Alex Bernier


Alex is Director of BrailleNet. Following a computer engineering degree at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Rennes, Alex joined the R&D team at BrailleNet where he launched a number of projects on e-books and digital libraries, including the Accessible Francophone Digital Library (BNFA) and a research and development program aimed at improving the accessibility of scientific and technical documents for the visually impaired. Alex continues to lead on a number of R&D projects and coordinates BrailleNet’s core activities, including the BNFA and AccessiWeb. Alex leads BrailleNet’s AccessiWeb Evaluation Expert training course. He serves on the board of the DAISY Consortium and on the programme committee of the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP).

Katie Durand

Project Manager and digital accessibility specialist

Katie started working with BrailleNet in 2011. She has a degree in Art History and French from the University of Glasgow, and a masters in Digital Project Management from the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques de la Documentation (INTD-CNAM). After 6 years coordinating the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Katie worked on a number of digital projects in the arts sector. She is responsible for coordinating the annual European e-Accessibility Forum, BrailleNet’s publication programme, and for managing e-Accessibility projects. She is a qualified EAE e-Accessibility expert and serves on the committee of the Jodi Awards for Accessible Digital Culture.

Julie Sauvage-Vincent

Project Manager in digital publishing

Julie has a PhD in Computer Science from the Ecole nationale supérieure Mines-Télécom Atlantiqueand is specialised in automatic language processing. After working as a project manager for a  prepress services company where she was responsible for designing, running and updating digital publication processes, she joined BrailleNet’s R&D team in 2018. Among other things, Julie is involved in the development of processing tools for digital books and contributes to the DAISY Pipeline in collaboration with the DAISY Consortium. 

Nicolas Pavie

Project Manager in software engineering

Nicolas has a PhD in image computing from the University of Limoges. Before joining BrailleNet in March 2019 he spent two years working as a project manager and software engineer for the prepress services company IGS-CP where he was involved in different production chains and online plateforms.

Fernando Pinto Da Silva

Project Leader

Fernando is a digital accessibility expert and president of DAISY France. Before joining BrailleNet he worked as an accessibility expert at the Association Valentin Haüy (2007-2015) while serving as a voting member of the International Digital Publishing Forum (2013-2015) and then at EDRLab (2016-2018). He is tasked with improving inclusion by pushing for increasing accessible digital technologies on behalf of BrailleNet and the Fédération des Aveugles de France. 

Garance Hamon

Head of communications, BNFA

Garence holds Masters degrees in Art History, Information and Communication (University of Nantes) and Scriptwriting (University of Nanterre). With experience in journalism, the arts and digital media, Garence joined BrailleNet in 2015 where she took responsibility for adapting digital books for the BNFA and managing the library’s social media presence. She is now responsible for BrailleNet’s communications.

Julien Véron

Librarian, BNFA

Julien joined BrailleNet in 2010. He has a masters degree in Law (University of Paris-Assas) and a postgraduate degree in Library Sciences. Julien is responsable for acquisitions, for user support services and for adapting books for the BNFA. He lectures on BrailleNet’s training courses on accessible documents and library services. In his free time he is a keen cook and photographer.