Our team

For every project, we build a team of specialists managed by a project Manager and a project Director. The diversity of skills amongst our consultants allows us to offer multidisciplinary teams able to address the most complex issues.

Pierre Odent – Chief Executive Officer

Pierre is a Transport Consultant with 20 years experience of road, rail and airport projects around the world. A transport economist by training with an MSc in Transportation Planning & Management and an Advanced Management degree obtained at Henley. Pierre has a wide ranging portfolio of projects, ranging from the definition of regional transportation Master Plans, cost benefit evaluation of transportation projects, the development of national, regional and urban multimodal models and the evaluation of the impact of transportation policy on air quality. Prior to joining EXPLAIN as its Chief Executive in January 2015, Pierre was CEO of MVA Consultancy and before, General Manager for MVA in France.

 

Alexandre Bréèrette – Managing Director

Alexandre Bréèrette 600Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Alexandre spent 14 years with MVA where he contributed to numerous studies as an expert, project manager or project director. He has acquired a wide range of skills and gives lectures on the interaction between land use and transportation at Ecole Centrale de Lyon. Alexandre contributed to the development of several transportation models at different geographical scales: national models used to evaluate high speed rail projects such as Poitiers-Limoges, Bordeaux-Spain and Bordeaux-Toulouse, regional models in Normandie and Franche Comté, multimodal urban models in Saint Etienne and Nantes. He developed several transportation strategies as project manager: regional transport plan for Normandie, transport plan for Greater Besançon, strategy to reduce car use in the Paris city centre. He was Project Director for several appraisal for large infrastructure projects: GPSO High speed rail project, the highway bypass project for Clermont Ferrand. Alexandre also managed several traffic engineering studies for Greater Lyon and private developers such as Auchan and Leroy Merlin.

 

Valentine Minard – Project Director

valentine-minard-250bValentine has 10 years experience in transportation planning. She joined EXPLAIN after 3 years with CDVIA and 7 years  with MVA Consultancy. She is an experienced Project Manager and Project Director and has led projects for local Authorities, public and private developers.

Her main expertise concerns traffic management, public transport, terminal planning and pedestrian movement optimization.

She has a strong experience in the development of assignment models as well as mircrosimulation models.

 

Laurent Guimas – Project Director – Expert

Laurent works for EXPLAIN as Project Director and expert. Previously, he spent 8 years with MVA where he contributed to numerous studies as an expert, project manager or project director. Laurent also spent 5 years in public research with CNRS. He conducted several research projects on passengers and freight transport at European, national and more local levels. He has developed a deep expertise in transport multimodal modelling including multi-agent modelling techniques and land use modelling. He gives lectures at Ecole Centrale de Lyon and has presented in several seminars on transport modelling, transport policy and land use. With MVA, Laurent managed all the development of the French National transport model for Freight and passengers (MODEV) for the Ministry of transport. He was in charge of demand forecast for the GPSO high speed rail project, developed traffic and revenue forecast for the Charles De Gaulle Express project, developed the multimodal urban model for Greater Strasbourg and advised on the development of the traffic model for Casablanca.

 

Marie Lalire – Project Director

Marie works for EXPLAIN as Project Director and expert.

Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Marie spent 16 years with erea-conseil à Bordeaux where she directed transport Master Plans for several large cities and in particular for Tours, Ajaccio, Valence Romans, Toulouse and Nantes.

Marie is used to manage multidisciplinary teams as part of large transportation strategy projects and she has a deep knowledge and large experience a stakeholders and public consultation techniques.

 

Aline Bagland – Project Manager

Aline Bagland 600Aline works for EXPLAIN as a project Manager.

Aline has 18 years experience in traffic engineering, modelling and appraisal.

 

Nicolas Mony – Project Manager

nicolas-mony-250Nicolas works for EXPLAIN as a Project Manager. Previously, he spent 4 years at MVA developing strong capabilities in survey and modelling techniques using specialized software. He contributed to the development of the French National model (MODEV) for the Ministry of Transport, and he produced the demand forecast for the GPSO high speed project. He worked on the development on the regional model for Haute and Basse Normandy. In parallel, Nicolas has worked on a variety of subjects: transport strategy, traffic engineering, survey techniques, risk analysis, and LUTI models.

