Bernard Clermont, Director of the Innovation Department at John Cockerill

After completing a Master of Science in Engineering in Aerospace Electro-Mechanics, University of Liège and a Degree in Technology Management, University of Brussels – Solvay Business School.

Bernard Clermont has worked at John Cockerill Defense, formerly named CMI Defense, since 1985, starting in the Engineering department in charge of the development of armament and turret systems that are fielded in a variety of Middle Eastern countries. Moving to the position of Quality Manager for programs with AV-Tech (US) and with GKN (UK). He was then appointed Vice President in charge of Reliability, Safety and Maintainability studies, notably leading the technical and test program discussions with GDLS and TACOM related to FMS. He was the project manager for the development of the new generation of architectures for turret system and was a member of the Lethality and Turret Systems Rainbow Team on the FRES program. After the completion of this project, he took in charge the Proposals Department and Business Development defining the Technical and Commercial offers for the major Defence programs in Middle East and Asian countries. Before becoming the director of the Innovation Department, he was appointed as General Manager of CMI Defence entity in France and CEO of Agueris. 

Bernard Clermont did its military duty as Reserve Officer in Artillery Land Forces, Belgian Army. 

He is also a member of the Agueris board, member of the SERA Councillor Committee at IHEDN (France) and member of industrial representative panels for CapTech (EDA) and ASD for Land Applications.


Axel Dyèvre, Partner at 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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Engineer-General (First Class) Nicolas Fournier

Director General for Digital, Information and Communication Systems (DGNUM) of the French Ministry of Defence.

Nicolas Fournier is a graduate engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA). He joined the Service as an officer in the Armament Corps in 1998 and has been working since then for the French Ministry of Defence. Since August 2020, he has been selected as Directeur général du numérique et des systèmes d’information et de communication (DGNUM) of the French Ministry of Defence. During his career he has held alternative operational responsibilities in the management of investment projects in the digital domain and strategic responsibilities in the defence procurement domain, mainly within the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA).


In 2005, he was selected as Chief of Staff of the Délégué Général pour l’Armement, being involved in the whole range of operational and strategic management topics related to French procurement. In 2007, he joined the outer office of the Ministre de la Défense, as a technical adviser for weapon procurement, information systems and industrial affairs. In 2009, he moved back to DGA Information Superiority. Firstly appointed as Head of the Radar and electronic warfare division, he became in 2010 Technical Director of the whole facility and was in charge of technical expertise and evaluation in the field of information technology, cyber and electronic warfare and missile systems. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Defence Equipment Attaché to the French Embassy in the United Kingdom.

In 2016, he came back to DGA as deputy director of the “Space and C4ISR projects” management unit. From 2018 to 2020, he was in charge of the sous-direction des plans et des programmes. Its main responsibilities covered the multi-annual planning and daily management of the whole Forces’ armament spending, representing an investment of 12 Bn€ per year.



Lieutenant General Pierre Gillet

Commander of the Rapid Reaction Corps - France (CRR-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). 

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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.


Mark Gunther

Segment Leader Public & Transport Trulifi

Mark Gunther is the Segment Leader Public & Transport for Trulifi at Signify, where Mark is responsible for connectivity solutions and leads business activities for high speed optical wireless communication called LiFi, for use in Defence and Government and in planes, trains, boats and cars.  Before working on LiFi, Mark spent over 16 years at Philips growing the sales and services business in Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle in Europe, Africa, Middle East and India and in M&A managing sizable value creation for customers.



Engineer-General (Second Class) Dominique Luzeaux

Director of the French Defence Digital Agency

Dominique Luzeaux (Maj. General, Dr.) is currently Director of the Defence Digital Agency within the French Ministry of Defense. In his previous assignment from 2014 to 2020, he was Deputy Director of the Joint Directorate for Networks Infrastructure and Information Systems within the Joint Staff. Previously, from 2009 to 2013, he was Director for Land Systems.

He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1987), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (1989), defended his PhD thesis at the University of Paris XI (1991), was a visiting research scientist at the University of California at Berkeley (1991-1992), defended his Professor thesis (2001), attended the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale (2006), received the Ingénieur Général de l’Armement Chanson Award for his groundbreaking research in autonomous land robotics (2006).

