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Philippe KERN

Founder and Managing Director

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Philippe KERN is the founder and managing director of KEA. Based in Brussels since 1999, KEA is Europe’s leading consultancy and research center on culture and creative industries. KEA has an office in Shenzhen (China) since 2012. KEA helps territories managing cultural and creative resources to deliver innovation.

KEA is involved as initiator or scientific coordinator of various high profile European projects such as European Creative Industry Alliance (ECIA – DG Grow), Creative SpIN (Urbact), KiiCS (Art and Science – H2020), Sparks (Art, Science, Health H2020), Creative Tracks (DG EAC) , Culture for Cities and Regions (Creative Europe – DGEAC). KEA is expert in Interreg, Urbact, H2020 and Creative Europe programmes.

Kern has 25 years’ experience in the world of culture, creative industries, public affairs and legal advice. He is a specialist in culture economics, copyright, anti-trust and trade law. He has led a range of research and strategy programs at European level, notably for the European Commission and the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and WIPO. He is advising numerous public and private bodies on the formulation of strategies in the field of urban development, innovation, culture and audiovisual policies. He is a validated expert for Urbact III.

Kern set up IMPALA in 2000. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram (now Universal) and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges.


Allison REEKIE

 Responsible for KEA Events and association management


Allison REEKIE is responsible for KEA Events and association management. She has more than 15 years experience organising events in the European Union. Such events include international conferences, round tables, training seminars, annual general meetings, themed film screenings, private cinema screenings and a number of European Union Presidency conferences. Having worked for the pan-European initiative Eureka Technology, then the business development department of a bank, she moved on to work for Audiovisual Eureka for a number of years before joining KEA in April 2001. Allison graduated from the University of the West of England. She speaks English and French.


Yolanda SMITS

Director of international business development

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Yolanda SMITS is director of international business development with more than 20 years of experience in dealing with European affairs and international trade. She is specialised in copyright, trade and development issues affecting the cultural and creative industries. Yolanda has an extensive expertise in running public affairs campaigns as well as carrying out cooperation programmes funded by the EU. Yolanda worked over ten years for the music industry (IFPI) in Brussels. Prior to that she worked for the Spanish Employers’ Confederation (CEOE) in Madrid and set up the Open Line project to identify obstacles Spanish companies were facing in the Internal Market and ran a number of Al-Invest projects. Yolanda started her career as the Deputy Secretary General of the European retail trade association in Brussels (now called Eurocommerce). She is highly regarded by her contacts within the EU institutions and major business associations. Yolanda graduated in law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, has a Master in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges as well as a Master in copyright from King´s College in London.


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 Consultant and Project manager


Elisabetta AIRAGHI is consultant and project manager at KEA. She is responsible for business development, proposal writing and project management.

Before joining KEA, Elisabetta has been working as EU Project Manager in Brussels-based consulting companies for more than 5 years, especially in the fields of Research and Innovation (FP7, H2020) and Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid). She also has working experience in several cultural organizations in Italy including  at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy).

She obtained a Bachelor in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication and a Master in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). During her Master, she has been a visiting student at Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan) for six months where she attended the Global Governance Program. Elisabetta speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.


Arthur LE GALL

Consultant and researcher

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Arthur LE GALL is a consultant and researcher at KEA. His research focuses on the analysis and evaluation of cultural policies at European and local levels. He is also contributing to the preparation and management of European projects in the cultural and creative sectors. He previously worked for the legal department of OFI AM (France), where he was specialised in alternative investments. He holds a MA from Sciences Po Lille (FR) in European Affairs and obtained a BA in Politics & International Relations from Kent University (UK). Arthur speaks French, English and Spanish.

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Clémentine DAUBEUF

Consultant and researcher

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Clémentine DAUBEUF  is consultant and researcher at KEA. She holds a MA from Sciences Po Bordeaux (FR) in Cultural Project Management.
She previously worked at the Regional Agency for Cinema, Books and Audiovisual heritage in Aquitaine (FR) for a study of the regional publishing economy.
At KEA Clementine contributes to several studies on culture for external relations of the EU. She is also active in projects involving the collaboration between CCIs and other sectors (arts/science, arts/business).
Clementine has an operational knowledge of EU culture-related policies and projects through participation in European project management, writing deliverables, elaborating and implementing the communication strategy. She is also in charge of monitoring European cultural policies especially in audiovisual, digital and copyright management fields. Clémentine speaks French, English and Spanish.




Teodora PLETOSU holds a MA in Information and Communication from Université Catholique de Louvain (BE). She has extended knowledge in methodological approaches in Cultural Studies, in Rhetoric and Theory of argumentation. Her academic background is rounded with skills in journalism, public relations, audiovisual production and photography. Her previous work experience includes working as a communication executive for Change Partnership in Brussels and for Centro Social Nossa Senhora das Graças in Brazil. She speaks Romanian, English, French and Portuguese.
She is currently a PhD candidate at Université Catholique de Louvain, interested in political Philosophy and Sociology.



