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Who are the appointed Vice Presidents?

On January 30, the executive board of Université Côte d'Azur approved the list of vice presidents in charge of coordinating the major assignments of the university and of working alongside Jeanick Brisswalter during his term as president.

Publication : 11/05/2020
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Vice President of the Executive Board - Functional Vice President Heritage, Facilities, Accessibility and Sustainable Development
Marc Dalloz

In 2001, Marc Dalloz defended his thesis on aggravating circumstances in French criminal law written under the supervision of Roger Bernardini, dean of the Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Center for Studies in Private Law (CERDP, no. EA1201) and is affiliated with the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Hub. Elected to the executive board of the UNS in 2016, he became its vice president in May 2017. He was in charge of coordinating the university's facilities policy and of leading the working group that drew up the Université Côte d'Azur statutes.


Vice President Research
Noël Dimarcq

Noël Dimarcq, holder of an agrégation in physics, is a CNRS research director at the ARTEMIS laboratory. His research focuses on precision measurements with atomic interferometers (atomic clocks and inertial sensors) and their applications, including in space. Before arriving in Nice in 2018, he conducted research at the Laboratory of the Atomic Clock (Orsay) then at the SYRTE department of the Paris Observatory where he supervised or co-supervised 21 Ph.D. student theses. He was known for combining his research activities with close partnerships with industry and taking every opportunity to teach and share his knowledge. He was a recipient of the Young Scientist EFTF Award in 1999 and the CNRS silver medal in 2008. Between 2006 and 2014, he directed the SYRTE laboratory and, from 2011 to 2018, the FIRST-TF network of excellence, conducting research in the field of time and frequency metrology. From 2014 to 2018, he was scientific delegate at the CNRS Institute of Physics and chaired the scientific council of the Côte d'Azur Observatory. From 2017 to 2019, he also chaired the ANR scientific evaluation committee on quantum technologies. He has been a full member of the Bureau des Longitudes since 2012. In 2018, he became deputy director of the Côte d'Azur Observatory and French representative on the International Committee for Weights and Measures in which he chairs the Time-Frequency Advisory Committee.


Functional Vice President Documentation and Open Science Policy
Sylvie Puech Ballestra

Born in Marseille in 1964, former student of the École Normale Supérieure, holder of an agrégation in classical literature, Sylvie Ballestra-Puech became a professor of comparative literature at the UNS in September 2002 after teaching at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes from 1988 to 1994 and Paris IV-Sorbonne from 1994 to 2002. She studied the mythology of weaving in European literature before working more particularly on the influence of Lucretia in the works of Francis Ponge and others. She supervised the master's program in literature (2008-2012) and was instrumental in creating the documentation specialty in 2010, which became in 2018 the “Mondes du document: supports, contenus, médiations” program, which she still supervises. She also directed the CTEL (Transdisciplinary Center for Epistemology of Literature and Performing Arts) laboratory from 2012 to 2016, before representing the Literature Languages Arts and Communication department during the last accreditation campaign (2017- 2018). Since the beginning of the academic year, she has been heading the modern languages department. She is currently a member of the UNS executive board and of the LASH research unit board. 

Functional Vice President Valorization and Innovation
Xavier Fernandez

Xavier Fernandez, doctor of science in chemistry (2001), started teaching at the UNS in 2002, was accredited to supervise research (HDR) in 2007 and was promoted to professor in 2012. Xavier Fernandez works as a researcher at the Nice Institute of Chemistry (UMR CNRS 7272) where he leads the MVBV research group (Metabolomics and Plant Biodiversity). Actively involved in industrial partnerships, he took on the supervision in 2004 of the Formulation, Analysis, and Quality (FOQUAL) professional master's degree (apprenticeship) in chemistry, and heads the new Flavor and Fragrance Industry MSc. As a result, he has led the project to install a UNS satellite campus in Grasse.

Strongly involved in the life of the university, he represented the UNS in the following capacity:

– Since 2015: Assistant dean of the science department in charge of corporate relations, professional training and professional integration.
- 2012-2015: Director of the Nice Institute of Chemistry technological platform.
- 2015-2019: Elected member of the UCA academic council, head of the education committee.
- 2010-2012: Administrator of the PASS competitiveness cluster (Perfume, Aromas, Flavors, and Scents).

