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A guide to the Alliance

The Alliance has adopted an original method of internal organization, respecting both the democratic principles and the functioning of an international network. The Alliance rests above all on its member publishers, who gather together in the Assembly of Allies and are represented by the International Committee of Independent Publishers (ICIP). It also relies on a Board – charged with upholding and respecting the publishers’ decisions – and a permanent staff. Additionally, some faithful volunteers make it possible to implement activities that would not exist without their help.

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Governance diagram of the Alliance

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Assembly of Allies

Publishers portraits

Discover publishers’ backgrounds, get to know their work and their publications, and listen to the voice of independent publishers… by reading the exclusive publishers portraits in this section !

In partnership with the online magazine ActuaLitté, interviews with publishers member of the Alliance are regularly added here. Explore the interviews :
* Élodie Comtois (Écosociété publishers in Québec),
* Samar Haddad (Atlas Publishing in Syria),
* Marie Michèle Razafintsalama (Jeunes malgaches in Madagascar),
* Constanza Brunet (Marea Editorial in Argentina),
* Antoinette Koleva (KX Critique & Humanism in Bulgaria),
* Karine Joseph (Sirocco in Morocco),
* Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books in South Africa),
* François Nkémé (Proximité in Cameroon),
* Aliou Sow (Ganndal, Guinea Conakry),
* Ritu Menon (Women Unlimited in India).
* Ivana Jinkings (Boitempo in Brazil),
* Sophie Bazin and Johary Ravaloson (Dodo vole in Madagascar),
* Dorota Hartwich (Format in Poland),
* Amanda Crocker (Between the Lines, Canada),
* Dieulermesson Petit Frère (LEGS Édition, Haiti),
* Corinne Fleury (Atelier des nomades, Mauritius),
* Abdulai Sila (Ku Si Mon, Guinea Bissau).

Upcoming… Carla Oliveira (Orfeu Negro, Portugal), Susan Hawthorne (Spinifex Press, Australia), Dan Bomboko (Elondja, Democratic Republic of Congo)...

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The Assembly of Allies

Click here to see the list of Alliance member publishers.

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International Committee of independent publishers (ICIP)

International Committee of Independent Publishers (ICIP)

The ICIP includes the six coordinators of the Alliance’s language networks ; the coordinators are nominated by the members of the networks. Since 2011, the ICIP has been an essential part of governing the Alliance, representing the voice of the Assembly of Allies. The ICIP meets once a year in the presence of the Board and the team of the Alliance. The agenda is based on the aspirations and objectives of the Alliance, considering above all the needs and expectations of the Allies.

Composition of the ICIP :

  • Coordinator of the Arabic-speaking network : Nouri Abid, Tunisia (Med Ali)
  • Coordinator of the Portuguese-speaking network : Araken Gomes Ribeiro, Brazil (Contra Capa)
  • Vice-coordinator of the Portuguese-speaking network : Carla Oliveira, Portugal (Orfeu Negro)
  • Coordinator of the English-speaking network : Müge Sokmen Gursoy, Turkey (Metis Publishers)
  • Vice-coordinator of the English-speaking network : Ritu Menon, India (Women Unlimited)
  • Coordinator of the Spanish-speaking network : Guido Indij, Argentina (la marca editora)
  • Coordinator of the French-speaking network : Serge D. Kouam, Cameroon (Presses universitaires d’Afrique)
  • Vice-coordinator of the French-speaking network : Isabelle Pivert, France (éditions du Sextant)
  • Vice-coordinator of the French-speaking network : Élisabeth Daldoul, Tunisia (elyzad)
  • Coordinator of the Persian-speaking network : Tinouche Nazmjou, France/Iran (Naakojaa)
  • Vice-coordinator of the Persian-speaking network : Anahita Mehdipour, Germany/Iran (Forough Verlag)

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General Assembly and Board

Hélène KLOECKNER, President

Hélène Kloeckner is in charge of internal communication at Sciences Po. She is the author of a survey on textbooks in Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa, published in the Africultures journal in 2003. She has worked for more than twelve years in publishing, and collaborated with Nouvelles éditions africaines in Senegal, Dakar. As a volunteer at the Alliance since 2004, she has been particularly interested in the pan-African collection “Terres Solidaires” . She has been the president of the Alliance since July 2013.

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Luc PINHAS, vice-President

Vice-President of the Board of the Alliance since the General Assembly of June 20, 2011, Luc Pinhas is a former student of the École normale supérieure in Saint-Cloud. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies and teaches at Paris 13-Villetaneuse University, where he is currently in charge of a master’s degree on “Book Marketing”.

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Annie GOGAT, treasurer

Treasurer of the Alliance, Annie Gogat works for the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation as Accounting Manager. Passionnate about integration issues and involved in her neighborhood’s school life, she finds herself naturally acting as a mediator in many situations. After spending years in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, she now lives in Bouffémont (Paris region).

