The Group

A single objective:
To improve healthcare structures in developing countries

Since its creation in 1985, SFEH has conceived and carried out turnkey hospital projects, installed medical equipment and organised training sessions aimed at Doctors, Engineers and Biomedical Technicians

SFEH: 35 years of history


Georgette ORTEGA bought SFEH from the oil group Elf Aquitaine. She remained CEO of the company until 2015



The SFEH group began its international development by means of the creation of the Spanish subsidiary IECSA in Madrid. That subsidiary also undertakes agro-industrial projects



From 1993, the SFEH group continued to expand:
- in Angola,
- in South America, with IECSA Argentina SA,
- in the USA, with American Medical Engineering Corp



Alongside its internationalisation, SFEH accumulated important references and projects, particularly in West Africa and Central Africa (Angola, DRC, Chad, Togo, Benin, Senegal, etc.)
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The SFEH group gained a foothold in Asia by opening its first office in China. Since then, SFEH has implemented several projects in Asia, notably the supply of state-of-the-art medical materials to numerous hospitals
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Completion of the group's first hospital in the Republic of Chad. The La Renaissance hospital is one of the most modern establishments in Africa
With a capacity of 240 beds, it contains 5 operating theatres, a kidney dialysis unit, imaging services and an oxygen production centre on a total surface area of 14,000m² The techniques and materials used made it possible to construct operating theatres meeting the most stringent demands, including two ISO 5 operating rooms
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Our subsidiary Ingénierie Équipements Exécution was created to ensure the continuity of a hospital project begun in 2009 and delivered in 2013. Today, it is composed of 40 people, it has its own work teams and it is our technical base covering the entire continent of Africa
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Raphaël ORTEGA was appointed CEO of the SFEH group



In 2017, among numerous other projects, the SFEH group was asked to undertake the reinforcement of the Emergency and Resuscitation Services of the main hospitals in Luanda, in the Republic of Angola


Our team

SFEH places at your disposal an experienced multi-disciplinary team that will listen very carefully to you.

Raphael Ortega

Chief Executive Officer

Raphael has an MBA from the Argentinean university UCEMA. He speaks 5 languages. He began his career with the Accor group in Buenos Aires. In charge of the development of hotel brands, he opened the first SOFITEL, NOVOTEL and IBIS hotels in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. On his return to Europe, he took over the management of the Spanish subsidiary of SFEH in Madrid. During his 10 years at the head of IECSA, he refocused the business towards Africa and China and diversified into the agro-industrial sector. He loves adventure, particularly in the Andes and Patagonia, and regularly travels around that region on horseback, by kayak and 4x4s.
He has also run several New York and Chicago Marathons.

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Benjamin Dunbavand

SFEH Paris / Development Manager

Of dual French-British nationality and having lived abroad for a number of years, Benjamin has always moved in an international environment. After studies in international trade and some time working first in large-scale distribution then as a consultant, Benjamin joined the SFEH group in 2003 in order to develop the disposable devices business before evolving towards the development of hospital equipment projects. A specialist in turnkey assembly in the Healthcare Export sector, he plays an active role in the conception and piloting of the company's strategic undertakings.

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Pedro Urraca

IECSA Madrid / CFO

An economist by training, Pedro Urraca had a solid career in the world of finance before joining the group in 2000, where he is the Chief Financial Officer of the Spanish and South American subsidiaries.
Thanks to his professionalism, Pedro has forged privileged financial relations with first-rate Spanish banks such as Banco Santander, BBVA, Banco Sabadell, Bankinter and CESCE.

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Eugenio Cardoso

I2E N'djamena / General Manager I2E

Eugenio began his career in Angola as a works manager for a metal frames company, where he acquired significant experience, before joining the SFEH group in 2013.
A true expert in turnkey projects, Eugenio helped set up the subsidiary I2E based in Chad, in order to oversee the work on the La Renaissance hospital.
Since then, he has supervised the different regional projects entrusted to him and he now leads a multi-disciplinary team of 40 technicians covering the main technical areas such as bio-medical, electricity, plumbing and carpentry.


IECSA Buenos Aires / Technical Manager

A biomedical engineer who is passionate about new technologies, with over 15 years' experience in the sphere of turnkey projects in the different regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America, Marc concentrates mainly on the technical and economic issues of our clients' projects.
He strives to seek the right balance between performance and budget, taking into account the technical, logistical, maintenance and after-sales aspects. Making each project a unique, tailor-made experience at the service of our client is what makes him passionate about his work!

Patrick Fournié

AME Miami /CFO

After completing an MBA at the prestigious American university UCLA, Patrick Fournier began his career in 1977 with the CitiBank group.
In the course of his many years of experience, he has developed solid references and has specialised in the funding of export projects. He is currently Chief Financial Officer, accompanying the development of our American subsidiary AME, in particularly in China and Africa.

Michel Herlant

Oxiar Luanda / Medical Director

A specialist doctor trained at the La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, Doctor Herlant joined the SFEH Group in 1992 after having directed a large Neurotraumatology centre in northern France.
Medical Consultant-Director for the reopening of the University Hospital Centre in Luanda, he moved to Angola in1993 and directed numerous projects of the SFEH group in Angola and the sub-region. At the interface between the local authorities and central office, he defines, together with Angolan partners, the details of the desired projects and provisions, supervises the work, informs the client of the progress of operations and reports to the headquarters.

Jorge Rodriguez

Engineering Manager

Jorge has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Thermodynamics, as well a doctorate in Mechanical and Energy Engineering, with a thesis on "The transitory analysis of gas networks" presented at the I.S.T (Advanced Technology Institute of Portugal) in 1994. He then had a brilliant career first as a Lecturer-Researcher and then as a Consultant, before joining the SFEH group in 2012 to direct the work and start-up of the agro-industrial project in Camabatela (Angola).
Then, he placed his technical expertise at the service of the group's most complex projects such as the National Medicine Control Laboratory and the Luanda Science and Technology Museum.

SFEH in the world

The SFEH group now has four main international subsidiaries
It also has a worldwide network of representation offices and agents