Board of Directors

Olivier Hersent - Chairman & CEO

Olivier is a recognized telecom and technology expert, he wrote several books on networking technology, VoIP, M2M, Internet of Things(IoT) and the Smart Grid, and authored 6 international patents. In 1998, Olivier founded NetCentrex, a leading provider of VoIP infrastructure, then became CTO of Comverse group after its acquisition of NetCentrex. Olivier founded Actility in 2010. Olivier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris. He received the Blondel scientific medal from Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Technology and Communication association (SEE) in 2012, and was made a Knight of French Order “Legion of Honor” in 2018.

Matthieu Baret - Director

Matthieu Baret is a Partner in the Growth Capital team working primarily in the telecoms/media, software and digital sector.
He has overseen around fifteen investments including Talend (Nasdaq IPO: TLND), Scality, Synthesio, Actility, Enlighted, VestiaireCollective, Curse (acquired by Amazon), Zeturf, Erenis (acquired by SFR), among others.
He is also responsible for Idinvest Partners’ ESG policy and is a member of the UN-PRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment) Private Equity Steering Committee. He also regularly lectures on entrepreneurship at the CentraleSupélec engineering school.
Before joining Idinvest Partners in 2005, Matthieu was VP responsibile for M&A and business development at Italtel, a subsidiary of Cisco and Telecom Italia. He worked previously at Europatweb, an investment firm founded by Bernard Arnault, and Cap Gemini Telecom. Matthieu began his career in 1994 at Bouygues Telecom, where he contributed to the launch of its mobile network.
Matthieu holds Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité and Georgia Tech (Atlanta, USA), and an MBA from INSEAD.

Edouard Combette - Director

Edouard Combette is an Investment Manager at Bpifrance Investissement. Previously, he was Associate with Ecomobilité Ventures after serving as an analyst with the firm, which he joined in 2011. Prior to joining Ecomobilité Ventures, he worked in management consulting and start-ups in financial services. Edouard graduated from Ecole Nationale de Chimie de Paris in Renewable Energies, and HEC Business School Entrepreneurs Program.

Dominique Pitteloud - Director

Dominique is Managing Partner at Ginko Ventures and has been working in venture capital since 2001, initially with Vision Capital, a transatlantic technology Fund, subsequently with Endeavour Vision, a Geneva based Firm. Dominique has led or co-led investments in several high tech ventures including Cedexis, Actility, Kobojo, CommProve, Octonion, Enevo, Amplidata (sold to Western Digital), Staccato Communications, Media Lario Technologies, Sphera (sold to Parallels), eProject, Native Networks (sold to Alcatel) and M7 (sold to BEA). Dominique is also a Board Director with Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS), CommProve, and Advisor to ASSIA, a leader in DSL and WiFi management solutions.
Prior to venture capital, Dominique was Vice President of Marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley telecommunication company, and held management positions with Logitech, including Vice President of the scanner and video camera business units.
Dominique received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, Switzerland and a MBA from Santa Clara University, California.

Tom Wheeler - Director

Tom Wheeler was the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and for many years in the cable and wireless industry, holding positions including President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). In recognition of his work in promoting the wireless industry, Wheeler was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2003.  In 2009, as a result of his work in promoting the growth and prosperity of the cable television industry and its stakeholders was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. He is the only member of both halls of fame. Cablevision magazine named Wheeler one of the 20 most influential individuals in its history during cable’s 20th anniversary in 1995.

Amit Chaturvedy - Observer

Amit Chaturvedy joined Cisco in 2014 and leads the global investment practice for Internet of Things (IoT). Prior to Cisco, Amit was at Summit Partners where he sourced and led investments in communications technology, financial services and consumer sectors in US, Europe and India. Previously, he was at Cummins Inc. where he designed software for diesel engines and led customer liaison activities for Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Amit also worked in the investment banking group at Citigroup, NY. Amit received mechanical engineering degrees from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Bombay and Purdue University – West Lafayette and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Yann Kandelman - Observer

Yann is Head of Investments & Development at Orange Digital Ventures. He is in charge of strategic investments and acquisitions of Internet companies in the fields relevant to Orange. In his previous role at Orange, he was responsible for Internet & mobile partnerships with the major web players (Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, eBay.). Prior to joining Orange in 2008, Mr. Kandelman spent 8 years in the music industry working for EMI and Warner Music.

