Team

42 CHAIRMAN AND CO-FOUNDER

Xavier Niel is the founder and major shareholder of the Iliad Group, which owns and runs the leading French convergent telecom operator “Free“. Launching a triple-play (internet, cable television, and phone service) offering on its “Freebox” in 2001, “Free” became the first company worldwide to combine these services out of a single device. Since 2012, the company has provided its customers with an inexpensive, revolutionary mobile service called the “Free Mobile Operator(3G/4G).For many years Xavier has invested in the telecommunications sector throughout the world. He continues to finance more than 150 startups worldwide per year. He co-holds an ownership interest in the Le Monde newspaper as well as in several and in other media institutions.In March of 2013, Xavier co-founded 42 in Paris, which has helped over 3,000 young adult students, and 42 Silicon Valley in July of 2016, which aspires to train 10,000 young adults in the field of computer programming over the next 10 years. 42 has licensed its model collaborating with many different existing educational institutions worldwide ranging from South Africa, Romania, and Ukraine. In May of 2017, he opened the world’s largest digital incubator, “Station F”, a 350,000 square foot powerhouse in the heart of Paris.

42 SILICON VALLEY EXECUTIVES

Brittany Bir grew up in Temecula, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Global Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay before completing a Master’s degree in European Studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, France. Simultaneously working as an English conversational professor and administrative assistant at The Paris Graduate School of Digital Innovation, she discovered a passion for coding.Immediately intrigued by 42’s innovative pedagogy, she completed the program along with the first, incoming, graduating class in Paris, France.
Before launching 42 in France with Xavier Niel, Kwame participated in the creation of one the largest computer schools in France and has led a career completely dedicated to IT both as an entrepreneur and within major large companies.His background and his empathetic nature has led him to develop a strong social fiber. He is especially involved with underprivileged young adults in education regarding computer programming.

42 co-founders and members of the board

Nicolas is passionate about pedagogy and in France is one of the main supporters of “active learning”. Based on the fact that “learning by doing” is a source of pleasure and thus leads to superior student performance, he invented and then directed Epitech in 1999, which, under his management, became the epitome of excellence in computer training in France.He is fierce opponent of an education system that he knows by heart (Henri IV, Stanford University, EPITA, HEC), but one that has stopped reinventing itself, and thus eventually fails to identify the best and true talents in the digital domain.With the creation of 42, Nicholas goes even further as he always looks to improve student performance in the realm of computer education. By creating 42, he has not only created a university which has no tuition fees and one that opens its doors to all talents, but one which features a peer-to-peer based learning with a limitless capacity for development.
Florian is a product of, and above all, a follower of “Sadirac’s University”, which he enthusiastically tells everyone has an extraordinary capacity to ignite students’ interest in such a way that they are able to find a job without ever having to write a résumé.A telecom engineer, he is an Epitech alumni where he was one of the network administrators during his academic career before becoming the Information Technology Director for the entire IONIS group a few years later.Just like the entire 42 team, Florian is guided in his work by a strong set of values. His desire for solidarity is manifested through his participation in the creation of 42 alongside of Xavier, Nicolas and Kwame, though additionally through his commitment to the French Red Cross as a volunteer firefighter since 2005.

42 SILICON VALLEY MANAGERS

Vincent Roessle

Chief Technical Officer

Gaetan Juvin

Chief Pedagogic Officer

42 TEAM

The Bocal is the nerve center of 42 which brings together very different personalities from within the institution. Together, they ensure the proper functioning of all the of the university’s facilities, while also enriching the pedagogy and/or developing new learning tools. The Bocal preserves the values that were instilled by 42‘s founding team: a place that is constantly on the move and where passion goes beyond work.The Bocal is always active: it must be able to quickly respond be it in the middle of the night when the network goes down or when the intranet requires an update. For this reason, it is not uncommon in the Bocal to start their workday when others are finishing theirs.The defining feature of the Bocal is its openness. 42’s students can become a part of it as an intern or through volunteer work, thus allowing its participants to advance their skills. The Bocal alumni are highly sought after and recognized by companies for their exceptional abilities to adapt.
Eyvonne

Eyvonne Lee

Office Manager

Andy

Andy Gardner

Community Manager

Jamie

Jamie Parenteau

Corporate Relations Manager

Jennifer

Jennifer Robertson

Marketing Manager

ninie

Virginie Adeline

Janitor

andre

André Aubin

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

tambo

Tambo Bathily

Janitor

marie

Marie Bedel

Administrative Director

one

Sébastien Benoit

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

gargamel

Quentin Bollache (aka Gargamel)

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

chap

Marc Chapeau(aka Chap)

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

emilie

Emilie Codron(aka Janina)

Graphic Designer and Web Designer

ol

Olivier Crouzet (aka OL)

Head of Pedagogy

olivier

Olivier Ducourant

Director of Alternative Financing

van

Vanessa Geffray

Janitor

thor

David Giron (aka Thor)

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

fred

Frédéric Grati

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

fabienne

Fabienne Haas

Director of Communication and Corporate Relations

loic

Loic Leroux

Facility Manager

mathieu

Mathieu Mahé

Software Architect

clem

Clément Marbeuf

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

charly

Charles Maublanc

Communications and Administration Manager

zaz

Maxime Montinet (aka Zaz)

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

pampata

Sylvestre Mouly(aka Pampata)

Technical and Educational Programs Manager

virginie

Virginie Novais

Corporate Relations and Communications Manager

hamady

Hamady Soumare

Janitor

trentin

Mathieu Trentin(aka 30_1)

Audio-Visual Production Manager

boubou

Boubou Wague

Janitor

wague

Mahamadou Wague

Janitor