Olivier was born into a multi-cultural family where several languages were constantly spoken; his four grandparents were all of different nationalities: French, Hungarian, German, and Spanish. Very early on, he was confronted with the singularities of a mixed cultural environment.
After secondary and university education in England, he left for the United States to join a leading tour operating company in Chicago as Product Development Manager. His assignments took him around the globe, quickly exposing him to varied cultures with differing operating practices.
Returning to Paris after a few years, he joined the shipping division of the French conglomerate "Chargeurs Group" as Director of Transport. Amongst other responsibilities, he was charged with managing operations centres on five continents. Given his spontaneous empathy for all that is different, he would quickly put his foreign counterparts at ease, thereby instilling confidence.
Co-founder and COO of a cruise tour operating company in the 90s, this start-up was later sold to Norwegian Cruise Lines, the world’s third largest operator.
Always passionate about engaging with people from different cultural origins, this led him to join, in 2005, a specialist consulting firm, a pioneer in Inter-Cultural mediation. As Senior Consultant, he was in his element defusing discord, resolving conflicts, and managing crises.
His overall professional experience from around the world, particularly in China & Southeast Asia, has been the foundation for his expertise from which he developed the know-how designed to strengthen cooperation between opposite cultures. With calm concentration and a natural aptitude for problem-solving, he brings immediate relief so as to pave the way for a speedy resumption of business in times of crisis.
Today, at AIC Consulting, he applies his broad experience in Inter-Cultural communication towards ironing out disputes ; furthermore, clients are calling upon AIC to prepare the ground in anticipation of M&As, Joint-Ventures and International cooperations with a view to preventing the emergence of obstructions and crippling conflicts.
However, the ultimate goal sought by AIC Consulting is to take advantage of cultural differences, by identifying complementarities, to create Inter-Cultural Added Value so that the result is greater than the sum of its parts.
Olivier is the founder of AIC Consulting.