Etienne de Rocquigny

Etienne de Rocquigny is a strategic advisor at Expon Capital.


A leading mathematician and entrepreneur, graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, Imperial College of London and Professor Habilité à Diriger les recherches (Paris XI/Ecole Centrale Paris), Etienne has 20+ years of international experience in R&D, innovation management and venture development. A world expert in modelling, algorithms, uncertainty & risk management, he authored reference books, publications & MS/PhD-level teaching in applied maths, data science and applied decision-making in complex environmental and industrial systems. He acts as an acknowledged scientific advisor for French and European leading scientific institutions (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, European Commission, Nordforsk, Uni. Bocconi, …) and served as Vice-President of SMAI, France leading learned society in applied maths.


Parallel to his scientific & teaching career, he started his business career as innovation manager in a leading 100 m€ French Engineering company in Asia, North Africa and South America (1995-2000) where he practiced up to 7 foreign languages. He joined EDF, a world leading electricity utility in 2000, where he soon became Senior Corporate Scientist & Chief Maths, and created and directed a leading European industry consortium (20 m€ R&D) that pioneered model-based risk certification and industrial optimisation under uncertainty with the help of High-Performance Computing. Appointed Deputy Dean of Research of French Premier Engineering University Ecole Centrale Paris (2009-2012) he founded mixed business-academic chairs, incubators and research centres.


Tech business-angel since 2009, he founded a seed investment vehicle within his 3-generation old family office and invested in 10 IT-data startups where he acts as a Board member in venture partnership with VCs. Full-time entrepreneur since 2013, he founded & leads OperationData ever since, an innovative trusted advisory+cofounder business model specialised in big data & algorithmic acceleration of traditional businesses as well as hyper-growth startups.