1995 to 1996. She has also served as deputy CEO in the following companies : PICARD Surgelés (2001-2005), Chevrillon and associates (1999-2001), and CEO of DP Conseil(2005 to 2007). From 2011 to 2012 she was the Director-General of the Federation of social enterprises and housing, and before that Deputy Director-General of the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry She was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France) between 2013 and 2017. She is member of the board of Groupe Axa, Albingia, and STEF. She also has been elected at the city council of Boulogne-Billancourt, in charge of urbanism and Culture, between 1995 and 2008, and elected at the Région Ile de France between 1998 and 2010.

Alexis Loyer

Alexis Loyer

Director General of ESL & Network Group

Alexis Loyer
Director General of ESL & Network Group

Alexis LOYER is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, HEC and ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration). In 1997, he started his career at the governmental directorate of economic analysis (today a part of the French Treasury department) of the ministry of economy and finance, before working as a commercial advisor at the French economic outpost in Buenos Aires, Argentina (from 2000 to 2005) and Brasilia (2005 to 2008). In Argentina, as a deputy director of the economic office he was responsible for financial issues and follow-up of large infrastructure contracts. In Brazil, as a deputy director of economic services, he was Coface’s correspondent of medium-term loans, responsible, amongst others, for the funding of large contracts for the provision of equipment in the fields of defense and security and also in charge of follow-up on financial matters and multilateral issues. In 2009, he joined ADIT, one of the topFrench leaders in strategic intelligence wherehe served as head of Latin American activities, based in Buenos Aires. From 2013 to 2014, Alexis Loyer was head of the M&A intelligence Unit and director of international development of ADIT, in Paris. In October 2014, he was appointed deputy Head of the Business, International Economy and Tourism Promotion Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was assigned three missions by Laurent Fabius and later Jean-Marc Ayrault: to develop exports, attractiveness and tourism. Since 1 September 2017, he has been senior partner and director general of ESL & Network.

Dominique Leblanc

Dominique Leblanc

CEO of Information and Finance Agency

Dominique Leblanc
CEO of Information and Finance Agency

Dominique Leblanc is a graduate of the HEC Paris business school, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA, National School of Administration). In 1979 he joined the Ministry of Industry (Department of Mechanical, Metallurgical and Electrical Industries) and, in 1984, the Ministry of Economics and Finance (Department of the Treasury). In 1988 he joined the Société des Bourses Françaises, today known as NYSE-Euronext, as Deputy Director of Products and Operations, later becoming Director of Market Promotion, Vice-President and Deputy Managing Director. In 2001, he became Deputy Managing Director of Viel et Cie, and in 2003, Deputy Managing Director of FinInfo SA. In May 2008 he created the consulting company Information & Finance Agency S.A.S., a member of ESL & Network, specialising in market finance and the valuation of companies, and of which he is the CEO. Dominique Leblanc has served as President of the French Federation of Investment Clubs since 2003, and is President of Wansquare.

Olga Belot-Schetinina

Olga Belot-Schetinina

Partner of ESL & Network Group in charge of Moscow’s office

Olga Belot-Schetinina
Partner of ESL & Network Group in charge of Moscow’s office

Olga Bélot–Schétinina graduated from the Moscow Institute (University) of Foreign Relations with a "very good" distinction (class of 1995, School of International Economic Relations). She went on to take an MBA at the HEC business school (Paris, France) in 2003, specialising in International Finance. Ms Bélot–Schétinina began her career at Lucent Technologies CIS, in the Corporate Finance Department in Moscow. She later joined Motorola as a member of the Motorola European Talent Pool Program (1996 – 1998), and worked for Motorola EMEA for 4 years (1998-2002) in various sales and financial positions. Ms Bélot–Schétinina served as a sales advisor and negotiator in Motorola's biggest operations in the CIS countries and in several countries in the East as well as in Central and Eastern Europe.

Philippe Reclus

Philippe Reclus

Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

Philippe Reclus
Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

Philippe Reclus has been President of IEAG, the European geo-economical analysis institute, an ESL brand, since 2011. Assistant director of the Tribune then Figaro newspapers, he created and directs the Croissance Responsable foundation at the Institut de France, as executive officer. His experience of more than twenty five years in economic media sector offers to Philippe a strong network and a very good understanding of situations. Philippe is in charge of conferences at Ecole Polytechnique. He works with his students on relationships between companies and their stake holders.

