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marie-­‐hélène  cussac   communication      -­‐      affaires  européennes       117  chaussée  d’ixelles   1050  bruxelles  –  belgique   +32  494  41  82  09   +33  6  72  67  52  57   mh@cussac.eu   www.cussac.eu

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  Née  le  17  octobre  1978,  Française,  célibataire.   Après  une  formation  de  professeur  de  langue  et  de  musique,  spécialisation  sur  les  questions  de  pouvoir   rhétorique  des  communautés  subalternes  dans  le  discours  public.  Développement  progressif  d’une   passion  pour  la  communication,  tout  particulièrement  dans  le  contexte  de  l’Union  européenne.     A  étudié  et  vécu  aux  Etats-­‐Unis,  en  Belgique,  France,  Grande-­‐Bretagne,  Irlande  et  Irlande  du  Nord.     A  mené  plusieurs  missions  à  travers  l’UE  et  développé  un  vaste  réseau  de  contacts.            

EXPERIENCES  PROFESSIONNELLES  

2007  -­‐  2010  –  Communication  Manager  à  Generation  Europe  Foundation  asbl,  Bruxelles  (B)   depuis  2005  –  Consultante  en  communication  pour  le  European  Union  Youth  Orchestra,  Bruxelles  (B)   2005  -­‐  2007  –  Project  Manager  au  Development  Office  du  Collège  d’Europe,  Bruges  (B)   2005  -­‐  2006  –  Consultante  pour  le  Comité  économique  et  social  européen  &  la  Présidence  autrichienne  de   l’UE,  Bruxelles  (B)  et  Salzbourg  (AT)   2004  -­‐  2005  –  Assistante  de  projets  chez  Palmer/Rae  Associates,  Bruxelles  (B)   2003                            –  Communications  Officer  à  EIPAL,  European  Institute  for  Public  Affairs  and  Lobbying,   Bruxelles  (B)   2002  -­‐  2003  –    Stage  à  l’Ambassade  de  France  en  Belgique  sur  les  programmes-­‐cadres  de  la  Commission   européenne   2002                            –  Stage  à  la  Commission  européenne,  DG  Education  et  Culture,  unité  Programmes-­‐cadres   2000  -­‐  2001  –  Professeur  de  français,  Florida  Atlantic  University,  Boca  Raton  (USA)      

FORMATION  

2003  -­‐  2004  –  Master  en  études  européennes,  Mention  Très  Bien  au  mémoire  de  recherche  (politique  de   sécurité  dans  le  Caucase  Sud),  Collège  d’Europe,  Bruges  (B)   2000  -­‐  2001  –  Cours  de  Master  en  théories  rhétoriques  et  communication  interculturelle,  Florida  Atlantic   University,  Boca  Raton  (USA)   1996  -­‐  2000  –  Maîtrise  d’anglais,  Mention  Très  Bien,  Université  de  Clermont-­‐Ferrand  (F)  et  University  of   Durham  (UK)   1994  -­‐  2000  –  Diplôme  de  Fin  d’Etudes  en  Formation  Musicale,  piano,  Conservatoire  National  de  Musique   de  Clermont-­‐Ferrand  (F)      

ATOUTS  

Langues  :  anglais  courant,  allemand,  néerlandais  basique,  italien  et  espagnol  lus,  russe  débutant   IT:  Microsoft  Office,  In-­‐Design  et  Adobe  Acrobat,  Joomla,  Drupal  et  Wordpress   Permis  de  conduire  (français,  américain  et  international)     Esprit  d’équipe  (communication  interculturelle  au  sein  d’équipes  multiculturelles,  ancienne  rameuse)   Passion  pour  le  design  (graphisme,  architecture,  haute  couture)  et  la  musique  (direction,  chant)  


marie-­‐hélène  cussac   c  o  m  m  u  n  i  c  a  t  i  o  n        -­‐        e  u        a  f  f  a  i  r  s       117  chaussée  d’ixelles   1050  brussels  –  belgium   +32  494  41  82  09   +33  6  72  67  52  57   mhc@cussac.eu   www.cussac.eu

in  brief       Born  17  October  1978,  French,  single.   Originally  trained  as  a  language  and  music  teacher,  focused  on  ways  to  achieve  power  in  the  public   discourse  in  subaltern  communities  and  developed  a  passion  for  communications  within  the  context  of  the   European  Union  project.   Studied  and  worked  in  America,  Belgium,  France,  Great  Britain,  Ireland  and  Northern  Ireland.     Ran  missions  across  the  EU  and  developed  a  wide  professional  network.  

