Samir AIT SAIDEuropean gymnastic champion
Jean-Baptiste ALAIZEFrench Paralympian and bronze medalist at the European Championships, Champion for Peace
Diplômé d'Hec en 1983, Eric Tong Cuong démarre sa carrière en 1985 chez BDDP. Il en devient le Directeur du Développement en 1988 puis le Directeur Général de 1989 à 1993, une période durant laquelle cette agence va doubler de taille. En 1994, il crée avec Rémi Babinet BTC Euro RSCG, bientôt rejoints (1996) par Mercedes Erra. Il est le Président de cette agence ainsi devenue BETC jusqu'en 2003, période durant laquelle elle triple de taille pour devenir la première agence française mais également l'agence française de référence (8 fois consécutivement élue meilleure agence de l'année et élue meilleure agence d'Europe en 2001). Parallèlement, en 1997, Éric Tong Cuong cofonde Naïve, label de musique indépendant (Mirwais, Muse, Carla Bruni, White Stripes, Pixies...). De 2003 à 2004, il devient CEO de EMI France. Puis il fait un bref passage en tant que président de Young & Rubicam France. À ce moment, naît l'idée d'un nouveau modèle d'agence. Ce sera la chose : 100% entrepreneuriale et 100% indépendante avec une ambition, inventer le modèle d'agence de communication de l'ère digitale. À la chose, tout a été repensé : rôle, métier, valeur ajoutée, organisation, fonctionnement, pour définir et produire avec ses clients les nouveaux éco-systèmes de communication des marques. Penser, créer intégré et décloisonné, avec la création comme ADN. 12 ans plus tard, le pari est réussi. la chose a grandi, cultivé et imposé son nouveau modèle. La vague d'agences indépendantes qui ont emboité le pas à la chose ne cesse de s'affirmer. La chose aujourd'hui, ce sont plus de 100 collaborateurs, près de 20 Millions d'euros de CA et des clients prestigieux.
Jérôme ALONZOProfessional football player
Sonny ANDERSONFormer Football player
Giancarlo ANTONIONIWorld Cup Football Champion
Yapa BANDARAGolf PRO Asia Tour
Thierry BOUTSENFormer Racing driver
Loïc BRUNITriple World downhill mountainbike Champion
Loïc is a south of France grown kid, born and raised in Cagnes sur mer. He started mountain biking with his dad and a good group of friends, loved it right away. At the age of 16, he got into an international team and started world cups. The same team still support him and helped him grabbing some good wins during these 8 years of racing. Among these wins, Loïc became world champion in Junior category when he was 18, at that moment he realized he wanted to be part of the top world's riders. His debuts in the elite category were promising. He got some injuries along the road, but he was always able to come back to the top steps of the podium. This is why fans gave him the nickname of « SuperBruni ». For the last few years, He got 3 world champion titles over the last 4 years. He still has a lot of ambitions for the future. Loïc now travels and live around biking, and loves this life, let it roll!
Pierre CALLEGARIFounder and Co-President of the communication group "Hérézie"
Jean Stephane CAMERINIGolf player
Grégory CAMPIFormer Football player
Claudio CHIAPPUCCIWorld Bicycle Road Race Legend
Linford CHRISTIEOlympic, World, European and Commonwealth 100m Champion
Undoubtedly Europe's greatest ever 100m sprinter, Linford became the Olympic 100m Champion after winning the Gold Medal in Barcelona, 1992. In an International career spanning seventeen years, Linford competed over 60 times for his country and won more major championship medals, 23, than any other British sprinter. Linford is the only British athlete to have won Gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions and was the first European to have run sub ten seconds. His fastest time of 9.87 seconds was recorded when he won the 1993 World Championship in Stuttgart. Amongst the numerous awards bestowed upon Linford, were the prestigious 1993 ?BBC Sports Personality of the Year' and ?European Athlete of the Year'. Linford has appeared on numerous television shows, having presented three series of ?Linford's Record Breakers' on BBC1 and ?Garden Invaders' amongst others. He has worked as a technical commentator in Athletics and has presented many sport-specific programmes over the years. Linford was CNN's lead commentator throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games when he analysed action on the Athletics track and provided his expert views and opinions. Linford's success in Athletics has continued since his retirement in a coaching role, having coached a number of top athletes to success including Olympic medallists Darren Campbell, Katharine Merry, Mark Lewis Francis and Commonwealth Gold Medallist Laura Turner. He has also trained alongside and coached Frankie Fredericks. Linford is currently coaching some of Britain's leading international athletes, European Indoor Silver Medallist & European U23 400m Champion Nigel Levine and Olympians James Ellington and Margaret Adeoye. Linford is one of Britain's most successful Coaches and had 5 Athletes competing in the London Olympics in 2012 and 3 athletes in Rio 2016 Olympics. Linford launched Street Athletics in June 2004 in conjunction with Manchester City Council, in an attempt to find the raw sprinting talent that is being lost to other sports and computer games. The scheme was extended to cover 4 cities in 2006. Since 2005 the project has grown and become more successful, visiting its greatest amount of venues, 22, in 2009 and still going strong in 2017.
