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Irène Sesmaisons

Irène Sesmaisons has over 20 years of experience in the management of non-profit organizations.

Since 2016, she held the position of  director of Efiscens / Senegal, specializing in the evaluation of development projects in Western African countries as well as in building the capacities of CSOs based in Africa. She is also an associate trainer at Bioforce Institute / Dakar.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Asedeme, the International Council of Sos Sahel, the expert committee of the Fondation Ensemble and the Agence des Micro Projets as well as the project committee of the Seed Foundation.


Throughout her career Irene held various positions such as director of the subsidy service for Tostan in Senegal, head of the civil society department of the French Embassy in Washington, director of the Ensemble Foundation, deputy director of enda Morocco.

During the 90s, Irene collaborated with ATD Quart Monde (Berlin), Inter Aide (France, Ethiopia, India) and created the French Cinema Office in Kiev (Ukraine). Committed as a woman and for the women, Irene is Zontian, Rotarian and member of the Women in Africa Initiative.

Pierre Terdjman

Pierre Terdjman began his career as a photographer for the left-wing Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, for which he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2007, he returned to France to work for the Gamma agency, where he remained until 2009.


Since then, he has worked as a freelance photographer for the New York Times, GQ Magazine and Paris-Match on international subjects such as the Kenian post elections violences, the Russian-Georgian conflict, and the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.


More recently, he covered the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak’s fall in Egypt, the struggle for the  liberation against  Kadhafi in Libya, as well as the conflict in the Central African Republic.


He also directed videos for NGOs such as AFD (Agence Française de Développement) and Unicef, to document their projects in Niger and Ivory Coast. His work is represented by the Myriam Bouagal gallery in Paris. Pierre received in 2019 the Catchlight scholarship rewarding innovative leaders in visual storytelling.

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