Writer / Editor
My passion for clear writing is nurtured by a lifelong commitment to the classics and years of teaching grammar and logic. Finding the shape of an emerging argument and helping a valuable idea reach an adequate form of expression is one of my greatest sources of joy. If hazy wording or lack of structure is holding back your initiative and you would like to discuss expert editorial support, please contact me here.
Major Editorial Projects
Global Challenges Foundation - Risk Reports Series
From 2016 to 2018, I worked as Editor-in-Chief with the Global Challenges Foundation. I coordinated the production of the Global Challenges Foundation Annual Risks Report, offering global decision-makers the latest scientific insights on the major threats facing humanity, and curated the Global Challenges Quarterly Reports, a series offering critical thinking tools for global thinkers and doers engaged in the creation of new global governance models - from new technology to media narratives.
Marco Polo MAGAZINE
In 2011, I founded Marco Polo Project, an organisation tasked to create new ways of bringing cultures together - with particular interest in bridging the traditions of Europe and Asia. I became the founding Chief Curator of the Marco Polo Magazine, a digital platform curating a diverse selection of original writing from Asia for western readers - which later became the Marco Polo Museum. I contributed a weekly column on Beijing-based Danwei magazine, the 1501 digest, offering unique insights into conversations on the Chinese blogosphere, and became a contributor to The China Story, a digital publication from the ANU China in the World Institute to make China intelligible to the broader world.
Essays and Reflections
I have lived, studied and worked in 12 countries and four continents, and reflected on this experience in my writing. I conducted three projects more specifically connected to place: Les Portes de l’Orient (2008) documenting my 3-month overland migration journey from Paris to Singapore, The Fake China (2011) exploring Tianjin as a meeting ground of Europe and China, and Australian Aesthetics (2012) offering a migrant perspective on Australian urban landscapes.
I publish essays and reflective pieces both on a dedicated site and as a guest writer in various forums. A particular interest of mine is conducting systematic moral reflections on inherited ethical frameworks, in order to better understand what determines our capacity to pass judgement and assign values to various forms of behaviour and action. Read my moral reflections here.
Storytellers are community builders, masters of human emotion, shaping the moral dilemmas and shared values of their time. Through the power of empathy, stories change our sense of what is possible, enabling new forms of collective action, new forms of belonging, new types of experience. I have been actively producing fiction for over twenty years, guided by a desire to better understand emotional journeys, conflicting value systems, and changing patterns of human relationships. I published a novel and short stories with Editions Gaies et Lesbiennes in Paris and directed an award-winning short film, Honeypot, that received over 4.5 million views on Youtube. Read my fiction here.