Participants

To date, more than 180 people have taken part in one or more BEST meetings. Each meeting draws around 25 participants.

In addition to the core of “regulars,” some of whom have attended the meetings since the beginning (2012), there are other occasional participants, depending on the topics on the agenda.

The network itself is made up of Chief Executives or Deputy Chief Executives of large local authorities in France or around Europe.

The meetings also owe much to the contributions of guest speakers and figures from national or international institutions, universities, research organizations or companies.

The BEST network

Chief Executives
Denis SOLIVERESAGEN
Jean-Claude GONDARDAIX–MARSEILLE–PROVENCE
Domnin RAUSCHERAIX–MARSEILLE–PROVENCE
Bernard MAGNANAIX-EN-PROVENCE
Alain BENSAKOUNALÈS
Laurent LE SAGERANGERS
Valérie CHATELBOURGOGNE FRANCHE-COMTÉ
Christophe GARNIERBAS-RHIN
Eric ARDOUINBORDEAUX
Bertrand UGUENBREST
Jérôme BASTINBRETAGNE
M. VAN DER STICHELEBRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Marie-Francine FRANÇOISCLERMONT-FERRAND
Patrick LAMBERTDUNKERQUE (urban community)
François CORBIERDUNKERQUE
Gilles DA COSTAFRANCHE COMTÉ
Laurent CARRIÉGIRONDE
Philippe MAHÉGIRONDE
Gilles AMAUDRIC DU CHAFFAUTGRENOBLE
François LANGLOISGRENOBLE
Emmanuel ROUÈDEGRENOBLE
Pierre TONNEAUGRENOBLE (métropole)
François BOUCHARDGRAND EST
Christophe MACÉGRAND PARIS – EST ENSEMBLE
France BURGYHAUTE-NORMANDIE
Emmanuel GROSLA ROCHE SUR YON
Olivier MOULISLE CRÈS
François CAVARDLE HAVRE
Didier BAHINLE MANS
Marie-Caroline BONNET-GALZYLILLE
Michel VAYSSIÉLILLE
Benoît QUIGNONLYON
Olivier NYSLYON
Philippe BLANQUEFORTMARSEILLE
Christophe LAFOUXMETZ
Christian FINAMONTPELLIER
Michel NAMURAMONTREUIL
Pierre STUSSINANCY
Olivier PARCOTNANTES
Jean-Baptiste FAUROUXNOUVELLE AQUITAINE
Simon MUNSCHOCCITANIE
Bertrand LANGLETORLÉANS
Nicolas PERNOTPAU
François MENGIN LECREULXPAU
Éric MARTINPOITIERS
Jean-Luc BOEUFQUIMPER
Marc PONS DE VINCENTREIMS
Joel BOSCHERRENNES
Laurence QUINAUTRENNES
Frédéric ALTHABEROUEN (métropole)
Laurent BASSOROUEN
Dominique BERTINROUEN
Pierre GEYSAINT-ÉTIENNE
Ingela LINDH (former CEO)STOCKHOLM
