PHOTOS

Barthélémy Toguo <br />
Artist – Cameroon<br />
Born in 1967 in Cameroon, Toguo studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, L'Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Grenoble and at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany. Artist, he created in 2008 Bandjoun Station, Place of residence, production / creation for artists. Worldwide. Androulla Vassiliou <br />
EU Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Republic of Cyprus <br />
Androulla Vassiliou studied law at Middle Temple Inn of Court in London (1961-1964) and international affairs at the London Institute of World Affairs (1964-1966). She practised law in Cyprus for 20 years (1968-1988). During this period she acted as legal advisor to The Standard Chartered Bank and, later, to the Bank of Cyprus. She also served on the board of many public and private companies. On 27 November 2009, Androulla Vassiliou was nominated by President José Manual Barroso as EU Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. After a confirmation hearing at the European Parliament and subsequent approval of the new College of Commissioners, she officially took over responsibility for the portfolio on 10 February 2010. Commissioner Vassiliou is married to Dr. George Vassiliou, former President of the Republic of Cyprus and Chief Negotiator for Cyprus' accession to the EU. She has three children and five grandchildren. Christine Albanel <br />
Christine Albanel is the Executive Vice President, Communication, Philanthropy, Content Strategy of Orange. A modern languages graduate and a State Counselor, she was Minister of Culture and Communication from May 2007 to June 2009. From 2003 to 2007 she was President of the Etablissement Public de Versailles in charge of the Versailles heritage site. She began her career as a press attaché to the Office of the President of France between 1979 and 1981 then as head of mission for the Director of Information and Communications for the City of Paris from 1982 to 1986. After two years in the Prime Minister’s office (1986-1988) she continued her career as Deputy Director in the Office of the Mayor of Paris, then, from 1995 to 2000, was Education and Culture Advisor to the President of the Republic. She was appointed State Counselor in 2000. Mahesh Batt <br />
Film Director - India<br />
Mahesh Bhatt has rewritten several rules and thereafter broken them. Unconventional and rebellious, he received critical and commercial acclaim for his groundbreaking film Arth (1982) which presented infidelity and marriage in a raw and realistic perspective. After directing over 50 films, and winning several National Awards, today he is the chairman of Vishesh Entertainment, a company that makes 3 films a year. He also writes books, screenplays, is involved with documentaries and supports various causes he believes in. He has written three books - his latest being A Taste of Life. Limor Livnat <br />
Minister of Culture - Israël <br />
Minister Limor Livnat is the Minister of Culture and Sport in Netanyahu's Government since April 2009, a Member of the Israeli Security Cabinet and chairs a Ministerial Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women. Born in Haifa, Ms. Livnat is a seventh generation in Israel, originally from Jerusalem. Ms. Livnat served as the Minister of Communications at Netanyahu's first government (1996-1999) and as the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport at Ariel Sharon's Governments (2001-2006). Ms Livnat has chaired the Knesset Committee of the Advancement of the status of Women, and was member of the Knesset committee for Defense and Foreign Affairs. Ms. Livnat's parents were activists in the pre 1948 struggle to establish The Jewish State. Ms. Livnat studied Literature at the Tel Aviv University, where she began her political activities, immediately after she completed her army service. Ms. Livnat became involved in Likud Party early on, and worked behind the scenes for many years until she was first elected to the Knesset in 1992.She holds an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University in New-York, forher commitment to enriching Jewish education and raising the level of academic excellence and achievement. Françoise Benhamou <br />
Professor – France<br />
Françoise Benhamou is a University Professor and Vice President of the University Paris 13. Member of the Editorial Board of the review Esprit, the Advisory Board of the National Center of Variety, the Advisory Council of ARTE programs, the Advisory Board of the Jean Jaurès Fondation, she also works as an expert for the UNESCO, the Circle of Economists and the Scientific Council of the National Institute for Heritage. She is a chronicler for France Culture. Chris Csikszentmihalyi <br />
Professor MIT – United States of America <br />
Chris Csikszentmihályi co-founded and is the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Future Civic Media (C4), dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He also founded the MIT Media Lab's Computing Culture group, which works to create unique media technologies for cultural and political applications. Trained as an artist, he has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts, speaking and exhibiting on every continent. Antoine Gallimard <br />
CEO – Editions Gallimard France <br />