José COBOSFormer Football player
Sandro COISFormer professional Football player
Omar DA FONSECAFormer Football player, BeIn Sport Consultant
Olivier DACOURTFormer Football player
Didier DESCHAMPSHead Coach of France National Football team
Antoinette Nana DJIMOUDouble European Champion in heptathlon
Born in Lacanau on the 27th of october 1991, Justine now lives between France and Portugal. Vice World Champion in 3 differents disciplines of surfing, multiple National and European surfing and longboarding champion, Justine is known as the most versatile woman surf in the world. A true Waterwoman. This young 27 years old lady is above all passionate about the ocean and the nature, she loves adventure and challenges. Justine has also repeatedly surfed what are called the biggest waves surfed by a woman. Justine divides her time between her adventurous waterwoman life, the search for the biggest waves and competitions with the French team in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
Nawal EL MOUTAWAKELIOC member and Olympic Champion
By winning the 400 metres hurdles gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Nawal El Moutawakel became the first Moroccan, African, Arab and Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Her watershed performance was watched live in her hometown of Casablanca in the early hours of the morning and locals poured onto the streets to celebrate. Her Olympic success earned her instant recognition in her country. Although a stunning accomplishment, it was not a surprise result. El Moutawakel was groomed at Iowa State University in the United States and had been running with considerable success on the hotly-competitive American collegiate scene over the previous two years. Her Olympic achievement was the breakthrough that gave Moroccan women much-needed belief in themselves and the courage to take up sport, which had previously been regarded as the preserve of men. The generation, which grew up at the time of her Los Angeles success has since emerged impressively on the international scene. Nezha Bidouane was World Champion in 1997 in the 400 metres hurdles; Zohra Ouaziz took the silver medal in the 1999 World Championships in the 5,000 metres, and Hasna Benhassi took silver in the 800m in 2004 Athens Olympic Games and bronze at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 just to name a few. Born in Casablanca on April 15, 1962, Nawal is still fiercely proud of her roots and regards the new opportunities that her Olympic victory gave to girls in Morocco as her most telling achievement in athletics. She still remains active in Moroccan athletics and for many years was involved in the Government. She was Inspector at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (1989 -1997), Secretary of State to the Minister of Social Affairs, responsible for Youth and Sport (1997-1998) and Minister of Youth and Sports (2007-2009). She has made the cause of health and fitness and participation of women in sport the centre piece of her philosophy. As organiser of the Courir pour le Plaisir, (Run for Fun) an annual 10 km fun run which attracts up to 30,000 women in Casablanca, she has put her beliefs into practice. Her influence internationally has also increased significantly in recent years. In 1995, she became a council member of the International Association of Athletics Federations and two years later she became the first Muslim woman ever to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. A member of the IOC Women and Sports Commission, the IOC Marketing Commission and the IOC International Relations Commission, in 2004 she was appointed Chairperson of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games, a role she also fulfilled for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In January 2010, she was appointed Chair of the IOC's Co-ordination Commission for Rio and in July 2012 she was elected the 3rd Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. September 2013, she became the 1st Vice President - the first woman from a Muslim, Arab and African nation ever to be elected. In 2016, she became a member of Parliament. A role she will hold until 2021 representing her party "Rassemblement National des Indépendants" In August 2010, she was appointed the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by UN General Secretary Mr. Ban Ki Moon.
