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Laure KALTENBACH – Managing Director of the Forum d’Avignon

Laure Kaltenbach is Managing Director and Founder member of the Forum d’Avignon. Laure began her career at Accenture in 1994 where she spent 11 years, as Senior Manager, specialized in Finance in the areas of media and telecommunications. She then became Head of the Finance Service in TF1 Group until 2007. She later became Office Manager of economic evaluations and information society in the Directorate for Media Development (Prime Minister’s Office) and coordinated the first edition of the Forum d’Avignon - Culture, economy, media, organized on the occasion of the French Presidency of the European Union in 2008. As a specialist of the links between culture, creative industries, innovation and economy, she coordinates the works, publications and debates of the think-tank and the international meetings of the Forum d’Avignon, since their creation (12 editions in France, Germany and Spain). She published, in 2010, Les nouvelles Frontières du Net  - Qui se cache derrière Internet ?, along with Alexandre Joux (Editions First). Laure is also a Member of the Board of Cartooning for Peace, chaired by Plantu, of the Agency for the promotion and dissemination of French Overseas cultures and of Heritage-Innovation-Preservation (HIP) Institute.

Olivier LE GUAY – Editorial Manager

Licensed in Law, degreed in Sciences-Po Paris, Olivier Le Guay is having two carreers, the first being editorial and digital manager, until the end of 2011, within the Générale de Santé group, after having the same job at the Salle Pleyel/Cité de la Musique and at Fondapol. Previously, he had been for 20 years adviser for institutional and digital communication in charge of major accounts within communication agencies as PhiEconéo and EuroRscg C&0. Then, under the pseudonym Olivier Olgan, he has been a cultural journalist for Figaro Magazine since 2008, after having worked for 16 years for La Tribune.

Valérie ESCAUDEMAISON – Head of Communications, Media Relations and Media Partnerships

Valerie Escaudemaison joined the Forum d'Avignon team in 2013 as head of communications, media relations and media partnerships after taking charge of the communication of the 2012 edition. She has consolidated its expertise in Media Relations, Public Relations and events in the areas of Fashion, Luxury, and New Technologies in several advertising agencies. From 2004-2011, she was responsible for the media center at Patricia Goldman Communication on behalf of various newspaper titles, media agencies, media groups, production companies, individuals (entrepreneurs).