New governance of the University for the period 2024 - 2028

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Published on February 12, 2024 Updated on February 12, 2024

on the February 5, 2024


Discover the new presidential team and the scope of the 7 statutory Vice-Presidents, forming the new governance of Université Côte d'Azur.

Reporting to the President of the University:

- Vice-President Idex : Sylvain Antoniotti
- Vice-President for institutional affairs and monitoring of the Grand Établissement: Marc Dalloz
- Vice-President Ulysseus and international partnerships: Stéphane Ngo Mai
- University Ethics Officer: Yves Strickler

Laëtitia Antonini - Cochin, Vice-President of Student and Campus Life

A professor of private law at Université Côte d'Azur since 2000, Laetitia Antonini-Cochin teaches in various areas of civil law (personal and family law, matrimonial property law, tort law, etc.).
She holds an Habilitation to direct research and supervises several theses. Her research activities in family law and insolvency law are carried out at the CERDP (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches en Droit des Procédures), of which she was deputy director for 10 years.
She directs the Master 2 in liability law and the IEJ (Institut d'études judiciaires). Laëtitia Cochin was Vice-President of University and Campus Life from 2021 to 2023.

Reporting to the Vice-President for Student and Campus Life are :

- Vice-President, Cultural Policy: Sylvain Lizon
- Vice-President Health Policy: David Darmon

Stéphane Azoulay, Vice-President in charge of the Board of Directors and Resources

Stéphane Azoulay is a university professor. A chemical engineer by training and a graduate of ESCPE Lyon, he joined the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2005 as Maitre de Conférences after a post-doctoral internship in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Tokyo. HDR holder since 2016, he is pursuing research in medicinal chemistry, particularly in the field of new anticancer drug discovery, and is working on the development of immunoassays for drug and protein determination. Winner of several national and European grants (ANR, FUI, H2020) and recipient of the Prix d'Excellence UCA in 2020, he has supervised numerous master's students and technical staff, as well as doctoral students. Stéphane Azoulay is co-author of 51 articles and 5 patents.
In parallel with his research activities, he teaches organic chemistry at Licence and Master level. Involved in institutional life, he was Director of the Chemistry Department (2011-2016), Vice-President in charge of training for the CoMUE UCA and theUniversité Nice Sophia Antipolis (06/2017- 12/2020), then Vice-President of Education at Université Côte d'Azur from January 2020 to January 2024.

Reporting to the Vice-President of the Board of Directors and Resources:

- Vice-President, Corporate Relations Development: Eric Nasica
- Vice-President, Digital Transformation: Philippe Lahire
- Vice-President, Entrepreneurship: Rani Dang

Laurent Counillon, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Laurent Counillon is a university professor. After obtaining a PhD in Life Sciences in Nice in 1993, Laurent Counillon did a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Structural Biology at Yale University in the USA. Returning to Nice, he set up his research team at the end of 1997, working on the transport of ions, particularly protons, across biological membranes, in connection with metabolism. From 2018 to 2023, he directed the Laboratoire de PhysioMédecine Moléculaire (LP2M), a Unité Mixte de Recherche that combines membrane transport physiology, metabolism, immunology and inflammation to study human pathophysiology, from molecule to genetic or acquired disease. Laurent Counillon has also been heavily involved in the structuring of teaching, notably as Master's Director, Deputy Director of the Doctoral School, and Director of the University Research School in Life and Health Sciences (EUR LIFE) since its creation in 2020. He is also a regular expert or chairman of national and international committees for the evaluation of higher education programs.

Reporting to the Vice-President in charge of Research and Innovation:

- Vice-President, Open Science: Anne Brogini
- Vice-President Science and Society: Anne Sophie Coldefy
- Vice-President, Innovation and Technology Transfer: Xavier Fernandez
- Vice-President, Doctoral Policy: Anne Vuillemin
- Platforms Project Manager: Carole Gwizdek
- Relations with healthcare institutions: Anne-Odile Hueber
- Scientific Data Officer: Olivier Meste

Fabienne d'Arripe Longueville, Vice-President Human Resources

Fabienne d'Arripe-Longueville has been a university professor in STAPS since 2008. She is a member of the Laboratoire Motricité Humaine Expertise Sport Santé (LAMHESS EA 6312). After obtaining an agrégation d'EPS and a doctorate in social psychology at the Paris V-Sorbonne developmental psychology laboratory, she worked as a researcher in the sports psychology laboratory at the Institut National du Sport de l'Expertise et de la Performance (INSEP) in Paris for 8 years. She joined the Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis in 2002 as Maître de Conférences and obtained her HDR in STAPS in 2006. Her research work is in the field of health and exercise psychology. It focuses on the mechanisms of engagement in achievement situations in different contexts (sport, health, work), behavior change and the promotion of physical activity for health purposes. They have been supported by numerous research and doctoral contracts, and have resulted in over 100 articles in international journals.
She has held various research-related responsibilities (development and direction of LAMHES(S); co-direction of the Fédération de Recherche sur les Interventions en Santé (FRIS); head of the Académie 5 Homme Idées Milieux). She was an elected member of the 74th section of the Conseil National des Universités, the Board of Directors of Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis and the Academic Council of Université Côte d'Azur during her last term of office. She also headed the STAPS department from 2020 to 2023.

