Deputy Director General, DG DEFIS, European Commission

Pierre Delsaux is the Deputy Director General at the European Commission's new Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). He was previously Deputy Director General of DG GROW. He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991. He was then appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU. Since December 2015, he is in charge of Space Policy and Defence.Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission DG GROW. He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991. He was appointed Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU, and has been in charge of Space Policy and Defence since December 2015.



Partner, CEIS-Avisa Partners

Axel Dyèvre was a cavalry officer for 7 years. From 1995 to 1997, he was a consultant in strategy, following which he was a Senior Partner at DATOPS (now known as LexisNexis Analytics), a software editing firm developing information systems, between 1997 and 2005. There, Axel designed, developed and implemented OSINT solutions (Open source Intelligence) for governmental agencies and private firms.Axel joined CEIS at the start of the organisation in 1997, and set up the company's European Office in 2006.

He  graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Business School) where he followed a Business Management course.

Today, Axel is a Partners at CEIS-Avisa Partners, overseeing consulting and research activities for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, European institutions, and the private sector. 

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Lieutenant General Pierre GILLET

Commander, Rapid Reaction Corps - France (RRC-Fr)

Lieutenant General Pierre GILLET graduated from Saint Cyr Military Academy, the Infantry School in Montpellier and the Joint War College in Paris. He joined the Foreign Legion as a Combat Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer from 1994 to 1996. After being assigned as an instructor at the Infantry School to train newly arrived young officers, he was posted to the French Foreign Legion Command in 2001, then to the Army Staff / Human Resources Policy as head of studies and synthesis from 2003 to 2006. Selected for Command in 2006, he was posted to the 2nd Foreign Legion Regiment in Nîmes until 2008 before returning to the Centre for Higher Military Studies in Paris. In 2009 he was selected to become Deputy Head of Human resources on the French Joint Staff and, then in July 2011 he became the Deputy Planning Officer at the Joint Operations Centre.  Promoted to Brigadier General on 1st August 2014, he assumed command of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade in Nîmes. On 1st August 2016, he was appointed Commandant of the Military Schools in Draguignan, Commander of the Draguignan Defence Support Base, Commandant of the Infantry School, and Military Commander of the Draguignan-Canjuers Garrison. 

He was promoted to Major General on 1st August 2017 and appointed Chief of Staff of Rapid Reaction Corps France in July 2018. He took command of RRC France on 29th August 2019, promoting to Lieutenant General on the same day. 

During his career, Lieutenant General GILLET was deployed to several operational theatres: Chad (Operation EPERVIER), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (1st Gulf War), Djibouti (Operation ISKOUTIR), twice to Sarajevo (UNPROFOR 2 and multinational brigade), three times to the Central African Republic (EFAO and Operation BOALI COMANFOR SANGARIS) and in Ivory Coast (Operation LICORNE). 


Camille GRAND

Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO

Prior to joining NATO, Camille Grand was Director and CEO of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), the leading French think tank on defence and security (2008-16), where he served on several expert groups on the future of NATO (Advisor to the Group of Experts on the Strategic Concept chaired by Madeleine Albright in 2009-10, Member of the Group of Policy Experts for the Wales Summit in 2014). His research and publications focused on defence policy, NATO, nuclear policy, and missile defence.

He was also Deputy Director for Disarmament and Multilateral Affairs in the Directorate for Strategic, Security and Disarmament Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-08). Prior to that, he was Special Assistant for International Affairs and Deputy Diplomatic Adviser to the French Minister of Defence (2002-06), in charge of international defence and armament cooperation, policy planning, and nuclear and missile defence policies.

Camille Grand has lectured at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris, at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and at the French Army Academy, Ecole spéciale militaire de St Cyr-Coëtquidan.

He was a member of the Conseil général de l'armement (National Advisory Board on Armament and Technology, chaired by the French Minister of Defence) from 2012, and a member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 2014.

Lieutenant General Vincent GUIONIE

Commander of the French Land Forces 

Lieutenant General Vincent Guionie joined the French military academy in 1982 and chose to serve in the Troupes de Marine. He was appointed as a lieutenant and then Officer Commanding a company to the 8 Marine infantry airborne Regiment (8e RPIMa) in 1991. His tour of duty included Cambodia, Central African Republic and Sarajevo.He was promoted major in 1995 and completed the War College course in Paris from 1996 to 1998/ The next year, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel. Returning to the 8 Marine infantry airborne Regiment, his tour included a commitment in Kosovo in 2002, and to the Republic of Djibouti as ACOS OPS of the French Forces Joint Staff. In 2004, he was promoted to Colonel and spent the next year in Côte d’Ivoire as the Force Commander’s military assistant. Returning to France, he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the 8 Marine infantry airborne Regiment, from July 2005 to July 2007 and was involved in EUFOR RDC operation in Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo.After being an auditor of the 59th promotion of the military Centre for Higher Studies and of the 62th promotion of the National Defence Institute, he was promoted to brigadier general on August 2013. 


From September 2013 till January 2014, he acted as deputy general in charge of operations at the Joint Headquarters of the SERVAL operation in Mali. He participates to the major naval and amphibious exercise “Catamaran” in October 2014 as the commander of the landing forces.

In August 2015, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the French Forces in Gabon. Promoted to Major general the 1st of August 2016, he was appointed in Paris as deputy of the vice-chief of the General Staff, in charge of resources and organization of the Army. The 1st of September 2018, he was promoted Lieutenant general and appointed in Lille, as commander of the land forces.


General (ret.) Jean-Paul PALOMÉROS

Senior Advisor, CEIS-Avisa Partners, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT)

General Jean Paul Paloméros occupied several positions within the French Air Force. As SACT, General Paloméros was in charge of preparing NATO's military forces and capabilities to face current and future missions assigned to The Atlantic Alliance. His tasks ranged from military strategy, capability development, collective education, training and exercises for 28 NATO nations. General Paloméros has in-depth expertise on the impact of digital transformation and cyberdefence.

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David Tennenhouse

SVP, Chief Research Officer, VMware

David Tennenhouse leads the research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership. He also represents VMware’s technology strategy to government customers worldwide.

David has a track record of driving innovation in multiple domains. He has worked in academia, as a faculty member at MIT; in government, at DARPA; in industry at Intel, Amazon/ and Microsoft; and as a partner in a venture capital firm. Dr. Tennenhouse has been involved in the strategic planning and execution of programs related to a wide range of technologies, including distributed/cloud computing, blockchain, networking, computer architecture, storage, wireless communications, machine learning, search/advertising, IoT, robotics, MEMs, healthcare, and nano/bio-technology.

David holds a BASc and MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council

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