Liz’s legal practice began with a focus on Texas state court and appellate litigation in commercial matters, and she was a Partner in the litigation section at Andrews Kurth LLP. She transitioned into working for a then firm client by opening her own firm to focus on patent infringement litigation and patent acquisition and technology management. Fluent in French (and proficient in Spanish), Liz is a frequent traveler to France and looks for opportunities between universities, companies, and business clusters in the western region of France– Nantes and Angers in particular – and Austin’s innovation ecosystem. Liz is particularly interested in business and research partnerships between Austin’s film, food, and wine communities and France’s business clusters (pôles de compétitivité), and has worked with Austin Angers Music for SXSW event-planning, including through her blog www.gourmandemom.com.
Eric is from the Paris area where he got his Electrical Engineering degree from ESIEE Paris with a specialty in Integrated Circuits architecture and design. He started his career with Texas Instruments on the French Riviera working on the first-generation smart phones in collaboration with Nokia. Eric moved to the US 19 years ago, first to Colorado where he worked on networking chips before rejoining Texas Instruments in Dallas initially, moving to Austin 12 years ago to work on TI’s ARM based System on Chip (SoC) for the mobile industry. In 2012, Eric joined the newly established Altera ARM based SoC design center and help create the first SoC FPGA and subsequent generations which today are used in all kind of systems from Autonomous vehicles to Data center accelerators powering AIs and other data hungry applications. Eric and his wife, Carey, an Austin native live in Central Austin.
After having spent 15 years with the successful publishing company she helped found, she transitioned into her role as a global real estate advisor. Jillian’s lifelong appreciation of France and the French culture led her to specialize in helping both French and American citizens looking to relocate into and out of France. As one of only 1900 Certified International Property Specialist in the world, Jillian has established a relationship with key French agencies to ensure her clients have the best buying and selling experiences in the U.S. and abroad.
Christophe Daguet has 15+ years of management and leadership experience with a focus on developing creative business and technology solutions spanning consulting, technology, telecommunications, and other information based industries. Christophe is currently Director of Strategy and Innovation at Dell. Previously he was an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting within the Strategy and Operations practice in San Francisco and a Product Manager/Senior Software Engineer at Dassault Systèmes in Los Angeles. Along his career, Christophe had the opportunity to advise several startups and continues to actively follow the technology startup scene. Christophe holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and two Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Automated Production. He is bilingual in French and English, and conversant in Spanish. Christophe and his wife Lorena live in Austin with their two daughters.
Dana Kolflat has held executive sales and marketing positions globally in the Biotech, Semiconductor, and Digital Media sectors with companies such as Motorola, Sulzer Orthopedics, Centerpulse, Zimmer and LDR Spine. Dana has lived in Austin for much of his life and also spent time working and living in Switzerland and France. He is bilingual in French and English, fluent in German and travels frequently to Europe for work, family and fun. He holds a BA degree in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Adult Education, Organizational Development and Human Resource Management from the University of Texas in Austin. Dana and his wife Anne live in Austin with their two sons.