Gérald Garutti is a writer and a director. He works in England (Royal Shakespeare Company) and in France (Comédie-Française, TNP). His last shows are Lorenzaccio, Richard III and Small night praise with Pierre Richard. He has just published Haïm - in the light of a violin. Former student at the Ecole normale supérieure (literature), graduate of Cambridge, he is a lecturer in political humanities at the Political Sciences Institute. Through his job, the references to the philosophy and to the authors of theater, he is quite particularly interested in the question of the meaning in life.
Far beyond the words we utter, our Voice exposes us, expresses our identity, our personality and our emotions. What if we'd tried to become aware of that? Joana Révis is a Voice specialist, Speech-language pathologist specialist, Vocologist and Lecturer at the University of Medicine of Marseille. Associated researcher at the CNRS Speech and language laboratory, she seeks to define the outlines of the Voice, to understand it and tame it.
Nusrat Durrani used the power of an iconic brand, MTV, to provide a platform for unheard voices and create inspiring, authentic narratives of international youth. In a cutting-edge range of work that intersects culture, politics, relationships, fashion and film, Nusrat's stories have covered over 50 countries from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan to Native America, always putting the humanity of their subjects at the center. He has been felicitated by President Obama and received numerous awards and his work applauded for its fearlessness and impact.
Sakina M'sa is a stylist who creates trendy and modern collections shown during Fashion Weeks. She likes to say that fashion reveals light and desire. Born in Comores, graduated from Institut Supérieur de Mode in Marseille and creative director of her own brands (Sakina M’sa and Blue Line), Sakina M’sa has become a symbolic face of the Sustainable French Fashion. She was awarded with many prizes including one from he Kering Foundation.
Romain Badouard is a social scientist and associate professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. His research topics address the current transformations of western democraties through the rise of digital technologies. He is involved in several projects directed by civil society organisations that intend to empower citizens voices in the public debate. At a time of filter bubbles on social networks, he thinks that we urgently need to build common spaces for debate in order to regenerate the democratic ideal of the internet.
As an actor, director and artistic director, Michel Laprise joined Cirque du Soleil in 2000 where he directed numerous audacious and innovative large-scale performance events. He collaborated with pop star Madonna and directed the acclaimed musical Robin des bois – Ne renoncez jamais, which toured in Europe, and Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities in 2014. In 2017, Michel wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil’s 40th production, “Sép7imo Dia – No Descansaré” inspired by the music of Argentina’s most cherished rock band of all time, Soda Stereo.
Ayse Birsel thinks that if you have the desire to explore your life from a new point of view, think about it proactively, and change it creatively, there is a way to do that. She is the Co-founder and Creative Director of the award-winning design and innovation studio, Birsel+Seck, and the creator of Design the Life You Love, a coursework and book that teaches non-designers how to create a meaningful life.
Ngoc-Hanh is a scientist, a professor of biology, now devoted to the causes which imply the poorest. While during the Vietnam War, she was condemned to stay in the country, her objective became at the moment to travel and discover the world and its various cultures. She created the NGO "ZEBUNET" to help farmers from various Southern hemisphere countries to fight for a better life thanks to the micro-credit, intended in particular for the women to allow them to reach their independence.
Orianne Duprat-Briou talks about her synaesthesia, a singular perception combining colors, shapes or tastes with emotions or thoughts. She turns it into a strength to question her perception of the world, to think outside the box and express her creativity, both in personal or in professional life. Orianne Duprat-Briou is Head of Group Internal Audit of an Insurance group. As a French high-ranking civil servant, she worked in diplomacy, auditing, taxation and financial sector.
After his studies at the National School of the Civil Aviation (ENAC) and 7 years in the DGAC, he works for Dassault Systèmes. Competitor of high-level swimming, instructor of pilot of Ultralight Aircrafts and holder of 3 pilot's licenses of private plane - American, English and French, with more than 2.300 hours of flight, he was elected President of the Flying club of the Deaf persons of France. Recipient of the Medal of the Aeronautics but also collecting-owner of Armagnac, married to an American and a father of a girl, Henri Corderoy du Tiers is doubtless an extra-ordinary person, the passion urging him for a long time to exceed his limits.