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Provider of consultancy services in the field of information systems security and operational risk management against fraud, financial crime & other business disruptions; formerly based in the Asia-Pacific region, I am now based in France.

Senior professional with 25 years of international experience, including 17 years in Asia, in the risk management industry in sensitive or demanding business environments with both private sector and government organizations.

Proven track-record of complex risk intelligence assignments across a range of sectors including resources, process, retail and energy industries in Asia and South-East Asia. Also experienced in the Balkans, Western and the Horn of Africa, Brazil, French Guyana & Afghanistan.

Data privacy advocate and former Associate Expert at EDHEC Business School Criminal Risk Management Chair, France.


Skills & Abilities

Hard Skills

  • Operational risk frameworks and practices; defensive risk mitigation strategies, risk intelligence collection, asset search.

  • Information systems security, WebApps audit & vulnerability assessment, data forensics & recovery, cryptography & encryption (GnuPG/PGP, TLS, OMEMO, OTR).

  • SysAdmin (server administration: Debian / Nginx / Apache / NextCloud), Arch Linux & Debian advanced user.

  • WebApps beta-tester (mailfence.com), data privacy advocate (FLOSS, LibreOffice, XMPP, Android custom ROMs).

Soft Skills

  • Unique capacity to adapt myself to changing environments, understand business cultures and provide C-level executives with actionable intelligence.

  • Capable of managing cross-functional teams, increasing the level of engagement by integrating and consolidating multiple practices into a singular centralized group function.

  • Capable of pursuing and undertaking complex projects, as well as management and supervisory responsibilities; ability to respond quickly in high profile and sensitive situations, exercising discretion and good judgment.

  • Well sharp reporting, negotiations and decision-making skills; determined and decisive; experienced in working with influencing stakeholders.

Sport

Mountain Bike avid enduro & downhill mountain biker, co-organizer of the first Enduro Asia MTB race in Malaysia, supported by Red Bull (2013)
Muay Thai years
PADI Certified Divemaster (2011)

Languages

English: full professional proficiency
French: native


Experience

Risk & Information Security

→ Conduct risk audits & vulnerability assessments, design contingency & business continuity plans against a variety of possible crisis situations including terrorism for major corporations (Nestlé Malaysia & Thailand, Lafarge Malaysia).

→ Take responsibility, as a project manager of large scale or complex international projects in collaboration with the COO (Beiersdorf, B|Braun, BNP, Carrefour, Diageo, Lafarge, LVMH, Pernod-Ricard, P&G, Pfizer, Tesco, Total SA).

→ As an expert in the risk management field, take direct responsibility over critical operational projects (security audit of Sodexo Security Services for China).

→ Perform cybersecurity audits, test and harden information systems security policies and tools, perform data recovery & forensic analysis. Implement cyber & operational clients risk management frameworks across various clients business units.

Risk Intelligence

→ Design & implement market entry/exit strategies and political, country and stakeholders risk mitigation solutions in sensitive environments (Danone Malaysia, Safran Helicopter Engines SEA).

→ Perform corporate intelligence search on fraud, criminality, counterfeiting and corruption across finance, production, purchasing and supply chain, advise and implement risks remediation solutions (B|Braun, DCNS, Cold Storage, Danone Thailand & Cambodia, Tesco).

→ Management of the stakeholders risk mitigation strategy for a USD2.5B oil project in South East Asia (Technip/JGC Vietnam).

→ Identify and assess new projects in China, Mongolia, Laos, Afghanistan, Qatar, Yemen, Papua New-Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos.

Operations & Management

→ In charge of a firm’s risk strategy consulting practice for Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and occasionally other SEA countries. Conduct audits, design and implement complex risk management strategies with a focus on criminal security risks.

→ In charge of the Business Development & Marketing department, take part of the group strategy definition and implementation in 8 Asian countries, take responsibility for business growth and client satisfaction (China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).

→ Management of remote site camp services for oil & gas, mining and construction industries - hospitality services, catering and security in remote and demanding environments (Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia, EDF Lao, Technip China).

→ Conduct full project acquisition cycle from tender development to contract negotiation. Plan and budget finance and operations, recruit teams, define staff mobilization programs. Take operational and financial control responsibilities.

→ Company creation and management. Take responsibilities for greenfield startup and development in Afghanistan and Laos.


Career History

  • Executive Director - Amarante International Asia Pte. Ltd.
    Malaysia, Singapore then France 2019 → present

  • Director - AGR Asia Sdn. Bhd1.
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2015 → 2020

  • Company Advisor to AGR Asia Sdn. Bhd. & personal projects
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011 → 2015

  • Business Development Director - AGR Asia Sdn. Bhd.
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia `2009 → 2010:

  • Co-Founder & Director - Opus Risk Management HK Ltd.
    Shanghai, China 2006 → 2010:

  • Managing Director - Operations (Remote Site Division) Aden Services
    Shanghai, China 2003 → 2005

  • Officer - French Foreign Legion
    Multiple roles from Combat Platoon Leader to Captain Commander of the French Jungle Warfare Center (3e REI French Guiana)
    Djibouti, France, French Guiana & elsewhere 1994 → 2003


Licenses & Certifications

  • Executive Certificate, Cybersecurity - Harvard University 2019
  • PADI Divemaster 2011
  • Curso de Operações Na Selva - CIGS Jungle Warfare Center, Manaus, Brazil 2001

Education

  • Infantry Warfare School - Saint-Cyr Military Academy Graduate by Equivalence, France 1998
  • Post-Master Degree of Business Administration (DESS) - Major in Mergers, Acquisition and Business creation, Bordeaux I University, France 1994
  • Master Degree of Business Administration - Major in Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisition, Paris IX Dauphine University, France 1993

  1. ex Asia Global Risk Ltd. ↩︎