Pierre LAPLANESTRASBOURG
Yves GONÇALVESTHAU
André THOMASTOULOUSE
Philippe LACAÏLLETOURS
Joseph BROUSSETVALLÉE DE L'HÉRAULT
Éric GRIGNARDVILLEURBANNE
Deputy Chief Executives and other positions
Vincent BONNAFOUXAIX–MARSEILLE–PROVENCE
Étienne BRUN-ROVETAIX–MARSEILLE–PROVENCE
Vincent FOUCHIERAIX–MARSEILLE–PROVENCE
Hélène GARIDELAIX–MARSEILLE–PROVENCE
François DE FLEURIANAMIENS
Dominique BLANCAQUITAINE
Antoni FERNANDEZBARCELONA (SPAIN)
Ricard FERNANDEZBARCELONA (SPAIN)
Karine GESSNERBORDEAUX
Thierry GUICHARDBORDEAUX
Dora NGUYENBORDEAUX
Patrick TOURNACHEBORDEAUX
Jean-Philippe LAMYBREST
Olivier FILOTBRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Rochdi KHABAZIBRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Gabriele KLUGCOLOGNE (GERMANY)
Rainer PLASSMANNCOLOGNE (GERMANY)
Dorthe NOHR PEDERSENCOPENHAGEN (DENMARK)
Fabrice CHATELDIJON
Rizlane BIBAOUIDUNKERQUE
Olivier GALIANAÉVRY
Thomas MEEKELGRENOBLE
Sami SAHALAHELSINKI
Giovanni VETRITTOITALY
Annette LIPOWSKYKEHL (GERMANY)
Katherine HALLE-GUETLORRAINE
Anne RINGLETLYON (métropole)
Saïd SAHRAOUILYON
Émilie SELLESLYON
Maud SGORBINILYON
Louis-Antoine SOUCHETLYON
Frédéric CHAUVELMANCHE
Stéphane BASILLEMARSEILLE
Marianne FONTANMONTREUIL
Frédéric VIELNANCY
Stéphane BARRANGERNANTES
Thierry BOUTOUTENANTES
Per-Olov STRANDBERGNORRKÖPING (SWEDEN)
Pierre-Yves DURANDPARIS
Caroline GRANDJEANPARIS
Louis JACQUARDPARIS
Denis PENOUELPARIS
Wilfried WITMANNPARIS
Léone GOUTANYRENNES
Alexis MARIANIRENNES
Henri-Noël RUIZRENNES
Joseph MELCHERSROTTERDAM (NETHERLANDS)
Nathalie MAGUINROUEN
Gunne ARNESSON LÖFGRENSCANIA (SWEDEN)
Gösta REHNSTAMSCANIA (SWEDEN)
Jean-Michel CHAPETSEINE SAINT-DENIS
Fredrik JURDELLSTOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Caroline OTTOSSONSTOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Gunnar SÖDERHOLMSTOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Yves AUBERTSTRASBOURG
Francis CORPARTSTRASBOURG
Maud RENONSTRASBOURG
Johan KRABBSWEDEN
Thierry BAUCHETTOULOUSE
Jean-Michel EVINTOULOUSE
Pierre-Emmanuel REYMUNDTOULOUSE
Stefano CIANCHINITORINO
Luisella NIGRATORINO
Blandine MOREAUTOURS (city)
Christophe DARASSEVERSAILLES

