An alumnus from the prestigious Political Science Institute (IEP) and National School of Administration in France (ENA), Hervé Digne has had a long and distinguished career in cultural industries. He was a general manager in the Hachette publishing group and in the Lagardere group as deputy to the general partner. A former media advisor to French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, Hervé Digne played an active role in the launch of the France 24 network and the development of cable tv in France. He was then tapped to lead a number of consulting missions in the press, audiovisual industry and telecommunications for leading consulting groups (Arthur D Little, Kurt Salmon) and for Postmedia Finance, a consulting practice for cultural industries he created in 2003.
Hervé Digne is also chairman of Cofiloisir, the leading French cinema financing body. A vocal advocate of cultural diversity, he has been a longtime chairman of the Avignon cultural forum of which he was a co-founder. He also assumed the chairmanship of the Lambert collection in order to facilitate its donation to the French authorities and holds the position of President of the Odeon Theatre patrons.
Hervé is a chevalier of the Legion d’honneur and the Arts et Lettres as well an officier of the Merite Order, France’s highest civilian awards.

General Manager

An MBA graduate from France’s prestigious business school ESSEC, Laure Confavreux Colliex also graduated from the “Arts and Media” master at Schulich business school in Toronto and holds a BA in law. Laure Confavreux Colliex started her career at France’s national Museum association (RMN) and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (2001).
She opened and managed the European branch of Lord group, the international leader in museum consulting and programming, eventually becoming Executive Vice-President of the group in 2011. She left Lord in 2014 in order to create Manifesto along with Herve Digne.
Her diverse missions have led her to manage complex multicultural projects such as the architectural competition analysis for the Louvre Lens, the acclaimed extension of the museum north of France,

Among other projects she has managed: the Cité du vin, Bordeaux Wine culture interpretation center, the Metalmorphose project, Paris Mint building ambitious cultural revamping, the programming of the Maison Hermes in Shanghai among many others (Santralistanbul, Luxembourg’s Mudam, Lausannes’ Olympics museum, Budapest’s Museum quarter…).

Laure is an administrator of the Magnum endowment and a board member of Lab’Bel, the contemporary art investment fund launched by group Bel.

Jean-Paul Cluzel, photo Martin Colombet

Senior Adviser

An alumnus of the prestigious Political Science Institute (IEP) and National School of Administration in France (ENA) as well as the University of Chicago, Jean-Paul Cluzel is a retired French civil servant and honorary Finance inspector. He has over 20 years of experience in managing leading media and cultural institutions. He was tasked with effectively managing the opening of the Paris Bastille opera and then launched the innovative program One year at the opera specifically designed towards disadvantaged children and teenagers. He directed Radio France Internationale before being appointed president and CEO of Radio France, the number one radio group in France, overlooking a network of 7 public stations, two orchestras and over 5000 employees. Under his leadership, the audience kept growing and was matched with a more diverse pool of talents on air, a number of digital innovations, sound financial management and the renovation of the heritage building of the Radio headquarters.

In 2011, he was appointed President of both the Reunion des Musées Nationaux, France’s national museums association, and Grand Palais. The successful merging of the two institutions was a major achievement. With a staff of 1000, he developed a high profile and diverse program of blockbuster arts exhibitions and prestigious events. He also kickstarted a significant increase in fundraising through sponsorships, private events and business development. He chaired the competition for the renovation of the Grand Palais heritage building of glass and steel set to begin in 2019. He retired in January 2016.
Jean-Paul Cluzel is Commandeur in the Legion d’Honneur, in the Ordre du Merite and the Arts et Lettres.



A graduate of the elite communication school CELSA-Sorbonne and ESCP Europe business school in France, Fanny Bannet majored in social sciences, communications and cultural management. She started her career as a consultant, working for the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, Lordculture agency, the ministry of Education and the Genneviliers theatre. She then joined the team at Centquatre, Paris’ cultural flagship, where she was the point person coordinating major events such as Paris literature festival “En toutes lettres”, the Nuit Blanche arts festival for young people etc. When Smile&Co agency was retained by the Culture ministry, she was project manager for the Monumenta/ Anish Kapoor high profile exhibition at the Grand Palais in 2011.
Fanny then joined the Sadler’s Wells theatre, the mecca of dance in London. For three years she organized the international tours of the company’s spectacles from New York to Sydney, through Beijing, Moscow, Taipei and Beirut. Working closely with leading choreographers and dancers, she was in charge of contracts, budgets and scheduling. She produced the farewell show of ballet star Sylvie Guillem, an acclaimed blockbuster entitled “Life in Progress” with works by William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant.



