KEA

KEA advises territories, organisations and people

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KEA European Affairs is an international policy design research centre specialised in culture and creative industries as well as sport, education and youth.

Based in Brussels, KEA’s mission is to provide policy advice to make territories, organisations and people more aware of their cultural and creative resources, to unlock the potential of culture including heritage for economic and social development.

Our service is based on the credibility of our research, on our reputation, and on expertise. Our ambition is to create an environment in which the diverse skills and the creativity of our team can flourish. We believe that honesty, frankness, recognition and trust are essential values which will ensure the development of our company, our team and our partners.

KEA China

KEA established an office in Shenzhen in 2008 to benefit from the privileged geographical and administrative status of the city. Being present in China gave us the opportunity to broaden our field of action and develop an international network.

Advocate of
the cultural
world

KEA has been founding and managing international associations fostering the creative and cultural community. In 2000 KEA established IMPALA, a trade association supporting independent music companies across the world. In 2016 KEA launched b.creative, a global network for cultural and creative entrepreneurs offering yearly international events and design competitions. KEA is also a member of Culture Action Europe.

Areas of
specialisation

KEA is specialised in the cultural, creative industries as well as sport, education and youth sectors. We also have expertise in research and access to funding in the following fields:

  • Audiovisual policies
  • EU law – competition, intellectual property
  • Linguistic and cultural diversity
  • International trade and cooperation
  • Cultural diplomacy
  • Regional development
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Cultural heritage
  • Digital media

Our story

Since 1999, KEA has been a pioneer in the field of culture and creative industry policy. KEA has consolidated its brand and reputation over the years as a result of a proven track-record of successfully concluded assignments and studies throughout the EU and in third countries (Albania, Georgia, China, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, South Africa and Caribbean). KEA is expert to the European Commission, European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Investment Fund and World Intellectual Property Organisation. Over the years KEA developed and successfully managed  projects in the context of Creative Europe, H2020, Interreg, DEVCO and External Actions.

Team

Philippe Kern

Philippe Kern

Founder & Managing Director
Arthur Le Gall

Arthur Le Gall

Director
Allison Reekie

Allison Reekie

Office & Events Manager
Marta Lázaro Soler

Marta Lázaro Soler

Senior Consultant
Apolline Terrier

Apolline Terrier

Senior Consultant
Federica Antonucci

Federica Antonucci

Consultant and Researcher
Stella Cheng

Stella Cheng

Consultant & Researcher
Lorenzo Biferale

Lorenzo Biferale

Research Intern
Luukas Veivo

Luukas Veivo

Research & Communications Intern

Our Clients

KEA has worked with EU institutions, national and regional authorities, cultural organisations and many more in Albania, Armenia, the Baltics, Belgium, the Caribbean, China, Corfou, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK. A list of selected clients can be found below.
National, regional, local authorities
International organisations
Cultural and creative sectors
Partner Universities
Corporate, Finance, Networks
Sport sector
National, regional, local authorities
International organisations
Cultural and creative sectors
Partner Universities
Corporate, Finance, Networks
Sport sector
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    Philippe Kern
    Philippe Kern

    Philippe Kern

    Founder & Managing Director
    Philippe Kern was born in Strasbourg in 1962. He is founder and managing director of KEA European Affairs, a research centre specialised in advising territories and organisations on culture policy since 1999. He has authored numerous studies for European and national institutions on culture, copyright, culture and creative industries as well as audiovisual policies notably The Economy of Culture in Europe and The Impact of Culture on Creativity. KEA is involved as an initiator or scientific coordinator of various high profile European projects in the field of creative entrepreneurship, art and science or artistic interventions. Kern is the founder of IMPALA - the association of independent music companies. He acted as Secretary General from 2000 to 2008. He is expert adviser to the European Union, the Council of Europe, WIPO, the European Investment fund (EIF), Eurocities as well as numerous public authorites. He is chairman of b.creative an international association aimed at networking creative entrepreneurs worldwide. He managed a KEA office in Shenzhen (China) for 7 years. In 2014 he was appointed by the Mayor as a member of Shenzhen Internationalisation Strategy Committee. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram (now Universal) and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges. He writes blogs and authored the book European. What about Union? Culture in the European Union Project.
    Philippe Kern was born in Strasbourg in 1962. He is founder and managing director of KEA European Affairs, a research centre specialised in advising territories and organisations on culture policy since 1999. He has authored numerous studies for European and national institutions on culture, copyright, culture and creative industries as well as audiovisual policies notably The Economy of Culture in Europe and The Impact of Culture on Creativity. KEA is involved as an initiator or scientific coordinator of various high profile European projects in the field of creative entrepreneurship, art and science or artistic interventions. Kern is the founder of IMPALA - the association of independent music companies. He acted as Secretary General from 2000 to 2008. He is expert adviser to the European Union, the Council of Europe, WIPO, the European Investment fund (EIF), Eurocities as well as numerous public authorites. He is chairman of b.creative an international association aimed at networking creative entrepreneurs worldwide. He managed a KEA office in Shenzhen (China) for 7 years. In 2014 he was appointed by the Mayor as a member of Shenzhen Internationalisation Strategy Committee. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram (now Universal) and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges. He writes blogs and authored the book European. What about Union? Culture in the European Union Project.
    Arthur Le Gall
    Arthur Le Gall