He coauthored ten technical books in French and English on nanotechnologies, systems-of-systems engineering and simulation, has directed a dozen of PhD students, and has published around hundred articles in conferences and international journals.


Lieutenant General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta 

Commander of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps- Italy (NRDC-ITA)

Lieutenant General Guglielmo Luigi MIGLIETTA assumed command of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy on 9 December 2019. A graduate from the “Nunziatella” Military School in Naples, he was commissioned in 1980 Officer into the Cavalry, he then attended the Turin Junior Officer School.  From 1985 to 1992, he served at the Cavalry Regiment “Nizza (1°)” in Pinerolo (Turin). From 1992 to 1997, he served as Chief of the Officer Cadets Section of the Turin Junior Officer School. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Tutor and Professor at the Joint Command and Staff College. As a General Staff Officer, he served in the Public Information Agency of the Italian Army as Deputy Director (1998-1999). He held the position of Head of the Public Information Office at the Army General Staff (2000-2004). He became Head of the Office of the Assistant Chief of the General Staff (2006-2008). As a Senior Officer, he commanded the Squadron Group of the “Savoia Cavalleria (3°)” Regiment (1999-2000) and the “Lancieri di Montebello (8°)” Regiment (2005-2006). As a General Officer, he commanded the “Pozzuolo del Friuli” Cavalry Brigade (2010-2011) of which he was previously Deputy Commander. He also commanded the Italian Joint Force Headquarters (2011-2012). He was  later on Director of the General and Financial Planning Department at the Army General Staff, from which he had previously been Deputy Director. From 2015 to 2016, he was appointed Commander of the NATO “KFOR” mission in Kosovo. He was then designated Head of the General Planning and Defence Budget Planning Department at the Defence General Staff. In February 2019, he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Operational Land Forces Command and Army Operational Command.

During his career, he participated in the following out-of-area operations: “Pellicano” Operation in Albania, as Officer in charge of the operations (Sept. 1991 - Feb. 1992); “Joint Guardian” Operation in Kosovo, as Commander of the Squadron Group of the “Sauro” Task Force (Jun. - Sept. 2000); "Leonte" Operation in Lebanon, as the 9th  Commander of the Joint Task Force Lebanon and of Sector West of UNIFIL (Nov. 2010 - May 2011); “KFOR” Operation in Kosovo, as 20th  Commander of the mission (Aug. 2015 - Sept. 2016).


General (Ret.) Jean-Paul Paloméros 

Senior Advisor, CEIS-Avisa Partners,

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

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.


Marcel Scherrenburg

Command & Control expert in the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE)

Marcel Scherrenburg (MSC MBA BEng, MAJ-reservist (NLD A)) is a subject matter expert Command & Control within the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE). His areas of expertise are technological innovation and Decision Making Processes within Multi-Domain Operations. 


Mr. Scherrenburg holds a degree in business administration and degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial automation. He has over 25-years of experience in innovative engineering and he has held several executive positions within the high-tech manufacturing and product development industry.


He was staff officer within the Dutch armed forces and liaison officer for the Dutch Defence industry. In this position he contributed to the capabilities insights in the Dutch Defence-Industry-Strategy (NLD-DIS2018). 


Since 2018 he has joined the NATO C2COE and in 2019 he co-authored the publication of “The Future of the Command Post - study Part One”. In 2020 he and his team provided a ‘Multi-domain operations C2 demonstrator’ to support dispersed and distributed command of NATO HQs showcasing the military advantages of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and VR-technology. His current research for the NATO C2COE is on Multi-Domain Operations Decision-Making Processes and the enablers required for this.

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Chris Wolf

Chief Research and Innovation Officer at VMware

Chris Wolf leads the research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership.


Prior to joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner's Technical Professionals service, where he managed the data center and private cloud research agenda, and was responsible for the strategic direction and technical accuracy of the team's collective research. There he had the privilege of engaging with more than 200 end-user organizations annually, advising CIOs, architects and directors on private and hybrid cloud computing, server virtualization, and desktop transformation strategies. 

Before that, Chris was a founding member of the Data Center Strategies team at Burton Group, was a nationally recognized independent virtualization consultant and instructor at multiple colleges, worked for several years at CommVault Systems, and started his IT and technology career in the US Marines. He also authored "Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise," the first book that was exclusively devoted to defining all aspects of x86 virtualization as we know it today.