Professional career

I am currently living in Finland where I work as a impact and social entrepreneur as Chairperson of the board and co-founder of GoSol to spread solar entrepreneurship in developing countries. I am also founder of Seepia, a consulting agency focused on impact practices and sustainable lifestyles. And I am a writer.

Originally French-Italian, I was born in Morocco and grew up in Corsica and Paris. I studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre and Italian literature at the Sorbonne. At the Sorbonne, I began my PhD studying the 19th century philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1999). I enjoyed studying and teaching at the university for 3 years but I needed more adventure. I left academia to explore our beautiful planet while working freelance in art and tourism publishing. Then I gained corporate experience in tourism and publishing, I also started to write novels but my awareness of the global climate crisis propelled me to leave that life and co-create Solar Fire / GoSol, a solar energy company in Finland, 2012. I have also created Seepia that same year as publishing house.

I have 8 years experience (4 as CEO) managing international partnerships, handling communications, providing mission logistics in developing countries (India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti, South Africa), and multi-cultural team management. I worked at the intersection of clean tech, education and agro-food sectors.

My experiences working as a free-lance, corporate and entrepreneur have made me flexible, rigorous, organized, creative, passioned about sustainability and focused on customer satisfaction.

GoSol is an impact and social enterprise that I co-created with my husband and 4 friends. I have been the CEO between 2015 and 2019. I’m now Chairperson of the Board.

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, Finnvera and the University of Berkeley.

GoSol develops a technique to concentrate solar energy and the applications required to utilize the solar heat generated. This enables people to run their solar business with clean 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. We’ve been working in projects in Haïti, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India, Philippines, Amazonia and Europe.

Invited speaker and network

I have created to highlight the sustainable solutions in Tampere and Pirkanmaa region.

- Speaker at the next Stream Festival in Tampere (Oct. 2019): implementing sustainable business practices in investment analysis and decision making.
- Mentor at the next Startup Weekend Sustainability in Tampere (Sept. 2019).
- Speaker at Waves Festival of Aalto University of Helsinki about impact entrepreneurship (June 2019).
- Speaker at Lahti Lappeenranta University (Finland) at a conference about "Sustainable Grands Challenges" (June 2019).
- Invited delegate by Autodesk Foundation at Skoll Forum for impact and social entrepreneurs in Oxford (May 2019, blog).
- Contribution the AlterCoop training :"Cooperation in action - take inspiration from committed people" (April 2018).
- Speaker invited to give a conference about solar energy for vulnerable populations at Marjolaine Fair for Sustainable Lifestyles, Paris (Nov. 2017).

Publishing activities

Before becoming an entrepreneur in Finland, I worked as freelance and corporate in the Paris art and tourism publishing industry where I have more than a 20 years experience. I also wrote and published books in French and I’ve been a publisher myself with Seepia.

  • Chief Editor and Editor in Tourism:
    > For Comptoirs du Monde travel agency (Paris), I wrote new guides on Uganda and Finland and updated contents of their website related to New Zealand, Brazil, Senegal, Namibia, Kenya, Ireland and Scotland, Greece (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, (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).

  • Editor in 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.

  • Organizing events for Modern Art scene:
    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.

  • Writing and translating:
    > 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 Literature into French, I have adapted eco-manga novels and wrote subtitles for French-Italian theater productions. I wrote and published about 12 books in French (novels and poetry).
    In Finland, I worked with Suomen luomumatkailuyhdistys ECEAT Suomi ry and Tampereen ensi- ja turvakoti ry in 2012.