OUR TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

ARNAUD DE LA TOUR

PRESIDENT & CEO

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Arnaud wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the photovoltaic industry, focusing on the role of intellectual property in technology transfer, then worked for a few years in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group before co-founding Hello Tomorrow in 2011. He is passionate about technology and what it can do to improve the world.

ALIZÉE BLANCHIN

DIRECTOR & PARTNER – CONSULTING

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With a background in Biochemistry, Alizée started her career in California studying cardiovascular diseases. When coming back to France, she decided to transition to consulting in order to help companies innovate in a more human centric and collaborative way. She joined Hello Tomorrow with the ambition to put her skills at the service of impact driven innovations.

VINCENT DURAND

DIRECTOR & PARTNER – CONSULTING

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For the past 13 years, Vincent worked at the interface of research, innovation, and business, as a particle physics PhD, a strategy consultant, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for a startup studio.

THOMAS SALZGEBER

DIRECTOR – ECOSYSTEM & EVENTS

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Thomas has an engineering background in Computer Science but spent most of the past 15 years working with innovative companies as a consultant in innovation financing, international development and most recently managing startup challenges.

CLÀUDIA ROVIRA

DIRECTOR – FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION & LEGAL

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A trained linguist, Clàudia started her career in sustainable tourism and CSR consulting. After working as a translator and conference interpreter for several years, she decided to take on a new adventure and joined the Hello Tomorrow events team where she developed an interest in finance, which she currently nourishes both professionally and academically.

ECOSYSTEM & EVENTS

THOMAS SALZGEBER

DIRECTOR- ECOSYSTEM & EVENTS

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Thomas has an engineering background in Computer Science but spent most of the past 15 years working with innovative companies as a consultant in innovation financing, international development and most recently managing startup challenges.

KELLY PAYAK-BRASSART

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

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With a professional background in PR and community building, Kelly brings over 6 years of experience working with startups and corporation clients in APAC and globally through the Google For Startups network. She facilitated collaborations between community leaders and corporate innovation clients, driving growth for startups worldwide. At Hello Tomorrow she manages Partner relations and the network of HT’s partner Hubs.

LOIS PAATAN

DEEP TECH PIONEERS MANAGER

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With a degree in development studies, Lois has worked largely in project management roles with mission-based organizations promoting innovative, bottom-up solutions to help solve environmental and social issues. At Hello Tomorrow, she coordinates the Global Challenge and startup community of Deep Tech Pioneers.

MYRIAM SELLAM

GLOBAL EVENTS MANAGER

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With over 15 years of experience in event organization in the automotive and financial sectors, Myriam joined Hello Tomorrow to put her skills to work in service of projects that are anchored towards society’s evolution, as she cares to be part of the deep tech revolution.

SELMA ELOUARDI

INVESTOR NETWORK COORDINATOR

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Selma has always been passionate about innovative ideas and entrepreneurship. With a background in finance and previous experiences in private equity and investment banking, she joined Hello Tomorrow as a Deep Tech Investor Network Coordinator to engage the community of investors.

MEGHA BALACHANDRA

PROGRAM CURATOR

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Megha has a background in Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research. Her deep passion for innovative problem solving came to life through active Science Communication. At Hello Tomorrow, Megha curates and shapes the Global Summit Program.

ALEXANDRA BAZIN

GLOBAL CHALLENGE & STARTUP NETWORK COORDINATOR

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Alexandra has a background in project management in events planning, non-profits and education, both in France and abroad. She joined Hello Tomorrow to manage the Global Challenge and develop the Deep Tech Pioneers community, our network of startups. Positive that anyone can have a positive impact, she is screening for the best ideas and projects to give them the visibility and connections that they deserve.

ORLANDO RAMÍREZ

GLOBAL CHALLENGE ASSISTANT

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With experience in consulting and investment banking focusing on the energy, pharmaceutics and telecom industries, Orlando has previously worked in the deep tech VC industry investing in Fund Managers such as SOSV, Accel and Khosla Ventures.

IDRIS REVERT

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS INTERN

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Idris has a background in hospitality and restaurant management, entrepreneurship, startups acceleration and growth, and business development, primarily in the deep tech agri-food sector. He joined Hello Tomorrow to work on the development of international partnerships.

CONSULTING

ALIZÉE BLANCHIN

DIRECTOR & PARTNER – CONSULTING

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With a background in Biochemistry, Alizée started her career in California studying cardiovascular diseases. When coming back to France, she decided to transition to consulting in order to help companies innovate in a more human centric and collaborative way. She joined Hello Tomorrow with the ambition to put her skills at the service of impact driven innovations.

