In my usual working week I often wear many hats. I can be a consultant, a journalist, a content writer, a moderator or a podcast host. If you look beyond the variety of these tasks, you will see they all have one thing in common: I lend my voice or pen to give life to people's stories.
Whether you are a citizen/government official/expert being consulted on a project, an engineer seeking to promote your hard work and innovative thinking, a researcher/academic/expert looking to spread the word about important issues... my passion is to give your passion a space and a voice.
And though I've been doing this for 15 years, from Europe to Southeast Asia, from post-conflict reconstruction to naval defence matters and European security issues, no one project, one day, or one client is ever the same. Every day of my professional life is a new adventure into new topics, new challenges, new clients and new ways of telling your stories.
So if you're looking for someone to help you or your clients tell their stories, on paper, on screen, on air, and want that to be done with "incredible spontaneity" (quoting a recent podcast guest here!) and professionalism, do reach out!
| September 2020 - Present |
Strategic Communications: communicating technical knowledge and developments, through WhitePapers, storytelling (web articles, communication campaigns) and video interviews
Conference Rapporteur: communicating and sharing knowledge among international experts, through conference and webinar mediation & reports.
Journalist: share knowledge and technical expertise through newspaper and magazine articles.
Consulting: supporting organisations in their decision-making by carrying out backgroundresearch, casestudyvisits and interviews, writing proposals and reports for evaluations and impactassessments.
| September 2019 - August 2020 |
Providing support with strategic communications to both the Director of Communications and the President of the branch Offshore and Marine of Bureau Veritas
| May 2017 - July 2019 |
Preparing editorial programmes; commissioning articles; editing articles; writing for Mönch publications; representing Naval Forces at international defence shows.
| January 2015 - June 2017 |
I am an expert in European Union policy in the fields of asylum, international development, education and training and employment, and an acknowledged authority on governance in post-conflict societies. I can confidently manage projects (proposals, reports, client relations and budgets) and teams (multicultural and dispersed) to perform analysis, field work, evaluations, impact assessments and research.
Ongoing projects and clients include: Country Research (Italy, France, Spain and United Kingdom) and Comparative Analysis across the EU (best practices, legislations): ICF International (2010 - to date); Country Defence and Security analysis and forecasting: Business Monitor International (2015 to date); Articles on defence, security, peacekeeping, strategic issues and naval/maritime affairs in the Asia Pacific and the wider world for the respected defence publications : Asian Military Review and Armada International (2015 to date); Teaching seminars on International Humanitarian and criminal law to third year law students at Universite de Toulouse Capitole.
| 2007 - 2014 |
From 2007-2010:Project management experience on impact assessments and evaluations for DG Justice, Freedom and Security, DG Education and Culture and DG Environment (copy of the projects' titles and descriptions are available upon request); Stakeholders' consultation - case study visits, telephone interviews; Report and proposal writing as well as questionnaire design experience; Comparative analysis experience of legislation and policies in 27 Member States
From 2010-2014:Freelance consultant, regularly conducting stakeholders' consultations, providing public policy analysis and contributing to reports
| 2010 - 2012 |
Assistant to the Director of the DPU and Director of the Urban Development Planning MSc: Student tutoring, preparing classes, organising curriculum and teaching; Marking, editing and providing feedback to students
| 2006 - 2007 |
Ceasefire monitoring missions and ceasefire monitors training: Training local ceasefire monitors; Carrying out field monitoring missions in areas subject to repeated ceasefire violations; Organising conferences and other events, including a seminar on capacity building in a Kareni refugee camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand; Peace lobbying, including a mission to lobby Manila senators, first secretary of state and international organisations for peace; Drafting mission reports, project proposals including a project for the creation of a local grassroot NGO and its budget requirements
| 2006 |
Assigned to the unit in charge of the strategic partnerships with southern Africa: Drafted the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) end-of-term review conclusions for Mozambique and the South Africa Development Community (SADC); Contributed to the meetings establishing the programming pipelines for Mozambique and the SADC region for the 10th EDF; Assisted in daily administrative tasks
| 2005 |
Wrote weekly reports on peace talks, human rights violations and political issues in Sri Lanka and the Philippines; Developed with Mary-Ann Arnado, Filipino "woman peace-maker" host at the IPJ, a local reconciliation project on the island of Sulu, southern Philippines; Participated in the setting up of the Global Women's Court of Accountability which took place the 17th and 18th of November 2005 at the Institute
| 2010 - 2014 |
Despite an increasing number of international state building interventions in post-conflict countries in the past decade, the prolonged economic, social and political issues plaguing the development of these countries into peaceful states has brought increased attention on the inability of the institutions carrying out these interventions to learn from their past mistakes. The following research contends that one of the main issues at the root of such failures, lies in international state building interventions framing the (re)construction of state institutions around the notion of an ideal-type state that is ahistorical and inherently detached from the society it is meant to govern. Instead, this research argues, state building and political community construction are two distinct processes, which have historically come to be contingent upon each other with the territorialisation of the state; as such, for state building to be successful, it needs to focus on the establishment of state institutions capable of promoting, within the territory, a sense of citizenship that will facilitate the emergence of a political community upon which state sovereignty and legitimacy rest. In this light, using the case study of Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, this research seeks to demonstrate that urban spaces are particularly pertinent contexts to explore the relationship between state building and political community.
| 2004 - 2005 |
| 2002 - 2004 |
| 2000 - 2002 |
| 1996 - 2000 |
Obtained with 'mention bien'
Sample of Published Work in Defence Press
Sample of Published Work in Defence Press specifically focused on maritime security & strategy
Click on the links below to read the conference proceedings/reports I have drafted for different clients:
Click on the links below to see examples of White Papers written for companies:
Dr. Alix Valenti has made a major contribution to both the Asian Military Review and Armada International with her extensive knowledge, clear writing style and high levels of professionalism.Thomas Withington, Editor, Armada International and the Asian Military Review.
She has been a valuable addition to our team, and is a highly trusted colleague.
Dr Alix Valenti is an excellent writer and researcher who is a regular and valued contributor to both Asia Pacific Defence Reporter and also Defence Review Asia.Kym Bergmann, Editor, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter & Defence Review Asia
Her articles are invariably balanced, informative and styled in an engaging and very readable manner.
She is able to meet tight deadlines and enjoys working in an open, consultative way, showing initiative and energy at all times.
Working with Dr. Valenti is always a pleasure. Giving her broad experience as a writer, her professionalism and her rhetoric skills she delivered a report that was on the spot and ready for the press. In addition, her good nature and great communication skills make working with her a pleasure, and are all the more reasons to recommend her to anyone seeking a motivated, reliable independent professional.Johannes Peters, Researcher, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, Centre for Maritime Strategy & Security
If you would like to hire me for your projects, discuss in more details my previous or current work, or if you would simply like to get in touch to talk about potential collaborations together, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!