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The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry​ was delighted to welcome you all at our Tchin Tchin Networking Evening - 2024 Meet with the Councillors at  P.J.O' Brien's on Thursday 22 February

Our guests, members, and friends of the French-Australian Community enjoyed the opportunity to network and mingle among their business peers. We saw many familiar faces and plenty of new ones who joined us for a pleasant evening. Our guests were also given the chance to interact with our VIC Councillors. The primary responsibility of the State Councillors is to foster engagement within the local French-Australian business community, promote the Chamber's activities and services, and provide assistance to our members throughout their business endeavours.

Our Tchin Tchin events are always a great way to meet people, socialise and network with members and friends of FACCI in a relaxed and pleasant setting.

Thank you once again for attending our Tchin Tchin event.

We look forward to welcoming you at our next Tchin Tchin!

Our Speakers

  • Dominique Giraud (VIC Chapter President at FACCI and Head of Strategy and New Markets, Omexom Australia)

    Dominique Giraud

    VIC Chapter President at FACCI and Head of Strategy and New Markets, Omexom Australia

    Dominique Giraud is the Head of Strategy of Omexom Australia, within VINCI Energies.
    Since 2018, he develops the business of renewables, battery storage and synchronous condensers in Australia. Dominique is part of VINCI group since 11 years, and now coordinates support functions in APAC. Before settling in Melbourne, he was in charge of Renewable International Business Development within VINCI Energies, mainly in Europe and Africa. Dominique is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in the energy sector since 1997. He was Project Director within Econoler (Hydro Québec) in Canada, then Energy Manager within Egis Group. In the framework of all projects implemented, Dominique has worked in more than 60 countries, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.

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  • Pascale Toussat (VIC Chapter Vice-President at FACCI and Owner & Founder, HR A LA CARTE)

    Pascale Toussat

    VIC Chapter Vice-President at FACCI and Owner & Founder, HR A LA CARTE

    Pascale Toussat was born in France and has been in Australia since 1991. She called herself a ‘fraussie’.

    She first came to Australia for her holiday and then managed to secure a role with a French Chemicals Company call Rhone-Poulenc in 1991.

    With a Graduate Diploma of Business (Human Resources Management) undertaken at Swinburne University in 2001 she has experience across multi-national (Rhodia), shipping (CMA CGM Group), software engineering (Thales), sales and distribution-driven organisations (MYOB, AGL).

    Pascale Toussat more recently worked as General Manager Human Resources & Office Administration for a shipping company, ANL, until the end of December 2020. ANL belongs to the French Group CMA CGM, the 3rd largest shipping company in the world.

    Pascale firstly joined the FACCI VIC Chapter board with Rhone-Poulenc in the mid-1990s and after a 4-year family experience working in France between 2001-2005 she returned to the FACCI in 2015 and is part of the Federal and VIC Chapter boards. With over 15 years working in HR in Australia she acts as the HR Advisor for the Federal Board.

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  • Myriam Boisbouvier Wylie (FACCI Director and Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne at French Embassy in Australia - Ambassade de France)

    Myriam Boisbouvier Wylie

    FACCI Director and Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne at French Embassy in Australia - Ambassade de France

    Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne
    Originally from Monaco, Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie had her own practice as a lawyer in Monaco until she married John Wylie and moved to Australia in September 1996. They have four sons currently aged 23, 21, 18 and 17.
    Since in Australia, Myriam has been involved in various activities on a voluntarily basis; she was the Olympic Attachée to the Olympic Committee of Monaco for the Games of Sydney, member of the fund-raising committee of the Eye Research Foundation of Melbourne, and was for five years the President of the Parents’ Association of the French school in Melbourne, before becoming its Honorary President. With her husband John, she also established The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation. She is currently on the advisory board of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
    Since 2011, Myriam serves as Honorary Consul General of France in Melbourne. In that capacity, she created two associations to support French citizens in Melbourne, Melbourne Accueil and French Assist Melbourne, and in 2014 created the Bastille Day French Festival which organises an increasingly popular, community-based annual festival around the French National Day.
    Myriam‘s involvement in both the French education and the French community was recognized by the French Republic on a number of occasions. She was successively appointed Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms [“Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques”], and Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour [“Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur”]. She also received the Medal of Honour of the French Senate. Myriam had studied Business Law at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, and completed a Master’s in Business Administration at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA in 1986.

