AFN MANAGEMENT TEAM

The French School of Lagos was founded in 1958 by the Association Française du Nigeria (AFN). Before the current school was built in 1987 with the help of the French Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, it has moved to several places, in Ikoyi and in Victoria Island. Through an agreement signed in 1991 with the new AEFE (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger), which is an agency of the French Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, the school is now linked with the French Authorities which give it a financial support to run.

In 1997, the French School becomes officially the “Lycée Français”. Extensions of the current building have been done in 1998 and in 2004. The Lycée Français of Lagos is one of the 494 school establishments depending on the AEFE in the world. In order to satisfy its educational mission, the AEFE is working close with the French Ministry of Education: it gives to the agency the possibility to hire teachers and administrative employees who are all French Civil Servants, trained and assessed by the Ministry.

The “Conseiller de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle” is the legal authority representing both Ministries, with the delegation of the French Ambassador. The pedagogy of the school, but also its organization and the running of the exams is managed by the Principal who is assisted by a Director for the Primary School, a CPE (“Conseiller Principal d’Education”) for the Secondary School and by an Administrative and Financial Director for all the other material issues.

The Establishment Council is the representative body in charge of taking these decisions concerning the organization of the school. Concerning the global running of the School (maintenance, investments, treasury, social issues, communication, etc…), the association in charge is the AFN, through its board council.

The management committee (AFN Management Committee) elected from Ordinary and Associate members administrates the school with the following objectives:
(1) Promoting French culture and education according to the French Code of Education, following the French Ministry of Education’s program and in the spirit of the bilateral treaty between France and Nigeria on culture and education,
(2) Delivering official grades and diplomas: the school is mentioned on the list of homologated overseas educational institutions published annually on the Official Bulletin of the French National Education and can deliver French officials grades and diplomas.

For successful delivery of the assignment and support to the school, the school have assigned the following resource persons. We have assigned Engineers, Accountants, Lawyers, Communication Personnel’s and other relevant skilled resources based on the services required at any given time.

Président : Guillaume Niarfeix
Exe Vice-Président : Tatiana Moussalli
Vice President: Yoann Friggi
Treasurer: Thomas Haendler
Secretary: Aurelie Odeyer
Member: Lara Kayode (Head of Legal Commission)
Member: Helene Ibru (Head of HR Commission)
Member: Billura Bernard (Member Communication Commission)
Member: Tatiana Moussalli (Head of project Commission)
Member: Guillaume Niarfeix (Head of Communication Commission)
Member: Thomas Haendler (Head of Finance Commission)
Member: Mariam Melchior (Member Finance Commission)
Member: Timi Olaoluwa (Member Communication Commission)
Member: Maxime Lacour (Member of Project Commission)

Tatiana-Moussalli,-Executive-Vice-president-AFN-and-Deputy-Group-Managing-Director-of-Aims2

Tatiana Moussalli

Exe Vice-Président

Aurelie-Odeyer,-secretary-of-the-Board-of-AFN-and-Architect

Aurelie Odeyer

Secretary

Lara-Kayode,-Head-of-Legal-Commission,--Founder-of-O.-Kayode-_-Co2

Lara Kayode

Member (Head of Legal Commission)

Helene-Sexe-Ibru,-Head-HR-Commission,-Lawyer-and-dedicated-educationist2

Helene Ibru

Member (Head of HR Commission)

Billura-Bayramova--BERNARD,--Communication-Commission,-Finance-admin-executive-at-Givaudan

Billura Bernard

Member (Communication Commission)

Mariam-Melchior_-member-of-AFN-finance-commission_-Chartered-Accountant-removebg-preview (2)

Mariam Melchior

Member (Finance Commission)

Timi-Olaoluwa--HR-commission,-lawyer-and-HR-Manager3

Timi Olaoluwa

Member (Communication Commission)

Maxime-Lacour,-member-of-AFN-Project-Works-and-Maintenance,--Country-Manager-of-LAYHER5

Maxime Lacour

Member (Project Commission)

History

The French School of Lagos was founded in 1958 by the Association Française du Nigeria (AFN). Before the current school was built in 1987 with the help of the French Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, it has moved to several places, in Ikoyi and in Victoria Island. Through an agreement signed in 1991 with the new AEFE (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger), which is an agency of the French Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, the school is now linked with the French Authorities which give it a financial support to run.

