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 is also the chairman of the Avignon Forum and the Lambert Collection.
He is the honorary chairman of the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe Patron Association, which he founded and chaired for ten years, a board member of FRAC Île-de-France and a member of several artistic juries. Hervé is also a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and was awarded the National Order of Merit.
He co-founded Manifesto with Laure Confavreux-Colliex in 2015. In 2021, they co-founded ADLCA (Association for the Development of Artists’ Creative Spaces), which he chairs.
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.
Associate, Director of Manifesto StudioLinkedin
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.
She joined the Manifesto team when the company was founded and is the Director of Manifesto Studio, working in Lyon and Paris. She develops and manages various projects for public and private clients, including artistic commissions, strategic studies and cultural programs with a strong regional impact.
International Director, Associate Director of Manifesto ExpoLinkedin
With a degree from the prestigious grande école ENS, 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.
Having studied at the University of the Arts London, the London College of Communication and Central Saint Martins, Yvannoé Kruger started out directing fiction and documentaries. He then joined Jean de Loisy’s artistic programming team at the Palais de Tokyo from 2011 to 2015, where he organized multiple performances, festivals, concerts and installations. As an exhibition curator, he likes to find connections between the different artistic disciplines. He is often invited to participate in conferences and juries.
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).
Anastasia de Bentzmann
Administrative and Financial ManagerLinkedin
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.
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.
Strategic Project Manager, 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).
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.
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.
Artistic Project Manager, 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.
Director of Operations, POUSHLinkedin
After graduating with a degree in audiovisual production from ESRA and initially working in TV, Christine Camio joined the agency La Lune Rousse as Director of Production. She managed a wide range of unusual and creative projects, focusing on visual identity and event planning in the luxury sector.
Christine then joined Allô La Lune, where she was responsible for management and production at Ground Control, a cultural venue in a former SNCF building in Paris. Her responsibilities included everything from the development and design of the venue to the reworking of the visual style charter and the venue’s launch.
She worked as Director of Production at the agency Shortcut on major events (Chaumet, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp and the Prix de Diane) and worked with the architect Nicolas Delefosse on the renovation and development of a Parisian hotel. She joined Manifesto in spring 2021 as POUSH’s Director of Operations. She is responsible for the site’s management, project development and coordination between all involved parties.
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.
Project Manager, POUSHLinkedin
Inès Massonie graduated from Paris Nanterre University with a Master’s degree in art history, specializing in contemporary art. She also has a Master’s degree in exhibition science and techniques from the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Inès completed an internship in mediation at La Terrasse Espace d’Art in Nanterre and a curatorial internship with Mélanie Bouteloup, working on the exhibition Felicità Goodbye Horses, presenting the artists who graduated with honors from the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris and Bourges.
Working for the curatorial collective Rencard Collective, she developed the Sans feu ni lieu exhibition at POUSH and the Michel Journiac gallery, presenting artists from the Fonds d’Art Contemporain - Paris Collection, the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne and POUSH who explored the subject of domesticity. At POUSH, she is responsible for day-to-day relationships with the artists, operations at the venue and coordinating partnerships.
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).
Administrative and Financial CoordinatorLinkedin
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.
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).
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.
Diplômée en Histoire de l’art et archéologie, Conservateur en chef du patrimoine, Laurence Chesneau-Dupin a dirigé les musées de Flers, puis de Cognac, où elle a piloté la création du Musée des arts du Cognac. Après une expérience de Direction des affaires culturelles, elle a rejoint la Ville de Bordeaux dans l’équipe de préfiguration de la Cité du Vin, puis la Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin qui gère l’établissement. Elle y a en particulier dirigé le projet culturel et le suivi de la programmation muséographique.
Membre de l’ICOM, elle est intéressée par les questionnements touchant la muséographie contemporaine et cherche à mettre en œuvre une approche pluridisciplinaire visant à concilier exigence scientifique, expérience sensible et plaisir de la découverte.
Consultante indépendante depuis 2019, elle collabore régulièrement avec Manifesto.
Chargée de projet Citadelle MiollisLinkedin
Après deux années de classe préparatoire littéraire, Nina Malignon obtient une licence à la Sorbonne en histoire de l’art puis un Master 1 en conception et direction de projets culturels et un Master 2 en muséologie et nouveaux médias à l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Nina commence sa carrière en tant que chargée de mission auprès du service culturel du Musée Cognacq-Jay à Paris puis en tant que chargée de programmation culturelle pour la Cité Internationale des Arts à Paris. Elle devient ensuite assistante de production pour Omnicube Production à Ajaccio.
Nina intègre Manifesto en 2022. Chargée du projet d’activation culturelle de la Citadelle Miollis d’Ajaccio, et basée à la Citadelle, elle coordonne la logistique et l’opérationnel du site, suit la programmation et la production, et aide au développement des partenariats.