Jean-Louis ETIENNEDoctor, explorer, writer
Born on December 9th 1946 in Vielmur-sur-Agout in Tarn, he is a french doctor and explorer. Famous for his expeditions in Arctic, in 1986, he is the first man to reach the North Pole alone, pulling his own sled for 63 days. Between July 1989 and March 1990, he is co-leader of the international expedition Transantarctica with the American, Will Steger and, accomplishes by dog sleding the longest Antarctic crossing never realized before : 6300km. A defender of the planet, Jean-Louis ETIENNE led several educational expeditions between 1990 and 1996 to publicize the polar regions and understand their role in the life and climate of the earth. Aboard the Antarctica polar sailing ship, he leaves in 1991-1992 for Patagonia, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. In 1993-1994, it is the expedition to the Erébus volcano, in 1995-1996, wintering in Spitzberg. In spring 2002, he carried out the Banquise Mission, a three-month drift on the North Pole's banquise, aboard the Polar Observer for a research and information program on global warming. From December 2004 to April 2005, he led a team of researchers from the Museum, IRD, CNRS to carry out an inventory of biodiversity and a state of the marine environment on the French atoll of Clipperton in the Pacific. From September 2007 to october 2008, he has been General Manager of the Oceanographic Institute - Albert 1st Foundation, Prince of Monaco. In April 2010, he realizes the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean in rozière balloon. Jean-Louis was elevated to the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms. The explorer also published numerous works and is now a lecturer for school children and the general public, he appears in companies and political institutions (Senate and National Assembly).
Ezio GIANOLAFormer Grand Prix Motorcycle road racer
Elisabeth GÖRGLDouble Alpine ski World Champion
Arsen GOULAMIRIANProfessional boxer
Olivier HASCOATPresident of DEO Multimedia
Stéphane HOUDETWheelchair Tennis Champion, winner of 22 Grand Slams
Loïc KORVALDouble World Champion, Double Europe Champion of Judo
S.E. Mme Yvette LAMBIN-BERTIGeneral Secretary
Emmanuel LE BERCo-Director "Les Bleus : au coeur de l'épopée russe"
Marie Amélie LE FURThree-time Paralympic Champion
Marie-Amélie Le Fur, three times Paralympic Champion and twice World recordwoman Passionate by athletics since a young age, Marie-Amélie has been amputated in 2004, follwing a motorcycle accident. Although this accident broke her dream to become a professional firefighter, she built herself thanks to the accompaniment of her close ones, a new life orientated towards sport. Marie-Amélie realizes her first race steps only 4 mnths after the accident. A long sport's adventure then begins : 2006, Three times Vice World Champion in Assen (100m, 200m, long jump), 2008 twice Vice Paralympic Champion in Pekin ; 2011, twice World Champion in Christchurch ; and 2012 three times medalist for London Paralympic Games reaching the supreme title : the one of Paralympic Champion in 100m. In 2016, Marie-Amélie, surrounded by her staff composed of 4 coaches, embarks in a new challenge : succeed in the new paralympiad in Rio, in 4 disciplines. Back with two gold medals, two world records (long jump and 400m) and one bronze medal (200m), the sport's record is more than fulfilled. After a necessary sport's break in 2017, Marie-Amélie Le fur comes back to compete in the summer 2018 : she becomes for this occasion long jump European Champion in Berlin by achieving a new world record. She becomes the first amputated woman to cross the bar of 6m (WR 6m01). In parallel of her sport's career, Marie-Amélie organizes different awareness-raising actions to promote the inclusion of handicapped people by the sport's values and through days in school, association's sponsorship, participation to some seminars and conferences in companies. More recently, Marie-Amélie became president of the CDH41 and invested herself for the candidacy for Paris 2024, as co-president of the athletes committee alongside with Teddy Rinner.