Herman Kienhuis - Observer

Herman is Managing Director of KPN Ventures, the venturing arm of Dutch telecom operator KPN and founder of River Venture Partners.  Prior to that he created and managed digital tech seed fund SanomaVentures, was responsible for digital product development at Sanoma Digital, was Strategy and M&A Director at Sanoma Media, and worked as strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company.  Herman holds a masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).  He combines a strong interest in technology, innovation and sustainable development with a love for vintage design, live music and slowfood.

Gitte Bedford - Observer

Based in Robert Bosch Venture Capital’s Stuttgart office, Gitte Bedford is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities and for all stages of the investment process. Her main area of focus has been software, specifically the Internet of Things, cloud and mobile computing, security and data analytics. Gitte is an experienced professional with a strong financial background.

After starting her career in the treasury department at Robert Bosch, she progressed to positions as Managing Director of Robert Bosch Finance Plc near London, UK, Director Finance for Bosch’s Asia-Pacific operations in Shanghai, China, and joined Bosch’s VC group in 2009.

Gitte holds a degree in Business Informatics from HTW Berlin and a Masters degree in Finance from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K.

Nicolas Tymen - Observer

Nicolas Tymen is a Venture Investment Director at BNP Paribas Developpement. Nicolas joined BNP Paribas in 2005, and moved to the independent subsidiary venture investment company in May 2016.

Stefan Kuentz - Guest

Stefan Kuentz is Investment Director at Swisscom Ventures. Stefan joined Swisscom Ventures in 2011, and since then he has played a key role in building up an investment portfolio in cloud, virtualization and mobile/IoT technologies. Currently, he is a board director/observer at Actility, Bexio, Exoscale, Matrixx Software and VirtualAds and furthermore manages Arviem and PIQ. He also sits on the board of Swiss Startup Invest, Switzerland’s leading financing platform for hi-tech companies. Stefan joined Swisscom in 2002 and held several business development and senior management positions, including managing Swisscom’s innovation and scouting activities out of Silicon Valley from 2007 to 2010. Prior to Swisscom, Stefan spent many years with IBM, latterly heading IT strategy consulting.

Vikas Butaney - Guest

Vikas Butaney is Vice President, General Manager for Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity at Cisco and works closely with leading customers and integrators as they transform from being product to connected product businesses using IoT technologies. Vikas has global responsibility for strategy, partnerships, and product roadmaps for Cisco IoT, including sensor connectivity, industrial security, edge compute capabilities, and industrial networking. Vikas works closely with Cisco’s leading IoT customers and GTM partners to drive IoT adoption and customer success. Vikas has held leading positions in Cisco with broad product portfolio responsibilities, including in Cisco’s enterprise and service provider products and solutions such as voice, video, wireless, and routing. Vikas has held leadership positions at MobileIron, Accelera Mobile Broadband, and Verizon. He earned his MS degree in electrical engineering focusing on optical and data communications from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Paul Gudonis - Guest

Paul joined Inmarsat in 2007 following 10 years of active service in the British Army. He has led the Inmarsat Enterprise BU (Business Unit), responsible for all Inmarsat business in energy, mining, agritech, aid and development, media and integrated transport systems, since 2016. During his time in the role Paul has moved the focus of the BU toward an IoT-solution led business, and away from a simple wholesale supplier of connectivity. Paul has a wide array of experience within Inmarsat. On joining, he took a position within the Government team focused on business development, from which he quickly grasped the opportunity to broaden his responsibilities and successfully moved into an account management role. Over the next four years Paul managed a growing number of partners across land, sea and air verticals (government and commercial). Following the merger of two significant acquisitions and the launch of commercial business units at the end of 2011, Paul moved into a sales management position within the Maritime BU. In late 2014, Paul moved into the Enterprise BU to run Sales, before he was finally appointed to his current position as President, Enterprise BU two years later.