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Members of the Chair


Nicolas BEFORT

Nicolas Béfort, NEOMA, chair Bioeconomy

Nicolas has led the NEOMA Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development since September 2020.

He holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and his work focuses on the emergence and development of the bioeconomy.

Nicolas has worked with nova-Institute in Hürth, Germany, which is specialised in the bioeconomy and supports the European Commission on economic and techno-economic studies for the transition towards the use of bio-based materials.

He has also participated in the “CO2-DISSOLVED” project as part of a post-doctoral contract with the Orléans Economic Laboratory in France.

His research is at the cutting edge of ecological economics, the economics of innovation and transitions to sustainability studies. He is therefore interested in the organisational structures of biorefineries, the management of resources and the politics involved in the transition towards a bioeconomy.

Nicolas is a professor in NEOMA’s Finance Department (Reims Campus).

Contact : nicolas.befort@neoma-bs.fr


Maryline THENOT

Marykine Thenot, NEOMA, chair Bioeconomy

Maryline holds a PhD in Management Science, an MRes in Strategy and an MA in Business and Tax Law.

Her research is particularly focused on institutional change, the governance and strategy of organisations, the cooperative model and the industrial bioeconomy.

With papers published in both English and French-language journals, such as the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Revue Française de gestion, Management et Société, Réalités industrielles, Maryline also attends many conferences and has contributed to numerous publications and studies concerning the cooperative model and the industrial bioeconomy.

Maryline also boasts extensive experience in consulting and international businesses.

Maryline is a professor in NEOMA’s Finance Department.

Contact : maryline.thenot@neoma-bs.fr


Stéphane is a professor in industrial economics and innovation. He led the Chair from September 2017 to September 2020.

Formerly a student at ENS Cachan, he holds a PhD in Industrial Economics (Paris Nord University) and an accreditation to supervise research (Paris Dauphine University).

He was an associate professor at Paris Nord University (1998-2004) before joining Dominique Foray’s Chair of Economics and Innovation Management at EPFL Lausanne (2005-2010), and then became a lecturer at ICN Business School (2011-2017).

A member of BETA (UMR CNRS 7522) since 2011, his main research interests focus on the creation and dissemination of technological knowledge. He first studied how firms organise themselves to gain and disseminate knowledge, before turning to examine the factors driving successful, lasting innovation: governance practices, R&D department structure, organisational slack and complementary assets such as marketing. He has also worked in specific technological fields, such as Biotech, Nanotech, Med-tech and Green-tech. The analysis of direct and indirect innovation policies and the assessment of their impact are central to his work.

His expertise has led him to serve regularly on various committees, both national (France Stratégie, HCERES, MESRI) and international (OECD, WIPO, European Commission).

His work has appeared in the leading academic journals in his field, such as Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, and Industry and Innovation.

He is a member of the scientific board of the French journal M@n@gement. Stéphane is a professor in NEOMA’s Finance Department.

Contact : stephane.lhuillery@neoma-bs.fr

Pierrick GOMEZ

Pierrick Gomez, NEOMA, chair Bioeconomy

Pierrick holds a PhD in Management Science and is a graduate of Paris Dauphine University.

His research is focused on the role of external and cultural factors when it comes to eating habits and the effectiveness of public health messages. He has published in leading national and international academic journals, such as Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Appetite, Food Quality and Preference, Marketing Letters, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Recherche et Applications en Marketing and Décisions Marketing. He has also published in public health and nutrition journals, such as Nutrition Today et The Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health.

His research has been praised by the Marketing Science Institute (Must-Read, 2015), the Academy of Marketing Science (M. Wayne DeLozier Award for Best Conference Paper, 2012), Consult’in France – Syntec Stratégie & Management (Finalist for the Academic Award for Research in Management, 2016), the publisher Emerald (Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2016) and ANRT (CIFRE grant).

He is an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Plos One, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Consumer Policy, Public Health Nutrition, Nutrients, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Appetite, Spanish Journal of Psychology, Decisions Marketing et Recherche and Applications en Marketing.

He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Ramsay Générale de Santé Foundation.

Prior to joining NEOMA Business School, Pierrick was a professor of marketing at the ISG Business School and Consumer Science Manager at Danone Nutricia Research.

Pierrick is a professor in the Marketing Department and Director of NEOMA’s Advanced Masters in Corporate Communications Strategies.

Contact : pierrick.gomez@neoma-bs.fr

Caroline ANDRE

Caroline ANDRE, NEOMA, chair Bioeconomy

Caroline holds a PhD in private law. She has also practiced as a lawyer. 

