Our Team

Core Advice brings together an ensemble of skill clusters from Africa, Europe and North America (via individual and institutional partnerships) in order to fully support its interventions: evaluation and management of human resources, social issues, audit and issues related to PPM and payroll, employment and local development, institutional communication … etc.

Associate Consultants

Company founder and Managing Director of Core Advice, Lydia Montalti has a background in management and human resource management, and, for over 25 years has led numerous missions giving strategic advice to governments in emerging countries, primarily on issues relating to the social dimensions of economic and institutional reforms. She takes on the responsibilities of head of mission and/or is responsible for technical assistance (i) during the organisational audit of various government departments (intervening in almost all of the government sectors and issues falling within their scope), followed by the formulation and implementation of  development plans or redeployment plans for State employees, and, (ii) under privatisation and restructuring programmes, where she develops and steers State enterprise social plans (transport, public works, water, energy, telecommunications, market goods sectors…) dealing with both indemnity elements (calculation and payment of legal entitlements) and those linked to professional reinsertion (return to employment of those people who are still in work, but who are affected by staff reductions). She has participated in negotiations with social partners aimed at signing Memoranda of Understanding covering voluntary redundancies or departures arising due the reforms. Lydia Montalti has also developed and steered various institutional communication campaigns brought about by the progress of the reforms and aimed at a variety of targets, depending on the situation and the objectives: social partners, employees and their families, Parliamentarians, Elected representatives, Governments.     

A consultant for more than thirty years, Jean-Claude Le Gay specialises in institutional reform and human resource management systems for public administrations in emerging countries. He has led numerous reform projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. He intervenes particularly in (i) the field of institutional reform and development: organisational audits of administrations and the restructuring of public bodies, proposals for structural reforms, assistance with the implementation of reforms, strengthening the quality of public service – citizens’ guide … (ii) the reform of public services: census of government employees, studies into jobs and socio-economic analyses of employment positions, rationalisation of structures, staff management procedures and expenditure management, overhaul of statutory and regulatory mechanisms, supervision of workforce and of payroll, mechanisms for voluntary redundancies, reform of the career management system, reform of the remuneration system … (iii) development of procedures and tools for the forward planning of human resource management: personnel master plan, setting out of employment positions, the wages policy and remuneration system, the designing of monitoring reports …

A consultant in human resource management and development, Patricia Gougaud has a background in industrial psychology and social management. Trained in different techniques for evaluating potential, skills and performances, she designs, formulates and develops specific evaluation tools appropriate to the issues identified. Since 1986 she has led various missions in France in the field of training engineering, and has since worked on the African continent and in Madagascar on economic reforms (audit and quantitative and qualitative diagnosis of human resources, measurement of disparities in needs/resources, and implementation of internal and external adjustment measures…). She has had to design, develop and implement systems for professional insertion/reinsertion. She has led socio-economic studies into the process of professional reinsertion for people without work (identifying the reasons for failure and success and the lessons to be learned), and into the motivation of civil servants (particularly primary and secondary teachers). Patricia Gougaud also intervenes in institutional reforms (analysis and description of posts, drawing up of the profiles required with regard to professional conduct and technical skill, the evaluation of skills and the suitability of the person/post, training plans, internal and external staff redeployment plans).

Laurent Vissot is trained in audit and human resource management. He has specialised in IT system management and the diagnosis and adjustment of data bases in the context of business restructuring programmes and workforce redeployment. He is developing a very specific expertise in the analysis of regulatory and legal texts, with a view to translating and applying them in the building of calculation and automation of rights models. Alongside this he intervenes in both socio-economic studies and in the carrying out of skills assessments.  He is also responsible for the monitoring and information retrieval processes that feed into the reflections, decisions and actions of the team.

Gérard de Giovanni is trained both as an engineer and in business management. He specialises in accompanying the process of industrial and social change, and in the re-industrialisation of territories. He was Director of a development agency of a large industrial group, then Regional Director. He is particularly knowledgeable on questions relating to energy and the environment.  He has worked on change management and on the retraining of individuals, on partnerships with local authorities and on media communication. Gérard de Giovanni has managed several companies and was President of the ‘Agir Pour l’Emploi’ (Action For Work) Foundation, a joint foundation supporting the economic reinsertion of the unemployed. In addition, within Core Advice, he has also studied and set in place a professional reinsertion system for administrative personnel affected by a restructuring plan in Madagascar, and for the personnel of state enterprises affected by the privatisation and restructuring programme in Gabon.

Daniel Minella, engineer and IT systems specialist, gained experience of consolidation processes and/or data processing within a large multinational company. He brings his experience to the team, along with his demands for quality and conformity with regard to diagnoses and adjustments to different data bases related to company and/or administration human resources. He designs and implements the data integrity control processes and checks that they conform to the regulations and/or set objectives. He designs models for the automatic calculation of personnel costs, as well as for the calculation of legal rights and for the automatic generation of legal and administrative documents necessary for those leaving. In addition, he develops models for the capture and exploitation of quantitative and qualitative data within the framework of socio-economic studies and skills assessments.

