Our missions

– Crisis communication: implementation of tailor-made devices to prevent and manage crises. Training and support of managing teams to help alleviate the impact of crises on the environments of organisations.

– Influence communication: Implementation of custom-made strategies to prevent and manage crises. Training and support for managing teams to help mitigate the impact of crises on an organization’s environment.

– Public affairs: Representation of interests, monitoring and institutional relation consulting.

– Media relations: Customised press coverage to accompany your publications and your speeches in the media.

– Financial communications: M&A operations, defence against activist funds

– Personal branding: Identification of profile specificities and positioning. Support in the elaboration of speeches and amplification of visibility in the public debate.

– Judicial communications: Implementation of communication strategies in the service of the judicial strategy defined by your lawyers and legal directions.

– Training for public speaking: Acquire media codes and strengthen the impact of your public interventions.

– Individual or group training for communication and public relation skills.

– E-reputation and digital influence: Online reputation assessment (Google, Wikipedia, etc.), digital monitoring, online presence strategies, digital Public Relations (influencers, opinion leaders, etc.)

– Coaching: Individual accompaniment, by certified coaches, for leaders confronted with crisis situations, assumption of duties and managerial challenges.

– Internal communications and raison d’être: Consultancy to complete internal communication challenges and accompaniment to determine the organisation’s purposes.

– Event communications: Organisation of small-group or VIP events, symposiums, or large trade exhibitions.

– Brand communications: Market analysis, assessment of the positioning and attributes of a company or organisation to lead it from a point A to B

The team

Guillaume LABBEZ

Président – Fondateur

After a first experience in public relations during the 2002 French presidential elections, he started working for the Department of Researches of a political party. Then, as a participant of a Young Leaders program, he joined the Vice Prime Minister of Quebec’s office. Afterward, he worked as a communication officer for the Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s press department. At the age of 23, Guillaume became the youngest ministerial advisor ever as he worked in Prime Minister Dominic de Villepin’s office.

He joined the consulting firm Boury Tallon & Associés in 2007, first as a director, then as a partner and director of the consulting division. Concurrently, he coordinated the presidential project of and the monitoring of public opinion, for a candidate in Primary elections.

He holds an Executive Master’s degree from the Sciences Po University, where he is a lecturer and a pedagogical director of the Public Affairs Strategist Professional Certificate.

Involved in the debate of ideas, Guillaume is currently Secretary-General of the Think Tank DroiteLib’, as well as the administrator and President of the Europe Committee of the Concorde Foundation.

Sacha BENHAMOU

Consultant

A lawyer by training, Sacha graduated in law (University of Lyon) and in International Relations (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). In 2016, he became the regional (Isère) supervisor of a youth association supporting Emmanuel Macron and his movement for the presidential elections and parliamentary elections. He worked as a collaborator of Isère’s deputy and general rapporteur of the French Parliament Social Affairs committee Olivier Véran for a year. They worked on many public health cases together. Sacha is also actively involved in civic and political associative projects. He became Secretary General of the Association of progressive collaborators while he was working at the French Parliament.

Carmen GARCIA

Consultant

Graduated in European Affairs (Sciences Po Paris), she is also part of the first graduating class of the Diploma in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Spain (Carlos III University, Autonomous University of Madrid and Pompeu Fabra University). She started off her career in the communications sector as an intern in Agence Europe, a Brussels press agency specialized in European affairs, where she collaborated on the ‘external action’ and ‘security and defence’ sections. Carmen is involved in various projects in partnership with the European Commission, focusing in particular on youth education and citizen participation. Passionate about international relations and the study of new cultures, she is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Samuel LE GOFF

Consultant

A graduate from Sciences Po Rennes and the holder of a PhD in History (Rennes 2 University), he taught History at Rennes 2 and at high school level from 1998 to 2002. After the 2002 legislative elections, he joined Marc Le Fur’s team (from the right-wing party UMP) in the Côtes-d’Armor (Bretagne region) from 2002 to 2005, and then in Paris from 2005 to 2007. He then worked for deputy Lionel Tardy (UMP) — specialized in digital topics — from 2007 to 2013. He was Vice-Chairman of the French Parliamentary Collaborators Association from 2010 to 2013. In September 2013, he became a journalist for Contexte, a new media monitoring French and European public policies. Having worked in the Digital section from 2013 to 2017, he then passed to the Powers section, where he was in charge of monitoring the French political and parliamentary life. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Journalists Association (AJP) from 2018 to 2020.

