The programming of the Annual Sessions is chosen on the basis of the proposals of the CHEC Steering Committee, composed of personalities from the world of culture with varied profiles.
A computer scientist and philosopher, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia is a professor at the Sorbonne University Faculty of Science and a researcher at LIP6 (Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'Université Paris 6), where he leads the ACASA team (Cognitive Agents and Symbolic Machine Learning). His research interests include machine learning, symbolic data fusion, computational ethics, and the literary side of digital humanities.
He has written many books. Among them in 2017, The myth of the Singularity. Should we fear artificial intelligence? at the Éditions du Seuil, in 2019 the novel This morning, mom was uploaded under the pen name of Gabriel Naëj at Éditions Buchet-Chastel, and in March 2022, Virtual easements at Éditions du Seuil.
He was Chairman of the CNRS Ethics Committee from 2016 to 2021. He is a member of the Digital Ethics Steering Committee and Chair of the Employment Pole Ethics Committee.
What he says about CHEC: With digital technology, it is not only the medium of communication in human societies that is being transformed, but also the intellectual tools with which women and men think, develop and create. The result is major changes in culture, as significant in some respects as those suggested by Walter Benjamin in his 1936 essay on The Work of Art at the time of its technical reproducibility. It seems essential to build training to exchange and co-build new practices in line with these new cultural realities.”
Former student of the National School of Charters, paleographer archivist and general curator of heritage, Françoise Banat-Berger worked at the Archives de Paris and then headed the Archives Service at the Ministry of Justice where she worked on the evolution of evidence law in the digital environment and on digital archiving issues.
She then headed, within the Archives de France, the sub-directorate of interdepartmental and territorial policy for traditional and digital archives. She was director of the National Archives from 2014 to 2019.
She is now Head of the Interdepartmental Service of the Archives de France (SIAF).
Former student of the ENA (class René Char 1995), Marc Drouet is a civil administrator out of class. He has held many positions in the Ministries of Interior, Finance, and Equipment. He was Assistant Director of Archaeology at the Directorate-General for Heritage from 2010 to 2014, then at the Ministry of the Interior, Deputy Director for Modernization and Territorial Action, Head of the Department for Modernization of Public Action.
He was Regional Director of Cultural Affairs of Hauts-de-France from October 2016 to July 2020. He is now Regional Director of Cultural Affairs Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
A university professor in information and communication sciences, Emmanuel Ethis is a specialist in the sociology of cinema reception, the study of audiences at major festivals and has directed numerous works on arts and cultural education. He chaired the University of Avignon and the Vaucluse countries and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of University Presidents. He was rector of the Academy of Nice from 2015 to April 2019, when he was appointed rector of the Academy of Rennes.
Emmanuel Ethis is President of the High Council for Arts and Cultural Education. Renewed to this mission in August 2018, its mission is to accompany the policy of 100% EAC carried out by the ministers of education, culture and the President of the Republic.
What he says about CHEC: The Charter of Arts and Cultural Education, developed by the members of the High Council of Arts and Cultural Education (HCEAC) and presented on July 8, 2016 at the Avignon Festival, specifies in point 9 that "Arts and cultural education requires the training of the various actors promoting their mutual knowledge, the acquisition and sharing of common references". The training of professionals in all fields, and in particular of education, culture, information, social and territorial actors and even of the “educational community” in the broad sense and including parents, is one of the fundamental levers of the 100% BEC objective to which I am very attached, as a sociologist of culture, vice-president of the HCEAC and rector of academy.
The CHEC will provide an unprecedented perspective, an unparalleled expansion of our horizons that will allow us to benefit from a multitude of perspectives and expertise on the cultural issue. I have the hope that this unprecedented work will help to develop a culture common to all actors, which will be able to decline while respecting the singularities, traditions and know-how of each ministry (national education, higher education and culture) and of each professional, and will unify various actors but today scattered.
Collaborating in a dedicated space and thus achieving training in this particular field is a fundamental challenge that requires an investment commensurate with the central issue it represents, and I am convinced that the Cycle des hautes études de la culture will meet this requirement.”
Patrick Gérard, a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, holds a doctorate in law from the University of Paris 2 and is a member of the law faculties. He was Director of the École nationale d'administration from August 2017 to September 2021 and is now Deputy Chair of the Administration Section of the Conseil d'État.
Professor of public law (Université d'Orléans, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Ecole des mines de Paris, CELSA, Sciences Po and Université Paris Descartes), he has held many positions within the Ministry of National Education: rector of the Orléans-Tours, Bordeaux and Paris academies, but also director of school education and director of the cabinet of the minister of national education, higher education and research (2005-2006). He was also Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice (2007-2008).
