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Julian Aristizabal, 33,

co-founder, managing director

Dametis Nicolas Duran

Nicolas Duran, 29,

co-founder, software technical director

Dametis Sebastien Papouin

Sébastien Papouin, 46,

partner, technical director for energy

Dametis Cedric Pernot

Cédric Pernot, 30,

partner, director of operations

Dametis Remy Chaintreau

Rémy Chaintreau, 49,

commercial director

Dametis Cedric Pernot

Cédric Pernot, 30,

partner, director of operations

Dametis Remy Chaintreau

Rémy Chaintreau, 49,

commercial director

Dametis Julian Aristizibal

Julian Aristizabal, 33,

co-founder, managing director

Growing up in Colombia, in a committed family, makes him aware, very early on, of the links between energy, ecology and social justice. How to ensure that everyone, including those in developing countries, has access to a certain level of goods and services without destroying the planet ?

Before launching Dametis (August 2019) to decarbonise industrial production, this aircraft enthusiast, an aeronautical engineer with a degree from ISAE-ENSMA, trains in energy management at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He begins his career in a consulting firm specialising in energy diagnostics, ISO 5001 support, and financing energy efficiency projects.

“During my first steps in the working world, I became aware of the very rudimentary management of energy : paper, pencil, an Excel table, and at best, some databases here and there.”

He acquires a solid expertise in energy, utilities, and energy policy issues, and in 2013 co-founds a start-up that pioneers energy management software. In 2016, he decides to join a multi-specialist consulting company, spanning the whole value chain of energy efficiency. There, he manages numerous turnkey projects for large industrial groups, alongside experts in industrial energy performance – their depth of analysis broadening his horizons. From there, he develops an approach combining the power of new technologies and human intelligence, and co-founds Dametis by surrounding himself with business experts.

Passionate about Lego since childhood, and later, with futurology, he uses the Lego theory to convey his vision of the low carbon factory of the future. And thus, to offer a global, operational, fully efficient solution to manufacturers.

Nicolas Duran, 29,

co-founder, software technical director

Born during the early years of the virus-versus-virus wars, Nicolas Duran develops a passion for programming and computer security at an early age In 2015, after training as a computer engineer, machine learning and data science, at Epita, he sees energy both as a societal and a software challenge. He begins his career as a developer in the field of green computing and in the use of IT waste heat at a leading French start-up in this sector where he later becomes assistant technical director.

Energy has long been seen as abundant, but the environmental impact of its production forces us to use it as efficiently as possible. IT and energy intelligence have a crucial role to play in achieving the transition to a low carbon industry.”

Following his meeting with Julian Aristizabal, he becomes aware of the scope for progress in the field of software suites dedicated to industrial energy performance, which leads him to co-found Dametis in August 2019. As CTO, he defines the strategy for the development of energy software and data security. Achieving zero-carbon energy implies major challenges for the software : integration of energy business expertise, the collaborative aspect of the software to bring together the various users, modelling capacities, user experience (UX), etc. …, to the technical and human challenges that he faces every day to support the client towards achieving the ideal factory.

Dametis Nicolas Duran
Dametis Sebastien Papouin

Sébastien Papouin, 46,

partner, technical director for energy

After five years of studies in Industrial Science & Technology, and Energy Conversion, he moves to the United States to see the country and to practice his English… until the spectacular bankruptcy of his employer, Enron. In 2002, this expert in industrial energy efficiency returns to France and joins a well-known engineering consultancy in Angers.

He carries out numerous audits of manufacturing sites and develops intelligent regulation solutions, some of which even become reference solutions for leading French manufacturers’ plants. This exposure leads him to become a globetrotter and to rethink the efficiency of factories around the world.

With time, this grandson of farmers, who has always been committed to conservation and a respect for the environment, feels the need to commit himself and put his cutting-edge expertise at the service of projects to which he’s best suited. This impetus leads him to invest in Dametis.

“Energy efficiency is almost a personality trait: I seek optimisation in all things.”

Cédric Pernot, 30,

partner, director of operations

The origins of his vocation, an expatriation thousands of kilometres from France. On the spot : on one side, people living in poverty in cities and rural areas ; on the other, a wealth of biodiversity and natural resources, which every day, are being damaged a little bit more by highly polluting energy production methods. A huge solar and geothermal resource, under-exploited for lack of investment. He quickly becomes aware of a challenge to which he has previously only had a theoretical knowledge of, to commit himself to the environment, is also to work for human rights. He decides that he will make a career out of it and chooses a university course that provides him with the technical and scientific bases for combating global warming.

After graduating in Thermal Engineering and Energy, and then in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies, he continues, with additional training at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam) in Paris, in Industrial Thermal Engineering. From his first internship in industry – at the emblematic Peugeot factory in Sochaux (Doubs) – to the Dametis project, he is firmly convinced that it is possible, and even essential, to reconcile industry and ecology. In this respect, his eight years spent at the subsidiary of a major energy company have given him valuable expertise in financing and managing energy efficiency projects.

“I am happy and proud to be involved in the decarbonisation of industry every day. A global challenge that I hope will lead Dametis to support manufacturers around the world towards zero-carbon energy.”

Dametis Cedric Pernot
Dametis Remy Chaintreau

Rémy Chaintreau, 49,

commercial director

A trailblazer at heart, he has been opening and building international markets for over twenty years, for technical solutions in photovoltaics, aeronautics, and autonomous vehicles A graduate in international trade and marketing (Institut Commercial Lyonnais, 1995, Université Jean Monnet, 1997), he forges his expertise through expatriations in Africa and Asia and through his responsibilities, based in France, for Japanese and French groups.

“I like to understand how a foreign company works and to adapt to its culture – its modes of negotiation and communication, its decision-making processes or its hierarchical relationships… These differences are incredibly enriching and feed my great curiosity every day.”

In Casablanca in 2002, he opens a subsidiary for a German company specialising in semi-conductors (Possehl Electronics). Two years later, he returns to France and takes charge of the European photovoltaic market for the Japanese company Toray Industries When the PV bubble fizzles out, he joins a loudspeaker manufacturer (Focal) as international sales director and manages a team spread over 60 countries. Then, as sales & marketing manager at Aeroform Composites, he develops the business in 40 countries over five years, and works with customers such as Boeing, Airbus and the Chinese Comac. In 2018, he helps with the Navya IPO on Euronext as VP Sales.

In joining Dametis in the spring of 2020, he brings to the start-up his detailed understanding of manufacturing and SaaS challenges – which he had had the opportunity to learn more about at Navya, via the remote-control software offer for autonomous vehicles – and thinks about the internationalisation strategy.