Ever since she started her career at the Theatre du Châtelet, Mathilde Levesque has managed high profile international productions for the stage from musicals (Les Miserables, West Side Story, Grease, 42nd street…), dance (Pilobolus, Antonio Gades, the stars of the Ballet gala for Tsunami victims…) equestrian shows (the Jerez school, the Garde Republicaine, Apassionata…), Circus ( the Moscow circus, the Beijing circus…), major shows (David Copperfield, Robert Hossein…).

She has also been touring numerous productions both in Paris leading venues or throughout France: Palais des sports, Palais des Congrès, Folies Bergeres, Mogador, Cirque d’Hiver, Accorhotel arena, Maison de la danse, Nikaia… Mathilde joined Manifesto in 2016.


Project Manager

Following a prep school training in applied arts, Marie Marquis Lhuillier received her BA from the National School of Urban Architecture and Territories in Marne-la-Vallée (ENSAVT). She obtained her MA in architecture from ENSA, France’s National School of architecture at Paris-Malaquais. She then took a year off working on several projects for the Berger & Berger architecture studio, including the Lambert collection in Avignon and the Celine showroom before joining French artist’s Bernar Venet studio in New York.

While pursuing her studies, she was co-founder of the AA(N+1) collective which supports multidisciplinary arts practices and masterclasses. She then passed her HMONP, France’s official architect professional degree and joined Wilmotte & associés Architectes studio, working specifically on the Qu4drans Balard project. Eager to link up arts and architecture she returned to academia, studying cultural management at the ESCP Europe business school. She joined Manifesto in 2017.


Project Manager

While she holds a dual French and US citizenship, Mae Woolworth studied international business at Paris-Assas University before joining Ralph Lauren in London. There she worked both on marketing studies and events management from fashion shows, private events for the main clients to showrooms etc. Back in Paris she worked for the advertisement service of the newspaper Les Echos. She then specialized in cultural management and finance at Sorbonne University and ESCP Europe business school.
Joining Culturespaces, the leading management company of heritage and cultural sites in France, she was in charge of signage, multimedia and museography. She was also very much involved in the interior design issues of the commercial spaces i.e new boutiques and restaurants as well as the re-opening of the iconic Hotel de Caumont, a new arts space in Aix-en-Provence. To Manifesto, which she joined in 2016, she also brings her experience in organizing book fairs.


Urban Project Specialist

Clarissa Pelino left Rome to study at the prestigious Paris Political Science Institute (IEP) in 2011. Before graduating from the Sciences Po Paris Master in urban management, she studied art history and urban planning at UCLA (Los Angeles) for a year. In 2015, she took part in the international and cultural attractivity benchmark commissioned by the city of Paris to the urban planning think tank APUR.

In Mumbai (India), she took a year conducting a study of local economics for the NGO Urban planners International and she dedicated an internship in the Abha Lambah Architects associates studio to ground-level studies into several urban renewal projects. An avid filmgoer, she also studied Mumbai’s cultural and heritage policies and was a member of the “Innovate heritage” program at Reggio Calabria University before joining Manifesto.


Arts Advisor

A graduate of the London University of the Arts -LCC & Central Saint Martin, Yvannoé Kruger started his career in communication in London and Paris. He then turned to film making both on a personal level, directing a documentary on Cockney culture, and a professional one, taking part in Valerie Donzelli’s “Main dans la main” feature film as production assistant. His passion for contemporary art takes him to the Palais de Tokyo where he joined director Jean de Loisy’s team from 2011 to 2015 and organized a number of performances, festivals, concerts, installations…

He worked on exhibition projects at MoMA PS1 and the Lyon arts biennale. He is now a freelance curator and looks for bridges between the arts, specifically gastronomy and crafts. He is co-director of the Mur Saint-Bon, the Paris branch of Dijon’s Consortium arts space while advising Brand Think Tank in London and Manifesto.