Antoine Gallimard is president and CEO of a group gathering several publishing houses (Gallimard, Gallimard Jeunesse, Gallimard Loisirs, Le Mercure de France, Denoël, POL, La Table Ronde, Verticales, Joëlle Losfeld, Le Promeneur, Futuropolis, Alternatives), reviews (Le Débat, Les Temps modernes, La NRF, L’infini) and reference brands (Pléiade, Folio, Découvertes…), as well as distribution (Sodis) and broadcasting (CDE) departments at the disposal of many other publishers. He also is President of the National publishers’ union. Arjun Appadurai <br />
Anthrologist of globalisation – USA <br />
Arjun Appadurai is currently Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (NYU). He is also Tata Chair Professor in the Tata School of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen (Germany). He has held Chairs at Yale University, The University of Chicago, The New School and The University of Pennsylvania and has served as Advisor to UNESCO, The World Bank, UNDP, The Ford Foundation and many other international organizations. He is a member of the Academic Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published extensively on globalization, media and the culture industries. Arjun Appadurai <br />
Anthrologist of globalisation – USA <br />
Arjun Appadurai is currently Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (NYU). He is also Tata Chair Professor in the Tata School of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen (Germany). He has held Chairs at Yale University, The University of Chicago, The New School and The University of Pennsylvania and has served as Advisor to UNESCO, The World Bank, UNDP, The Ford Foundation and many other international organizations. He is a member of the Academic Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published extensively on globalization, media and the culture industries. Bensalem Himmich<br />
Minister of Culture – Marrocoo <br />
Moroccan philosopher, novelist and screenwriter, Bensalem Himmich is the author of numerous books (in Arabic and French). Four of his novels were translated into several languages. He has won awards including Critics Award Arabic (1990), Naguib Mahfouz Award from the American University of Cairo (2002), the Prix Grand Atlas (2003), Prize Sharjah -UNESCO (2003), Diploma and Medal of the Academic Society of Arts-Sciences-Lettres (Paris 2009) for all of his work, Naguib Mahfouz Prize of the Writers' Union of Egypt (2009). A committed intellectual, B. Himmich is interested in politics and human rights. He currently serves as Minister of Culture in the Moroccan government. Frédéric Filloux <br />
Journalist – France<br />
Frédéric Filloux is currently editor of the Monday Note, an Anglophone newsletter covering digital media. He is a freelance journalist (Le Monde Magazine) and a consultant for French and foreign press groups. Previously he was editor for the Norwegian group Schibsted (2007-2010) and participated in the creation of 20 minutes France (2001-2007). He also worked for Liberation as an economic journalist, correspondent in the United States, director of digital editions and Managing Editor (1986¬1995 and 1996-2000). Frédéric Mitterrand <br />
Minister of culture and communication - France <br />
Frédéric Mitterrand holds a bachelor’s degree in history and geography from Nanterre University and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Science (IEP). Frédéric Mitterrand has been an actor, screenwriter, hosted TV shows, produced and directed documentaries and full length features, and authored books. His professional life has led him from both one cultural realm to another and from one job to another. Today, these experiences provide Frédéric Mitterand with in-depth knowledge of artists and their works, as well as their personalities and work. In short, he knows the people, their work, the milieu and how things function. From 1971 to 1986, he ran the Art Film theaters of Olympic Palace, Entrepôt and Olympic-Entrepôt. In 1981, he filmed Love letters in Somalia (Lettres d'amour en Somalie) and Madame Butterfly in 1995, an adaptation of the Puccini opera. Frédéric Mitterand has produced and hosted several TV shows including Stars and Screens (Etoiles et toiles, 1981-1986), Actor’s Studio (Acteur Studio, 1986-1987), Film Party (Ciné-Fêtes, 1984), Midnight curfew (Permission de minuit, 1987-1988), Stars (Etoiles, 1987-1992), Destinies (Destinies, 1987-1988), Star Palace (Etoile Palace, 1990), At Fred’s (Du Côté de chez Fred, 1988-1991), It’s your life (C'est votre vie, 1993), Lovers of the century (Les Amants du siècle, 1993), The night caravan(Caravane de nuit, 1994). He has also produced documentaries, including Fairouz, broadcast on Arte (1998) and I am Brejnev’s craze (Je suis la Folle de Brejnev) coproduced by France 3 (2001). As a writer, Frédéric Mitterrand’s book A Bad life was very successful (La mauvaise vie Robert Laffont, 2005). He also wrote Mémoires d'exil (Robert Laffont, 1990), Une saison tunisienne (Actes Sud, 1995). In 2000 he was appointed to head advance payments of French box-office revenues, and in 2003 he became deputy general manager in charge of programming for TV5. In 2008 he became Director of the Villa Médicis, the French academy in Rome. Frédéric Mitterrand was made Chevalier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, Officier de l'Ordre national du Mérite et Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. On June 23, 2009, he was appointed Minister of Culture and Communication. Harmut Ostrowski <br />
Chairman and CEO, Berthelsmann AG Germany <br />
