Discover the members of the scientific committee of the Symposium:

BAILLET Pierre, International Association of Francophone Mayors

BEOUINDE Armand, mayor of Ouagadougou

GARRIGOU Christine, psychiatrist

GAUDEMER Emmanuelle, head of AIA

GYGER Patrick, head of Platform 10

HANGARD Gilbert, president of ESPT

JOUBERT Michel, sociologist

JUNOD Grégoire, mayor of Lausanne

LEVY Sophie, head of the Nantes Museum of Arts

MELCHIOR Maria, psychologist

PORCHER Catherine, psychologist

PREVOT Maxime, mayor of Namur

PRIGENT Lionel, economist and urban planner

ROETLAND Jean-Luc, Deputy Director of WHOCC

SUPIOT Alain, College of France

HARAIGUE Mourad, culture and health

PASTANT Fanny, Local Mental Health Council

VALLIER Frédéric, vice-president of the European Movement International

And discover below the speakers of the Cities and Mental Health Symposium:





    Regional Adviser for Mental Health at WHO Regional Office for Europe

    Introductory session – Thursday 1 December at 9:00 a.m. and moderator – Urban planning, architecture, nature in cities and mental health – at 9 a.m.

    Ledia LAZERI is a Medical Doctor, specialized in psychiatry and psychotherapy, with experience in clinical work and teaching.

    Her specialties are health policy and governance, the subject of social determinants of health, mental health policy and the development of mental health services.

    She has been involved with the WHO since 2000 when she joined a mental health reform program in Albania. She was also involved in mental health projects in the Balkan countries as part of the Stability Pact Initiative for South Eastern Europe and later in Turkey as coordinator of the mental disability program. These mental health programs included work on mental health policy, service and workforce development, and the empowerment and advocacy of mental health service users and carers.

  • Paola VIGANO

    Paola VIGANO

    Director of the urban planning laboratory of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Member of the board of directors of the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles (ENSAV), Director of the Doctorate in Urban Planning at the IUAV University of Venice, Director of the urban planning agency “Studio Paola Vigano” in Milan

    Great Witness – Urban planning, architecture, nature in cities and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 10 a.m.

    Paola VIGANO is an architect and urban planner. She is a professor of Urban Theory and Urban Design at EPFL (Lausanne) where she leads the Habitat Research Center, and also at the IUAV University of Venice.

    In 1990 she founded Studio with Bernardo Secchi. She’s also the founder of Studio Paola VIGANO. Since 2015, it focuses on the ecological and social transition of cities and regions by designing projects on different scales and creating public spaces. In 2019, her work was exhibited at the Shenzen Biennale and in 2021 at the Venice Biennale.

    She won le “Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme” in 2013, the Ultima Architectuur Prize (Flemish Ministry of Culture for Architecture) in 2017 and the “Médaille d’Or de l’Architecture” 2018, during the Triennale di Milano. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Catholic University of Louvain in the framework of the “Year of Utopias for our Time”. In 2022 she won the Schelling Award for Architectural Theory.

    Among her publications:

    • Viganò Paola (2022), “Life as a Common: Space for a New Biopolitical Project”, New Geographies 12, Mojdeh Mahdavi and Liang Wang, eds., Harvard University Press.
    • Cavalieri Chiara & Viganò Paola (2019), eds., The Horizontal Metropolis. A radical project, Zurich: Park Books.
    • Viganò Paola, Secchi Bernardo and Fabian Lorenzo, (2016), eds., Water and Asphalt. The project of isotropy, Zürich: Park Books.
    • Viganò Paola (2012), The Territories of Urban Planning. The project as knowledge producer, MetisPresses, Geneva.
  • Yves BONARD

    Yves BONARD

    Urban planner of the City of Lausanne

    City of Lausanne – Thursday 1 December at 10:25 a.m.

    Yves BONARD is an urban planner, head of the “Urban Projects” unit of Lausanne. After studies in Geography and History (University of Lausanne) as well as in town planning (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), he did a doctoral thesis on environmental justice in urban projects.

    Winner of a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), he was notably a guest researcher at the University of British Columbia.

    For 15 years, he has been developing his experience in the management of urban projects and carrying out teaching and research activities.

  • Sylvie JUSTOME

    Sylvie JUSTOME

    Deputy Mayor in charge of health security, health and senior citizens of the city of Bordeaux

    Feedback – Which mental health priorities in urban projects? – Thursday, December 1 at 10:25 a.m.

    Born in Brittany, Sylvie JUSTOME was marked very early by the reading of Silent Spring, by Rachel CARSON. She has a taste for study, reading and contemplative wonder, in front of nature populated by Greco-Latin mythology.

    Aggregate of Classical Letters at the age of 23, mother of two children, she teached, trained and advised for 22 years. She published several literary or didactic articles, in many former colonized countries. Then, she became a regional pedagogical inspector in many academies, including overseas and ended her career in Aquitaine, “the last natural estuary in Europe”.

    Her militant, humanist and ecological commitments combine the values of secularism, emancipation, justice, responsibility towards future generations and universality.

    She has been Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux since July 2020, in charge of health, health security and major risks, and metropolitan councilor.



    Vice-president of the AIA Nantes Foundation

    Debate – How to reconcile urban life and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 11:55 a.m.

