KEA

KEA advises territories, organisations and people

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KEA European Affairs is an international policy design research center 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 geography and administrative status of the city. Being present in China gave us the  opportunity to widen our field of action and develop an international network.

Advocate of
the cultural
world

Since 1999 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.

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 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.

Team

Philippe Kern

Philippe Kern

Founder & Managing Director
Arthur Le Gall

Arthur Le Gall

Director
Clémentine Daubeuf

Clémentine Daubeuf

Senior Consultant & Researcher
Elisabetta Airaghi

Elisabetta Airaghi

Senior Consultant & Project Manager
Teodora Pletosu

Teodora Pletosu

Consultant & Researcher
Caroline Dedenis

Caroline Dedenis

Communications Officer
Allison Reekie

Allison Reekie

Office & Events Manager
Yolanda Smits

Yolanda Smits

Director of IBD
Benoît Jacquemet

Benoît Jacquemet

Researcher

Our Clients

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

Clémentine Daubeuf

Senior Consultant & Researcher
Clémentine Daubeuf has more than 5 years of experience in European research in culture and creative industries as well as managing international online networks, in developing content for social media, blog articles and newsletters. She is responsible for KEA’s communications and has being managing communication and dissemination activities of EU-funded projects from elaborating strategies to actual implementation and coordination. As a researcher, she contributed to several studies on culture for external relations of the EU, mobility of culture professionals, innovation and collaboration between culture and other sectors (arts/science, arts/business) as well as prospective studies on the cultural and creative sectors. Clémentine has an operational knowledge of EU culture-related policies and projects through participation in European project management including Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Interreg Europe. Clémentine 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. Clémentine speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Clémentine Daubeuf has more than 5 years of experience in European research in culture and creative industries as well as managing international online networks, in developing content for social media, blog articles and newsletters. She is responsible for KEA’s communications and has being managing communication and dissemination activities of EU-funded projects from elaborating strategies to actual implementation and coordination. As a researcher, she contributed to several studies on culture for external relations of the EU, mobility of culture professionals, innovation and collaboration between culture and other sectors (arts/science, arts/business) as well as prospective studies on the cultural and creative sectors. Clémentine has an operational knowledge of EU culture-related policies and projects through participation in European project management including Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Interreg Europe. Clémentine 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. Clémentine speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.
Elisabetta Airaghi
Elisabetta Airaghi

Elisabetta Airaghi

Senior Consultant & Project Manager
Elisabetta AIRAGHI is consultant and project manager at KEA. She is responsible for business development, proposal writing and project management. Elisabetta is involved in several projects and research studies with a focus on cultural heritage, including the H2020 project ILUCIDARE on heritage-led innovation and diplomacy (2018-2021) and the ESPON study “The Material Cultural Heritage as a Strategic Territorial Development Resource: Mapping Impacts Through a Set of Common European Socio-economic Indicators” (2018- 2019). Before joining KEA, Elisabetta has been working as EU Project Manager in Brussels-based consulting companies for more than 5 years, especially in the fields of Research and Innovation (FP7, H2020) and Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid). She also has working experience in several cultural organizations in Italy including at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy). She obtained a Bachelor in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication and a Master in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). During her Master, she has been a visiting student at Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan) for six months where she attended the Global Governance Program. Elisabetta speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Elisabetta AIRAGHI is consultant and project manager at KEA. She is responsible for business development, proposal writing and project management. Elisabetta is involved in several projects and research studies with a focus on cultural heritage, including the H2020 project ILUCIDARE on heritage-led innovation and diplomacy (2018-2021) and the ESPON study “The Material Cultural Heritage as a Strategic Territorial Development Resource: Mapping Impacts Through a Set of Common European Socio-economic Indicators” (2018- 2019). Before joining KEA, Elisabetta has been working as EU Project Manager in Brussels-based consulting companies for more than 5 years, especially in the fields of Research and Innovation (FP7, H2020) and Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid). She also has working experience in several cultural organizations in Italy including at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy). She obtained a Bachelor in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication and a Master in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). During her Master, she has been a visiting student at Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan) for six months where she attended the Global Governance Program. Elisabetta speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Teodora Pletosu
Teodora Pletosu