Hartmut Ostrowski is Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG. He began his career at Bertelsmann in 1982. After various executive positions he was appointed to the Executive Board of Bertelsmann arvato AG in 1996 and additionally became a deputy member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann AG in 2001. He was named Chairman of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann arvato AG and becoming a full member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann in 2002. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG effective January 1, 2008. Jean-Bernard Lévy <br />
CEO – Vivendi France <br />
Jean-Bernard Levy is the CEO of Vivendi since April 28, 2005. He joined Vivendi in 2002 as Managing Director. Jean-Bernard Lévy was Managing Partner at Oddo Corporate Finance from 1998 to 2002. From 1995 to 1998 he was Chairman and CEO of Matra Communication. From 1993 to 1994, Jean-Bernard Levy has been Chief of Staff of Gerard Longuet, Minister of Industry, Posts, Telecommunications and Foreign Trade. From 1988 to 1993 he was Director of telecommunication satellites of Matra Marconi Space. From 1986 to 1988, Jean-Bernard Levy was technical adviser to Gerard Longuet, Minister for Posts and Telecommunications and from 1978 to 1986, an engineer at France Telecom. Jean-Bernard Levy is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris-Tech. Joichi Ito <br />
CEO Creative Commons Japan <br />
Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons and a co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He is on the board of CCC and Tucows. He also is a Senior Visiting Researcher of Keio Research Institute (Japan) and the Chairman of Six Apart Japan, the weblog software company. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations and has created numerous Internet companies including PSIN et Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in many internet companies such as Twitter. He serves on various Japanese central as well as local government committees and boards, advising on IT, privacy and computer security related issues. Currently researching “The Sharing Economy” as a Doctor of Business Administration candidate (Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University , Japan), he maintain a weblog where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community and is the Guild Custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know. Ito was listed by Time Magazine as a member of the “Cyber-Elite” (1997), as one of the 50 “Stars of Asia” by BusinessWeek and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (2000). He was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”(2001), chosen by Newsweek as a member of the “Leaders of The Pack” (2005), and listed by Vanity Fair as a member of “The Next Establishment”(2007). BusinessWeek named him as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008. Maurice Lévy <br />
CEO – Publicis France <br />
Maurice Lévy is CEO of Publicis Groupe, the third largest communication group. Under his leadership, Publicis has become one of the leaders in digital and interactive communication. He is a member of the Board of the World Economic Forum Foundation and the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank. In 2010 he was elected President of the Private Companies French Association and Member of the EU Experts Committee on the digitization of the European cultural heritage. Nabil Ayouch <br />
Film director - Marrocco <br />
After a few years doing drama, three short films and some commercials, Nabil Ayouch directed Mektoub, his first feature film in 1997, then Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000), A Minute of Sun Less (2003) and Whatever Lola Wants (2007) produced by Pathé. His films have won many prizes around the world at various festivals and have been sold to many countries. Mektoub and Ali Zaoua represented Morocco at the Oscars in 1998 and 2001. Nabil Ayouch regularly returns to live shows sincehe designs and directs the closing event of the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) and the opening of Temps du Maroc at the Château de Versailles. Over the last 10 years his company, Ali n' Productions, has discovered and produced many young talents from the Film Industry, Made in Morocco, a pioneering experiment that explores genre cinema in the Arab world. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet <br />
Secretary of State for Strategic Planning and Development of the digital economy – France <br />
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is Secretary of State for Strategic Planning and Development of the digital economy since January 2009. A graduate of Polytechnique (class of 1992) and engineer of the National School of Agricultural Engineering,Water and Forests, she is amember of the Corps of Engineers of Agricultural Engineering,Water and Forests. She started her career in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry from 1997 to 1999 before becoming head of the environment department at the direction of the foreign economic relations department of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002, she held the functions of Project manager to the Chief Strategy Officer of Alstom. In 2002, she became Technical Advisor (Ecology and Sustainable Development) to the Prime Minister. Currently Secretary of State for Strategic Planning and Development of the digital economy, at the Prime Minister office, she was Secretary of State for Ecology from June 2007 to January 2009. She is a regional advisor of Ile-de-France since 2004, deputy of Essonne since 2002 (reelected in 2007) and Mayor of Longjumeau Essonne) since 2008. She also is deputy secretary general of the UMP Frédéric Mitterrand <br />
