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!
Last weekend I spent a day with a Prince in his court. If this conjures mental images ‘a la Disney’ then you’re quite off the mark, because the Prince I’m talking about is the son of the King of Tiebele in Burkina Faso and his court is a village deep in the African bush with …
I experienced my first visit to Burkina Faso last week as a first glimpse into the fascinating world of Sub-Saharan Africa. As I came without any specific expectation on this trip but with lots of mental images of Africa, I was really curious to see if these images stood the test of reality. Here’s a …
I love forests. I don’t know how anyone could not love forests, they must be beyond salvation. Forests are the soul of our planet, they are what connects us to the larger web of life hosted on Earth. Every time I visit a forest I feel energized, I feel like I’m at the right place, …
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!