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Sophie Gherardi

Director, Centre of study on contemporary religious realities (CEFRELCO)

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background:

A Sciences Po Paris trained senior journalist, Sophie Gherardi was Editor in chief of the famous French daily newspaper Le Monde from 2005 to 2008. Previously she was Editor of Courrier International, a famous French weekly (2001 to 2005) and after that deputy Director of the business daily La Tribune. Together with her husband Pr. Jean-Luc Pouthier, a specialist of religious studies, she has founded in 2011 a think tank called Cefrelco (Centre d’étude du fait religieux contemporain, Centre of study on contemporary religious realities), and a news website (active between 2012 and 2015).

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project, initiative, startup, company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about?

I can convey my expertise on religious realities in a very diverse and yet reluctant country like France, as compared to other countries and regions in the world.

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

Mainly in Paris, France, francophone Belgium and Switzerland.

IMPACT / What is the economic, social, political, environmental positive impact of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?

Our approach of new religion related challenges has been deemed lucid and informed enough to make us an important ressource for the government (training of civil servants in the ongoing struggle against violent islamism) and for private companies. We help promote good research and informed public debate by organizing every year a two-day symposium. We appear in the media – press, radio and televison – to comment on religion related news (islam, the pope, religion in the work place, religious freedom, secularism…).

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or maxim that tells something about you:

No one should be disturbed on account of his opinions, even religious ones, as long as the manifestation of such opinions does not interfere with the established Law and Order (Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen, 26th of August 1789, article 10).