THE JURY OF THE 2018 EDITION
The contest jury was chaired by Valeo’s CEO and was including Valeo directors as well as people from outside the company recognized for their experience and professional expertise, like scientists, designers, sociologists and architects.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer - VALEO
Jacques Aschenbroich, born in 1954, “Ingénieur du Corps des Mines”, has held several posts in the French administration and was in the cabinet of the Prime Minister in 1987 and 1988. He then had an industrial career in the Saint Gobain Group, where he managed subsidiaries in Brazil, in Germany and in the United States. He was president of the glass and high performance materials activities, and was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Compagnie de Saint Gobain until December 2008.
Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Valeo Group since March 2009, he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2016.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Ecole des Mines ParisTech”
Member of the Board of Directors of Veolia Environnement;
Member of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas;
Co-President of the “Club Franco-Japonais” Distinctions : Officier de la Légion d’Honneur Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur;
Officier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite
Chairman of Asiatique Européenne de Commerce and Vice-Chairman of the France-China Committee
Foreign trade advisor for France in China
Born in 1953 to Chinese parents in Marseille, André Chieng received a traditional Chinese upbringing at home and a French education at school. He was introduced to the classics in high school, then shifted his focus to mathematics and science and was admitted to the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. After graduating, he became interested in economics, which he studied at the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques.
In 1978, Mr. Chieng moved to China for two years, where he taught economics at a university. He returned to France in 1980 and joined the Louis Dreyfus group, which appointed him General Manager of Brambilla, one of the oldest French trading companies specialized in commerce with China. In 1988, he became Chairman of the company, now named A.E.C. and also involved in consulting. He moved to Beijing in 2001. Mr. Chieng has years of experience in helping western and Chinese companies reach agreements by analyzing and smoothing any political, administrative or cultural roadblocks that may arise.
He is Vice-Chairman of France-China Committee and an honorary member of the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
In 1987, Mr. Chieng co-authored a book entitled Les Nouvelles Routes de la Soie (Economica). In 2006, he published La Pratique de la Chine (Grasset) with François Jullien. In 2009, he was recognized at the sixth China's Top Ten Economic Talents Awards. The following year, he co-authored Les 100 Mots de la Chine (PUF) with Jean-Paul Betbèze.
Mr. Chieng is a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.
Co-Founder & COO - Wibbitz
Yotam is the Co-Founder & COO of Wibbitz and heading the product development and R&D center in Israel and the global operations of the company. Yotam is an executioner by heart and has a true passion for building new products and structured companies around them. Yotam served 6 years in the Israeli Navy as a commander of a combat vessel where he was in command of over 100 soldiers. He is ranked Major and has received a mark of excellence for his service. During his military service Yotam gained vast experience in management, leadership, operations and performing under stress. Yotam earned his business degree from the IDC in Israel and graduated "Cum Laude" and first of the entire class of 2010. During his studies he was selected to attend the Zell Entrepreneurship Program, the flagship program for outstanding students, where he founded Wibbitz. Yotam serves today as a mentor for young entrepreneurs in several programs including Zell Program and Station F in France. Yotam has two daughters and loves to spend his spare time sailing, playing Tennis and running half marathons.
Wibbitz is the leading automated video creation platform for publishers. Partners including
Reuters, CBSi, Le Parisien, Le Figaro and Time Inc. use its text-to- video technology to automatically produce custom branded short-form videos at scale. Wibbitz supports video creation and distribution for over 400 publishers, helping to increase audience engagement and ad revenues across desktop, mobile, and social. Founded in 2011, Wibbitz has offices in both NYC, Tel Aviv, and Paris.
Vice-President, Innovation and Scientific Development, Valeo Group Guillaume Devauchelle has been Vice-President, Innovation and Scientific Development of the Valeo Group for the past five years. Prior to this, he headed up the Group’s R&D teams starting in 2004. Guillaume joined the Valeo Group in 2000 following the acquisition of Sylea, where he had served as Senior Vice-President. Since graduating from École Centrale de Paris in 1981, he has spent his entire career in the aerospace and automotive equipment industries. Guillaume is particularly involved in public-private research initiatives in his capacity as: Vice-President of French graduate school of engineering ESIGELEC Member of the Bureau at French urban mobility institute Vedecom Member of the Board of Directors of CETIM, a technical center for mechanical industries Member of the Board of Directors of the French National Research and Technology Agency (ANRT) Member of the Board of Directors of French fully autonomous shuttle start-up NAVYA
President of the Regional Tourism Committee for the Ile-de-France.
Member of the Transport and Mobility Commission. Former aircraft, captain
President of the French Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget, journalist
After clocking up more than 20,000 flying hours as an airline pilot and Captain Instructor with Air France between 1976 and 2004, Gérard Paul Alain Feldzer now works primarily as an aviation consultant for the media. With his contagious enthusiasm, he has hosted several Radio France programs on aviation and transportation in general, such as the weekly “Circulez, il y a le monde à voir" program since 2009. Since May 2010, he has been Chairman of the Ile de France Regional Tourism Committee.
Born in 1944 in Aurec-sur-Loire, France, Gérard Feldzer began his career as a pilot with STA in Algeria (1973-1974) before moving to the French airmail service Postale de Nuit (1974-1976). During his time with Air France, he flew as pilot on Caravelle, Boeing 707 and Boeing 747 aircraft, then as Captain (1989-1992) and Captain Instructor (1992-2004) on Airbus A310, A340 and A330 airliners.
In 1985, his versatile talents and taste for adventure led him to apply for astronaut training with the French National Space Research Center (CNES), where he was among the last 10 finalists. In 1981, he crossed the Channel in a paraplane before attempting the Atlantic in March 1993 with Nicolas Hulot in a pedal-powered balloon, earning the world distance record for his efforts. His time as President of the Aéro-Club de France between 1995 and 2005 coincided with the club's centenary, for which he organized the first major aircraft exhibition on the Champs Elysées.
