Executive MBA | Faculty

Director of the Dauphine - PSL Executive MBA

Pr. Nicolas Berland

Professor at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL and Vice President, Finance and Business Relationships

Nicolas Berland is a former student of Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Cachan. He passed in PhD dissertation at Dauphine - PSL in 1999. He has been Professor at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL since 2007. He was previously Professor at IAE of Poitiers (2002-2007) where he directed the Cerege and the Master's Information System and Control. From 1995 to 2002, he was at the University of Paris-Sud where he co-directed the Master's in Control and Social Management and contributed to the creation of the Pesor host team.

Since his arrival at Dauphine - PSL, he has successively been in charge of the GFR Accounting-Control (2009-2014) and the DRM research team (2014-2018). Since then, he has directed the Executive MBA. He has directed many initial training degrees at Dauphine - PSL (Master's CCA, Master's Control and Governance, Master's Risk management in St Petersburg, MBA IP in Syria). He is also very active in developing the Executive Education offer of Dauphine - PSL.

He has been a member of the Université's Scientific Council, the MSO Board and he is currently a member of the DEP Steering Committee. He is also an elected member of the CNU 06 and Vice-President of this body.

His specialisation is in Management Control and Management of Organisations. His approach is resolutely oriented towards the study of the articulation of management control with the strategic and management processes of companies.

His research has led him to study the history of management control practices, the financialisation of control, the experiences of "management without a budget", control practices in CSR, and the implementation of management control in the public sector (e.g.: National Police). He has published "Contrôle de gestion, perspectives stratégiques et managériales" (Pearson) and "Contrôle de gestion" (Que Sais-je?) as well as numerous academic publications. He was President of the Association Francophone de Comptabilité (AFC) and member of the Management Committee of the European Accounting Association (EAA). He worked in the strategy department of Total at the beginning of his career, created a company specialised in Edtech in 1999 and participated in consulting missions, notably with the firm Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC). He is a member of the scientific council of the DFCG (Association of Financial Directors and Management Controllers).

Programme Lead of the London Executive MBA

Dr. Aletha Holborough

Senior Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus and HR Business Partner at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Holborough is an efficient Human Resources (HR) Chartered Fellow of CIPD, with extensive years of strategic, policy and operational experience, adding value to businesses. She has experience managing change projects by working effectively with stakeholders focused on enhancing employee capacity and capability, while supporting the business.

At the NHS Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT), Aletha acts as a business partner and autonomous practitioner across the organisation. She provides a full range of comprehensive and professional advice and support services in relation to HR related projects, COVID-19 workforce related support and workforce reporting.

Aletha is also a member of the Senior Executive Team at Royal Caribbean International, Miami, developing and implementing human resources strategies and programs along with the leadership team, in line with the individual business units and organizational mission and vision.

Faculty Members

Michael Abeyta

Management and Strategy lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus

Michael is a serial entrepreneur, and brings his early stage startup experience from Silicon Valley to the UK and Europe. He started his career in Santa Clara, California, where he managed a $40m product line in the semiconductor software design industry. He also worked for a boutique management consulting firm advising top level executives on technology and market strategy. He later founded a company in the early days of electronic publishing, creating digital versions of popular books. Michael later spotted the opportunities in the burgeoning ecommerce and internet space, and became the first product manager for a shopping engine company, which was subsequently sold to Inktomi, a pioneering internet company, and later acquired by Yahoo! He moved to London from San Francisco to help build Inktomi’s European headquarters and subsequently managed business development for Yahoo! Search Marketing in London.

Most recently he co-founded Akesios Search Analytics, a company that created an award-winning platform to manage search engine marketing for small and medium sized businesses. During Akesios’ early years, it operated as a management consulting company to the directory sector, advising C-level executives on the effective creation and delivery of online products and services, and also included performing due diligence on planned acquisitions.

Michael is currently delivering courses in Management and Strategy to our Bachelor’s students and he is the Head of the Summer Schools. Michael holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Utah College of Engineering and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks several languages at different levels of proficiency, including Spanish, Italian and French.

Olivier Allard

Senior Consultant in Investment Banking and Asset Management

Olivier Allard is a seasoned banker and finance professional who shared his working life between Paris and London. More specifically, he has extensive global markets knowledge across all asset classes (fixed income, equities and commodities) and a proven track-record in growing profitable businesses across market cycles, including successful setting up of new activities. He is now a consultant, and he teaches Finance, Banking and Capital Markets to Dauphine - PSL students in France and abroad.

Before that, he most recently held various senior leadership roles at Natixis, such as:
• EMEA Head of Global Markets, London (2012 – 2017)
• Global Head of Financial Institution Group (2007 – 2012)

Prior to Natixis, Olivier was also at Bear Stearns International Limited in London and Arthur Andersen & Cie (now Accenture), amongst other positions. Olivier holds a Master's in Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité and a Master's in Economics from Université Panthéon Sorbonne.

