As a European Social Innovation Academy fellow (2018) organised by the European Commission, Gilles has spearheaded several community-based projects both in Africa and Europe. Gilles is an adept non-formal education who enjoys working on local development projects. He has led, coordinated and trained many people on different EU funded projects. Using participatory action research methods, his work focuses on community development, social innovation and sustainable development.
Gilles holds a master degree in social innovation and territorial development Université Clermont Auvergne, France as well as a diploma in project management and entrepreneurship from the same university.