Executive Committee

The Harvard Club of France is run by a team of alumni from the College and Graduate Schools who represent a diversity of degrees, nationalities and professional activities.

Executive Committee 2014 / 2015

Benoît Rossi (Kennedy School, MPP ‘06)

President

Benoît has been the Club’s First Vice President since October 2012. Previously, he served as Treasurer then as Secretary General. Benoît established the French chapter of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni in 2011.

Benoît is specialised in Private Public Partnerships and transport infrastructure development. He is currently Director for International Affairs at Sanef, a subsidiary of Abertis, the world’s largest toll highway concessionaire.

Felicia A. Henderson (Harvard Law School, JD 1997)

First Vice President

Felicia A. Henderson is a leadership consultant working with founders, executives, and board members of business and non-profit organizations. Her current focus is on improving corporate governance by helping business leaders and their teams to define personal and organizational values and to incorporate those values into the decision-making framework. Felicia is also an adjunct professor at Sciences Po where she teaches courses on corporate law and governance, comparative equality law and organizational behavior. She has lectured on US capital markets law at EDHEC Business School.

Felicia received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Duke University in 1994 and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997. While at HLS, Felicia served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD Business School (expected 2017). Although she no longer actively practices law, Felicia remains a member of the bar of the State of New York.

Mikaël Schinazi (College, BA ‘12)

Treasurer

Mikaël is a new member of the Executive Committee and is also Co-Chair of the Harvard French Scholarship Fund.

He studied History and Literature at Harvard, where he co-founded a French theater group, and law at the University of Cambridge. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in international law at Sciences Po, where he also taught comparative constitutional law to undergraduate students.

Zhizhong “Joël” Yao (GSAS, PhD ‘12)

Secretary General

Joël is new member Prior to moving to France, he was a resident tutor at Winthrop House for 3 years.

Joël is a Human Frontier Science Program fellow. He studies the inner lives of cells.

Gatien Bon (Kennedy School, [MPP] ‘14)

Executive Committee Member

Gatien is a new member who has led the Harvard Club of France on campus in the past year.

Gatien currently works within Rothschild’s Sovereign practice. Trained as an engineer, he also served as a member of staff for a former French Minister.

 

Stephane Charbit (Kennedy School, MPA ‘14)

Executive Committee Member

Stephane is a new member of the Executive Team, which he joined upon his graduation.

A Director at Rothschild, Stephane is developing the sovereign advisory practice for governments, central banks, and state-owned corporations.

Stephane is also an entrepreneur and investor in tech.

Stephane has an academic background in Economics, Law, Public Affairs and Finance. He is a member of the macroeconomics research center of Paris I La Sorbonne.

Andrew Farnsworth (College, BA ‘81)

Executive Committee Member

Andrew recently joined the Executive Team to drive the Club’s networking and career-oriented events.

Andrew is an independent HR consultant who until recently was the VP HR for Unibail-Rodamco, the CAC 40 leader in property development and investment, where he worked for the past 5 years.

Elisabeth Shemtov (Business School, AMP ‘10)

Executive Committee Member

Elisabeth joined the Club in May 2014 and is already at work planning arts and culture events for Club members.

Elisabeth, until recently, served as CEO at ARTEUM. Previously, she held various positions as top manager in operations and finance at APEC, JCDecaux and Total.

Anne-Caroline L. Urbain (Harvard Law School, LL.M. 2006)

Executive Committee Member

Anne-Caroline L. Urbain is a member of the bar of Paris, and of the State of New York. Before starting her solo practice, she practiced in the environmental, health and safety department of the Jones Day Paris office where she advised and represented foreign governments as well as French and foreign industries in the petrochemicals, chemicals, energy, nuclear, mining, transportation, pharmaceutical, and electronics sectors.

Prior Jones Day, Anne-Caroline interned at the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development and as an environmental engineering consultant. While attending Harvard Law School, she worked for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and was an editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Anne-Caroline is the current general secretary of the French association Environnement France Chine (EFC) and a Vice President of the Harvard Law School Association of Europe. She also teaches in the Masters Développement Durable at the University of Paris Dauphine, and in the Master of Risk Engineering at the Institut pour une Culture de la Sécurité Industrielle (ICSI) in Toulouse.

Philippe Vincens (Business School, MBA ‘09)

Executive Committee Member

Philippe has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2010.

Founder of an online travel and social network, Philippe works in operations at Google.

Roland Ziadé (Law School, LLM ‘02)

Executive Committee Member

Roland has been a member of the Executive Team since 2010. He, with his partners, consistently hosts club’s events.

Roland is a Partner at Linklaters LLP and regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

Past Presidents

Nicolas Landrin (Harvard Business School, MBA 1999), Past President

Nicolas Landrin is a Managing Partner with I-Source Gestion, a leading venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in information technologies and communications. He currently sits on the board of directors of six early-stage technology companies. Nicolas has 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and software industry and in private equity. He also teaches Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at MBA HEC. Nicolas earned his M.S. degree from ENSTB in 1991 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1999. He is an Arthur Sachs Scholar and a beneficiary of the Harvard French Scholarship Fund. Over the last few years, Nicolas has been active in the HBS Club de France, within the Commission Coaching & Networking, the Harvard French Scholarship Fund, which he co-led with other beneficiaries and the Association des Boursiers Arthur Sachs. He also created two years ago an informal club of HBS graduates working in hi-tech, which gathers every year in Barcelona.

Philippe Le Corre (IAF, 2004), Immediate Past President (2010-2012)

Philippe is Founder & Managing Partner of Ginger Consultants, a company specialized on communications between Asia and Europe. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) and a Lecturer at Sciences Po’s School of Communications. He previously worked as as Partner with Corporate communications & PR firm Publicis Consultants and as a senior adviser to the French Minister of Defense and policy analyst with the Ministry’s policy planning staff. He also served as a Foreign correspondent for 14 years in Asia and Europe and was a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (’03-’04). He is an Arthur Sachs scholar. Philippe is the author of 4 books and numerous articles mainly on China in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde and Foreign Policy. He sits on the supervisory board of the French-American Foundation (France) and as a Committee member of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).

Ned Gubbins (Harvard College, AB 1994), Past President, Honorary Board Member

After beginning his career as a researcher-writer at the White House, Ned spent nine years working as a management consultant in Washington, DC, and Paris, before gravitating to the filmmaking world. Since then, he has collaborated on more than nine independent documentaries on subjects ranging from the death penalty and immigration to the 2008 Presidential campaign and coping with conflict in the West Bank. Recent credits include “Every Day is a Holiday”, which was broadcast on PBS and premiered at the Montclair Film Festival, and “(No) Laughing Matter”, which premiered at the Full Frame Festival and Jerusalem Film Festival. He graduated from Harvard College, where he studied political science and was elected President of Currier House and a Marshall of his College Class. After graduation he became involved in alumni activities, first at the Harvard Club of Washington, DC, and then at the Harvard Club of France, which elected him President in 2002. After a four-year tenure as President, Ned has continued to stay involved as a Board Member and member of the Club’s Honorary Board. Ned has likewise helped organize alumni events at the Cannes Film Festival.

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