AFP-Services brings the speed, relevance and experience of an international news organization to the world of corporate and institutional communications. Drawing on a global network of 250 video reporters and 350 photographers, we offer a unique mix of world-class news savvy and marketing knowhow — anywhere & anytime. AFP-Services is grounded in the resources, network and access of parent company Agence France-Presse, one of the biggest news gathering operations on the planet.
• AFP-SERVICES IS REACTIVE : Operating like a global, 24/7 news agency is in our DNA — it’s what we do. If it’s possible to deliver in the time given, AFP-Services will make it happen.
• AFP-SERVICES IS COST-EFFECTIVE : Working with our parent company Agence France-Presse, AFP-Services is uniquely positioned to provide world-class coverage at local rates.
• AFP-SERVICES IS AUTHENTIC : We are professional reporters with news instincts and values, not just communicators. We help clients find the images and stories that bring their messages to life.
• AFP-SERVICES IS VERSATILE : Whether for traditional media requiring expert reporting, or corporate clients seeking persuasive and high-impact forms of communication, we adapt to your needs.
• AFP-SERVICES IS MULTILINGUAL : We regularly produce content in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese, and have the reach to work in just about any other language too.
Who we are
The rapid-reaction strike force of AFP-Services is 250 video reporters and 350 photographers spread across more than 80 countries on every continent. Harnessing journalistic skills and deep local knowledge, these award-winning professionals know how to find and tell real stories with real impact. A top-flight team of producers, writers, editors, graphic designers and developers completes the value chain all the way through to delivery and distribution. Based in Paris with regional offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo and Brussels, AFP-Services has the size, experience and nimbleness to help our clients — whether institutional, corporate or media — to get their message across.
Acting Managing Director
After graduating from ESCP Europe business school, Otman Meriche started his career in strategy consulting. In 2000 he joined AFP as Marketing Manager for Photo and Sport. In 2007 he took part in the launch of the international Video Service and created the Business Development department dedicated to new technologies, particularly in the field of mobile communications. He became Marketing Director in 2011 and deputy to the Sales and Marketing Director of the Agency.
Otman now heads AFP-Services with a view to developing the main strategies of its mother company: video, sport and corporate clients.
Anne-Louise graduated in 2008 from Nanterre University with a degree in International Law. She also holds a Bachelor in European Law from the University of Essex, UK and a Masters in Social Sciences. In 2009, Anne-Louise joined the AFP Foundation. She was in charge of organizing professional training sessions for journalists in developing countries. After 6 years, she joined AFP Services where is coordinates contracts with European and International institutions. Anne-Louise speaks fluent English, and a good command of German, Italian and Portuguese. She is learning Swedish.
Human relations and payroll Manager
Yasmina arrived at AFP-Services in 2015 with three decades of experience in the media sector working in payroll, and then as an administrator in pay & personnel departments. Armed with a degree in social services, she started her career at France’s largest private TV station TF1. From there she took jobs at the weekly magazine VSD and the TV station La 5 before joining the sports media group ASO, owner of the Tour de France among other sporting events. Just before coming to AFP-Services, she worked in theater. Outside the office, she’s partial to horses and jumping out of airplanes, with more than 2,800 jumps under her belt!
Administrative and Financial Manager
With a B.A. in economics and a masters in banking & finance, Miryana began her career in 1995 with the financial holding company Groupe Alain Dumenil. In 1999, she joined the finance management team at Agence France-Presse, where she became budget controller for the agency’s news division. In 2011, Miryana was appointed administrative and finance manager of AFP-Services, where she took the lead in setting up management procedures for the framework contracts with European institutions and corporate clients. Her duties include managing the administrative team based in Paris and coordinating administration internationally.
Administrative and Financial Assistant
Tifanny graduated in 2016 from l’ISEG Business and Finance School with a double degree in International Business in partnership with the Baruch College from New York City. She also studied International Business Operations and Management at the University of California Irvine during one semester. Tifanny joined AFP-Services’ team in February 2017 as her first permanent job. She is there in charge of accounts receivables, supplier relationship and also works with the administrative and finance manager on financial control-related tasks. Fluent English and Indonesian speaker, Tifanny is also keen on playing the piano and cooking.
Christophe came to AFP Services in 2013 with a degree accounting & management and experience in several companies as an administrative assistant. He started with us as our accounts payable manager, before moving over to the accounts receivable department. Christophe is the administrative account manager for AFP-Service’s European Union contracts, and is also in charge of integrating sales invoice into the AFP accounting system. He works with administrative and finance manager Miryana Kaçarevic. Christophe holds dual nationality, French and Portuguese.
Business Manager (Sao Paulo)
Aparecido – “Cido” to his friends – graduated with a degree in business administration in Sao Paulo, his home town. For 15 years, he worked first as a product manager for the photo services at Agência Estado, Brazil’s largest news agency, and then as a business development manager. Since 2013, he has managed business opportunities for AFP-Services in Latin America. Besides photos (of course!), he is also passionate about cinema. English and Portuguese are his lingua franca.
