The country of wine, fashion and a growing and thriving tech scene. Here are the top 50 women in France who are challenging the status quo in 2017 in alphabetical order. Vive la France!
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Co-Founder & CEO at The Family
Growing up in France, Paris, Alice studied at EM Lyon business school. She founded Le Camping, the first startup accelerator in France. She believes in the digital world’s ability to encourage action and to build something from scratch, without waiting for anyone’s prior approval, while also pushing each of us to reestablish trust in one another by participating in a pay-it-forward culture.
Alix de Sagazan
Co-Founder of ABTasty
Alix de Sagazan is CEO at AB Tasty, a leading SaaS solution that helps data-driven marketers tailor user-experience and increase conversion rates through A/B testing and content personalization. The company is present worldwide with offices in Paris, London, Cologne, New York, Madrid and Sydney and sells its solution in more than 50 countries.
President and Board Member Augur, Independant Board Member at BPIFrance (the French public investment bank) and few other software companies & Venture Partner at Serena Capital France
Amélie is now the Executive Chairman of Launchmetrics’s Board. Launchmerics is a successful New York based SaaS software company in the influencer marketing space with more than 170 people and 2000 customers in the US and in Europe. She also holds several board seats such as TVTY, FinalCAD, Vodkaster and Dataiku. Beside these entrepreneurship activities, Amélie is acting as an independent board member at BPIFrance, the public investment bank that supports innovation for SMBs in France and is a Venture Partner at Serena Capital .
Co-Founder & CEO at Genymobile
Angélique “Angy” Zettor is a dynamic and passionate person who knows that with willpower and dedication, anything is possible. Angy started from humble beginnings, but her passion for school and success brought her to where she is today: co-founder and co-CEO one of the most innovative Android companies in the world.
CEO at Morpho
Anne was previously Director General of the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, spanning 220 countries. She is also a Member of its Board. She brought to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. Currently, she is the CEO of Morpho, which is a globally leading company in identity and security solutions with over 8400 employees in over 40 countries.
Chiefmarketing, Digital & Technology Officer at Club Med
Graduate of NEOMA Business School; 41 years old Anne is one of the most esteemed marketing professionals in France. Passionate of new technologies, Anne managed to make her way to the top while being an active woman in her personal life, by being a rewarded athletic and a mother of 2 children; Anne is the perfect example that women can have it all.
Anne de Kerckhove
CEO at Iron Group
Anne de Kerckhove is a self-described startup addict. At 17 years old, she started her own theater company and never forgot the excitement and fulfillment it brought her. So after working as a banker in Canada and then a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London, she walked away from what promised to be a stellar corporate career to join her first startup and create its UK operation. She was 27
Factory Dean at Web School Factory
Anne Lalou is Dean of la Web School Factory and CEO of Innovation Factory. La Web School is an innovative business school tailored for the digital world which endeavors to establish a student/business pairing combining both knowledge and interpersonal skills. Innovation Factory is an open-innovation ecosystem between large corporates, startups, think tanks, students and investors around digital innovation and transformation. Anne also sits on the Board of Directors at Natixis, Korian and Eurazeo.
Founder & CEO at Global Invest Her
Anne Ravanona is Founder and CEO of Global Invest Her a platform that aims to demystify the funding process and get early-stage women entrepreneurs investor-ready. A passionate women’s advocate with over 20 years experience in global business, she spoke at TEDx on “Investing In Women Entrepreneurs” and is a regular speaker on the topic at conferences worldwide to raise awareness and help change unconscious bias to break the ‘Funding Ceiling’ for women entrepreneurs.
CEO at Envie de Fraise
In 2006, Anne-Laure Constanza founded Envie de Fraise – a first purely digital fashion brand in France. For the past 10 years, the brand has been creating trendy and affordable collections for future moms, becoming a maternity leader in France and Europe. As a pioneer Fashion-Tech brand, Envie de Fraise has developed a unique know-how combining Digital Fashion and Made in France concepts.
CEO at Carnet de Mode
Founder and CEO of Carnet de Mode (www.carnetdemode.com), the 1st international marketplace for emerging brands and talented young designers in Fashion and lifestyle with more than 500 e-shops managed on the platfom form 36 different countries and shipping all over the world.
Secretary of State for Digital Affairs French Government
Axelle Lemaire exerce les fonctions de Secrétaire d’Etat en charge du numérique et de l’innovation au sein du gouvernement français depuis le 9 avril 2014. Son rôle : accompagner l’essor du numérique pour que les technologies soient au service de l’innovation, de la croissance et de la création d’emplois, dans un climat de confiance et de respect de la vie privée des utilisateurs.
