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 2016 / 2017


    Elizabeth Kan (Harvard College, 1985)


    Franco-american, of Chinese origin, Elizabeth has spent the last twenty years in the fashion and luxury businesses of LVMH, occupying roles of Global Marketing leadership and Business Unit Management. 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.

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    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 venture in the legal 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.


    Zhizhong “Joël” Yao (GSAS, PhD ‘12)

    Secretary General

    Joel is a venture capitalist, investing in the development of new therapeutics for underserved diseases. Originally from Shanghai, Joel obtained his PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard before becoming a postdoctoral Fellow at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. A Fellow of the Human Frontier Science Program, Joel is fascinated by the inner lives of cells.


    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.


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

    Vice President

    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 for 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.

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    Audrène Eloit (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA'14)

    Vice President

    Head of Research at PSL Research University, Audrène works in coordination with the Dean of Research to design and implement the research strategy 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)

    Vice President

    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.


    Roland Ziadé (Harvard Law School, LLM ‘02)

    Vice President

    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.


    Denise Silber  (Harvard Business School, 1979)

    Executive Committee Member

    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.


    James McAuley  (Harvard College, 2012)

    Executive Committee Member

    A Marshall Scholar, James pursued his PhD at Oxford, studying French history and the French art market. This spring, James arrived in Paris, to serve as the Washington Post Paris correspondent where he strives to bring a French perspective to the paper. The youngest graduate on our team, James is committed to bringing other recent graduates to the HCF.


    Estelle Eonnet (Harvard College, 2008)

    Executive Committee Member

    A Filmmaking major with a minor in Social Anthropology, Estelle spent five years as a news producer at CNN, the Associated Press and France 24. She is currently Head of Marketing for TagPay, a fintech startup, providing mobile-centric core banking systems in 20 countries, with a strong footprint in Africa.

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    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.

    Our Executive Committee

    5 schools

    3 Harvard College, 3 HBS, 3 Kennedy School, 2 Harvard Law School, 1 GSAS


    7 nationalities

    French, US, Swiss, German, Chinese, Argentinian, Lebanese