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 2017 / 2018
Elizabeth Kan (Harvard College, 1985)
Franco-american, of Chinese origin, Elizabeth has spent the last twenty years in the fashion and luxury businesses, most recently as Head of Strategic Projects at Cartier. A native New Yorker, she previously consulted for McKinsey in Los Angeles and was active in the Harvard Clubs of NY and LA. From 2009-2011, Elizabeth was on the Executive Committee of the HCF. She currently serves on the Board of the Bogliasco Foundation, a Residential Fellowship program for artists and scholars in Italy.
Jakob Haesler (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA’99)
First Vice President
A German entrepreneur based in Paris, Jakob is currently developing Skintifique, a biotech/dermatology startup, as well as a new social enterprise in the climate space. Co-founder of Tinyclues, a Big Data startup in the marketing space, Jakob is a recognized expert on Big Data and Innovation. He is involved in the OECD, the Institut de l’Entreprise, and Europanova (where he was named one of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders in 2012/13). Previously a Partner at McKinsey in Berlin and Paris, Jakob is the current chair of the HKS-chapter of the HCF.
Anne-Caroline L. Urbain (Harvard Law School, LL.M. 2006)
Anne-Caroline is head of business development and client relations at AHA Atelier HERBEZ Architectes, founded by Olivier Herbez (GSD, 1999). A lawyer admitted to the Bars of New York and Paris, she previously practiced environmental, health and safety law at Jones Day. Anne-Caroline is currently a Vice-President of the Harvard Law School Association and Secretary General of the French association Environnement France Chine (EFC) which she founded.
Paula Zazadze Arrigo (Harvard Business School MBA’92)
A Swiss national born in Turkey with Georgian origins, Paula is married to an Italian (HBS 92) and has three children. After banking at American Express and consulting at McKinsey, Paula has concentrated since 1993 on international trade among Western Europe, Turkey, Russia and Georgia. Named a Foreign Trade Officer of France by the French Prime Minister, she shares her knowledge with Master students at the University of Sorbonne.
Audrène Eloit (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA’14)
Director of Partnerships and Development at PSL Research University, Audrène works in coordination with the Dean of Research to develop new partnerships for the recently created university. In parallel, she is a consultant for the World Bank on workforce development and higher education policy. Audrène studied English at ENS Cachan, passed the agrégation d’anglais, and has a law degree from Universite Pantheon-Assas.
Juan Corvalan Espina (Harvard Kennedy School, 2011)
Originally from Buenos Aires, Juan is a PhD candidate at EHESS and is serving his country as Director of the Fondation Argentine at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.
Following his time in Cambridge, Juan continues to be involved in the development of Leadership models with the Kennedy School and is one of the founding members of the organizing team of the Adaptive Leadership Alumni Conference and the Adaptive Leadership Network.
Denise Silber (Harvard Business School, 1979)
A native New Yorker, Denise has devoted the last twenty years to digital health, where her work as a strategic advisor, public speaker and entrepreneur led her to become an international thought leader and to receive the French Legion of Honor. Her company Basil Strategies founded Doctors 2.0 & You, the first international, patient-included technology conference. A graduate of Smith College, Denise began her career as a U.S. embassy officer in Mexico City and was a pharmaceuticals executive after HBS.
Roland Ziadé (Harvard Law School, LLM ‘02)
A Partner at Linklaters LLP, Roland is widely known for his experience and expertise in international arbitration, acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He is an outstanding negotiator and a member of the Bars of Paris, New York and Beirut. A member of the Executive Team since 2010, Roland regularly hosts the club’s events with his partners.
Artus de Longuemar (Harvard Business School, 2005)
Executive Committee Member
Aeronautical Engineer by training, Artus believes happy employees and superior financial performance is possible. Artus spent five years at Airbus, setting up operations in China and leading an innovation transformation. In 2016 he founded Fulfill, a consultancy to supports Fortune 500 and startups in accelerating their innovation potential.
Michelle Luo (Harvard College 2014)
Executive Committee Member
Michelle is a Product Manager for Google Arts & Culture, helping cultural institutions digitize their content and make it accessible to everyone. Prior to moving to Paris, she lived in San Francisco, during which time she worked on Google Maps and then on G Suite. She was also a founding member and later President of the Harvard Crimson Club, a community of young alumni in San Francisco.
Stephanie Mareva Failloux (Harvard College 1994)
Executive Committee Member
Stephanie started her career in finance 20 years ago, in London and Paris. Six years ago, she entered the world of art professionally and produced a film on “social enterprise” when the topic was still in its infancy. More recently, she has entered a partnership in the design space and set up LeStudio Gallery, combining fine arts, with dance, music, live performances and installations. Stéphanie is member of the strategic committee of the « feminist » magazine Causette, and involved in various women and educational causes.
Colton Valentine (Harvard College, 2016)
Executive Committee Member
Colton is a Master’s student at the École Normale Supérieur on Harvard’s William Lodge Fellowship. He did his undergraduate studies in Comparative Literature and then entered his current program in Theory of Literature. His research focuses on nineteenth-century literary exchanges among French, German, and British writers. By uncovering these forgotten transnational networks, he hopes to challenge the preconception that national culture flourishes in isolation. Beyond his academic work, Colton has written for The Huffington Post, The Harvard ßAdvocate, and The Harvard Crimson.
Our Executive Committee
4 Harvard College, 3 HBS, 3 Kennedy School, 2 Harvard Law School
French, US, Swiss, German, Chinese, Argentinian, Lebanese
French, US, Swiss, German, Argentinian, Lebanese
continuity and renewal
9 current Executive Committee members + 3 new members
7 women + 5 men
2 recent graduates 2015 or 2016
Committed to developing the Harvard community in France
Our Program in Brief
To federate alumnae across all the schools within the University, promoting exchange among alumnae and pursuing subjects of general interest with a multi-disciplinary approach.
Global / Local
To share the University’s key actions with the local Harvard community and more widely in France, increasing awareness and engagement.
To share the key accomplishments of the local Harvard community with the University, raising the visibility of the local club and enriching the University with a French perspective.
To strengthen the HCF and establish durably in France at the service of Harvard alumni and the wider community.
To create an instition thtat thrives indepdentnly of the single individuals in charge of it via systematic sucession planning, clear roles and responsiblities, and transparency to all members
As befits a leading global university, we feel that the HCF should be committed to the following five subjects:
Pursuing free inquiry and exploring new ways to share learning
Promoting academic, political, cultural, entrepreneurial and artistic leadership
Challenging assumptions and bringing new ideas to life
Arts & Culture
Providing a cultural and creative context
Building and giving back to our communities, both locally and globally