Co-founder and ChairmanLinkedin
An alumnus of Sciences Po Paris and the French National School of Administration (ENA), Hervé Digne has always worked in culture.
He began as a senior manager for Hachette magazines and then for Lagardère’s media activities. A former adviser to the French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, he played an active role in the roll-out of digital TV services and the launch of the France 24 network.
He then led various media projects for consulting groups (Arthur D Little, Kurt Salmon, Post’Advisors) and oversaw joint ventures in the cultural and creative industries as the chairman of Postmedia Finance, which he founded in 2003.
He has been involved in the film industry as a board member of EuropaCorp and chairman of Cofiloisirs, a film financing institution (2012-19), and has been a member of UGC’s Board of Directors since 2014. He served as the President of the Avignon Forum and also held the presidency of the Lambert Collection. As the honorary president of the Circle of the Odéon-Theatre of Europe, which he founded and presided over for ten years, a former administrator of FRAC Île-de-France, and a member of several artistic juries, Hervé also currently serves as the chairman of the board of the National School of Decorative Arts.
In 2015, he co-founded Manifesto with Laure Confavreux-Colliex, and in 2021, he founded ADLCA (Association for the Development of Artist Creation Spaces), of which he is the president, and which carries the POUSH project.
Hervé has been awarded the titles of Knight of Arts and Letters and the Legion of Honor, as well as Officer of Merit.
Laure Confavreux Colliex
Co-founder and Executive DirectorLinkedin
After graduating with an MBA from France’s prestigious business school ESSEC and a Master’s degree in arts and media from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Laure organized a film and music festival and an exhibition for the St Petersburg Tercentenary in Paris in 2003 and worked for France’s national museum association (known as RMN) and the Metropolitan Museum in New York (2001).
She managed the European entity of the Lord Cultural Resources Group, an international leader in museum consulting and planning, for 10 years and became the Group’s Executive Vice President in 2011. She has contributed to a wide range of complex and multicultural projects, including the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Louvre-Lens Museum, Hermès’ Conservatory of Creations, the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) and the Musée des Civilisations in Réunion, and worked on the development of major international projects, including the Heydar Aliyev Center (Baku, Azerbaijan), the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Dharan, Saudi Arabia), the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (Geneva, Switzerland), the Jeongok Prehistory Museum (South Korea), M Avenue (Marrakesh, Morocco) and the Olympic Museum (Lausanne, Switzerland). She developed Forward +50, the first “serious game” to raise awareness of climate issues for UNEP, presented at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
Laure contributed to the development of the Magnum Photos endowment fund; she became a board member of this fund and Lab’Bel, the Bel Group’s endowment fund for contemporary art.
She is a board member of EDMUS (a foundation which works to fight multiple sclerosis) and takes an active role in SINGA, an international citizens’ movement that offers innovative solutions to societal integration.
She regularly lectures at Sciences Po, Paris-Dauphine and the Sorbonne and has taught cultural entrepreneurship at ESSEC.
In 2015, she co-founded Manifesto with Hervé Digne and is the company’s Executive Director. She works on all strategic projects in France and around the world. In 2021, they co-founded ADLCA (Association for the Development of Artists’ Creative Spaces), which she co-chairs and provides support for POUSH.
International Director, Associate Director of Manifesto ExpoLinkedin
With a degree from the prestigious grande école ENS at Fontenay-Saint Cloud, holder of the agrégé academic rank and a maitrise (pre-PHD dissertation) on Francis Bacon’s work, Alexandre Colliex began his career working for the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade before leading the cultural department of the French Consulate in Toronto and the international department of the Pays de la Loire region. In these roles, he managed international projects both within the diplomatic network and alongside local elected representatives.
From 2008 to 2014, he was in charge of strategy and major international projects at the Centre Pompidou. He developed a global network of museums, major private collections and institutions. Alexandre joined the Giacometti Foundation as Development Director, where he was responsible for global strategy, international exhibitions and the opening of new headquarters in Paris. In this role, he developed relationships with international art galleries and auction houses, including Gagosian, Christie’s and Kamel Mennour.