Otman Benfradj

Otman Benfradj

Director General of ESL Agence Publics Qatar

Otman Benfradj
Director General of ESL Agence Publics Qatar

Graduated from SAWI Lausanne, Otman has a strong experience in organizing and producing some of the world’s most prestigious conferences, summits and large-scale events. After more than five years with PublicisLive in Geneva, where he remarkably managed major projects for key clients such as the World Economic Forum (Davos and its regional meetings around the world), he then joined Agence Publics as an International Development Director in charge of opening Agence Publics Qatar offices in Doha in 2012. Otman was behind the most significant events in Qatar (Museum of Islamic Art Opening Ceremony, WEF Doha, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, EAC High Level Ministerial Meeting, Al Khor 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium Design Reveal, Word Innovation Summit on Education, Education Above All Village, FIA Prize Giving Ceremony, Qatar National Day, etc..). Among many references, he ran the International Events Campaign of Educate a Child, a global initiative launched by Her Highness Sheika Moza Bint Nasser Al Misnad. Otman has been appointed ESL Agence Publics Qatar Managing Director in March 2015.

Florent de Chantérac

Florent de Chantérac

Managing Director of ESL Agence Publics Middle-East

Florent de Chantérac
Managing Director of ESL Agence Publics Middle-East

Holder of both a B.A. in law and a Masters’ degree in Marketing Strategy, Florent joins Publicis Group and evolves there for 13 years to finally be appointed Special Projects Manager to the Management. He then joins Havas group Euro RSCG Worldwide Events, and specialized in institutional communication issues. Reknowned expert in design and production of large events, conferences, and summits he is today, Florent intervened on the World Economic Forum, the Petra Nobel Conference, the Monaco Media Forum, the Dakar Agriculture Summit, the L’Oreal UNESCO for Women and Science, the Women’s Forum, the World Policy Conference, the G20 in France, the Wharton Global Forum, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Doha etc. He advises several institutions and think-tanks such as the German Marshall Fund France, the WPC Foundation or the Zermatt Summit, and counsels international organizations in the modernization of their communication strategies. In 2010, he joins Agence Publics as a Managing partner, responsible for all institutional and event-related missions.

Didier Le Bret

Didier Le Bret

President of Agence Publics

Didier Le Bret
President of Agence Publics

Career diplomat, Didier Le Bret, successively stationed in Moscow and Vilnius between 1988 and 1998 has followed for more than ten years Eastern Europe evolutions. In charge of human rights and humanitarian affairs at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, he participated in the preparation of the Millennium Development Summit in 2000. From 2002 to 2005, he was in charge of external audiovisual action in the Quai d'Orsay Cooperation Department and took an active part in the negotiation of the Convention on Cultural Diversity at UNESCO. From 2005 to 2007, he directed the service of cooperation and cultural action of the French Embassy in Dakar. Counselor, then Deputy Director, in the Office of the Secretary of State for Cooperation, from 2007 to 2009, he particularly follows the external cultural action and educational policy. He was appointed Ambassador of France to Haiti in September 2009, a position he held until December 2012. During his mission, he had to manage and coordinate the French response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake . He directed the Quai d'Orsay Crisis Center from 2012 to 2015 before being appointed National Intelligence Coordinator to the President of the Republic, a position he hold from May 2015 to September 2016. Didier Le Bret joined ESL & NETWORK in June 2018 , as a senior partner and President of Agence Publics.

Patrice Allain-Dupré

Patrice Allain-Dupré

Founder of ESL & Network Group

Patrice Allain-Dupré
Founder of ESL & Network Group

Patrice Allain-Dupré, a graduate of IEP (Institute of Political Studies), also holds a Doctorate in Management from the University of Paris and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. From 1978 to 1984 he was Communications and Marketing Director, then Vice-President, at Fnac. Director of Development and Strategy for the Publicis Group, in 1984 he joined the Compagnie Générale d'Electricité as a Member of the Executive Committee and Communication and Marketing Director. In 1987, he became Executive officer for the Compagnie du Midi (AXA), leaving in 1989 to create ESL & Network where he served as Chairman of the Board until the end of 2012. He has taught at the IEP (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris and at the Ecole Polytechnique. He is the author of "Armes secrètes de la décision" ("Secret Weapons for Decision Making") and "De l’information dans l’entreprise" ("Information in Companies"), and was Administrator of the charity Fondation de France until 2010. Patrice Allain-Dupré is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

