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Economic Update on 25 November


Wednesday 25 November, 08.30-10.30am
Theme: 'How the UK and France scale up their start-ups? Is France the new Silicon Valley?' 
Sponsored by HEC Paris
Guest Speaker: Frederic Rombaut, Head of Corporate Development International at Cisco, UK
Cost: £25+VAT per person; £40+VAT special price for two
At The French Institute

For further information, please contact Matthieu Alibert  at 0207 092 6634.



Join us and debate on the French economic attractiveness for innovative and digital startup industries 

Join us to hear a prominent speaker giving last update perspectives on what may be at stake for innovative and digital startup industries in France and the UK, and participate in this exciting debate. It will also be a great opportunity to network with senior executives of member companies, ranging from SMEs to blue-chip companies.

About our Guest Speaker

Frederic Rombaut


Frédéric Rombaut is responsible for Corporate Development throughout the International region. He is a Senior Executive specialised in Venture Capital & Private Equity investments in International Technology companies. Over the past 25 years, Frederic has served on over 20 board director seats and made over 50 equity investments for more than USD 12 Billion across the technology, telecoms and media sectors.

Before joining Cisco in 2012, Rombaut was with QUALCOMM Inc where he launched and led European Investments and M&A activities during 6 years. Previously Rombaut was a Board Director, Senior Vice President and CFO at Noos, the major French cable operator, acquired by Liberty Global (today Numericable). Rombaut previously spent 6 years at APAX PARTNERS (one of the largest independent global private equity firm), where he led the TMT investment sector.

Earlier in his career, Rombaut launched the Corporate Development division of the Bouygues Group, the worldwide leader in construction, helping the group to diversifying in the high tech industry by co-founding BOUYGUES TELECOM, today the 3rd largest 3G/4G Mobile Network Operator in France.

Rombaut is a frequent speaker at industry events on technology investments. He received his MBA from the Sorbonne University (IAE Paris), holds a Master of Engineering in Electronics (ECE Paris), and is a senior lecturer at the Trium Global Executive MBA.










About our partner


HEC Paris

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris specializes in education and research in management sciences. As a leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of education programs for students and leaders. HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 106 professors, 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers in executive education programs every year.


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