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
Clémentine Daubeuf

Clémentine Daubeuf

Associate Director
Elisabetta Airaghi

Elisabetta Airaghi

Senior Consultant & Project Manager
Teodora Pletosu

Teodora Pletosu

Consultant & Researcher
Javier Pedromingo

Javier Pedromingo

Communication & Creative Design Consultant
Allison Reekie

Allison Reekie

Office & Events Manager
Stella Cheng

Stella Cheng

Research & Communications Intern
Ana Sofia Almeida

Ana Sofia Almeida

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).
    Clémentine Daubeuf
    Clémentine Daubeuf

    Clémentine Daubeuf

    Associate Director
    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.
    Javier Pedromingo
    Javier Pedromingo

    Javier Pedromingo

    Communication & Creative Design Consultant
    Javier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Burgos in Spain with a focus on photography, filmmaking, and design and obtained a specialised in Digital Marketing & Branding from the hand of Generation Spain a McKinsey Social Initiative and INCYDE, in Madrid. He is passionate about telling stories. He is an audiovisual content creator himself, with a passion for photography, video, and graphic design which he shares on his personal website and social media. KEA is glad to have Javier and benefit from his experience at the crossroads of creative marketing and EU affairs which will contribute to to strengthening KEA’s expertise in communication, not only for the company itself, but also for the different projects KEA is involved in as communication and community management leader.
    Javier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Burgos in Spain with a focus on photography, filmmaking, and design and obtained a specialised in Digital Marketing & Branding from the hand of Generation Spain a McKinsey Social Initiative and INCYDE, in Madrid. He is passionate about telling stories. He is an audiovisual content creator himself, with a passion for photography, video, and graphic design which he shares on his personal website and social media. KEA is glad to have Javier and benefit from his experience at the crossroads of creative marketing and EU affairs which will contribute to to strengthening KEA’s expertise in communication, not only for the company itself, but also for the different projects KEA is involved in as communication and community management leader.
    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.
    Stella Cheng
    Stella Cheng

    Stella Cheng

    Research & Communications Intern
    Stella Cheng is part of the KEA team as a Research and Communications Intern. 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 Research and Communications Intern. 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.
    Ana Sofia Almeida
    Ana Sofia Almeida

    Ana Sofia Almeida

    Research & Communications Intern
    Ana Sofia has recently joined the KEA team as a Research & Communications Intern. After graduating from the University of Porto with a Bachelor of Business Administration, she moved to The Netherlands to pursue a Master of Arts in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specialized in the economics of the cultural and creative industries. Her Master's thesis explored network building and collaboration in the contemporary art market as tools for advancing the commercial and artistic purposes of art galleries. Following the conclusion of her degree, she completed an internship for Singulart, an online art gallery based in Paris, where she gained expertise in art advisory and global online art sales. In addition to her cultural industries background, Ana Sofia also acquired experience in international cooperation and development between Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) while working for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, in between her Bachelor's and her Master's. She is currently a contributing writer to Artscapy, an online community dedicated to art, where she writes about contemporary art issues for a young crowd of art lovers and collectors.
    Ana Sofia has recently joined the KEA team as a Research & Communications Intern. After graduating from the University of Porto with a Bachelor of Business Administration, she moved to The Netherlands to pursue a Master of Arts in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she specialized in the economics of the cultural and creative industries. Her Master's thesis explored network building and collaboration in the contemporary art market as tools for advancing the commercial and artistic purposes of art galleries. Following the conclusion of her degree, she completed an internship for Singulart, an online art gallery based in Paris, where she gained expertise in art advisory and global online art sales. In addition to her cultural industries background, Ana Sofia also acquired experience in international cooperation and development between Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) while working for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, in between her Bachelor's and her Master's. She is currently a contributing writer to Artscapy, an online community dedicated to art, where she writes about contemporary art issues for a young crowd of art lovers and collectors.