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Léonor de Roquefeuil

CEO & Co-founder, VOXE

BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background   

I studied political science in SciencesPo Bordeaux and Spain and completed a MA in International Politics.

I worked for 2 years as a consultant at the UN in New York, focusing on youth political participation and partnerships between the private sector and the youth worldwide. Eager to learn more about the corporate world, I then went to work for Saint-Gobain in Madrid, Spain, as a communication and marketing project leader. I have been developing VOXE full time since May 2014. On the side, I am an active gangster at MakeSense and I volunteer for Un Techo Para Mi Pais.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?   

VOXE is a civic startup aiming at making politics easier to understand for all in order to break down the barriers to civic engagement.

It all started with a group of young civic innovators who decided in 2012, just before the French Elections, that it was about time that we use the digital tools in our hands to challenge the way we participate in democracies. The first version of voxe.org was born, as a comparison platform for candidates’ concrete propositions for the elections. After a successful launch, VOXE was developed thanks to its open source and crowdsourced approach in 12 countries worldwide. We are now working on a new project that aims at changing the way people are informed about political news and enabling an easier, smarter and faster path to engagement.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?   

We are present thanks to our volunteers in France, the UK, the USA, Mexico, Romania, Canada, Turkey, Indonesia, Germany, Russia and Brazil.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?   

We believe that we are at the edge of a global switch in the way democracy works. We are aiming at being an active actor of this transition. By bringing a clearer, more accessible, crowdsourced and participation-oriented information to citizens worldwide, we believe that we can contribute to facilitate the emergence of tomorrow’s active citizen.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you 

“The day global brands would start advertising their products like public institutions do, they would go bankrupt » – unknown but so right.