In 1997, the French School becomes officially the “Lycée Français”. Extensions of the current building have been done in 1998 and in 2004. The Lycée Français of Lagos is one of the 494 school establishments depending on the AEFE in the world. In order to satisfy its educational mission, the AEFE is working close with the French Ministry of Education: it gives to the agency the possibility to hire teachers and administrative employees who are all French Civil Servants, trained and assessed by the Ministry.

The “Conseiller de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle” is the legal authority representing both Ministries, with the delegation of the French Ambassador. The pedagogy of the school, but also its organization and the running of the exams is managed by the Principal who is assisted by a Director for the Primary School, a CPE (“Conseiller Principal d’Education”) for the Secondary School and by an Administrative and Financial Director for all the other material issues.

The Establishment Council is the representative body in charge of taking these decisions concerning the organization of the school. Concerning the global running of the School (maintenance, investments, treasury, social issues, communication, etc…), the association in charge is the AFN, through its board council.

Our Management Committee team

The management committee (AFN Management Committee) elected from Ordinary and Associate members administrates the school with the following objectives:
(1) Promoting French culture and education according to the French Code of Education, following the French Ministry of Education’s program and in the spirit of the bilateral treaty between France and Nigeria on culture and education,
(2) Delivering official grades and diplomas: the school is mentioned on the list of homologated overseas educational institutions published annually on the Official Bulletin of the French National Education and can deliver French officials grades and diplomas.

For successful delivery of the assignment and support to the school, the school have assigned the following resource persons. We have assigned Engineers, Accountants, Lawyers, Communication Personnel’s and other relevant skilled resources based on the services required at any given time.

Président : Guillaume Niarfeix
Exe Vice-Président : Tatiana Moussalli
Vice President: Yoann Friggi
Treasurer: Thomas Haendler
Secretary: Aurelie Odeyer
Member: Lara Kayode (Head of Legal Commission)
Member: Helene Ibru (Head of HR Commission)
Member: Billura Bernard (Member Communication Commission)
Member: Tatiana Moussalli (Head of project Commission)
Member: Guillaume Niarfeix (Head of Communication Commission)
Member: Thomas Haendler (Head of Finance Commission)
Member: Mariam Melchior (Member Finance Commission)
Member: Timi Olaoluwa (Member of HR Commission)
Member: Maxime Lacour (Member of Project Commission)

Tatiana-Moussalli,-Executive-Vice-president-AFN-and-Deputy-Group-Managing-Director-of-Aims

Tatiana Moussalli

Exe Vice-Président

Aurelie-Odeyer,-secretary-of-the-Board-of-AFN-and-Architect

Aurelie Odeyer

Secretary

Lara-Kayode,-Head-of-Legal-Commission,--Founder-of-O.-Kayode-_-Co

Lara Kayode

Member (Head of Legal Commission)

Helene-Sexe-Ibru,-Head-HR-Commission,-Lawyer-and-dedicated-educationist

Helene Ibru

Member (Head of HR Commission)

Billura-Bayramova--BERNARD,--Communication-Commission,-Finance-admin-executive-at-Givaudan

Billura Bernard

Member (Communication Commission)

Mariam-Melchior_-member-of-AFN-finance-commission_-Chartered-Accountant-removebg-preview

Mariam Melchior

Member (Finance Commission)

Timi-Olaoluwa--HR-commission,-lawyer-and-HR-Manager

Timi Olaoluwa

Member (Head of HR Commission)

Maxime-Lacour,-member-of-AFN-Project-Works-and-Maintenance,--Country-Manager-of-LAYHER

Maxime Lacour

Member (Project Commission)

Guillaume Niarfeix is the President of the Board of AFN and the Managing Director of SPIE OIL & GAS SERVICES NIGERIA.