Minister of culture and communication - France <br />
Frédéric Mitterrand holds a bachelor’s degree in history and geography from Nanterre University and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Science (IEP). Frédéric Mitterrand has been an actor, screenwriter, hosted TV shows, produced and directed documentaries and full length features, and authored books. His professional life has led him from both one cultural realm to another and from one job to another. Today, these experiences provide Frédéric Mitterand with in-depth knowledge of artists and their works, as well as their personalities and work. In short, he knows the people, their work, the milieu and how things function. From 1971 to 1986, he ran the Art Film theaters of Olympic Palace, Entrepôt and Olympic-Entrepôt. In 1981, he filmed Love letters in Somalia (Lettres d'amour en Somalie) and Madame Butterfly in 1995, an adaptation of the Puccini opera. Frédéic Mitterand has produced and hosted several TV shows including Stars and Screens (Etoiles et toiles, 1981-1986), Actor’s Studio (Acteur Studio, 1986-1987), Film Party (Ciné-Fêtes, 1984), Midnight curfew (Permission de minuit, 1987-1988), Stars (Etoiles, 1987-1992), Destinies (Destinies, 1987-1988), Star Palace (Etoile Palace, 1990), At Fred’s (Du Côté de chez Fred, 1988-1991), It’s your life (C'est votre vie, 1993), Lovers of the century (Les Amants du siècle, 1993), The night caravan(Caravane de nuit, 1994). He has also produced documentaries, including Fairouz, broadcast on Arte (1998) and I am Brejnev’s craze (Je suis la Folle de Brejnev) coproduced by France 3 (2001). As a writer, Frédéric Mitterrand’s book A Bad life was very successful (La mauvaise vie Robert Laffont, 2005). He also wrote Mémoires d'exil (Robert Laffont, 1990), Une saison tunisienne (Actes Sud, 1995). In 2000 he was appointed to head advance payments of French box-office revenues, and in 2003 he became deputy general manager in charge of programming for TV5. In 2008 he became Director of the Villa Médicis, the French academy in Rome. Frédéric Mitterrand was made Chevalier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, Officier de l'Ordre national du Mérite et Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. On June 23, 2009, he was appointed Minister of Culture and Communication. <br />
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Neelie Kroes <br />
Vice President of the European Commission Netherlands <br />
Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of the digital strategy since February 2010. In 2004, she was appointed European Commissioner in charge of competition policy. Beforehand, she held different positions as politician (deputy in the Parliament of the Netherlands between 1971 and 1977, Minister of the Post and Telecommunication, and of the Transports between 1977 and 1989) and business woman in the Netherlands. Olivier Scheytt <br />
General Manager of the RUHR.2010 Germany<br />
Prof. Dr. Scheytt is General Manager of the RUHR.2010 Ltd. Since 2006. He was born in Cologne in 1958. During his school years he attended university level music classes at the Folkwang School of Arts. In 1982 he completed law school at the Ruhr University in Bochum. From 1993 till 2009 he was Head of the Culture Department of the City of Essen. He has also been Advising Member of the Enquête-Commission Peter Der Manuelian <br />
Professor in Egyptology Harvard University United States of America <br />
Peter Der Manuelian is Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University, and Giza Archives Project Director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His primary research interest is the famous Giza Necropolis. His “Giza Archives Project” aims to collect and present online all past, present, and future archaeological activity at Giza (www.gizapyramids.org). The use of 3D technologies, linked to older archaeological data, are making the pyramids, tombs, and temples of Giza accessible in new ways. Philippe Dauman<br />
CEO – Viacom United States of America <br />
Mr. Dauman was named President and CEO of Viacom Inc. in September 2006 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 1987. Viacom, consisting of BET Networks, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, is the world’s leading entertainment content company with many of the world’s best known entertainment brands, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Rock Band, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Nick at Nite, AddictingGames, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers, BET and Paramount Pictures. Plantu <br />
Cartoonist - France <br />