He developed and piloted the CTF Art Museum, the first contemporary art museum in Hong Kong. He is regularly asked to give lectures and work on contemporary art exhibitions.
He founded Manifesto Expo in 2019, managing the international touring of exhibitions and collections around the world. During his career, he has supervised the touring and production of more than 50 exhibitions, ranging from Old Masters to contemporary artists, including Impressionists, Picasso and Matisse.
Director of Strategy and DevelopmentLinkedin
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and ESCP Europe, Romane Sarfati also holds a master's degree in Art History (Université Paris IV). From 2014 to 2022, she was the director of the public establishment Cité de la céramique - Sèvres et Limoges, which combines the Manufacture de Sèvres and the national museums of Sèvres and Limoges. Within the institution, she invited close to forty artists and designers to create works with the Manufacture's artisans and has initiated major multidisciplinary thematic exhibitions such as The Experience of Color, À Table! The Art of Eating and Living Forms, thus contributing to the institution's modernization, the evolution of its image and the diversification of its attendance and revenue.
Before directing the Cité de la Céramique, Romane Sarfati was an advisor in charge of visual arts, architecture, fashion, design and applied arts in the office of the Minister of Culture and Communication Aurélie Filippetti. Previously, she worked in various creative and cultural
companies and public cultural institutions. She was successively Director of Galerie Daniel Templon, video game producer at Cryo Interactive, Head of Internet at the Musée du Quai Branly, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of heritage, Director of Culture at the Conseil départemental de l'Essonne, and co-founder and director of the concept store Uah^.
She is a member of the Board of Fondation AG2R La Mondiale Foundation pour la vitalitéartistique.
Guillaume Olive Ruge
Director, Manifesto MuseumLinkedin
Over the course of his career in the UK, Guillaume has held significant roles in various prestigious London museums.
For 12 years in the early 2000s, Guillaume co-ordinated and delivered the successful implementation of the cutting-edge Victoria & Albert Museum’s contemporary programme of events, exhibitions, interventions and commissions. He led exhibition project teams and managed all projects’ aspects, working closely with leading artists, designers and architects. In 2012, Guillaume first joined the British Museum to serve as a consulting partner on the high-profile Zayed National Museum project, advising the UAE client and acting as a centre of expertise. The British Museum team advised on a full range of issues, from business planning, design and museography to educational and curatorial programming as well as acquisition. This project was part of a multi-billion pound Abu Dhabi museum development scheme, alongside the Louvre Abu Dhabi. From 2018-2021, Guillaume oversaw the major transformation of the Courtauld Institute of Art, as a senior member of the management team. He was responsible for the design, fit-out and interpretation of new permanent galleries and the teaching/research facilities as part of the visionary masterplan project. The three-year redevelopment of the Courtauld Gallery was the most significant modernisation project in its history, providing a transformed home for one of the UK’s greatest art collections.
Guillaume recently joined Manifesto from the British Museum where he was heading the ambitious Reimagining the British Museum project aimed at revolutionizing the curation and interpretation of the British Museum's permanent galleries. It is the first time in the history of the institution that the British Museum assembled a team of specialists to rethink all the permanent galleries and to highlight how culturally divergent regions were connected, with a view to radically transform how audiences will engage with the collection in the future.
Guillaume is a PRINCE 2 practitioner with over 20 years experience managing and leading transformative projects, collaborating with international stakeholders, and implementing cutting-edge programs and exhibitions.
Guillaume has an MA in History of Art and holds dual French and British citizenship.
Anastasia de Bentzmann
Administrative and Financial Director, Human Ressources DirectorLinkedin
Anastasia de Bentzmann graduated with a degree in administrative and financial management from Paul Cézanne University in Aix-Marseille.
