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!
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, …
27 October 2015 was a momentous day if you work in EU affairs. Today important decisions were taken and an interesting debate on migration took place during the European Parliament’s plenary session. These decisions will have a direct impact on European citizens’ lives or affect their lives in the short to medium term. These decisions are: 1. …
Aid agencies have too often failed to grapple with the political complexities of the countries where they work and of the inherently political nature of processes of developmental change. (p.4) My studies in sustainable development and natural resources management have put me in contact with both mainstream development concepts and critiques of those concepts. Yet …
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!