About

Manifeste

Art and culture open up new possibilities.

At Manifesto, we are ardent supporters of culture in all its forms: from the visual arts to culinary creations, at a local level and on a global scale.

Team

Founded in 2015 by Laure Confavreux-Colliex and Hervé Digne, the company is made up of a resolutely intercultural and multidisciplinary team.

  • Hervé Digne

    Chairman

    An alumnus of France’s prestigious Political Science Institute (IEP) and National School of Administration (ENA), Hervé Digne has had a distinguished career in the world of culture. He held general manager responsibilities at the publishing group Hachette (magazine department) and the Lagardère group (media department). In his role as media advisor to French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, he played an active role in the launch of the France 24 network and the development of digital TV in France. He then managed various media projects for leading consulting groups (Arthur D Little, Kurt Salmon, Post’Advisors). As President of Postmedia Finance, that he founded in 2003, he conducts merger operations for cultural and creative businesses. Involved in the cinema industry, he has been a board member of EuropaCorp, then chairman of Cofiloisirs, the leading French cinema funding body (2012-19) and has been since 2014 a board member of the UGC group.

    Co-founder of Manifesto in 2015, he has been chairman of the Avignon Cultural Forum and the Lambert Collection. He currently is the chairman of the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe Patron Association, a board member of FRAC Île-de-France and a member of various artistic panels. Hervé is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters and of the Legion of Honor and has been awarded the National Order of Merit.

    An alumnus of France’s prestigious Political Science Institute (IEP) and National School of Administration (ENA), Hervé Digne has had a distinguished career in the world of culture. He held general manager responsibilities at the publishing group Hachette (magazine department) and the Lagardère group (media department). In his role as media advisor to French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, he played an active role in the launch of the France 24 network and the development of digital TV in France. He then managed various media projects for leading consulting groups (Arthur D Little, Kurt Salmon, Post’Advisors). As President of Postmedia Finance, that he founded in 2003, he conducts merger operations for cultural and creative businesses. Involved in the cinema industry, he has been a board member of EuropaCorp, then chairman of Cofiloisirs, the leading French cinema funding body (2012-19) and has been since 2014 a board member of the UGC group.

    Co-founder of Manifesto in 2015, he has been chairman of the Avignon Cultural Forum and the Lambert Collection. He currently is the chairman of the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe Patron Association, a board member of FRAC Île-de-France and a member of various artistic panels. Hervé is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters and of the Legion of Honor and has been awarded the National Order of Merit.

  • Laure Confavreux Colliex

    Managing Director

    Laure Confavreux-Colliex has an MBA from France’s prestigious business school ESSEC, an MA in Arts and Media from Schulich Business School in Toronto and a BA in Law. She started her career at France’s national museum association (known as RMN) and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She spent 10 years managing the European entity of Lord Group, the international leader in museum consulting and programming, eventually becoming the group’s Executive Vice-President. She was responsible for managing a wide range of complex, multicultural projects including the creation of the Louvre Lens, the vision for the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, the redesign of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) known as Métal.morphoses and the programming of Maison Hermès in Shanghai, among many others. She left Lord Group to co-found Manifesto in 2015.

    Laure is a board member of the Magnum Photos endowment fund, the EDMUS Foundation against Multiple Sclerosis and Lab’Bel, the endowment fund for contemporary art created by Bel Group.

    Laure Confavreux-Colliex has an MBA from France’s prestigious business school ESSEC, an MA in Arts and Media from Schulich Business School in Toronto and a BA in Law. She started her career at France’s national museum association (known as RMN) and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She spent 10 years managing the European entity of Lord Group, the international leader in museum consulting and programming, eventually becoming the group’s Executive Vice-President. She was responsible for managing a wide range of complex, multicultural projects including the creation of the Louvre Lens, the vision for the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, the redesign of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) known as Métal.morphoses and the programming of Maison Hermès in Shanghai, among many others. She left Lord Group to co-found Manifesto in 2015.

    Laure is a board member of the Magnum Photos endowment fund, the EDMUS Foundation against Multiple Sclerosis and Lab’Bel, the endowment fund for contemporary art created by Bel Group.

  • Fanny Bannet

    Director of Operations

    Fanny Bannet studied at France’s elite communications school CELSA-Sorbonne and ESCP Europe Business School and started her career as a communications consultant. She then moved into production, working for Centquatre and the Opéra National de Paris, before focusing on patron relationships for the Monumenta/Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Grand Palais. Fanny then joined Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, where she organized the international tours of the company’s dance shows from New York to Sydney, from Beijing to Moscow and from Taipei to Beirut. She produced the acclaimed farewell show of ballet star Sylvie Guillem, called Life in Progress. She also teaches “Art and culture for urban development” at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis.