A contributor for Wikipedia since 2006, he was a Board member of the French Contributors Association Wikimédia France from 2014 to 2018, and served as its Chairman for a few months in 2017. Today, he is a member of the Renaissance Numérique think tank.

Ilyana SKALLI

Consultant

Ilyana holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, specializing in Diplomacy and European Affairs from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, obtained in 2020. Prior to that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations (IEP – Grenoble), during which she specialized in the study of the MENA region (North Africa and the Middle East) and completed an internship at France Télévisions. She then worked in Senegal within the Japanese educational NGO Ashinaga, where she academically and professionally supported orphan students. Her academic and professional career also led her to stay in India, Morocco and Canada.Endowed with a wide range of interests and particularly involved in subjects as diverse as international peace and security, opinion making, digital law, education, culture, health and migration, she joined CommStrat after completing two internships, one at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the other at the Council of Europe.

Lauren CLARK

Policy officer

Lauren Clark is an American Fulbright alumna and a student at Sciences Po pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy with concentrations in Europe and migrations. Though originally from California, Lauren completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French at Valparaiso University, Indiana. Very engaged in her studies, Lauren has done various internships as an undergraduate student, like working for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Central European Affairs, the Fondapol, and the CEVIPOF. Fluent in French, she has translated a number of academic and professional texts, notably for Sciences Po, Paris and for a film documentary. Passionate about European and French culture and affairs, Lauren has also participated in the Académie Notre Europe by the Institut Jacques Delors.

Marie ECHANIZ

Policy officer

A graduate in European Studies and Public Affairs (Sciences Po Strasbourg, 2020), Marie studied lobbying and representation at the European and international levels. Following various experiences in the United States as an assistant professor of French in Michigan and as an intern at the Alliance Française in San Francisco, she is passionate about representing French interests abroad and transatlantic relations. Very involved in educational, cultural and digital issues, she joined CommStrat after an internship at the Consulate General of France in New York City.

Advisors

Pierre-Yves LE BORGN’

Senior Policy Advisor

A graduate in law and in political studies in Paris and the holder of a LLM, Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ is a former French deputy who represented French populations established in Central Europe and in the Western Balkans from 2012 to 2017.Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ was the protractor of PACE (the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council) and sat in several committees: the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, the Committee on the elections of judges to the European Court of Human Rights and the Committee of culture, education and the media.

Before he was elected at to the National French Assembly, he was responsible for Public Affairs, Communication and Legal departments in international American companies, and worked as Vice-president Corporate Affairs in Europe for First Solar, Director of industry relations and EU law counsel at Rohm and Haas, and President of the Environmental Commission for the European Chemical Industry Council.

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ speaks English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He worked in Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, in Hong-Kong and in the United States and now works in Brussels.

Alan HAMERMAN

Senior advisor

Alan is our International communication expert and political strategist. He provides guidance to our clients and gives them access to key networks (governments, international organisations and media).

Born in New York, he graduated from Colombia in Journalism. He worked in several international communication firms based in London. Alan is an expert in media relations and political strategy. He also worked for different governments in Central and Eastern Europe.

Now living in Paris, Alan is an asset management advisor. He works closely with sovereign wealth funds and family offices that invest in the European Union and in Africa.

He worked as an electoral campaign director in many European countries: Italy, France, Hungary, Russia, and assisted leaders from Romania, Latvia, Turkey and Poland. Alan is also an expert in international press relations.