Roberta CAPOZUCCA’s academic roots are in cultural anthropology; she holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University College London (UCL) and a Master Cultural Heritage Studies (UCL). She extended her studies in the field of economics and management with another MA degree in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage and Arts at Business School-Il Sole 24 ORE, Milan. Previously, she worked as Project Officer at the NGO Evelyne Oldfield Unit and Hackney Museum in the development of programmes that fostered cultural integration of immigrants and refugee communities. Roberta speaks Italian, English and French.



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Silvia DENG

Office manager of the KEA representation office in Shenzhen, China


Silvia DENG is the office manager of the KEA representation office in Shenzhen, China. With proven experiences related to art, fashion and creative industries in Paris, Hong Kong and China (Shenzhen/Guangzhou), she has an operational knowledge of communication, global marketing campaign, project management and client service. Accustomed to multi-culture team and an international background, she previously worked in the Global Marketing Centre of TCL/Alcatel Onetouch, Art Basel HK, In the Mood media office (Paris,FR), Chinese government department and Hermès boutique, having an intimate network in Greater China.

Silvia holds a MA in Cultural Project Management from IESA Paris (FR) and a MA in Chinese Language and Literature from Sun Yat-sen University (China).She speaks English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese.




Michela Bergamini has expertise in the culture and creative industries and is currently a doctoral scholar at KU Leuven, Belgium, after having spent 9 months as a research assistant at KEA. As a research assistant at the Department of Management of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, she  investigated the link between the Cultural and Creative Sectors and the socio-economic development of the territory.



Giorgia Boldrini: Expert in Cultural and Creative Industries, Giorgia is founder and responsible of the award-winning ‘Incredibol! – l’innovazione creativa di Bologna’ project, support scheme for CCIs and creative professionals of the City of Bologna and the whole Emilia-Romagna Region, in Italy. She has been working as external expert for several European projects and events on CCIs. She teaches in advanced training courses for the developement cultural and creative sector.
Her main peculiarities are flexibility and concreteness in designing and managing complex projects, and the organic approach to culture and creativity, taking into account and connecting economic development, social innovation, urban regeneration and territorial marketing issues.
Giorgia has a Degree cum Laude in Arts at Bologna University and got a Master Degree in Publishing at SSSUB, Bologna University, under the direction of Umberto Eco. She speaks Italian, English and French.



Simon Ellis has had over 25 years experience in working on public policy and statistics in the UK and worldwide. In the late 1990s he ran London Skills Forecasting Unit, and from 2001-2012 he was a senior manager for UNESCO Institute for Statistics. He has lead the production of new global statistical standards and international data collection in education, culture, media and science. He has lead workshops and capacity building projects in all regions of the world and has lived for some years in both Tunisia and Thailand. He has a DPhil from University of Oxford and is the personal author of 16 books and over 60 academic articles.




Pierre Hausemer is the Managing Director of VVA-Europe, a public policy consultancy focused on economic, market and regulatory advice. He has wide-ranging experience in working with the European institutions. Pierre has led and contributed to studies across the European Commission, the European Parliament, decentralised agencies, national governments and business trade associations. Before moving to London, Pierre worked as an economic consultant in Washington, DC on issues surrounding the liberalisation of telecoms markets, copyright and international trade. At the London School of Economics, he has taught quantitative research methods for postgraduate students and he has lectured on European Politics and Policy. Pierre holds a PhD from the London School of Economics as well as a BSc in Economics from Miami University in the United States and a Master of Science in Comparative Politics (distinction) from the London School of Economics.



Giuseppe Mazziotti is an Italian attorney specializing in intellectual property law, media law and information technology law. He works as independent law consultant with its own firm (Mediartis: and as ‘of counsel’ with Nunziante Magrone in Rome. Giuseppe is currently Assistant Professor of intellectual property law at Trinity College Dublin, School of Law.  From 2009 to 2012 he was Assistant Professor of intellectual property law at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked also as leader of research projects funded by the EU Commission such as MEDIADEM (media policy-making in EU member states) and LAPSI (legal aspects of public sector information). Giuseppe held visiting and research positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia Law School in New York and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University . He is currently Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, where he was also co-manager of the CEPS Digital Forum.
In the course of his career he advised IFPI (Representing the Recording Industry Worldwide), the European Commission (DG CONNECT), the European Parliament (DG for Internal Policies) and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.
Giuseppe holds a summa cum laude Juris Doctor (JD) degree (2001) from the University of Perugia and a Master of Research (2003) and a PhD in Law (2007) from the European University Institute in Florence as well as a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance (1997) and Chamber Music (2003) from the Music Academy of Perugia (Conservatorio di musica di Perugia).