Patrick Gérard served as mayor of Vincennes (Val-de-Marne) from 1996 to 2002. He chaired the Board of Directors of the National Heritage Institute from 2010 to 2017. He is the author of several books, including The administration of the State (LexisNexis, 4th edition, 2020) and The Administrative Court (French Documentation, 2nd edition, 2022).
A graduate of economics, philosophy and art history studies, Steven Hearn has developed extensive professional experience in the field of cultural and social strategies. In 2000, he created the cultural engineering agency Le troisième pôle and was in charge of the public service delegation of La Gaîté Lyrique until 2016.
In 2010, it brought together all its activities and participations in a single structure, Scintillo to pool skills and resources. Since 2011, Scintillo has been developing Créatis, the first incubator dedicated to entrepreneurs of culture, which is now operating in Paris on 3,000 m2. In June 2014, he submitted an interdepartmental report on the development of cultural entrepreneurship in France and co-signed two years later with Claude Mollard on What do I know? on cultural engineering.
In 2015, the SOS Group became a reference shareholder of Scintillo in order to accelerate its development. Between 2022 and 2025, he opened the JAD in Sèvres, the new Rameau concert hall in Lyon and the Fabrique des Arts 3.0 in Paris.
Finally, he is president of the CNEAI art centre.
What he says about CHEC: In a world fraught with many divisions, the ability to rethink our learning, training and career paths, to better articulate our ecosystems and their transversality seems to me an indispensable, structuring and necessary challenge. It is here that lies the extreme utility of CHEC: learning to capture the weak signals of our societal and cultural changes, to understand and accompany them in order to prepare a world of sharing and listening and to create a new generation of truly informed decision-makers.”
Sound engineer at the Centre for Image and Sound Research, CREAR-CERIS, Michel Orier founded and directed the Amiens Festival from 1982 to 2000) then created the record label: Label Bleu in 1986. He was director of the Maison de la culture d'Amiens from 1991 to 2000 and chaired the national commission on jazz and improvised music from 1993 to 2000. He was a member of the commission chaired by Jacques Rigaud for the recasting of cultural policies and then chaired the Syndicat national des entreprises artistiques et culturelles (Syndeac) (1999-2000). He was a technical advisor in charge of live entertainment in the office of the Minister of Culture Catherine Tasca.
He headed the Maison de la Culture de Grenoble (MC2). He was Director General of Artistic Creation at the Ministry of Culture from 2012 to 2016. Since 2016, he has been Director of Music and Cultural Creation at Radio France.
After studying history and political science, Catherine Pégard pursued a career as a journalist at Le Point, where she was editor-in-chief, and at Radio Classique.
She was advisor to the President of the Republic, in charge of the political and cultural issues from 2007 to 2011.
She was appointed President of the Palace of Versailles by decree of the President of the Republic in August 2011 and reappointed in September 2016.
Isabelle de Ponfilly is president and co-founder of the firm OFISU, specialized in the strategic support of companies and the organization of workspaces. She was CEO of Vitra France from 1998 to 2020.
Isabelle de Ponfilly is also:
- President of the Board of Directors of ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)
- Vice-President of the Comité Constructions et Beaux-Arts de la SEIN (Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale), and of the ADEC – ISTEC graduate school of commerce and marketing
- Member of Cercle 20 21 - Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Cercle des Femmes de l'Immobilier, CNAP (National Centre for Plastic Arts) for the Commission d'acquisitions «collège Design et Arts Décoratifs», Mobilier National for the Commission d'acquisitions Design, IFCIC (Institut pour le Financement du Cinéma et des Industries Culturelles) for the "Design and Arts Lending Committee"
- Member of the boards of directors of the Domaine de Boisbuchet, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine from 2006 to 2012
- Co-Chair of Actineo (Office Quality of Life Observatory) from 2006 to 2021
Thanks to the ancestorsMembers of the Steering Committee for their valuable input on the constitution of the programmes of past annual sessions:
After studying philosophy and aesthetics and a career as a dancer, Catherine Tsékénis accompanied the production of choreographers (Philippe Decouflé, Mathilde Monnier and Hervé Robbe) for 9 years. At the same time, she created the magazine «Mouvement» and sat for a time on the National Council of SYNDEAC. She then served as dance advisor to the director of the Music, Dance, Theatre and Entertainment Directorate.
In 2007, she joined Hermès with the mission to develop and develop the patronage policy. Thus, in April 2008, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès was created and took over its management, under the chairmanship of Pierre-Alexis Dumas until 2019.
She has been the Executive Director of the CND (National Dance Centre) since July 1, 2019.
Catherine Tsékénis is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CNSMD of Lyon.