Our Experts

Our workshops are designed thanks to the exceptional collaboration among our international experts, primarily in the USA, and our experts in Côte d'Ivoire. The workshops are assisted by our international community of experts in:

Marketing & Sales

Gaetan Philippart

Marketing Expert - Miami, FL, USA

For the past 15 years, Gaetan has initiated new product solutions, developed them in close ties with factories and suppliers, led Go-To-Market strategies across regions, drove sales through multiple channels with +400 sales and +100 dealers, developed new business opportunities in multiple countries and ultimately successfully closed deals through consultative selling with clients and end-users.

A culturally-astute, impact-driven leader, he has served Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States and South American markets and understands how to leverage the internal dynamics of corporations while at the same time provides an entrepreneur mindset to transform opportunities into business realities.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese proverb.

Diana Olar

Marketing Expert at Google, Europe - Warsaw, Poland

Diana Olar is a Regional Platforms Partner Manager at Google who is based in Warsaw, Poland. She develops and scales strategic partnerships across Central and Eastern Europe for Google and its programs. Her areas of expertise include digital marketing, online marketplaces, digital publishing, and advertising management. She earned a PhD in sociology and advertising from the University of Bucharest (Romania), and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester (USA).

N'Daya Kasanda

Marketing Expert - New York, USA

Ndaya Kasanda is a strategy and operations executive with experience in leading transformation and development strategy projects in the context of consumer products and commerce in the digital space. She is also an advisor to entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their businesses. She is a supporter of entrepreneurship in Africa, her passion. She received her BS in Computer Science / Marketing from Providence College and received her MA from Columbia University.

Product Development

Christos Kritikos

Product Expert - New York and California, USA

Startup Guru and Founder of Emerging Humanity, Christos Kritikos is a product-focused startup coach who helps entrepreneurs turn their vision and ideas into reality!

He knows how to connect the dots between marketing, design, and engineering, while being able to support startup founders through the process of refining their value proposition, entering the market, fundraising, and starting a successful business. With over 25 years of professional experience, Kritikos has seen dozens and mentored a multitude of business founders in Silicon Valley in order to help them overcome the initial growth difficulties of startups. With a successful and eclectic career path, Kritikos firmly believes that technology can help us create a better future for all, and being a catalyst for innovation is part of the vision.

Evan Rosenberg

Product Expert - San Francisco / Silicon Valley, CA, USA

Product Management | Strategy | Innovation | Technology

Evan Rosenberg has been working in product management for six years, focusing on helping organizations build products / technologies that enable business growth and transformation. His areas of expertise include product strategy, product development, validating product-market fit, digital enablement, human centered design, innovation, experimentation & prototyping, customer insights, maximizing business value, market positioning, and emerging technologies. He has worked in several industries across the United States, including high tech, consumer product, and online marketplaces. He is an expert in product development coaching, consulting for startups, and career mentoring. He enjoys traveling, chess, photography, and soccer. Evan earned degrees in business from the University of Pennsylvania (USA), Rutgers Business School (USA), and HEB Paris (France).

Atman Nouiouat

Product and Software Expert - San Francisco, CA, USA

Atman Nouiouat is a CEO at Engoders, Inc. in San Francisco, California, USA. He focuses on the creation of innovative Educational Material that assists humans in going from imagination to ideation to implementation. He worked as a programming and IT professor for many years, at the University of Algiers (Algeria), San Jose State University (USA), and the University of California Santa Cruz (USA). In 2014, he started his own coding company, Engoders, Inc. in a move back into the corporate world. Atman’s areas of expertise include software development, computer programming, and curricula management.

Business Strategy and Operations

Mark Karam

Expert, Business Development at Amazon - Silicon Valley, CA, USA

Business Development and Operations at Amazon

Mark Karam is a seasoned leader in business development and product innovation, a growth catalyst for consumer technology companies, and a leader in global initiatives with partnerships in the high tech, internet, and media industries, digital (cinema / music / games), mobile and consumer electronics. Karam offers expertise that has enabled him to represent Dolby Laboratories, Butterfly Inc (acquired by Ooma inc) and Amazon Music, where he has also served as Director of Business Development, Advisor to the Board of Directors and Global Business Development. In addition, it's worth mentioning that Mark Karam also has volunteer experience that he has helped startups through Google and Blackbox Information Technology & Services on.