She started her career with the Voyage Privé Group, working as the Finance Officer for their subsidiary in London. In addition to her financial role, she was involved in organizing events for the group, including the first international convention.
At Manifesto, Anastasia leads the administrative and financial department and shares her expertise with the ADLCA association. She oversees HR, accounting and financial matters and works with the project teams to ensure that they understand the legal, financial and administrative implications of public procurement and the company’s various activities.
Director of Cultural Engineering, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
Mae Woolworth holds French and American citizenship and studied international economics at the University of Paris 2 - Panthéon-Assas and the Sorbonne and cultural management at ESCP Europe.
Mae’s career began at Culturespaces, where she managed signage and museography projects for historic monuments and heritage sites. In this role, she oversaw the development of commercial spaces ahead of the opening of the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence. She then worked for Ralph Lauren in London, focusing on strategic studies and organizing artistic events.
She joined Manifesto in 2017 and manages cultural engineering projects to create and run cultural facilities and artists’ residencies in France and around the world. She contributed to Manifesto Expo’s development and POUSH’s installation in Clichy. In particular, she piloted the development and management of the first artists’ residency in AlUla, Saudi Arabia (2021). She also manages strategic consulting projects for corporate and art foundations (including the Société Générale Morocco Foundation, the Giacometti Foundation and Pernod Ricard).
Production and Artistic Programming Director, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in cultural mediation and a Master’s degree in cultural project development and management from the New Sorbonne University of Paris 3, Claire Cousin spent ten years working for the Centre Pompidou. After coordinating educational activities for schoolchildren, she managed various large-scale multidisciplinary projects with contemporary artists, including group exhibitions, monographic presentations, the production of original artwork, digital systems and the organization of celebratory and performative events in France and abroad. She curated Le Grand Atelier de la Source, an exhibition and workshop with Gérard Garouste and the graphic design-focused Regards sur le point de vue and oversaw the content programming for Studio 13/16, the creation of a children’s web series and regional projects, including 6 murs 6 artistes (6 walls, 6 artists) with M.U.R. She then joined the consulting, cultural engineering and training team at the Centre Pompidou, where she worked with real estate companies and local authorities to create new formats and venues and develop cultural projects. She is familiar with the ideas behind eco-friendly exhibitions and joined Manifesto in 2022 as Artistic Project Manager.
After completing a law degree at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, Lolita Convert graduated with a Master’s degree in communications, culture and institutions from Sciences Po Lyon.
She began her career as an event coordinator for the London Spanish Film Festival before joining the UGC Group. For four years, she was involved with internal and external communications, publishing and events, including the Cannes Film Festival. She also worked on photographic exhibitions and artistic commissions in cinemas.
She is responsible for communications, press relations and events for Manifesto and POUSH.
Yvannoé Kruger is a curator trained at the University of the Arts London at LCC and Central Saint Martins who likes to find bridges between different fields of art, passing through science, gastronomy and craft. After starting out in fiction and documentary filmmaking, he became involved with artists and joined Jean de Loisy's artistic programming team at the Palais de Tokyo from 2011 to 2015, where he organized a number of performances, festivals, concerts and installations. He regularly curates over thirty exhibitions (POUSH, Monnaie de Paris, 19M, Nuit Blanche, Art Paris, Pavillon Vendôme, Art Genève). Yvannoé Kruger is regularly invited to participate in conferences or juries (Beaux Art de Paris, La Sorbonne, Ministry of Culture, Penninghen, Sciences Po, SGP etc...). He is also the director of POUSH.
At Manifesto, he has shaped the thinking behind artistic programs and commissions for various projects, including the artwork created by Ivan Argote for the Sciences Po Paris campus, Cecilia Granara for the façade of the POUSH building in Clichy and Paul Créange for the Génération building in Saint-Denis. He also worked with the artists during the first artists’ residency in AlUla, Saudi Arabia. Since the launch of the artists’ workshop at L’Orfèvrerie, he has overseen the artistic direction of POUSH, creating exhibitions in situ and elsewhere, most notably at the Monnaie de Paris and as part of the VIP Parcours Privé at the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (2021).