  coming  from    

PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCES   2007  -­‐  2010  –  Communication  Manager  at  Generation  Europe  Foundation  asbl   2005  onwards  –  Communications  consultant  for  the  European  Union  Youth  Orchestra   2005  -­‐  2007  –  Project  Manager  at  the  Development  Office  of  the  College  of  Europe   2005  -­‐  2006  –  Consultant  for  the  European  Economic  and  Social  Committee  &  the  Austrian  EU  Presidency   2004  -­‐  2005  –  Project  assistant  at  Palmer/Rae  Associates   2003                            –  Communications  Officer  at  European  Institute  for  Public  Affairs  and  Lobbying   2000  -­‐  2001  –  French  teacher  at  Florida  Atlantic  University    

INTERNSHIPS  

2002  -­‐  2003  –  Ambassade  de  France  en  Belgique,    on  European  Commission  framework  programmes   2002                            –  European  Commission,  DG  Education  and  Culture,  Framework  programmes  unit    

EDUCATION  

2003  -­‐  2004  –  Master  in  European  studies,  First  Class  Honours  to  the  dissertation,  College  of  Europe,   Bruges  (B)   2000  -­‐  2001  –  Graduate  courses  on  rhetorical  theory  and  intercultural  communication,  Florida  Atlantic   University,  Boca  Raton  (USA)   1996  -­‐  2000  –  Master  of  English  literature  and  history,  First  Class  Honours,  University  of  Clermont-­‐ Ferrand  (F)  and  University  of  Durham  (UK)   1994  -­‐  2000  –  Diplôme  de  Fin  d’Etudes  en  Formation  Musicale,  Conservatoire  National  de  Musique  de   Clermont-­‐Ferrand  (F)  (piano  studies)  

  together  with       Languages  :  fluent  English,  good  German,  basic  Dutch,  reading  Spanish  and  Italian,  beginner  in  Russian   IT  skills  :  Microsoft  Office,  In-­‐Design  and  Adobe  Acrobat,  Joomla,  Drupal  and  Wordpress   Driving  licences  (French,  USA  and  international)     A  strong  team  spirit  (intercultural  communication  in  multicultural  teams,  former  rower)   A  passion  for  design  (graphic,  architectural  and  fashion)  and  music  (choral  conductor,  singer)      


rédaction   édition   publication  

marie-­‐hélène  cussac   communication      -­‐      affaires  européennes      +32  494  41  82  09   +33  6  72  67  52  57   mh@cussac.eu   www.cussac.eu

 

 

  Agenda  Europa  

Editeur  de  l’Agenda  Europa  2009-­‐2010  /  juillet  2008  –  janvier  2009  /  www.europadiary.eu   agenda  pour  les  15-­‐18  ans    distribué  gratuitement  aux  écoles  de  l’UE  qui  le  commandent   3,3  million  d’exemplaires  /  96  pages  d’edito  /  29  éditions  /  23  langues   communication  quotidienne  avec  14  DGs  de  la  Commission  européenne  (gestion  de  57  textes)   gestion  de  l’équipe  éditoriale:  rédacteurs,  relecteurs,  graphistes,  tout  en  rédigeant  et  relisant  moi-­‐même   créatrice  d’un  guide  de  style  édito  pour  les  Agendas  Europa   Contrat-­‐cadre  entre  Génération  Europe  Foundation  asbl  et  DG  SANCO  de  la  Commission  européenne    

GE  Vibes  Newsletter   Créatrice  du  bulletin  d’info  mensuel  pour  la  communauté  des  19-­‐29  ans  de  Génération  Europe  (6.000  membres).   Magazine  lancé  en  mars  2008.  Aujourd’hui  rebaptisé  «  Buzz  »,  disponible  sur  www.generation-­‐europe.eu   -­‐ choix  du  graphisme  /  conception:  rubriques  +  politique  édito  /  rédaction  de  80%  du  bulletin,  en  anglais   -­‐ lancement  en  septembre  2008  d’une  rubrique  invitant  un  auteur  à  écrire  dans  une  autre  langue    