A Senior Executive with a strong entrepreneurial flair and extensive experience in
industrial projects, risk, supply chain, and operations management. During his 20 years of industry experience – delivering complex projects in Africa, Middle-East or Asia – he has developed the unique competency to deal with uncertainties and set strategies leading to value creation and success. He has helped transform many organizations to make them more effective.

Guillaume holds several masters in Logistics, Supply Chain, Business, and Risk Management from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Guillaume has been living in Nigeria with his family since 2005.

Tatiana Moussalli is the Executive Vice president of the Board of AFN and deputy Group Managing Director of Aims Consultants LTD/ Aim Group Nigeria.

Tatiana Moussalli Nouri is the CEO for Wazobia TV and Wazobia Max TV based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the Deputy Group Managing Director of AIM Group, a multidisciplinary group that offer services in Architecture and Engineering Service Broadcasting, Communications and Hospitality. Prior to joining Aim Group, she worked for Bouygues Construction as a Project Manager.

She currently heads the First Pidgin English Television in Nigeria and Africa launched in 2014, which delivers family entertainment content and high-quality programming at an affordable price to the general audience. She led the television design and build team, as well as the procurement and value engineering which was done in collaboration with Wazobia TV’s sister company, namely Aim Consultants Ltd. She is also the current Deputy Managing Director for Aim Consultants who specializes
in Architecture and Engineering Design and Project Management of mainly Infrastructural projects in Nigeria and other African countries; some of Aim clients include the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

A visionary and co-founder back in 2007 of the first « Pidgin English » Radio Station in Nigeria and Africa, Wazobia FM, she still oversees the portfolio of 13 radio stations, 4 Television platforms and an Entertainment Production company across Nigeria. Her entrepreneurship mindset has contributed to the scaling and diversification of the Group, offering more services and social impact to the people of Nigeria.

She is a board member of several organizations in Nigeria. She is on the Africa Executive Board YPO (Young President Organization), an Entrepreneurial International Organization present in over 130 countries worldwide, which focuses on constant learning and self-development. She is a board member of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) which provides financial support to residents of
Lagos State, for job, wealth creation and tackles unemployment.

She is also the Vice President of the Executive Board of the French School in Lagos, where she is leading the real estate project on the rehabilitation and expansion of the school. She is also a board member of the Independent Broadcaster Association of Nigeria (IBAN). She served on the board member on the Lagos Motorboat Club, for over 8 years.

She is of Lebanese/Palestinian origins and was born and raised in Nigeria. She speaks French, English and Arabic. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California (2000) and holds two Masters degrees in Structural Engineering and Construction Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001) and the University of Southern California (2003) respectively. She is married, a mother of three and a dedicated ashtanga yoga
practitioner.

Lara Kayode is a Member/ Head of Legal Commission of the Board of AFN and the founder of O. Kayode & Co. Nigeria

Lara Kayode is the founder of the law firm of O. Kayode & Co based in Lagos, Nigeria. An IP boutique firm, her practice covers both corporate and commercial matters, with a particular emphasis on industrial and intellectual property law, and alternative dispute resolution with a special interest in mediation. She was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992.

She holds a Masters of Laws from the Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, where she obtained an LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. She began her Career as a practicing lawyer in 1992 with one of the leading intellectual property law firms in Nigeria, prior to setting up the Law firm of O. Kayode & Co in 1996. Lara Kayode is globally recognized as one of Nigeria’s leading IP practitioners. Lara Kayode and her team at O Kayode & Co currently manage the IPR’s comprising Trade mark, Patent and Design portfolios, for domestic and international clients respectively.