Eugénie LE SOMMERProfessional football player, 5 times winner of the Champions League, 8 times Champion of France
Born in Grasse on May 18th, 1989, she is a professional football player, playing forward for Olympique Lyonnais. Also part of France National Team. Born into a family of 9 children, all very sporty, so it's naturally that she chose football. She made her debut at the age of 4 in the club of Plumergat (Brittany). Then she played at AS Guermeur (Brittany), with boys until the age of 14, then at FC Lorient (2004-2007) and at Stade Briochin (2007-2010) before arriving, in 2010, at Olympique Lyonnais. Eugénie won 5 Champions League, 8 France Championship and 6 France Cup. In 2009 after a promising U20 World Cup, she joined France National Team, she participated in 2 World Cups, 2 Olympic Games and 3 European Championships. The next World Cup will be organized in France in June and she makes it her main goal. In life she is passionate about football and sports in general, she watches a lot of sports on television especially when there is big competitions. She also likes to discover Lyon and its surroundings areas, spending time with her family and of course returning to her region, Brittany. In parallel to her football career, she obtained a Baccalaureate diploma in social economy, a BPJEPS (Sport certificate) and a degree of Proximity manager (Bac + 2). In December 2017, Eugénie launched her first Camp "Eugénie Le Sommer", for girls from 9 to 16 years old who wants to play football for 2 days and meet her but also to share her experience. She also dedicates time to her social networks, it's a way for her to communicate and interact with her fans but also to increase women's football visibility.
Artem LEVINEuropean and World Kickboxing Champion, ACB vice-president
Artem Levin, also known as Artem "The Lion" Levin, is a World wide recognised thai and kick boxer and public figure with the Russian origin. During his sports career he became six times amateur and nine times professional World Champion in thai and kick boxing in five divisions. For six years have been captain of Russian National Muaythai Team. Beside being Champion in different top World organisations and federations, Artem Levin became twice winner of Sport Accord World Combat games. All these achievements in sports made him the most honored Russian combat sports' athlete, and one of the most famous thai and kick-boxer in the World. Beside his sports career, he is the noticeable figure in Russian social life. Artem Levin participates in many social projects in Russian Federation aimed at sports development and children's education. Organizes master classes and seminars, visiting sports schools, participates in charity events and programs. In 2016 organized "Be in sports"- sport and culture festival for children. In that festival children competed in different disciplines. Organising "Step together" charity basketball events, collecting donations for children with Cerebral palsy. Frequent guest on different TV programs, channels, also acted as a sports representative, commentator, and even a blogger. Since 2017 he is the vice president of ACB, one of the biggest World martial arts promotions. In the promotion he is responsible for professional kickboxing part, as well as business development. Married. Father of two sons, Lion and Oscar. At this moment living with the family in Miami, USA.
Bixente LIZARAZUFootball World Champion
Stéphane MEUNIERDirector "Les Yeux dans les Bleus"
Hassan N'DAM N'JIKAMBoxing Champion middleweight
Hassan was born in february 1984 in Yaoundé. He won the African Amateur Boxing Championship title in 2002 in Yaoundé in the middleweight category, and later was a quarter finalisr during the world junior championships at the Athens Olympic Games. Hassan passed professional in December 2004. He made several fights in France and signed several victories by KO against big opponents. In 2010, he became a challenger for the international WBA title and won the title by placing Omar Gabriel K.O in the 8th Round. Following that, he wins the victories until he signed a contract in the United States with Mickael King the new promoter of the firm King Sport Worldwide. He is then ranked worldwide number 7 in the IBF federation. In December 2016, he became WBA middleweight world champion against Alfonso Blanco with a K.O who was elected as the best of the year 2016 by ESPN. In May 2017, he won the regular WBA title by defeating japanese Ryoto Murata in Tokyo. This last victory being very controversial, the WBA ordered a rematch the day after the game after apologizing to the Japanese fans.