He is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific publications in the field of aromas and perfumes, and the study of perfume plants, has filed five patents and published five books. His research activities focus on natural ingredients and the chemistry of aromas, perfumes, and cosmetics, which recently led him to help create a startup company, NissActive, founded by one of his doctoral students. 

Functional Vice President Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Policy
Pascale Steichen

Pascale Steichen is a professor of private law. She holds an agrégation, is member of the Research Group in Law, Economics and Management (GREDEG), and is specialized in environmental law. The transversal nature of the topics she studies led her to introduce interdisciplinarity in both her research and her teaching. Member of the scientific council of Academy 3 "Space, Environment, Risks and Resilience", she was involved in several transdisciplinary research projects and she introduced innovative learning methods in her teaching (IMREDD workshops, Oceans Tribunal). She participated in a large number of international conferences and wrote close to sixty articles particularly on issues related to soil pollution and risk management. She co-authored the Environmental Law textbook in the Dalloz collection.

She co-headed the Research Center in Economic Law (CREDECO, now part of the GREDEG) and was instrumental in creating the master's program in legal risk and sustainable development which she headed for many years. She supervised several Ph.D. student theses in the doctoral school of Law and Political, Economic and Management Science (DESPEG) which she headed until September 2019.

Vice President Education 
Stéphane Azoulay

After earning a degree in chemical engineering, completing his Ph.D. at the UNS and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Tokyo, he joined the faculty of the University of Nice in 2005. After receiving his accreditation to direct research (HDR) in 2016, he co-advised Ph.D. students and supervised several research contracts, while pursuing research in medicinal chemistry with the aim of discovering new anticancer medication and developing immunoassays for dosing drugs and proteins. Along with his research activities, he teaches organic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate level. Committed to institutional life, he headed the department of chemistry from 2011 to 2016, and served as vice president for education of the UCA COMUE and of the University of Nice from July 2017 to now. He was also elected to the UNS executive board in 2016.

Functional Vice President Student Entrepreneurship
Eric Guerci

Eric Guerci is a professor of economics at Université Côte d'Azur and a member of the CNRS GREDEG laboratory. He conducts research in the field of behavioral and computational economics. From the very beginning of Université Cote d'Azur, he fully supported the UCAJEDI IDEX project and enthusiastically participated in creating and managing the Center for Active Pedagogy (CAP) and co-heading the INVENT@UCA (“Disrupt Campus”) program, which aims to train Université Côte d'Azur students in innovation and digital transformation. In line with his previous commitments, he now wishes to lead the ambitious project of developing the spirit and the capacity of entrepreneurship in the new university. 

Functional Vice President Continuing Education
Nadine Tournois

After working in the high-technology industry (Texas-Instruments and IBM), Nadine Tournois is currently a professor and director of the IAE Graduate School of Management of Nice. She filled various positions in French academia as vice president of the executive board of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and as director of higher education and research for the Nice Academy. She is currently international vice president of the IAE France Network, vice president in charge of corporate relations of Atlas-AFMI (French Association for Research in International Management), and associate member of the CCEF (French Foreign Trade Advisors). She has taught and spoken at seminars and conferences in a wide variety of international universities such as the University of California Berkeley, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harvard Business School, the University of Peoples' Friendship in Moscow, and the University of Exeter, etc. Her publications deal with topics relevant to service and international marketing.

Vice President International Development
Cécile Sabourault

Cécile Sabourault has been a faculty member at the University of Nice since 2001, first as an associate professor of life sciences and subsequently as a professor. Trained in biochemistry, she conducts research on the interactions between marine organisms (ecophysiology, omics, and chemical ecology) at the ECOSEAS laboratory, and successfully obtained several grants (including a Young Researcher ANR grant in 2012). She teaches biology of organisms and omics in the undergraduate and graduate life sciences department. She coordinated a master's program in biology of interactions (2004-2012) and the double degree in chemistry and biology (2016-2018). She was a member of the National Council of Universities, Biology of Organisms section (appointed then elected). She taught for two years in the United States and participated in several international marine biology schools organized by the CNRS (Vietnam, Brazil, and Cyprus). She was assistant dean of the Faculty of Science in charge of international relations (2012-2017) then assistant dean in charge of pedagogy and international relations.