Lara Kayode is an international speaker and member of a number of associations including the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), IBA, PTMG, ITMA and AIPP, INTA, she was the President Awardee recipient in 2019. She currently is a member of Council at the Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce.

Helene Sexe Ibru is the Head of HR Commission of the Board of AFN and a Lawyer

Hélène Sexe-Ibru is a lawyer by profession, and a dedicated educationist with over 15 years of experience in the sector at various levels ranging from junior secondary (College) to Senior secondary (Lycée) and teaching pupils aged from 11 to 18 as well as a stint in primary school (age 9 to 10).

As an alumna of the Lycée Français Louis Pasteur, she has witnessed the school’s evolution from inception and is well poised to help build a great new chapter and facilitate new heights in the overall school system administration. Her fully bilingual and bi-national (French and Nigerian) background, as well as her profound understanding of various educational systems and her international outlook, have equipped her with the cultural competence and insight to further advance the school’s standing, nurture students and improve the quality of education services offered.

She is passionate about inspiring success and developed her students’ full potential and enabled the growth of both academic and non-academic skills, enabling them to become well-rounded individuals. She believes in studying and understanding students’ different learning styles in order to secure the best outcomes and build pupils’ self-esteem. She strongly supports inclusive, multicultural arrangements enabling everyone to thrive through the provision of holistic education whereby every positive facet of a pupil’s personality is encouraged to bloom, thus supporting both emotional and physical wellbeing. She proved to be an asset to the school by providing students with a strong foundation in the English language and literature
departments and helped to build an academic environment where her teaching strategies enabled students find meaning by connecting the curriculum to the world around them. She has helped to identify the school’s needs and provided curriculum development through appropriate reading lists and content recommendation.

Billura Bayramova Bernard is a Member of Communication Commission of the Board of AFN and Business & Technical Manager of Givaudan Nigeria

Billura Bayramova- BERNARD is finance/admin executive at Givaudan with over 15 years of experience in finance, business administration for FMCG and other institutions. She holds a Master degree in Linguistics from the State University of Azerbaijan and bachelor degree in Finance & Economics from the State University of Azerbaijan. She holds a Master degree in Finance & Economics from Lund University in Sweden.

Mariam Melchior is a member of the finance commission of the Board of AFN

Mariam has more than 15 years progressive experience in various finance functions. Her experience ranges from Accounting, Financial Control, Financial and Management reporting, Treasury, Trade Finance, Credit Risk Management and Project Finance.

Mariam is an experienced CFO whose responsibilities involve planning, implementing and managing all financial activities with a growth mindset covering areas such as Business planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial analysis, Liquidity management, Maintaining and building investor relations, Providing strategic recommendations, Advising and reporting to Board members and C-level executive management.

Mariam plays a key role in defining and executing company financial and operational strategy.

Mariam has worked at several multinationals in varying sectors, spanning from Chemicals, Soft Commodities with most of her experience having been in the Energy sector.

Mariam is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management accountants (CIMA). She has an MSc in Investment banking and International Securities from ICMA, Centre, Reading, Berkshire and a BA in Economics from Reading University, Berkshire.

Mariam speaks fluent French, is a volunteer and associate at an NGO called WIMBIZ, an active angel investor and fitness enthusiast.

Timi Olaoluwa is a member of the communication commission of the Board of AFN and also a lawyer by profession.

She has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and legal qualifications from the University of Hertfordshire and the Westminster School of Law both in the UK as well as an MSc in Human Resources Management also from a reputable UK University.

She has functioned as an Admin/HR staff in Schlumberger Oilfield Services Nigeria and in various similar positions in the UK; she is presently the Professional Development Manager for Foot Steps School, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Maxime Lacour is a member of Project/ Works & Maintenance of the Board of AFN and the Country Manager of LAYHER, Nigeria.