Laurent WORSMER

Senior advisor

Laurent has 25 years of experience in corporate communication, influence (media relations and public affairs) and crisis management, both in companies and agencies.

He spent 7 years at General Electric (GE) as Communications Director for France. In this capacity, he oversaw the acquisition of Alstom’s energy activities and the negotiations with the French State. He was also at the heart of GE’s digital transformation plan.

Prior to that, Laurent was a Partner in several major agencies in France (Publicis, Financial Dynamics, Euro RSCG) where he advised many corporate executives and helped them define and implement their crisis exit strategies. He also acted as communication advisor on numerous financial transactions (public offerings and initial public offerings).

Laurent holds a postgraduate degree in Political and Social Communication from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Anne BENTATA

Special advisor

Anne is our events organization and communication specialist. She works on a wide range of events – press conferences, conventions, congresses, gala receptions – and supports her customers through every step of their projects, from content creation to coordination, logistics, programming and scenography.

Anne holds an MSc in Management & Service Activities Marketing from the French Management School IAE, as well as a Degree in Corporate Law. She worked in several prestigious companies, starting at the AccorHôtels group, where she was in charge of managing events for many customers’ key accounts. She then went on to work for the tour operator Voyageurs du Monde, where she planned tailor-made travels in Canada – a country in which she lived for a year. She then joined Chanel and was in charge of the travel policy and internal events, and eventually established her own agency.

Pierre BENTATA

Special advisor

Passionate about regulated markets, the economist Pierre Bentata is our macroeconomic and sectorial researches expert. In addition, he is our academic secto and think tanks relations specialist.

He holds a doctorate in Economics and is currently a lecturer at the ESC Troyes. An economic advisor, Pierre specialises in Health and Environmental Economics. He has written reports related on these topics for many think tanks and industrial companies. Many of his academic papers have been published.

Pierre has written numerous essays and co-founded the European Think Tank Belem Circle together with Nicolas Bouzou. He is regularly invited to intervene in the media and in Business Schools.

Patrick MASSIAH

Special advisor

Patrick Massiah intervenes at CommStrat in the scope of coaching sessions for leaders and teams within companies. He can be asked to prepare people either for public speaking or for writing and team building. He is the ideal teammate to bring creativity into the development of strategic communication plans.

Patrick Massiah is an actor, a trainer and a stage director. A former student of Julien Bertheau, and a member of the French Comedy, he completed his training in New York and at the American Center.

He created and is the current director of the Tapis Volant Company. He is a producer for TV and cinema. He was in charge for of the WebTV and the media training for the Reunica Group for whom he produced an institutional film on the management of change management. So did he for Citroën.

He has been developing internships for self-confidence and public speaking with methods from the actors’ field for 25 years.

He intervenes at Sciences Po and at Centrale Paris for continuing education. He created a pedagogical Escape together with Iwips. He won the Special Jury Prize of the Adapt, Citizenship and Handicap.

He is also a Master NLP Practicioner and a hypnotherapist.

Jennifer MORGAN

Special advisor

Jennifer is our press relations and coverage specialist. She is very experienced in consulting for companies’ board of directors and has extensive knowledge of the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa’s politicians.

She holds a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Warwick. Her career path took her from journalism to the elaboration of important corporations’ communication strategies. Jennifer is an expert in long-term reputation-building and in managerial communication. While working for United Kingdom’s leader communication firm Chime, she intervened in numerous crisis and legal disputes situations for their clients.

Baki YOUSSOUFOU

Special advisor

Baki is our digital communication and Internet influence specialist. He knows perfectly how to handle and influence online and offline public debates.

He was President of a national student union from 2008 to 2012. Drawn to entrepreneurship, he created the online petition website WeSignIt, which has 4 millions users in France, the audio-visual production agency Tao World and the digital communication agency Raiz.

Baki is very involved in the associative sector: he is President of the world’s network “Active Generation”, which promotes best practices for a more democratic and open-minded society.

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