Functional Vice President European and Regional Policy
Muriel Dal Pont-Legrand

Muriel DalPont is a professor of economics at the ISEM School of Economics and Business and member of the CNRS GREDEG laboratory. She specializes in the history of economic thought and co-directs one of GREDEG’s core programs. She is also a member of the scientific council of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) and co-heads the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Associate professor at the University of Nice, then professor at the University of Lille 1, she joined UCA in 2014. During her academic career, she has held various administrative and/or educational responsibilities: she was in charge of creating two bachelor's degree programs, was a member of the CEVU, disability officer, member of the academic council of the COMUE UCA, and head of the department of economics.

Functional Vice President International Relations with the South
Marie-Pierre Ballarin

Marie-Pierre Ballarin is a historian and research fellow at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), a member of the URMIS "Migrations and Societies" laboratory assigned to the South-East Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (MSHS) on the Saint-Jean d'Angely campus of Université Côte d'Azur. In 2000, she published her History of Africa doctoral thesis on the political rituals in western Madagascar and worked as an expatriate in Kenya between 2005 and 2011 in close collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya (Fort-Jesus Museum, Mombasa) and the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi. Together with Kenyan collaborators, she co-headed several research programs on property issues in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean, and on inheritance and the consequences of slavery and trafficking in contemporary Kenyan societies.

Since 2017, she has been coordinating a program funded by the European Commission as part of the RISE program (Research Innovation Staff Exchange, MSCA H2020) entitled SLAFNET Slavery in Africa: A Dialogue between Europe and Africa which examines the social dynamics that arose after the abolition of slavery and up to the present day. The SLAFNET Project is mobilizing more than fifty researchers within 13 African and European institutions on both continents. The various actions it carries out aim to promote and support cooperation between researchers and institutions in the South, provide greater support to young African and European researchers and develop new synergies with the academic and non-academic world.

Vice President University and Campus Life
Marie-Albane Watine

Marie-Albane Watine holds an agrégation in Modern Languages and a Ph.D. in French and stylistics from the Sorbonne. She is an associate professor at the UNS since 2008. She is a member of the BCL (Bases, Corpus, Languages) laboratory. Her individual or collaborative research focuses on the linguistic and stylistic study of literary texts of the 20th and 21st centuries in France, such as Claude Simon, Aragon or Giono. She is currently developing a cognitive stylistic approach to the sentence, which draws from psycholinguistics to gain a better understanding of the successive states which result, over time, from reading a sentence.

She has had additional responsibilities with respect to curricula and national examinations: she co-headed the preparation program for administrative examinations, then was in charge of the master's program in literature in Nice and was vice president of the Capes examination in Literature. She was an elected member of the UNS executive board.

Functional Vice President Culture and Society
Sylvain Lizon

After studying art history at the University of Aix-en-Provence, Sylvain Lizon graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (Arles). He was first assigned to the general inspectorate for photography to work on the collections of the National Fund for Contemporary Art (Ministry of Culture and Communication). His next assignment was with the association of museum curators of Hauts-de-France (Musenor), where he worked on the inventory, safeguard and promotion of regional heritage and contemporary photographic collections. In 1997, he took on the leadership of the Île-de-France Photographic Center, in Pontault-Combault (Seine-et-Marne), then in 2005 of the École Supérieure d'Art de Clermont Métropole (Clermont-Ferrand). In 2005, he was appointed director of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts of Paris-Cergy, and in January 2019 he became the director of the Villa Arson.

