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 2015 / 2016

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    Benoît Rossi (Harvard 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.

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    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.

    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).

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    Paula Zazadze Arrigo (Harvard Business School MBA'92)

    Treasurer

    Paula is a Swiss national born in Turkey with Georgian origins. She is an HBS graduate class of 1990, married to an Italian  HBS 92 and they have three children.

    After  banking with American  Express and consulting with Mc Kinsey, Paula's  experience since 1993 is in international commerce and trading between Western Europe, Turkey and  Russia and Georgia. She shares her extensive knowledge of international trading with Master students at the Univeristy of Sorbonne, where she acts under the title of Foreign Trade Officer of France, nominated by the French Prime Minister.

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    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.

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    Elisabeth Shemtov (Harvard 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.

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    Roland Ziadé (Harvard 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.

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    Stephane Charbit (Harvard 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.

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

    Executive Committee Member

    Anne-Caroline L. Urbain is the head of business development and relations at AHA Atelier HERBEZ Architectes, a French architects firm located in Paris. Before, she practiced in the environmental, health and safety department of the Jones Day Paris office. She is a member of the State of New York.

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    Gatien Bon (Harvard 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.

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    Martha K. Ferede (Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. 2013)

    Executive Committee Member

    Martha K. Ferede is a consultant, researcher and writer with expertise in international education policy, refugee integration, and emerging technologies for pedagogy and development.

    Currently with UNESCO, she holds research affiliations with Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'homme in Aix en Provence and with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Advised by Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Martha completed her doctorate in 2013 as a Presidential Scholar. She looks forward to being an integral part of the HCF executive team.

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    Audrène Eloit (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA'14)

    Executive Committee Member

    A new member of the executive team, Audrène is Head of Research of PSL Research University, which gathers some of the best higher education institutions in France. In coordination with the Dean of Research, she implements the research strategy of the recently created university. She is also a consultant for the World Bank on workforce development and higher education policy.

    Audrène pursued English studies at the ENS de Cachan, passed the agrégation d’anglais, as well as a law degree from Universite Pantheon-Assas. She recently obtained her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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    Jakob Haesler (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA'99)

    Executive Committee Member

    Jakob is a Paris-based startup entrepreneur who is active at Skintifique, a biotech/dermatology startup as well as setting up a new venture in the legal space. Previously, he has co-founded tinyclues, a Paris-based Big Data startup in the marketing space. He is a recognized expert on Big Data and Innovation, involved in efforts at the OECD, Institut de l’Entreprise, Europanova (where he was one of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders in 2012/13).

    Previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Berlin and Paris, Jakob holds a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School . He is also the chair of the HKS-chapter of the Harvard Club of France.