After graduating from Ecole Centrale, Paris, the leading Engineering University in France, and working in the United States, Stephane decided to embark on a new adventure in China. He moved to Shanghai in 2003 with a large American automotive company. Through his role, he learnt how to conduct business in a challenging and unfamiliar environment. Having the desire to start his own company and with a passion for people and communication, it did not take long before Riviera was born. With a keen interest in technology, Stephane stays ahead of the technological advances in digital marketing, interactive installations and connected displays. Off the back of Riviera, Stephane then co-founded Stelliers (previously known as The Hotelier Awards), a leading hotelier awards platform for the hospitality industry, focusing primarily on the individual hoteliers and promotes the development of the younger generation of hoteliers.