 

Pick  of  the  week   Créatrice  de  la  section  “pick  of  the  week”  sur  la  page  d’accueil  de  Génération  Europe  (sept.  2008)  /  revue  de  presse   européenne  /  mise  en  ligne  d’articles  sélectionnés  appelant  les  19-­‐29  ans  à  la  réflexion  sur  les  affaires  européennes  

 

EUROPE  DIRECT  Newsletter   Mensuels  /Responsable  de  l’édition  en  3  langues  :  DE  –  EN  –  FR  /  janv..  2006  à  nov.  2007   -­‐ conception  :  rubriques  +  politique  éditoriale  /  conseils  auprès  de  la  Direction  Générale  Communication  de  la   Commission  européenne  /  Rédaction  de  90%  des  articles,  en  anglais     -­‐ conception  de  la  rubrique  EUROSCOPE  en  2007   -­‐ en  contact  permanent  avec  les  membres  du  Réseau  EUROPE  DIRECT  :  environ  450  Relais  ED  et  380  Centres   de  Documentation  européenne  et  Membres  Team  Europe   Ces  bulletins  sont  disponibles  sur  Internet  :  http://ec.europa.eu/europedirect/visit_us/newsletter/index  _fr.htm   Contrat-­‐cadre  entre  le  Collège  d’Europe  et  DG  COMM  de  la  Commission  européenne    

Visions  d’Europe   Responsable  du  projet  de  publication  dirigée  par  Prof.  Bronisław  Geremek  et  Prof.  Robert  Picht./  oct.  2005  –   nov.  2007   Manuscrit  publié  aux  Editions  Odile  Jacob  (septembre  2007).  Publication  en  anglais  prévue.   -­‐ organisation  des  conférences  et  débats  publics  liés  au  Projet  «  Visions  d’Europe  »     -­‐ gestion  des  relations  contractuelles  avec  les  auteurs,  les  traducteurs  et  les  maisons  d’édition    

The  Sound  of  Europe   Responsable  de  la  rédaction  du  verbatim  et  des  conclusions  de  la  conférence  d’ouverture  de  la  Présidence   autrichienne  de  l’UE  /  sept.  2005  –  mars  2006   «  The  Sound  of  Europe  »  Salzburg,  27-­‐28  janvier  2006   -­‐ recrutement  et  gestion  d’une  équipe  de  preneurs  de  notes   -­‐ coopération  étroite  entre  la  Chancellerie  Fédérale  d’Autriche  à  Vienne  et  le  Comité  économique  et  social   européen  à  Bruxelles   Volume  I:  ISBN  no.    92-­‐830-­‐0611-­‐9  &  Volume  II:  EECS  Special  Reviews,    catalogue  no.:  EESC  –  C-­‐2006-­‐05-­‐EN.   www.eesc.europa.eu/documents/publications/pdf/pamphlets/EESC-­‐C-­‐2006-­‐05-­‐EN.pdf  


events   design  &   management  

marie-­‐hélène  cussac   c  o  m  m  u  n  i  c  a  t  i  o  n        -­‐        e  u        a  f  f  a  i  r  s       +32  494  41  82  09   +33  6  72  67  52  57   mh@cussac.eu   www.cussac.eu

h  i  g  h  l  i  g  h  t  s    

   La  place  de  l’Entreprise  dans  la  mission  d’Education   Organised  conference  with  Generation  Europe  Foundation  asbl  and  Génération   Europe  France  /  Palais  du  Luxembourg,  Paris,  9  November  2009     Design  of  the  event  format  /  design  of  conference  material   All  documents  and  photos  available  at  www.generation-­‐europe.eu.com  >  events  

 

