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 test 2Pierre 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-guimas-250Laurent 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.

 

Aline Bagland – Project Manager

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

Aline has 10 years experience in traffic engineering, modelling and appraisal.

 

 

Martin Chourrout – Project Manager

martin-chourrout-250Martin works for EXPLAIN as a Project Manager. Specialised in travel modelling, Martin contributed to the development of models for a variety of clients such as the French Ministry of transport, Greater Arras, Ports de Paris, RFF, Greater Strasbourg, Calais port etc. In parallel, Martin managed several economic evaluations of infrastructure projects: a new train station in Bruay-la-Buissière, the electrification of Amiens – Abbeville – Rang-du-Fliers railway line.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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).

 

Elsa Roussellet – Expert

elsa5Elsa has over 10 years experience in transportation planning and parking studies.

Elsa undertook major parking policy studies for city of Paris and Greater Lyon. Her experience covers parking survey design and management. Her experience covers city wise parking studies as well as local parking studies for intermodal hubs (Grand Paris Express stations)

Her experience also covers cycling studies (cycling master plan for city of Cherbourg), pedestrian studies (Jean Macé station), public transport  (Grenoble tramway, Grand Paris Express), traffic engineering studies for developpers (IKEA, Leroy Merlin).

 

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.

Emmanuelle Hervouet – Project Manager

emmanuelle-hervouet-250Emmanuelle joins EXPLAIN in April 2015 as an analyst. Emmanuelle specialized in transportation planning during her engineering degree at the French National School of Public Works and at University Lumière Lyon 2 where she did her Master degree in urban and regional passenger transport.

 

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.

 

 

Ioannis Baraklianos – Analyst

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.

 

 

Ayana Lamatkhanova – Analyst

Ayana works for EXPLAIN as an analyst. Ayana has a Master in Econometry and statistics from University Lyon 1. Prior to joining EPLAIN, Ayana worked as a research Engineer at CNRS.

 

 

Thibault Lieux – analyst

Thibault works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Thibault specialized in rail engineering at INSA (Lyon) and at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. He specialized in transportation planning at University of Leeds where he obtained an MSc. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Thibault worked for SYSTRA Ltd in its Birmingham office (UK), for DB SchenkerRail UK in Nottingham (UK), and for IAV GmbH in Gifhorn (Germany).

 

 

Azwan Ali – Project Manager

azwan-ali-250Azwan joins EXPLAIN in September 2016 as an analyst. Azwan spécialized in transportation planning during his engineering degree at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, he worked one year for TRANSAMO where he developed PT models for Rabat (Morocco), Rouen, and Marseille.  He also worked 6 months for SETEC ITS on traffic regulation systems in the Paris Region and also payment and ticketing system for the Rhône Alpes Region.

 

 

Coralie Dougère – Analyst

Coralie Dougere 600Coralie joins EXPLAIN in September 2016 as an analyst. 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.

 

 

Jimmy Ribeiro – Analyst

Jimmy joins EXPLAIN in 2017 as an analyst. Jimmy specialized first in econometrics at Univesity Lyon 2, Ecole Centrale de Lyon and then in transportation planning at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, he worked 2 years for Kisio, a subsidiary of Keolis. His area of expertise covers survey design and analysis, public transportation and general planning studies.

 

 

Marlène Ménoire – Analyst

Marlène works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Marlène specialized in transportation planning during her engineering degree at ENTPE and her Master Degree at University Lyon 2. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Marlène worked at Polytechnic Montreal where she developed an innovative demand model for carsharing stations.

 

 

Vincent Lethuillier – Project Manager

Vincent joins EXPLAIN in April 2017 as an analyst. Vincent specialized in transportation planning during his engineering degree at Ecole Centrale and Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, he worked for WSP in Stockholm (Sweden) on the development of the National Swedish transportation model. Vincent has used Emme, Visum and Vissim.

 

 

Mathilde Désoyer – Analyst

Mathilde works for EXPLAIN as an analyst. She specialized in Land use and transportation during her Master Degree at University Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Mathilde worked for the Etablissement Public Territorial de Plaine Commune, and for the city of Paris where she looked at the potential use of the Seine river for urban logistics in Paris. Since she joined EXPLAIN, Mathilde contributes to several modelling jobs at diferent scales : regional modeling as well as microsimulation models.

 

 

Romain Leo – Project Manager

romain-leo-250Romain joins EXPLAIN in December 2016 as an analyst.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Nicolas Taverne – Analyst

nicolas-taverne-250Nicolas joins EXPLAIN in November 2016 as an analyst.

Nicolas specialized in transportation planning during his engineering degree at Université Technologique de Compiègne. Prior to joining EXPLAIN, Nicolas was in charge of the development and management of the public transport network at city of Haguenau. He also worked for STRATEC and CITEC.

 

 

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.

 

 

Tom Pape – Analyst

 

Tom works for EXPLAIN as an analyst.

Tom specialized in Computer Science during his engineeting degree at Université Tehcnologique de Compègne.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.