A qualified engineer, specialised in the general management of industrial companies, he manages every possible financial aspect of the balance sheet, from equity to the bottom line, and of cost control. Christophe de Fautereau is the Core Advice financial administrator. He has worked for over thirty years in sectors in difficulty, and has had to manage numerous restructuring operations through all of their stages, from conception, through negotiation and their steering through the various social plans. As a result of this he has been confronted with the need to relocate, particularly to Africa. Called upon to participate in joint negotiations, he has frequently been given the responsibility of developing or renegotiating qualification or remuneration charts. He was also the key intermediary of the public authorities in the control and monitoring of measures implemented in the redeployment and redevelopment of employment pools affected by restructuring operations, missions that he continues within Core Advice. Sitting judge on Industrial tribunals he intervenes in all stages of conflict management, from anticipation to resolution, using both negotiation and litigation when this is necessary.  

A corporate lawyer since 1989, Patrick Sergant is a key, permanent member of our team advising on the legal and regulatory dimensions of reform plans and projects that have an effect on human resources. He has led or participated in various missions in France and abroad for both private enterprises and sovereign States. A specialist on restructuring operations, Patrick Sergant has specific experience in social legislation, both as legal counsel and as a litigation lawyer. As a general senior lawyer in business law, Patrick Sergant has led numerous restructuring projects on a national and international scale for both public and private concerns. These involved the definition of restructuring processes and schedules, the writing and negotiation of the legal, regulatory and contractual documents involved in the implementation of restructuring projects, the negotiation of restructuring processes with third parties, in particular with union organisations and supervisory public authorities, the carrying out of legal audits, particularly of a social nature, and the development of internal and external redeployment programmes.

Partner Consultants

  • Bernard Peccoud 

A Public Works engineer, Bernard Peccoud has worked with Core Advice since the end of the 1990s in the fields of institutional reform and the strengthening of public works sector businesses. With the Core Advice team in particular he developed a system of performance bonuses in administrations, and, working under a Core Advice partnership with a Spanish consultancy firm in Chad, he steered an international team responsible for the development of SMEs and SMIs in the road maintenance sector (financed by the EU). He began his career in project contracting and in the project management of significant investment operations in public works, both in France and in Africa.  For 5 years during the 1980s he managed a large road network rehabilitation and maintenance operation in the Ivory Coast with teams governed by the administration. He then went to the World Bank in Washington for 7 years, where he was responsible for projects relating to road and urban development in Africa and in South America, specialising in procurement in Africa and Central Europe. Since 1996 he has intervened in these fields as an independent consultant or as a technical auditor in more than 10 African countries, on behalf of the European Union or of the World Bank, or on behalf of one of the projects financed by these institutions.

  • Guy Laperrière  

With degrees in management and human resource management, Guy Laperrière has more than 35 years of experience as a manager of private companies, and senior executive and consultant in the development and building of organisational capacity in the public and private sectors, both at national and international level.  He has worked at an international level for over 24 years, gaining expertise in project management, in organisational development, in human resource management and development, and in building public administration capacity. He has worked in a variety of cultural contexts, mainly in French-speaking Africa, but also in Haiti and in Saudi Arabia. He has held responsibilities as head of mission and/or providing technical assistance for both long and short term projects i) dealing with the modernisation of human resource management in central and territorial administration, the growth and management of administrative reforms, the clarification of State missions and the quality of services to users, ii) during ministerial organisational audits,  and those of autonomous structures and of national agencies, iii) within feasibility studies into the privatisation of State employees and iv) in the training sector, primarily in the analysis of needs and the preparation of training programmes intended for trainers and public service. He has gained particular expertise in the mining sector as a human resource manager in an autonomous mining structure under State supervision, and as a manager and shareholder in public mining exploration companies. In Africa he participated in environmental evaluations, the institutional side of mining exploration, and, in Algeria and Guinea-Conakry, was involved in support projects for the reorganisation of mining structures, in the strengthening of institutional capacities and in the promotion of mining investments.

  • Gérard N’Tangu nsukami 

Director of Personnel and General Services at the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (MECNT) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 2004 to 2009, Gérard N’Tangu has been a key permanent partner of our team since May 2011 on problems relating to the retirement of MECNT employees, for whom Core Advice provided technical assistance guaranteeing the payments process in 2011. Gérard N’Tangu took on the management of human resources in several administrative departments of the DRC, both at MECNT from 1976, and at the Ministry of Further and Higher Education. Made redundant from MECNT in July 2009, having launched the institutional reform project of the same Ministry with financing from the World Bank, the European Union and GIZ, in his capacity as Director of Personnel and General Services of MECNT,  Gérard N'Tangu was kept on as a National consultant to complete the retirement process of Ministry employees. He thus took on responsibility for the supervision and coordination of the residual payments operation for retired employees across the entire territory of DRC. In particular he was responsible for resolving numerous, delicate administrative and legal problems in far flung areas of the Provinces, to the benefit of employees whose social conditions were very modest.