    Fanny Bannet studied at France’s elite communications school CELSA-Sorbonne and ESCP Europe Business School and started her career as a communications consultant. She then moved into production, working for Centquatre and the Opéra National de Paris, before focusing on patron relationships for the Monumenta/Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Grand Palais. Fanny then joined Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, where she organized the international tours of the company’s dance shows from New York to Sydney, from Beijing to Moscow and from Taipei to Beirut. She produced the acclaimed farewell show of ballet star Sylvie Guillem, called Life in Progress. She also teaches “Art and culture for urban development” at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis.

  • Mathilde Levesque

    Administrator

    From the very beginning of her career at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Mathilde Levesque has managed high-profile international productions for the stage, including musicals (Les Misérables, West Side Story), dance (Pilobolus, Antonio Gades), equestrian shows (the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, the Republican Guard), circus performances (the Moscow Circus, the Beijing Circus) and major shows (David Copperfield, Robert Hossein) in Paris and all over France (Palais des Sports, Palais des Congrès, Folies Bergère, Mogador, Cirque d’Hiver, AccorHotels Arena, Maison de la Danse, Nikaia). She also organized tours for a number of producers.

    From the very beginning of her career at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Mathilde Levesque has managed high-profile international productions for the stage, including musicals (Les Misérables, West Side Story), dance (Pilobolus, Antonio Gades), equestrian shows (the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, the Republican Guard), circus performances (the Moscow Circus, the Beijing Circus) and major shows (David Copperfield, Robert Hossein) in Paris and all over France (Palais des Sports, Palais des Congrès, Folies Bergère, Mogador, Cirque d’Hiver, AccorHotels Arena, Maison de la Danse, Nikaia). She also organized tours for a number of producers.

  • Yvannoé Kruger

    Artistic Advisor

    Having graduated from LCC & Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, Yvannoé Kruger began his career as a designer, then turned his hand to film-making. His thirst for meeting artists led him to join Jean de Loisy’s programming team at the Palais de Tokyo from 2011 to 2015 where he organized a number of performances, festivals, concerts and installations. As a curator, he loves to find links between the arts, particularly between gastronomy and arts and crafts. He is a co-director of Le Mur Saint-Bon.

    Having graduated from LCC & Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, Yvannoé Kruger began his career as a designer, then turned his hand to film-making. His thirst for meeting artists led him to join Jean de Loisy’s programming team at the Palais de Tokyo from 2011 to 2015 where he organized a number of performances, festivals, concerts and installations. As a curator, he loves to find links between the arts, particularly between gastronomy and arts and crafts. He is a co-director of Le Mur Saint-Bon.

  • Marie Marquis Lhuillier

    Production Manager

    Following a classe préparatoire in applied arts, Marie Marquis-Lhuillier graduated with a BA from the National School of Urban Architecture and Territories in Marne-la-Vallée (ENSAVT). She then graduated with an MA in Architecture from ENSA, France’s National School of Architecture in Paris-Malaquais. She took a year off, working on several projects for the Berger & Berger architecture studio before joining the New York studio of French artist Bernar Venet. While pursuing her studies, she co-founded the AA(n+1) collective. She completed her architectural degree and joined the architectural firm Wilmotte & Associés, working specifically on the Qu4drans Balard project before returning to academia to study cultural management at the ESCP Europe Business School.

    Following a classe préparatoire in applied arts, Marie Marquis-Lhuillier graduated with a BA from the National School of Urban Architecture and Territories in Marne-la-Vallée (ENSAVT). She then graduated with an MA in Architecture from ENSA, France’s National School of Architecture in Paris-Malaquais. She took a year off, working on several projects for the Berger & Berger architecture studio before joining the New York studio of French artist Bernar Venet. While pursuing her studies, she co-founded the AA(n+1) collective. She completed her architectural degree and joined the architectural firm Wilmotte & Associés, working specifically on the Qu4drans Balard project before returning to academia to study cultural management at the ESCP Europe Business School.

  • Clarissa Pelino

    Urban Project Manager

    Clarissa Pelino left Rome to study urban planning at SciencesPo Paris, as well as geography and art history at UCLA in Los Angeles. During her Master’s degree, she worked for APUR and the City of Paris on a benchmark of Paris’ and other world metropolises’ economic and cultural attractiveness. In Mumbai, India, she led studies on the informal economy of a slum, then on industrial and Art Deco heritage conservation practices. During an internship at Abha Narain Lambah architecture studio, she worked on several urban rehabilitation projects throughout India. An avid filmgoer, she joined Manifesto in 2017.