    Simon DAVIES holds an engineering degree from Polytechnique. He teaches and actively works in the fields of ecological architecture and health-friendly urban planning. He is a partner in AIA Life Designers and director of the AIA Environment Office.

    Since 2015, he has actively contributed to the work of the AIA foundation, especially by participating to the publication of “Bien Vivre La Ville: vers un urbanisme favorable à la santé” (Well-Being in Cities: towards health-friendly urban planning), a reference work on the close links between urban planning and health.

    Combining primary research and operational experiments on various urban projects such as the Olympic Village and the city of Grenoble, his approach aims to promote consideration of health issues in the construction of cities, taking into account the three components of well-being: physical, mental and social. Simon Davies considers that the links between the living environment and mental health are a still under-investigated field of research: this is the “blind spot” of urban planning.

    Taking mental health issues into consideration represents a huge challenge for all city stakeholders. The emerging approaches regarding inclusive and sensory design, carried out on an international scale, in neighborhoods or in hospital contexts, have a great deal to teach us about how we rethink our urban living environment.

  • Charlotte MARCHANDISE

    Charlotte MARCHANDISE

    UNESCO Consultant and trainer Political personality

    Debate – How to reconcile the urban and mental health? – Thursday, December 1 at 11:55 a.m.

    Charlotte is an international expert on empowerment and governance, esp. in the fields of global and urban health, resilience, and the environment.

    From 2014 to 2020 she was elected deputy mayor of Rennes and president of the French and European WHO Healthy Cities Network.

  • Clémence MONTAGNE

    Clémence MONTAGNE

    Director of Design Lab Care

    Debate – How to reconcile urban life and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 11:55 a.m.

    Geographer and urban planner, Clémence Montagne defended a doctoral thesis in urban transport planning in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2016, at Paris Sorbonne University.

    Five years of expatriation in the United Arab Emirates, as well as professional experience in Libya, before returning to France to take the position of director at the Care Design Lab have contributed to refocusing her mobility approach on a renewed interest in the determinants of health.

    Since September 2018, Clémence Montagne is at the head of the Care
    design Lab, a training platform for designers specialized in health, social
    and public innovation. She has participated in the definition and supervision of several projects on mental healthcare pathways, health-friendly urban planning and elements of the urban environment conducive to physical and mental well-being.

  • Mathieu ZIMMER

    Mathieu ZIMMER

    Associate Director "Deux degrés Bordeaux"

    Debate – How to reconcile urban life and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 11:55 a.m.

    Mathieu ZIMMER is an urban planner and geographer, specialized in the analysis of lifestyles, uses and territorial representations.

    He works on narratives (in particular prospective narratives) of all these elements. In 2013, he co-founded the Deux Degrés agency (territorial strategies, field surveys, mediation).

    He co-authored Le Petit Paris (Grand Prix architecture book award for 2015), Le Méga Grand Bordeaux and the Safari guides. He is also the creator of the entertaining prospective site “Youpi La France”.



    Health Vice-President AIA Foundation "Health and Environment Architecture" and Associate Director AIA Life Designers

    Debate Moderator – How to reconcile urban life and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 11:55 a.m.

    Committed woman, carrier of innovative projects, her engine is the creation of value the encounter with the other.

    At the service of a virtuous and innovative creative economy, source of job creation.

    Her drivers and structuring themes: innovation, design, health, sport and well-being, architecture, international, and the role of women in our societies.

    Creator of the AIA foundation, Emmanuelle GAUDEMER is also a founding member and regional ambassador of French Care.

    In this context, she supports the co-construction of “user journeys” where global health is at the heart of urban, architectural and technical conception.

    This co-construction through French Care allow to have a global public/private approach.

  • Jean-Luc Roelandt

    Jean-Luc Roelandt

    The WHO Collaborating Center Deputy Director (CCOMS)

    Debate Moderator – How to reconcile urban life and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 11:55 a.m.

    In 30 years, he has developed, in a public psychiatry sector in Lille with a multidisciplinary team, including general practitioners, nurses, social services, municipalities, local elected officials, users and families. This work leads to the creation of an Intercommunal Health, Mental Health and Citizenship Council. It also facilitate the creation of mutual aid groups in the sector, managed directly by users and financed by the State.

    Users also take part to the councils and in the organization of a users’ forum. These actions show the work in favor of empowerment carried out by sector 59G21.

    He participates in the creation of the contemporary art fund for destigmatization in mental health and the frontiers art gallery.

    He is the author or coordinator of several scientific publications, as well as 2 books:

    • Roelandt JL, Desmons P. Handbook of Citizen Psychiatry. L’avenir d’une désillusion. (The future of a disillusion). Paris :
      In Press: 2002.
    • Roelandt JL, Staedel B. L’expérimentation des médiateurs de santé (The experimentation of health mediators) – peers. A revolution
  • Alain SUPIOT

    Alain SUPIOT

    Professor of the College of France

    Moderator: “Work, economy, temporality and mental health” – Thursday 1 December at 2 p.m.

    Alain SUPIOT obtained his PhD in law (Bordeaux, 1979) before becoming a Professor of Law (1980), doctor honoris causa of the universities of Louvain-la-Neuve, Aristotle of Thessaloniki, Liège and Buenos Aires. He is also a corresponding fellow of the British Academy (2015).

