About our team

  • Our studio gathers consultants, AI engineers, developers, data scientists, designers, futurists and industry experts who work together to envision possible futures and turn them into action.

The teams at Descartes & Mauss display an astonishing variety of skills and expertises.
They bring a composite understanding of our challenges and a stimulating environment for co-creation.

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Leadership team

Maurice N'Diaye

FOUNDING PARTNER & CEO

Maurice is an entrepreneur, who has dedicated is entire career designing B2B tech-based capabilities and services. His dual culture as an Ecole Polytechnique Engineer and a Columbia University business graduate help him navigate the complexity of today’s organizations and find impactful solutions for their business.

Both in life and work, he is driven by relentless curiosity, since he believes "great things always happen when combining diverse and hybrid approaches".

If you want to impress him when you meet him, show him your best dance moves!

Yannis Kavounis

MANAGING PARTNER

Yannis is a foresight practitioner, a prolific client relationship builder and an inspiring manager. He has 20+ years of experience at top consulting firms, delivering consumer and growth strategy by fusing the disciplines of Futures, Innovation and Cultural Insight.

His motto in life and work is “better done than perfect” leading him to drive action in everything he does.

How to impress him when you meet him: talk to him about micro-nutrients and polyphenols!

Michelle Greenwald

SENIOR PARTNER

Michelle is a self-professed marketing geek. She has worked on the client side, agency side and as a consultant & professor. She loves preparing and presenting content that as visually as possible, communicates key marketing concepts with current, inspiring examples of best practices.

Her motto is to embrace screw-ups: "if they didn’t happen, you wouldn’t be on the current path".

How to impress her when you meet her: don’t talk in vague generalities and buzzwords. Be specific, sincere and enthusiastic.

Aske Van der Werff

PARTNER

Aske is an independent marketing leader who thrives on innovation and the capacity to cross-pollinate ideas to reveal new ones. Twenty+ years experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods strategy & insights driving growth for brands, categories and people.

Her motto in life and work is "love what you do, embrace life and laugh everyday", ensuring that she always brings her full 5C personality to work every day.

How to impress her when you meet her: talk to her about the unexpected things you’ve done.

Who can you rely on?

Tommaso Carelli

JUNIOR CONSULTANT

Tommaso is a recently graduated Italian/Swiss consultant with previous study in the economics/management field and experience in corporate finance and consulting.

His motto is “for every problem, there’s a solution”, leading him to a proactive attitude in everything he does.

How to impress him when you meet him: talk about Russian literature.

Trésor Abiola Djigui

AI RESEARCH ENGINEER

Abiola is a tech maker with a keen and particular enthusiast for the field of Natural Language Processing. He recently graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and already has an international tech project experience.

His motto in life : "Stay hungry, stay foolish" pushing him to never stop learning, never stop trying new things and never be afraid of going the extra mile.

How to impress him when you meet him: manage to talk about a complex subject you master with both fine analysis spirit and humility.

Sébastien Frouté

IT LEAD

Sébastien is a tech lover, a cybersecurity expert and a qualified technician. He has more than 10 years of experience in various web and network infrastructure companies, allowing him to use a wide range of skills to respond to all types of situations.

His motto in life and work is "always be curious", leading him to always immerge himself into new subject and technology.

How to impress him when you meet him: talk to him about your unique hobby.

Michelle Greenwald

SENIOR PARTNER

Michelle is a self-professed marketing geek. She has worked on the client side, agency side and as a consultant & professor. She loves preparing and presenting content that as visually as possible, communicates key marketing concepts with current, inspiring examples of best practices.

Her motto is to embrace screw-ups: "if they didn’t happen, you wouldn’t be on the current path".

How to impress her when you meet her: don’t talk in vague generalities and buzzwords. Be specific, sincere and enthusiastic.

Johanna Jacobs

PA & OFFICE MANAGER

Johanna has more than 10 years of experience as Office Manager within large and small groups such as private equity, consulting or insurance.

Her motto in life and work "giving up is not part of the plan" continually leads her to take up new challenges.

How to impress her when you meet her: talk to her about the latest trendy restaurant !

Yannis Kavounis

MANAGING PARTNER

Yannis is a foresight practitioner, a prolific client relationship builder and an inspiring manager. He has 20+ years of experience at top consulting firms, delivering consumer and growth strategy by fusing the disciplines of Futures, Innovation and Cultural Insight.

His motto in life and work is “better done than perfect” leading him to drive action in everything he does.

How to impress him when you meet him: talk to him about micro-nutrients and polyphenols!

Fleur Labedan

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Fleur is a senior project manager and solution-oriented team leader with 15+ years experience helping businesses focus on growth by turning their marketing, communication, and operational projects into reality.

Her motto is "do it today, don't wait for tomorrow" which has been key to drive her professional endeavors, family life and personal growth.

If you want to impress Fleur, talk to her about your family, kids, or pets, and especially your DIY projects!

Barbara Malrieu

PRINCIPAL

Barbara is a seasoned marketing strategist. Passionate about brand and purpose-led business growth, she has been supporting companies in France and abroad in making the most of their opportunities, helping them build topline growth and long term value for the last 15 years.

Her motto in life and work is “great things never comes from comfort zone” pushing her to keep growing as a practitioner and individual.

How to impress her when you meet her: tell her about your trip around the world !

Omar Maninou

Senior Consultant

Omar is a tech and strategy lover and a senior consultant. He has international experience in corporate finance, consulting, and the industry and is fostering his skills for foresight practice.

His motto in life and work is “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” leading him to understand that even the longest and most challenging venture must begin with a single step.

How to impress him when you meet him: talk to him about boxing, data dredging, and black swans.

Maurice N'Diaye

FOUNDING PARTNER & CEO

Maurice is an entrepreneur, who has dedicated is entire career designing B2B tech-based capabilities and services. His dual culture as an Ecole Polytechnique Engineer and a Columbia University business graduate help him navigate the complexity of today’s organizations and find impactful solutions for their business.

Both in life and work, he is driven by relentless curiosity, since he believes "great things always happen when combining diverse and hybrid approaches".

If you want to impress him when you meet him, show him your best dance moves!

Maya Schombourger

PROJECT LEADER

Maya is a project manager with a marketing and digital background. After gathering experience in e-commerce and omnichannel customer journey, she has been working on digital products developpement and IT programs, developping transversal skills on both technical and business challenges.

Her motto in life and work is "do your best" leading her to pursue pride in her acomplishments.

How to impress her when you meet her : spelling and pronouncing her family name right on the first try!

Claudia Soppo

HEAD OF PEOPLE & CULTURE

Claudia spent the first years of her career in consumer research and data consulting. She recently decided to focus on employee wellbeing and training and joined D&M to build building an attractive work environment.

Her motto in life and work is "a year from now, you’ll wish you had started today".

How to impress her when you meet her: introduce her to something unique about your country or your culture !

Aske Van der Werff

PARTNER

Aske is an independent marketing leader who thrives on innovation and the capacity to cross-pollinate ideas to reveal new ones. Twenty+ years experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods strategy & insights driving growth for brands, categories and people.

Her motto in life and work is "love what you do, embrace life and laugh everyday", ensuring that she always brings her full 5C personality to work every day.

How to impress her when you meet her: talk to her about the unexpected things you’ve done.