A former student of Celsa-Sorbonne and early advocate of African techs & Open Innovation, Stéphan-Eloïse Gras was the coordinator for digital cooperation and prospective at the Institut français (French Foreign Affairs Ministry) where she developed from 2011 to 2014 "Digital Africa", a forum for digital industries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Also a postdoctoral researcher at the Digital Humanism Chair (Humanum) of Sorbonne-Universités in Paris, she's interested in digital cultures, literacies and their globalization. Her PhD dissertation "Machines du goût et écoute en ligne" about music API & deep learning algorithms is published by Hermann and La Philharmonie (Paris, 2016).

She was a fellow researcher at Brown University (2010), NYU (2013) and worked for the Regional Cooperation between France and South America in Buenos Aires (French Foreign Affairs Ministry) from 2006 to 2009. In 2014 she founded "L'Oreille", a collective of open innovation consultants & creative technologists and "Africa 4 Tech".