Please let me introduce myself.
I am a writer and consultant in international development.
A graduate from Cullman High School, Alabama (AFS scholarship), HEC, Paris Institute of high finance (IHFI), I receive a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Paris.
Economist for the French cooperation at the Central Bank of Tunisia in 1969 – 1970, I begin with contacts with developing countries, which will mark my personal and professional life. In Tunisia, I write my Ph.D. thesis describing origins and attitudes of business leaders in this country.
In 1971, I become editor of newspaper Le Monde for three years, bringing attention to agricultural and food issues, including in their international dimension. I then go off to Laos from 1973 to 1975 in the context of a UNICEF emergency programme near the end of the Indochinese conflict. Forced to leave the country at the end of 1975, I am appointed as project manager for the World Bank in Mauritania.
Back in France late 1976, I work as Chief economist in the banking sector. Appointed in 1982 Chief Financial Officer of the Groupe Jeune Afrique, a publishing group, I work from Paris and travel in Gabon, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
Since 1986, I am a management consultant for French and international companies, founding my own firm three years later. I consult regularly on behalf of the World Bank and the European Union in emerging countries (Mozambique, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Chad, Morocco, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic…). I also give seminars and lectures on leadership and change management.
Writing is my passion. I published several novels and essays.
Throughout five titles so far, my novels deal with travel, identity, exile and memory: l’Ombre de Laure, Le Voyage à Leningrad, Mourir à Grenade, Le Cygne de Saigon and Destin d’un Juif de Chine.
My essays reflect my professional experience by highlighting legitimacy, meaning to be found in action and managerial behaviors. Le manager musicien links the worlds of management and music, by describing the positive impact of music upon sensitive intelligence, emotional control and time management. With Agir en beauté, I try to weave possible links between action and beauty.
Last but not least, I am an amateur pianist.