VINCENT DURAND

DIRECTOR & PARTNER – CONSULTING

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For the past 13 years, Vincent worked at the interface of research, innovation, and business, as a particle physics PhD, a strategy consultant, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for a startup studio.

SARAH CRONIN

STRATEGY & INNOVATION MANAGER

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For the past four years Sarah has worked in innovation and strategy consulting for the pharma industry, and has worked with most of the top 20 pharma companies in the world on their R&D and commercial strategy, with a particular focus on digital health. Before this, she spent 7 years working in R&D in synthetic organic chemistry and small molecule drug discovery in her PhD, post-doc and at GlaxoSmithKline. Sarah is particularly passionate about the intersection of AI, discovery and healthcare.

JUAN DAVID BOTERO

INNOVATION & ACCELERATION MANAGER

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Juan has a background in industrial engineering and has focused on the development of innovation strategies and business acceleration programs. He has lead the expansion of tech companies in Latin America and most recently, he developed a living lab for open innovation

CHLOÉ KHALIFAT

SENIOR DEEP TECH & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

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A trained agronomist and environmental engineer, Chloé co-managed a social-tech accelerator in Hong Kong and worked as a consultant in sustainable development projects for public institutions such as the FAO. She is now Senior Consultant and Hello Tomorrow’s Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Food & Agriculture.

LUCAS MAURICE

SENIOR DEEP TECH & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

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Lucas holds one Master’s degree in Nanotechnology and another one in Technology and Innovation. He has several research experiences in France and Denmark. He has worked at Hello Tomorrow in consulting, event organisation, business and partnerships development. He loves martial arts, gangster movies, beach trips and he is always down to discuss scientific / technologic and geopolitical topics.

MARWAN AÏTOMAR

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

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After a MSc. in Materials science, Marwan joined one of the most prestigious masters of innovation in France. At Hello Tomorrow, he helps clients nurture an innovation mindset and stimulate creativity among employees to set up a portfolio of innovation projects. He is also Hello Tomorrow’s Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Mobility and Aerospace

ALBA MARRERO

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

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Alba has a background in aerospace engineering, and is currently pursuing a specialized course about Climate Change & Sustainable Investing. After some time in the aerospace industry, she decided to go for new adventures focused on innovation and joined the Hello Tomorrow team, first as a Startup Analyst and now as a Consultant.

ALBERTO GARCÍA PICAZO

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

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Alberto has experience in implementing cross-border collaboration projects, organizing international events and institutional relations in the field of innovation, He is motivated by the power of sharing knowledge and working actively on community building.

MARIE RAMOND

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

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With a background in Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Management, Marie has an extensive experience both in helping startups to reach their full potential, and helping corporates to build meaningful innovation strategies through collaboration with startups and intrapreneurship programs. She joined Hello Tomorrow as a Consultant to have a greater impact on how new technologies shape our future.

EMMA CARNUS

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION ANALYST

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A recent graduate from a master’s in International Management at the IAE of Bordeaux, Emma joins Hello Tomorrow after working in Mergers & Acquisitions, and coming from the diverse experiences of living in Taiwan, studying in Spain and working in the Netherlands, to work on significantly impacting society.

MARIONA VIDAL

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION ANALYST

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Mariona holds a degree in Human Biology and is specialized in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnological Industries through a master’s degree. She worked with big pharmaceutical companies carrying out projects for a range of portfolios from different areas of health. Her passion for human and planetary health made her join Hello Tomorrow to leverage the power of novel and disruptive technologies.

FEDERICO MENTONI

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION ANALYST

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Federico’s background is a mix of science and Business: after training as an agronomist and specialising in enology & viticulture, he joined the Master in Management program in one of France’s most prestigious Business Schools.  After working in a global Venture Capital fund, Federico joined Hello Tomorrow to support the deep tech community, leveraging his knowledge to help kickstarting the deep tech revolution and change the world to a better version of itself. 

MINGXIU CAI

DEEP TECH & INNOVATION ANALYST

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With a mixed background in science and business, Mingxiu has completed the business analytics and corporate finance tracks at ESSEC Business School. She has gained valuable experience across cosmetics, luxury & fashion, food, manufacturing industry from top consulting firms and the beauty conglomerate L’Oréal, where she developed analytical skills, consumer centric insights and a strategic mindset.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

LAURI AARNIO

HEAD OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

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Always trying to change the status quo, never silently accepting its inherent flaws, yet simultaneously trying to embrace and contribute to its functional parts, Lauri is a true believer of the European unity (loves Europe!), coming from Finland and having lived in the Netherlands and France for a total of ten years. With seven years of experience in digital transformation, open innovation and digital marketing, get kicks out of perfectly carried out marketing strategies and meaningful business ideas.