    During his career, he was successively a professor at the University of Poitiers, then in Nantes (UMR-CNRS 6028) and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2001), before being elected to the Collège de France in 2012, where he held the “Social State and Globalisation: Legal Analysis of Solidarity” Chair until 2019.

    He chaired the National Council for the Development of the Humanities and Social Sciences from 1998 to 2000. From 2016 to 2018, he was a member of the Global Commission on the Future of Work.

    During his career, he did several years of research abroad (1981: Institute of Industrial Relations in Berkeley; 1989/1990: European University Institute in Florence; 1997/1998: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin).

    In Nantes, he founded the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange-Guépin in 1995, followed by the Institute for Advanced Studies in 2008, which jointly hosts scientific residences for scientists from the developed and developing countries. His work has mainly been deployed in two complementary fields: social law and legal theory.

  • Yessonguilana Jean-Marie YEO-TENENA

    Yessonguilana Jean-Marie YEO-TENENA

    Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry

    Feedback – How to reconcile city dynamics, professional environments and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 2:25 p.m.

    Since September 2015: Director of the Diploma of Specialized Studies (DES) in Psychiatry at the UFR Medical Sciences Abidjan

    Since May 2017: Head of the Nervous System, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology Teaching Unit at the UFR Medical Sciences Abidjan

    Since February 2021: Head of the Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties at the UFR Medical Sciences Abidjan

    Since July 2021: Representative of Félix Houphouët Boigny University at CTS MPOMV/ CAMES

    From April 2020 to Wednesday, November 02, 2022: Coordinating Director of the National Mental Health Program (PNSM)

    From August 17, 2022 to today: Director of the Department of Mutual Insurance and Social Works in Schools (DMOSS) of the Ministry of National Education and Literacy



    Psychiatrist specializing in public mental health

    Feedback – How to reconcile city dynamics, professional environments and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 2:25 p.m.

    He is a psychiatrist specializing in public mental health, including disaster psychiatry, industrial psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry.

    He is a member and advisor of the Disaster Psychiatric Assistance Team (DPAT). He has also followed up on mental health support for flood victims, local government officials, and relief workers.

    He is also a member of the Disaster Assistance Committee of the Japanese Society of Neuropsychiatry, the Japanese Society of Traumatic Stress Medicine and the Japanese Society of General Hospital Psychiatry, as well as a member of the neuropsychiatry section of the AC2020 – The Academic Consortium on Emergency Medical Service System and Disaster Medical Response System – undergoing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    At the same time, he works as an occupational physician. In cities, many people work and spend more than one-third of their daytime in office or work place. Lifestyle habits during and outside of working hours are important for maintaining good health.

    In Japan, in order to ensure that workers use this time safely and effectively, occupational physicians are assigned to companies to support workers’ lifestyles and mental health. There is also a stress check system, whereby stress checks are conducted, and workers themselves are notified of the results to encourage them to become aware of their own stress levels and reduce the risk of personal mental health problems.


  • Antoine PELISSOLO

    Antoine PELISSOLO

    Psychiatrist, Professor of Medicine and 1st Deputy Mayor of Créteil

    Feedback – How to reconcile city dynamics, professional environments and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 2:25 p.m.

    Antoine PELISSOLO is a psychiatrist, head of department at the Henri-Mondor University Hospitals (AP-HP) in Créteil, and professor of medicine at the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). He has worked for more than 20 years on anxiety and depressive disorders, in particular on phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. His research focuses on the epidemiology, psychological and cognitive factors, and treatments of these disorders, particularly in their severe and resistant forms.

    Lately, he has been interested in the influences of the environment, positive and negative, on mental health and various psychic disorders. He has worked in particular on the psychological impact of climate disturbances and the resulting prospects for our societies, in particular through eco-anxiety.

    Since 2020, Antoine PELISSOLO has been 1st Deputy Mayor of Créteil, responsible in particular for social action and disability, and Departmental Councilor for Val-de-Marne. He has contributed to the creation and then to the animation of the local Mental Health Council of Créteil since 2016.

  • Emile Roger LOMBERTIE

    Emile Roger LOMBERTIE

    Mayor of the City of Limoges

    Feedback – How to reconcile city dynamics, professional environments and mental health – Thursday 1 December at 2:25 p.m.

    Emile Roger LOMBERTIE has been Mayor of Limoges since April 2014. He was re-elected in 2020. He is also Vice-President of the Limoges Métropole urban community, in charge of economic development.

    He qualified as a psychiatrist at the University of Limoges and was the head of the hospital hub at the Esquirol Centre until 2015.

    He was behind the creation of the Limousin addictology centre.

  • Nicolas Chaignot

    Nicolas Chaignot

    Workplace health researcher

    Debate – Organization and work environment: what impact on mental health in our cities? – Thursday, December 1 at 3:55 p.m.

    Nicolas CHAIGNOT DELAGE is currently a researcher in workplace health, a social lawyer and a clinical philosopher of work. He is a member of the Institute for Research in Work Psychodynamics (IPDT, Paris) and works at the Interservice Occupational Health Association (ASTI) in Toulouse.