Business Manager (Hong Kong)
With a B.A in Communications, Linda has over 6 years of media sales experience with an international publishing company in Singapore. She relocated to Hong Kong in 2011 where she was responsible for recruiting media professionals for over 4 years. She joined AFP-Services early 2016 to manage the Asia Pacific portfolio of clients. She speaks native Malay, fluent English, Bahasa Indonesia, conversational Mandarin and minimal Spanish.
Business developer / MENA region
Patrick Baz started as a freelance photojournalist in 1982. In 1986, as a young visual enthusiast, he founded with three childhood friends, Pikasso, a Lebanon based leading out-of-home advertising company. In 1989, Agence France-Presse (AFP) assigned him as chief-photographer in Jerusalem where he set up the first network of Palestinian photojournalists. In 1996, he built and managed AFP’s photo network and photo desk in the MENA region. An award-winning photographer, he covered the world’s major conflicts as a photographer and a team leader on the ground. Baz sat on different prestigious photojournalism, photography and journalism jury. He will bring to AFP-services more than three decades of experience in visual-journalism and with the MENA region.
Regional Production Coordination
On Demand Coordinator (Washington)
February 1, 2016 marked Susan’s 26th anniversary with Agence France-Presse. Before moving to Washington, DC and joining AFP in 1990, Susan completed a Master of Arts at Ohio University. She worked as a photo assignment editor for North and South America until 2003 when she was transferred to Paris. For the region of Europe and Africa, she collaborated on special book projects and organized countless editorial, institutional, and corporate assignments. After eleven years in Paris, Susan returned to Washington, as AFP Services production manager, photo and video, for the Americas.
On Demand Coordinator (Hong Kong)
Pam completed her studies in Advertising at the University of Hong Kong. She started her photo career by joining Oriental Touch Hong Kong – a stock photo library – as Customer Service Officer for 6 years. She then worked as a Photo Editor as for another 6 years, before becoming Office Manager for an event organiser and a fine arts photography studio. She later returned to being a Photo Editor. Pam joined AFP-Services in 2015 as the On Demand Coordinator due to her extensive experience with photography related work. Pam is a Hong Kong national and she speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Passionate about moving pictures, Dimitri developed his skills all around the globe. After graduating from High school in Minnesota where he was an exchange student, he obtained a Bachelor in Communication and Journalism from the Haute Ecole of the Liège province (Belgium). He polished off his skills during an Erasmus Programme in Madrid, Spain. He then started his career at Sungoal LTD, China, where he was working as a Communication attaché. Since being back in Belgium, he has been a TV journalist for RTC television Liège, and for Keynews production. He joined AFP-Services in 2015 as a production assistant.
Armed with a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Céline worked as a freelance print journalist in Belgium and France before joining Instant News Service in 2008, as production assistant for Europe by Satellite’s, the European institutions audiovisual channel. Since 2012, she has been video project manager for AFP-Services in Brussels. Her work includes planning shootings for institutional or corporate clients, managing the operational filming crews and the budgets, and dealing with the clients.
Armed with a degree in cinematography from Université de Paris I, Richard worked for eight years as a freelance TV cameraman for various international channels as well as French companies TF1, Canal+ and France Télévisions. He has also taken on assignments for the UN, Greenpeace and Amnesty International around the world. In 2007, he co-founded the TV production company Pacte Productions. In 2012 he became a consultant trainer for AFP-TV, training many of the agency’s staff. Meanwhile he also worked as a freelance producer, cameraman and editor for AFP-Services, Canal+ TV and D8 TV in Paris. In 2015, he joined AFP-Services full time as its principal Paris cameraman and editor for major productions.
Hortense DE VALROGER
Head of Video Service
Hortense brings a decade of experience in news journalism to the position of project manager. She joined AFP-Services in 2010 to oversee video production for European institutions and other major international organisations, including UNAIDS, UNFPA and the G8/G20 summits. She has worked to build up AFP-Services’ international network of video journalists and crews. With degrees in transnational law (Britain), comparative law (Germany), and journalism (Brussels), Hortense is truly European. She is currently learning Dutch.
Amandine started working for AFP-Services as an intern after completing her studies in Communication Science and specializing in journalism. She got her first diploma in Modern literature before turning to Journalism under all its forms. More specifically she wrote a dissertation on weB-documentaries. Before joining AFP-Services, she worked at the multimedia department of CAPA news agency, at Le Parisien daily newspaper, and at the Politics department of AFP. Amandine has been with AFP-Services for 3 years now, working on the photo desk which she particularly enjoys being an amateur photographer.
After studying photography in Paris, Johanna moved in 2003 to eastern France where she worked extensively as a freelancer for the daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace and AFP covering general news and sports. She also contributed to El Mundo, l’Equipe, Le Point, Der Spiegel, and other French and foreign titles. In 2011, Johanna was briefly a stringer for AFP Photo in Paris before joining AFP-Services as a photographer and general coordinator for photography. She travels frequently to ensure flawless organization of coverage for clients.