Her two main fields of research are Employment Law and Marketing Law. She has published books and articles, both in law and management science journals.

She has participated or coordinated in several research projects funded at the regional level on topics such as networking within the Social Solidarity Economy, CSR policies and entrepreneurial values. She is active in several national and international scientific communities: Agrh, Acfas, Euram…

Caroline is a professor in NEOMA’s Accounting, Control & Legal Affairs department.

Contact: caroline.andre@neoma-bs.fr

Christophe Bouteiller

Christophe Bouteiller, NEOMA

Christophe holds a PhD in Management. He completed his post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the field of Evaluation of Intangibles and Intellectual Capital Monitoring.

His recent research interests specializes in Behavioral Corporate Finance and Bio-economy. He participates regularly in international conferences, has written several textbooks and case studies, and has published in several academic journals such as Problems and Perspectives in Management, Revue Internationale de l’Economie Sociale, Investment Management and Financial Innovations.

He was part of the scientific and research committee at NEOMA for almost 10 years. He has also served as the Director of several MS and MSc.

Christophe has strong consulting experience in a large number of private companies in different industries, and in two international organisations: the World Bank and the European Commission.

He is a professor in NEOMA’s Finance Department.

Contact: christophe.bouteiller@neoma-bs.fr


Laura Trichera NEOMA Business School

Laura holds a Master Degree in Business and Economics and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Naples « Federico II », Italy.

Her research is on Data Science with an emphasis on Structural Equation Modeling, Partial Least Squares (PLS) Methods, Clustering and Classification algorithms. Her research is published in high-ranking journals such as Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Recherche et Applications en Marketing, International Journal of Information Management and Management Decision.

She has been visiting researcher at University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Hamburg, Charles University in Prague, HEC School of Management in Paris and external lecturer at ESSEC Business School, SciencesPo Paris and Sorbonne University at Abu Dhabi.

Laura is a professor in NEOMA’s Information Systems, Supply Chain Management & Decision Support department.

Contact: laura.trinchera@neoma-bs.fr


Valéry Michaux NEOMA Business School

Valéry holds a PhD in Management Science. She received the national PHD thesis prize FNEGE for her thesis on digital impacts. She also hold an HDR (Authorization to supervise research)

Her main areas of research are the conduct of major strategic changes and transformations, long-term view and anticipation.

She has published in academic journals such as Management et Avenir, la Revue d’Economie Régionale et Urbaine, la Revue de Gestion des Ressources Humaines, Système d’information et Management, la Revue Française de Gestion. She has also published two books and articles in the mainstream press.

After sixteen years of experience in the private sector and then in the public sector, she coordinated a European research project for NEOMA between 2004 and 2008 and became Director of Research between 2012 and 2015.

Valéry is professor in NEOMA’s Strategy & Entrepreneurship department.

Contact: valery.michaux@neoma-bs.fr

RUSSO Marianna

Marianna RUSSO, NEOMA Business School

Marianna holds a Ph.D. in finance from Bayes Business School (ex-Cass), UK.

She teaches finance, particularly econometrics, and the micro-economy in NEOMA.

Her research interests combine quantitative finance and risk analysis with green finance, peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing and energy markets. Her research has been published in the academic journals The Energy Journal and Energy Economics, among others. Marianna also has FinTech certification from Harvard University. She participated in many international and multi-institutional research projects, including EU COST ACTIONS CA19130 HO2020 (2020-2025) Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance – Towards a transparent financial industry.

Before beginning her university career, Marianna was an economic analyst and strategist at Eni, an international company in the energy sector.

She is a professor in the finance department of NEOMA.

Contact: marianna.russo@neoma-bs.fr

Jun Xiao

Jun XIAO - NEOMA profJun Xiao is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at NEOMA Business School, as well as a member of the Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development since 2023. She obtained her PhD in Innovation Management from the Rotterdam School of Management in 2021, and has been a visiting researcher at INSEAD, France. Jun’s research interests target how people strategise, innovate, and coordinate within novel organizing structures, with the aims of advancing organizational theory. A qualitative researcher, Jun’s work has been presented at conferences including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, EGOS and PROS. 

Contact : jun.xiao@neoma-bs.fr

Doctoral and post doctoral students

Martina AYOUB

Martina is a PhD student at both NEOMA Business School and the Université Grenoble Alpes, France.

Her research focuses on the role of open innovation in shaping the bioeconomy.

She holds an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France, and a BSc in Economics and Political Science from Cairo University, Egypt.