Mariana Seiko Sakurada
Architect, International Project ManagerLinkedin
Brazilian-Japanese, Mariana Seiko Sakurada graduated from the University of São Paulo with a degree in architecture and urban development.
She began her career working for architectural firms. At Solé Associados, she managed projects for cultural facilities: Théâtre Unimed, Théâtre Opus in São Paulo and SESC Cultural Center JK in Belo Horizonte. She subsequently began to focus on scenography for artistic projects and events.
She specialized in project management at ENSA Paris-Belleville, where she carried out a study on artists’ studios for La Condition Publique in Roubaix.
At Manifesto, she has managed several large-scale projects, such as the Eiffel Tower site for the City of Paris. As part of the team appointed by Gustafson Porter+Bowman, she coordinated experts and partners to create an educational trail to showcase the site’s heritage.
She also works to develop international projects, including in Saudi Arabia, focusing on artistic commissions, art residencies and strategic consultancy.
Project Manager, Manifesto ExpoLinkedin
Born in Italy, Giulia Perlasca graduated with a Master’s degree in the history of photography from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium), after completing a degree in art history from the University of Padua (Italy). She began her career as a cultural events officer at the Italian Embassy in Paris.
After working as an editorial assistant at the Journal des Arts, she joined an international photography gallery, where she was responsible for collector relations. She completed four years of training in organizing exhibitions at the Parisian agency rentingART.
Having joined the Manifesto Expo team in 2018, she is now responsible for touring exhibitions. She oversees projects, from prospecting to financial negotiations and legal support and even logistical implementation; she also coordinates with the various service providers involved in the projects. She played a key role in the touring of the Bemberg collection in the United States and coordinated the European touring of two other exhibitions from French collections in 2021 and 2022.
Development Manager, Manifesto ExpoLinkedin
Mary Linkins has a Master’s degree in museum studies with a double major in ancient history and liberal arts from the University of Sydney in Australia.
She began her career managing large-scale temporary and touring exhibitions. Having worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library and the British Museum, she worked as a studio manager for the Paris-based contemporary artist Tarek Atoui and then as a project manager for the scenographer Sylvain Roca.
As a member of ICOM (the International Council of Museums), she has developed a vast network of colleagues and contacts in international museums and galleries.
Mary joined Manifesto Expo in early 2022 and works to develop touring exhibitions and digital projects.
Urban Project Manager, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in law from Paris Nanterre University, which included a year at Istanbul University, Victoire Bech graduated with a Master’s degree in urban development and another Master’s degree in cultural projects in the public space from the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne. In her first role, she worked for Dédale, an agency specializing in urban and social innovation. Working alongside the visual artist Stefan Shankland, she coordinated the integration of various collaborative artwork designed to support urban transformations, particularly in construction areas. At Centquatre-Paris, she developed consulting activities which combined culture and development, focusing particularly on the creation of cultural sites for neighborhood regeneration, both in Europe and Asia. She then joined the Institut du Monde Arabe, where she was responsible for international development and coordinating the IMAGO consulting and training platform. She developed action and prospecting plans and worked on projects that focused on developing cultural facilities and restoring heritage sites as part of a region-wide strategy. She joined Manifesto in 2022 as Urban Project Manager.
Architect, Scenographer, Project Manager, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
After graduating in architecture and scenography at ENSA Paris-Belleville and ENSA Montpellier, Bérénice Levy has built a career as an architect, scenographer and art production director.
As an architect, Bérénice has worked in João Luís Carrilho da Graça’s studio in Lisbon, and for B+P architectes and & Givry in Paris. She has participated in the development of major cultural and infrastructure projects such as the Cité de la Musique in Geneva, the Museum of
Ancient Art in Setubal or the Clichy-Montfermeil train station.