Functional Vice President Sports Policy
Serge Colson

Serge Colson is a professor and dean of the STAPS department (physical and sports activity sciences and techniques). Serge Colson earned a degree in sport sciences from the University of Burgundy. He was hired by the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2000 as an associate professor, and was in charge of the Sports Training bachelor's degree program. A few years later, he created the Physical Preparation and Recovery master's program, which allows students who have completed the Sports Training bachelor's program to have a full bachelor/master's curriculum in the training and optimization of sports performance at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. In 2014, he became assistant dean of the STAPS department and was elected dean in 2016. In addition, Serge Colson conducts research at the Laboratory for Human Motor Skills, Education, Sports and Health (LAMHESS, EA 6312). In 2013 and 2014, he was seconded by the CNRS to the I3S laboratory (UMR7271 - UNS CNRS) of the university to work with the Biomedical/Biological Signal Processing group. His work focuses on plasticity in the neuromuscular system as it applies to the overall motor function that includes the different systems involved in performing a movement. His research serves an explanatory purpose (i.e. identification of processes or mechanisms) and a transformative purpose with respect to sports and health performance enhancement practices (https: // www.

Functional Vice President Health Policy
David Darmon

Doctor David Darmon is an associate professor of general medicine. He practices in a multi-professional health center. He completed all of his medical studies at the UNS. During his residency, he devoted much energy to developing the educational, scientific and professional aspects of his specialty locally and nationally. He also created the French Association of Young Researchers in General Medicine. In 2007, he was one of the top 16 chief residents in general medicine. Since September 2018, he has been heading the department of education and research in general medicine. He is the local coordinator of the residency program in general medicine with 300 registered residents. He also earned a master's degree in primary care from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in health services from the University of Lyon 1. As a researcher, he is affiliated with the French Institute of Medical Research (INSERM) and is currently part of the RETINES Emergence Research Unit (under Pr Staccini UCA) within the FRIS (Federation of Research on Health Management) and of the HEALTHY Graduate School. Dr. Darmon is involved in promoting new ways of organizing healthcare. He developed a partnership between UCA and the PACA regional health agency to deal with medical demography and primary health care. He co-directs the Center for Innovation in the Partnership with Patients and the Public and chairs the board of the University Psychological Services (BAPU). He is also one of leaders of the CP4H project (Change Pedagogy for Health), which focuses on reducing psychosocial risks among students and teachers. 

Vice President of Institutional Affairs
Emmanuel Tric

Emmanuel Tric began his academic career in 1990 as an associate professor in physics at the University of Paris XI (Orsay) where he earned his Ph.D. in geophysics. He was at that time affiliated with the Computer Science Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences.  His research focused on thermal convection in a simple or binary fluid in a closed environment, and on the interactions between a subducting tectonic plate and the surrounding asthenospheric material. He was accredited to supervise research (HDR) in 1998. In 1999, he joined the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) where he worked in the Géoazur laboratory. His research activities revolved around two themes: the study of subduction and landslides using both digital modeling and geophysical imagery. Emmanuel Tric was appointed professor in 2006. After heading the Earth-Environment-Space department (2005-2009), the College of Doctoral Studies of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (2007-2010), and the Géoazur laboratory (https: //geoazur.oca .eu /) (2010-2016), he became vice president of the executive board of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in April 2016 and president in June 2017. 

Functional Vice President HR and Organizational Development
Sabrina Loufrani-Fedida

Sabrina Loufrani-Fedida is a professor of management and management science. She heads the Center for Management and the master's program in management of corporate communication of the IAE Nice Graduate School of Management. She teaches human resources management, corporate communication, project management and qualitative research methods, among others. She is also assistant head of the Management Research Group (GRM) and co-supervises the research program Responsible Management of Organizations. Accredited to supervise research (HDR), her current work focuses on competency development, international talent management and the regional employer brand, employee commitment, managerial innovation, and the development of project teams. 

Functional Vice President Social Equality & Diversity Policy
Véronique Van De Bor

Véronique Van De Bor is a professor and researcher in developmental biology. For the past two years, she has been leading the gender equality mission at Université Côte d'Azur. She implements actions to defend equal opportunity and diversity, and fight against discrimination on the different campuses and departments of the university. She also represents the university in a large number of partnerships with local authorities, non-profits or companies in order to promote professional equality.