Jean-David Levitte

Jean-David Levitte

Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

Jean-David Levitte
Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

As a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques (Academy of Human and Political Sciences) at the Institut de France, a professor at the renowned Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, and an independent Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Jean-David Levitte has enjoyed a distinguished diplomatic career. Joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1970, Jean-David Levitte began his diplomatic career in Hong Kong, then moved to Peking, before being called upon by President Giscard d'Estaing to join the Elysée in 1975, where he remained until 1981. He was, between 1995 and 2000, Diplomatic Adviser and Sherpa to President Jacques Chirac, having previously occupied a number of posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, notably Director General for Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations, Director of the Department for Asia and Oceania, Assistant Director of West Africa, and French Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Between 2007 and 2012, he was the Diplomatic Adviser and Sherpa to President Nicolas Sarkozy. Prior to this, between 2003 and 2007, he was French Ambassador to the US in Washington, D.C. covering the difficult period of the War in Iraq, while in 2000 to 2002, he had been French Ambassador to the UN in New York, presiding over the Security Council at the time of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, and successfully negotiating the return of the arms inspectors to Iraq in 2002. Jean-David Levitte joined ESL & Network group in September 2015.

Najwa el Haïté

Najwa el Haïté

Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

Najwa el Haïté
Senior Partner of ESL & Network Group

A lawyer by profession, with a Higher Master’s (DEA) in Business Law and a Specialised Master’s degree (Master II) in Policy Administration, Najwa El Haïté was, for a number of years, a lecturer at the pioneering ESSEC Business School. She subsequently became Director of Public Affairs for KLESIA, a social protection group, until 2013 when she joined ESL & Network group as Partner, and then Senior Partner. Najwa El Haïté has always maintained a heavy involvement in politics alongside her business activities. She began her political career within the team of Laurent Fabius, during which time she was elected to the Le Havre city council, and subsequently joined the team of Manuel Valls in September 2011. She became Manuel Valls’ political adviser and speechwriter and together they played a key role in François Hollande’s presidential campaign of 2012. Since March 2014, Najwa El Haïté has served on the mayoral team of Francis Chouat in Evry, a town located 30 km south of Paris with a population of 60,000. She is currently a Deputy Mayor, responsible for Culture and the Digital City, and a Community Adviser, namely in charge of cultural events.

Sami Baghdadi

Sami Baghdadi

Deputy Director General of ESL Agence Publics Maroc

Sami Baghdadi
Deputy Director General of ESL Agence Publics Maroc

Trained engineer (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile), and holder of a degree in Economics, Sami Baghdadi carried out his career in prestigious high technology companies (Texas Instruments, ST Micro, Nokia, Gemplus and Certplus) as well as in management consulting at KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the world’s leading consulting firms. As Certplus’ CEO, he actively participated to the implementation of French key e-government projects. In his 30 years of work, including 20 holding executive positions, he exercised his responsibilities in several operational domains, especially marketing and communication. He joined ESL Agence Publics Marocco as Deputy Director General, and is involved in the public and private sectors both in Marocco and North Africa.

Mikaela Nilsson

Mikaela Nilsson

Director General of ESL European Affairs

Mikaela Nilsson
Director General of ESL European Affairs

Mikaela holds a law degree from the University of Paris X [Bilingual Master of European Laws] as well as from the University of Westminster [LLB] in London. After her studies, she joined the European Commission at the Directorate General for Enlargement. As a member of the legal team, she is in charge of verifying the legality and regularity of contract award procedures as well as the signing of contracts in accordance with the financial circuits and the Financial Regulation. She also carries out quality control of the European Commission decisions in the framework of pre-accession assistance. It is also part of the coordination and financial assistance sector and participates in the revision of the IPA (Pre-accession Assistance Instrument) Regulations. She is responsible for publishing annual reports on the Phare program, the pre-accession instrument for Turkey, the Cards program and the transitional facility. Mikaela joined ESL & Network in February 2010 as a consultant and then General Manager of the Brussels office. Mikaela is fluent in Swedish, French and English.