At Manifesto, Bérénice has coordinated projects with artists such as Eva Jospin, Cecilia Granara, Lek&Sowat, Paul Créange and Carsten Höller, with whom she is working on the realisation of a perennial monumental artwork in Nice.
More recently, Bérénice was responsible for coordinating the production of artworks for the ambitious Noor Riyadh festival, which presented 82 monumental works by renowned international artists such as Bertrand Lavier, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Arne Quinze or Muhannad Shono.
Projects Coordinator, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
Following a classe préparatoire in literature, Nina Malignon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Sorbonne in art history, a Master’s degree in developing and managing cultural projects and another Master’s degree in museology and new media from the New Sorbonne University.
Nina began her career as a project manager for the cultural department of the Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris, before working as a cultural programming manager for the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She then became a production assistant for Omnicube Production in Ajaccio.
Nina joined Manifesto in 2022. She is responsible for the cultural activation of Citadel Miollis in Ajaccio and is based in the Citadel itself; she coordinates the site’s logistics and operations, oversees programming and production and helps develop partnerships.
Production Manager, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
Trained at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in Art History and at ESCP in Cultural Property and Activity Management, Laure Martin honed her skills at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris as an exhibition assistant and at the Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection as a production and cultural programming assistant. Laure continued her career as a Communication and Project Coordination Manager at JRP | Editions, JRP | Next & Print Them All, and ARTER as a project assistant. She notably played a key role in the organization, production, and implementation of an international exhibition that took place in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and London.
Assistant in charge of projects, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris' Urban School (Master's in Territorial and Urban Strategies) and the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Vancouver, Canada), Marianne joined Manifesto's teams in September 2022, at the intersection of urban and cultural policy issues.
Sensitive to urban and territorial challenges, citizen participation dynamics, and ecological and democratic transitions, Marianne diversified her early professional experiences (Auxilia Conseil, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Conservatoire du Littoral, etc.) and conducted several research projects (Institut CDC pour la Recherche, Environmental Science & Policy).
In 2018, Marianne created her first short film at the Centre Culturel Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen in Casablanca, Morocco – it received the Audience Award at the 16 kilómetros International Film Festival in Madrid. She further developed this interest in Vancouver and Paris by producing various reports (podcasts and documentaries), volunteering for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), and interning as a production assistant at Sister Productions.
Today, Marianne is deeply involved in the production and dissemination of emerging creations in dance and theater, and she is particularly engaged in the 2022 and 2023 editions of the Avignon OFF festival.
International Project Manager, Manifesto studioLinkedin
After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Bordeaux and Trinity College Dublin, Aubin earned a Master's degree in Public Policy and later a Master's degree in Art Market and Heritage Law from the University Paris-Panthéon-Assas. He began his career at the public institution of the Musée d'Orsay and the Orangerie as a public procurement officer, followed by a position at the National Assembly within the press and audiovisual division before joining the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris. In his role overseeing art in public spaces, he managed the artistic project call "Embellir Paris," coordinated exhibitions, and contributed to the development of a public policy for art in the public spaces of Paris. Subsequently, he joined a law firm as an intellectual property lawyer, where he advised and represented artists, institutions, and creative individuals.
In 2023, Aubin joined Manifesto, initially in the artistic direction of Manifesto and POUSH, then in the international department as a project manager for international initiatives.
Project Coordinator, Manifesto StudioLinkedin
After a classe préparatoire in literature, Assetou Tirera graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the Sorbonne, during which she spent a year studying in Munich.
Her interest in the visual arts then led her to the University of Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis; she graduated with a Master’s degree in politics and cultural project management.
Assetou joined Manifesto as Project Manager in 2020 and organized the professional training course “Art and the City”, together with the Centre Pompidou’s Professional School. Since then, she has coordinated projects combining strategy and urban planning, including the artistic direction of the Olympic and Paralympic Village and the heritage and cultural redevelopment of sites as part of the Reinventing Heritage program. She contributed to an overview of production in the visual arts sector for the French Ministry of Culture (2022).
