Professional career

I have a PhD level in Italian Literature. I work since 1998 as free-lance in literature, art and tourism publishing. I had a few corporate experiences and in 2012 I have decided to create my start-up in the clean tech to solve energy poverty. We work at the intersection of clean tech, education and agro-food sectors. My experiences working remotely as a writer and entrepreneur have made me flexible, rigorous, organized, creative, passioned about sustainability and focused on customer satisfaction.

I have 8 years experience managing international partnerships, providing mission logistics in developing countries (India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti, South Africa), and multi-cultural team management and communication.

French is my mother tongue. I speak fluent English and Italian and beginner/intermediate Portuguese, Spanish and Greek. I am beginning to learn Finnish. I know Pack Office with Linux and Windows and the cms Spip.

GoSol

GoSol.solar is an impact enterprise that I co-created with my husband and 4 other friends. I have been the CEO since 2015.

As an impact entrepreneur I have worked closely with multiple international partners: Autodesk Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Plan International Finland and Uganda, Finnish energy company Wärtsilä, Finnpartnership, Carbon Cycle in the Philippines, World Vision Finland and Kenya NGO, Global Resource Alliance NGO in Tanzania, Deloitte Foundation, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Rexel Foundation and the University of Berkeley.

GoSol developed a technique to concentrate solar energy and the applications required to utilise the solar heat generated. This enables individuals and groups to run their business with clean affordable solar energy. GoSol work include solar bakeries, dried fruit, roasted nuts and large scale power generation. To make solar energy accessible to all, we work at the intersection of clean energy, entrepreneurship and education. We also have developed trainings. Having access to clean energy helps reduce pollution from charcoal burning, limits deforestation due to firewood collection, and stimulates the work of entrepreneurs in developing countries while allowing them to save money and strengthen their economic stability.

Publishing activities

Before becoming an entrepreneur in Finland, I worked freelance in the Paris publishing industry with a 20 years experience. Motivated by a love of writing I created Seepia, an online publishing house, which was active between 2012 and 2018. I also wrote and published 12 books in French.

  • Tourism:
    > For Comptoirs du Monde travel agency (Paris), I wrote their new guides on Uganda and Finland and updated some contents of their website. These contents were related to New Zealand, Brazil, Senegal, Namibia, Kenya, Ireland and Scotland. (2018-2019).
    > For Michelin, I researched and wrote eight new guides, notably in Cuba, in Greece and in Italy (2005-2008).
    For the travel agency Nomade Aventure, I edited the new version of their website (2005).
    > I was Chief Publisher/Editor at the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau,. This position consisted of overseeing various collections of publications, including city guides, brochures and maps in 9 languages, as well as internal reports and annual reports. I also oversaw the conversion of publications from new material to recycled and was responsible for the editorial section of the website, www.parisinfo.com (2003-2004).
    > I was Chief Editor of 6 Paris city guides for Zurban newspaper (2001-2002).
    > At Hachette Group I edited and proofread 32 travel guides and participated in the creation of 4 new titles (1998-2000).

  • Art:
    > J. Kugel Gallery is regarded as one of the most prestigious international antique galleries. From 2000 to 2010, I had the privilege of working directly with Alexis Kugel who entrusted me with the editorial catalogs of six exhibitions.

  • Literature:
    > From 2012 to 2018, I created and ran Seepia Publishing House with 16 titles in its catalog. Read here for more about it. Before that, I translated a dozen books from Italian and English into French, adapted eco-manga novels and wrote subtitles for Frenhc-Italian theater productions. I wote and published about 12 books in French (novels and poetry).

  • Modern Art:
    In 2001-2002, I organized several conferences at the Modern Art Museum of Centre Pompidou in Paris for the Revues Parlées de Marianne Alphant. I also edited the catalog for the retrospective of designer Fabrice Praeger.

    Background

    Originally Franco-Italian, I was born in Morocco and grew up in Corsica and Paris. I studied art at the Ecole du Louvre and Italian literature at the Sorbonne. At the Sorbonne, I began my PhD studying the nineteenth century philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1999, ongoing). I enjoyed studying and lecturing at the university but I needed adventure. I left academia to explore our beautiful planet while working freelance in art and tourism publishing. 10 years later my awareness of the global climate crisis propelled me to co-create a solar energy project in Finland, 2012. I am currently living in Finland where I continue my work as a social and impact entrepreneur.