DO10  

Welcoming  H.E.  Eyyubov,    guest  of  honour  of  DO10    

Initiated  a  marketing/PR  event  celebrating  the  10th  anniversary  of  the  Development   Office  (DO)  of  the  College  of  Europe  /  Bibliothèque  Solvay,  Brussels,  3  May  2007   -­‐ design  of  the  event  /  conception  of  the  «  DO10  »  name  /  design  of  3  video   animations  presenting  the  DO  and  its  various  activities  worldwide  /  design  of  the  «   DO10  »  present  given  to  guests   -­‐ management  of  invitations  and  of  logistics  (about  150  guests  –  management  of   a  6-­‐staff  team)   -­‐ media  relations  :  press  release,  TV   -­‐ excellent    knowledge  of  conference  rooms  media  events  venues  in  Brussels   All  documents  and  photos  available  at   http://www.coleurop.be/content/development/history-­‐DO10.html    

 

EU-­‐Canada  Young  Journalism  Award    

One  of  the  DO10  videos    

            Interview  with  Dan  Bilefsky,    EU   correspondent  in  2007    for  the   International  Herald  Tribune    

  ATE  round  table,  Brussels  2008    

Project  manager  /  From  2005-­‐  Editions  2006  and  2007   Design  and  management  of  a  one-­‐week  programme  allowing  young  Canadian   journalists  to  discover  and  appreciate  the  European  media  scene,  while  introducing   them  to  European  politics  and  policies.   -­‐ excellent  knowledge  of  journalists  circles  specialised  in  EU  affairs  in   Brussels   -­‐ good  knowledge  of  the  media  focusing  on  EU  affairs:  press  –  TV  –  radio  –   newswires   -­‐ won  the  call  for  tender  for  this  project  two  years  in  a  row  (while  staff  at  the   College  of  Europe)   Participant’s  comment  :  «  I  think  it’s  really  Marie-­Hélène  that  played  the  mentor  role   since  she  was  always  with  us,  knew  everyone  and  could  give  us  briefings  whenever   necessary.  »    

Visions  of  Europe  

Project  manager  /  October  2005  to  November  2007     Organisation  of  conferences  and  debates  in  Brussels,  Paris  and  Turin  on   multiculrural  Europe,  the  question  of  European  identity,  social  Europe,  the  reform  of   the  EU  Institutions,  etc.   -­‐ marketing  and  communication  /  logistics  organisation   -­‐ relation  with  the  local  press  /  press  release  in  the  local  languages    

European  Union  Youth  Orchestra  

Organisation  of  the  EUYO  auditions  in  Belgium  /  Since  2005  /  www.euyo.org.uk   -­‐ communication  with  candidates,  conservatories,    host  in  Brussels  &  EUYO   -­‐ logistics  organisation    

Alpbach  Team  Europe  &  Alpbach-­‐IG  France     IG  France  Kamingespräch  with   key  politicians,  Alpbach  2005  

Non-­‐for-­‐profit  organisations  ad-­‐hoc  to  the  European  Forum  Alpbach  /  In  charge  of   ATE  (Brussels)  since  2002  and  Secretary  General  (2003-­2009)  and  President   (2010)  of  IG  France  (Paris).     Organisation  of  various  activities    (conferences,  round  tables,  debates)  all  year   round  allowing  to  the  debating  to  continue  beyond  the  two-­‐week  forum  each  August   /  Organisation  of  Kamingespräche  in  August  in  Alpbach  (fireside  talks)   More  info  on  the  EFA  available  at  www.alpbach.org  


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CUSSAC Marie-Hélène 117 Chaussée d’Ixelles, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium Mobile: Belgium +32 494 41 82 09

