About

Our team

Spin Partners was founded in 2000 by Christian Harbulot and Lionel Sinquin. Its team is made up of multi-disciplinary and versatile consultants, all trained in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence.

Christian Harbulot

President

Christian Harbulot develops the activities of influence and advises company managers in that field. He wrote several reference books, including “Le Manuel de l’Intelligence Economique”, (PUF, 2012).

Co-founder of Spin Partners, Christian Harbulot is one of the builders of Competitive and Strategic Intelligence in France and has created the “economic warfare” concept.

Lionel Sinquin

Managing director

Lionel Sinquin coordinates all the operations inside the firm. He is in charge of large international corporate groups, international institutions and government organisations.

Co-founder of Spin Partners, Lionel Sinquin is a graduate of the School of Economic Warfare (Ecole de Guerre Economique) and of the “School of Higher International Studies” (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales).

Augustin Roch

Influence Department Manager

Augustin Roch leads Spin Partners’ influence and communication operations. He also leads professional competitive intelligence trainings.

Formerly, he was th head of Spin Partners' Studies Department Manager. He has a Ph.D in Political Science and completed his thesis while working in a major energy group. Also a graduate of the School of Economic Warfare, he was previously a survey analyst for Amundi.

Kevin Tavernier

Studies Department Manager

Kevin Tavernier oversees the actions of monitoring and analysis run by Spin Partners. He has advanced expertise in monitoring tools, information research and economic security.

Formerly, he worked for the industry and the service sector. He is a graduate from the School of Economic Warfare and has a Master‘s Degree in Business Strategies and International Development.

Bénédicte Simi

Country head Canada

Bénédicte Simi runs the operations of monitoring and analysis in North America and Asia. Based in Montréal, she works through Vigiestrat, Inc., that she manages from the beginning in 2013.

Bénédicte Simi graduates of the School of Economic Warfare and a school in management and marketing. Previously she created the competitive intelligence service of Brink's France, before setting up her own business in Canada.

Arnaud Direz

Consultant

Arnaud Direz is specialised in strategic actions of monitoring and analysis.

Formerly, he worked in the automotive and insurance industries. Arnaud Direz has a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law and is a graduate of the School of Economic Warfare.

Pierre Poullaouec

Consultant

Pierre Poullaouec leads actions of monitoring, analysis and perception management, mainly online. He is the coordinator of the Lobbying Competition.

Formerly, he worked in embassy, NGOs and major companies. Pierre Poullaouec is a graduate of the Toulouse Institute for Political Studies (IEP) and the School of Economic Warfare.

Artus Huot de Saint Albin

Consultant

Artus Huot de Saint Albin leads actions of monitoring and analysis, mainly online.

Formerly, he was parliamentary assistant and consultant for Airbus. He is a graduate of the School of Economic Warfare and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations. He previously accomplished his third year of undergraduate degree in History at the University of Manchester.

Apolline Chorand

Consultant

Apolline Chorand leads actions of monitoring and analysis, mainly online.

Formerly, she worked in communication and philanthropy areas in a local authority and a major company from electricity sector. She is a graduate of NEOMA Business School and the School of Economic Warfare.

Anne L’Yvonnet

Consultant

Anne L’Yvonnet leads actions of monitoring and analysis, mainly online. Specialized on the Asia-Pacific region and more particularly China, she masters Mandarin and has a deep knowledge of China’s political, economic and social systems. She also has a strong interest in digital strategies on the Chinese web.

Formerly, she was buyer for a French firm based in Hong Kong and coordinator for a Chinese firm based in Beijing. Anne L’Yvonnet has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from INALCO and a Master’s Degree in International Business from Suzhou University. She is currently undergoing an MBA at the School of Economic Warfare.