Chhanda Das

Operations and Human Resources Expert - Ontario, Canada

International Business Strategy

Change Management, Communications and Training

Leadership Coaching and Organizational Development

Chhanda Das is a consulting expert who offers a global perspective and creative approach in delivering leading solutions through technology that achieve business goals, increase internal capability and on-the-job effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include growth and change initiatives, operations, and go-to-market strategies. She is an astute, self-driven, results-oriented leader with a positive outlook for teams and clear focus on timely and high quality deliverables. In her twelve years of consulting, she has enabled transformational journeys towards enriching CX while effectively steering business objectives towards revenue generation. She earned her MBA from the Amity Business School (India). She is currently based in Ontario, Canada.

Paul Kallmes

Operations and Entrepreneurship Expert - Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA, USA

Co-founder, WhiteSpace X, Africa House | Managing Director, Silicon Valley Business School

Independent technology professional with a focus on foreign start-ups coming to the US, with a specialty in the strategic management of intellectual property. My nearly 20 years of IP and technology licensing and management have given me a broad base in the nuance and complexities of developing and deploying intangible assets to the benefit of IP owners and users alike. I have extensive experience in various industries in IP management and manufacturing. I have extensive international experience working with companies in the US, Europe and Asia on patent portfolio development, market entry strategies, product development and roll-out, and early-stage fund-raising activities. Intangible assets and intellectual property are becoming ever more important in today's economy, and every company in a technology space needs to take their IP issues seriously or risk being left behind by their competitors. My current focus on assisting start-ups from various European and Asian countries allows me to see a wide range of opportunities that will make positive contributions to various markets in the US and around the world.

Finance

Chidi Okpala

Finance Expert - United Arab Emirates & Kenya

Passionate about digital finance, mentor, angel investor, and passionate about Africa and financial inclusion

Chidi is the CEO of Asante Financial Services Group (formerly Atlas Mara Digital Inc.), a leading provider of Digital Financial Services to Africans and African Small Businesses.

Prior to that, he was the Group MD Fintech and Digital at Atlas Mara, where he led the digital financial services agenda. Before Atlas Mara, he was CEO for Airtel Money Africa where he built the Mobile Money business to become one of the largest providers of Retail Financial Services in Africa. Earlier, he was the Group Executive in charge of Retail Banking for UBA across 19 markets in Africa.

He is a graduate of the Sloan MSc program at the London Business School as a Chevening Scholar.

Kobenan Dassie

Finance Expert- Washington DC

Expert from Côte d'Ivoire based in the United States, Kobenan Dassie, an investment banking analyst, has accrued an indispensable set of information from renowned investment banking companies along with international organizations. Dassie’s professional background features affiliations with the likes of JP Morgan Chase & Co under which he operated in the investment banking sector covering American oil enterprises. After successfully commencing his trade in one of the oldest financial institution of the United States, Dassie would eventually bring his expertise towards the global front by joining the International Financial Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank Group, upon which he has covered the extractive industries of emerging markets in addition to venture capital financing, as it pertained to sub-Saharan Africa.

Aymar Yoboue

Finance Expert - New York, USA

Founder and CEO, RFPLinked

Aymar Yoboue is the CEO and founder of RPFLinked, a proprietary platform for networking, information sharing, and business research, dedicated to participants in the public procurement markets. Aymar is a financial analyst and consultant who has worked with several companies in New York City, where he resides. He has studied at Harvard University, Howard University, and l’Université Paris Dauphine.

Our Experts Côte d'Ivoire

Donald Djobo

Business Administration Expert, Entrepreneur

Managing Director, AFRICA at myGO Worldwide.

Donald has successfully created several companies in Africa, and is currently the CEO of ISAGI AVIATION, and industrial aviation maintenance company. He is also the president of RHEMA CONSULTS INT’L, a tourism firm aimed at providing solutions to promote electronic tourism in Africa, and the current Managing Director/Co-Founder at myGO AFRICA, affiliated with the myGO Group. Donald has worked as a senior consultant for the Kenyan consulting firm ENREAL LTD. KENYA, where he has brilliantly acted as the business administration director for East Africa and as a managing partner for ENREAL West Africa.

Antonello Di Giulio

Business Development and Management Expert at Coca-Cola

Strategy, Performance & Planning Manager at Coca-Cola

Based in Côte d’Ivoire, Antonello Di Giulio, is a strategist, innovator & business developer with over 12 years of international experience working in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa for Multinational Companies, NGOs, institutional donors & SMEs. Holding a strong entrepreneurial drive and expertise in strategy, planning, financial modelling, partnership development and change management, Antonello Di Giulio’s broad professional background has seen him work with multiple sectors from FMCG, agriculture, financial services, information and communications technology for development, hospitality, and media.