Neil Botten

Strategy and Finance Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus


Having formerly been Principal Lecturer in Strategic Management, Director of the AMBA accredited MBA programmes and Deputy Head of Department in Marketing & Business Strategy at Westminster Business School, Neil is now a Visiting Lecturer in Strategic Management.

Prior to joining the Business School a number of years ago he held managerial positions in production, marketing, financial analysis and strategic planning. He has worked within commercial organisations, public sector organisations and the voluntary sector. Whilst at WBS he consulted (and still does) on foresight, strategy development and innovation & entrepreneurship. Amongst many others, clients have included the BBC, Shell International Oil Inc., The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, UBS Swiss Bank, Medecines sans Frontieres, Wavin BV and British Telecom amongst other international organisations. He has mentored Board Directors at a number of major public sector organisations.

Neil has supervised more than 250 work based MBA projects in these topic areas, and is the author and co-author of eight books (all with a practitioner focus).

His current teaching encompasses Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Futures studies and Innovation at postgraduate level and his research interests are foresight and complex adaptive systems in the context of innovation.

He is an expert assessor for European Commission Horizon 2020 grant applications and has been a committee member for the European Conference on Digital Government since 2013.
Neil is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters. He is a non-executive director of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development and a Trustee, and Finance Director, of the Firefighters Memorial Trust* dedicated to remembering fallen firefighters.

Anne Boisier-Fouché

Marketing Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus

Anne founded Octus Global, helping leaders succeed in their organisational, cultural and human transformations by bringing to life meaningful people-development solutions that deliver significant value to their business.

Over the last few years, Anne have helped organisations create positive change and get ready for the future with purpose and authenticity; helped leaders gain clarity on how to inspire their teams and have impact in the long term; facilitated hundreds of transformational Learning Moments that still make a difference everyday and always put the learners at the heart of the transformation for maximum impact, in and out.

Anne is also an Associate at both BTS and Shine for Women team, with the latter she is delivering programs for global clients committed to making the corporate world a more human place for women and men.

Anne teaches Business and International Business Management for our third-year Bachelor's students.

Marie Dargelos-Lepage

Marketing Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus

Marie Dargelos founded Things That Matter, a marketing consulting company that supports companies, start-ups and professionals in their marketing strategy to give meaning to their activity, bring consistency and visibility to their offer and boost their performance.

Marie teaches Marketing to our third-year Bachelor's students, introducing them to all aspects of this complex yet fascinating subject, sharing her passion for understanding customers' needs, finding the right positioning and providing the best product/service all-round experience.
She draws from her extensive career in marketing in the UK, where she first joined Renault before Rentokil Initial.

Peter Francis

Executive Coach, How to Speak Clearly and with Eloquence

Peter Francis has been an independent public speaker since 1990. He has presented and facilitated over 600 seminars, training courses and conference speeches on a wide range of topics, to audiences from five to 200. Successful world tours have taken in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the US and Canada. More recently he has lead teams of trainers to Germany and Bulgaria to work with an international pharmaceutical company.

In association with the Royal Bank of Scotland Peter developed a series of breakfast and half-day training courses which were rolled out across the UK as part of a successful customer retention programme.

Through this broad experience Peter has created inspiring speeches for delivery from a conference platform. They include: “The Preparation Principle” and “11 Pillars of Success”. Both of these speeches are uplifting and entertaining.

Peter has designed some unique leadership, management and communication skills training courses. These can help anyone in business gain confidence and further their career. The communications courses help attendees who need to present material to an audience, no matter the size, more effectively and with greater impact. Using appropriate skills, including leading edge NLP techniques, Peter helps individuals to present material with precision and confidence.

Peter has a Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming and has trained for Television and Radio presentation.

Dr. Samuel Hinds

Financial Accounting Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus

Dr. Samuel Hinds is actively involved in the academic teaching and development of Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus. In addition to being Academic Lead in Management, within the Bachelor's in Economics and Management, teaching Management Accounting and Financial Accounting and Management, Samuel is also part of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education task force. He is a former senior lecturer at University of Surrey and Westminster Adult Education Service.

He holds a PhD in Psychology and Education from University College London in 2018, complementing his MSc in International Finance obtained in 2001 from CERAM (now SKEMA France). Since 2005, Samuel is a member of Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education and a Teaching Fellow at The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Mati Kaim

Head of Teaching & Learning Development and Senior Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, London campus

Mati is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA) with an MSc in Applied Linguistics from the University of Oxford (Distinction) and an MA in English & Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma awarded by the University of Cambridge and undertaken at UCL (DELTA). He's also a certified examiner for two international exam boards and speaks 4 languages at different proficiencies (English, Spanish, Russian & French).

