Participants

To date, more than 160 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
Bernard MAGNANAIX-EN-PROVENCE
Alain BENSAKOUNALES
Valérie CHATELBOURGOGNE FRANCHE-COMTÉ
Christophe GARNIERBAS-RHIN
Eric ARDOUINBORDEAUX
Bertrand UGUENBREST
Jérôme BASTINBRETAGNE
Michel VAN DER STICHELEBRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Marie-Francine FRANÇOISCLERMONT-FERRAND
Patrick LAMBERTDUNKERQUE
Gilles DA COSTAFRANCHE COMTÉ
Laurent CARRIÉGIRONDE
François LANGLOISGRENOBLE
Gilles AMAUDRIC DU CHAFFAUTGRENOBLE
Pierre TONNEAUGRENOBLE
François BOUCHARDGRAND EST
Christophe MACÉGRAND PARIS – EST ENSEMBLE
France BURGYHAUTE-NORMANDIE
Emmanuel GROSLA ROCHE SUR YON
Olivier MOULISLE CRES
Didier BAHINLE MANS
Marie-Caroline BONNET-GALZYLILLE
Michel VAYSSIÉLILLE
Benoît QUIGNONLYON
Olivier NYSLYON
Philippe BLANQUEFORTMARSEILLE
Christophe LAFOUXMETZ
Christian FINAMONTPELLIER
Philippe LACAÏLETOURS
Joseph BROUSSETVALLÉE DE L'HÉRAULT
Michel NAMURAMONTREUIL
Jean-Baptiste FAUROUXNOUVELLE AQUITAINE
Pierre STUSSINANCY
Simon MUNSCHOCCITANIE
Bertrand LANGLETORLÉANS
Nicolas PERNOTPAU
Jean-Luc BOEUFQUIMPER
Joel BOSCHERRENNES
Laurence QUINAUTRENNES
Frédéric ALTHABEROUEN (métropole)
Laurent BASSOROUEN
Dominique BERTINROUEN
Pierre GEYSAINT-ÉTIENNE
Pierre LAPLANESTRASBOURG
Yves GONÇALVESTHAU
Philippe MAHÉTOULOUSE
André THOMASTOULOUSE
Deputy Chief Executives and other positions
Étienne BRUN-ROVETAIX MARSEILLE PROVENCE
Vincent BONNAFOUXAIX MARSEILLE PROVENCE
François DE FLEURIANAMIENS
Dominique BLANCAQUITAINE
Ricard FERNANDEZBARCELONA (SPAIN)
Antoni FERNANDEZBARCELONA (SPAIN)
Dora NGUYENBORDEAUX
Thierry GUICHARDBORDEAUX
Patrick TOURNACHEBORDEAUX
Karine GESSNERBORDEAUX
Olivier FilotBRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Rochdi KHABAZIBRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
Gabriele KLUGCOLOGNE (GERMANY)
Rainer PLASSMANNCOLOGNE (GERMANY)
Dorthe NOHR PEDERSENCOPENHAGEN (DENMARK)
Fabrice CHATELDIJON
Rizlane BIBAOUIDUNKERQUE
Olivier GALIANAEVRY
Thomas MEEKELGRENOBLE
Sami SAHALAHELSINKI (FINLAND)
Annette LIPOWSKYKEHL (GERMANY)
Katherine HALLE-GUETLORRAINE
Maud SGORBINILYON
Émilie SELLESLYON
Saïd SAHRAOUILYON
Louis-Antoine SOUCHETLYON
Frédéric CHAUVELMANCHE
Stéphane BASILLEMARSEILLE
Hélène GARIDELMARSEILLE
Marianne FONTANMONTREUIL
Frédéric VIELNANCY
Stéphane BARRANGERNANTES
Thierry BOUTOUTENANTES
Per-Olov STRANDBERGNORRKÖPING (SWEDEN)
Denis PENOUELPARIS
Louis JACQUARTPARIS
Pierre-Yves DURANDPARIS
Caroline GRANDJEANPARIS
Wilfried WITMANNPARIS
Léone GOUTANYRENNES
Henri-Noël RUIZRENNES
Nathalie MAGUINROUEN
Gunne ARNESSON LÖFGRENSCANIA (SWEDEN)
Gösta REHNSTAMSCANIA (SWEDEN)
Jean-Michel CHAPETSEINE SAINT-DENIS
Gunnar SÖDERHOLMSTOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Fredrik JURDELLSTOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Caroline OTTOSSONSTOCKHOLM (SWEDEN)
Francis CORPARTSTRASBOURG
Yves AUBERTSTRASBOURG
Maud RENONSTRASBOURG
Johan KRABBSWEDEN
Thierry BAUCHETTOULOUSE
Pierre-Emmanuel REYMUNDTOULOUSE
Jean-Michel EVINTOULOUSE
Luisella NIGRATURIN (ITALY)
Stefano CIANCHINITURIN (ITALY)
Christophe DARASSEVERSAILLES