Reporting to the Vice-President Human Resources are:

- Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Social Policy: Veronique Van de Bor
- Vice-President in charge of Disability Policy: Pierre Crescenzo
- HR Development Officer: Sabrina Loufrani

Ali Douai, Vice-President in charge of Training and Educational Innovation

Ali Douai has been a lecturer in economics at Université Cote d'Azur since 2010, after obtaining a doctorate in 2009 from the University of Bordeaux. His research, in the field of ecological economics, focuses on the determinants of biodiversity regulations and their effects on socio-economic dynamics. He has been an elected member of CNU section 05 since 2015. He was Director of the Institut Supérieur d'Economie et de Management (2019-2020), then Deputy Director of Training at the Ecole Universitaire de Recherche d'Economie et de Management (2021-2023). He became Strategic Director of the Excellence Initiative in February 2023.
An elected member of the Academic Council since 2020 (and of the CFVU between 2016-2020), he has led or is leading various projects to transform or develop new cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary training courses (co-piloting the NCU L@UCA project, CPES, etc.). As "Active Orientation" Project Leader for the Vice-President of Education and the President (2020-2023), he worked to structure a working ecosystem (Rectorat, high schools, etc.) to improve student support.) to improve support for students enrolling in Université Côte d'Azur undergraduate programs.

Reporting to the Vice-President in charge of Training and Pedagogical Innovation:

- Vice-President, Educational Transformation and Lifelong Learning: Isabelle Mirbel
- Cross-functional levers for student success" Project Manager - Marie-Cécile de Cian
- Training Data Policy" Project Manager - Christel Dartigues
- Project Manager for "Personalized pathways to student success" - Stéphanie Mériaux

Erwin Franquet, Vice-President, Environmental and Social Transitions

Erwin Franquet is an engineer in Energetic Mechanics (specializing in heat and fluid mechanics) and holds a doctorate from the University of Provence. After a post-doctorate at CNES, he was recruited by the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, where he worked mainly on heat storage and energy systems, both for applications in the energy sector and in the, both for industrial and building applications, before expanding into energy management with a holistic approach geared towards smart-grids/buildings/cities. After passing his HDR, he developed a trans-disciplinary approach to pursue this opening-up to the human and social sciences; for example, he joined a consortium of lawyers and worked in an economics laboratory.
In 2020, he was appointed University Professor at the Université Côte d'Azur to continue his work on environmental transition, starting with the engineering sciences (energy, IT, building, etc.) and enriching them with contributions from the humanities, social sciences and art. His primary focus remains on the issues of energy efficiency and effectiveness, and the reduction of associated consumption and emissions (carbon or in the sense of life-cycle analysis), using the most generalist approach possible.
He is currently Director of the Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings Department at Polytech Nice Sophia and Deputy Director of Polytech'Lab.

Cécile Sabourault, Vice-President, International Development and Europe

Cécile Sabourault is Professor of Biology in the Life Sciences Department. A biochemist by training, she obtained a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis in 1999. After a two-year post-doctorate at the University of Arizona (Tucson), she joined the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis as Maitre de Conférences and then Professor. She is currently pursuing her research activities within UMR7035 ECOSEAS (Ecology and Conservation Science for Sustainable Seas), with a particular interest in the ecology of marine communities and interactions between marine organisms.s and interactions between marine organisms (ecophysiology, environmental genomics, chemical ecology) thanks to several contracts (including an ANR Jeune Chercheuse in 2012). She is also interested in socio-economic systems. As Maitre de Conférences, she has coordinated a number of training courses, including a Master's program and a double degree in chemistry and biology.
She was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science in charge of International Relations (2012-2017), then Vice-Dean in charge of Pedagogy and International Relations (2018-2020). Cécile Sabourault has been Vice-President of International Development and External Relations at Université Côte d'Azur since the establishment of the institution in January 2020. In this position, she has worked to structure international partnerships and boost exchanges to enable as many users as possible (students and staff alike) to benefit from an international experience (mobility or participation in a project). Renewed in her role as Vice-President of International Development, she hopes to continue to intensify internationalization and make Université Côte d'Azur a university resolutely open to the world.

Reporting to the Vice-President of International Development and Europe are :

- Vice-Présidente 'Politique au Sud' : Marie Pierre Ballarin
- Vice-President European Affairs: Muriel Dalpont