Nous sommes ravis d’avoir Juliette Favre, Agnes Kwek, Catherine Ladousse, Kimiya Shams, Dr Jamie Soon -Kesteloot,PhD & Elisabeth Perrier comme intervenants pour notre Career Development Bootcamp durant la conférence Vivatechnology 2019 pour la session “Fostering women leaders in tech: Breaking the glass ceiling“.

Découvrez certains de leurs parcours ci-dessous:

Ms Agnes Kwek
Design Ambassador for Singapore (DesignSingapore Council)

Agnes is possibly the first Design Ambassador in the world, since October 2018. Based in Paris, Agnes aims to deepen design relations between Singapore and Europe plus North America. In particular, she helps global audiences discover Singapore’s unique culture and heritage by making Singapore design – for example fashion, furniture, lifestyle and architecture – known and accessible. But equally, she helps European and North American companies, businesses and start-ups from all industries (not just design) understand how they can plug into Singapore’s dynamic design and innovation ecosystem, in order to access the fast-growing Southeast
Asian market. Prior to this, she headed the DesignSingapore Council as its Executive Director from
November 2016 to May 2018. The Council is the national government agency in Singapore for all things design, and its vision is for Singapore to be an innovation- driven economy and a loveable city by design. Agnes and her team charted national policies and programmes for growing the design ecosystem, advised business and
government leaders on using design to transform their organisations, worked with academic institutions to strengthen design education, and helped design businesses grow. Agnes has a passion for the intellectual and humanitarian challenges that public service brings. She spent 17 years in the well-respected and rigorous Administrative Service of the government of Singapore. During this time, she gained much policy
and service delivery experience, not to mention networks, through 6 extremely varied portfolios: defence diplomacy, labour policy, community organisation and social welfare, public service transformation, and land transport.
However, her niche – and passion area – is in transforming organisations through design. Design became the clarion call for Agnes’ career when she witnessed the transformative power of design in creating citizen value and agile organizations, when she was leading the charge for developing innovation approaches for the government, at the Prime Minister’s Office. In 2011, she wrote an internal manifesto that articulated the Singapore public sector’s ambition to be citizen-centric, and firmly put design at the heart of public sector transformation. She set up the Singapore public service’s first in-house design team; it is estimated that today there are 30
such teams scattered around various government agencies in Singapore. In 2013, she was sent by the Singapore Government on a one-year attachment to a global design consultancy, IDEO (San Francisco) to live and breathe design. Back to Singapore in 2014, she helmed the transformation effort of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, where for the first time, an engineer-heavy organization saw a transportation system not as sets of infrastructure, but rather as delivering a loveable transport experience to citizens.

Agnes graduated with a First Class B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, Lincoln College in 2000. She went on to do a M.A. in International Relations in the University of Chicago in 2001 – all of which has nothing to do with design. Agnes is a real Singaporean at heart – she is crazy about food.
She enjoys cooking for family and friends, reading cookbooks to relax, and making friends with vendors at the farmer’s market. To balance out all the food related stuff, she rock-climbs with her husband and kids.


Catherine Ladousse
Executive Director, Communications and Engagement, Lenovo EMEA

A graduate of the University of Aix en Provence, with a master in literature and philosophy, Catherine Ladousse also holds a diploma from the Institut Français de Presse, University of Paris II.
Catherine Ladousse began her career with the Association of Francophone Universities before joining the Communications department of Credit Agricole in Paris, then in Cairo. She spent 5 years in Mexico involved in cultural and philanthropic activities and back in Paris in 1991, where she became Communications Director & Customer Satisfaction at American Express Bank France. She joined IBM in 1995, first as Head of Media for EMEA PC division then as Communication Director for IBM France. She joined Lenovo EMEA in 2005 as Executive Director of Communications. She contributed to the creation of the global diversity program “Women In Lenovo Leadership” in 2007. Since April 2012, she is leading Corporate and Executive communications, events, social and digital media, sponsorship and diversity initiatives in Lenovo EMEA.
She is also co-Founder and Chairman of a Women company network, “Cercle InterElles created in 2001 and dedicated to reduce gender gap in tech company and increase the number of women ain particular in top management ” This network include now 14 member companies, in the Technology and Sciences fields. . She has been recognized by the French government in April 2017 as ‘Chevalier de la légion d’honneur”

Kimiya Shams
Legal Counsel at Devialet and Girls in Tech Board member

Kimiya Shams is an attorney with several years of work experience in international intellectual property law and corporate transactions. Having previously practiced at international law firms and companies in Sweden, France and the U.S., she is currently working as a legal counsel at a leading audio technology company based in Paris.

Originally from Sweden, Kimiya earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Stockholm University and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Stanford Law School where she specialized in Law, Science and Technology. She has also been enrolled at Harvard University and Oxford University where she has specialized in intellectual property law and economics.
Interested in the intersection of law, technology, fashion and business, Kimiya has in parallel to her academic and professional life worked as a writer reporting on the challenges of protecting intellectual property rights in the digital age. She has published numerous articles related to intellectual property law in various leading international magazines, among them Forbes Magazine, The Independent, The Business of Fashion etc. She is also the founder of Young Intellectual Property Practitioners (YIPP), an informal group that endeavors to bring together young intellectual property practitioners and to promote a global exchange on the development and administration of intellectual property regulation.  

Kimiya has throughout her career volunteered and worked with several NGOs and associations. She was priorly a Board Member of the Red Cross Stockholm where she chaired the communication group. She has done pro-bono work in Sweden and in the U.S. involving cases with undocumented female immigrants, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied immigrant children. 


Dr Jamie Soon -Kesteloot,PhD

MD, Girls in Tech Paris

Research innovation manager and Scientist by day, Women in tech community leader by night

Jamie Soon-Kesteloot has first hand experience on the frustrations that could await the journey of a young, skilled female professional in the world of Science and Tech.  This propelled her to volunteer for Girls in Tech as Managing Director, with the ambition to inspire and empower women (and men) via their activities. Thanks to her network, Girls in Tech Paris was awarded the “France-Singapore Year of Innovation” label, in honour of which an AMPLIFY pitch competition was organised in partnership with the Singapore Embassy in France and EDB.  This competition puts the spotlight on female startup founders who developed potentially high-flying tech ideas which might be of interests to Singapore, with the aim to help them take off their business in Singapore by providing the right network and guidance.

Born and raised in Singapore, Jamie adopted France as her second home in adulthood.  Armed with a Ph.D in Chemistry (Nanotechnology) and the desire to explore the world after Graduate school, Jamie pursued academic research in Japan and France, before switching to industrial research first at Saint Gobain and now at Essilor, where she manages technical innovation valorisation and protection in the R&D department.  The professional experience overseas sharpened her skills in the domain of nanotechnology, and broadened her cultural outlook.