    He did a thesis at the European University Institute in Florence entitled “Slavery and Modernity: Voluntary Servitude as a Problem of Contemporary Capitalism”. He was with Christophe DEJOURS, scientific coordinator of the interdisciplinary research project “Labor clinic and legal developments” at the CNAM (2012-2016). In 2020-21, he was a resident fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies.

    His research interests deal with the right to health of the human person, on the links between subjectivity, work and law, on the construction of solidarity at work, on the current issue of consent to voluntary servitude and the persistence of slavery and forced labor around the world.

    In 2011, he was awarded the Le Monde – University Research prize (14th edition) for his doctoral thesis.

  • Vincent PUIG

    Vincent PUIG

    Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Center Pompidou

    Debate – Organization and work environment: what impact on mental health in our cities? – Thursday, December 1 at 3:55 p.m.

    Vincent PUIG is director of the Institute for Research and Innovation at the Center Pompidou, which he created in 2006 with the philosopher Bernard Stiegler. A digital practitioner and theoretician, he has conducted several research projects at IRCAM, the Center Pompidou and then at IRI, especially on indexing, annotation, categorization and editorialization technologies.

    He coordinates contributory research projects mainly in Seine-Saint-Denis and with a view to an economy of contribution where it is a question of cultivating knowledge to fight against entropy and the growing loss of diversity of biological, technological and social systems. This fight against entropy is a design challenge for digital systems that must be taken care of collectively.

    It is to pursue this objective that Vincent PUIG is also involved in the Cap Digital innovation cluster and in the Digital and Citizenship Chair (ICP-ISEP). He recently co-edited two collective works: Taking care of IT and generations, FYP 2021 (with A. Alombert, V. Chaix and M. Montévil) and Black boxes and yellow vests, Cross-views on sociality at the Anthropocene era, L’Harmattan 2019 (with JF. Petit and V. Laquais).

  • Pierre-Yves VERKINDT

    Pierre-Yves VERKINDT

    Professor emeritus at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne)

    Debate – Organization and work environment: what impact on mental health in our cities? – Thursday, December 1 at 3:55 p.m.

    Pierre-Yves VERKINDT is professor emeritus at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne).

    Associate Professor of Law and professor of Private Law, specialized in social law and especially in health law in the workplace.

    Author of several books and articles, he continues to animate with Pascal LOKIEC, also a professor at the University of Paris 1, a research seminar (Institute of legal research at the Sorbonne) under the title “Thinking social law”.

    He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Committee for the History of Administrations in charge of labor and employment as well as a member of the editorial board of several journals in the legal field.

  • Denis LEGUAY

    Denis LEGUAY

    President of the French Mental Health Federation

    Debate moderator – Organization and work environment: what impact on mental health in our cities? – Thursday, December 1 at 3:55 p.m.

    Hospital psychiatrist, hospital practitioner at the Angevin Mental Health Centre for over forty years

    Coordinating Physician for the Psychic Disability Resource Centre of Pays de la Loire (since 2015)

    Honorary President of the Pays de La Loire Regional Health Observatory (since 2002)

    Secretary General of the French Committee for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (June 2006)

    Former President of the Conférence Régionale de la Santé et de l’Autonomie
    (CRSA) for Pays de la Loire (2010-2021)

    President of the “Santé Mentale France” Mental Health Federation (2009)

    Research topics and interests:

    • Evaluation of psychic disability (cognition, social skills, social autonomy).
    • Effectiveness of psychosocial rehabilitation methods.
    • Epidemiology of psychiatric disorders, social representations and public health.
    • Healthcare systems.
    • Suicide : epidemiology, primary prevention, treatment strategies.


    General Delegate of the French Hospital Federation

    Debate Agitator: Organization and work environment: what impact on mental health in our cities? – Thursday, December 1 at 3:55 p.m.

    Zaynab RIET is a graduate of the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP) and the IEP of Paris (Sciences-Po) Executive Master, Auditor of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Social Protection, state-certified nurse. She begins her career as a hospital director, as Director of Purchasing, Logistics, Works, Quality. She became Director of Human Resources, before managing public health establishments of different sizes.

    She contributes to the creation of the Network of Ile-de-France buyers (RESAH IDF) and she presides over the Val d’Oise inter-establishment and service gerontological network.

    She leads one of the largest psychiatric establishments in France, the public establishment specializing in mental health of Ville-Evrard in Neuilly-sur-Marne (93). She also managed the hospital group in Le Havre (76), the CH de la Risle and the EHPAD in Beuzeville.

    She chaired the National Conference of Hospital Center Directors (CNDCH). She was also a teacher at the Faculty of Bobigny Paris XIII Master of Science and Techniques of Management and Health Management UFR Master GEMIOSS I and II.

  • Ombeline Accarion

    Ombeline Accarion

    Councilor Department of Loire-Atlantique and Vice-president for People with Disabilities and Autonomy

    Closing session – Thursday 1 December at 5:15 p.m.

    Former engineer in charge of wind energy projects, she has supported renewable energies in rural areas for 15 years. In 2019, she became a school teacher, involved in favor of inclusive schools and against educational inequalities.

    She has been involved for a long time with associations and she is politically involed from 2020. She was elected Departmental Councilor in Nantes in 2021 and get the Vice-Presidency for People with Disabilities and Autonomy.