Jean Plantureux said Plantu abandons his medical studies in 1971 to take drawing courses at the Saint Luc School in Brussels. In 1972, he entered Le Monde, where he published his first drawing on the war in Vietnam. In 1974, Claude Julien, director of Le Monde Diplomatique, published his drawings in his monthly newspaper. In 1985, Andre Fontaine made of Plantu’s drawing a daily fixture of Le Monde’s frontpage. From 1980 to 1986, he collaborated with the newspaper Phosphore and since 1991 he also publishes a weekly page in L’Express. In November 1991, on the occasion of an exhibition of his drawings in Tunis, Plantu met Yasser Arafat, who drew himself the Israeli Star of David flag on one of his drawings which won the rare document Prize at the Angers Scoop Festival. . In 1992, he met Shimon Pérès in Jerusalem. A year before the Oslo agreements, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders signed the same piece of paper, a Plantu drawing. In 1995, the functioning of Le Monde is changing and Plantu is not free to choose the theme of his drawing anymore. To oppose the Artistic Director who had just fired two cartoonists, Plantu creates a mischievous little character: the little mouse. In 2002, he met the Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Paris to prepare a gathering of international cartoonists which will become the foundation Cartooning for Peace in 2006. The same year he published « I must not draw » in response to prohibitions uttered by different imams in the aftermath of the publication of the Danish cartoons. More than 80 international cartoonists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and agnostics come together to discuss the editorial images. Until now, Cartooning for Peace has organized exhibitions in many cities around the world -next to be held at Emory University (Georgia), Bastia and Beirut. Plantu has published over fifty books of political cartoons, the last two being « Tête de gondola » (Le Seuil) et « Foutez-nous la Paix » retracing the history of Cartooning for Peace. Sana Ghenima <br />
CEO – Sanabil MED Tunisia <br />
After a long experience in the industrial and computing sectors, Sana Ghenima – originally trained as an engineer – created Sanabil MED, a firm specialized in the digital publishing of play educational content and the digital cultural production including TV. Educational solutions for populations with specific needs constitute a main field of the firm’s activity, which also integrates civic concepts linked to environmental, road safety or health education to its contents. Santiago de la Mora <br />
Santiago de la Mora is the Partnerships Lead for Google Book Search in Europe, Middle East and Africa and as such he and his team manage the relationships with Google's llarge and strategic partners in the publishing industry. Prior to Google, Mr. de la Mora spent 6 years in content production and sales on behalf of newspapers and magazines. Most recently, he was founder of a media company, Eko International that worked with European business magazines to produce sectorial and country reports on Emerging Markets. He also has banking experience having worked at Societe Generale for more than 3 years. Mr. de la Mora holds an MBA from INSEAD as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Yale and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford. Souleymane Cissé <br />
Souleymane Cissé is only 7 when he starts being interested in Cinema. After completing his high school degree in Dakar, he comes back to Mali in 1960. The screening of a documentary in Lumumba is the occasion of a revelation: he will make films. He gets a grant and leaves for Moscow, where he will become projectionist and then film maker. He also is President of the UCECAO (Union of Film and Audiovisual Creators and Entrepreneurs of Western Africa). Syhem Belkhodja <br />
Choregrapher – Tunisia<br />
This artist choreographer, Director of 3 festivals (Choreographic meeting of Carthage, Doc in Tunis and Design & Fashion in Carthage) and of 2 schools ( the School of Arts and Cinema and the Mediterranean Center of contemporary dance) is animated by the will of promoting in Tunisia the development of different artistic sectors, linking artistic and pedagogical dimensions in her approach and associating activities of broadcasting creation and formation. Tatxo Benet<br />
Tatxo Benet is a journalist who began his professional career in 1977 as correspondent for the Spanish daily newspaper, El Pais. A year later, he is part of the team that founded El Periódico de Catalunya, where he was Director of Local and Social Information. In 1983, he joined TV3 (Television of Catalonia) as Editorial Director of the Information services. In 1987, he was appointed Director of Sports, a position where he remained 10 years. At the same time, he was responsible for sports for the FORTA.<br />
Responsible for the participation of TV3 to RTO, a company in charge of the television production of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, he managed the Olympic Channel, winner of the prize “Ondas International”.<br />
Mr. Benet is a partner of the Group Mediapro. The group is represented in various sectors such as audiovisual content; sports and cinema rights management; consulting services related to television and sports; creation, design and production of thematic channels for television (of diverse types and formats); film production and interactive content, as well as post-production services. <br />
The engineering technology in the broadcasting sector, transmission services and marketing services, marketing, communication and advertising as well as the production and distribution of shows  are also part of the group's activities.<br />
In 2006, the group Mediapro creates, with the group Globomedia, the holding IMAGINA, becoming one of the first three production companies in Europe, leader of the creation of audiovisual content and delivery of technical services for its production. In 2006, Imagina and the Mexican company Grupo Télévisa create a new non-premium TV channel, LA SEXTA. <br />
In August 2009, Imagina launches the first premium digital terrestrial digital television channel in Spain GOL TELEVISIÓN, programming 24/7, 365 days a year, the best football games of  the world major leagues, the BBVA league included.