Mérignac (33), France, March 02, 2021 – In 2020, Azur Drones, leader in autonomous drones for surveillance and inspection, has gathered a Senior Advisory Board in order to support the company’s strategic orientations. Composed of prominent figures recognized worldwide in their fields of expertise, the board is today strengthened with the arrival of 3 new advisors: Omar Hatamleh, Bertrand Deroubaix and Christophe Béhar, who are respectively specialists in Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Nuclear.
Omar Hatamleh holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and is a recognized expert from NASA, where he has worked for more than 24 years and has been, amongst numerous positions, Chief Innovation Officer.
During his career, he has served as Deputy Chief Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, Technology Relationship Manager and Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center. Simultaneously, Omar also led the Space Studies Program at the International Space University (ISU) as Executive Director.
A renowned scientist with four engineering degrees, he has published 33 international journal articles and is a regular speaker at conferences dedicated to new technologies and Artificial Intelligence. Omar will be joining the Advisory Board in his personal capacity.
A graduate from Ecole Centrale Paris, Christophe Béhar is a French engineer specialized in nuclear industry. He held various positions within the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), including Director of Nuclear Energy (CEA/DEN) from 2009 to 2016. He was also President of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN).
At the international level, Christophe has served as Governor for France within the European Union Joint Research Centre (JRC), was a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as President of the Generation IV International Forum. He has also been appointed by the Japanese government as an expert for the decommissioning of the Fukushima power plant and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Kurchatov Institute, Russia’s leading nuclear research center.
A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Bertrand Deroubaix began his career in the construction industry, notably managing the famous Normandy Bridge across the Seine, a world record for large cable-stayed bridges when it opened in 1995.
He then worked for 25 years in the world of Energy, with various responsibilities within the international group Total. In particular, he was appointed Director of Economic Intelligence for the entire Group, General Secretary of the Refining & Marketing branch, and then Advisor to the CEO Patrick Pouyanné.
At the international level, Bertrand served as Chairman of the Board of Trade-Ranger, an e-procurement marketplace serving the oil and gas and chemical industry, in Houston.
After starting his career in the French General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), Alain Juillet took over the management of several large companies such as Pernod Ricard, Jacobs Suchard and Marks & Spencer.
He then led Intelligence Directorate of the DGSE’s in the 2000s, before being appointed High Representative for Economic Intelligence in the French Prime Minister’s office until 2009. Alain was also President of the Club of Corporate Security Directors (CDSE).
Today, he is Chairman of the Economic Intelligence Academy and is a senior advisor for several French and foreign companies.
Daniel Rich has had a long and distinguished career in the French Army, serving in operational roles abroad and general staff positions, including head of a technology watch unit, political advisor and head of a business liaison office.
He then joined the risk management consulting firm Scutum Security First as Director of Strategy and Development. He is also a founding member of Cercle K2.