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  • Alexia Gontier (Director and Federal Treasurer of FACCI  and CFO, Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd)

    Alexia Gontier

    Director and Federal Treasurer of FACCI and CFO, Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd

    Alexia is a senior finance executive with over 20 years’ experience in audit and financial management, across a range of industries including recruitment, defense and transportation.
    Finance professional with a broad vision of the finance function, she has a strong expertise and leadership in all the administrative, financial and tax areas and a proven track record in establishing and leading operational and finance teams. Alexia is proficient in four languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish); her multi-lingual, stakeholder engagement and customer centric skills have allowed Alexia to quickly cross cultural boundaries and organizational levels to support and benefit business performance.

    Alexia’s extensive experience as an effective and accomplished, financial business leader includes:
    Chief Financial Officer, Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd (2 years) - General Manager Performance, Reporting and Systems, Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd (1 year) - Financial, Planning and Analysis Manager, Thales Australia (1 year) - Regional Financial Controller AUS & NZ, Keolis Downer (3 years) - Regional Financial Controller AUS & NZ, Lee Hecht Harrison, Adecco Australia (1 year) - Group Billing & Credit Manager, Adecco Australia (2 years) - Head of Internal Audit, Adecco Australia (1 year) - External Reporting Manager, Adecco SA, Zurich, Switzerland (4 years) - Internal Audit Manager, Adecco SA, Zurich, Switzerland (1 year) - External Audit Manager, Mazars, Italy & France (5 years)

    Qualifications, memberships & affiliations:
    • CPA Australia – In progress
    • Master’s degree in Audit and Finance, EDHEC Business School, France
    • Master’s degree in Finance, Universidad de Economia, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Anna Quillinan (Director of FACCI and Chief Development Officer, ENGIE ANZ)

    Anna Quillinan

    Director of FACCI and Chief Development Officer, ENGIE ANZ

    Anna is a global executive with extensive expertise in engineering and project delivery, currently heading the Energy Solutions business unit in Australia. She excels in leading intricate technical projects and actively contributes to the overall operations of the business.

    Anna is also part of the FACCI Victoria Council.

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  • Raphael Alla (Managing Director of Port Cities Australia)

    Raphael Alla

    Managing Director of Port Cities Australia

    Raphael is a self motivated, IT enthusiast. He has always been fond of software development, starting with developing games in Basic on 8 bit computer when he was 10 y.o.

    Since then, he has acquired a wealth of experience in the IT industry, where he has been a software developer, analyst, software architect and most recently a business owner and team manager.

    He has also experience in working with offshore teams in a multicultural environment.

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  • Laura Anderson (Chairman at OneGlobalVenture)

    Laura Anderson

    Chairman at OneGlobalVenture

    Laura has worked extensively across governments and industries locally and globally as a senior adviser on global governance, strategy transformation and risk optimisation. Her professional speciality has been in harnessing the power of big data and its effects on global supply chains, trade, investment and infrastructure development.

    Laura is Chairman of SVI Global Pty Ltd, OneGlobalVenture Pty Ltd, LaunchVic and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools. Laura is on the Board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Epworth HealthCare, the National Basketball League and the Defence Council Victoria. Laura is on the Board of the Fulbright Commission, the Defence Science Institute and is a Director of several private investment companies.

    Laura was honoured both as an Ambassador of International Women’s Day on its 100th anniversary and as an Australia Day Ambassador. Laura has supported the development and expansion of the Women Of Influence program throughout schools locally and globally. She was honoured as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport for her contributions to industry and appointed as a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce. Laura is emeritus Chair of the CEO Circle and immediate past Chairman of The Good Foundation (including Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food) and the Melbourne Fashion Festival, one of the largest and most respected consumer fashion festivals in the world.

    Laura continues to evolve as a global citizen - embracing health, education and economic development initiatives around the world. She is passionate about empowering the next generation, maximising women’s potential and empowering comprehensive workforce participation. Laura is committed to the global development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and backing the stars of tomorrow who just need the opportunity to shine.

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  • Alexis Aupied (Partner at Mazars Australia)

    Alexis Aupied

    Partner at Mazars Australia

    Alexis joins the Mazars’ Melbourne office as a Partner in the audit and financial advisory divisions with 14 years’ experience as an audit advisor. Alexis’ breadth of experience accumulated in Europe, Oceania and Asia adds significant value to the firm and its clients.

