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YOUNES Olivier

Olivier YOUNES

Affiliate Professor

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dr. Olivier Younès, PhD, is an HEC Affiliate Professor with a focus on entrepreneurship, private equity and venture capital.


He is the founding CEO of EXPEN (www.expen.com), a corporate finance boutique established in 2013. With a team of 10 consultants and 100+ industry experts worldwide, EXPEN advises 5+ deals per month in fund raising, M&A, due diligence and company’s valuation. Its recent track-record showcases a unique expertise in entrepreneurial finance and in innovation: EXPEN advised the financial rounds of the unicorn Deliveroo (on-demand delivery, 275MUSD), Vekia (machine learning, 12M€), Medday (multiple sclerosis treatment, 34M€). The company received the award of “Best International Tech Transactions Advisory of the Year 2017” by Acquisition International (UK).


In parallel, Olivier is also a visiting professor at UC Berkeley in California (Entrepreneurship track), at Dauphine University (Master 225 Corporate Finance) and a mentor at Singularity University (Nasa Campus). He is being involved within the French Private Equity Association (AFIC) as a trainer and a member of the National Training Commission over the last years.


Olivier gained a 10-year experience in private equity investment, as a VC (18 SMEs financed, 15 exited of which 2 IPOs, cash-to-cash positive track-record) and as an emerging markets investor (several funds designed, raised, and managed for USD200M). His PhD thesis proposes a specific private equity approach to emerging markets - based on Silicon Valley venture capital best practices. Prior to joining the private equity arena, Olivier had a 5-year track in audit and corporate finance.

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