Our team

Elsa Nicol

CO-FONDATRICE, CEO

Elsa is a mechanical engineer graduate from INSA Lyon and a certified PMP® MSP® MOP® and SAFe® Project Manager. Elsa brought us 10 years of high-tech product development experience, of which 5 years were spent in California as a Project and Engineering Manager in the maritime communications sector with Cobham Satcom, partner of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Keoma Laguna

CTO, CO-FOUNDER

With a PhD in computer science from Paris, specializing in wireless computer networks, Dr Keoma Laguna participated in the implementation of numerous data collection systems in three continents. Curious and motivated, he brings his knowledge in deploying high reliability wireless networks to meet the new challenges faced by marinas.

Thomas Watteyne

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR, CO-FOUNDER

Thomas is an internationally recognized expert in the field of low-power wireless mesh networks. He supports Wattson Elements as a scientific advisor.

Thomas has deployed more than 1,000 sensors on three continents. He leads a research team at Inria Paris and works as a network architect at Analog Devices, leader of its market.

Thomas is leading the standardization of this technology with 6TiSCH group at IETF. His goal is to allow this branch of IoT to grow in a secured and optimized environment, in various sectors of the industry.

Olivier Laporte

CUSTOMER SUPPORT OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER

Olivier is a Captain and an Environmental Engineer. He has been committed to the sustainable development of the maritime environment for over 20 years.

Project and expedition leader for major scientific (CNRS, CEA, Conservatoire du Littoral) and technical (Ecotank, Monaco Marine) actors, Olivier provides Wattson Elements with his maritime expertise, network and enthusiasm.

Oliver specialized in environmental marina management. He is convinced that Falco's solution will allow marinas to be more efficient and resilient thanks to the combination of the digital and ecological transition.

Anna Bednárik

OFFICE MANAGER

Anna worked for several years as an administrative assistant for Inria research teams, of which Falco is a member.

Since October 2020, she has been strengthening Falco's accounting, human resources, communication, and operations monitoring, where her organizational skills and attention to detail are valuable assets.

Jim Lamarche

PARTNER, GENERAL MANAGER, US OPERATIONS

Jim combines a unique entrepreneurial background as the co-founder and CEO of an AI startup as well as being a small business owner and commercial tuna captain. Prior to branching out on his own, he spent 16 years at Cisco Systems in Sales, Business Development, Corp Finance, and Channel Management. Along with his love for the water, he is passionate about creating unique solutions and building value for his customers.

Benoît Besnard

PARTNER, DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Benoit graduated with a degree in fine arts (beaux-arts) and accumulated 20+ years of experience on web development. Benoit's career path has been divided between advertising agencies (Publicis Etoile), consulting firms (Capgemini), and startup creation and independent consulting.

The variety of missions on which he was able to work on allowed him to have a genuine global digital expertise: User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), customer journey, customer relationship, digital marketing, social media and e-business are the core elements of his expertise alongside our clients.œur de son expertise au service de nos clients.

Yann Guais

BUSINESS DEVELOPER EUROPE

Yann is originally from Brittany and has settled in Montpellier. After a Master's degree in Project Management at ESCEM in Tours, he worked for many years in international logistics (DHL).

Passionate about boating, innovation and environmental issues, he has been responsible for the commercial and marketing development of startups launching new services in the marine sector for the past 10 years.

Trifun Savic

R&D - PhD ENGINEER RESEARCHER

My main role as an R&D Engineer at Wattson Elements - Falco is to design and develop low-power IoT products and devices for smart marinas. Moreover, I participate in the definition of the technical and functional characteristics of the solutions and provide with internal/external technical assistance.

Passionate about applied research and motivated by new challenges, Trifun started a CIFRE thesis in the framework of a partnership between Falco and Inria Paris.

Jonathan Munoz

IoT ENGINEER

Jonathan is a PhD graduate in Computer Science from Sobornne University. He did his research in the area of long range, low power wireless sensor networks. Today, he is in charge of R&D tasks for our IoT products.

Emmanuel Sandorfi

INGENIEUR Back-End

Emmanuel has always designed applications for large and small companies, in France and in the USA. He comes from a family of IBM engineers. His passion for serving the community naturally led him to joining Wattson Elements, where he contributes to the development and reliability of the digital ecosystem of marinas.

Lila Gazeau

FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPER

Lila is a computer engineer from IMAC Paris (Image - Multimedia - Audiovisual - Communication) and joined Falco after a successful first professional experience. As a member of the Y generation, she brings her web culture and her vision of uses. Delighted to integrate a multidisciplinary team, she will discover the yachting sector with enthusiasm.

Maxime Bihannic

INGENIEUR - RESPONSABLE COMMERCIALE

Ingénieur matériaux de formation, j’ai rapidement voulu m’éloigner de la technique pure pour me rapprocher d’activités plus commerciales. J’ai ainsi passé presque 3 ans en ESN en tant que Business Manager. D’abord ingénieur d’affaires puis responsable d’agence, j'encadrais une vingtaine d’ingénieurs dans les secteurs de l’aéronautique, du spatial et de la défense.
Ayant soif de grand air, je cherchais une structure où mon travail aurait un impact direct sur le développement de l’entreprise.
J’ai ainsi pu embarquer dans l’aventure Falco au mois d’octobre.