The founders

Jean-François DUFOUR

Co-founder of Sinopole,

Editor of Red Ocean

Born in 1970, Jef obtained two Master’s in Economic History and International Negotiation from AMU (Aix-Marseille Université), and was a visiting scholar at Beijing Language University and Shanghai Foreign Language University.

After working as a freelance journalist covering China and being chief editor of a trade magazine, he founded DCA Chine-Analyse, dedicated to analysing of China’s corporate environment, in 2004.

The author of several reference books on China (including China Corp. 2025, Maxima, Paris, 2019, Made by China, Dunod/Springer Italia, Paris/Milano, 2012, and Hongkong, Enjeux d’une transition historique, Le Monde Editions, Paris, 1997), he has been quoted by over 50 international media on questions related to China’s industry.


Co-founder of Sinopole,

CEO of Montsalvy Consulting

Born in 1969, Laurent graduated from INALCO (Paris) and studied at ESIT (Ecole Supérieure d’Interprétation et de Traduction). After three years at Beijing University (1990-93), he served as an interpreter and freelance translator.

From 2001 to 2010, he was an advisor for China and Asia at the French Ministry of Armed Forces. Then he joined Scutum Security First (SSF) as Director for Asia to support large companies in their development in Asia.

In 2014, Laurent created the consulting firm Montsalvy Consulting to meet the growing demand of his clients. He extended its strategic intelligence and operations support services to benefit SMEs/SMIs.