Artist liaison, Manifesto ServicesLinkedin
After being in charge of publishing for the FIAC and Paris Photo, Virginie Jacquet joined Galerie Laurent Godin when it opened in 2006, where she supervised the production of exhibitions and fairs and of a collection of artists' books launched with the publisher Onestarpress. She then worked with Semiose gallery and with curator and gallery owner André Magnin. In 2012, she was a project manager for the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. She then moved to Mexico City and collaborated with OMR Galeria, where she created the temporary art bookshop Project Space.
From 2016 to 2019, she directed la galerie du jour agnès b and the bookstore of the same name, where she organized numerous exhibitions, including those of Bernard Plossu & Mark Cohen, Harmony Korine, Claire Chesnier, Malik Sidibé, and the important retrospective dedicated to Jacques Henri Lartigue with Martine d'Astier. Within the bookshop, she set up a rich program of artistic projects and cultural events. She has also expressed her interest in books through the realization of catalogs and artist monographs (Piero Gilardi, Abdelkader Benchamma, Frédéric Bruly-Bouabré). In parallel, alongside artists such as Abdelkader Benchamma, Marie Taillefer or Mohamed Bourouissa, she has contributed to the development and production of exhibition projects. For the past ten years, she has collaborated with
various American galleries such as Paula Cooper, M+B Los Angeles, and Yossi Millo during the FIAC and Paris Photo. Finally, she regularly collaborates with printer and art editor Michael Woolworth for exhibitions of artists' multiples in his Parisian studio.
With twenty years of experience on the international contemporary art scene and a keen understanding of the needs of artists, Virginie Jacquet joined the Manifesto team in 2021 to introduce personalized support for artists, especially POUSH residents.
Administrative and legal managerLinkedin
After graduating with a Master’s degree in public administration from the Law Faculty at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Binta Faty studied for a Master’s degree in public accounting law, economics, management, research and public sector careers at the Sorbonne Paris Nord University. At the Pierre Raynaud Institute of Judicial Studies at the University of Paris 2 - Panthéon-Assas, she consolidated her legal analytical skills and explored issues related to companies’ organization and operations. After working initially as an assistant at the Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of First Instance) in Dakar, she joined the private sector. At Manifesto, she has an active role in the administrative, legal and financial management of the contract with the Société du Grand Paris and is responsible for POUSH’s administrative management, including invoicing and monitoring payments.
Adrien Felix est issu d'une formation comptable de l'Ecole Française de Comptabilité. Il a commencé sa carrière au sein du Groupe Etam en tant que comptable au sein des filiales Etam Suisse, Etam Allemagne et de la Centrale Achats Investint en Belgique; en parallèle de son activité, il a suivi une formation comptable auprès d'EFC. Chez Manifesto, ainsi que pour POUSH, il est en charge de la comptabilité clients, fournisseurs et fiscale.
Ahmed Al Demyati
Chairman of Manifesto Middle East
Chairman of Manifesto Middle East, Ahmed has more than 14 years of experience in investment banking, financial and strategic advisory.
He previously served as advisor to Minister of Investment and worked at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority as Managing Director – Investment Development and Attraction where he led the development, approval and operations of a USD 1.3 billion fund that was mandated by a Royal Decree. Prior to that, Ahmed led the investment teams covering the tourism, culture, sports and entertainment sectors.
Ahmed started his career at HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets unit where he spent around 8 years advising clients including regional and international companies, government entities and family groups to raise more than USD 70 billion of capital (equity and debt). At HSBC, he served at different product groups (Project and Export Finance, Capital Markets and Leverage Acquisition Finance) and originated and executed high profile transactions in the energy and infrastructure, power and utilities, healthcare, real estate, telecom, media and technology sectors. He led investment roadshows for issuers raising capital regionally and in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Ahmed sits on the boards of Joa Capital, Sada, Fluge and Baseline.
