Hervé Machenaud chairs Paris Innovation Review's Chinese edition. Until 2016, he was Vice-President Asia-Pacific at Electricité de France (EDF), after having served as Group Senior Executive Vice President of Generation and Engineering at EDF. Mr. Machenaud started his career as Director of the Urban Planning Division at the Ivory Coast Ministry of Planning in 1973, then undertook a variety of assignments on the African continent for the World Bank before returning to France in 1978 as Structural Engineer for the District ("Département') of Ille-et-Vilaine. He joined EDF Group in 1982 as Assistant Director of Development at the Paluel Nuclear Plant. From 1984 to 1989, he took charge of the Paluel's expansion into China, in particular the construction and commissioning of the Daya Bay Nuclear plant. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Machenaud served as Director of the National Nuclear Infrastructure Centre, and was responsible for EDF's French and international nuclear programmes. From 1995 to 1998, he served as EDF's Assistant Director of Infrastructure, responsible for Resources, Management and International Development. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Head of Generation and Transmission at EDF and then Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Industry Branch.From 2002 to 2009, he served as Executive Vice President of Asia at Electricité de France with the responsibility enhance the industrial expertise, particularly nuclear, and to ensure it has access to technological innovations in China, Japan, India and in the Great Mekong region. In particular, he spearheaded the joint venture projects in the fields of nuclear (Taishan), thermal (Sanmenxia), hydraulic and wind generation in China, Vietnam (the Phu My plant) and Laos (the Nam Theun barrage). He is a Non Executive Director at EDF Energy Plc and EDF Energy (UK) Limited. Mr. Machenaud holds degrees from Ecole Polytechnique (1968), Ponts ParisTech and Sciences Po Paris.