Maxime is an experienced results-oriented Manager who has vast experience
in business development, branch creation and management, P&L and Project management in international environments, especially in west Africa countries for industrial, construction and Oil & Gas sectors.

Maxime holds a Masters Degree in chemistry and a Post Graduate Degree in Health, Safety & Environment (Reims University, France). He has worked with several
organizations like Schneider, Bureau Veritas, Lassarat, ALM International and currently working with Layher as their Country Manager in Nigeria.

Tatiana Moussalli is the Executive Vice president of the Board of AFN and deputy Group Managing Director of Aims Consultants LTD/ Aim Group Nigeria.

Tatiana Moussalli Nouri is the CEO for Wazobia TV and Wazobia Max TV based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the Deputy Group Managing Director of AIM Group, a multidisciplinary group that offer services in Architecture and Engineering Service Broadcasting, Communications and Hospitality. Prior to joining Aim Group, she worked for Bouygues Construction as a Project Manager.

She currently heads the First Pidgin English Television in Nigeria and Africa launched in 2014, which delivers family entertainment content and high-quality programming at an affordable price to the general audience. She led the television design and build team, as well as the procurement and value engineering which was done in collaboration with Wazobia TV’s sister company, namely Aim Consultants Ltd. She is also the current Deputy Managing Director for Aim Consultants who specializes
in Architecture and Engineering Design and Project Management of mainly Infrastructural projects in Nigeria and other African countries; some of Aim clients include the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

A visionary and co-founder back in 2007 of the first « Pidgin English » Radio Station in Nigeria and Africa, Wazobia FM, she still oversees the portfolio of 13 radio stations, 4 Television platforms and an Entertainment Production company across Nigeria. Her entrepreneurship mindset has contributed to the scaling and diversification of the Group, offering more services and social impact to the people of Nigeria.

She is a board member of several organizations in Nigeria. She is on the Africa Executive Board YPO (Young President Organization), an Entrepreneurial International Organization present in over 130 countries worldwide, which focuses on constant learning and self-development. She is a board member of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) which provides financial support to residents of
Lagos State, for job, wealth creation and tackles unemployment.

She is also the Vice President of the Executive Board of the French School in Lagos, where she is leading the real estate project on the rehabilitation and expansion of the school. She is also a board member of the Independent Broadcaster Association of Nigeria (IBAN). She served on the board member on the Lagos Motorboat Club, for over 8 years.

She is of Lebanese/Palestinian origins and was born and raised in Nigeria. She speaks French, English and Arabic. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California (2000) and holds two Masters degrees in Structural Engineering and Construction Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001) and the University of Southern California (2003) respectively. She is married, a mother of three and a dedicated ashtanga yoga
practitioner.

Lara Kayode is a Member/ Head of Legal Commission of the Board of AFN and the founder of O. Kayode & Co. Nigeria

Lara Kayode is the founder of the law firm of O. Kayode & Co based in Lagos, Nigeria. An IP boutique firm, her practice covers both corporate and commercial matters, with a particular emphasis on industrial and intellectual property law, and alternative dispute resolution with a special interest in mediation. She was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992.

She holds a Masters of Laws from the Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, where she obtained an LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. She began her Career as a practicing lawyer in 1992 with one of the leading intellectual property law firms in Nigeria, prior to setting up the Law firm of O. Kayode & Co in 1996. Lara Kayode is globally recognized as one of Nigeria’s leading IP practitioners. Lara Kayode and her team at O Kayode & Co currently manage the IPR’s comprising Trade mark, Patent and Design portfolios, for domestic and international clients respectively.

Lara Kayode is an international speaker and member of a number of associations including the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), IBA, PTMG, ITMA and AIPP, INTA, she was the President Awardee recipient in 2019. She currently is a member of Council at the Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce.