    Alexis started his career in Paris before relocating to Australia 11 years ago. Prior to joining Mazars, Alexis was a director at EY where he was the French business desk leader as well as a cultural diversity champion

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  • Natanael Bloch (Head of Corporate at WE Communications)

    Natanael Bloch

    Head of Corporate at WE Communications

    Natanael Bloch is a strategy, public affairs and corporate communication professional, working in both the private and public sector. He has years of experience in corporate and crisis communication with clients in infrastructure, health, finance, tech and NFP/NGOs across Europe and Australia. He also trains spokespeople and executives (media training, coaching, war rooms) for public interventions in high stakes environments: press conferences, television appearances, public meetings, parliamentary hearings and general assemblies.

    Natanael is also a former political advisor for the French Ministry of Health and has worked for an Australian Senator.

    The art of Natanael’s work is in the careful mediation between complex corporate issues and communicating to manage risks and reputation.

    Natanael is an occasional contributor (speaker/writer) in Australian (ABC, SBS, AFR) and French (Les Echos, Huffington Post...) media.
    Natanael is the host of the European Showcase Show on ImportExport TV and the co-founder and co-host of Europa Voice, a weekly podcast produced by SBS

    Natanael has participated in the 2018 EU-Australia Leadership Forum in Brussels as a EU-Australia Emerging Leader and he is a proud member of Strategy & Policy Committee of the Snowdome Foundation in Melbourne.

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  • Alex Cruickshank (Commercial Manager at Air Liquide Australia Limited)

    Alex Cruickshank

    Commercial Manager at Air Liquide Australia Limited

  • Francois De Meneval (Managing Director of Astrolabe Holdings)

    Francois De Meneval

    Managing Director of Astrolabe Holdings

    Francois de Meneval has over 30 years of senior management experience in French and Australian companies. He started his career with KPMG (1986-1990) and then the M&A department of Banque de Gestion Privee (1990-1994).
    From 1994 to 2012, he worked at AXA in various senior executive roles (Head of Strategy, Regional Director, CEO, etc…) in Europe, Asia and Australia.
    In 2012-2013, he worked at NAB as Head of Strategy for their wealth management and insurance division.
    In 2013, he founded his own investment holding company Astrolabe Pty Ltd which has invested in various internet start-ups and new ventures in both Financial Services and French know-how or franchises.
    He is the co-owner of Mosaic Patisserie, a wholesale manufacturer of cakes and pastries.
    He has also developed his own advisory business in corporate finance and partnerships.
    He was President of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2004 and was a Board member of the Chamber from 2014 to 2019. He is also a Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France (CCEF) and a member of the CCEF Bureau in Australia. He is an active member of La French Tech in Australia.
    Francois is a graduate of ESCP (1985) and Harvard (2001). He also holds a Master of Law from Paris II (1986) and a diploma of European Financial Analyst (1993).
    In 2016, he graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (A.I.C.D.).

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  • Julien Dehornoy (Chief Executive Officer at Keolis Downer)

    Julien Dehornoy

    Chief Executive Officer at Keolis Downer

    Julien is a true believer in public transport. In his 15 years of experience in the rail and public transport industry across 3 continents, he has worked with both Government and operators to make public transport the preferred option. Julien is currently the CEO of Keolis Downer, the largest multimodal public transport operator in Australia, with train, tram, bus, ferry or new mobilities operations across 5 States. In this role, Julien’s focus is to increase the use of public transport, by delivering a great passenger experience and operational excellence, bringing international best practice to serve local needs, as well as driving engagement with the 5,300 Keolis Downer employees.

    Prior to this role, Julien was the CEO of Yarra Trams, the operator of Melbourne tram network, the largest in the world, and held various positions at SNCF, the national French rail operator, including CEO of SNCF America (2010-2012) and Managing Director of RER D, SNCF’s busiest commuter line in Paris (2014-2017). In French Government, Julien was the Project Manager for the first franchising of Intercity trains (2008-2010) and Chief of Staff to the Transport Minister (2017-2019).

    Throughout his career, Julien has had a passion for transport policy, improving passenger experience and upgrading service delivery of large transit systems. He believes in building true partnerships between public transport authorities, experienced public transport operators and the broader industry, to deliver positive outcomes for local communities.

    A French national, Julien relocated to Melbourne in 2019 with his family. In his free time, he can usually be found on his bike or tram spotting with his son.

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