Teodora Pletosu

Consultant & Researcher
Teodora PLETOSU holds a MA in Cultural Studies Research from the Information and Communication Department at Université Catholique de Louvain (BE). At KEA Teodora is involved in the analysis and evaluation of European cultural policies, with a focus on audiovisual and media fields. She is active in European projects which explore the potential of collaborations between arts, science and technology to create social innovation. Teodora also handles the digital communication activities of KEA. Teodora has knowledge in quantitative methods of research and data science rounded with journalistic and multimedia skills. She speaks Romanian, English, French and Portuguese.
Teodora PLETOSU holds a MA in Cultural Studies Research from the Information and Communication Department at Université Catholique de Louvain (BE). At KEA Teodora is involved in the analysis and evaluation of European cultural policies, with a focus on audiovisual and media fields. She is active in European projects which explore the potential of collaborations between arts, science and technology to create social innovation. Teodora also handles the digital communication activities of KEA. Teodora has knowledge in quantitative methods of research and data science rounded with journalistic and multimedia skills. She speaks Romanian, English, French and Portuguese.
Caroline Dedenis
Caroline Dedenis

Caroline Dedenis

Communications Officer
Caroline Dedenis has a post graduate master degree in marketing, design & creation, as well as a master in marketing and management and a degree in industrial & product design. Her experience covers skills such as branding, development and implementation of communication and content strategies, managing multiplatform campaigns and coordinating multimedia projects. Before joining KEA, Caroline worked in strategic planning and marketing and communications for various organisations from design agencies, to an international company in the building industry and a not-for-profit structure specialising in the organisation of cultural talks and events in Brussels. She contributes to strengthening KEA’s expertise in communication, not only for the company itself, but also for the different projects KEA takes part in.
Caroline Dedenis has a post graduate master degree in marketing, design & creation, as well as a master in marketing and management and a degree in industrial & product design. Her experience covers skills such as branding, development and implementation of communication and content strategies, managing multiplatform campaigns and coordinating multimedia projects. Before joining KEA, Caroline worked in strategic planning and marketing and communications for various organisations from design agencies, to an international company in the building industry and a not-for-profit structure specialising in the organisation of cultural talks and events in Brussels. She contributes to strengthening KEA’s expertise in communication, not only for the company itself, but also for the different projects KEA takes part in.
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.
Yolanda Smits
Yolanda Smits

Yolanda Smits

Director of IBD
Yolanda SMITS is director of international business development with 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´s College in London.
Yolanda SMITS is director of international business development with 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´s College in London.
Benoît Jacquemet
Benoît Jacquemet

Benoît Jacquemet

Researcher
Benoît Jacquemet is a researcher at KEA in charge of the music related activites. He obtained a Bachelor as well as a Master in political sciences in a German double degree between the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and SciencesPo Aix, during which he focused on topics related to French and German cultural policies. He wrote his Bachelor thesis about the role of French cultural diplomacy in the country’s branding after he completed an 8-month internship for the Berlin Office of BureauExport. Alongside his Franco-German cultural background, Benoît has also gained significant experience in the cultural sector in Turkey, which led him to focus his Master’s thesis on Turkish cultural policies, specifically, on the situation of Istanbul’s private cultural actors after the 2016 coup attempt. Aside from the cultural policy focus of his studies, Benoît has further relevant experience in music management and production. He has collaborated regularly with the internationally renowned Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the ensemble for new music Ensemble Recherche during 4 years and works in the production and management team of festivals in Germany and in France (Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, Festival Hirondelle – Festival for the promotion of chamber music in rural areas).
Benoît Jacquemet is a researcher at KEA in charge of the music related activites. He obtained a Bachelor as well as a Master in political sciences in a German double degree between the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and SciencesPo Aix, during which he focused on topics related to French and German cultural policies. He wrote his Bachelor thesis about the role of French cultural diplomacy in the country’s branding after he completed an 8-month internship for the Berlin Office of BureauExport. Alongside his Franco-German cultural background, Benoît has also gained significant experience in the cultural sector in Turkey, which led him to focus his Master’s thesis on Turkish cultural policies, specifically, on the situation of Istanbul’s private cultural actors after the 2016 coup attempt. Aside from the cultural policy focus of his studies, Benoît has further relevant experience in music management and production. He has collaborated regularly with the internationally renowned Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the ensemble for new music Ensemble Recherche during 4 years and works in the production and management team of festivals in Germany and in France (Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, Festival Hirondelle – Festival for the promotion of chamber music in rural areas).