EDUCATION & CAREER
Valerie Morignat was born and raised in the French island of New Caledonia, a mesmerizing gem surrounded with the widest lagoon in the world. Her precocious passion for the arts and humanities guided her steps to Paris at 17, where she was admitted to the Sorbonne University. Awarded two excellence research grants, she graduated with highest honors with two masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Arts and Art Sciences. Her doctoral thesis developed a unique analysis of Leonardo Da Vinci's creative processes and a visionary theory of Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Hired as a Tenured Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Arts at the University of Montpellier III, Morignat taught and published thought-provoking essays on cinema, AI, VR/AR, philosophy, cognitive sciences, and arts. After a decade, she embarked on an academic leave for entrepreneurship in Asia-Pacific, to devise digital-first strategies for government leaders and Fortune 500 companies.
Driven by an insatiable passion for vision execution, Morignat concurrently founded a non-profit organization to promote creative photography and her high-end photography studio. Her underwater photography work won multiple prestigious international industry awards, and has been described as unique and influential in the fine art underwater photography arena.
Today, Valerie Morignat works in San Francisco as an independant photographer, a futurist providing consulting services to Silicon Valley firms, and a creative director obsessed with immersive and interactive design. When she does not shoot or design VR experiences, she writes her book to be published on Artificial Intelligence.