    Since then, she strives to makes the link between the territories, their inhabitants and those who carry out actions there: administration, associations, companies. Herobjective is to integrate disability, inclusion, autonomy and accessibility policies into a broader strategic vision, towards an inclusive society that integrates environmental issues into social policies.

  • Jean-Jacques Coiplet

    Jean-Jacques Coiplet

    Director General of the Pays de la Loire Regional Health Agency

    Closing session – Thursday 1 December at 5:15 p.m.

    Jean-Jacques COIPLET graduated from the Grenoble Institute of Political Sciences Institute, before joining the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (1986-1987), then the Regional Institute of Administration in Lyon and the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (1987-1988).

    From 1988 to 2010, he served as an executive officer and then as the director of Health and Social Affairs Directorates in various French departments (Centre, Jura, Alpes de Provence, Mayotte, Lozère, Aisne, Bouches-du-Rhône).

    He was then appointed director of public and environmental health at the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur Regional Health Agency (between 2010 and 2012), before becoming Director-general of the Corsica Regional Health Agency for almost 5 years.

    Jean-Jacques Coiplet was also the regional and departmental director of Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur and Bouches-du-Rhône (between 2016 and 2017).

    On the 1st of October 2017, he was appointed Director-General of the Pays de la Loire Regional Health Agency.

  • Philippe El Saïr

    Philippe El Saïr

    Director General of Nantes University Hospital

    Closing session – Thursday 1 December at 5:15 p.m.

    Philippe EL SAÏR is currently Director General of Nantes University Hospital after having directed the University Hospital of Brest. He also leads the National Center for Hospital Expertise.

    He graduated in political science (Grenoble) and he has a law degree and is a former student of the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health.

    He began his professional career in 1993 at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) as director of human resources and director of finance where he helped the conversion of the Rothschild hospital.

    In 2002, he moved on to a first experience of general management at Valréas in the Vaucluse, including the strategic repositioning of the establishment.

    In December 2005, he became head of the Villefranche-sur-Saône hospital.

    In 2013, Philippe EL SAÏR became general manager of Brest University Hospital. He developed the attractiveness and activity of the hospital, by improving support for medical and research leaders, service policy and digitization.

    In 2015, Philippe EL SAÏR became president of the Centre National de l’Expertise Hospitalière (National Center for Hospital Expertise), a consulting and training firm.

    Philippe EL SAÏR was working on the end of lockdown strategy, as a member of Jean Castex’s commission from April to July 2020. He sat and still does on several boards of directors in the health field. He holds the general management of Nantes University Hospital for 2 years.

  • Marie Jeanne RICHARD

    Marie Jeanne RICHARD

    UNAFAM's President

    Closing session – Thursday 1 December at 5:15 p.m.

    UNAFAM’s President, retired hospital practitioner, affected by mental illness in my own family. UNAFAM is committed to defend the common interests of people with mental illness or disabilities and those who help them, respecting the values expressed by the association and in cooperation with our partners.


  • Nathalie BONDIL

    Nathalie BONDIL

    Director of the Arab World Institute

    Great witness – Art, Culture, Sport & Mental Health – Friday 2 December at 9 a.m.

    Franco-Canadian, Nathalie Bondil has been director of the museum and exhibitions at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris since 2021, where she is responsible for designing the museum, whose collections have been strengthened by the major donation from Claude and France Lemand in 2018.

    Planned for 2024, this “New IMA Museum” will be unique in Europe, essential for the recognition of Arab fine arts and their intercultural, plural and fruitful dialogues.

    As an internationally recognized curator, art historian and museologist, she worked on the renovation of the French Monuments Museum (now the “Cité de l’Architecture) in Paris. As head of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 2007 to 2020, she added two new pavilions. She developed multidisciplinary programming by adding a concert hall and a cinema and directed numerous exhibitions at the crossroads between art and music, science, couture and film. Her intercultural work was hailed with the inauguration of the One-World Wing in November 2019.

    Author of a Manifesto for a Humanist Museum, she is very committed to educational action, health, inclusion, diversity and living together.  She is “sage in residence” at the University of Montreal (2021-2024) and leads a seminar at the École du Louvre in Paris on her pioneering concept of “museotherapy” (2022).

    Vice-Chair of the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts from 2014-2021, she was awarded numerous honors and honorary doctorates. In 2020, she received awards for international outreach from the International Council of Museums (ICOM) of Canada and for innovation from the Canadian Museums Association.



    Director General of the Association for Public Health of Quebec

    Debate – How art in the city contributes to mental health – Friday 2 December at 11 a.m.

    Thomas BASTIEN is an engineer from the Ecole supérieure d’agriculture d’Angers (French School of Agriculture in Angers). He also holds a graduate degree in Genetics from Wageningen University (Netherlands).

    After working in communications and culture for more than 12 years, notably as director for education and well-being at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, he became director-general of the Quebec Public Health Association in 2020 and president of the Montreal-Laval section of the Ordre des Agronomes du Québec (Quebec Agronomists Association) in 2021.


  • Laurent CHAMBAUD

    Laurent CHAMBAUD

    Medical specialist in public health, Honorary Inspector General of IGAS

    Debate – How art in the city contributes to mental health – Friday 2 December at 11 a.m.

