Secretary General, Comité Colbert
Valérie Sandoz is Secretary General of the Comité Colbert, an association gathering 81 prominent French luxury houses and 15 cultural institutions working together to promote the French art de vivre on an international level.
She is a trained archaeologist and museum curator, who began her career at the International Council of Museums, the largest UNESCO NGO, where she led museum programs in many regions of the world, including Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In 1999 she was appointed Head of Visual Arts at the Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia in the Pacific, where her mission was to strengthen the Kanak cultural identity through contemporary arts. In 2001 she joined the Africa Museum in Belgium to conceive the renovation program of this internationally-renowned museum on Central Africa.
She has served as Secretary General of the Comité Colbert since 2004, where she leads the activities of this association, convinced that the French luxury industry is an expression of French culture and heritage.
Session Title: A View into the Creative Eco-system of French Luxury
Designers occupy a singular position in the French luxury industry where creativity and innovation are the result of a fruitful collaboration between designers, engineers and artisans. This round table will propose a view on this original model through the analysis and the testimonies of actors, and will present the teaching methods developed by Ensaama and the University of Evry, in collaboration with Comité Colbert, in order to train designers who are able to meet this interdisciplinary challenge: work together to get there.