Matthias Leridon

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Matthias Leridon is the founder of the communication firm TILDER, which he has been the Chairman of for the last 30 years. He and his teams support more than two hundred French and international business leaders in the management of their communication ecosystems, insisting on content-driven network management and the importance of being involved in socially beneficial initiatives.

Today, TILDER is the French leader in its sector and operates in eight countries.

Matthias Leridon began his career in various ministerial offices as a Policy Officer with André Giraud, the then Minister of Defence. He subsequently worked for Hervé de Charette, the then Minister of Public Service.

He also worked as a consultant and then as a consulting director at Bernard Rideau et Conseil, a communications consulting firm.

Matthias Leridon is also Chairman of Cofilebo, a private equity firm that has controlled the publishing house Débats Publics since 2009. He is involved in numerous biotechnologies, media and start-up ventures.

He is a director of the SOS Group, the only social entrepreneurship unicorn (privately held start-up company valued at over $1 billion) in Europe. Prior to this, he spent seven years as a director of Générale de Santé, the European leader in private hospital healthcare services.

Born in 1962, he is a graduate of ESSEC and Sciences Po Paris. He also holds a degree in audio-visual communication law & administration and was an auditor at the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN). Matthias Leridon is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.


A French entrepreneur, he is known as a fervent defender of African development and contemporary African artistic creation. In 2009, he and his wife created the NGO African Artists for Development (AAD-Fund), convinced that economic development must go hand in hand with the development of artistic creation. By 2018, more than 4 million Africans will benefit directly from AAD-Fund programmes. In 2013, the UN Member States unanimously elected AAD-Fund as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Matthias Leridon is also vice-president of AMREF flying doctors, Africa’s largest public health NGO, which helps nearly 12 million people every year.

Convinced that Africa will be the continent of the 21st century, he shares this conviction in 2010 in his book “L’Afrique va bien” (All is Well in Africa), with a preface by the former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, F.W. de Klerk.

Matthias Leridon has one of the world’s largest private collections of contemporary African art. He is also president of the “Centre Pompidou Accélérations” endowment fund and founder of the “Manège de Chaillot”, the main private funders of contemporary artistic creation in France.

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The unveiling of Freddy Tsimba’s Porteuse de Vies

The unveiling of Freddy Tsimba’s Porteuse de Vies by the Manège de Chaillot member companies on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (6 December 2018 at noon)

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  • Opening evening of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (on the evening of 6 December).The NGO African

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  • On 14 and 15 September 2018, Tilder, alongside six other companies, participated in the first international edition of “Accélérations” at the Pompidou Centre. The event’s exciting theme was the “power of emotions”. During these two unforgettable days at the crossroads of the artistic, scientific and business worlds, time appeared suspended as an outpouring of passions […]

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  • Mardi 17 avril 2018 – Matthias Leridon on France Info in Olivier de Lagarde tv show “Sous les pavés 2018”

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  • Matthias Leridon on Public Senat in “On va plus loin” Are the Civil society’s personnalities able to manage a ministry ? Jeudi 18 mai 2017 “On va plus loin” Le grand rendez-vous politique décryptant l’actualité présenté par Sonia Mabrouk sur Public Sénat.   Retrouvez l’intégralité de l’émission

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  • Jeudi 16 mars 2017 Le sujet du jour :  Les affaires continuent d’occuper le devant de la scène au détriment des programmes La communication de François Fillon, ce qu’elle est et ce qu’elle devrait être L’invité du jour :  Matthias Leridon, spécialiste de communication politique, .   Retrouvez l’intégralité de l’intervention de Matthias Leridon

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  • Jeudi 9 mars 2017 Le sujet du jour :  Macron devant Le Pen au premier tour ? L’invité du jour :Matthias Leridon, spécialiste de communication politique, décrypte une semaine particulière pour les principaux candidats à la présidentielle. Retrouvez l’intervention de Matthias Leridon

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  • The 2014 Prix de la Francophonie Turgot was awarded to Volume III of the book Prévention des crises et promotion de la paix (Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding), published in 2013 by Bruylant and edited by Jean-Pierre Vettoraglia. Among the prestigious co-authors of this volume on “Determinants of Conflict and New Forms of Prevention” is Matthias […]

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  • 19 July 2013 The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meeting in Geneva, has just granted consultative status to “African Artists for Development” (AAD). The decision of the ECOSOC, which follows a unanimous recommendation by the NGO Committee in New York on 21 May 2013, marks the recognition of AAD activities by the United […]

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  • Under the distinguished patronage of François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, Tilder and African Artists for Development organised the opening evening of the South African season in France on Tuesday 28 May at the Théâtre National de Chaillot. Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and […]

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  • 18 May 2013 On the occasion of the launch of Fragments de Modernité (Fragments of Modernity), the new publication from the Forum d’Action Modernités, Matthias Leridon, TILDER Chairman, spoke at the Modernité On/Off evening on the theme of this first issue, “Dégager l’horizon” (Clear the horizon). The launch was held on Monday 18 March at […]

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