Philippe Kern was born in Strasbourg in 1962. He is founder and managing director of KEA European Affairs, a research centre specialised in advising territories and organisations on culture policy since 1999. He has authored numerous studies for European and national institutions on culture, copyright, culture and creative industries as well as audiovisual policies notably The Economy of Culture in Europe and The Impact of Culture on Creativity.
KEA is involved as an initiator or scientific coordinator of various high profile European projects in the field of creative entrepreneurship, art and science or artistic interventions. Kern is the founder of IMPALA – the association of independent music companies. He acted as Secretary General from 2000 to 2008. He is expert adviser to the European Union, the Council of Europe, WIPO, the European Investment fund (EIF), Eurocities as well as numerous public authorites. He is chairman of b.creative an international association aimed at networking creative entrepreneurs worldwide. He managed a KEA office in Shenzhen (China) for 7 years. In 2014 he was appointed by the Mayor as a member of Shenzhen Internationalisation Strategy Committee. Philippe was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram (now Universal) 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. He writes blogs and is author of the book “European. What about Union? Culture in the European Union Project” and this year he launched a new book on “The Future of Cultural Policies”.