Diane Adou

Operations Expert

Diane Adou is a global business professional with over ten years of experience in mutiple facets of the field. Her areas of expertise include: Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Procurement, Logistics, Project management, Global business, Operations management, Processes & Procedures development. She is originally from Côte d’Ivoire, and earned degrees in engineering, human resources management, and global business development from the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Côte d’Ivoire) and the University of California Berkeley (USA). She is based in San Francisco, California, USA.

Marcel N'Gosso

Finance Expert

FinTech Entrepreneur, Founder, Aewake

Fintech and digital transformation expert, Marcel N'Gosso has a bevy of experience in banking, financing, and optimizing business performance. Mr. N'Gosso is also the founder and current chief executive officer of Aewake Holdings Limited, whereupon he helps companies transition their operations to the digital front. Prior to founding Aewake, Marcel N'Gosso has held the post of business finance manager for the Standard Chartered Bank in the Abidjan area, and has held leading responsibilities in trade for British embassy of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the British Department of International Trade (formerly UKTI).

Kanigui Yeo

Marketing Expert | Managing Director at Yara International

Expert from Côte d'Ivoire, Kanigui Yeo is the current managing director at Yara International in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. With 14 years of professional experience, Yeo has attained a proven ability in the domain of sales and marketing in providing FMCG, petroleum, and agricultural products through Unilever, Shell, and Yara International respectively. Beyond his experience in sales and marketing, Yeo provides an insightfulness of working within various African environments which mutually encapsulate the francophone and anglophone perspectives.

Our Mentors

Our workshops are assisted by seasoned professionals who offer understanding of the diverse domaines of business, entrepreneurship, and technology. Endowed with their demonstrated expertise, they assist the entrepreneurs with the practical application of concepts learned at their companies.

Virginie Roux

Mentor - Market Research, Strategy and Operations

Entrepreneur | Expert in data protection and project managemen | Startup Mentor

Founder at Virginie Roux Consulting, a consulting agency, Roux offers expertise in strategy, product development, communication, marketing operations, events, management, national and international commerce, quality approaches, CSR policy, research and financing, and linking, Virginie is a management and communication consultant, as well as a coach and mentor:

  • Sourcing and product development for luxury markets, marketing strategy

  • Press communications and event planning

  • Adsives Startups (notably FinTech, AI, environment, e-health, fashion, cosmetics, perfume, luxury, Made in France...) from ideation to operation

  • Africa Expert

  • Business negotiation and partner development


Aram Attar

Mentor - Finance and Investment

CV Teacher and Researcher | E-Learning Founder | Professional Investor

Aram Attar has has more than 15 years of experience in various areas of finance and investment capital. à plus de 15 années dans divers métiers de la finance et du capital investissement. Around 30 LBO operations, development capital, risk capital, and M&A realization. Board member or Board advisors for more than 15 societies. He has multifaceted experience in terms of the types of interventions (investor, counsel, Board member), accompanying societies (startups, SME, ETI), amounts committed (1 million to 1 billion €), and geography (Europe, the Americas, Japan). Aram Attar has accompanied numerous startup founders in the creation of their strategies, in the articulation of coherent pitches, and in presentations to investors. Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital Professor at HEC Paris (Master of International Finance), Amar Attar is a graduate of HEC Paris (2001).


Axelle Kadio-Morokro

Mentor - Market Research

Market Research | Analytics | Data Visualization | COntent Management

She is a strategic and analytical thinker with almost 10 years of experience in analytics and market research for enterprises and agencies. As a business and intelligence professional, Axelle has led all strategies and operations in business intelligence for 8 years for one of the premier telecommunications societies in Africa. She is also a specialist in brand performance and markets.

Valentin Worms

Mentor - Marketing, Operations and HR, Investment

Positive Impact Innovation Explorer at Impact 13 | Tech For Good & Social Innovation in France

He is fascinated by the way that technology and general innovation reshape entire sectors and address certain urgent problems where our economies are confronted, like the adaptation of education to address 21st century challenges, the sustainability of agricultural and food systems, the adaptation of services for the aging population. Also profound interest in innovation in Africa. Currently, through Impact 13, Valentin explores and promotes innovation (Tech for Good & Social Innovations) that solve some of the biggest problems of French society, through a tour of the 13 regions of France.

Our selected mentors are exclusively represented by world class talents.

Want to get involved? Our mentors enjoy the support of an unparalleled community, an international network with opportunities for exchange and unique development. If you're interested, contact us at entrepreneuriat@adeiinstitute.org .