Her actions include creating the UCA equality network, setting up a support center for victims and witnesses of gender-based and sexual violence, organizing orientation activities for LGBT+ students, creating a mentoring program, promoting communication without stereotypes and the recent deployment of a major survey on discrimination in the academic environment. These actions allowed the university to be recognized as "Orange Day Champion" by UN Women France. Véronique Van De Bor aims to continue to promote equal opportunity and implement a proactive social policy in favor of professional equality by putting the university's collective intelligence to work. She believes in an efficient and responsible university, centered on people, their well-being at work and their personal development.  

Functional Vice President Disability Policy
Pierre Crescenzo

Pierre Crescenzo has been an associate professor of computer science since 2002. After completing a Ph.D. on the metaprogramming of object-oriented languages, he changed his focus to model engineering, which allowed him to generalize his approach to software programs and concentrate on the problems of non-specialist IT users. His interest then turned to the engineering of needs and requirements, which examines the objectives of users upstream of computer programming and places people at the center of studies. He is now working on the psychology of artificial beings, a theme at the interface of computer science and the humanities. He teaches mainly in the MIAGE (Digital Methods in Business Management) and computer science bachelor's and master's programs, more specifically in the fields of software engineering, databases, needs engineering and artificial intelligence. He was frequently elected or appointed to leadership positions in different bodies: the Faculty of Science (IUP director, assistant department head, twice assistant dean, elected to the faculty board), the I3S laboratory (elected to the laboratory board), the university (elected to the student life council and then to the academic council and its executive committee), local public agencies (Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council for Citizenship and Autonomy, Smart Deal 06, House of Artificial Intelligence, EuropIA Institute) or national ones (elected to the national CoNRS committee, vice president of PromoSciences, member of the board of directors of APACHES). From 2017 to 2019, he was in charge of the university's Disability Mission and, since 2020, has been vice president in charge of disability policy. 

Functional Vice President Finance
Eric Nasica

Eric Nasica is a professor of economics at Université Côte d'Azur. He is the director of the Higher Institute of Economics and Management (ISEM). In this capacity, he implemented attractive programs in economics and management with a high level of employability by developing work-study programs and international partnerships. He also heads the master's program Currency, Banking, Finance, and Insurance. This highly selective work-study master's program includes two tracks, one of which is offered in partnership with the Training Center for the Banking Profession (CFPB). His research activities are carried out with the GREDEG laboratory (UMR 7321). They deal with corporate finance and mainly concern the relationship between a company's financial structure and its investments, and the financing of innovation. At the national level, he is treasurer of the National Conference of Economics and Management Faculty Deans.

Functional Vice President Digital Transformation
Philippe Lahire

Philippe Lahire joined the faculty of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in 1993. He teaches computer science and has been a member of the I3S laboratory (UMR 7271) since its inception.
His field of research is software engineering and in particular software product lines and aspect modeling. First associate professor at the Nice Côte d'Azur Institute of Technology (IUT), he became a full professor of the Faculty of Science in September 2006. In addition to his research activities, he quickly took on responsibilities in international relations, particularly as leader of the TEMPUS project with Romania and Ukraine. In June 2010, he was elected deputy director of research of the Science department, a position he held until May 2012.
From that date until April 2016, he was vice president in charge of finance. Then, until December 31, 2019, he served as vice president in charge of finance and information systems for both the UNS and the UCA COMUE. 

Vice President IDEX
Jean-Marc Gambaudo

Jean-Marc Gambaudo joined the CNRS in 1984, where his research was devoted to the theory of dynamic systems. He created the Burgundy Mathematics Institute in Dijon, which he headed for 4 years. During this same period, he developed collaborations with the industrial sector, co-authoring an IBM patent and creating the “Mathematics Interface” team within the Dijon Institute. In 2006, the Scientific Directorate of the CNRS called on him to be in charge of mathematics in its MPPU department (Mathematics, Physics, Planet and Universe) from 2006 to 2007, deputy scientific director for Mathematics from 2007 to 2009, then chargé de mission to the CNRS general director from 2008 to 2009, at which time he created and set up the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and their Interactions. From 2009 to 2011, he returned to full-time research at the JA Dieudonné Laboratory in Nice. In 2012, he took on the leadership of the Non-Linear Institute of Nice, a laboratory which he had helped to create in the 1990s. From September 2015 to recently, Jean-Marc Gambaudo was president of the Université Côte d'Azur COMUE.


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