Founder/Entrepreneur, Advisor at humeaning & Activist at TEDxChampsÉlyséesWomen
Beatrice Duboisset spent more than 15 years in IT Services on strategic business development and team management. Now, she is an entrepreneur and advisor on Executive & Board Member communication, on engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility and on Strategic Business Development.
Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan
Founder & CEO at Clustree
Bénédicte de Raphélis Soissan is the founder and CEO of Clustree.
In 2013, after 4 years in a consulting firm, Bénédicte wished to change career. In order to identify what job or industry she could switch to, she analyzed 500 career pathways similar to hers.
From this need, Clustree was born, with the idea to revolutionize careers management in large companies thanks to big data.
Co-Founder at SES Global
Candace Johnson is a co-founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and the architect of SES Global. She is also the founder of various companies as Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network, and Europe Online, the world’s first Internet-based online service and a founding investor and Member of the Board of Kacific, the high-throughput Satellite Internet System for the Pacific.
Founder of PEPS Lab
Catherine Barba is a French serial tech entrepreneur and digital pioneer based in NYC since 2015, when she launched the PEPS Lab, a Retail Innovation Center that discovers the newest, most promising retail omnichannel practices, from major retailers to fashion brands. Barba also searches out and tests every tool and service that could be the next big thing to help retailers innovate in their quest for true omnichannel seamlessness. PEPS Lab has a rapidly growing list of major retail brands, of both French and American origin, including Orange, AccorHotels, L’Oréal, Axa, L’Occitane, Nespresso.
CEO at Leetchi Group
Céline Lazorthes is the optimistic and passionate founder and CEO of Leetchi Group which includes leetchi.com, the European leading online money pot (+5M users), and MANGOPAY, the disruptive B2B payment solution dedicated to Marketplaces, Crowdfunding and the Sharing Economy.
Founder of MesDocteurs
MesDocteurs provides health advice and information. The company intends to use the funds to strengthen its teams, launch a B2B service aimed at insurance companies and mutual organisations, set up a video/audio chat line, make the app available on Android and obtain the various approvals needed to offer users an online consultation service in the next few months.
CIO at Mercedes-Benz France
Christel Plessers, who has previously covered the same role in the Benelux, is the CIO of Mercedes Benz France. She has been working at Mercedes Benz since 2008.
Before that, Christel has worked for 8 years at the multinational brewery Inbev, first as head of ICT Belux and then as head of applications and infrastructure services for Western Europe.
Founder & CEO at Magic Makers
Claude Terosier is the founder and CEO of Magic Makers, a French start up that allows kids from 6 to 15 to learn how to code in order to learn how to create.
After an ingeneer diploma and more than ten years in the telecommunications sector, Claude wants her kids to learn coding.
Founder of The Boson Project
Emmanuelle is a passionate serial entrepreneur. Being a good millennial, her early 20’s were dedicated to non-stop studying: Law, then Sciences Po and ESSEC in Paris, and Bocconi in Milan. In 2011 she founded Women-Up, France’s first organisation dedicated to questioning both gender and generational topics. It’s aim: place youth, and more generally people, at the heart of diversity policies. In 2013 Emmanuelle launched The Boson Project, a disruptive consulting firm committed to answering one question: what if human capital was truly valued, and using it was the only real way to transform organisations for good?
CEO at Orange France
Fabienne Dulac has worked for over twenty years in the telecommunications sector. She holds a Master of Political Sociology at Sciences Po Paris. After beginning a sociology doctorate of public action, Fabienne Dulac began her career at the Ministry of Interior.
Founder of My Little Paris
Fany Péchiodat is the founder of My Little Paris, which is today one of France’s most influential lifestyle sites. From a single email sent to just 50 friends, My Little Paris grew to a community of over 3 million subscribers, largely acquired by word-of-mouth.
Manager at Facebook
Florence joined Facebook in January 2014 to combine her 2 passions : CRM and digital. She took the position of Global Client Partner helping the main headquartered in France international companies to develop their Facebook and Instagram strategies. In January 2015, she was appointed as Manager within Facebook France. She is in charge of 3 main verticals : Luxury at a worldwide basis, Retail and CPG for France. She helps advertisers in developing their brand and business metrics through the Facebook ecosystem.
Geraldine le Meur
Co-Founder & CEO at LeWeb
Based in San Francisco for almost 10 years, Geraldine Le Meur is a French Entrepreneur.
Over the past 20 years, she co-founded LeWeb conference and several successful tech companies. She has held senior management & marketing roles in those companies. As an Angel Investor she invested in companies such as LinkedIn, LendingClub or Evernote.