From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Feldzer was head of the French Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget, where he coordinated many events and displays, including Planète pilote, the first permanent exhibition of its kind worldwide for the 6-12 age group.
He is the founder and President of the French sustainable mobility association Transports Passion, and has organized conferences, exhibitions and presentations on eco-mobility since 2005.
Long fascinated by the world of media, he has also co-produced the television show Transportez-moi on the LCP channel since 2011.
On January 1, 2012, he was made an Officer of the French Legion of Honor.
Chairman of Universcience
Born on May 13, 1957 in Saône-et-Loire, France, Claudie Haigneré is a French scientist, astronaut and politician. In 2002, she served as Minister delegate for Research and New Technologies, and was subsequently appointed Minister delegate for European Affairs. She is now Chairman of Universcience, which encompasses the Palais de la Découverte and the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. She will go down in history as the first French woman in space.
After earning her baccalaureate at just 15, Claudie Haigneré began studying medicine in Dijon, France. In 1981, at the age of 24, she was awarded her doctorate in medicine at the Cochin School of Medicine in Paris, as well as a Certificate of Special Studies in biology and sports medicine. She followed this up with an aeronautics and space medicine certificate in 1982, and a rheumatology qualification in 1984. On September 9, 1985, she was selected as an astronaut by the French National Space Research Center (CNES) – the only woman in the group of seven astronauts picked from a thousand applicants. To prepare for her future mission, she went back to school, earning a Master's degree in biomechanics and the physiology of movement.
From 1990 to 1992, she was in charge of the space physiology and medicine programs for the CNRS in Paris, where she conducted research on how sensori-motor systems adapt to the effects of microgravity. She was also responsible for the scientific coordination of the life science experiments aboard the Franco-Russian Antarès mission.
In 1992, she earned a doctorate in neurosensory physiology. The sheer length of her studies won her the nickname “Bac + 19”, in reference to the French habit of listing the years of study after the high school level.
On August 17, 1996, Ms. Haigneré embarked on the 16-day Franco-Russian Cassiopée mission to Russia's Mir space station, where she carried out numerous medico-physiological, technical and biological experiments. She joined the European Space Agency in November 1999 and became part of the European Astronaut Corps, whose home base is in Cologne, Germany. In January 2011, after nine months of training, she became the first female French astronaut to visit the International Space Station.
Ms. Haigneré is also a director of France Télécom, Sanofi Aventis, and several foundations related to science or young people (Fondation C. Génial, Fondation Lacoste, Fondation L’Oréal, Fondation de France).
In addition to the French honors of Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Knight of the Order of Merit and holder of the Aeronautical Medal in France, she has also received several foreign distinctions, from Russia (Order of Friendship of Peoples, Order for Personal Courage, and the Order of Merit for space exploration) and Germany (Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany).
Chief Operating Officer
After 10 years spent working in the aerospace industry, both in France and in North America, Christophe Périllat-Piratoine joined Valeo in 2000 as a Division General Manager upon the acquisition of Labinal’s automotive business. He then managed, from 2002, the Switches and Detection Systems Branch and then the Interior Controls Branch. Since 2009 he has been President of the Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group. Christophe Périllat-Piratoine is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole des Mines and the HEC business school (Executive MBA). As head of the Group’s Operations since 2011, he has responsibility for the four Business Groups (Powertrain Systems, Thermal Systems, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems, and Visibility Systems) as well as the Valeo Service aftermarket activity.
Research Director at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
A former student of École Centrale de Paris, a member of the Académie des Technologies, and professor in quantum physics at the École Centrale, Étienne Klein is currently Director of the Research Laboratory in Materials Science at the CEA following his role as Assistant Director of Material Sciences at the CEA. Klein’s scientific contribution covers four key areas: the question of time in physics, quantum physics, the major questions currently being researched (material and dark energy), and the history of physics.
Awards and prizes
- Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, 2010.
- Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite, 2014.
- Commander of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, 2014.
- “Galilée et les Indiens” (Flammarion) received the Ernest Thorel prize (education) from the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 2010.
- “Le Petit Voyage dans le monde des quanta” (Flammarion) received the Jean Rostand prize in 2004. “Les Tactiques de Chronos” (Flammarion) was awarded the “Science se livre” prize in 2004.
- Winner of the Budget prize awarded by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques for “L’unité de la physique” (PUF), 2000.
- Winner of the Grammatikakis-Neumann prize for “empirical philosophy” awarded by the Académie des Sciences, 2000.
- Winner of the Jean Perrin prize awarded by the Société Française de Physique, 1997.
Former Senior Executive Vice-President, Sales & Business Development - VALEO
Hans-Peter Kunze is Valeo Group Senior Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development.
Kunze has extensive experience in the automotive industry, serving in executive positions on both sides of the business, OEMs and supplier. Prior to joining Valeo, Kunze was Vice President, Purchasing, Ford of Europe. During Kunze’s several years with Volkswagen, he held a number of executive positions including as Corporate Executive Director, Global/Forward Sourcing and Project Management. Before joining Volkswagen, Kunze was Director in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cologne, Germany.
He is member of various automotive related boards, as such at the Advisory Board of the Schnellecke Group, the Supervisory Board of the Sinfonia AG, both in Germany, the Board of Directors of VÖFON in China and the UTAC CERAM Strategy Board in France.
He serves as well as Chairman of the Perdita and Hans-Peter Kunze Art Foundation in Germany.
Kunze studied law at the Universities of Kiel and Freiburg and is today registered as attorney in Germany.