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SIETAR Europa is Europe's largest association of interculturalists and is part of the worldwide SIETAR network.
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Since it's my turn to "carry the umbrella", let me unveil my objectives: first and foremost, membership. There were 1,167 SIETAR Europa members under "the umbrella" in 2014, 1,200 in Valencia. If my mathematics is right let’s reach 1,400 members in Dublin. As Livingstone Thompson, who I succeed in this role, once said: A GOAL is a dream taken seriously...
My PPP* (Programme Politics Policy) is to PERCEIVE and PURSUE PRIORITIES.
My grandmother** could confirm that I never knew how to knit, so I will not undo what has been constructed year after year, founding stones and subsequent milestones over 24 years today since SIETAR Europa was founded. I was not elected to (nor is it my style to) reinvent the wheel, but to pursue between past and present, so SIETAR Europa continues playing its role in this world, within Global Connect, as an active Regional diversified network, rich of its extensive cultural, linguistic and professional diversity.
The challenge I have accepted is to circulate, consolidate, facilitate, initiate, update too in view of the new cultural paradigm. It lies in keeping the uneasy balance between strategy and sustainability. One of my priorities is to guarantee harmony between the now 11 national SIETARs of Europe - as we welcome this year the latest and fast growing SIETAR chapter, SIETAR Switzerland, born in Winter 2014 - and SIETAR Europa direct members, who long to see tangible and concrete assets and benefits in their everyday environment, to embrace happy returns for their fees, who need to feel a presence despite the screens that keeps reality at a distance!
In my one year of presidency, I here promise to serve SIETAR that I joined in France back in 1981, to invest whatever time, diplomacy & energy I have, to adjust my professional experience as manager of international teams with international stakeholders - in French savoir, savoir être, et savoir faire - to serve as best as I can.
To do so, I know I can rely on motivated and reliable representatives on SIETAR Europa Board of Directors and Executive committee, on the Wise, Past presidents and the advisory committee whose thorough knowledge of SIETAR Europa is so precious, all volunteers, yet volunteering to be caring bodyguards that will keep watch so we avoid the quacksalvers***, red herrings*** and snares mentioned in Valencia sessions***, the threats that you, active and proactive members of SIETAR Europa, detected in the Mission & Vision report 2025.
We DO CARE for Sietar Europa founding values.
Sietar Europa President
* Reference to Valencia Opening Plenary guest speaker
** Reference to Thiagi’s plenary
*** Reference to Ype, in Panel discussion on the future of SIETAR Europa