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Philippe KERN

Founder and Managing Director

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Philippe KERN is the founder and managing director of KEA. He has 30 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 programmes 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 and DG DEVCO.

Philippe is former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram (now Universal) and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He set up IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) in 2000. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges. Philippe speaks French, English, Spanish and German.


Arthur LE GALL


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Arthur LE GALL is director at KEA. He is responsible for coordinating KEA’s research team and supervising studies, reports and projects. He also oversees sport-related activities.  He is specialised in policies for the sport, audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. He designs methodologies to assess the contribution of the cultural and audiovisual sectors to the wider society and economy, and engineers support programmes and policies for the cultural and creative sectors to nurture arts, culture and creativity across territories. Arthur also delivers strategic advice to local authorities on the role of sport, culture and creative industries for local and regional development.

He is the author or co-author of several research pieces on culture and creativity in Europe, including ‘Mapping the creative value chains: A study on the economy of culture in the digital age’ (DG EAC, 2017), a ‘Study on the promotion of European works in Audiovisual Media Services (DG CONNECT, 2017) or the longitudinal evaluation of Mons European Capital of Culture 2015 (Mons 2015 Foundation, 2012-2016).

Arthur’s experience includes  managing some key EU-funded projects, one looking into culture investment and strategic initiatives in 150 cities and regions across Europe (“Culture for cities and regions”, 2014-2017), as well as another on developing an international platform for young creative entrepreneurs (“Creative Tracks”, 2015-2017).

He holds a MA from Sciences Po Lille (FR) in European Affairs and obtained a BA in Politics & International Relations from Kent University (UK).

Contact Arthur for: project design, strategy consulting, urban & regional development, sport


Allison REEKIE

 Office management and events


Allison REEKIE is responsible for KEA Events. She has more than 20 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.

Contact Allison for: events and work opportunities at KEA


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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 Senior Consultant and Project manager


Elisabetta AIRAGHI is consultant and project manager at KEA. She is responsible for business development, proposal writing and project management. Elisabetta is involved in several projects and research studies with a focus on cultural heritage, including the H2020 project ILUCIDARE on heritage-led innovation and diplomacy (2018-2021) and the ESPON study “The Material Cultural Heritage as a Strategic Territorial Development Resource: Mapping Impacts Through a Set of Common European Socio-economic Indicators” (2018-2019).

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.

Contact Elisabetta for: project design, cultural heritage, monitoring

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Clémentine DAUBEUF

Senior Consultant and researcher

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Clémentine DAUBEUF is senior consultant and researcher at KEA.

She has been working on various projects and studies related to culture for external relations of the EU. She is also active in projects at the intersection between culture, creative industries and other sectors (science, technology, business ). She has designed and managed the communications of several large scale European projects and is in charge of KEA’s strategic communications.

Clémentine has an operational knowledge of EU culture-related policies and projects through participation in European project development and management. She also contributes to monitoring European cultural policies especially in audiovisual, digital and copyright management fields.

She previously worked at the Regional Agency for Cinema, Books and Audiovisual heritage in Aquitaine (FR). Clémentine holds a MA from Sciences Po Bordeaux (FR) in Cultural Project Management, she speaks French, English and Spanish.

Contact Clémentine for: international cultural relations, b.creative, communications




Consultant and researcher

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Teodora PLETOSU holds a MA in Cultural Studies Research from the Information and Communication Department at Université Catholique de Louvain (BE).
At KEA Teodora is involved in the analysis and evaluation of European cultural policies, with a focus on audiovisual and media fields. She is active in European projects which explore the potential of collaborations between arts, science and technology to create social innovation. Teodora also handles the digital communication activities of KEA.
Teodora has knowledge in quantitative methods of research and data science rounded with journalistic and multimedia skills. She speaks Romanian, English, French and Portuguese.

Contact Teodora for: research, evaluations and feasibility studies


Caroline DEDENIS

Communications Officer

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Caroline DEDENIS has a post graduate master degree in marketing, design & creation, as well as a master in marketing and management and a degree in industrial & product design.

She has a background that blends together the complementary disciplines of product design, marketing, communications and design thinking. Her experience covers skills such as branding, development and implementation of communication and content strategies, managing multiplatform campaigns, multimedia projects.

Before joining KEA, Caroline worked in strategic planning in design agencies producing market research, user’s research and strategic recommendations for various projects. She has worked in marketing and communications for a leading international company in the building industry for 1.5 years. She then shifted to the cultural sector and worked for a Brussels-based not-for-profit structure organizing cultural talks and events for 2.5 years, where she was in charge of communications and content strategies as well as event communications campaigns.

She will contribute to strengthening KEA’ s expertise in communication, not only for the company itself, but also for the different projects KEA takes part in.

Contact Caroline for: Communication strategy, project branding, campaigns, design





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: http://mediartis.it/en) 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).