Géraldine Vessière (Eng)

Géraldine Vessière is a freelance journalist and moderator. She works or has worked for media such as L’Echo, Trends Tendances, or Le Soir. She has also worked in the past for Le Vif/L’Express and la RTBF.
Géraldine is currently based in London. Her main areas are: business, economy, art (exhibitions, art market, cinema) as well as society.
She also moderate talks and debates (Roca London Gallery, Union Wallonne des Entreprises), has directed small documentaries (documentaries about the European Programme Life-Smigin, Design Exquis), and co-curated exhibition (Design Exquis, Regenerating Capital).
Passionate about story telling and cinema, she has written, directed or worked on several short films including Trimming Pablo, from the director Tim Newton. She has also co-written the theatre play ‘C’est Time’, played at La Samaritaine, in Brussels in 2004.

Joan Miro's workshop at Palma de Majorque

Joan Miro’s workshop at Palma de Majorque

 

Art: Exhibition, analyses, … Some news from the United Kingdom about art and its market

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Housing crisis: the alternatives
In 2014 we celebrate, in Belgium, 125 years of public housing and 20 years since the right to adequate housing was incorporated into the constitution, yet for many this has remained a mirage. In a climate where it is increasingly hard to find suitable housing, and where space, in any case in big cities, is decreasing alarmingly, Géraldine Vessière explores the alternatives to traditional ways of buying or renting a property. Le Soir, January 23rd 2014

The history of Money
For several thousand years money has gone through many tribulations before taking the shape that we know today. Géraldine Vessière explores, through 5 periods and 5 themes, this fascinating universe which saw the birth and the transformations of different means of transactions according to the period and the region. Le Soir, 12th-18th of August 2013

About the Olympics
The Olympics took place in London from the 27th of July till the 12th of August 2012. Read some of the stories behind this worldwide sport event.

Olympic Stadium CGI

Stratford’s new Olympic Stadium

 

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Transparency International: A 20 year struggle
20 years ago corruption was very widespread and it was considered a necessary evil, however, not by everybody. In 1993, aware of the damage caused by such practices, 9 individuals headed by Peter Eigen, a former employee at the World Bank, decided to take action. They created in Berlin a small organisation in order to fight against corruption and money laundering: Transparency International.

Two decades later, the NGO has more than 100 local offices worldwide and has contributed to numerous advances in this field. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the institution, Géraldine Vessière met its chairwoman, Huguette Labelle. Le Soir, 8th November 2013

Who owns London? (Eng)
The heart of London is owned by a handful of aristocrats and, since less than half a century, by a number of companies. What has shaped the map of London property ownership. L’Echo, 19 October 2013

Map of London, Richard Blome, 1673

Map of London, Richard Blome, 1673

An Anglo-Saxon defends Europe (Eng)
As euroscepticism is gaining ground, David Cameron has promised the British a referendum on the question “the European Union: in or out?”, if he was re-elected. John McCormick, a Jean Monnet professor of European Union politics at the University of Indiana, in the United States, picked up his pen to write the book “Why Europe matters?”  L’Echo, 22nd June 2013

At the heart of the British Parliament (Eng)
The Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament, blends politics, traditions and folklore. A visit. L’Echo. 22 June 2013

 

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The City and its Banksters (Eng)
Money laundering, rate rigging, a rogue trader (or rogue trading). The number of bankers’ evictions has increased this year. Some of those cases in review. L’Echo, 22 December 2012

The rise and the fall of a fortunate
Jerôme Kerviel a few months ago, Kweku Adoboli today, convictions for banking fraud keep rolling. Far from being an isolated issue, this phenomenon is unsurprising when the wider banking culture is considered. L’Echo 24 novembre 2012

« An exit of the UK from the EU: a really bad idea » (Eng)
Stuck between the fear of losing its sovereignty and the fear of losing its power of influence, Great Britain is in a difficult position. Read my interview with Robin Niblett, Chatham House’s director about the EU/UK relationship. L’Echo 27 July 2012

The EBRD opens up to Mediterranean countries (Eng)
After twenty years of existence, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) now operates across Europe, from ex-communist countries to the southern Mediterranean. A discussion with Jean-Louis Six, EBRD Director for Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovenia. L’Echo, 19 May 2012

The Presidency of the EBRD at the heart of an unprecedented struggle between Europeans (Eng)
Five Candidates are still contesting the presidency of the EBRD. For the first time, the procedure could leave the closed circle of Ecofin countries. L’Echo 15 May 2012

Cultural gold medal for the Olympics
Started in 2008, slowed down in 2009, revived in 2010, the Cultural Olympiad will soon reach its climax with London 2012 Festival. Music, fine art, dance and film events are on the menu for those more interested in culture. L’Echo, 27 April 2012

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012, taken as part of the London 2012 Festival commissions.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012, taken as part of the London 2012 Festival commissions.

Cameron couldn’t let the City go
David Cameron said « no » to the European union to protect Great Britain’s financial centre. What’s the importance of the City of London for the country?   L’Echo, 13 December 2011

The « dress code » in the City
If the bowler hat has disappeared from the banker’s gear, City workers still have to comply to a strict dress code. Rules are known only by the insider. Trends Tendances, 3 November 2011

« Europe might come out stronger from the crisis »
For Ibrahim Rahbari, from Citigroup, the eurozone might come out reinforced from the crisis if it gives itself enough means. According to the economist, the EFSF should see its fund multiplied by five. Interview published in L’Echo, 3 September 2011

Riot in Great Britain: is the society ill?
In August 2011 some areas of London and other British towns were struck by unprecedented riots and looting. Greed and envy spread over 3 days before being stopped by an uncompromising repression. Read more

Arab spring. « After six months, things evolve in the right direction »
17 December 2011. The young Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire at Sidi-Bouzid, Tunisia. That date marked the beginning of a wave of revolt in North-African and Middle-Eastern countries. Six months later, what’s the outcome? Florence Eid, founder and CEO of Arabia Monitor, research firm specialising in the Arab world, predicts a period of volatility in the short term, but is optimistic in the long term. Read the article. L’Echo, 17 June 2011

The world in 2011: the diplomatic insight
Wikileaks, European union presidency, political crisis in Belgium,… No time to rest. Encounter with Johan Verbeke, Belgian ambassador in London. Read. L’Echo, 8 January 2011

British people will have to tighten their belt
To reduce the public deficit, the British government has adopted tough austerity measures. Analysis of some of them.
Great Britain’s austerity plan L’Echo – Mon argent, 30 October 2010 (fr-pdf)

Hiring limitations
Conservatives want to limit the possibility to hire non EU citizens. British companies complain.
Recruiting foreigners in the United Kingdom L’Echo, 15 October 2010 (fr-pdf)

Abercrombie, a dying concept?
How to seduce teenager and make them buy expensive clothes ? Abercrombie&Fitch has developed its own strategy, but if it has worked for a while, it seems to have lost its momentum.
Abercrombie’s marketing strategy L’Echo, 24 July 2010 (fr-pdf)

The Irish crisis
The Celtic Tiger has been one of the first Eurozone Country to be hit by the recession. It’s now an example of austerity but the medicine is bitter.
Disenchanted Irland L’Echo, 27 March 2010 (fr-pdf)

Investing in women
According to the «Female FTSE Report 2008», only 12 % of the top 100 leading British company directors are female. Yet more equality in companies’ high management might solve a lot of problems.
Women and Business L’Echo, 13 July 2009 (fr-pdf)

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