Permanent team

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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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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Danielle CHARONNET (French-Spanish)
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Rachel MATTEAU MATSHA (French-English)
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Rachel Matteau Matsha is senior lecturer at the Durban University of Technology (South Africa). Her research interests include book history, sociology of literature, Indian Ocean studies, and postcolonial studies. Born in Québec (Canada), she holds a BA in Literary Studies from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a MA and PhD in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa). She is the author of Real and Imagined Readers. Reading, publishing and censorship under apartheid (UKZN Press, forthcoming 2018). She is collaborating with the International Alliance of independent publishers since 2013.

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Volunteers support the Alliance’s permanent team to implement the association’s agenda : We thank them very much for their involvement and their commitment !


Djamilatou DIALLO
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