In China


Philippe Kern Managing Director

Philippe KERN is expert to the European Union, WIPO, the Council of Europe.

He is founder and former secretary general of IMPALA and EFCA, trade organisations representing music and film companies. He also manages an informal platform ¡°Untitled Sans Titre¡± whose aim is to enable artists and creative professionals to influence policy decision making. Kern was former Director Public Affairs worldwide for Polygram (now Universal) and head of IFPI Brussels office. Kern is chairman of CECCIA the China-Europe Culture Creative Industries Alliance.

  • Copyright lawyer with 25 years experience in culture and creative industry at senior management position in global companies (Universal) and international federation (IFPI).
  • Head of public Affairs for the group PolyGram/Universal reporting to the CEO.
  • Managing Director of KEA since 1999, n¡ã1 consulting firm in Europe on CCI policy.
  • 7 years¡¯ experience in China ¨C adviser to ICIF (Shenzhen), Invest Shenzhen, Garment Industry Association, Lingerie and Swimwear Association (SIUF), Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Bureau.
  • Expert to the European Union (European Commission, European Parliament) the Council of Europe and Word Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  • Adviser to numerous goverments, regional, city authorities and public institutions.
  • Founder and former Secretary General of IMPALA and EFCA.
  • Founder and Chairman of the China-Europe Culture and Creative Industries Alliance (CECCIA).
  • Member of Shenzhen Internationalisation Strategy Committee ¨C appointed by the Mayor.
  • Guest lecturer at Shenzhen University and the Institute of Culture and Creative Industry (SICI).
  • Co-manager of Fashion Brand Livia Meldolesi.

Silvia Deng Office Manager

Silvia DENG is the office manager of the KEA 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 Herm¨¨s 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.

Hersey He Assistant Office Manager

Hersey HE is the Assistant of office manager of the KEA representation office in Shenzhen, China.

She is fully passionate for art, fashion and culture creative industries. She worked in Shenzhen OCT International Performance Media, as an administrative assistant and helping with interview translation. Strong in customer service, media, performing arts management and public relations skills. She was graduated from Shenzhen Polytechnic, specialized in culture management.

Hersey speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

In Europe


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.

Maria Iglesias Head of Research and Analysis

Maria IGLESIAS is the Head of Research and Analysis

She is A Doctor in Law, specialised in Information and Communication Technologies and in Copyright. Before joining KEA, she was the Head of the Intellectual Property Research Unit at the Centre de Recherche Informatique et Droit (CRID), University of Namur. She also worked as legal researcher at the Centre of Law and Computer Studies of University of Balearic Islands (CEDIB) and lectured Internet law in a Master programme at the Open University of Catalonia. Mar¨ªa has more than 10 years of experience in conducting legal research on the interaction of New Technologies and Law and has participated in numerous international end European research projects. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

Yolanda Smits Director of international business development

Yolanda SMITS is director of international business development.

She has 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¡äs College in London.

Valentina Montalto European Affairs advisor and researcher

Valentina MONTALTO is a European Affairs advisor and researcher at KEA.

Her research focuses on creative industries, access to finance and she is involved in projects related to arts promotion for socio-economic innovation. She worked with the Cultural Department of the Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy) and developed a regional network to promote contemporary artists at regional and national level. She obtained a Master in Arts Management from the School of Economics at University of Bologna (Italy) and was previously visiting student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA) and at Ecole Normale Sup¨¦rieure in Lyon (FR). Valentina speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Arthur Le Gall Consultant and researcher

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.

Cl¨¦mentine Daubeuf

Cl¨¦mentine DAUBEUF 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 Cl¨¦mentine researches the field of cultural policies in local development of small and medium-sized cities. Besides, she contributes to the submission of offers for European calls providing the team with background research. Cl¨¦mentine 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. Cl¨¦mentine speaks French, English and Spanish.