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Board of directors and team

The Board

Director and Deputy Directors

Anniina Salonen

Deputy Director

Associate Professor at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides  (Université Paris Saclay, CNRS), physicist specialized in Soft Matter, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our institute. With a background in scientific research and project management, she has worked extensively in interdisciplinary environments, fostering collaboration and driving innovation.

Yves Balkanski


Research engineer at CEA. Yves duties for the Institute consist of assisting the Scientific Council with the selection of the Scientific Programs and acting as a member of the  Board in the day-to-day running of the institute. He helps to facilitate scientific outcomes through discussions with program organisers and program participants to make sure that they take full advantage of what IPa has to offer.

Jacques Bittoun

Deputy Director

University Professor, Inpatient practitioner of Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine at Paris-Sud University, former Vice-President of Research (2007-2012), former President (2012-2016) of Université Paris-Sud and Director of Institut Joliot at CEA, Jacques role is to assist the Director. Due to his experience with the different University communities and due to his multidisciplinary education, he can offer recommendations and facilitate contact in particular with the Life Sciences Community.

Administrative Director

Aurélie Lando

General Secretary

As part of the directive team, she participates with the board in the setting of the Institute's objectives and is responsible for the financial and administrative management. She is also the link between the board and the wider team.

The team

Anna Guerreschi

Program Manager

One of our most experienced program managers, her background in Translation and Interpreting Studies allowed her to participate in several international experiences, including studying programs and traineeships.

Francesca Sconfienza

Program and Communication Manager

She brings with her a wealth of experience in the fields of Events Management which allows her to smoothly take care of the organisation of the programs. She is also in charge of the communication of the Institute.

Landry Kibinza

IT Manager

He is in charge for the Institute of the relationship with the university's information systems office and external service providers. During programs and events, he is available to meet the IT and audiovisual needs of all guests. 

Vesna Cupic

Program Manager

With a background in architecture and interior design, she has a strong experience in the high-end fashion and luxury field. For the past 20 years she has organised major events locally and internationally.