France: (+33) 06 72 67 52 57

mh@cussac.eu or on www.cussac.eu French 17 October 1978 Female

November 2007 – March 2010 Communication Manager  Editor of the Europa Diary 2009-2010, a diary for the 15-18 year olds, 3.3 M copies in EU 27; this involves daily communication with 14 EU Commission Directorate Generals for the content of 57 texts (total of 96 A5 pages of editorial content in the diary), management of the editorial team: writers, proofreaders, graphic designers, etc., while also writing, proofreading, and editing myself. As editor, I initiated a style guide for the future editions of this diary. www.europadiary.eu  Creator and editor of GE Vibes, the monthly newsletter of the Generation Europe online community (6,000 members, 19-29 year olds)  Web editor of the Generation Europe website dedicated to the 19-29 year olds www.generation-europe.eu o For this website, I launched a job & internship offers section as well as a Young Experts Database – a database of young professionals only which shall be open to recruiters once the project is completed. The Generation Europe YED is the first of its kind on the EU market. o I also launched the ‘pick of the week’ section to highlight some interesting articles in the European press and encourage members of the GE online Community to read the foreign press and appreciate the various national opinions on certain EU topics.  Business development - Project management: o I initiated projects for instance for the European Employment Week: launched a survey Europe wide (beyond EU 27), published a report, presented the report at EEW in the presence of GE Community members, and then organised a talk-show with EC Commissioner for Employment. This for instance led to the participation of Generation Europe to the Job Day EUROPE at the Commission in September 2008, where GE Community members joined for another talk-show with Commissioner Spidla and other employment policy experts. GE was active for the 2009 EEW and is currently preparing activities for EEW 2010. o Develop strong links with the European Commission Stagiaires Committee, with other young people organisations e.g. the South American Business Forum, etc.  While at Generation Europe, I have worked at strengthening the presence of Generation Europe Foundation (the part dealing with the 19-29 year olds) amongst young people’s think-tanks. For instance, GEF was invited as reviewer of the Alcohol Advertising Monitoring Report produced by EASA (the European Advertising Standards Alliance) in December 2008 and again for October 2009. Generation Europe Foundation, 123 Chaussée Saint-Pierre, 1040 Brussels, Belgium Communication consultancy – foundation specialised in communication with young people


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October 2005 – November 2007 Project Manager  Organisation of conferences (academic or professional training) and large-scale events (EU-wide), good at Public Relations, ex of recent event I entirely designed: http://www.coleurop.be/content/development/history-DO10.html  Conception and running of training courses in EU affairs (seminars, workshops, summer schools)  Project management: Managing those conferences and courses (marketing, communication, financial planning, budget management, contractual relations, etc.) www.coleurope.eu/training  Business development - Development of a strong network of contacts with key decisionmakers for project development (e.g. in the Southern Caucasus)  Editor and writer of the EUROPE DIRECT monthly newsletter for the ED Relays in EU 27 (Service Contract with DG COMM of the European Commission) http://ec.europa.eu/europedirect/visit_us/newsletter/index_en.htm  Managed the ‘Visions of Europe’ project which led to the publication of the book by Prof. Picht and Prof. Geremek Visions d’Europe, Ed. Odile Jacob, Paris, 2007 – management of all contractual relations. College of Europe, Development Office, Dijver 11, 8000 Brugge, Belgium EU affairs academic institution / Service provider October 2005 – February 2006 Team leader – writer Part-time freelance consultant for the Conference: “The Sound of Europe”, Salzburg, 27-28 January 2006 (http://www.eu2006.at/en/)  Manager of the team of minutes takers (team of 5 people)  Writer: In charge of the drafting of the verbatim of all conference proceedings (ISBN 92-8300611-9) + Conclusions of the conference in the EECS Special Reviews (catalogue number: EESC – C-2006-05-EN) http://www.eesc.europa.eu/documents/publications/pdf/pamphlets/EESC-C-2006-05-EN.pdf European Economic and Social Committee (with the Austrian Presidency of the EU), Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels, Belgium European Institution November 2004 – June 2005 Project Assistant Project management:  Develop project proposals (research)  Coordination of a project  Report on funding schemes Office management:  Develop databases and archives for material  Website updating Palmer/Rae Associates, Robert Palmer, 74 Rue de la Croix de Pierre, 1060 Brussels, Belgium International cultural advising – Cultural consulting November 2005 onwards Communications Officer EUYO Communication:  Dealing with all EUYO-related questions in Belgium  Responsible for the annual EUYO national auditions in Belgium: o logistics of the venue (renting, managing availability of instruments e.g. percussions, communication with the people in charge of the audition venue, etc.) o as well as communication with all musicians interested in auditioning for the EUYO, communication with applicants, organisation of the audition schedule, etc. European Union Youth Orchestra, 65 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SH London, UK Cultural sector


Dates Occupation or position held Main activities and responsibilities Name and address of employer Type of business or sector Dates Occupation or position held Main activities and responsibilities