Daniel NARCISSEDouble Olympic champion, Four-time world champion of Handball
Born on December, 19th 1979 in Saint-Denis on the Réunion Island, Daniel Narcisse is a french handball player. Evolving as left-back or half-center, his nickname is « AirFrance », because no player is able to jump as he does. Daniel made his debut in Joinville Sport Club from 1998 to 1998. Then, he joined Chambéry Handball Club till 2004. Since 2013, he is part of Paris-Saint-Germain Handball Club. Daniel Narcisse received many distinctions : best left-back of the French Championship in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. He was also promoted best player of the French Championship in 2002 and 2009. In 2008, the Reunionese is elected best left-back at the Olympic Games and at the French Championship. The same year, he receives the distinction of Knight of the Legion of of honor. In 2012, it is the consecration. After a remarkable year in the French National team and in Club, Daniel Narcisse is elected best handball player of the year by the International Handball Federation. Daniel is Double Olympic Champion, four-time World Champion and three-time European Champion, making him the handball player the most titled of the French National team, counting nine international titles. In addition to his qualities as left-back and half-center, he is also the second top scorer in D1 Paris-Saint-Germain. For him, sport is « a school of life », highlighting values such as "sharing, solidarity, humility and respect". The Reunionese claims that these values are important in his sports life but also in his life as a married man and dad. After 5 years as Captain of PSG Handball, close to the club's organization, it is where his reconversion as a « Business Development Project Manager » has been organized. In front of him, new challenges, for which he will bring his experience and his 20 years of career in the service of the development of the club.
Martin NGUYENONE Featherweight World Champion
ONE Featherweight World Champion, Martin Nguyen, was born and raised in Sydney to Vietnamese parents, who moved to Australia by way of Malaysia and Indonesia. At school, he was a promising rugby league player, but was forced to quit the sport after suffering multiple injuries. At the comparatively late age of 21, Martin took up martial arts in a bid to pick up a new hobby and lose weight, but in the process discovered a life-changing experience. Since then, Martin has never looked back and instead decided to make his professional debut in 2012 after winning two amateur tournaments. He quickly took the featherweight division by storm, winning an eight-man tournament to be crowned Australia's BRACE MMA Featherweight Champion. Following that achievement, Martin signed for ONE Championship in 2014. Six stunning finishes later, Martin stood as the first-ever two-division titleholder in ONE Championship history, having knocked out both Marat Gafurov and Eduard Folayang to stand as the very best featherweight and lightweight martial artist in the world. In fact, he almost became the first-ever three division mixed martial arts world champion in history, but fell narrowly to legendary ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes via split decision.
Gilles PANIZZI7 time Rally World Champion
Riccardo PATRESEFormer Formula 1 Driver
Paula RADCLIFFE MBEMarathon World Record Holder
Born on December 17th, 1973, Paula Radcliffe is a British long distance runner, who held several prices such as a three-time winner of the London Marathon, three-time New York Marathon champion and one time Chicago marathon winner. She is the current world record holder for the women's marathon. Although she suffered from asthma and anemia during her younger years, Paula began to race when she was seven years old, encouraged by her father already practicing the discipline as an amateur. She made her international cross country debut in 1992, when she won for the first time her junior title. She entered the senior competition later, and attended several events such as the Stuttgart world championship, the Commonwealth games or the European championship. She won her first medal in a cross country event a few years later, finishing second in the world championships in Turin. Following this, Paula Radcliffe cumulated the prices: a silver medal at the cross-country world championships, a 10,000-meter Great Britain record, a bronze medal at the world cross-country championships in Belfast, and a new world record in Chicago. Thanks to her accomplishments, she was awarded ?personality of the year' by BBC Sports. In 2004, she wrote her autobiography entitled « Paula : My story so far ». In 2006, the champion decided to take a break from the competition, to focus on healing her injuries. In July of that same year, Paula announced her pregnancy and gave birth to her daughter Isla in January 2007. In 2008, the athlete decided to step back into the competition, and was rewarded with the Comeback of the Year trophy at the 2008 Laureus World Sports Awards. Today, Paula Radcliffe is a member of the Peace Champions Club, an association of 54 high level athletes created by Peace and Sport, an international organization based in Monaco which aims to build lasting peace through sport.
