The Chair for Family Entrepreneurship & Society has a dedicated team of teacher-researchers, a research analyst, consultants and an Temporary Research and Teaching Associate to contribute to a better knowledge of family businesses at regional, national and international levels through research and training.




Professor in entrepreneurship, member of the STEP Global Board and APM expert on family succession issues. She has been involved in entrepreneurship research for more than 15 years in France and abroad. Her work focuses on the emotional, relational and gender dynamics in family businesses.



Research Analyst

With a solid experience in digital communication in higher education and entrepreneurship, Raina is a researcher at Audencia’s Research and Business Department and contributes to the development of The Family Entrepreneurship and Society Chair.


Natalia Vershinina is a Full Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Head of Research for Department of Business and Society at Audencia Business School in Nantes, and previously worked for Leicester Business School, De Montfort University and University of Birmingham in the UK. During her 22 years of work in the Academy, Natalia developed her research on entrepreneurship, family business, gender and ethnicity. She is a Board member of Institute for Small business and Enterprise in the UK, and an elected Council member of British Academy of Management. She is an Associate Editor for two entrepreneurship journals: Entrepreneurship & Regional Development and International Journal for Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research.


Natalia Vershinina

Full Professor

After a career in business creation and takeover, Vincent is now an Associate Professor and Head of Entrepreneurship Education at Audencia. He is also the digital vice-president of the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His work focuses on entrepreneurial identity and practices.



Full Professor

Valérie DENIS

Consultant - Expert

More than 25 years of experience in coaching and training SME managers has led Valérie to research dedicated to business families.  Founder of the ICHEC Families in Business Chair, Valérie has conducted several studies, is co-author of 8 management books, a speaker at the FBN, an APM facilitator, and a trainer in various governance and entrepreneurship programmes.  With her company ALTANDO, she assists family shareholders, managers and directors in the key stages related to their companies.


Caroline LE BIEZ

Consultant - Expert

After eight years of experience in family offices and a degree from the Paris Bar, Caroline created to help family businesses structure their governance and find independent directors. She is also President of the family council and a director of the SOFIA Group, where she represents the third generation of family shareholders. Caroline leads the FBN's Grand Ouest and Nord nextgen community.


Marine is a Temporary Research and Teaching Associate in Management Sciences at the IRGO Laboratory. Her research interests are in the fields of entrepreneurship and the relationship between innovation and territorial networks.



Temporary Research and Teaching Associate

Entrepreneur in the field of Purchasing and CSR consulting since 2009, Samuel Réthoré facilitates for executives and senior managers the conception of purchasing strategies. He also helps organizations to transform and improve their financial, social and environmental performances through innovation.



Purchasing & CSR Consultant

Wunnam Basit ISSAH

Lecturer in Strategy & Business Analytics

Wunnam Basit ISSAH is an affiliate of the Chair of Family Entrepreneurship & Society at Audencia. Basit is a lecturer in Strategy at the University of Leicester School of Business, UK. His research is at the intersection of Family Firms, Strategy and Innovation. Basit's research has recently appeared in journals such as Family Business Review and Industry and Innovation.




With over 15 years of experience in working with startup entrepreneurs across the US, Europe, and India, Raja is a researcher studying Founder-CEO decision-making and Entrepreneuring narratives in the commercial, social, and family business venture contexts.


Hela Chebbi is a professor of strategy at ESG, University of Quebec at Montreal. Before joining UQAM, she held several positions at EDC Paris Business School, in France : Research director, Head of the Entrepreneurship Research Center and Head of management and strategy department. Her research focuses on innovation, international development strategies of SMEs and intrapreneurship in family businesses.


Hela Chebbi

Professor of strategy

Michael Laviolette is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Head of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department at TBS Education. He is interested in entrepreneurial processes in organizations (creativity, intrapreneurship, spin-offs, etc.) and their enduring impact in terms of new skills, routines, capabilities and organizational identities. He is currently working on several projects: intrapreneurial mentoring in family businesses; the role of meta-organizations in the transformation of territories; the impact of open labs on the entrepreneurial orientation of SMEs in regional innovation systems and the sourcing of talent by incubators in entrepreneurial ecosystems.


Michael Laviolette

Associate Professor