Helene Sexe Ibru is the Head of HR Commission of the Board of AFN and a Lawyer

Hélène Sexe-Ibru is a lawyer by profession, and a dedicated educationist with over 15 years of experience in the sector at various levels ranging from junior secondary (College) to Senior secondary (Lycée) and teaching pupils aged from 11 to 18 as well as a stint in primary school (age 9 to 10).

As an alumna of the Lycée Français Louis Pasteur, she has witnessed the school’s evolution from inception and is well poised to help build a great new chapter and facilitate new heights in the overall school system administration. Her fully bilingual and bi-national (French and Nigerian) background, as well as her profound understanding of various educational systems and her international outlook, have equipped her with the cultural competence and insight to further advance the school’s standing, nurture students and improve the quality of education services offered.

She is passionate about inspiring success and developed her students’ full potential and enabled the growth of both academic and non-academic skills, enabling them to become well-rounded individuals. She believes in studying and understanding students’ different learning styles in order to secure the best outcomes and build pupils’ self-esteem. She strongly supports inclusive, multicultural arrangements enabling everyone to thrive through the provision of holistic education whereby every positive facet of a pupil’s personality is encouraged to bloom, thus supporting both emotional and physical wellbeing. She proved to be an asset to the school by providing students with a strong foundation in the English language and literature
departments and helped to build an academic environment where her teaching strategies enabled students find meaning by connecting the curriculum to the world around them. She has helped to identify the school’s needs and provided curriculum development through appropriate reading lists and content recommendation.

Billura Bayramova Bernard is a Member of Communication Commission of the Board of AFN and Business & Technical Manager of Givaudan Nigeria

Billura Bayramova- BERNARD is finance/admin executive at Givaudan with over 15 years of experience in finance, business administration for FMCG and other institutions. She holds a Master degree in Linguistics from the State University of Azerbaijan and bachelor degree in Finance & Economics from the State University of Azerbaijan. She holds a Master degree in Finance & Economics from Lund University in Sweden.

Mariam Melchior is a member of the finance commission of the Board of AFN

Mariam has more than 15 years progressive experience in various finance functions. Her experience ranges from Accounting, Financial Control, Financial and Management reporting, Treasury, Trade Finance, Credit Risk Management and Project Finance.

Mariam is an experienced CFO whose responsibilities involve planning, implementing and managing all financial activities with a growth mindset covering areas such as Business planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial analysis, Liquidity management, Maintaining and building investor relations, Providing strategic recommendations, Advising and reporting to Board members and C-level executive management.

Mariam plays a key role in defining and executing company financial and operational strategy.

Mariam has worked at several multinationals in varying sectors, spanning from Chemicals, Soft Commodities with most of her experience having been in the Energy sector.

Mariam is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management accountants (CIMA). She has an MSc in Investment banking and International Securities from ICMA, Centre, Reading, Berkshire and a BA in Economics from Reading University, Berkshire.

Mariam speaks fluent French, is a volunteer and associate at an NGO called WIMBIZ, an active angel investor and fitness enthusiast.

Timi Olaoluwa is a member of the communication commission of the Board of AFN and also a lawyer by profession.

She has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and legal qualifications from the University of Hertfordshire and the Westminster School of Law both in the UK as well as an MSc in Human Resources Management also from a reputable UK University.

She has functioned as an Admin/HR staff in Schlumberger Oilfield Services Nigeria and in various similar positions in the UK; she is presently the Professional Development Manager for Foot Steps School, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Maxime Lacour is a member of Project/ Works & Maintenance of the Board of AFN and the Country Manager of LAYHER, Nigeria.

Maxime is an experienced results-oriented Manager who has vast experience
in business development, branch creation and management, P&L and Project management in international environments, especially in west Africa countries for industrial, construction and Oil & Gas sectors.

Maxime holds a Masters Degree in chemistry and a Post Graduate Degree in Health, Safety & Environment (Reims University, France). He has worked with several
organizations like Schneider, Bureau Veritas, Lassarat, ALM International and currently working with Layher as their Country Manager in Nigeria.