This is my personal site and blog (still in construction). If you are here you probably have at least one interest in common with me.
I’m Aurelie Valtat.
On this site I share personal thoughts about global development, communications, digital, EU affairs, innovation in the public sector as well as book reviews on the above, all of which keep me busy during the day in my job as head of digital & internal communications for EuropeAid, the EU’s development & international cooperation arm.
At night and during the weekend, I unleash my passions for aromatherapy, botany, photography and travel. You can see some of this on my personal site, but also on my other site dedicated to aromatherapy & wild edibles – Aroma’Tips (in French only).
If you’re fond of flowers and exotic plants like me, take a look at my Instagram account 1 Day 1 Flower – and help me ID some of them!
There are 3 very Japanese things you can do in Tokyo at night (in addition to going to a Kabuki show): visit a local bar, sing in a karaoke and enjoy the cityscape at night. While I was in Japan last week for work, I had mostly evenings to discover Tokyo and these are some …
I spent the past week in Tokyo for work, and while most of my days were spent inside an office building, I used the evenings to discover Tokyo’s incredibly diverse night life, much aided by the great colleagues of the EU delegation in Japan who warmly welcomed us and introduced us to some of the …
One day when our son was 7 we promised we would take him to Pompeii in Italy. 5 years later, as we return from our kids’ first trip to Italy, that promise has been kept and our son has learned the value of patience as well as a great deal about the Roman Empire 🙂 …
I’m always happy to hear from you and to answer any question you may have.
I also take occasional speaking engagements throughout the year, so if you’re looking for expertise on digital strategy, digital communications, innovation in the public sector and change management, I’m your (wo)man!