After studying cinema and obtaining a Masters degree in Journalism at La Sorbonne University, Marine did an internship at daily newspaper La Tribune, in 2010. She subsequently decided to work on general news. She first worked at Relaxnews news agency, joining the brand-new project on news apps for Microsoft, which were launched with Windows 8 in 2012. She worked as the front page editor before joining MSN, where she managed the front page. In 2014 she started working with AFP-Services on the RTL.fr contract, before joining the Orange team as a news editor.
Deputy Chief Editor
Julie has been a journalist at AFP-Services since April 2015. She became deputy chief editor in 2016. She produces on-demand contents for media clients. Before that, Julie was editor in chief for digital media press agency 6Medias during 6 years. She gained her professional experience as an editor, working for web agencies, magazines and such (Nouvel Observateur and nouvelobs.com, Sensuelle Magazine, D&CO website…). Being very keen on society or women’s topics, she also wrote for the pure player Cheek Magazine.
Julie studied at the CFPJ journalism school in Paris after graduating in Modern Literature and obtaining a Masters in Information Sciences at the well-known Celsa School.
Debbie first graduated in History and Geography before attending the Ecole Supérieure du Journalisme in Lille. Among the runners up of the AFP Scholarship, Debbie joined AFP-Services in June 2013 to work at the multimedia desk, where she was tasked with writing and fleshing up contents, along with prioritizing stories for information websites. Debbie also worked as a reporter for many medias among which France Info radio, La Voix du Nord newspaper and the AFP London Bureau. She now works on the editorial contents of the videos provided for the European and international institutions.
Maxime LE ROUX
Maxime earned a Master’s degree from the Institut de journalisme Bordeaux-Aquitaine in 2012. During and after his studies, he did extended internships at major French newspapers, including Ouest-France, Libération and Le Monde. A long-standing interest in questions related to global security and intelligence operations served him well working at the specialized news agency AEF Sécurité Globale. In June 2013, Maxime joined AFP Services, where he enriches and integrates AFP content – text, photos, graphics, videos – for major multimedia clients.
As a journalist for AFP, Pascal has worked on three continents over three decades. He was White House correspondent during the Bush Sr. administration before heading up the New Delhi bureau, where he oversaw the coverage of six countries, managing a staff of 40, and expanded the Agency’s commercial footprint. Back in Paris, Pascal set up and coordinated a network of ten multimedia departments in nine countries across six languages. He also oversaw the deployment agency-wide of a new CMS. He was AFP’s longstanding representative to the MINDS International network of 22 leading news agencies. Since joining AFP-Services in 2013, he has overseen the development of on-demand news products.
Romain joined AFP-Services in June 2014. As a trained journalist, he is responsible for drafting and editing tailor-made contents for AFP-Services’ corporate clients. He also feeds and monitors homepages for their information portals. Romain graduated from the IPJ journalism school in Paris and started his career at a regional newspaper, the Courrier Picard in Amiens, before coming back to Paris and working as a freelance or intern for different media, be it websites or print (RFI.fr, La Montagne, Politique internationale, 6Medias…). Romain holds a dual nationality, French and Chilean.
Where we come from
Truth, impartiality and pluralism — these are the core axioms that guarantee that news delivered by AFP is accurate and free of either political or commercial influence. While carrying out assignments for third parties, AFP-Services adheres to these same values because, in our experience, honest and engaging content provides the compelling stories that serve our clients’ interests. AFP-Services also maintains a strict policy of neutrality and will not condone deliberate distortion in reporting. In keeping with the founding statutes of Agence France-Presse, AFP-Services is independent of the French government and other political interest groups.
While operating independently, AFP-Services leverages Agence France-Presse’s global network, which delivers news in six languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and German) from regional editing hubs in Washington, Paris, Nicosia, Hong Kong and Montevideo. Headquartered in Paris, the Agency’s 200 bureaus in 150 countries ensures an uninterrupted flow of 24/7 news in text, photos, video, infographics and multimedia formats. More than 1,500 journalists and another 1,000 support staff guarantee that the agency is at the forefront of global events — everywhere, every day. AFP provides independent, objective, original and relevant news that forms the backbone content for major national and international media organisations worldwide. That’s our DNA.
In 2010, AFP-Services had one client, albeit a big one: the European Commission. But as new management scaled up to meet the Commissions expanding requirements, there was a light-bulb moment. AFP-Services, it was realized, could draw from the global brand of its parent company – Agence France-Presse – to serve a broader and growing market for communication services grounded in the journalistic values and the reactivity of an international news agency. Journalists are storytellers, and the stories that they tell are true. Whether for an international organization, an NGO or a corporation, these are powerful tools for delivering messages that build confidence. Starting from that core identity, AFP-Services today serves dozens of major accounts around the world across all these sectors.