 

Lorène Honoré – Expert

Lorène works for EXPLAIN as an expert.

Previously, Lorène spent 9 years with MVA in Paris and in Bangkok.

Her experience covers interchange planning, accessibility studies, land use, multimodal modelling. She has been involved in complex transportation planning studies involving all modes of transport.

 

Pierre Tavernier – Project Director – Expert

Pierre joins EXPLAIN in 2019 as a Project Director and Expert. Previously, Pierre worked for KEOLIS during 38 years. Pierre is a public transport expert. His experience covers the definition of public transport networks, the definition of solutions to improve commercial speed for buses, urban travel plans, fares and ticketing policies etc.

 

Alexandre Nicolas – Expert

Alexandre works for EXPLAIN as an Expert. Alexandre obtained his engineering degree at Ecole Polytechnique, he also has an MSC from Cambridge University and obtained a PHD in Physics at University of Grenoble. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Alexandre was a researcher and specialized in pedestrian modelling. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 publications.

 

Malik Béchar – Expert

Malik has 20 years of international experience in transport modelling (highway, public transport and
four-stage multimodal models) and has worked both in the public and private sectors, mainly within
Australia, France and Asia. He specialises in high level strategic transport modelling with extensive
experience in using CUBE softwares (TRIPS and VOYAGER).

Malik’s experience covers all the technical aspects of transport modelling: data analysis, networks
coding, model development/calibration/validation (motorisation, generation/attraction, distribution,
modal choice and assignments, highway and public transport), matrix estimation and scenarios
testing/analysis. He has managed various transport modelling projects and his main achievement is
the development of a four-stage multimodal model for New Delhi, capital of India (population of 17
million).

 

Jean Dominique Blardone – Expert

jdbJean Dominique works for EXPLAIN as an expert. He spent the last 20 years working on transport modelling, transport economics and intelligent transport systems. In 1996, he pioneered real time traffic information systems in Europe with the development of SYTADIN. The web site rapidly became the most visited web site of the French Ministry of Transport. Nowadays, thousands of websites use information from SYTADIN. During that period, Jean Dominique worked on several experiment to introduce real time traffic information in GPS both for cars (CARMINAT) and freight transport. Starting in 2000, Jean Dominique started to develop traffic information servers for mobile phone services, and contributed to the development of real time information systems for toll roads operators. In 2003, he joined the French Ministry of Transport where he took responsibility for the development of MODEV: the French National transport model for passengers and freight movements. With MODEV, he produced and managed many longitudinal studies: optimizing the location of freight multimodal platforms in France, appraisal of cross Pyrenean and cross Alps transportation infrastructure projects, demand forecast for Maritime’s freight motorways, evaluation of tax policies on heavy goods vehicles, hinterland analysis for the main French harbours etc. He used MODEV to evaluate the 2030 French national infrastructure plan, and to look at greenhouse gas emissions.

 

David Wiedmer – Project Manager

David works for EXPLAIN as a Project Manager.

David is a civil engineer with 10 years’ experience in transportation planning. David specialized in transport strategies, accessibility analysis and traffic engineering.

 

Coralie Dougère – Project Manager

Coralie Dougere 600Coralie works for EXPLAIN as a Project Manager. Coralie spécialized in transportation planning during his engineering degree at Université Technologique de Compiègne. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, she spent six months studying land use and transport at InstitutoSuperior Técnico(IST) -Lisbonne, Portugal.

 

Romain Leo – Project Manager

Romain works for EXPLAIN as a Project Manager.

Romain has an MSc in Civil Engineering and Infrastructure as well as an MSc in land use from University of Grenoble. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Romain spent two years with IRIS Conseil. His area of expertise covers traffic engineering and infrastructures feasibility studies. He worked on BRT and tramway projects as well as on interchange planning projects.

