Strategic Growth Partners

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General Presentation

The core business of Athen Development is to provide industrial & commercial consultancy services to companies looking to develop in the Asia-Pacific region, either through direct sales, internal or external growth. 

Over the years, Athen Development has weaved throughout the region a broad network of affiliated companies in the fields of Aeronautics & Defense allowing us to provide highly adaptive solutions to enhance our customer’s development and create value.

The Market Focus

Athen Development has a strong footprint and in-depth knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region. This expertise constitutes a prime added-value for its international portfolio of customers for which the complexity and specificities of each ecosystem can often be an obstacle to their export strategies.

Fields of Expertise


Aircraft / Helicopters / UAV’s and associated systems


All types of ships and associated systems


Telecom and earth observation satellite and associated systems

Security Systems

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First Assessment

  • Initial Product Evaluation
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Ecosystem mapping
  • Marketing Risks & Barriers

Project Management

  • Market Penetration Strategy & Planning
  • Commercial & Industrial Partnerships
  • Due Diligence
  • Offsets Research & Contract Negotiation
  • Offsets Implementation Assistance 
  • After Sales Support

M & A

  • Project Financing and Investment
  • Deal Structuring Advisory
  •  JV Incorporation
  •  Post-Integration monitoring

Christian Duhain

Founder & CEO

With more than forty years’ experience in the aviation and defense industries, Christian Duhain combines a rare mix of international business know-how and industrial strategy acquired throughout his career, from his early days as an engineer in airborne avionics at Thales to being in charge of major sales programs for market leaders such as Dassault or Matra Defense. His strong drive and management skills led him to become in 2005 Corporate President of EADS International where he successfully conducted the group’s worldwide strategy (Airbus, ATR, CASA, Eurocopter, Astrium, MBDA) for half a decade. He left the company in 2011 to create Athen Development in Singapore. Christian diversified the activity scope of the group since, creating divisions such as Global Sky Trade and Helitech Asia.


Jean-Luc Valerio

Executive Vice-President

Jean-Luc has built forty years of experience pursuing his passion in the world of Aerospace and Defense. After completing his education as an Aeronautical Engineer and a military career as jet pilot in the French Air Force, Jean-Luc worked for Aerospatiale, ATR, EADS and Airbus, heading numerous country branches namely Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indochinese countries, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and China. He accumulated solid international expertise in the business of Airliners, Helicopters, Space Technologies and Defense – Missiles, Combat jets, Air/Naval/Land Equipment. With his strong proficiency and unique comprehension of these ever growing markets, he has closely contributed to the development of the European Aerospace and Defense footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, weaving along the way, a rich network among Airlines, OEMs and other Professionals of the sector. Jean-Luc left Airbus in 2019 to join Athen development. Aligned with the values of the Group, he believes in high adaptability and solution based platforms to provide enhanced customer experience in the fast changing conditions of today’s industry.


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Abel Mercier

Head of Sales & Marketing

Abel ventured in the Aviation Industry right after graduating with his Masters in Corporate Finance in Paris. He moved to Malaysia to start at Helipartner within the Finance Department and was appointed in 2015 Head of Internal Audit and Group Participations. Field natural, he quickly moved towards a more operational role within the company, becoming responsible of the contract management division for South-East Asia (Aircraft leasing & OEMs). He left the company in 2016 to join Rotortrade Services as Sales & Network Manager for Asia-Pacific, successfully securing sales contracts throughout the region. Always passionate about new challenges, he moved to Singapore in 2018 and joined Christian Duhain at Athen Development where his business acumen and problem-solving skills have made a significant contribution to the organization.



Athen Development and all its employees, directors, officers, contracted personnel and representatives follow a framework of effective compliance and ethics-related policies comprised of codes and procedures providing clear guidelines of business practices for every project. We are committed to the highest level of transparency, integrity, professionalism and accountability with regards to all applicable laws and regulations.






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#07-05 Mount Faber Lodge
27 Mount Faber Road
099200 Singapore

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Office + 65 6221 0989
Fax + 65 6225 4580

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