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 2018 / 2019
Jakob Haesler (Harvard Kennedy School, MPA’99)
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)
First 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 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.
Denis Péchère de Chamberlanne (Harvard GSD’17)
Denis is a French businessman and value investor, founder of French leader Artistes en direct. He currently owns and runs a family oriented investment company specialized in banks and real estate. He is the author of “Two Weeks to Become an Entrepreneur” and “The Chessboard of Wealth », awarded book of the year by magazine Investir. Denis has been featured on CNBC, and in the Value Investing Conference of New York City..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are joined by three new executive committee members whose bios are forthcoming.
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