Guest speakers

National or international institutions, universities, research organizations, companies
Public interest organizations
Jean-Marc OFFNER, Managing DirectorA-URBA (agence urbanisme)BORDEAUX
Marianne PEKOLA-SJÖBLOM, Director of ResearchNational Federation of Finnish TownsFINLAND
Vincent AUSSILOUX, Director of the Economics DepartmentFrance StratégieFRANCE
Boris LE HIR, Project ManagerFrance StratégieFRANCE
Charles BOZONNET, Project ManagerFrance StratégieFRANCE
Françoise WAINTROP, Head of the “Methods of Listening and Innovating” teamSecretariat-General for the Modernization of Public ActionFRANCE
Claire CHARBIT, Head of Dialogue with Local and Regional AuthoritiesOECDINTERNATIONAL
Paqui SANTONJA, Policy AnalystOECDINTERNATIONAL
Neil OKNINSKI, Project DirectorLocal PartnershipsUNITED-KINGDOM
Pierre HENRY, Director GeneralFrance Terre d’AsileFRANCE
Didier LESCHI, Director GeneralFrench Office of Immigration and IntegrationFRANCE
Olivier LANDEL, director generalFrance urbaineFRANCE
Franck CLAEYSFrance urbaineFRANCE
Kader MAKHLOUFFrance urbaineFRANCE
Emmanuel de LANVERSIN, member of staffMinistry of TransportFRANCE
Pierre des ROSEAUX, member of staffMinistry of TransportFRANCE
Louis FERNIQUE, project managerMinistry of TransportFRANCE
Guy LE BRAS, general directorGART (Association of public transport authorities)FRANCE
Enseignement supérieur et recherche
Kai MASSER, Head of ResearchGerman Public Administration Research InstituteGERMANY
Jaume MAGRE FERRAN, Professor of Political EconomyUniversity of Barcelona BARCELONA
Hellmut WOLLMANN, ProfessorHumboldt UniversityBERLIN
Koos VAN DIJKEN, director of projetsPlatform 31EUROPE
Francesco TIMPANO, Professor of Economics and 1st Deputy-MayorCatholic University / CityPIACENZA (ITALIE)
Valeria FEDELI, Professor of Urban PlanningPolitecnico di MilanoMILAN (ITALIE)
Graham WINCH, Professor of Construction Project Management Manchester Business SchoolMANCHESTER
Jean-Paul VOLLE, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Planning and Urban DevelopmentPaul Valéry UniversityMONTPELLIER
Alain BOURDIN, Professor of Sociology and Town Planning, Head of ResearchParis-Est UniversityPARIS
Elisabeth CAMPAGNAC, Former Head of ResearchENPCPARIS
Géry DEFFONTAINES, PhD studentENPCPARIS
Vincent AUBELLE, Associate Professor in the Urban Engineering departmentMarne-la-Vallée UniversityPARIS
Gunnar SCHWARTING, professeurSpeyer UniversitySPEYER (GERMANY)
Catherine WIHTOL DE WENDEN, Emeritus Director of ResearchNational Centre for Scientific Research / Centre for International Research of
SciencesPo
PARIS
Companies
Frédéric MOONENS, Director of Human ResourcesSolvay Business ServicesINTERNATIONAL
Pierre-Aymeric DEWEZ, senior managerErnst & YoungINTERNATIONAL
Béatrice TOULONMaestria ConsultingPARIS
Franck LACROIX, général managerSNCF Mobilités TER (Transports express régionaux)FRANCE
Anne BOSCHE-NOIRET, delegate manager SNCF Mobilités TER (Transports express régionaux)FRANCE
Patrick PÉLATAMeta Consulting LLCFRANCE
Arthur NICOLET, CEOTransdev RouenFRANCE
Banks
Yves MILLARDET, chairmanAgence France LocaleFRANCE
Stéphane VIALLON, Signing OfficerEuropean Investment BankEUROPE
Maria VIIMNE, Deputy Managing DirectorKommuninvestSWEDEN
Local public companies
Christian CLEMENT, Managing DirectorEau du Ponant Public Local CompanyBREST
Carlos RODRIGUEZ-FERRER, Secretary-General Federation of Local Public CompaniesSPAIN
Raymond HERNANDEZ, Director of DevelopmentGelsenwasser S.A.GELSENKIRCHEN - GERMANY
Ludovic BOYRON, Managing DirectorLyon Part-Dieu Public Local CompanyLYON
Carl CEDERSCHIÖLD, PresidentFederation of Municipal CompaniesSWEDEN