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Address : 7 rue Jean Jaures - 34190 - Ganges - FRANCE

Tél. : 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05

EU EuropeAid PADOR Registration : FR-2009-BHW-3003681068

Thomas Granier - Co-Founder et director general

A French builder, Thomas Granier co-founded the NGO ’La Voute Nubienne’ with Seri Youlou, in 2000. He is responsible for the operational management of AVN’s program and for relationships with partner organizations and franchisees in the field.

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Mobile : 00 33 (0)6 17 04 08 33
Tel : 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05

Cécilia Rinaudo - Deputy director

After studies in marketing and international relations, including NGO project management, and work experience for NGOs in France and abroad, Cécilia drives the development strategy of AVN's program, the fund-raising and new project development.

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Mobile : 00 33 (0)6 86 41 71 81
Skype : cecilia.lavoutenubienne

Carole Martin - financial director

From the corporate sector, Carole has previously worked for multinational service organisations. She is responsible for management of AVN's finances, in collaboration with our teams in Africa and our various sponsors.

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Mobile: 00 33 (0)6 81 44 69 74
Skype : carole.lavoutenubienne

Céline Robert - programme coordinator

A qualified engineer, with experience of West Africa, she is responsible for administration of the Ganges office, and also looks after the subsscriptions from individual sponsors and investors.

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Mobile : 0033 (0)6 08 98 46 11
Skype : celine.lavoutenubienne

Amarys Preuss - development officer

An international law and public administration graduate, Amarys has worked on citizenship and intercultural relations issues in France and The Netherlands. Responsible for AVN’s programme development and fundraising, her role is to convince private foundations and public institutions to support AVN’s action over the long term.

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Tél : 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05
Skype : amarys.lavoutenubienne

Chloé Adloff - PR & Communication officer

With degrees in languages and communication, Chloe is responsible for AVN's public relations and communication (events, web, social networks, media contacts, brochures, reports etc.)

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Tél: 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05
Skype: chloe.lavoutenubienne

Noureddine Aichour - Project officer, Microfinance & Entrepreneurship

Noureddine is a graduate of the Grenoble School of Management, specialises in Social Business. and has worked in the banking sector. He works for AVN to promote access to NV housing through credit and microcredit products, and also helps to develop the entrepreneurial skills of NV artisan-masons.

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Tel : 00 33 (0)7 60 01 30 26 - +226 77 27 38 44
Skype : noureddine.lavoutenubienne


Robin Neyroud - evaluation assistant

Robin has specialised in territorial data and intelligence collection in developing counries, and is responsible at AVN for centralising and reporting on evaluation and monitoring information from our national and regional offices in West Africa.

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Tél : 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05
Skype : robin.lavoutenubienne


Julie Gomez - Admin secretary

Julie is administrative secretary in our Ganges office, and also responsible for handling donations from individual investors and sponsors of the AVN Programme.

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Mobile: 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05
Skype : julie.lavoutenubienne

Nadia Teillard - Admin & Finance Assistant

Qualified as a tri-lingual secretary, Nadia has worked in the charitable sector since 2000. She joined AVN in July 2016 because of her commitment to AVN's goals.

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Tel: 00 33 (0)4 67 81 21 05
Skype : nadia.lavoutenubienne




Marjolaine Bert - operationnal director Burkina Faso, Bénin, Ghana (VSI)

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Port : +226 67 64 16 86 (Burkina) / +233 (0)5 02 88 44 30 (Ghana) / +229 66 27 63 84 (Bénin)



Samuel Rodrigues - training and technical expertise officer (VSI)

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Port : +226 77 76 92 60 (Burkina) / +221 78 43 64 395 (Sénégal)


Francis Tiene - Promotion' operations officer

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Port : +223 71 05 44 97 (Sénégal)


Tristan Robin - IT developer & trainer (VSI)

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Nébilé Loué - address book officer (volunteer)

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Nadia Lamprou - HR task Officer (volunteer)

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Baptiste Gerbier - Advocacy and institutional development officer (Consultant)

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Tél : +223 77 69 63 00 (Mali)



Mathieu Hardy  - technical expert (Consultant)

Mathieu is an architect specialising in earth architecture, and has been involved in AVN's work throughout West Africa since the early years of the programme.  

Tél. : +223 78 10 99 81 (Mauritanie)









Middle East North Africa

Abdellah Aboulharjan - Area project manager Middle East North Africa (MENA)

Fellow Ashoka and passionate about social entrepreneurship, Abdellah is our representative in the MENA.

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Mobile: + 971 527 815 916
Skype: abdellah.lavoutenubienne


USA / Canada / UK

Anthony Kaye - UK Contact & Vice-President

Tony KAYE joined AVN as a volunteer after retiring from his post as Senior Lecturer at the British Open University. He was Deputy Director of the Open University’s Centre for International Cooperation, after a two-year secondment to the Ministry of Education in Ivory Coast. He has consulted on distance education and evaluation for UNESCO, the World Bank, the European Commission, the International Telecommunications Union, the British Council, and the Commonwealth of Learning, and has taught post-graduate courses in Sciences d'education at the Universities of Montpellier and Montreal.

Fluent in French, he lives both in the UK and in France. He is happy to handle initial queries about AVN from the UK and other anglophone countries outside North America.

Tel : (UK) 00 44 (0)1908 262459
Tel: (France) 00 33 (0)4 67 73 30 91

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Skype : tonykaye1

James Stewart - Canada & USA contact

James Stewart represents AVN in the USA and Canada. He is working to spread awareness of Nubian vault construction techniques and develop relationships with important funding sources. With AVN’s successful business model and ten years of rapid growth, the time is ripe to take NV’s economic advantages, environmental benefits, and climate change resilience to many more people. He brings a long and accomplished diplomatic career as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer. He lived and worked in Africa for 15 years and was often in contact with several development institutions.

Tel : (001) 503 320 8416
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Skype : james.lavoutenubienne


board of directors

Benoit LAMBERT - President & Chairman

Before joining AVN as a volunteer in 2011, Benoit was a designer with Renault Automobiles. He has taught design studies in Paris, Martinique, and Cap-Vert. He is involved in various organizations with the francophone West African diaspora (Mali, Burkina Faso...)

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Mobile: + 33 (0)6 10 05 01 01

Anthony KAYE - Vice-President

Tony Kaye joined AVN as a volunteer in 2005 after retiring from the British Open University. He has worked in West Africa (Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana), and for international organisations (Unesco, World Bank, ITU). He helps with the English version of the website, translations of AVN documents into English, and with anglophone contacts.

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Jean-François Naud - Secretary

Jean-Francois is the secretary of  AVN's Conseil d'administration since the creation of the association. He holds a Masters in sociology and he makes documentary films.



Jean-Marie Crombez - Treasurer

A local businessman, Jean-Marie is a volunteer member of AVN's Conseil d'administration, and has been treasurer of the Association for many years.

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The AVN program is supported by a team of volunteers. If you want to get involved, please contact Celine Robert.

Thank you.

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