FLORENCE OATES

SENIOR EDITORIAL & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

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Florence has studies in social sciences and an MSc in energy and climate policy. Naturally drawn to writing and storytelling around global issues and impactful solutions, she helps to advance Hello Tomorrow’s brand and communities through crafting content and communication strategies.

GABRIELA MARTON

DESIGN OFFICER

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Hungarian by origin, Venezuelan by birth, Mexican by ‘adoption’, Gabriela brings to Hello Tomorrow 15+ years of experience as a creative strategist across a wide range of sectors and projects, holding a B.A. in Graphic Design and a master’s in Arts and Culture Management. A passionate life-long learner; a chocolate-addicted dog-loving over-thinker.

ISABELLA BATTEN

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ANALYST

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Isabella has a Masters in communication and a Bachelor’s in graphic design. Using both expertises she is able to use her skills transversally and is always eager to improve each of these skills. She’s lived on this side of the pond for nearly 5 years and has held a variety of jobs working in communication and design across different sectors.

OPERATIONS & TRANSVERSAL ACTIVITIES

CLÀUDIA ROVIRA

DIRECTOR – FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION & LEGAL

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A trained linguist, Clàudia started her career in sustainable tourism and CSR consulting. After working as a translator and conference interpreter for several years, she decided to take on a new adventure and joined the Hello Tomorrow events team where she developed an interest in finance, which she currently nourishes both professionally and academically.

RIADH SHAIEK

INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

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Riadh Shaiek is an experienced Investment professional with 20+ years of experience backing, advising and operating businesses. He has a strong history of working in the VC industry, where he demonstrated his ability to source, select high potential targets and support portfolio companies scale-up. His experience covers a wide range of deep tech sectors such as Agrifood, Manufacturing, Mobility, Energy and Healthcare. Riadh holds a master’s degree from AgroParisTech and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

ADAM KNOPP

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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A result-driven and customer-focused professional with a demonstrated history of working in the business, commercial and marketing sectors within an international environment, Adam has a customer centric mindset and strong experience with relationship management, as well as quota carrying sales roles, selling disruptive technologies at the Enterprise and VP level. With a strong hunter mindset, always looking to push boundaries.

BIANCA RECHE

HEAD OF PEOPLE

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Passionate about human relations, Bianca grew in her career as an HR professional in big, complex, multicultural companies. Motivated to drive the potential of people and businesses to thrive together with her purpose to create a positive impact in the world, Hello Tomorrow was the perfect match. Bianca joined as the very first full-time member of our People team, with lots of energy and ready to take on the challenge. As a lifelong learner, she believes there are always opportunities to expand her horizons.

RAINBOW LO

EXPERTISE MANAGER & DEEP TECH LEAD

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Experienced professional in the field of Chemistry, Nanomaterials and Biotechnology with over 8 years of hands-on project and research experience. Building and maintaining an international network of Deep Tech leaders to support the implementation of high-impact initiatives. At Hello Tomorrow, Rainbow contributes to deep tech analysis, providing strategic technological insights to various projects and helps develop the expert community.

PRABHAKAR SIDAMBARAM

LIFE SCIENCES AND AI EXPERT

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As an experienced multidisciplinary researcher with a strong background in medical devices, neurostimulation, electrochemistry, cancer biology & AI, Prabhakar is passionate about novel technologies, curious & motivated people, commitment to medical advancements, especially at the frontiers of life science & AI. His contribution at Hello Tomorrow focuses on evaluating deep tech & emerging trends, strategic advisory & roadmaps for innovative solutions, networking & cross-pollinating with experts community.

JOSÉPHINE NDIAYE

LEGAL OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

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After a MBA 2 in Business Law, Joséphine joins Hello Tomorrow for a apprenticeship. Passionate about contracts, she decided to join HT in order to have an international experience, and deep skills about business contracts, also managing the GDPR aspect.

THOMAS PERTOIS

FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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A 1st-year student of a master’s in International Business Development, having studied in an international business school in Toulouse that also took him to study abroad in Ireland, Spain and the USA, Thomas (Toto) is curious about everything and eager to learn from experiences, which is why he has worked in such diverse fields such as hypermarket, e-commerce, DIY, clothing and now in finance and deep tech at Hello Tomorrow.

JULIETTE HAUTEMONT

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERN

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With a background in supporting early-stage startups, Juliette brings a relationship-oriented and results-driven mindset to her work. Prior to joining Hello Tomorrow, she worked in the EdTech and FinTech spaces and at an education consulting firm in Beijing, China. A San Francisco native, she is interested in the intersection of scientific, technological, and social innovation. She holds a degree from the University of Chicago.

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