The team

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Laure KALTENBACH – Managing Director of the Forum d’Avignon

Laure Kaltenbach is Managing Director 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 Service Finance in the TF1 Group until 2007. She 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. She published, in April 2010, Les nouvelles Frontières du Net  - Qui se cache derrière Internet ? , along with Alexandre Joux (Editions First). 

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).



As a non-profit organization, backed since its creation by the French ministry of culture and communication and more than thirty partners, the Forum d’Avignon relies on active gover- nance, made up of public and private decision makers, creators and journalists, which efficiently contribute to relay and consolidate the positive values of the Forum.

The Board

1. Nicolas SEYDOUX, Chairman of the Forum d’Avignon and Chairman of Gaumont. 

2. Hervé DIGNE, vice-President of the Forum  d’Avignon and Chairman of Cofiloisirs. 

3. Axel GANZ, vice-President of the Forum d’Avignon, Publisher-Head of AG Communication, Member of the Board Gruner+Jahr.

4. Emmanuel HOOG, Treasurer of the Forum d’Avignon, President of AFP (Agence France-Presse). 

5. Renaud DONNEDIEU DE VABRES, Former French Minister of Culture and Communication.

6. Jean-Jacques ANNAUD, Film Director. 

7. Patricia BARBIZET, CEO, Artemis and vice-Chairman of the Board, Kering.

8. Laurent BENZONI, University Professor. 

9. Emmanuel CHAIN, Producer and President, Elephant & Cie. 

10. Laurence FRANCESCHINI, General Director for media development and creative industries, Ministry of Culture and Communication.

11. Alain KOUCK, CEO of Editis Holding. 

12. Pierre LESCURE,  Managing Director of the Théâtre Marigny and Journalist.

13. Véronique MORALI, Chairman of Fimalac Développement, Founder  of Terrafemina web site, President of the Women’s Forum.

14. Pascal ROGARD, Managing Director, SACD (Société des Auteurs et Composi- teurs Dramatiques)


The Advisory Board

1. Christian de BOISSIEU, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Economist, Professor, Paris-I.

2. Christine ALBANEL, Former French Minister of Culture and Communication, Executive vice-President, Communication, Philanthropy, Content Strategy, Orange. 

3. Arjun APPADURAI, Anthropologist of globalization, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New york University. 

4. Carlo D’ASARO BIONDO, President Operations Southern Eastern Europe, Middle East Africa, Google.

5. Elie BARNAVI, Historian  and Scientific Director of the Museum of Europe.

6. Irène BRAAM, vice-President Government Relations, Head of the Brussels  Liaison Office of Bertelsmann AG.

7. Elie COHEN, Research Director at France's National Scientific Research Center (CNRS). 

8. Vincent MONADÉ, President, CNL.

9. Amit KHANNA, Chairman, Reliance Entertainment.

10. Thomas PARIS, Resear- cher at the CNRS, HEC and Ecole Polytechnique.

11. Pierre SELLAL, General Secretary of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry. 

12. Celestino SPADA, Professor and vice Director and Chief Editor, Economia della cultura.

13. Ezra SULEIMAN, Professor of political  science, Princeton University.

14. Kjetil Tredal THORSEN, Architect, Snøhetta AS.

15. David THROSBY, Professor, Macquarie University.


The Management Team

1. Laure KALTENBACH, Managing Director

2. Olivier LE GUAY, Editorial and Digital Manager

3. Valérie ESCAUDEMAISON, Head of Communications, Media Relations and Media Partnerships