Philippe KERN is the founder and managing director of KEA. With its head office in the European capital, KEA is Europe’s leading consultancy and research center on culture and creative industries. Since 1999 KEA helps territories managing cultural resources to deliver innovation and quality of life.
Kern has 25 years’ experience in the world of culture, creative industries, public affairs and legal advice. He is a specialist in copyright, anti-trust and trade law. Philippe has led a range of research and strategy programs at European level, notably for the European Commission and the European Parliament. He is advising numerous public and private bodies on the formulation of strategies in the field of urban development, culture and audiovisual policies. Kern set up IMPALA in 2000 and the China Europe Culture and Creative Industry Alliance (CECCIA) in 2013. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram and head of the IFPI Brussels office. He graduated in law from the universities of Strasbourg and Paris as well as the College of Europe in Bruges.
Kern is expert for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and WIPO. He is a member of the High Level Group Wallonia European Creative District and has been invited to sit on the Advisory Committee on the Internationalization of Shenzhen. He is also International advisor to fashion magazine “The Fashion World” in China, and has been instrumental in launching the Italian fashion beachwear brand Livia Meldolesi in China and Hong Kong this year.
KEA originated many high profile international projects including the European Creative Industry Alliance (ECIA), Creative SpIN (Urbact), KiiCS (Art and Science).
KEA acts as a European hub for collaboration on CCIs projects networking cities, regions and businesses internationally. KEA has advised the following local authorities on CCIs strategy: Amsterdam, Baden Wurttemberg, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bizkaia, Bologna, Catalan Region, Creative Estonia, Dublin, Essen, Helsinki, Iasi (Romania), Kortrijk, Kosice, Lille; Milan, Mons, Nantes, Obidos, Perugia, Ravenna, Rotterdam, Tampere, Tallinn, Vastra Gotaland, Shenzhen, Siberia region. Work aims at advising local authorities on ways to make the most of their cultural investment for economic and social gains by making available methodology, impact assessment tools, benchmarks and comparative analysis based on our pan European experience as well as policy recommendations impacting on economic, social, education, urban and branding policies.
KEA has been active for the last 7 years in China. Activities began at the request of the Chinese Ministry of Trade to advise on the EU-China Trade Programme. Kern was invited to speak at the 2nd EU-China High Level People to People Dialogue held in Beijing on 6 September 2014. He is a lecturer on culture policies at the CCI Institute at Shenzhen University. On 17th September 2014 he was a contributor on the development of Shenzhen Bay. KEA also worked in collaboration with the largest Chinese CCI fair in Shenzhen to organize trade missions (ICIF). Kern worked as expert to the China/EU IPR2 programme. In this context KEA wrote the first ever EU/China mapping on culture and creative industry (2011) as well as a report on IP Licensing to encourage trade in cultural goods. He was guest speaker on creative industries at the launch of the EU/China year of intercultural dialogue in Brussels in February 2012 as well as the 2011 WIPO seminar on the music industry in Beijing and Macau Trade and Investment Fair in October 2012. KEA opened an office in Shenzhen, China in March 2013.