Joanna Kirk

Founder / co-founder
at JKPR / Startup Sesame

Joanna is a PR strategist, advisor and community builder working alsongside international ecosystem builders, VC funds, fast growth companies and startups in tech and creative industries. (Atomico, Station F, Change Now Summit, Founders Factory Paris, London&Partners, Ventech, Meero, OpenBrain,,, Welcome to the Jungle, NUMA, NeoFarm, Wirecard, Ouishare Fest, Pias, Sacem).

Currently based in Paris, she is also co-director of non-profit organization StartHer that supports women in technology and entrepreneurship, and heads up the French chapter of Techfugees, an impact-driven organisation empowering displaced people with technology.

Joanna co-founded Startup Sesame, the global network of Tech events connecting startups, investors and corporates.

Previously in charge of communications & PR for global entertainment and tech events Midem, MIPTV, MIPCOM and LeWeb, Joanna holds an MBA in Cultural Management in Europe from Paris 8 (DESS) and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Reading University & Universität Wien.