    Laurent CHAMBAUD was the director of EHESP School of Public Health in Rennes from 2013 to the end of August 2022.

    A public health doctor and inspector general of social affairs, he was previously advisor in charge of the organization and animation of public health policy and health security to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine.

    Laurent CHAMBAUD worked in the maternal child protection service, then as a public health doctor, mainly in Quebec for more than 8 years. He then was trained as a medical inspector of public health.

    Successively national expert seconded to the European Commission and then coordinator of the INVS establishment project, he directed the Departmental Direction of Health and Social Affairs in Mayenne and then Franche-Comté.

    After 4 years at General Inspection of Social Affairs (IGAS), Laurent Chambaud was Director of Public Health at the Health Regional Authority (ARS) of Ile-de-France, before taking up his duties in the ministerial cabinet.

    Honorary Inspector General of IGAS, he is now a member of the National Consultative Committee on Ethics (CCNE)

  • Patrick GYGER

    Patrick GYGER

    Managing Director of Platform 10

    Debate – How art in the city contributes to mental health – Friday 2 December at 11 a.m.

    Patrick Gyger (born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1971) is a Swiss historian, exhibition curator and author.

    From 1999 to 2010, he was the director of “Maison d’Ailleurs”, a museum of utopia in Switzerland. He organized many exhibitions (art brut, sustainable architecture, cosmic music, automatons or digital arts), conducted a significant acquisition policy and undertook research projects (with the European Space Agency, among others).

    At the same time, he was also the artistic director of the Utopiales festival (Nantes, 2001 to 2005). In 2008, he opened the “Espace Jules Verne”, a place dedicated to Extraordinary Travels.

    From 2011 to 2020, he was the director of “Le Lieu Unique”, a contemporary culture center in Nantes (France), with a project focused on utopia and interdisciplinary practices. His program favors debates, innovation and artistic production, meetings of aesthetics, popular cultures, encounters between arts and sciences, as well as many local and international partnerships (Japan, Quebec, Estonia, Athens, etc).

    He launched the “Un Week-end singulier” festivals (non-standard practices and art brut), the Géopolitiques de Nantes, Atlantide (literature festival) and Variations (music for piano and keyboards). In addition, he has organized exhibitions featuring digital cultures, comics, visionary architecture, singular artists, etc. Several of these exhibitions are presented around the world.

    Since January 2021, Patrick Gyger has been General Director of Platform 10, Lausanne’s new arts quarter bringing together the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, the MUDAC (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts) and the Elysée (museum of photography), as well as conviviality and catering areas. Among many other projects, he launched “museum therapy” visits.

  • Pia HOUNI

    Pia HOUNI

    Executive Director of Mad House Helsinki

    Debate – How art in the city contributes to mental health – Friday 2 December at 11 a.m.

    Pia Houni is PhD and adjunct professor. She is also a philosophical practitioner, writer and conceptual-artist.

    She has been working at various Universities, the Theatre Museum, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and currently at performance house Mad House Helsinki. From 2021 she has been part of the team Mind at Work -project (, where is collected data from young adult in different European Countries.

    She has leading many research projects and she is interesting also the philosophy of knowledge. Houni’s research topics have focused on artists’ work, cultural wellbeing, existential health and art, young adult and mental health in working life, co-working spaces, practical philosophical issues and many mores.

    She is also active in practice, as facilitator, running workshops, be in demand authority and also as teacher and lecturer over two decades. She has also curated exhibitions and done creative art works of her own.



    Director of the Nantes Museum of Arts

    Debate Moderator – How art in the city contributes to mental health – Friday 2 December at 11 a.m.

    Sophie Lévy has been museum curator of the Nantes Art Museum since July 2016. She reopened the museum in June 2017 after six years of works, and she’s driving a project whose influence is both rooted in the city and wide-ranging, just like the valuable collections ranging from the 13th century to contemporary art.

    She previously directed the LaM, “Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’art contemportain et d’art brut” from 2009, which she reopened in 2010 and for which she curated several exhibitions, including “La Ville magique” in 2012 and “Amedeo Modigliani, l’oeil intérieur” in 2016.

    As a territorial heritage curator, she holds degrees from two higher education institutions: a graduate degree from HEC in contemporary art and a degree from the Institut National du Patrimoine (French National Heritage Institute), specialized in museums.

  • Gilles VIDON

    Gilles VIDON

    Honorary Hospital Psychiatrist and former head of department at the Hospitals of Saint Maurice (94)

    Debate Moderator – How art in the city contributes to mental health – Friday 2 December at 11 a.m.

    Particularly interested in Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

    Convinced of the need to develop diversified assistance and care structures adapted to the many specific needs of users: it is up to us to adapt to their needs and not up to them to manage, to adjust to those existing…

  • Damien COMBREDET

    Damien COMBREDET

    Deputy Director Impact and Heritage of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee and General Delegate of the Paris 2024 Endowment Fund

    Damien COMBREDET is the Impact & Heritage Deputy Director of the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee and General Delegate of the Paris 2024 Endowment Fund for the host country and its people. He leads the Paris 2024 “Move more” program, intended to promote physical and sporting activity during the Games, and the Organizing Committee’s evaluation process. Before exercising these functions, he held various responsibilities in the public service: at the City of Paris during the Paris bid for the 2024 Games (2015-2017); within an independent administrative authority (2013-2015); in the ministerial cabinet (2011-2012) and in the Senate (2009-2010). He graduated from Sciences-Po Paris in public affairs.



