Investment and Trade specialists, France


Jean-Baptiste Nithart - A/g Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, France, Belgium and Spain

Tel: +33 (1) 5677 1234

Jean-Baptiste is the acting Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for France, Belgium and Spain. Most recently, Jean-Baptiste focused on promoting and attracting foreign direct investment into Australia within the defense and infrastructure sectors. Overall, Jean-Baptiste has an extensive investment attraction expertise across European markets and sectors.

Carolyn Abela Rebiscoul - Investment Director, France and Belgium

Carolyn Abela-Rebiscoul

Tel: +33 (1) 5677 1235

Carolyn’s focus is on natural resources, renewable energy, hydrogen, space technologies and services. Carolyn has longstanding multi-sectoral expertise in direct investment project origination and facilitation, economic diplomacy and project management. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, in Austria and is fully multilingual in English, French, German and Spanish.

Axel Ouvrard - Investment Director, France and Belgium


Tel: +33 (1) 5677 1244

Axel focuses on promoting Australia as an investment destination to companies based in France and Belgium. Axel brings more than 15 years of professional experience in Economic Development; especially helping companies with their international or innovation strategy. Prior to joining Austrade, Axel worked for companies in the Consulting and Sports sectors. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

Driss Sekkat, Investment Director, France and Belgium


Tel: +33 (1) 5677 1243

Driss focuses in promoting and attracting foreign direct investment into Australia within the services & technology sector and cybersecurity. He also works in the development of the Australia – France relationship within the Fintech sector including industries, governments, and regulators. Previously, Driss has spent 18 years working in the U.S, Europe, and the Middle East for private and public entities. He speaks French, English, and Arabic.

Freddy Dutoit, Senior Business Development Manager, France and Belgium

Tel: +33 (1) 5677 1233

Freddy focuses on assisting Australian companies to evaluate the French, Belgian and Luxemburg markets and identify business opportunities. He is Belgian and has always been active in business development and international trade in different organizations prior to joining Austrade in Paris. Freddy has gained an extensive knowledge in agribusiness and the health sector.

Didier Rafidiarimanda, Senior Business Development Manager, France

Tel: +33 (1) 5677 1236

Didier focuses on advising and assisting Australian defence, security and dual-use technology companies on joint venture partnerships, trade and expansion in the French, Belgian and Spanish markets. Prior to joining Austrade, Didier worked for companies in the Defence, Security and Energy sectors

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