 

Ioannis Baraklianos – Project Manager

Ioannis works for EXPLAIN as an analyst. Ioannis has a PHD in Transport Economics from LAET (French Laboratory of Transport Economics and Land Use). He is also an Engineer from Ecole Polytechnique Thessalonique.

His area of expertise covers transport modeling and land use.

 

Baptiste Cordhomme – Analyst

 

Baptiste works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Baptiste specialized in transportation planning during his engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works and at Lyon University where he obtained his Master degree transport.

 

Mathilde Lemesle – Analyst

 

Mathilde joins EXPLAIN in 2019 as an analyst.

Mathilde specialized in transportation planning during her engineeting degree at Université Technologique de Compiègne.

 

Clara Delattre – Analyst

 

Clara works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Clara specialized in transportation planning during her engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works and at University Lumière Lyon 2 where she obtained her Master degree in urban and regional passenger transport.

 

Pierre Henry – Analyst

 

Pierre works for EXPLAIN as an analyst

Pierre obtained an engineering degree at ENSMM and also obtained an MSC at University of Sherbrooke in Canada. Pierre specialised in modelling.

 

Léa Fabre – Analyst

Léa works for EXPLAIN as an analyst. She specialized in transportation Planning during her enginnering degree at INSA de Lyon and during her Master Research obtained at Polytechnic Montreal.

 

Yi You – Analyst

Yi works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Yi specialized in computer science during his engineering degree at Université technologique de Compiègne. Yi is passionate with transport and is expert in data analysis.

 

Candice Bigot – Analyst

Candice works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Candice specialized in transportation planning during her engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works and at University Lumière Lyon 2 where she obtained her Master degree in urban and regional passenger transport.

Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Candice worked for Transport For London for the team in charge of analysing the performance of the surface network.

 

Thomas Benichou – Analyst

Thomas works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Thomas specialized in transport planning during his engineering degree at Ecole des Ponts Paristech and at University of Tokyo School of urban Engineering. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Thomas worked for Ingerop on the Paris métro system and for Deloitte as data scientist.

 

Camille Pons – Analyst

Camille works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Camille specialized in transportation planning during her engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works.

Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Camille worked for Rail Concept modelling rail infrastructure and operation. Prior to that, she worked for TTK in Germany in their operation an rolling stock department.

 

Julianie Charmeil – Analyst

Julianie works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Julianie holds an engineering degree obtained at ENSTA Paris and specialized in transportation planning during her MSc “Transportation Systems’ obtained at the Technical University of Munich. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Julianie worked for TTK in Karlruhe (Germany).

 

Maxence Vauchier – Analyst

Maxence works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Maxence specialized in transportation planning during his engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works and at University Lumière Lyon 2 where he obtained his Master degree in urban and regional passenger transport.

 

Salomé Franques – Analyst

Salomé works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Salomé obtained an engineering degree from Polytech Tours. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Salomé worked for EGIS Rail and TRANSITEC on a variety of urban projects in Lisbon, Lyon, Tours etc. She also worked on the development of the tramway network in Grenoble.

 

Charly Malamaire – Analyst

Charly works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Charly specialized in cognitive science during his engineering degree at ENSC. Within EXPLAIN, Charly develops our tools for a better understanding of people movements.

 

Alexandra Simon – Analyst

Alexandra works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Alexandra specialized in transportation planning during her engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works and at University Lumière Lyon 2 where she obtained her Master degree in urban and regional passenger transport. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Alexandra worked for RATP Dev and for Kisio.

 

Mélanie Denis – Analyst

Mélanie works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Mélanie specialized in transportation during her engineering degree at ENTPE.

 

Oswaldo Alanis – Analyst

Oswaldo works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Oswaldo specialized in transportation during his engineering degree at Univeristé Technologique de Compiègne.

 

Leoplod Verhaeghe – Analyst

Leopold works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Leopold specialized in computer science and real time informations systems during his engineering degree at Univeristé Technologique de Compiègne.