Board and team

Nick Nopporn Suppipat

Founder and President

FAIRE was created by Nick Nopporn Suppipat, a Thai entrepreneur living in Paris.

In 2009 Nick founded Wind Energy Holding (WEH). Under his leadership as CEO, WEH became Southeast Asia’s largest renewable energy company and was valued at $1.9 billion in 2014. As a result of this success, Nick became known as one of Thailand’s leading self-made entrepreneurs.

Following Thailand’s 2014 coup d’état by a military junta, Nick, known for his pro-democracy views, was accused of Lèse-majesté. Like many others he was forced to flee the country. He was granted political refugee status by French authorities and has since been living in Paris.

Since moving to France he has invested in and actively backed several business ventures. These include Blade, a French start-up developing the world’s first high performance cloud- based computer, Shadow. Blade raised 51€ million in June 2017 and welcomed Nick on to its strategic committee as its largest shareholder.

Nick identifies as both a political refugee and successful entrepreneur. He believes that countless other refugees also have the ability to create successful businesses and thus contribute to the economic development of France.

His intention in launching FAIRE is to create a vehicle through which he can give back to France, by providing support to refugees and migrants who, like him, have been compelled to start over again.

Christopher Baker

Board Member

A former international lawyer, Christopher Baker is now a strategy consultant who advises on business transactions (acquisitions, restructurings), change management and crisis management. Associate professor at Sciences Po law school and co-founder of the HEAD law school, Christopher also has a strong interest in teaching and education.  Christopher sits on the board of several companies (in finance, aeronautics and commodity chemicals).

He holds degrees from Harvard College, the University of Chicago Law School, and New York University School of Law.

François Mollat du Jourdin

Board Member

François started his career in Africa working for Union Financière de France before joining the bank Neuflize Schlumberger Mallet (ABN Amro group), where he spent 10 years developing the international private wealth management unit. He gained in-depth expertise in asset monitoring, as well as private wealth and financial management for a range of multinational family clients.

He went on to join the management team of Merrill Lynch Private Banking France. On the strength of these experiences, which helped him hone his technical skills and relationship acumen, in 2001 he decided to set up one of the first family offices in France. A graduate from the Audencia School of Management, François is Secretary General of AFFO and Chairman of ENFO.

Kristina Vayda

Executive Director

After beginning her career in Canada in the financial services industry, a series of opportunities led Kristina to the charitable and social business world. For the past eighteen years, she’s been helping consulting firms, charities, and innovative social impact companies develop new programs and/or service offers. Over the last few years she has worked on a wealth of diverse projects including the development of a specialized fundraising offer geared to help smaller structures with capacity building, the merger of two French rural development charities, and the French launch of a US pro-social business that promoted volunteering among youth.

A founding member of the Paris Professional Chapter of Net Impact, she was also co-president between 2009-2012.

Kristina holds a B.A. in Economics and French Literature from the University of Guelph, and an Executive M.B.A. from HEC Paris.

Amandine Tessaro

Communication and advocacy manager

Amandine began her career in an innovating social enterprise in order to build an entire network of partner associations. Committed to the non-profit sector and its impact on society, she then progressed in her career at the heart of France’s first student organisation, where she was responsible for communication, the implementation of advocacy work and the organisation of large events.

Guided by the desire for social utility, her work with FAIRE brings a new challenge.

Amandine is a graduate of a Masters in Public Management from Aix-Marseille University.