    Arthur Le Gall

    Director
    Arthur LE GALL is director at KEA. He is responsible for coordinating KEA’s research team and supervising studies, reports and projects. He also oversees sport-related activities. He is specialised in policies for the sport, audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. He designs methodologies to assess the contribution of the cultural and audiovisual sectors to the wider society and economy, and engineers support programmes and policies for the cultural and creative sectors to nurture arts, culture and creativity across territories. Arthur also delivers strategic advice to local authorities on the role of sport, culture and creative industries for local and regional development. He is the author or co-author of several research pieces on culture and creativity in Europe, including ‘Mapping the creative value chains: A study on the economy of culture in the digital age’ (DG EAC, 2017), a ‘Study on the promotion of European works in Audiovisual Media Services (DG CONNECT, 2017) or the longitudinal evaluation of Mons European Capital of Culture 2015 (Mons 2015 Foundation, 2012-2016). Arthur’s experience includes managing some key EU-funded projects, one looking into culture investment and strategic initiatives in 150 cities and regions across Europe (“Culture for cities and regions”, 2014-2017), as well as another on developing an international platform for young creative entrepreneurs (“Creative Tracks”, 2015-2017). 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 LE GALL is director at KEA. He is responsible for coordinating KEA’s research team and supervising studies, reports and projects. He also oversees sport-related activities. He is specialised in policies for the sport, audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. He designs methodologies to assess the contribution of the cultural and audiovisual sectors to the wider society and economy, and engineers support programmes and policies for the cultural and creative sectors to nurture arts, culture and creativity across territories. Arthur also delivers strategic advice to local authorities on the role of sport, culture and creative industries for local and regional development. He is the author or co-author of several research pieces on culture and creativity in Europe, including ‘Mapping the creative value chains: A study on the economy of culture in the digital age’ (DG EAC, 2017), a ‘Study on the promotion of European works in Audiovisual Media Services (DG CONNECT, 2017) or the longitudinal evaluation of Mons European Capital of Culture 2015 (Mons 2015 Foundation, 2012-2016). Arthur’s experience includes managing some key EU-funded projects, one looking into culture investment and strategic initiatives in 150 cities and regions across Europe (“Culture for cities and regions”, 2014-2017), as well as another on developing an international platform for young creative entrepreneurs (“Creative Tracks”, 2015-2017). He holds a MA from Sciences Po Lille (FR) in European Affairs and obtained a BA in Politics & International Relations from Kent University (UK).
    Allison Reekie
    Allison Reekie

    Allison Reekie

    Office & Events Manager
    Allison REEKIE is responsible for KEA Events. She has more than 20 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.
    Allison REEKIE is responsible for KEA Events. She has more than 20 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.
    Marta Lázaro Soler
    Marta Lázaro Soler

    Marta Lázaro Soler

    Senior Consultant
    Marta holds a Law degree from Deusto University (Spain) and a MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin Campus, Poland). Passionate about culture and sport, she has 5 years of interdisciplinary experience working on these fields as well as on international affairs and innovation in Mexico, Brussels and Spain across the non-profit, public and private sectors.  Marta has worked in-house as well as a freelancer and is used to wearing many hats, ranging from consultant to project and legal affairs manager.  She speaks Spanish, English, French and Basque.
    Marta holds a Law degree from Deusto University (Spain) and a MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin Campus, Poland). Passionate about culture and sport, she has 5 years of interdisciplinary experience working on these fields as well as on international affairs and innovation in Mexico, Brussels and Spain across the non-profit, public and private sectors.  Marta has worked in-house as well as a freelancer and is used to wearing many hats, ranging from consultant to project and legal affairs manager.  She speaks Spanish, English, French and Basque.
    Apolline Terrier
    Apolline Terrier

    Apolline Terrier

    Senior Consultant
    Apoline's expertise is in the analysis of public policy and studies with a focus on research and innovation policy, cultural policy, and evaluation of communication activities. She has a good knowledge of EU policies and programmes and works with regional, national, European, and international actors. Before joining KEA, Apolline worked in consultancy, focusing on science, technology and innovation with a specific interest in the interplay between science and society. Apolline holds an MSc in Public Policy from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and United Nations University-MERIT. She had previously obtained a master’s degree in Human Development from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Nancy II University. She works in French and English.
    Apoline's expertise is in the analysis of public policy and studies with a focus on research and innovation policy, cultural policy, and evaluation of communication activities. She has a good knowledge of EU policies and programmes and works with regional, national, European, and international actors. Before joining KEA, Apolline worked in consultancy, focusing on science, technology and innovation with a specific interest in the interplay between science and society. Apolline holds an MSc in Public Policy from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and United Nations University-MERIT. She had previously obtained a master’s degree in Human Development from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Nancy II University. She works in French and English.
    Federica Antonucci
    Federica Antonucci