Khayal Al-Ghalib Al Sharef
Project Coordinator, Manifesto Middle EastLinkedin
Graduate Architect of Dar Al-Hekma University, Khayal imagines creative concepts and innovative solutions in urban planning and human-centric architecture.
She co-founded Muzdan in 2020, an event planning company based in Jeddah.
For Manifesto Middle East, Khayal worked at the AlUla Artist Residency exhibition in 2022, coordinating the ushers and guides team and the dismantling of the project. Khayal also assists Manifesto Middle East in the art production projects in Riyadh.
Production manager, Manifesto Middle EastLinkedin
Elena Bongiorno graduated in architecture at Politecnico di Milano. She began her career at Daniel Libeskind Studio, where she worked on Vanke Pavilion for Expo 2015 and Venice Pavilion in the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Since that first experience, she specialized in art production and exhibition design in the context of La Biennale di Venezia, working closely with numerous international artists and institutions on their national participations. She has been production manager for the National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia, the Mexican Pavilion, the National Pavilion of Chile, the Turkey Pavilion and the Uzbekistan Pavilion and she is regularly invited to hold masterclasses in exhibition design and art production at the School for Cultural Studies of Venice. After earning her master degree in Documentary Filmmaking in 2021, she began to combine her work as a designer and art production consultant with film research and documentary direction.
With Manifesto, she works on major Public Art projects in the Middle East
Architect, urban planner, project owner and founder of MutatisLinkedin
Since 2002, Clément Guillaume has worked as a developer on ecodistricts in SEM (semi-public companies) and EPA (public development bodies). At the end of 2015, he joined the Ministry of Defense to manage the reconversion of complex military sites and their disposal. In 2018, he created Mutatis, a project management assistance company, to revitalize real estate assets and urban heritage. Mutatis assists local authorities and investors in defining redevelopment and reconversion strategies and in handling the operational organization (GPSEA, Métropole de Rennes, CA Valenciennes Métropole, SPL d’Ajaccio, Foncière Logement DIGNEO, Ville de Rungis, etc.). Manifesto and Mutatis are working together for the activation and transformation of heritage through art and culture, for instance at the Citadelle Miollis in Ajaccio and the Jacques Cartier prison in Rennes.
As an architect and program designer, Yves Dessuant worked with François Lombard (program designer for the Centre Pompidou) on a wide range of cultural projects while working for the company P.A.S. Having founded his own company PROGRAMME in 1990, he provides assistance for contracting authorities (determining their objectives and architectural requirements) and contractors (ensuring that these requirements are understood and met). He has worked in France and fifteen other countries on projects including Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, Expo 2004 in Le Bourget, the French pavilions at Expo 2008 in Zaragoza and Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the Media Zone in Abu Dhabi, the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Marrakesh and numerous tertiary, industrial and cultural operations for the Richemont Group.
Yves was President of the Institut de la Programmation en Architecture et en Aménagement from 1998 to 2004.
He has worked with Manifesto on many projects, including Les Lumières Pleyel and the Saint-Denis Pleyel station, for which he created the programs and oversaw all architectural studies, the Giacometti Foundation, La Collective in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul area in Paris, the Société Générale Morroco Foundation and more.
Having graduated with a degree in art history and archeology, Laurence Chesneau-Dupin worked as a cultural heritage curator, managing museums in Flers and Cognac, where she oversaw the creation of the Musée des Arts du Cognac. After working as Director of Cultural Affairs, she joined the City of Bordeaux as part of the team working on the Cité du Vin, before moving to the Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin that manages this cultural center. In particular, she managed the venue’s cultural projects and oversaw interpretive planning.
As a member of ICOM (the International Council of Museums), she is interested in issues surrounding contemporary museography and seeks to adopt a multidisciplinary approach that combines scientific requirements, a sensory experience and the pleasure of learning.
She has worked as a freelance consultant since 2019 and works regularly with Manifesto on museum and heritage projects, such as the Eiffel Tower site.