    Head of the Family Therapy Unit, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital

    Great witness – Vulnerable populations and mental health – Friday 2 December at 1:45 p.m

    Serge Hefez is a hospital psychiatrist. He practices as a psychoanalyst and family and marriage therapist.

    He leads the family therapy unit in the child and adolescent psychiatry department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital. He’s also head of a psychological support department (attached to the GHU Paris Psychiatry and Neuroscience), dedicated to issues related to sexual and gender identities.

    His essays on family and marital relationships, including “La Danse du couple” (the Dance of the Couple) and “Quand la famille s’emmêle” (When the family tangles), achieved great success and were translated into several languages. In 2008, he published “Dans le coeur des Hommes” (In the Hearts of Men), a study on male identity that won the 2008 FNAC psychology prize and “La Sarkose obsessionnelle” (The obsessive Sarkos), an essay on contemporary narcissism. “Le Nouvel ordre sexuel” was published in 2013, followed by “La Fabrique de la famille” in 2016 and finally “Transitions. Réinventer le genre” published by Calmann-Lévy in 2011.

    He has spoken at many national and international conferences and appears regularly in print and audiovisual media; in particular, he has worked as a columnist for France Inter and a producer for France Culture.

  • Karine Bui-Xuan Picchedda

    Karine Bui-Xuan Picchedda

    Member of the AMF health commission and deputy mayor in charge of health, hygiene, living well and aging well of Annecy

    Feedback – How does the city takes care of the mental health of vulnerable populations? Friday, December 2 at 2:10 p.m.

    Psychologist, first in the sports area then in CSAPA (addictology for 20 years), she founded in 2016, next to her work as a psychologist, a company aiming to market a prevention tool that she invented to fight against risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption.



    Head of the General Psychiatry Department of the Vaud University Hospital Center and Vice-President for Europe IEPA-Early Intervention in Mental Health

    Debate – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Philippe Conus is a doctor specialist in internal medicine, before turning to psychiatry, with a particular interest in schizophrenia.

    From 2000 to 2003 he worked in Melbourne on a program specialized in detection of psychotic disorders and early intervention.

    When he gets back from Switzerland, he launched a similar early intervention program in Lausanne, which has treated nearly 1000 young patients.

    In 2010 he was appointed Professor at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and became the Head of the General Psychiatry Department at the CHUV University Hospital.

    Philippe Conus is currently a vice-president of the International Early Psychosis Association. He has conducted research ranging from the neurobiological determinants of psychotic disorders to the clinical and sociological determinants of the evolution of psychosis in young people.

    For the past 10 years, he has been conducting a study on the links between urban life and psychosis, in collaboration with Prof. Ola Söderström, a professor of human geography at the University of Neuchâtel.

    More recently, in collaboration with the local authorities of Lausanne, he set up an “urban remediation” project aimed at implementing concrete strategies for improved integration of young patients suffering from psychosis into the urban environment.

  • Julie URBAIN

    Julie URBAIN

    Child psychiatrist, hospital practitioner at Nantes University Hospital currently in Quebec

    Debate – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Julie Urbain is a child psychiatrist, hospital practitioner at the University Hospital of Nantes, currently extended leave to practice in Quebec.

    Specialized in the clinic of adolescence, she works within ESPACE, a regional support and hospitalization unit for young people aged 15 to 25 in very often suicidal crisis situations. This specialized unit born in 2000 is part of a large network involving various fields of health, education, child protection, integration of young people, etc.

    The highly sensitive “matter” that are suicidal adolescents requires constant re-examination of the practice in the light of societal, family and psychopathological issues in perpetual reinvention.

    After training as a family therapist, several lines of force gradually shaped her practice.

    The importance of a coordinated multi-professional approach, the essential inclusion of the family and friends of young people in pain and the attention paid to the adolescent body in care are three examples that have been developed particularly in recent years.

    Frequent inspirations from Quebec have led her to want to directly explore the practices in the field of our Canadian cousins. The opening of a first child psychiatric hospitalization unit in the Laurentides, north of Montreal, provided an opportunity for this.



    Head of Nice University Hospital geriatrics department and President of the SFG of the French Society of Geriatrics

    Debate – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Olivier GUÉRIN became a university lecturer in 2011, head of the acute geriatrics and therapeutics department in 2013, and head of the Rehabilitation, Autonomy and Ageing Hub since 2015.

    He is strongly committed to digital health and autonomy. With his teams,he has created evaluation and experimentation platforms dedicated to these aspects.

    He was Deputy Mayor of Nice in charge of health, prevention and loss of autonomy support, and Metropolitan Councilor from April 2014 to June 2020, responsible for subjects related to health, prevention and autonomy.

    He also led national projects as the President of the Société Française de Gériatrie et de Gérontologie (French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology) in 2018 and expert advisor to the French Court of Auditors for the prevention of the loss of autonomy in 2020.

    He is also involved in research in molecular biology, working with Prof. Eric Gilson at the Cancer and Ageing Research Institute of Nice (IRCAN, university/INSERM/CNRS research centre).

