23-24 September 2024

Speaker Biography

Mathias Fillon


ANIMA Investment Network

Mathias Fillon is COO of ANIMA Investment Network. He is in charge of the coordination, capitalisation and valorisation of the association’s production. In this capacity, he assists project managers on a daily basis, plans internal human resources, capitalises on methodologies and tools developed in projects and services to transform them into transferable services for other activities/partners, consolidates and implements new project management tools. It also provides technical expertise on projects or missions and contributes to the design and development of new activities for the network.

Previously, Mathias led the European initiative THE NEXT SOCIETY, which aimed to support innovation ecosystems in 7 countries across the Mediterranean region (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine). By leading a consortium of 30 organisations from 15 European and Mediterranean countries, Mathias coordinated in particular the strategic part of the initiative by supporting innovation stakeholders in the formulation of roadmaps adapted to their needs and then in the implementation of innovation support policies in each country.

He joined ANIMA in 2014 to implement two projects (MedGeneration and Diamed) focusing on the mobilisation of the Mediterranean diasporas’ talents for the benefit of the entrepreneurial ecosystems of the countries of origin and the establishment of economic attractiveness strategies. Mathias has also developed the “DiafrikInvest” offer which will become a project for the benefit of the diasporas’ commitment of Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal.

He has 15 years of experience in international cooperation acquired in France and abroad with various types of participants involved in the “Migration and development” theme (associations, NGOs, government agencies) and economic development, including 6 years as coordinator of projects to support individual and collective initiatives of the diaspora.

Mathias also has significant experience in the facilitation of advocacy panels and multi-stakeholder dialogue: public institutions, diaspora, civil society, universities, entrepreneurs, and private sector support organisations.

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