Olivier is a recognized telecom and technology expert. Olivier founded Actility, IoT solution provider, in 2010. Prior to Actility, Olivier founded NetCentrex, a leading provider of VoIP infrastructure for service providers, and then became CTO of Comverse after the acquisition of NetCentrex in 2006. Olivier is a recognized thought leader in Telecoms and Energy markets. He is the author of several books on networking technology, VoIP, M2M, Internet of Things (IoT) and the Smart Grid. Olivier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.
Mike Mulica has long been intrigued with the nexus of mobile communications, the internet and globally scaled industry solutions. Mike is a mobile and internet industry veteran, playing a foundational role in pioneering the Mobile Internet and has led many highly successful companies and product introductions across the globe. At Actility, Mike has overall operational responsibilities for the company’s global mission, to connect objects across every imaginable vertical solution through the deployment of its Thingpark™ platform.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Jasper Snijder has worked at KPN since 1997. He started in sales and climbed to a position as Sales Director Transportation. He then held various senior management positions including Business Mobile Solutions (mission-critical communications solutions), Integrated Business Solutions (telco specials for corporate customers), International Network Services (international networks), and Communication and Network Services (communications portfolio for the business market) . Since 2015, Jasper is as Executive Vice President responsible for New Business at KPN, both for the business market and consumer market.
Cyril is Investment Principal with Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) in Stuttgart and is responsible for the strategy and investment opportunities in the Enabling Technologies search cluster. Before joining the team in Stuttgart in 2013, Cyril was at the RBVC affiliate office in Palo Alto where he focused on finding investment opportunities for RBVC in North America, on technical evaluations, and technical due diligence. Prior to that, Cyril worked at the Research and Technology Center of Bosch in Palo Alto, on novel MEMS processes, power harvesting for autonomous systems, and photovoltaic technologies. Cyril holds a Ph.D. and a diploma (masters) in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.
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 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.