During her time in Toulouse, she taught macro-economics to first-year TSE students as an assistant lecturer. In addition to her academic studies, she has worked as a research intern at CSTB where she was tasked with collecting data on the carbon tax and energy costs, as well as implementing the Monte Carlo method and cost optimisation models on Python.

Working with the Egyptian Ministry of Environment, Martina is also involved in a solid waste management project in Egypt, for which she has conducted interviews with different stakeholders and helped to draft reforms.


Imene has been a PhD student at NEOMA Business School and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne since 2019.

Her PhD research is focused on the innovation ecosystem of autonomous vehicles.

She holds an MA in Autonomous and Intelligent Aerospace Systems from Paris-Saclay University, as well as an MA in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (formerly INELEC).

She joined the Chair in Industrial Bioeconomy in November 2020 as a research assistant. She is involved in the processing of qualitative and quantitative data for the Chair’s projects.


Lucie WIART post doctoral student NEOMA Chair in Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development

A graduate from Sciences Po Toulouse, Lucie holds a Masters in environmental economics from the EHESS and a Doctorate in Management Sciences from Lille University.

Her research focuses on the construction of vegetable- and plant-based food markets while drawing on eco-feminist, discursive and post-humanist perspectives.

Her work received the 2019 Dissertation Award from the Association for Consumer Research and the 2019 Research Award from the Louis Bonduelle Foundation.

In the Chair in Bioeconomy & Sustainable Development, Lucie contributes to the BluePrint project as a post-doctoral researcher. She is interested in the relationships and tensions that emerge between circular economies and social enterprises.

Previous members of the Chair

Pierre-Alain SCHIEB (1948-2018)

Pierre-Alain Schieb was the first Head of the Chair in Industrial Bioeconomy at NEOMA Business School. He was a graduate of Sciences Po Aix in Aix-en-Provence, France. Before becoming Head of the Chair, he was a project manager at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he worked on the relationship between biotechnology and bioeconomy. He became a consultant for Backcasting SAS and was involved in the management of the BioRESP Forum, seeking to structure the debate on the bioeconomy in France, as well as contributing to the publication of two books: Bioraffinerie 2030 : une question d’avenir (L’Harmattan, 2014) and Compétitivité et soutenabilité de la bioéconomie à l’horizon 2050 (L’Harmattan, 2016).

Honorine KATIR

Honorine Katir holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from Panthéon-Assas University, France. She worked as a research engineer to coordinate the Chair’s activities between January 2013 and January 2017. During this time, she contributed to the collective publication Bioraffinerie 2030 : une question d’avenir (2014, L’Harmattan) and published several articles related to the promotion of the local bioeconomy ecosystem.

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Robin Godard was a research engineer for the Chair. He was involved in project management and in coordinating market research around the development of plant-based cosmetics, in partnership with AgroParisTech’s Chair of Industrial Agro-biotechnology. Alongside this, he founded the biotechnology start-up, Neweaver, focused on the industrial production of bio-based active ingredients for the biomedical and cosmetics sectors.

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Mohamed Majdi CHELLY

After some early industrial experience, Mohamed obtained a two-year Master’s degree from the French Institute of Petroleum before joining the Chair to work on the subject of bioeconomy.

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Valentine CLAUDON

As a research engineer at the Chair, Valentine Claudon was responsible for a development opportunities project in collaboration with LRD.

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Barbara Clément-Larosière was a research engineer at the Chair where she was involved in market research around the development of plant-based cosmetics.

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Anne-sophie MORONI

Formerly a student at NEOMA Business School, Anne Sophie Moroni went to study an Advanced Masters in Technology and Management. As a research engineer at the Chair, she was involved in market research around the development of plant-based cosmetics.

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Samih Atmane was a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair. He holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from Sorbonne Paris Nord University. His research focused primarily on open innovation and its implications in terms of intellectual property and public policy. Samih was involved in many research projects related to collaborative innovation and ST&I policy evaluation. He notably published a research report for the French Ministry of Research and Innovation on the impact of public-private cooperation in R&D.

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Manuel was a research engineer at NEOMA, linked to the Chair. He holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from Clermont Auvergne University, as well as a BA in Sustainable Development Education from the same institution. His work was focused on the circular economy and innovative strategies conducive to strong sustainable development, such as industrial symbiosis. He is a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and has published extensively in international journals. Manuel also had great experience as a researcher, professor and regional consultant in Latin America, leading strategic development projects and innovation within socially responsible companies.

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