    Clarissa Pelino left Rome to study urban planning at SciencesPo Paris, as well as geography and art history at UCLA in Los Angeles. During her Master’s degree, she worked for APUR and the City of Paris on a benchmark of Paris’ and other world metropolises’ economic and cultural attractiveness. In Mumbai, India, she led studies on the informal economy of a slum, then on industrial and Art Deco heritage conservation practices. During an internship at Abha Narain Lambah architecture studio, she worked on several urban rehabilitation projects throughout India. An avid filmgoer, she joined Manifesto in 2017.

  • Mae Woolworth

    Project Manager

    Mae Woolworth holds French and American citizenship and studied economics at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. She began her career at Ralph Lauren in London, where she focused on strategic marketing studies and events management. Back in Paris, she worked for the advertising department of the newspaper group Les Echos before working for Culturespaces, a leading management company of France’s historic and cultural sites. She managed signage, multimedia and museography projects and was also involved in the development of commercial spaces, including new boutiques and restaurants and the re-opening of the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence. She also has considerable experience in organizing publishing fairs and trade shows.

    Mae Woolworth holds French and American citizenship and studied economics at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. She began her career at Ralph Lauren in London, where she focused on strategic marketing studies and events management. Back in Paris, she worked for the advertising department of the newspaper group Les Echos before working for Culturespaces, a leading management company of France’s historic and cultural sites. She managed signage, multimedia and museography projects and was also involved in the development of commercial spaces, including new boutiques and restaurants and the re-opening of the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence. She also has considerable experience in organizing publishing fairs and trade shows.

  • Alexandre Colliex

    Director of Manifesto Expo

    With a degree from the prestigious grande école ENS, holder of the agrégé academic rank and a maitrise (diploma awarded after 3 years of study) in Francis Bacon’s work, Alexandre Colliex began his career working for the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade before leading the cultural department of the French Consulate in Toronto and the international department of the Pays de la Loire region. As such, he has managed international projects both within the diplomatic network and alongside local elected representatives. For 6 years, he was in charge of the Centre Pompidou’s international strategy and major projects, developing a global network with museums, public art collections and private institutions. Alexandre Colliex then joined the Fondation Giacometti as Director of Development, responsible for global strategy, international exhibitions and the opening of new headquarters in Paris.

    He joined Manifesto Expo on his return from Hong Kong, where he was responsible for establishing and managing the project to develop the CTF Art Museum, the first contemporary art museum in Hong Kong in a space spanning 10,000m². He is regularly approached to give conferences and to contribute to contemporary art exhibitions.

    With a degree from the prestigious grande école ENS, holder of the agrégé academic rank and a maitrise (diploma awarded after 3 years of study) in Francis Bacon’s work, Alexandre Colliex began his career working for the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade before leading the cultural department of the French Consulate in Toronto and the international department of the Pays de la Loire region. As such, he has managed international projects both within the diplomatic network and alongside local elected representatives. For 6 years, he was in charge of the Centre Pompidou’s international strategy and major projects, developing a global network with museums, public art collections and private institutions. Alexandre Colliex then joined the Fondation Giacometti as Director of Development, responsible for global strategy, international exhibitions and the opening of new headquarters in Paris.

    He joined Manifesto Expo on his return from Hong Kong, where he was responsible for establishing and managing the project to develop the CTF Art Museum, the first contemporary art museum in Hong Kong in a space spanning 10,000m². He is regularly approached to give conferences and to contribute to contemporary art exhibitions.

  • Mariana Seiko Sakurada

    Project Coordinator

    Mariana is half Brazilian and half Japanese; she graduated from the University of São Paulo with a degree in architecture and city planning. She began her career working for architectural firms. At Solé Associados, she managed cultural venue projects: Santos Augusta Theatre, Opus Theatre in São Paulo and SESC Cultural Centre JK in Belo Horizonte. She then focused on the scenography of artistic projects (with the choreographer Ismal Ivo, among others) and events (Mitsubishi Electric, Lipton). She specialized in project management at the École de Paris-Belleville, where she carried out a study on artists' studios for La Condition Publique in Roubaix.

    Mariana is half Brazilian and half Japanese; she graduated from the University of São Paulo with a degree in architecture and city planning. She began her career working for architectural firms. At Solé Associados, she managed cultural venue projects: Santos Augusta Theatre, Opus Theatre in São Paulo and SESC Cultural Centre JK in Belo Horizonte. She then focused on the scenography of artistic projects (with the choreographer Ismal Ivo, among others) and events (Mitsubishi Electric, Lipton). She specialized in project management at the École de Paris-Belleville, where she carried out a study on artists' studios for La Condition Publique in Roubaix.

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