I offer my services through Kagisha, a storytelling and communications consultancy. Essential services include storytelling, strategic communication, research, copyrighting, branding strategy and PR. I am currently coming to the end of a two month book project. Before that, I worked for Business France on their Creative France project. I enjoy working with creative companies, helping them tell and market their story. I have also delivered successful storytelling workshops to coworking spaces, accelerators, incubators and at conferences. These include EdtechPodcast festival, Plexal, Tech Hub, Paris Pionnieres, Le Comptoir, and Bond’Innov. • Clients include promotional and inward investment agencies (London & Partners, Business France, Invest Northern Ireland), public bodies such as the European Stability Mechanism and the Venturefest Network (Innovate UK), academic intuitions and think tanks such as MIT, the Lisbon Council, Demos and Centre for London, urban planning bodies (AECOM, Urbed and French urban planning agency Atelier Ruelle), membership organisations such as the Digital Production Partnership and corporates such as *Research, New Media Partners and Apollo Strategic Communications.Locked Pro Plan feature
Writing and editing high profile publications
WHAT IF...French Startups Re-Imagining the World. Selected 40 startups, who I then interviewed and compiled their story for a coffee table book (given to high level delegations). Includes foreword by JB Rudelle, Founder of Criteo
Media relations, including for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, now a huge media event - in part thanks to my PR and storytelling efforts when the typical response to this new prize was "we don't do prizes." Also worked on the Next Billion Edtech Prize, won by Chatterbox, and the Millennium Technology Prize.
• Established AP’s new financial service in the premier league, ensuring not only that we had equal access to stakeholders as our competitors but also identifying our USP • Remit covered entire spectrum of French corporate/ economic news from retail/ luxury goods to automobile/ aerospace, construction, banking and government policy/ macroeconomy. • Identified created and sustained relationships with key stakeholders: CEOs/ executives of CAC-40 companies, government and finance officials. • Included coverage of the global financial crisis, G20, G8/ G8, EU summits, events such as the Paris air and auto shows, MIDEM, etc.
• Covered the Elysee (President’s office), Matignon (Prime Minister), parliament and political parties, establishing good relationships, resulting in scoops picked up on the front page of Le Monde. • Second ever foreign journalist elected to be a Board member of the Association de la Presse Presidentielle: 2006 - 2008 (also on the board of the Anglo-American Press Association over the period) • Regularly accompanied President Jacques Chirac abroad, including trips to China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. Covered Socialist Presidential Candidate Segolene Royal in 2007
• Best European Central Bank sources at Bloomberg. Helped raise the profile of what was then a young news agency. Interviewed several ECB board members and regularly broke stories. • Coordination and planning of coverage for the monthly EU finance ministers meetings both eternally and internally facing: liaison with diplomats and officials to anticipate and monitor developments/ briefings, determining staffing needs (language and skills mix), teamwork, discussion with editors over coverage (pre, during and post meeting).