Olivier was our first connection in Vietnam. On the advice of Jeanne Bellec who is the communications manager of ESSEC in Singapore. Oliver is well-known in the area, a reputation based on many years of business experience in South-East Asia. He first questioned our visit and our matters but he quickly demonstrated himself to be an open and enthusiastic partner for our series of interviews. He is not unfamiliar with the subject. We met in the late afternoon at the Workshop Coffee to find out more about Olivier's career. Brace yourself.
It was an afternoon like any other in Vietnam. The cab was making its way through scooters and bikes. The noise was deafening in the heat and humidity of the night in District 1. Just like any other big Asian cities, Saigon has its hidden places for expatriates. We met Pierre-Antoine Brun at the Workshop Coffee.
Our first stop? The Marou factory, founded by an ESSEC, Samuel Maruta in Ho Chi Minh a few years ago. His goal? To produce one of the best chocolates in the world, selecting the fruits directly in the plantations from the south of the country.
In his twenties Julien Lahmi decides to go to Vietnam with two ideas in his mind. First, returning to his roots. Julien was born in Paris but his mother was born in Hanoi. His second idea was to create a travelling cinema with a small team of young professionals.