Florence Ghiron, Director
Aerospace Engineer, ISAE-SUPAERO
MBA, London Management School

Florence Ghiron set up CAPITAL HIGH TECH in 2003, after three years in Belgium as director-general of WSL, a business incubator specialising in engineering sciences. Prior to that, Florence Ghiron headed up the ‘Technology Management’ department of BERTIN Technologies, which, in association with STRATORG, is one of the leading French providers of marketing consultancy and innovation management.

Florence Ghiron is an expert at the European Commission and the European Space Agency and is often invited to take part in research groups for her excellent knowledge of SMEs operating in the aeronautics, space, telecoms and e-mobility sectors. She is an individual member of the European Commission’s Space Advisory Group, where she is in charge of preparing the Space component of the 7th Framework Programme. She leads research into new business models for high added technological-value service companies. She is a moderator of the ‘Navigation, Positioning, Telecoms’ area of strategic activity at the Aerospace Valley Hub. As a result of this and her 20 years of experience, she has excellent knowledge of the development issues currently facing SMEs and regions.

Yannick Ghiron
Associate Director
Aerospace Engineer, ISAE-SUPAERO

Yannick Ghiron has more than 20 years’ experience in aeronautics and consultancy provision.

Having started his career in organisational consulting, he joined the Safran group, where he variously held the posts of head of engineering for Hispano Suiza (equipment for jet engines), industrial director for Techspace Aéro in Belgium (subassembly for aeronautics and space), and director of the after-sales network in France for Turbomeca (world leader in helicopter turbines). He subsequently spent three years as director-general of Creuzet Aéronautique, an intermediate-sized enterprise of 700 people and a tier-1 Airbus supplier.

He joined CAPITAL HIGH TECH in 2010, where he has led development projects in collaboration with regional authorities and SMEs.

His experience has given him wide-ranging knowledge of the industrial sector, relationships between clients and contractors, and French and European collaborative projects. During his career, his has led numerous technological product and process developments.

Yannick Ghiron was an elected member of the Landes Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2004 and 2008, and sponsored the master’s in aeronautics class of 2010 at ENSAM.

Lucia Marta
International Policy, Security and Defence

International political sciences, University of Milan; Master’s in international strategic and military studies at the Centre for Higher Defence Studies in Rome; auditor for the 200th IHEDN meeting in Bordeaux-Pau

Lucia is a political scientist by training, with a major interest in international studies, security and defence. Her experience working for two European think-tanks renowned for their study and research activities (IAI in Rome and FRS in Paris) enabled her to move into the world of R&D at national and European levels. Her areas of expertise are European space policies, security and defence. Her involvement in studies for European institutions, such as the ESA, EDA, EP and CE, or national bodies, such as the Ministry of Defence, have allowed Lucia to consolidate her skills in terms of analysis, coordination and writing. In addition, Lucia has authored several publications, spent time teaching at university level and taken part in various international conferences as a speaker or moderator.

Lucia joined Capital High Tech as a consultant at the end of 2016.

Xavier Pothrat
Industrial Engineering

Xavier graduated in industrial engineering from the the National Polytechnic Institute in Grenoble, where he specialised in forward-looking strategy, business internationalisation and business marketing.

Following his experience as operational head of projects at Diadeis, where he specified and implemented digital tools and innovative processes within various production chains, Xavier completed his academic studies with a double master’s in entrepreneurship from ESSEC and Centrale Paris.

He went on to join the ‘Information & Risk Management’ business line at the WaveStone consultancy, where he worked on, among other things, developing continuity plans, competition studies and risk analysis for several CAC40 companies.

Xavier is passionate about the economic and technical issues of the future, and he joined Capital High Tech as a consultant so that he could offer his skills in strategy development and innovation, and help innovative enterprises overcome the challenges they face.

Emilie Pons
Head of Market Studies/Marketing

Economic and econometric sciences, University of Aix-Marseille II; Master’s in computing, statistics and data science, Lyon II Lumière University

Emilie is a statistician by training, with a major interest in econometric studies, business modelling and marketing. As a result of experience gained in the marketing departments of various CAC40 companies (SAFRAN, SANOFI), as well as German and American private family companies, she has knowledge of market studies in a wide variety of sectors (pharmacy, chemistry, banking, aeronautics, etc.) and at an international level.

In recent years, Emilie has been involved in the implementation of innovative business models and financing solutions (flight-hour service contracts, bank-online trader partnership). She is passionate about digital marketing, the use of big data and social networks.

Since 2013, she has been lecturing part-time at a management school on the subjects of industrial marketing and B2B market studies.

Emilie joined Capital High Tech in 2017 as head of the market studies and marketing division, to provide our clients with the benefits of her considerable expertise.

Paul Mahéraux
Project Set-Up

Engineer, INSA Lyon – mechanical engineering and plastics processing

Paul trained initially as an engineer in mechanical engineering and plastics processing at the National Insitute for Applied Sciences in Lyon.

Thanks to his varied experience as a production manager for the EMERSON Group company ASCO Numatics, Paul has been able to develop his organisational, anticipation, team-leadership and management skills. He subsequently discovered his professional ‘holy grail’ in the form of the role of financing and innovation consultant at INVENTAGE, in Paris.

He has been involved in the compilation of supporting files for scientific and technical projects eligible for research or innovation tax credit. Adaptability, reactivity and discipline are just some of the skills developed by Paul during exciting and demanding projects that have been as varied in their subject matter as in their area of application (renewable energy, mechanics, health, banking, etc.)

Technical innovations and the economy connected to them, environmental issues and the special relationship among all those involved in these areas are some of the many reasons why Paul joined Capital High Tech in September 2017.

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