Cultural Entrepreneurship: An open conversation with global cultural innovators

Carlos Miranda Levy
Event date 4 Apr '18 18:00
Event location Les Canaux • 6 Quai de la Seine, Paris, 75019, France

An open conversation with 6 global cultural entrepreneurs:

  • Andrew Nemr, renowned tap dancer, TED fellow and founder of a global performing dance company.

  • Nawel Boutarouk, tech leader, strategy and operations executive.

  • Bluusa Bluu (Mercedes Escolar), social and artistic anthropologist.

  • Laura Arceri, cultural, social & artistic integration through dance.

  • Robin Low, social and cultural entrepreneur, merging business, disaster recovery, artisans and local crafts with markets in Asia, Latin America and USA.

  • Carlos Miranda Levy, Stanford University Fellow, founder of multiple global digital culture initiatives and stakeholder engagement initiatives with a social business perspective.

With bi-lingual moderation by Julia Bordes.

They will discuss their experiences, successes, failures, challenges and lessons learned in a free format open to questions and answers questions in a friendly conversational style.

The indoors conversation will be followed by a joint walk around the neighbourhood and take the conversation outside and around La Villette for a more personal exchange.

French/English translation, drinks and light snacks will be offered.

Revenue from attendance fees goes entirely to fund the summer program with homeless migrant children -

Andrew's participation is made possible by Stockholm Tap Festival and Pandora. The event is graciously hosted by the city of Paris through its Les Canaux, Maison des économies solidaires et innovantes.

Andrew Nemr |
performing for a global stage while making a significant social & local impact

Andrew Nemr

Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his mentor Gregory Hines.

“A masterly tapper” (New York Times), Nemr’s work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, BRICLab, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, Surel’s Place, and TED Conferences. Nemr is recorded on the Grammy nominated recording Itsbynne Reel by Dave Eggar, the DVD Documentary and companion album Tuesdays at Mona’s by Mona’s Hot Four, and narrates the DanceTime Publications DVD, Tap Dance History: From Vaudeville to Film.

The artists Nemr has shared the stage with is a venerable list of whose who, including Jazz greats Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Hank Jones, James Carter, and John Faddis, Harry Connick Jr., the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and the legendary Les Paul. Ongoing collaborations and associations include the Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio, hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT and House of Waters, cellist Dave Eggar, percussionist Susie Ibarra, the eclectic roots band HollerJack, and visual artist Mako Fujimura.

As a founding member and dance captain of Savion Glover’s TiDii, Andrew was featured in the critically acclaimed Improvography at The Joyce Theatre, NY, the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2001, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, the 2002 Winter Olympics Arts Festival, and the 2002 Nijinsky Awards in Monaco. Andrew was also toured with and choreographed for the dance collective World Soul with house dance artist Brian Green.

Nemr’s own tap dance company, Cats Paying Dues, has been presenting critically and popularly acclaimed work since it’s debut in All For Love (2005, Mainstage Theatre at Playwrights Horizons). More recent seasons include Where the Music Lives (2008, Julia Miles Theatre, NY), Echoes In Time (2009, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, NY; The Egg, NY; Landmark on Mainstreet, NY), and Three Suites (2017, Tribeca Performing Arts Center). Other appearances include The QAS at Webster Hall (NYC), Jamaica Performing Arts Center (NY), The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (NYC), the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts (CT), Williams College (MA), and Celebrate Brooklyn (NYC). Return performances include Norte Maar’s Fete De Danse (NY) the Tap Extravaganza (NY), DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), and the Jerry Lewis Telethon (National Broadcast). The company has also been in residence at BRIClab (NYC) and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (NYC).

Traveling internationally to teach the art of tap dance, as director of Tap Dance Freedom, Andrew also hosts annual intensives, seasonal and monthly tap dance gatherings, and guides the tap dance program at the McBurney YMCA (NYC). Having been blessed by a myriad of mentors including Harold Cromer, Dr. Bunny Briggs, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. James “Buster” Brown, LeRoy Myers, Ernest “Brownie” Brown, Henry “Phace” Roberts, Dr. Henry LeTang, Mable Lee, Tina Pratt, Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Ted Levy, and Gregory Hines, Andrew’s teaching method and content is unique: rooted in the fundamentals, encouraging individual discovery, and supporting the common vocabulary of tap dance.

An avid speaker, Nemr combines the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love. He has presented his unique combination on Fellow’s Stage at TED Global, at numerous TEDx’s (TEDxCERN, TEDxPuraVida, TEDxChemungRiver, TEDxSetonHall), Wheaton College, International Arts Movement’s INHABIT Conference, the Gospel and Work Conference, Laity Lodge, and the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In his efforts to continue to champion the art form of tap dance, Andrew co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with Gregory Hines. The Foundation has produced numerous events, including tap dance festivals, and the New York City Celebration of the National Tap Dance Day, while developing tools that will support the oral tradition of tap dance through times of cultural change. These tools include a digital social archive, a traveling exhibit, and a series of online resources.

Andrew holds a BFA in Computer Art from the School of Visuals Arts, is certified in the Active-Isolated Flexibility System by the Wharton Performance Group, and is a card-carrying honorary member of the original Copasetics, Inc.

Nawel Boutarouk | Global Transformation & Tech Strategies

Nawel BoutaroukAn innovative, collaborative, strategic thinker with strong leadership skills and a passion for team and individual growth and development. Exceptional analytical and problem-solving proficiency. A solid and energetic performer with a reputation for work ethic, exceeding expectations and motivating teams. successfully built strategic alliances to support business initiatives and growth. Extensive strategy and consulting experiences.

A 2017 MBA from MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Nawel has 15+ years’ experience leading global transformation initiatives for major multi-national organizations across geographies and industries.