Guest speakers

National or international institutions, universities, research organizations, companies
Public interest organizations
Jean-Marc OFFNER, Managing DirectorA-URBA (urban planning agency)BORDEAUX
Éric BAZARD, Chairperson CVA / Managing DirectorClub Ville Aménagement / Deux-Rives Local Publ. Co.FRANCE / STRASBOURG
Laurent THÉRY, Honorary Prefect, Grand Prix Urba 2010Club Ville Aménagement (CVA)FRANCE
Vincent AUSSILOUX, Director of the Economic and Finance DepartmentFrance StratégieFRANCE
Boris LE HIR, Projet ManagerFrance StratégieFRANCE
Charles BOZONNET, Projet ManagerFrance StratégieFRANCE
Pierre HENRY, Director GeneralFrance Terre d’AsileFRANCE
Franck CLAEYS, DirectorFrance urbaineFRANCE
Ludovic GROUSSET, DirectorFrance urbaineFRANCE
Olivier LANDEL, Director GeneralFrance urbaineFRANCE
Kader MAKHLOUF, AdviserFrance urbaineFRANCE
Didier LESCHI, Director GeneralFrench Office of Immigration and IntegrationFRANCE
Guy LE BRAS, Director GeneralGART (Association of public transport authorities)FRANCE
Hugo BÉVORT, Director of StrategyGeneral Commission for Equality of the TerritoriesFRANCE
Neil OKNINSKI, Project DirectorLocal PartnershipsUNITED KINGDOM
Louis FERNIQUE, Project managerMinistry of TransportFRANCE
Emmanuel de LANVERSIN, Member of staffMinistry of TransportFRANCE
Pierre des ROSEAUX, Member of staffMinistry of TransportFRANCE
Marianne PEKOLA-SJÖBLOM, Director of ResearchNational Federation of Finnish TownsFINLAND
Claire CHARBIT, Dialogue / Local and Reg. Authorities OECDINTERNATIONAL
Antti MOISIO, EconomistOECDINTERNATIONAL
Paqui SANTONJA, Policy AnalystOECDINTERNATIONAL
Françoise WAINTROP, Team ManagerSecretariat-General for Modernization of Public ActionFRANCE
Higher education and research
Luciano VANDELLI, ProfessorBologna UniversityBOLOGNA (ITALY)
Elisabeth CAMPAGNAC, Former Head of ResearchENPCPARIS
Géry DEFFONTAINES, PhD StudentENPCPARIS
Graham WINCH, ProfessorManchester Business SchoolMANCHESTER (UK)
Vincent AUBELLE, ProfessorMarne-la-Vallée UniversityPARIS
Catherine WHITOL DE WENDENNational Centre for Scientific Research, Centre for International Research of Sciences PoPARIS
Dominique RIVIÈRE, ProfessorParis Diderot UniversityPARIS
Alain BOURDIN, Sociologist, Head of ResearchParis-Est UniversityPARIS
Jean-Paul VOLLE, ProfessorPaul Valéry UniversityMONTPELLIER
Koos VAN DIJKEN, Director of ProjectsPlatform 31EUROPE
Valeria FEDELI, Professor of Urban PlanningPolitecnico di MilanoMILANO (ITALY)
Kai MASSER, Head of ResearchPublic Administration Research InstituteGERMANY
Jean-Bernard AUBY, ProfessorSciences PoPARIS
Gunnar SCHWARTING, ProfessorSpeyer UniversitySPEYER (GERMANY)
Jaume MAGRE FERRAN, Professor of Polical EconomyUniversity of BarcelonaBARCELONA (SPAIN)
Hellmut WOLLMANN, ProfessorUniversity of BerlinBERLIN (GERMANY)
Francesco TIMPANO, Professor and Deputy MayorUniversity and City of PiacenzaPIACENZA (ITALY)
Companies and consultants
Philippe ESTÈBE, géographe, directeur d’étudesAcadieFRANCE
Pierre-Aymeric DEWEZ, Senior ManagerErnst & YoungINTERNATIONAL
Béatrice TOULONMaestria ConsultingPARIS
Patrick PÉLATA, CEOMeta Consulting LLCFRANCE
Olivier PORTIER, analyste territorialOPCFRANCE
Anne BOSCHE-NOIRET, Delegate Manager SNCF Mobilités TERFRANCE
Franck LACROIX, General Manager SNCF Mobilités TERFRANCE
Frédéric MOONENS, Director of Human ResourcesSolvay Business ServicesINTERNATIONAL
Arthur NICOLET, CEOTransdev RouenFRANCE
Banks
Yves MILLARDET, ChairmanAgence France LocaleFRANCE
Stéphane VIALLON, Signing OfficerEuropean Investment BankEUROPE
Maria VIIMNE, Deputy Managing Director KommuninvestSWEDEN
Local Public Companies
Carl CEDERSCHIÖLD, PresidentFederation of Municipal CompaniesSWEDEN
Christian CLEMENT, Managing DirectorEau du Ponant Local Public CompanyBREST
Carlos RODRIGUEZ-FERRER, Secretary GeneralFederation of Local Public companiesSPAIN
Raymond HERNANDEZ, Director of DevelopmentGelsenwasser S.A.GELSENKIRCHEN - GERMANY
Ludovic BOYRON, Managing DirectorLyon Part-Dieu Local Public CompanyLYON