I started my career in my twenties as a trilingual europarliamentary assistant together with the think tank Confrontations Europe while still studying at Sorbonne University and Sciences Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris). I consistently worked there over five years on most initiatives and publications as well as for our internal commission on youth training & employment policies, which I coled. I also specifically assisted the think tank’s president, the elected European Member of Parliament Philippe Herzog, who has been long known as an expert on economic and industrial issues, and more recently advised former European Commissioner to Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier.
Then I left politics and chose to become a journalist. I worked as an editorial advisor and journalist at Le Monde’s monthly supplement dedicated to economic and social issues. I also freelanced for various publications in the French print media as a reporter and columnist and I traveled a lot. I published two books on sectorial entrepreneurship with the professional publisher Rebondir, as well as contributed to other books and to numerous editorial projects.
After becoming a mother, I became interested in more firmly relocating in Paris. I began freelancing as a project manager, a communications officer, a website editor-in-chief, and an office manager in multiple settings: human-rights cross-border cooperation, EU funding policies to civil societies outside the EU borders, another think tank, a coaching company for senior executives…
I believe in empowering people and have always wanted everyone to be on board. That is how I then switched to teaching and teaching and training activities – also to be sure this time that I would not be traveling again too much or spend too many evenings in endless meetings! I first applied for German teaching positions yet ended up teaching French to English natives and English to French students in various companies… as well as in high schools up to undergrad level. Besides, I was given the opportunity to extensively lecture on entrepreneurship and corporate communications and to coach students individually and in groups. In parallel, I was invited to lead continuing education workshops for professional journalists in France and abroad on occasion.
Eager to keep learning, I have regularly attended night courses of all kinds over time, and, in the last decade, many online courses on economics and management as recently delivered by Stanford, IE Business School, Irvine, Vanderbuilt University, Darden School of Business, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, through Coursera, EdX,and other learning platforms… I also attended this way courses in communications, science, CS & IT, humanities, health, law, and environmental issues.
One more thing you need to know about me: I have had informal missions and more classic contracts as a translator (ans sometimes an interpreter) for as long as I can remember, which helped me slowly professionalize and get a better sense of the difficulties and challenges of the trade. As a matter of fact, translators form a strange tribe, which I quite feel part of, – we think our human condition can be better understood through the study of languages, and we dream of another world where better communication could become a dramatic life-changer for all. And, above all, we love words and languages, and the cultures and people behind them.
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