Peter RUNGGALDIERFormer Alpine Skier
Christophe SAIONIFormer Alpine Skier
Sophie SANDOLOProfessional Golfer
Théo SCHUSTERCo-Director "Les Bleus : au coeur de l'épopée russe"
Marco SIMONEFormer Football player
Guy STEPHANFormer professional football player, converted as coach
Massi TACHOURProfessional boxer super lightweight, Monaco Boxe team member
Massi Tachour is a boxer member of the teal Monaco Boxing, Double Champion of France in 2018 and reigning Champion of the prestigious « International Boxing Organization » Federation at the international level. (To put next to the photo) Massi Tachour begins boxing at the age of 16 and goes to learn the fundamentals in his club « l'Union Sportive Fontenaysienne - Team LABDOUNI until reaching the final stages of the Championship of France then, enters the professional ranks, in November 2013. He gets quickly noticed by convincing victories against very promising boys. He wins the French Welterweight Tournament in 2016 and a Continental IBO ?s Super Lightweight title in 2017. He achieves the feat of bringing back 18 years after Mehdi Labdouni, the French crown in the fontenaysian's ground by becoming Champion of France of super light then, goes to defend his title in June 2018 and become Double Champion of France. At the age of 27, the Fontenaysian is walking in the footsteps of his iconic coach, Mehdi Labdouni (4 times Champion of France and Double European Champion featherweight in the 90s). Since July 2018, he has joined the Monaco Boxe's team and aspires to win new titles for his team at an international level.
Eric TONG CUONGFounder and Co-President of the advertising agency "la chose"
After graduating from HEC, Eric Tong Cuong starts his career in 1985 at BDDP. He becomes director of development & strategy in 1988, then general manager from 1989 to 1993. During that time the agency will double in size. In 1994, he creates with Rémi Babinet BTC Euro RSCG, joined in 1996 by Mercedes Erra. He owns the CEO position of this agency now called BETC until 2003. During that time the agency triples in size, to become the 1st French agency, in size but also in reference (8 times in a row elected agency of the year, and best agency in Europe in 2001). In parallel, Éric Tong Cuong co-founds Naïve in 1997, an independent music label (Mirwais, Muse, Carla Bruni, White Stripes, Pixies...). From 2003 to 2004, he becomes CEO of EMI France, and then CEO of Young & Rubicam France. During that time he develops a new model of agency: la chose: a 100% independent entrepreuneurial French agency with an ambition, setting the pattern of what it means to be a communication agency in the digital era At la chose, everything has been rethought through: role of the different teams, added value, organization, to define and produce, together with its clients, new communication eco-systems for brands. Getting an integrated approach of advertising services, with creativity at the core of the DNA. 12 years later, the initiative is a success. la chose has grown up and imposed its new model. A wave of numerous French independent agencies followed. La chose today is composed of 100 collaborators, reaches nearly 20 Million euros of turnover and has numerous prestigious clients.
Chloe TRESPEUCHVice World Champion in Snowboarding, Olympic Medalist
Chloé was born on april 13, 1994 in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, representing the club of Val Thorens. At a young age, she was fascinated by the sensations sliding sports could bring her, she ran down the ski slopes in search of strong emotions. At the age of 9, she began snowboarding and began to be familiar with this discipline. Passionate by snowboarding but not only, during her free time, she also likes to do other sports such as horseriding with her own horse for competions and play golf. In 2009, thanks to her previous results (5 times French Champion), Chloé integrates the « Pôle France snowboard » (high school). In 2010, the year she turned 16, she becomes part of the French Team and is Vice senior European Champion of Snowboard cross. The following year, she wins the titles of junior's European Champion and Vice World Champion. At the age of 19, Chloé wins the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Sotchi. The french Snowboard leader becomes Vice World Champion of snowboard cross in 2017 and World Champion with her team but also twice winner of the World Cup in team in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, she ends second for the World Cup. Being the face of a young and developing sport, Chloé is fully committed to the promotion of women's sport, the fight against discrimination and the values of Olympism. As in sport, Chloé also dedicates herself to her studies. She obtained the « Baccalauréat » in Economics and Sciences, in Albertville. Nowadays, she still continues her path thanks to a University in Annecy, which links ski with her courses. In the near future, Chloé has the ambition to enter a Business School.