She is fluent in French, English, and literary Arabic, so feel free to ask her questions in your language of choice about any of her multiple areas of expertise :

    (Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Deal Flow Sourcing, Due Diligence Execution, Contract Negotiation),
    Digital Transformation and Innovation, High Tech -IoT, AI, Big Data, AV, Robotics-, Business Intelligence & Data Analytics, Strategy & Marketing, Revenue Growth, Customer Acquisition and Retention, Board Advisory).

Bluusa Bluu (Mercedes Escolar) | social and artistic anthropologist

Bluusa Bluu

A PhD on Social Anthropology with degrees on Plastic Arts, Film, Audiovisuals, Geography and History, Bluusa Bluu has an extensive career covers a wide range of experimentation and medium including Photography, Video-Art, Video Installations, Textile, Sculpture, Documentaries, Painting, Drawing, Engraving and Poetry.

Bluusa has done multiple projects with United Nations and carried extensive social anthropological art projects in Spain, United States, Chile and the Caribbean.

Her work takes place on the fringes and intersection of art and science, with a special focus on visual anthropology.

Laura Arceri | Cultural, Social & Artistic Integration 

Coordinator of cultural, linguistic, social and artistic integration projects with adults and children in Europe and the Middle East.

Laura Arceri

Carlos Miranda Levy | Social Innovation and Lean Cultural Startups

Carlos Miranda Levy at TEDxTokyo

A social entrepreneur and innovation technology expert with 20 years of work in human development, education, culture, disaster response and the environment, Carlos has led multiple social impact technology initiatives across the globe, while maintaining a successful career at the service of international organizations, government agencies and corporate and non-profit organizations.

His balanced mix of tech skills, business savvy and understanding of social processes, give him a unique advantage for visualizing stakeholders and ecosystems, their processes and opportunities, drafting strategies, leading teams, organizing events and creating technology solutions. This is clearly appreciated in his work with vulnerable youth, disaster survivors , teachers, policy makers, software developers and communities, which has taken him from the Caribbean mountains to Silicon Valley, the Amazon basin and snowcapped Andes; to Haiti, Singapore and Japan, and more recently to Africa and Europe.

His hands-on, proactive spirit has benefited from the lessons learned through field experience at scenarios as diverse as remote rural villages, the headquarters of international organizations, Presidential offices and government agencies, high security prisons and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He summarizes his approach and methodology to problem solving and ecosystem intervention with a simple phrase:

“never help: engage, enable, empower and connect”.

Stanford University Digital Vision Fellow, National University of Singapore Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Google Developing World Scholarship Awardee, Bill & Melinda Gates TEDGlobal Scholarship beneficiary and Reuters Foundation grant recipient. Featured on CNN as one of 20 Latin American Leaders on the Internet, on Forbes as a Latino Leader in Silicon Valley and as an Emerging Leader by New Media Consortium at MIT.

Since 2017, Carlos leads the Impact Migrants ( and Young Creators Academy ( projects in Paris.

Public engagement has long been a significant part of his role and commitment to give back to the community and spreading our message and vision. Carlos has been a keynote lecturer and facilitated workshops and community activities in over 20 countries, from Argentina to Turkey, including scenarios as diverse as rural and urban centers in South America, African urban slums, major innovation centers such as the University of ChicagoMIT Media Lab and Stanford University in the USA, universities in Guatemala, Haïti, Japan, Perú and International organizations in the Caribbean islands.

Robin Low | Social Entrepreneurship Connecting East and West |

Robin Low in Japan

With degrees from both Harvard University and the National University of Singapore, Robin combines the best of Eastern culture and the Western world, commuting throughout the year between Boston, Malaysia and Singapore, making sure operations of carbon nano-fiber eco-fabric apparel sold by Greenyarn meets the highest standards and sales goals are met in each market. His diverse skills and interests make him a very popular speaker and advisor in both the academic and corporate circles of the USA, Europe and Asia in the fields of social media, manufacturing and marketing.

As co-founder of Relief 2.0, he has raised awareness on the need of more efficient disaster response approaches with the traveling exhibit of his photos from Haiti, Japan and Nepal immediately after the earthquakes and later in the USA, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Robin's social interests have led him create several socially oriented businesses in Asia, such as x-Sandals, where outcast amputee lepers manufacture innovative sandals with interchangeable straps to make a decent living.

His cat, @SatsugaiCat, has over 20,000 followers on Twitter.

Julia Bordes | Bi-lingual Moderator

Julia Bordes




Julia studied political sciences to become a journalist. After several experiences in France and in India, she started working in communications in the bank industry, for the international film festival in Marrakech and in the wine and spirits industry. During four years, she was also in charge of the CSR topics. Passionate by this last topic, she worked on promoting and growing the positive impact of her company by developing evaluation tools, partnerships with social entrepreneurs and action plan to raise awareness among employees. She was also a radio animator for an environmental association.

Moving to Germany, Julia took the opportunity to understand the sense of her impact and to jump in the world of social entrepreneurship. She worked as a project manager for a MOOC about social entrepreneurship with a focus on migration. In this context, she directed a short documentary on migration in Europe and she also volunteered to give clothes, food and comfort to refugees crossing Germany.

Thanks to this experience, her personal life and due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, she realized we need to break the barriers of intolerance and she wants to build a world with no prejudice and no label. She wants people to look at themselves and at the others without prejudice. She then decided to travel during 6 months trough Asia to meet and interview social entrepreneurs and understand what move them.

Since 2017, she is a startup weekend organizer and a moderator for conferences focusing on topics with a positive impact. She also is a co-founder at WeShape_lab, an openlab for employees’ empowerment.

Julia’s vision is moved by the values of share, tolerance, co-creation and justice. She believes everything is possible and everyone can manage the impossible. She also thinks that we grow faster learning from our differences.


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