The team AIFEN

The AIFEN team makes sure the organisation runs smoothly. The  President leads the Board of Directors meetings and chairs the WNE with a General Delegate, who implements the organisation’s strategy. The team follows the roadmap of the Steering Committee, which includes the founding members, under the aegis of the Nuclear Industry Strategic Committee’s export task force.

The team organises the WNE (World Nuclear Exhibition) and carries out activities involving the Nuclear Expertise from France brand, such as exchange programmes with international players, observatory meetings, export aid tools (Radar PME, etc.), meetings with international institutions, etc. The AIFEN team is the gateway to France’s nuclear team.

AIFEN relies on an extensive network of partners to successfully fulfil its missions.


AIFEN’s operational team

The AIFEN team: Gérard Kottmann, AIFEN and WNE President

Gérard Kottmann, AIFEN and WNE President

Gérard Kottmann graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and lnstitut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP) before joining VALLOUREC in 1983 to develop the group’s fossil fuel boiler tube business. He was Sales Director of VALLOUREC INDUSTRIES, Director of the Energy Division at VALLOUREC & MANNESMANN TUBES (a joint venture created in 1997), and CEO of VALINOX NUCLEAIRE (a VALLOUREC group subsidiary), the global leader in nickel alloy tubes for nuclear power stations’ steam generators. Mr. Kottmann then became President of the Pôle Nucléaire de Bourgogne, an organisation founded in 2005 that by 2016 had nearly 200 members, including EDF, AREVA St Marcel, CEA, the Université de Bourgogne, and the ENSAM PARISTECH Centre in Cluny.


The AIFEN team: Anne-Sophie DEFAY, AIFEN General Delegate

Anne-Sophie DEFAY, AIFEN General Delegate

Anne-Sophie Defay holds a masters’ degree in international economics, specialising in the industrial economy and European integration, from the Université Lyon II and a graduate degree in risk management from IEP in Bordeaux. She spent several years working for the nuclear power industry’s global leaders. From 2006 to 2008, she was an energy and environment sector analyst for the economic mission of the French Embassy in London, where her main task involved monitoring the United Kingdom’s energy and environmental policy on behalf of the French government and corporations in those sectors. From 2009 to 2015, she led the launch of the international nuclear school and joined the PNB, known today as Nuclear Valley, a nuclear industry organisation, as Development Manager with the task of expanding the competitiveness cluster’s activities in the Rhône Valley, France’s leading nuclear power region.


The members of AIFEN’s Board of Directors

AIFEN – Anne-Sophie DEFAY  General Delegate

ANDRA – Richard POISSON International Business Service Manager

APAVE – Philippe TOLLIN  Development Nuclear BL Manager

AREVA BS  – Armand LAFERRERE  Director of Public Relations

AREVA NP  – Thierry LE MOUROUX  Senior VP Commercial Excellence & Marketing 

ASSYSTEM – Franck LADEGAILLERIE – Sales & Marketing Director 

BOCCARD – Philippe COLOMBEL – Responsable Plant Solutions

CNIM – Ludovic VANDENRIESCHE – Director for Nuclear Activities

COMETE INDUSTRIE – Christophe BEHAR– Business Development Director for Energy

DAHER TECHNOLOGIES – Bruno CAHEN – VP Nuclear Services Development

EDF – David TERSIGNI – EDF/DIPNN/Direction of Development – Chief of the Steering, Resources and Partnership Unit

ENGIE – Thierry ROBOT – Director of International Business Development & Commercial Director, INEO Nuclear

GETINGE LA CALHENE – Christophe SELLIEZ – Manager for Nuclear Activities

GIIN – Céline CUDELOU – General Deleguate

LUZIESA EXCELDEF – Stéphane DUMONT – Export Manager

NAVAL GROUP – Jean-Marc BERLU – Sales & Business Development Director

NUCLEAR VALLEY – Jean-Claude LENAIN – Chairman


ONET TECHNOLOGIES – Maxime MICHEL-NOEL – Business Development Director

PFCE – Pascal BELLIARD – General Secretary

PFME – Anne-François de SAINT SALVY – Chairman

PVSI – Dominique MOUILLOT – Manager


ROBATEL INDUSTRIES – Christophe BRUNEEL – Chief Executive

SIGEDI – Henri-Guillaume GUEYDAN – Chairman


VELAN SAS – Raphaël COUTURIER – Sales & Marketing Director