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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 Associates USA in 1999
Founder of Acropolis China in 2005
Founder of Galerie Europ’ Art China in 2011 (funded & sponsorized 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 over 35 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 & sponsorized 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 10 years working experience, including the last 6 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

VP Business
Clarity and Ethics Founder of Acropolis Associates USA in 1999
Sharing between France & UK

gui1Ian has an extensive experience in international management with multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, government and civil societies, with applied knowledge of development program management (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations (ILO, MDP, UNDP, UNOPS), European Union, the Canadian International Development Agency and UK Aid.

For some national administrations, blue-chip corporations and financial institutions, as Strategy Consultant, Ian has managed complex projects in several languages with a team of multi-disciplinary experts in Africa, China, Europe, Latin America and the USA, including for the aerospace industry. Ian acquired practical knowledge of delivering complete business and technical solutions for top management, implemented Boardroom tools, Decision Support Systems, Executive Information Systems, prepared and delivered various training schemes.

Ian is in charge of our Business Clarity and Ethics Department. Acropolis Associates thus offers its clients thorough investigations of goodwill and staff and suppliers’ integrity, which, in fine, can obviate hazardous investments (illegal trading, unlawful use of copyrights, corporate fraud, etc.).

Ian was born in Africa and educated at Worth Abbey and Keele University (B.A. Joint Honours in International Relations), completed by an Executive MBA at the International School of Management (Paris & New York).

Ian is an enthusiastic writer and author of three books (A History of National Anthems Through the Ages, Floreat Europa in diversitate and From Olympia to Beijing).gui2

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

Marie-Paule DETRIE

Director for Outplacement and Career Coaching
Based at Paris

Sectors of expertise:

  • Industry
  • Automotive
  • Building and public works
  • Retail
  • Hospitality

gui1Originating from East of France, Marie-Paule has been living in expatriation since 2004, moving more and more East over the years: Slovakia, Russia and China. Marie-Paule has more than 20 years experience in B2B and supply chain for services and industry. As the branch office manager of a leading packaging company in Bratislava and Consultant for the Moscow branch office of TPA/AXIS, Marie-Paule has become a specialist of Eastern Europe. She has command of all recruitment key techniques, is adept at rewriting resumes and preparing candidates to interviews, enhanced by 8 years experience with VEDIOR-BIS (now RANDSTAD Group).

Being in charge of South China and based in Shenzhen since 2011, Marie-Paule manages and develops the activities of Acropolis Associates in the areas of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.

Marie-Paule likes golf, opera-ballet, museums and “feng shui”. She loves to cook and to enjoy world cuisine. She loves life and is a fine gourmet. She is a Francophile at heart. gui2

Stanislas ROLLAND

stephenStanislas, a French National, has been living and working in Shanghai since August 2002. He started his executive search career in December 2006, helping European and American companies to recruit senior and mid-level executives in order to support their development in China.Stanislas’ experience spans across multiple industries such as manufacturing for industrial products, retail, sourcing, environment protection, education, travel and hospitality.Stanislas started his career in the pharmaceutical industry in France, and later worked in the field of textile, food and medical products.Stanislas holds a master of molecular biophysics, which is he studied at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, and an MBA from the Solvay Business School in Brussels.

Stanislas is married, and is the father of two Sino-French children, born and raised in Shanghai. He is very fond of Chinese culture and language, of literature, art, sports and family life. He is also a member of the board of a non-profit organization teaching French to expatriate children in Shanghai.


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