Arcep' College & directions

Chairman and College members biographies


Sébastien Soriano is the Chairman of Arcep (the French telecom regulator) since 2015. He was BEREC Chair 2017 (the European telecom body) and was BEREC Vice-Chair in 2016 and 2018. He is now Chair of Fratel, the network of French-speaking telecommunications regulators.

Born in 1975, he has spent most of his career in digital policies, competition and telecoms regulation areas. He started his career at the French Competition Authority, between 2001 and 2004, as a case handler and then as Deputy General Rapporteur, between 2009 and 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at Arcep.

From 2012 through 2014, he was Chief of Staff of Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, French Minister for SMEs, Innovation and Communication. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of Arcep, he was Special Advisor to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.

Sébastien Soriano published several papers on the challenges of regulators and law makers in the digital era. He also teaches regulation and digital economy in the Master's programme in Public Policy at SciencesPo. He is also member of the board of directors of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).

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Serge Abiteboul

Director of Research in computer sciences at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and at Inria (the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics), Serge ABITEBOUL has a PhD from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate (thèse d'État) from the Université de Paris-Sud. His work on data, information and knowledge management - notably on the internet - and his theories on databases earned him membership in the Academy of Sciences in 2008, and in the Academy of Europe in 2011.

He is also a lecturer at the École Polytechnique and guest lecturer at Stanford and Oxford University. In 2011, he was appointed to the Collège de France Research Chair in computer and digital sciences. In 2013, he joined the French Digital Council, chaired by Benoît Thieulin, and that same year became President of the Scientific Advisory Board on the Information Society in France. He as been the chairman of the Fondation Blaise Pascal Strategic Council since 2017.

The author of numerous publications on data and algorithms, as well as a novelist, Serge ABITEBOUL is the editor and founder of Blog binaire. He was the curator of the Terra Data exhibition at the Cité des sciences in 2017 and 2018.

Twitter : @sergeabiteboul

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Joëlle Cottenye

Born in May 1967, Ms Joëlle Cottenye is Vice-President (UDI) of the Departmental Council of the Nord and Deputy mayor of Hem.

After having begun her career as a teacher of physical education and sport, and of psychomotricity, Joëlle Cottenye was elected Regional councillor for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais in 2010. In 2011, she resigned her office, in accordance with the law on the plurality of offices, to become General Councillor (UDI) du Nord, elected for the township of Lannoy and later the township of Templeuve. Since 2015, she has also been Vice-President of this departmental council, and responsible for education and secondary schools.

A graduate of the Lille institute of Political Science, Joëlle Cottenye is also Director of the 
Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme (ESJ) of Lille and a member of the Réserve citoyenne, educational reserves.

On 16 February 2018, she was appointed to the Arcep Executive Board for a six-year term, by the President of the Senate, Mr Gérard Larcher. She is replacing university lecturer, Ms Françoise Benhamou, who was appointed in January 2012 and whose term of office has come to an end.

Twitter : @JoelleCottenye

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Emmanuel Gabla

A former student at the Ecole Polytechnique, a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications (ENST), and a chief telecommunications engineer, Emmanuel Gabla has been Head of the Economic Section of France's embassy in Norway since 2016.
Emmanuel Gabla began his career in 1993 at the Ministry of PTT, who prepared the 1996 Act that opened the telecoms sector up to competition. Starting in 1997, Emmanuel Gabla served as an advisor on telecoms, the information society, postal affairs and industrial aspects of the internal market to the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, as technical advisor to the Prime Minister, Jean Pierre Raffarin, in charge of telecoms and postal affairs, industrial property and space, and the head of the Technologies and Information Society department at the Directorate-General for Enterprise.

From 2009 to 2015, Emmanuel Gabla was a member of Board of French broadcasting authority, CSA, and a member of the General Council for the Economy, Industry, Energy and Technologies from 2015 to 2016.

He will be taking over from Pierre-Jean Benghozi whose term as a member of the Arcep Executive Board has come to an end. 

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François Lions

A graduate of the École Polytechnique, François Lions is a member of the Corps of Engineers. He began his career at France Telecom where he held technical, sales and management positions in the areas of specialised networks, network information and traffic management systems and, lastly, regional affairs.

In 1992, François Lions joined the Directorate of General Regulation, DRG (Direction de la Réglementation Générale), and later the Directorate-General of Posts and Telecommunications, DGPT (Direction générale des postes et télécommunications), where he contributed to the process of opening the telecommunications sector up to competition. In particular, he implemented the first price and accounting supervision mechanisms.

François Lions joined Arcep when it was first created, in January 1997, heading up the Economics and Competition department, and later the Economics and Forward-planning department, up until 2004. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Director-General, and also became head of the Postal activities department in 2011.

François Lions is coming to replace Philippe Distler whose term as a member of the Executive Board has come to an end. Arcep applauds the tremendous contribution he made to the Authority’s work. Philippe Distler participated in Arcep’s creation in 1997 and had played a major role ever since. 

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Monique Liebert-Champagne

State Councillor, a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Paris, and with a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Economics, Monique LIEBERT-CHAMPAGNE is a graduate of the École nationale d'administration (Class of Henri-François d'Aguesseau).

Joining the Conseil d'Etat in 1982, Monique LIEBERT-CHAMPAGNE was in charge of overseeing tax case law in the resource library before becoming a Government tax commissioner. She was subsequently appointed Director or regional development for the Ile de France region in 1990, then deputy Director-General in 1996. Appointed State Councillor in 1998, she became a Litigation Section assessor and a member of the Finance Section. From 2003 to 2005, she served as director to the Ministry of State Reform, acting as the users' and administrative simplifications delegate. 

From 2005 to 2007, she was the Director of Legal affairs, IT and logistics for France's Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure, Tourism and the Sea, later the Ministry of Energy, Sustainable development and the Sea, before becoming the Director of Legal Affairs for the Ministry of Defence from 2007 to 2012. 

Before being appointed to the Arcep Board, she had been the Chair of Energy Regulation Commission's (CRE) Dispute settlement and sanctions committee (CoRDiS) since 2013: acting independently from the Board of Commissioners, this committee enables CRE to guarantee market players' transparent and non-discriminatory access to energy networks. 

Monique LIEBERT-CHAMPAGNE has been appointed member of the Arcep Executive Board, starting on 4 January 2017.

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Martine Lombard

On 7 January 2015, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone, appointed Martine Lombard member of the ARCEP Executive Board.

Admitted to the ENA (graduate school for senior civil servants) in 1973, Martine Lombard chose instead to continue her legal studies in Strasbourg and at the European University Institute in Florence, obtaining her doctorate in public law, and later her "agrégation" to teach law (1979).

A professor at the universities of Lyon and later Strasbourg, she was hired by Air France in 1986 to be their Director of Legal Affairs, where she remained until 1993.

A professor at the Université de Paris Dauphine then Panthéon-Assas starting in 1997, a member of the Paris Bar Association, Martine Lombard is specialised in economic regulation, a topic on which she has published numerous articles and books. From 2009 until the end of 2010, she contributed her expertise in this area as a member of ARCEP's Forward planning committee.

In December 2010, the Speaker of France's National Assembly, Bernard Accoyer, nominated Martine Lombard to be a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, a position she occupied for four years, from January 2011 to January 2015. This appointment was approved in a vote by the Law Commission of the National Assembly.

Martine Lombard will replace Daniel-Georges Courtois whose term as Member of the ARCEP Executive Board is coming to an end.

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