Name and address of employer Type of business or sector Dates Occupation or position held Main activities and responsibilities

Name and address of employer Type of business or sector Dates Occupation or position held Main activities and responsibilities

Name and address of employer Type of business or sector

Dates Occupation or position held Main activities and responsibilities

October 2004 – January 2005 Consultant (Brussels-based) Survey: “The Status of the Private Sponsoring in the Arts” (over 80 companies consulted)  Questionnaire writing + analysis of collected data  Expertise of research and communication skills with the corporate and non-EU sectors European Union Youth Orchestra, 65 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SH London, UK Cultural sector May – July 2003 Communications Officer Restructure EIPAL communication strategy :  Website  Advertising  Press contacts  Communication with guests speakers (Public Affairs) and students about EU decision-making processes + most effective lobbying strategies EIPAL—European Institute for Public Affairs and Lobbying—, Rue du Président 13, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Public Affairs – Public Relations November 2002 – April 2003 Junior consultant in cultural affairs  Encourage the participation of French cultural institutes abroad to the framework programs of the European Commission (DG EAC)  Created a « Culture 2000 » presentation for a workshop for the Foreign Service network days in Paris  Surveys: Participation in European Commission programmes of the French cultural institutes in EU25 and the Brussels-based cultural institutes  Establish network among DG Culture of the French Foreign Service and Commission officials (Lobby skills) Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Ambassade de France en Belgique, Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle, 42 boulevard du Régent, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique Diplomacy – Interest Representation – Consulting March – July 2002 Intern  Research and editing of dossiers concerning cultural industries (music and book) – acquired knowledge of cultural networks/interest groups  Study on mobility and free movement of people and products in the cultural sector: o Preparatory works o Translation  Reporting (English/French): o Inter-institutional relations (cultural committee meetings) o International cultural networks conferences  Web Communication: o Updating o Writing for the Newsletter (good knowledge of the “Culture 2000” projects management)  As an elected member of the Stagiaires’ Committee, Vice-treasurer (overall budget of 75,000€), writing monthly for the European Stagiaires Journal. European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Policy and Framework Programmes Unit, Belliard 100, 1040 Brussels, Belgium EU administration – Cultural sector

August 2000 – May 2001 French Teacher  French teacher to 1st to 4th year students (Pedagogy courses provided + Communicative Approach Teaching methods)  IT-Assistant for the Foreign Languages and Media Center of FAU


Name and address of employer Type of business or sector

Dates Occupation or position held Main activities and responsibilities Name and address of employer Type of business or sector

Florida Atlantic University, College of Arts and Letters, Department of French, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33 431, USA Education

January – May 2001 Piano Accompanist Accompanying and coaching of voice students for performance Florida Atlantic University, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Vocal Studies, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33 431, USA Education

Education and training Dates Title of qualification awarded Principal subjects/Occupational skills covered

Name and type of organisation providing education and training Dates Title of qualification awarded Principal subjects/Occupational skills covered Name and type of organisation providing education and training Dates Title of qualification awarded Principal subjects/Occupational skills covered Name and type of organisation providing education and training Dates Title of qualification awarded Principal subjects/Occupational skills covered Name and type of organisation providing education and training Dates Title of qualification awarded Principal subjects/Occupational skills covered Name and type of organisation providing education and training

September 2003 – June 2004 Master of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies (Mention Bien)  General courses: EU Law and Decision-Making Process, EU Media, Interest Representation  Focus: European security – The transatlantic relationship o MA Thesis (Mention Très Bien): “From the Balkans to the Southern Caucasus: Sleepwalking Towards a Repetition of History? Time to prove an efficient Security Strategy” – Focus on the security challenges of the Southern Caucasus and European Neighbourhood Policy College of Europe, Brugge – Postgraduate education

September 2001 – October 2002 1st year of a PhD in Ethnomusicology (on hold for more academic hindsight) – Arts and Humanities Research Board Award offered  Focus: Ethnic Identity Issues – Intercultural Communication – Culture and Politics  PhD claim: Music as Rhetoric: In subaltern communities, musical practices constitute a rhetorical tool to achieve power in the public discourse Queen’s University Belfast, Department of Anthropology – Postgraduate education