Clarissa Pelino is an Italian urban planner specialized in heritage sites and cultural planning. She studied Urban Planning, Political Science and Geography at SciencesPo Paris and UCLA. In 2015 and 2016, in Mumbai, she worked for the heritage architecture firm Abha Narain Lambah Associates on several rehabilitation projects, while conducting independent research on local heritage policies. Her research on Art Deco and industrial buildings has been published. At Manifesto, between 2017 and 2022, she managed several complex urban and heritage projects, for both public and private clients, such as the reopening of the Citadelle Miollis in Ajaccio, the program of permanent artworks inside the future Olympic Village in Saint-Denis, or consulting within the ministerial program “Réinventer le patrimoine” (Reinventing Heritage). She is now an independent consultant, collaborating with several structures, including the urbz collective on the link between participatory urban planning and visual arts, and Manifesto on urban and heritage projects. She was selected to participate in the first European Heritage Youth Residency in 2023. Since 2018, she teaches the course “Art and Culture in Urban Development” at Université Paris VIII.
Founder of Triple SensLinkedin
Though Dominique Pianon-Gergam was trained as an economist and sociologist, project management has been the common thread of her experience of more than 30 years in territorial development at the Caisse des Dépôts. This diversity in her background and encounters, combined with her lifelong personal interests, led her to specialize in culture and heritage: for nearly 10 years, she created and developed this sector within the investment department of the Caisse des Dépôts, supporting projects for the development of uses and activities within remarkable heritage sites, both public and private. In 2019, the very high level of complexity observed in the development of these
projects has inspired her to initiate and set up a dedicated engineering fund, called “Réinventer le patrimoine” (Reinventing Heritage), decided by the Inter-ministerial Committee for Tourism, in partnership with Atout France, the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion and the Ministry of Culture. Dominique Pianon-Gergam trained for a year in the practices of collective intelligence and co-design, as part of a course at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. In 2023, she created the firm Triple Sens, which aims to support ongoing projects through the construction of shared perspectives based on the three meanings of the word “sens”: direction, meaning, and sensations. With Manifesto, Dominique Pianon works on projects for the transformation and activation of heritage.
Having graduated from GREMAQ, an institute specializing in mathematical and quantitative economics, Laurent’s career began in the economic research department of Crédit Lyonnais. After traveling the world, he began his career in the cultural industry in Brussels. He produced Le Nain Rouge (1997 Cannes Film Festival) before becoming the director of the Marseille International Film Festival. The designer agnès b. then appointed him as the artistic director of her brand in Japan. For three years, he produced and created a large number of events and exhibitions combining art, film, music and literature.
Married to the Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima (who received a Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival), Laurent founded La Boîte in 2007, a Tokyo-based creative studio which creates emotional and cultural experiences for the brands with which it works. He appointed Manifesto to produce a major scenographic project for a Parisian fine jewelry brand (2022).
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Fanny Bannet studied at France’s elite communications school CELSA and ESCP Europe Business School and started her career as a communications consultant. She then moved into artistic production, working for Centquatre and the Opéra National de Paris, before focusing on patron relationships for the Monumenta/Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Grand Palais (2011). Passionate about dance, she then joined Sadler’s Wells Theater in London, where she organized the international tours of the company’s dance shows from New York to Sydney, from Beijing to Moscow and from Taipei to Beirut. She produced the acclaimed farewell show of ballet star Sylvie Guillem, called Life in Progress. She attended the first annual session of the Advanced Cultural Studies cycle, organized by the French Ministry (2019-2020) and co-authored a report on the transformation of derelict buildings. She is particularly keen to share her work with a variety of audiences and taught cultural urban development at the University of Paris 8 - Saint-Denis. From 2015 to 2023, she worked for Manifesto to develop and manage various projects for public and private clients, including artistic commissions, strategic studies and cultural programs with a strong regional impact. She is now President of the Manifesto alumni.
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