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Thierry QUINQUETON, member of the Board

Thierry Quinqueton has long experience in the publishing world and of intercultural dialogue. He was Literary Director at the Desclée de Brouwer publishing house (France) from 1991 to 1999, and then Director of the French Cultural Center in Khartoum from 2000 to 2004. After spending four years at the French Department of Foreign Affairs (department of written documents and libraries), he was responsible from May 2009 to July 2013 for the libraries network in the Châtellerault area ; from 2013 to 2017, he was in charge of the Book Office at the French Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Thierry Quinqueton also pursues his research on the links between market economies, public policies, and non-monetary aspects within the book economy (Law and Development of Social and Solidarity Economy - University of Poitiers). Author of « Que ferait Saul Alinsky ? » (DDB, 2011), he was Chairman of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers from 2006 to 2013.

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Laura AUFRERE, member of the Board

After studying political sciences and specialising in cultural project management, Laura Aufrère has developed several missions combining performance theatre and visual art. She is currently coordinator of UFISC, a confederation of professional organisations representing small and medium not-for-profit structures, that participate to the solidarity economy. She specifically works on field visits and collective works addressing issues of cooperation, collective governance and social protection.

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David ELOY, member of the Board

A committed journalist with a special interest in international solidarity, sustainable development and human rights, David Eloy founded Altermondes in 2005, a media focusing on civil society’s actors, where he was editor-in-chief until 2016. He previously held positions in several international NGOs, including the Centre de recherche et d’information pour le développement (CRID), Peuples Solidaires – Action Aid France and the Association internationale de techniciens, experts et chercheurs (Aitec).

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Michel SAUQUET, member of the General Assembly

Michel Sauquet worked for more than 40 years in the international cooperation sector, based either in France or in countries of the Global South such as Ethiopia or Brazil, in missions with NGOs (Gret, Inades), the International Labour Board, and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation. He is Senior Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, and regularly speaks at ENA, Langues O, the École Centrale, and University of Paris-Dauphine . He presided over the International Alliance of independent publishers from 2002 to 2006, and is the author of some twenty works of fiction and in the field of humanities.

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Gérard AIMÉ, member of the General Assembly

Born in 1946, after obtaining a degree from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes and a postgraduate qualification in political sociology, Gérard Aimé started his career as a journalist and photo-reporter in Canada. The co-founder of Alternatives publishing and co-author of its first publications, he ran the publishing house for 35 years until its takeover by Gallimard. Today he works as a consultant for various publishing houses. Gérard Aimé was a member of the Board of the Alliance between 2011 and 2016.

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Permanent team

But also…

From 2002 to 2009, Étienne GALLIAND (founder of the Alliance) managed the association. He then created Double Ponctuation, with which the Alliance regularly collaborates. Double Ponctuation is, among other things, copublisher of the Bibliodiversity journal.

Alexandre TIPHAGNE joined the Alliance from 2002 to 2007, as manager of co-editions and the Portuguese and Spanish languages networks. From December 2012 to April 2014, Alexandre was vice-chair of Cabinet in the Ministry of Culture and Communication and technical councillor responsible of the book, and later chair of Cabinet. Formerly a parliamentary collaborator of Aurélie Filippetti at the National Assembly, he is currently in charge of Culture at Paris City Council.

Thomas WEISS worked for the Alliance between 2003 and 2006 as a logistician, administrator and Webmaster. He also coordinated co-publishing projects of the English and Arabic languages networks. In 2007, he became an independent consultant and web developer, and worked principally for the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Exemole Sarl, and the Research Institute, and contributed to discussions on governance. In 2013, he joined the French IT group, Netapsys Conseil, as central director. He is currently a consultant at OCTO Technology.

Between 2008 and 2010, Nathalie CARRÉ contributed her expertise to “Terres solidaires” and “Terres d’écritures”, both solidary copublishings collections. Nathalie continued facilitating the reading committee of the “Terres solidaires” collection. She is currently a Swahili teacher at Inalco.

Sonbol REGNAULT-BAHMANYAR contributed to the Alliance between 2010 to 2012, by developing the Persian language publishers group. Sonbol is currently in Iran, where she runs a French pastry shop.

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Laurence HUGUES

After studying at the IUT Book Trade in Aix-en-Provence, Laurence Hugues went to earn a bachelor’s degree in Literature at Trois-Rivières University in Québec, and later a Masters’ degree in Book Marketing at Paris 13-Villetaneuse University. After several professionals stays in West Africa, she joined the International Alliance of independent publishers’ team in 2007. In July 2009, Etienne GALLIAND passed on management responsabilities to Laurence HUGUES.

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Clémence HEDDE

After geography studies, Clémence completed a specialised Master’s Degree in Book Publishing. Her posts in publishing houses including Autrement, La Découverte, and Phaidon allowed her to acquire skills in several areas, such as the humanities, young adult literature, and artistic books. In 2010, Clémence joined the team of the Alliance, where she is especially in charge of maintaining and supporting the French-language network and the children’s book working group ; and coordinating fair publishing partnerships.

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Matthieu JOULIN

Matthieu JOULIN first obtained a master’s degree in Hispano-American Language, Literature and Civilisation at Bordeaux University. He then turned his focus on publishing, obtaining a master’s degree in Book Commercialisation at University of Paris 13-Villetaneuse. After gaining experience in bookshops and a post at an Argentinian publishing house, he joined the Alliance’s team in 2011, where he is especially in charge of the Digital Lab of the Alliance ; and maintaining and supporting the Spanish and Portuguese language networks

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