As the CEO of Orange Silicon Valley (OSV) in San Francisco, California, Georges Nahon is driving a multi-disciplinary team of experts consisting of computer scientists, engineers, sociologists, economists and designers in constant interaction with the local Silicon Valley ecosystem.

Georges has worked in other positions at the headquarters of Orange in Paris, at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris, and at French online media. He is the co-author of the book The Second Life of Networks with Didier Lombard, former CEO of France Telecom-Orange. He is also the founder and the President of the Orange Institute, created in September 2009. Furthermore, Georges spearheaded the conception and development of Orange’s award winning accelerator: Orange Fab.

He holds a Master in Computer Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in Nancy, as well as several patents.

Gabriel Sidhom

Vice President, Technology Development
Gabriel Sidhom is Orange Silicon Valley's VP of Technology Development. He's responsible for all of the engineering, development, research and business model functions, while also rapidly prototyping and developing services that deliver business innovations emblematic of the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem. Previously he was in charge of Technology Analysis and Implementation for the unit for Orange.

Previously, he has held different roles within Orange, including serving as vice president for Orange’s European-based voice and IP wholesale services division, vice president, Marketing & Business Planning for GlobeCast, Orange's satellite broadcasting subsidiary, and as the vice president of marketing for Orange New York.

Before joining Orange, Mr. Sidhom worked for Verizon/GTE in a variety of executive-level marketing and development roles from 1980 to 1991.

Mr. Sidhom holds an MA from UCLA. He holds three patents.

Mark Plakias

Vice President, Knowledge Transfer
Mark Plakias is Vice-President of Knowledge Transfer at Orange Silicon Valley. His office manages initiatives for best practices in innovation, including creative services, market intelligence operations, and community outreach efforts like Orange Institute, as well as topics relating to the evolution of the communications industry. Recent research projects have focused on new models for personal data,  sustainable food systems, platform economy and employment.

Previously Mark worked at Atari. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Businessweek, Wall Street Journal. Mark is a graduate of Yale University.

Guillaume Payan

Orange Fab
As the lead for Orange Fab, Guillaume Payan oversees all activities related to the identification, growth and success of the Orange Fab program in the US. Guillaume is in charge of identifying investment and business opportunities in the media and entertainment spaces and manages Orange Silicon Valley’s presence in Los Angeles. Guillaume holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France and a Master’s in strategy and management of international businesses from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.