Central Team

The Central Team is responsible for the management of the Association and the implementation of the directions and instructions issued by the Board.


Alexis du Roy de Blicquy

CEO, FBN, Belgium / Switzerland

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Alexis is the CEO of The Family Business Network (FBN), the world’s leading network bringing together over 4,000 business owning families  – 17,000 individual members including 6,400 Next-Generation members – in 32 chapters covering 65 countries.

Prior to FBN, Alexis held senior positions, including at Lhoist, Verlinvest, Armonea and IFC (World Bank Group). For 6 years, he was Chairman of the Board of ToolBox, supporting NGOs by offering professional consultancy.

He is member of the Board of Trusted Family, the leading governance platform for family offices and boards, of the Advisory Council of AITIA Institute in Singapore and of various cultural organizations.

He has recently been recognized as one of the Top 100 Family Influencers by a leading magazine.

A Belgian and Swiss citizen, Alexis holds a Master in Management Science from Solvay Business School, is an INSEAD IEP and IMD HPL Graduate.

Phone: +41 21 618 04 56
Email: alexis.duroydeblicquy@fbn-i.org

Christine Gaucher

Community Manager

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Christine manages the Family Business Network Next Generation initiatives – including the Next Generation Summits, the New Leader Circle, the NxG Award and the International Internship Program.

Coordinating the NxG Leadership Team since 2007, she’s acting as a servant leader, insuring next generations’ a safe place to grow together, and taking them to places they thought they would never go!

French citizen, Christine holds a Master in Communications from Poitiers Management School with an additional professional master in communication audit. From 2004 til 2007 Christine managed internal communications for Philips Seminconductors France and started her career in England as a marketing assistant for Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

Phone: + 33 6 89 43 11 52
Email: christine.gaucher@fbn-i.org

Dominique Otten-Pappas

Academic Adviser

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Dominique was born in 1979 as second oldest of 14 cousins making up the third generation of a German business owning family. She graduated with a BA in French Studies and Psychology from Lancaster University in the UK in 2003. Afterwards she worked as HR project manager in a family owned retail business before completing her MBA in the Netherlands in 2010. She finished her doctoral dissertation about the career decisions of male and female successors in German family businesses at the University of Witten/Herdecke in 2014.

Additionally, she is family manager and advisory board member to her family's business assisting the ownership and governance transition from the second to the third generation. She has been part of FBN Germany since 2010 and is currently a member of the German FBN board as well as academic expert to the FBNi NxG leadership team.


Andrew Bryson

Head of Business Transformation (Digitalization & Sustainability)

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Andrew is leading our Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence initiatives, which include the implementation of our new Member Exchange platform and working with our chapters to share best practices. Andrew has been a part of FBN since 2014, first as a founding member of the Polaris Committee and, in 2019, helping us renew our purpose and visual identity.

A US national, Andrew holds a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. He started his career as Executive Director of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit that promoted youth involvement in social change. He then worked at Saatchi & Saatchi in both the US and Asia where, as Director of Transformation, he led the agency’s transformation and purpose initiatives. Most recently, he was the Managing Director at several tech start-ups, including Inmoji, a mobile messaging and client engagement platform.


Natsuda Minder

Event & Partnership Manager

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Swiss national from Thai origin, Natsuda is a graduate of Ecole Hoteliere in Geneva. She started her career as a flight attendant at Swiss International Airlines, then worked for several hotels as management trainee in Spain and Switzerland. For the past four years, she held various functions at the International Olympic Committee, more recently as Event Manager in charge of IOC Commission and Board meetings, as well as ticketing operations at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Natsuda brings great expertise in state-of-the-art event organization and management, in a global organization working with multiple sports federations and local organization committees. Her experience will contribute to deliver great global events as FBN moves beyond its Summits to deliver community gatherings such as the Polaris Impact Forum and the Entrepreneurship Day.

Phone: +41 21 618 0744
Email: natsuda.minder@fbn-i.org

Sonia Carbone

Senior Accounting, HR & Compliance Officer

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Since 2013, Sonia has helmed both the Accounting & HR functions for FBN International. From 2000 to 2013, Sonia worked for Tetral SA as a Senior Accountant, managing the financial accounting of several entities within the organisation, and working closely with internal & external auditors. In parallel, she was also responsible for the IT development of the accounting system.

Sonia holds dual Swiss and Italian citizenship which helps her maintain a multicultural perspective on life – so vital in her work with member families. From 1999 to 2003, she added to her educational credentials by completing the Brevet of Finance & Comptabilité.

Phone: + 41 21 618 01 57
Email: sonia.carbone@fbn-i.org

Séverine Vial

Communications Officer

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A Swiss national, Séverine started her career at the Lausanne Hockey Club as an assistant for marketing, communication and media planning, focusing on their community of fans. After working for various event management organizations, she then moved to the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale – Worldwide Cycling Federation). During her 7 years there, she oversaw the modernization of the UCI brand image and led the development and implementation of a new communication strategy.

She holds various diplomas in communications and marketing, including a Swiss Federal Brevet from Communications Switzerland and a Communication Specialist Certificate from SAWI.

Séverine brings great expertise in marketing, communication, brand and community management, including social media. Her experience at one of the world’s leading sport’s federations will deepen the development and alignment of our communications, both internally with members and externally with partners and stakeholders.

Phone: +41 21 618 01 64
Email: severine.vial@fbn-i.org

Sonia Ceballos

Next Gen Community Coordinator

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A Colombian national, Sonia has been Creative Director at FBN Colombia over the past 3 years to rethink the communications and brand strategy of our Colombian chapter. She also played a key role in facilitating the massive online move of their community, which featured 99 online activities last year.

Prior to this experience, she worked for various organizations, including Novartis Colombia and in the TEDx event development at Universidad Externado de Colombia as Creative Director and Communications Officer.

Sonia holds a Communications and Journalism diploma from Universidad Externado de Colombia and complementary studies in storytelling and creativity, bringing a great knowledge of our network along with her communications and community development skills. 

Email: sonia.ceballos@fbn-i.org