    Federica Antonucci

    Consultant and Researcher
    Federica Antonucci is PhD in Urban Studies at Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria and she has been visiting researcher at KU Leuven and Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She is balancing her academic research with her role as external consultant and researcher as part of KEA team. She is contributing to studies on culture, innovation, new media, and the impact of cultural and creative industries. Federica has an economic background and quantitative and qualitative competences on research methodologies. She speaks Italian, English and French. 
    Federica Antonucci is PhD in Urban Studies at Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria and she has been visiting researcher at KU Leuven and Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She is balancing her academic research with her role as external consultant and researcher as part of KEA team. She is contributing to studies on culture, innovation, new media, and the impact of cultural and creative industries. Federica has an economic background and quantitative and qualitative competences on research methodologies. She speaks Italian, English and French. 
    Stella Cheng
    Stella Cheng

    Stella Cheng

    Consultant & Researcher
    Stella Cheng is part of the KEA team as a Consultant & Research. She supports the development of research projects in the field of cultural heritage, cultural policy and the Cultural Creative Sector in Asia and Europe. Before joining KEA, Stella worked as Liaison Officer for the UNESCO International Forum on ICT and Education, Social Media Manager for European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) and junior researcher for the H2020 Project on Circular Economy for Cultural Heritage (CLIC). Stella holds a B.A. degree in French Language and Literature from Ocean's University of China and a second B.A. degree in History and Literature from Université de Bretagne Occidentale. She completed her initial Master's degree in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium, and continued to pursue her research interest in cultural heritage-led international relations at Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation.
    Stella Cheng is part of the KEA team as a Consultant & Research. She supports the development of research projects in the field of cultural heritage, cultural policy and the Cultural Creative Sector in Asia and Europe. Before joining KEA, Stella worked as Liaison Officer for the UNESCO International Forum on ICT and Education, Social Media Manager for European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) and junior researcher for the H2020 Project on Circular Economy for Cultural Heritage (CLIC). Stella holds a B.A. degree in French Language and Literature from Ocean's University of China and a second B.A. degree in History and Literature from Université de Bretagne Occidentale. She completed her initial Master's degree in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium, and continued to pursue her research interest in cultural heritage-led international relations at Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation.
    Lorenzo Biferale
    Lorenzo Biferale

    Lorenzo Biferale

    Research Intern
    Lorenzo Biferale is a Phd Candidate in Regional Science and Economic Geography at GSSI, L'Aquila. He holds a MSc in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment from Bocconi University in Milan. His research interests are addressed at informing cultural policies through quantitative Big Data analysis, mostly dealing with sustainability and social inclusiveness phenomena derived from such practices. He founded the Cultural Association Quindici19 when he was in high school and has since been working in collaboration with Italian and international partners, with the aim of designing and implementing innovative cultural programs, focusing on youth and sustainable practices.
    Lorenzo Biferale is a Phd Candidate in Regional Science and Economic Geography at GSSI, L'Aquila. He holds a MSc in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment from Bocconi University in Milan. His research interests are addressed at informing cultural policies through quantitative Big Data analysis, mostly dealing with sustainability and social inclusiveness phenomena derived from such practices. He founded the Cultural Association Quindici19 when he was in high school and has since been working in collaboration with Italian and international partners, with the aim of designing and implementing innovative cultural programs, focusing on youth and sustainable practices.
    Luukas Veivo
    Luukas Veivo

    Luukas Veivo

    Research & Communications Intern
    Luukas holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies (research) and extensive experience in designing and carrying out research projects independently. He worked as project member in the 2020 Digital Methods Winter School and Data Sprint organized by the University of Amsterdam, extracting, analysing and presenting data from social media channels and digital platforms. He served as guest curator for PHROOM Magazine’s first ever online exhibition of video art in 2019, while studying full-time. Experience with co- ordinating social media campaigns and writing promotional materials for small-scale exhibitions and film screenings in a freelance capacity.
    Luukas holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies (research) and extensive experience in designing and carrying out research projects independently. He worked as project member in the 2020 Digital Methods Winter School and Data Sprint organized by the University of Amsterdam, extracting, analysing and presenting data from social media channels and digital platforms. He served as guest curator for PHROOM Magazine’s first ever online exhibition of video art in 2019, while studying full-time. Experience with co- ordinating social media campaigns and writing promotional materials for small-scale exhibitions and film screenings in a freelance capacity.