Mati leads a multidisciplinary team, and works across the institution through programme and module design, guiding academic staff development, including Fellowship of Advance HE, organising educational initiatives, and teaching a variety of academic and professional modules. His professional interests mainly lie in Intercultural & Professional Communication, Leadership & Coaching, Teaching & Learning Development, and Critical Thinking & Cognitive Biases.

Dr. Sophie Méritet

Associate Professor 'Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches' (HDR) at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL

After obtaining her PhD in Economics in 2000, Sophie Méritet worked for two years in Houston, Texas as an Energy Economist at the French Consulate and then as a Lecturer at the University of Houston.

Since 2002, she has been a Lecturer at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL and a Researcher at the Center for Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (CGEMP). Co-Director of the Master's 2 Energy, Carbon Finance, she teaches Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Competition Policy, European Economics and Energy Economics. She teaches at Sciences Po Paris and at ENA, and also provides Executive Education seminars in various institutions and companies. She was in charge of a course at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées for 5 years and has also taught at the American University of Paris and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Her teaching experiences abroad include University of Chicago and University of Michigan in the United States, CIDE in Mexico,... Her research interests are related to the reorganisation of energy industries, firm behavior, and the geopolitics of energy.

Francesco Travagli

Professor at Université of Paris Dauphine - PSL

Francesco Travagli is an expert in entrepreneurship, innovation and growth strategies.
Head of Entrepreneurship at EDC Paris Business School, he is the head of the Entrepreneurship Department, the two entrepreneurship majors and the school's incubator.

Partner and director of "Cantillon", an entrepreneurship consulting agency, he accelerates the time to market and growth of innovative projects of entrepreneurs and companies. Since 2014, he has trained over 800 people in entrepreneurship and coached over 100 entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. In 2016, he was welcomed to France and awarded at the Elysée Palace by François Hollande and Emmanuel Macron as part of a programme to attract international technology entrepreneurs to France.

He graduated in Marketing Management at Bocconi University in Milan and won a scholarship for a double master's degree in Strategic Market Creation at Copenhagen Business School. Thanks to his academic background, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of marketing and business development.

Pr. Pierre Volle

Professor of Marketing at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL

Pierre Volle holds a PhD in Management Sciences and is co-director of the Consulting and Research programme in the Marketing & Strategy Master's programme at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL. He is a research director attached to the Marketing & Strategy research team (ERMES) within the Dauphine Research in Management center. He has supervised doctoral theses and created the Center for Customer Management (CCM). At Dauphine - PSL, he was Director of Communications, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Head of the Marketing & Strategy Department and responsible for several programmes in initial and executive education (Master's degree in "Distribution & Customer Relations", Master's degree in "Management", Executive Doctorate in Business Administration). He was also the Marketing Manager of a subsidiary of the Savencia group in the United Kingdom, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Décisions Marketing, Director of the CEFAG (Centre Européen de Formation Approfondi à la Gestion de la FNEGE) and President of the French Marketing Association (AFM).

His areas of expertise include customer management practices (strategic and organisational dimensions), the development of marketing skills in organisations and the history of marketing. He works on marketing strategy (through managerial cognition and practices): formulating a marketing strategy in a digital context (and the associated paradoxes); developing a brand content strategy (and the associated tensions); developing marketing resources and capabilities: developing customer intelligence; practicing open marketing; developing dynamic adaptive capabilities; the impact of investments in customer relations/customer experience; and the history of marketing.

He is the author of several books and about fifty scientific contributions.

Benjamin Victor

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Actor, Singer and Writer

Benjamin is a London-based actor, singer and writer. As an actor, he is represented by Delaney Grey Management. He trained in Fine Art at Byam Shaw College of Art and Loughborough University before graduating with an MA (Distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

As a writer, Benjamin has shown work at the Courtyard and Old Red Lion theatres, and he has participated on the Playwriting Programme at the Royal Court Theatre where he was mentored by Suhayla El-Bushra. As an actor, Benjamin has worked with industry professionals including Alessandro Talevi, Maria Huesca, Jo Davies, Steve Elias, Joe Deer, Forrest McClendon and Adébayo Bolaji. He has performed at the Park Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Grange Park Opera and at Teatro Goldoni in Florence. Benjamin is a company member of Ex Nihilo Theatre, and also co-founded Blink Theatre in 2014. Blink Theatre is now run by Artistic Director Lotte Ruth Johnson.

Benjamin believes in establishing safe creative spaces in which voices, bodies and stories can be explored. He is working on multiple projects throughout 2021/22, exploring how we move and become who we are.

Benjamin teaches at Dauphine - PSL, London, and works as a freelance tutor at primary, secondary, higher education and drama school level.