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Senior Consultant - Expert

Philippe Clerc synopsis

Philippe is graduated from College of Europe/ Collège d’Europe (Bruges- Belgium). He holds too diplomas from Grenoble, Paris-Nanterre and Paris-Dauphine universities.

After starting his career as a lawyer, he was propulsed by his various positions into Competitve Intelligence becoming a key actor of its development in France.

Philippe is currently chairman of Association Internationale Francophone d’Intelligence Economique ( International and Francophone Association for the Development of CI) which brings together practitioners and competitive intelligence researchers from five continents.

He is Chairman of the Steering Committee Intelligence Competitive at the International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva. As such, he participates in the definition and animation of the business support strategies in the three fields of Economic Intelligence, Innovation and the Digital Economy.

In this context, as CI, innovation and IT manager at ACFCI and CCI France, he was the rapporteur for the French CCI of the report on Regional Strategic Intelligence Organizations in 2004, and in 2010, of the report "Economic intelligence and the CCI network at the 2015 horizon".

From 2013 to 2015, he was governor of the working group “Management of strategic intelligence” at the European Standard Organization.

He was also senior advisor (2014-2015) of the French Interministerial Delegate for Economic Intelligence. In this context, he carried out various missions of analysis, coordination and awareness-raising on the methods of Economic Intelligence.


Philippe acts as professor for

- ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration for the CISAP module (Formation Continue Internationale)

- INHESJ- Institut des Hautes Etudes en Sécurité et Justice

- IHEDN- Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale

- Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature

- Skema Business School (Strategy and Influence)

- University Pascal Paoli of Corte for PHD and IAE programs

Philippe is a member of the editing committee of

  • JISB (Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business)
  • the review « Securité et Stratégie » of CDSE (Club des Directeurs de Sécurité des Entreprises)
  • the review Sécurité Globale (ESKA editions)
  • the web site Geostrategia of CSFRS, Conseil Scientifique pour la Formation et la Recherche Stratégique.

Philippe is also adviser to the General Secretary of CPCCAF (Conférence Permanente des Chambres de Commerce Francophones Africaines)

In 2013, he participated to the creation of the Open University of Dakhla of which is an administrator and initiated the Franco-Chinese center in Changsha (Hunan Province) for Technology Transfer  

Areas of Expertise

Philippe is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Academy of Economic Intelligence. He is also Senior Advisor for Global CI at CCI France, the Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Philippe is a specialist on

- Technology Intelligence

- Competitive Intelligence (CI), global security and soft power

- Automatic Patent Analysis (APA)

- Regional and Territorial Development

- Patent Protection

- Anti counterfeighting

International experiences

France, Europe




North America (Canada)

International experiences

--1981: Partner in the law firm Wenner & Co (Law and International Affairs)

1985: Deputy Director of the Department of Enterprise at CESTA (Centre d'Etudes des Systèmes et Technologies Avancées)

1988-1992 Consultant for international development Asia-Pacific zone (export, security, anti-counterfieting, international marketing…)

Consultant to the World Economic Forum (France) at Davos.

1992: Special Adviser to Commissariat Au Plan (French Prime minister State Planning Board). General Rapporteur of the working group chaired by Henry Martre, former CEO Aerospatiale "Intelligence Economique et Stratégie des Entreprises" and General Rapporteur of the working group chaired by Jean-Marie Descarpentries, CEO of Bull, "Politique de concurrence et politique industrielle au sein de l'Union Européenne"

1995: Head of the Office for competitiveness and economic security in the Prime minister administration SGDN (Secretariat Général de la Défense Nationale)

1996: Special Advisor to the Prefet of the Basse-Normandie for the setting –up of a regional economic intelligence strategy.

1998: director for economic intelligence, innovation and IT at the Assembly of the French Chambers of Commerce and industry 

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