August 2000 – May 2001 1st year of a Master of Arts in communication (1 year contract as a Graduate Teaching Assistant)  Communication (Rhetoric – Intercultural Communication)  Musical studies (Choral conducting ��� Voice – History) Florida Atlantic University, College of Arts and Letters, Departments of Communication and Music – Postgraduate education October 1996 – July 2000 Maîtrise (MA) de Lettres, Langues et Civilisations: Anglais, Mention Très Bien (1st Class Honours)  English and American literature - history - linguistics - critical theory translation  Special course : Teaching of French as a Foreign Language  MA dissertation : Cajun culture and identity Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France + University of Durham, Durham, England Undergraduate and Graduate Education September 1994 – July 2000 Diplôme de Fin d’Etudes en Formation Musicale Piano studies, including solfège and choral singing Conservatoire National de Musique de Clermont-Ferrand, France


Personal skills and competences

Mother tongue(s)

French

Other language(s) Self-assessment

Understanding

Speaking

European level (*)

Listening

English

fluent

fluent

fluent

fluent

fluent

German

good

good

good

good

good

Dutch

fair

fair

fair

fair

basic

Spanish

fair

fair

basic

basic

-

Italian

fair

fair

basic

basic

-

basic

basic

basic

basic

basic

Russian Social skills and competences

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Organisational skills and competences

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Technical skills and competences

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Reading

Spoken interaction

Writing

Spoken production

Very sociable person: this is probably the reason why I pay so much attention to social interaction, and thus the reason why I work in communication, leading teams (e.g. as editor or conductor) as much as a being a dedicated team member (e.g. as choral singer or rower). I think I have been successful as a team leader so far because I first consider myself as a member of the team, just like the others. Very good team spirit – enjoy leading teams (motivating the team, dealing with tensions, etc) Easily adapting to multicultural environments and multicultural teams Strong listening skills Good communicator (especially in multicultural environments) Strong but flexible coordinator – very good negotiator (win-win deals) I have an eye for details and I pay great attention to the form (the way it looks) as much as to the content of any piece of work. Very organised Team leading experiences: o 2006: “Sound of Europe” conference, leading the team of minutes-takers during the conference and managing conference reports for the Austrian Presidency. o 2003 onwards: « Alpbach Team Europe », Vice President, in charge of the Grant Scheme / writing for Alpbach News during the European Forum Alpbach o 2002: « Generation Europe » elected French Delegate for the Youth Summit 2002 on CSR matters / Interview techniques training o 2002: Spokesperson, Anthropology Department students to the Faculty of Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast Active in Students’ Union politics for more interrelations amongst local and international students o 1999: Organisation and responsibility (alone) of a trip to Scotland for the students of the English Department of the Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France o Summer 1997, 98, 2001: Euro Languages College, Eire (Clongowes Wood College Ennis College): French teacher to young teenagers o 1995-96: BAFA—Brevet d’Aptitude à la Fonction d’Animateur—French qualification certifying the ability to run activities for summer/winter camps, with a specialisation in ski teaching/snow activities for children “Esprit d’initiative” o 2004: Creation of a non-for-profit organisation, « Forum Alpbach France », Secretary General (2004-2009) – President (2010) o 2003: Set up of the College of Europe Vocal Ensemble, conductor in 2003-2004 o 1996: Creation of a non-profit organisation « Field Hollers », Gospel songs and Negro spirituals ensemble, President in 1996-1997 Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure Good problem-solving skills


Computer skills and competences Artistic skills and competences

Microsoft Office – InDesign – Adobe Acrobat – Dreamweaver / Joomla / Drupal / Wordpress (website management) – Web CEO for File Transfer Protocols   

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Driving licence(s)

Pianist – Clarinettist – Soprano Music teaching (taught musical theory and the piano, coached vocal student for performance, please see above) Training for soloist singing (Brussels Royal Conservatory) and for the chorus of operas (May 2008 and Wallonia Opera in March 2009) Fieldwork for cultural studies: by myself and on my own initiative: Haiti - the Dominican Republic (2001) and Thailand (2007) Rowing (1999-2000, 2001-2002)

French, American and international driving licences (cars).


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