Co-Founder of Retency
Early pioneer of the Internet, Isabelle has contributed to the development and structuring of the French digital advertising market, notably as Vice-President of France’s Internet Advertising Bureau (2001-04), as an active participant to AFA (the association regrouping France’s access providers) and as an executive member of the leading association Renaissance Numérique.
Founder of Informilo
Jennifer has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 16 years. She was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Selectionnist
Lara was member at French Digital Council beside Axelle Lemaire, was also one the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and member of various innovation strategic committee.
Sr Marketing Director at LinkedIn
Laurence’s passion goes to building high-performance organizations that support strong revenue growth. She thrives at hiring, scaling and leading result-driven teams, shaping expansion strategies and fostering a great culture where everyone is inspired to innovate and over-achieve.
Founder & Managing Director at Women’s WorldWide Web
Lindsey is Founder and Managing Director of Women’s WorldWide Web (W4), Europe’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls’ and women’s empowerment around the world, with a focus on ensuring girls’ and women’s access to and participation in ICTs (information and communication technologies).
Chief Digital Officer at L’Oréal Group
Lubomira Rochet has been Chief Digital Officer of the L’Oréal Group since march 2014, and is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Executive Vice President & Global Operations at The Priceline Group
Prior to joining The Priceline Group as EVP Operations, Gavet served as the CEO of OZON, Russia’s leading eCommerce business. She was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, working in France, the U.K., South Africa and India from 2003 till 2009. Before that she was an entrepreneur, launching her first business when she was 16.
Co-Founder of Daphni
Marie Ekeland is co-founder of Daphni, a European venture capital fund. She is also co-founder and vice-president of France Digitale, an association joining forces between founders and investors to develop the French digital ecosystem. Marie serves as a board member for Parrot (PAR:PARRO), Showroomprive (PA:SRP), and Institut Louis Bachelier, and is a member of the French Digital Council (CNNum).
Marie Vorgan le Barzic
Co-Founder & CEO at NUMA
Marie-Vorgan le Barzic took the helm of Silicon Sentier, NUMA’s precursor, in 2002, after an initial experience as HR director of a website development and hosting start-up. In a period of crisis for Internet business, Silicon Sentier quickly became a rallying point for corporate projects and collaborative initiatives.
Founder of Ouicar
OuiCar propose à chacun de repenser son rapport à la voiture en privilégiant l’usage plutôt que la propriété. Disponible sur Internet et sur ses applications mobiles IOS et Android, OuiCar propose aujourd’hui plus de 30 000 voitures de particuliers à louer partout en France et opère plusieurs milliers de locations chaque mois. La plateforme compte près d’1million utilisateurs qui font confiance et adhèrent à ce nouveau mode de consommation partagée.
En Juin 2015, la SNCF investit 28 millions d’euros dans OuiCar pour accélérer son développement pour l’intégrer dans sa stratégie globale du porte à porte, et devient ainsi l’actionnaire majoritaire de la start-up.
Co-Founder & CEO at Front
Mathilde is the CEO of a tech startup. For the past year, she has been managing a growing team, developing a product, raising funds and dealing with the ups and downs on a daily basis. Just usual CEO work, basically.
Founder of Videdressing.com
An American whose love of fashion and luxury brought her to Paris where she worked as a product manager at Chanel and L´Occitane en Provence. It was while trying to sell some of her own clothing and fashion accessories in her overflowing closet and finding no suitable sites on which to do so that she realized that there was a clear need for a specialized site that could appeal to fashion lovers where they would feel comfortable buying and selling their pre-loved treasures. The idea to launch Videdressing was born.
Seed Club Manager at ISAI Gestion
Mounia started her career in the VC industry in 2008 with Ventech. She moved in 2011 to Marocco to co-found and manage Mydeal, one of the first group buying sites in Maghreb. Back in Paris, she joined Schibsted Growth, the corporate venture fund of the Schibsted Group (owner of the successful classifieds site LeBonCoin). She joined ISAI in june 2015 to manage the Seed Club activity. Mounia is also co-founder of StartHer (ex Girls in Tech Paris), an association that aims at promoting entrepreneurship by women www.starther.org
Founder & CEO at Shopcade
Nathalie Gaveau is a serial entrepreneur and the founding CEO of mobile and web social commerce platform, Shopcade, with millions of customers in the UK, US, India and France.
SHOPCADE, often referred to as the ‘Instagram for shopping”, is swiftly becoming the world’s largest news-based shopping app for fashion and beauty, garnering a fan base of over 1.5 million users worldwide. Major brand and retail partners power the app’s marketplace through featuring their latest collections and deals, and users can keep up with these news all in one place and buy them directly via the app. Users also receive personalized notifications on relevant styles and offers.
