Robert Leon, born in 1949, French, holds degrees in Political Science (1969) and Economics (1970) and graduated from École Nationale d’Administration (National School for Administration) (1974). From 1974 to 1978, Robert was in charge of managing the French supply regime for crude oil and refined products at the Oil and Gas Department (Ministry for Industry), then held several positions in the French Government, particularly as Secretary-General of the Interministerial Committee for Industrial Restructuring (1982-84) and as a high level member of the French Treasury in charge of the financial markets. In 1986, appointed as Directeur Général of the Bernard Arnault Group. During the following 11 years, Robert was directly involved in building the world’s largest luxury goods group (LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton), carrying out numerous strategic acquisitions, disposals and financial transactions. Since 1996, he is managing partner and one of the main shareholders of Talis, a diversified French industrial group which is Arbiom’s main shareholder.
Emmanuel André, joined investment fund Sochrastem in 2006 as CFO to participate in the review, analysis, due diligence and monitoring of portfolio investments. Previously, he spent 7 years at SCA (Svenka Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) Hygiene Products, in France and in Spain, working in different areas in financial controlling and in sales and marketing. He started his career in 1996 as financial controller in L’Oréal in Morroco. Emmanuel graduated from ESC Amiens-Picardie, and holds the CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst).
Strategic Advisory Board
Oliver Appert is chairing the Conseil Français de l’Energie, French committee of the World Energy Council. He is General Delegate of the French Academy of Engineering. From April 2003 to April 2015 he has been Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies nouvelles. Prior to that, in October 1999 he was appointed Director of the International Energy Agency’s Long-Term Cooperation and Policy Analysis Directorate. From 1998 to 1999, he was the Senior Executive Vice-President of ISIS, a technology holding company publicly listed subsidiary of the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP). From 1994 to 1998 he worked as Executive Vice-President of the IFP in charge of research and development activities. From 1989 to 1994, he headed the oil and gas department of the French Industry Ministry. Mr. Appert also served in the private sector from 1986 to 1989 as Vice-President of the Phillips group for mobile radio activity and strategy. He was Executive Director of the French Industry Minister’s cabinet from 1984 to 1986 and was a member of the Prime Minister’s cabinet from 1981 to 1984. Mr. Appert is a graduate of the l’Ecole Polytechnique and l’Ecole des Mines.
Dr. Uwe Franke was formerly the CEO of BP Europe until May 2012, as well as holding other positions at BP including CEO of BP Portugal and CEO of BP Germany. In addition to his long and successful at BP, Uwe was executive chairman of the German Petroleum Industry Association (MWV) from 2008 to 2010. In addition, he has been a member of the supervisory boards of renowned companies from various industries and has held a large number of mandates in the fields of education, initiatives, associations, international organizations and charity, including the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the German Transport Forum, and the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. Furthermore, Uwe was a member of the Control Committee of the Economic Council’s Energy Commission and of the Executive Board of the World Energy Council, and has most recently been named the President of the World Energy Council. Uwe has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Hamburg.
Dr. Ian Dobson, is an experienced chemical and fuel industry executive. Ian also advises BP’s Alternative
Energy business for which he evaluates technology and intellectual property for BP’s venture investments in alternative energy and is a board member of Butamax, LCC, an iso-butanol focused joint-venture between Dupont and BP. As Vice President for Technology in BP biofuels he led the development of new enzyme and yeast biology for ethanol production and delivered the process design basis for BP’s cellulosic ethanol. He was the technology board member for BP in a joint-development collaboration on biodiesel with DSM. Ian has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Leeds and an MBA from Humberside Business School. He is a visiting Professor of Bioenergy for the University of Nottingham.