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Who we are / Team

Our team is Acropolis’ greatest asset; company expertise is capitalized in our team knowledge, maturity and personality. Partner, Team Leader, Consultant or Researcher, each of them are the pillars of Acropolis Associates’ temple.


President Acropolis Associates
President Acropolis Capital
President Great Wall Investment Africa
Founder of Acropolis China in 2005
Founder of Galerie Europ’ Art China in 2011 (funded & sponsored by Acropolis Associates Group)
Based in China since 2003

Nicolas is running Acropolis’ business units: China Government Affairs, China-Africa infrastructure investment, Acropolis Executive Search and Acropolis Capital.

Practice leader:

  • Joint Ventures in China
  • Government affairs in China
  • M&A China – Europe
  • R&D in China
  • Pharmaceutical, Biotechnologies, Medical Devices
  • Manufacturing, Industrial
  • Aviation, Aeronautics, Defense

gui1Nicolas has more than 40 years professional experience in international business. As Senior Executive for the British and American Tobacco Group (BAT) he was responsible for the Middle East and Africa. He then focused his business talent in the media and communications sector, where he gained expertise, since 1989, doing business with China and Asian countries.

Nicolas graduated in International Business Management Studies at the University of Paris IX Dauphine, which he completed by an International MBA at the International School of Management (Paris and New York).

Nicolas has been living in Shanghai on a full-time basis since 2003. Nicolas is a compulsive Art collector, an amateur photographer and is fond of new technology.gui2

Suzy MA

President Acropolis Entrepreneur Center
VP in charge of Education
VP in charge of Administration, Legal, Human Resources and Finance
Founder of Acropolis China
Founder & Managing Director of Galerie Europ’ Art China in 2011 (funded & sponsored by Acropolis Associates Group)
Based in China

gui1Suzy has a solid experience in Human Resources and Education. During 11 years in France, she managed a company doing international trading between Europe and China. Then in China, she was actively involved in the establishment of the Management School of Lyon (EM Lyon). For 7 years, she was responsible for the Promotion, the Recruitment and the Alumni club in China (EM Lyon China Club). Suzy is managing Acropolis Education activity in China.

Since 2006, Suzy is the China Representative of IAE Grenoble (Grenoble University). Suzy obtained a French MA of Science of Education, as well as an MBA “France in Shanghai”. Suzy likes traveling in Europe and Asia, enjoys all foods of the world and is found of fashion.gui2

Annick de Kermadec-Bentzmann

VP in charge of China-Europe M&A
Based in China since 1981

Annick de Kermadec-Bentzmann was born in Beijing and spent most of her childhood in Asia and Africa. At the age of eighteen, she returned to France and studied Oriental arts, she majored in Chinese and Malay (Institut des Langues O’). She holds a degree in English, Cambridge University and graduated from the International Marketing Institute (IMI, USA), in International Marketing Management.

She joined BNP (Banque Nationale de Paris) in 1981 and was posted in Beijing the following year as Deputy Chief Representative. Annick worked for BNP and BNP Paribas in China until December 2013, in various roles (BNP Chief Representative for Eastern China, BNP Paribas General Manager of the Shanghai branch).

In 1983, she was a founding member of the “Association of Representatives of French Companies in China” (Association des Representants des Societes Francaises en Chine). In 1992, this association became CCIFC (French Chamber of Commerce in China). Annick was involved in forming both the Beijing and Shanghai chapters. She was elected CCIFC Vice-President in 1997 and President from September 2005 until March 2013, the first time a woman had been elected to that position. Annick remains since then Honorary President.

In 1991, she founded the Cercle Francophone de Shanghai, was President from 1992 to 2004, she is now Honorary President. She is also Vice-President of the Alliance Francaise of Shanghai.

As a French Foreign Trade advisor since 1992 (CCE / Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur), she has received the prestigious French title of « Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite” in 1993 and “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur » in 2008. In 2007, she won the prize “Excellence in Business” from the Expatriate Professional Women Society of Shanghai.

Annick participated in the founding of the Bailliage of Shanghai of the Chaîne des Rotisseurs (International Association of Gastronomy). She has been a board member, serving as the « Argentier » of the Bailliage of Shanghai, a perfect matching between her finance skills and her love for fine food. Annick has a few hobbies, namely, traveling, one of her passions, she also likes collecting antiques, such as ceramics, paintings, sculptures, specializing in Asian art.

Stephen FANG

Team leader & Chief Operations Officer
Based in China

Sectors of expertise:

  • Automotive
  • FMCG
  • Chemicals, Plastic
  • Finance, Banking

gui1Stephen gained a solid experience in Recruitment & Executive search in China and Singapore: more than 20 years working experience, including the last 10 years as Executive search’ Team Leader, recruiting senior profiles in industries like Automotive, Aviation, Pharmaceutical, FMCG, Chemicals, Plastic, Advertising, Finance and Banking, Manufacturing etc

Stephen has good knowledge and solid experience with retainer and executive searching contract in china. Handle the C-Level executive searching projects.

Stephen graduated from Harbin engineering University (Major in Society psychology and Law management), he got 2 bachelor degrees and one master degree.

Stephen enjoys learning the different company’s culture, organization structure and business models when he manages the different assignements for western companies in Asia. Stephen is the happy father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl.gui2

Dr. Fabien SEBBAH, DBA
VP Europe
Founder of Acropolis Associates USA in 1999
« Membre du Club des Chasseurs de têtes », Paris (Head-Hunters Club’ associate, Paris)
Based in France

Previously to Acropolis Associates, Fabien gained his experience in the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry (Merck Sharp and Dohme) in various leading positions including recruiting, coaching, training, team management and business development. Fabien is a certified NLP Master.

After graduating in Business Studies at St. John’s University (New York), Fabien obtained an International MBA and a DBA at the International School of Management (New York & Paris).

Sharing his time between the USA and Europe, Fabien plays golf and is an accomplished skier . gui2

XI Yong
VP in charge of Government Affairs
Based in China

gui1Born in Shanghai in 1971. In 1983 (he was 12 years old), XI Yong was admitted to Young Master (a famous Chinese magazine for kids) to be a journalist, and then later promoted to editor and vice editor-in-chief.

XI Yong get a Master degree in 1998 of Fudan University School of Journalism and used to be a visiting reporter at University of Oxford in 1998.

He acted as Journalist, Editor and News Presenter of Shanghai Television News Report and also as Producer and Director in CCTV and BTV. His TV series won grand prize (highest prize) of China Broadcast and TV Award, and NPC Good News Award.

Family member of the Merrylin international holdings group and Motel chain hotel group holdings, Committee member of Shanghai Jing’ An Youth Association, member of Shanghai Art and Photographers’ association.

From 2008 to 2013, XI Yong was Senior Government PR of L’Oreal (China).

Because of his commitment and high involvement, he was rewarded as an « Outstanding Individual » of International World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
During leisure, XI Yong his writing novels and detective stories, he is an insatiable movies watcher and enjoy traveling

Recruitment Director
Founder of EMC Recrutement (France) in 2007
Based in France

gui1Marlène has over 10 years professional experience in human resources. She founded EMC Recrutement in Grenoble in 2007. She previously worked as a Recruitment Consultant and as a Human Resources Consultant in an industrial company (200 people). She was in charge of careers, training and recruitment.

She graduated in Human Resources from GEM / Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble Management School).

Marlène likes traveling and meeting new cultures. She gets involved in humanitarian and environmental projects. gui2