Co-Founder of Gemmyo
Pauline Laigneau, 33, is co-founder of Gemmyo – the leading inspirational and accessible jewellery brand for Millenials. She first studied English and American literature in Lyon. After a very short career as an English teacher, she realized she was looking a new kind of adventure in her professional life. She thus embarked on a new path and studied entrepreneurship at HEC Paris. For her, creating a company would be the best option to achieve this call for adventure.
Co-Founder & General Manager at BIME Analytics
Together with her business partner (and husband) Nicolas Raspal, Rachel Delacour founded the company behind BIME Analytics, We Are Cloud, in 2009. Their aim was to transform the world of business intelligence (BI) by creating a simple-to-use, accessible and analytically sophisticated cloud BI solution. The company soon developed into an industry disruptor both in France and internationally, and was among the first to put BI into a SaaS/Cloud model. BIME is an acronym for business intelligence made easy.
Co-Founder of Afrimarket
Rania BELKAHIA is winner of the Impact² award for ELLE(S) and has been awarded by ELLE magazine and Le Comptoir de l’innovation.
Graduate of Télécom ParisTech and HEC Paris, Rania Belkahia is the president and co-founder of Afrimarket, the first cash-to-goods transfer solution for the African continent.
She is also one of the 30 women who count in 2014 (awarded by the Express at the Women’s Forum) and winner of the Impact² award for ELLE (S), awarded by ELLE magazine and Le Comptoir de l’innovation.
Director at Station F - Halle Freyssinet
Roxanne Varza is the Director of Station F, which is set to be the largest startup incubator worldwide. She was also nominated to the CNNum in January 2016, an independent organization that advises the French government on digital policy.
Partner at Elaia Partners
Samantha joined Elaia Partners in 2008. She began her career as a consultant at Eurogroup, a consulting firm specialised in organisation and strategy, within the Bank and Finance division. She then joined Clipperton Finance, a corporate finance firm dedicated to high-tech growth companies, before moving to Elaia Partners in 2008. She became an Investment Manager in 2011 then a Partner in 2014.
Co-Founder at Glowee
Sandra is a passionate and dreamy entrepreneur, who, after her diploma in industrial design, completed her formation with a social entrepreneurship degree.
Co-Founder at Vestiaire Collective
About Vestiaire Collective:
Vestiaire Collective was launched in 2009 with the aim of offering a community platform on which members are able to buy and sell, top of the range and pre-owned luxury clothes and accessories. The catalogue is comprised of the most inspiring items coming from the wardrobes of hundreds of thousands of users throughout the World. The site stands out on the basis of its unique quality control. 100% of the products are physically checked by a team of experts. More than 100,000 new members sign up each month, and join an international community of 4 million members. These generate more than 3 million transactions each month. To date 180 people are employed by the start-up and spread across the offices in Paris, New York, London, Berlin and soon Milan and Madrid.
Founder of OneRagtime
Stephanie Hospital is founder of OneRagtime, a new generation venture fund, crowd equity platform, studio and advisory focused on investing in and scaling early stage European & Israelis startups in both Europe and the United States and working closely with Corporates.
Founder & CEO at Restopolitan
Stéphanie Pelaprat, aged 33, is the founder and CEO at Restopolitan. She graduated in 2005 from a French Business School (ESCE) with one dream: becoming an entrepreneur. Soon enough she created Restopolitan with the ambition to combine her passion for new technologies and gastronomy. Inspired by US Open Table’s successful business model, Restopolitan’s promising starts were severely affected by the economic crisis.
Founder & CEO at Selectionnist.com
Tatiana has a dual background in business (HEC) and law (Paris Bar). In 2009 Tatiana co-founded Dealissime, a daily deal site which was acquired by LivingSocial / Amazon. In 2013 she launched Selectionnist an image recognition mobile application bridging the gap between offline content & online experience (the “shazam” for magazine”). Tatiana is a mentor for European entrepreneurs and i
nvests in promising startups as a BA. Passionate about Startups Ecosytem – FrenchTech – FashionTech & Theater!
Founder & CEO at 1000mercis
Yesulys Costes is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Numberly 1000mercis Group, a listed company. Passionate about Data and Marketing, Yesulys began to work on Interactivity in 1995, at the Robert O.Anderson School, USA.
Numberly provides their clients with the most innovative digital strategies to increase their ROI in a targeted, measurable, programmatic and multichannel approach. As a researcher in interactive marketing, she has been invited to Harvard Business School and has taught Interactive Marketing at several prestigious institutions including HEC, ESSEC and Paris Dauphine.