    He became a member of the scientific council appointed by the President of the French Republic, in the context of the COVID health crisis in 2020.

  • Boris NICOLLE

    Boris NICOLLE

    National coordinator of the association of young psychiatrists and young addictologists (AJPJA)

    Debate – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Boris NICOLLE is national coordinator of the association of young psychiatrists and young addictologists (AJPJA). Psychiatrist, hospital practitioner, he is responsible for the psychosocial rehabilitation system at the Center Hospitalier des Pyrénées, in Pau.

    He is also the author of the report “Reinvesting psychiatry: a health emergency, a democratic challenge”, published in May 2022 by the Jean Jaurès Foundation.

  • Christophe Tzourio

    Christophe Tzourio

    Director of the Bordeaux Population Health Research Center at the University of Bordeaux – Inserm and I-Share Principal Investigator on student mental health

    Debate – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Christophe TZOURIO was an Intern and Chief Resident in neurology at the Paris Hospitals. Alongside his training course of clinician, he defended a science thesis in epidemiology-biostatistics. He passed the INSERM competitive examination in 1994 and headed the U708 Neuroepidemiology unit in Paris.

    He is currently a professor of epidemiology (PU-PH) at the University of Bordeaux and managed the Bordeaux Population Health Research Centre, Inserm U1219, with a headcount of over 500, from 2013 to 2021.

    Christophe Tzourio has worked mainly in the field of epidemiology of neurological disease, a topic on which he has published over 450 articles in international journals.

    Christophe Tzourio has as in-depth experience in creating large population cohorts. He has created a student health e-cohort, the i-Share study, which includes more than 20,000 participants. It is also unique in its use of web and mobile technologies. This project won the Bettencourt Foundation “Coups d’Elan” prize in 2012.

    He leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers and health professionals to ensure better understanding of the determinants of student mental health and to create and validate innovations to improve it.

  • Michel JOUBERT

    Michel JOUBERT

    Professor of sociology at the University of Paris 8, CNRS researcher and public health consultant

    Debate Moderator – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Michel JOUBERT, sociologist (University of Paris VIII, GRASS Research and Analysis Group, with Robert Castel, CESAMES research centre with Alain Ehrenberg, then CRESPPA).

    He conducted several collective research on the evolution of the use of psychiatry (access, emergencies, follow-ups) as well as on mental health, in connection with the precariousness of living conditions in large cities.

    He analyzes experiments aiming at developing prevention, involving the public concerned and consultations of stakeholders in cities and departments (interactions with social issues, violence, use of psychoactive products) for more specifically vulnerable groups (adolescents, people living alone, in precarious situations, etc.).

    • Joubert, (dir) (2003), Santé mentale, ville et violences (Mental health, cities and violence), Erès
    • Joubert, C. Louzoun (2005) Répondre à la souffrance sociale (Responding to social suffering): Erès
    • Joubert (2007), Santé mentale: enquête sur l’accueil en urgence (Mental health: an analysis of emergency care), La santé de l’homme, 388
    • Joubert, Vulnérabilités, territoire et démoralisation. Les problématiques de santé mentale dans les grandes villes (Vulnerabilities, territory and demoralisation. Mental health issues in large cities) in Ville et santé mentale: ressources, projections, politiques, symptôme (2008), Paris Diderot University, Le Manuscrit Edition
    • Joubert (dir) et al., La santé mentale aux intersections (Mental health at the crossroads) (2017), Les Rencontres de Profession Banlieue, Resource center for city policy in Seine-Saint-Denis.
  • Lionel PRIGENT

    Lionel PRIGENT

    Economist and urban planner at the University of Brest

    Debate Moderator – Different populations in cities – Friday 2 December at 3:50 p.m.

    Urban planner and economist, Lionel PRIGENT leads the Geoarchitecture laboratory at the University of Brest.

    He teaches and carries out his work with strategies for the development of territories and the mobilization of their resources to carry out public and social policies: these are natural resources, heritage in all their forms, but also the living environment and living conditions of the inhabitants.

    Such concerns influence daily activities, but they are increasingly finding expression in market practices, starting with trade and tourism, with the risk of transforming public policy objectives. However, it also constitute a valuable breeding ground for initiating innovative approaches (short circuits, social and solidarity economy, cities in transition, etc.). Assessing the consequences today and anticipating the effects tomorrow constitute the research program.

    Lionel PRIGENT places his work within the framework of action research with local authorities but also with the International Association of Francophone Mayors.



    Therapist, Certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and director of the Mindfulness Institute

    Passionate about art and fond of Sufi poetry, MARJAN ABADIE develops a meditative approach of each work with presence, serenity, openness and finesse, to see what “we only see well with the heart”, according to the formula of Saint -Exupéry. Certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) therapist and supervisor, she is the director of the Mindfulness Institute in Brussels. She regularly intervenes in cultural institutions and is currently creating specific training for museum professionals.

    “Mindful Art Experience” offers an inner journey around the work of Georges de La Tour as if you were discovering it for the first time. This sensory and personal experience invites an immersion in painting. In a world that is going faster, this mindfulness meditation is part of a Slow art approach by approaching each painting in a way that is both intimate and universal, and brings well-being and connection to oneself, to the work and to others.