Our team



Ivan Le Mintier

Co-founder and chair director 

Ivan Le Mintier spent over 23 years in the fmcg industry in senior management positions ( general management, marketing, sales and r&d). He worked for companies such as Nestlé, Danone, Mars and Yoplait, mostly abroad, outside Europe. He has built his expertise in nutrition, food systems and innovation strategies to build growth in developing countries. In 2004, he was one of the first to initiate small scale “social businesses” with large MNC’s (Danone, Mars, Bel ...) in Asia and Africa. Ivan has been working closely from the beginning with the danone communities fund and is, as such, closely associated with their triple bottom line approach in Bangladesh and Africa. He is convinced “Bottom of the Pyramid ” markets require new business models to (co) create shared-value and new “frugal” solutions to serve people’needs .  


Valérie Fernandez

Professor, the scientific chair director, Head of the Economic and Social Sciences department at Telecom ParisTech, University Paris-Saclay, UMR i3 CNRS (http://www.i-3.f)

Her research interests in Innovation Management concern managerial practices, mediated collaboration and new organizational design. In collaboration with industrial partners and international researchers, she examines companies’ organizational transformations linked to digital technology. Her most recent work focused on managerial innovations regarding several crucial new forms of organization: open innovation, mobile work, virtualized professional worlds, and information technologies governance.

Gérard Cuvelier


AgroParisTech     We will complete soon this biography.

François Balembois

Professor - Director of entrepreneurship and innovation 

Institut d'Optique Graduate School       We will complete soon this biography.