Following on from this achievement, Gérard N'Tangu is currently working as part of a team of experts from GIZ, responsible for supporting the institutional reform and ongoing training within MECNT, by a process of defining its mission and its vision, as well as those of all of its Departments and Units, and developing the processes and sub-processes of the way in which they function. His academic training and Bachelor degree in Romance philology from the University of Liège in 1970, along with his human resource management certificates and his long professional experience at the heart of Public Services in the DRC, mean that Gérard N'Tangu has a thorough, concrete knowledge of institutional reform and human resource management with the public administration of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After studying for a Masters degree in Physics at the University of Liège in Belgium, Daniel Zimmerman has gained wide experience both at a European and international level in the field of financial packages for cinematographic co-productions. He has worked as adviser to audiovisual groups  (Canal+, Vivendi Deutschland), to banks (Dresdner Kleinwort), and to independent producers, helping them to find the best way of structuring the financing of their operations or of their film projects.

He is regularly consulted by the European Commission and member states for advice in the field. He led a mission in this capacity under the EUROMED AUDIOVISUEL II programme, giving advice to the Lebanese government on the setting up of financial systems aimed at strengthening and giving a structure to Lebanon’s audiovisual programme. He was the financial director of the European Coordination of European Regional Investment funds – Audiovisual, which led to the creation of Cine Régio, an umbrella organisation bringing together most of the European regional public players in the sector. He also carried out a mission for the European Commission’s MEDIA programme with regard to the promotion and access to the international market of European television and cinematographic works.

  • Sylvia Montalti

Sylvia Montalti has worked for more than 30 years in the European cinematographic and audiovisual sector, where she has gained on the ground experience by participating in the different production stages of cinematographic and/or audiovisual works of art, from their development to their release. In addition she has (i) advised the UFA International Film & TV production company from Berlin (Bertelsmann Group) on its strategic development in France and in Italy, (ii) trained staff at the headquarters of the  “Provincia di Lecce” (Italy) within the framework of the creation of a regional investment fund for the cinema (Salento Film Fund), (iii) collaborated in the implementation of two professional internet sites, one of which, “e-Talenta”, brings together European actors and actresses, and the second of which,  “Cine Régio”, brings together European regional investment funds. Sylvia Montalti has worked with numerous directors and producers, mainly in Germany, France and Italy, 3 countries whose languages she is fluent in.  She has taken on the roles of stage manager, assistant producer, direction manager, production coordinator, associate producer and executive producer in different countries in Europe, China and on the African continent. The two latter experiences gave rise to reflection on her part, and resulted in her taking action relating to the development of the cinema and audiovisual sectors in emerging countries. She has recently taken on the production coordination of two feature films: one German (“Flower of the Desert”) in Djibouti, and the other Italian, (“l Sole Dentro”) in Guinea.

  •  Jenny Scheubeck 

A specialist in international communication and marketing in the cinematographic sector, Jenny Scheubeck has a degree from the Ecole du Louvre and is trilingual in French, English and German. Working with major producers, festivals and institutions, editors and publishing groups for almost 30 years, she has developed and implemented communication and marketing policies and also organised events. For 10 years, she was responsible in particular for scheduling and communication for different international festivals (Cannes, Deauville, Avoriaz, Rome) and she then took on the post of International Communication & Marketing Director for 11 years with Renn Productions/Pathé International, where she managed significant budgets (from 500,000 to 11 million euros), led large, multi-discipline teams and handled the international launches of numerous films.

  • Francisco  D’Almeida

Since 1986 Francisco d’Almeida has been the managing director of the association Culture et Développement (Culture and Development), which works towards culture being taken into account in development policies. In this capacity he gives advice on cultural policies to governments and local authorities in French-speaking Africa, particularly on support for cultural industries. Francisco d’Almeida is a consultant for international organisations (UNESCO, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the European Commission, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), national organisations (Ministries of Culture of Burkina Faso and of France), and also for local authorities in West Africa. In addition to his engineering activities within cultural projects, he is also involved in training at the Grenoble Observatory of Cultural Policies in France, as well as at the University of Senghor in Alexandria, Egypt in the field of African development. His professional experience and expertise include the development of cultural profiles and the structuring of different sectors – including music and books, - and of transversal strategies for cultural development, of cultural decentralisation policies and of regional cultural development, of international cultural cooperation and of the integration of the theme  “culture and development”.