Portrait

"There is always something to be learnt, your knowledge never stops evolving."

What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is launching projects and sharing them with others. I have always found it interesting to combine intelligence and knowledge with interpersonal skills so that a project comes full circle. By combining different personalities and ideas we can make progress!

What does “cross-border” mean to you?
I have crossed borders countless times as I have lived in various countries around the world. I’m more than just French, I try to immerse myself in and integrate into the country where I live. Reaching out to others means being able to learn from them. After all, why should we partition the world or withdraw into ourselves?

What is your favourite image of the Eurometropolis?
A blue field of flax. Flax represents the earth, textiles and quality, and I find blue a remarkable, magnificent colour. A blue field of flax is something unique you won’t find in southern regions!

What aspects of life across the border do you still find surprising?
There is always something to be learnt, your knowledge never stops evolving. I think there are two types of discovery: the astonishment of a first impression and the surprise of understanding things differently the next times. Allow me to give an example I find both tragic and extraordinary: after the 2016 Brussels Airport bombings, we received a great number of Belgians here. Our relationship with Belgian clients was very different: they were happy, calm and pragmatic despite the context. It was extraordinary. This has taught us that conviviality and happiness are accelerators for well-being and competences.

What are your dreams for the future?
I think numerous key elements that are necessary for success are already present. We need to rationalise our ideas to build the Eurometropolis on the basis of what already exists. Our future is the result of our history! I often say that, when a project is set up, the first and the last steps are the most important ones and the most difficult to visualise. The fact that you cannot see the final step means you risk jeopardising the project.