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 2019 / 2020


    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). Jakob was previously a Partner at McKinsey in Berlin and Paris.


    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)

    Secretary General

    Audrène is Head of International Relations at Inserm, the national research institute for health and medicine. During Audrène’s 15 years in higher education and research policy, she was previously Director of Research for PSL where she created the department of Partnerships and Development, and a higher education and macroeconomics consultant for the World Bank. Audrène studied English at ENS Cachan, passed the agrégation d’anglais, and has a law degree from Universite Pantheon-Assas. Audrene is the head of the HKS chapter of HCF.


    Denise Silber  (Harvard Business School, MBA ’79)

    Vice President

    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)

    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.


    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.


    Jeffery Durand (Harvard College 2017)

    Executive Committee Member

    Jeffery is a recent Harvard college grad with a major in math. He has been playing the piano and singing in a choir for almost his entire life. He loves wandering through countrysides on a bike, tinkering in fabrication labs, and writing both poetry and code. Recently he has worked in a startup, managing innovation projects for the auto industry and others. Looking forward, he is getting his hands into Artificial Intelligence and its potential for both creative arts and a sustainable future.


    Florence Aeschlimann (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH 2017)

    Executive Committee Member

    Florence Aeschlimann, born and educated in Switzerland, is a pediatrician at the Hôpital universitaire Necker-Enfants malades in Paris, France. She trained at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland and the SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Canada prior to graduating from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work is clinically-oriented with the goal of research to better understand rare childhood-onset systemic inflammatory diseases and to improve outcome of affected children.


    Carlotta Alfonsi (Harvard Kennedy School MPP 2019)

    Executive Committee Member

    Since completing her MPP at Harvard Kennedy School in the spring of 2019, Carlotta joined the OECD as a Policy Analyst working in the Organization’s Open Government Unit. During her time at HKS, she researched China’s FDI in Europe and the US and spent a summer at the European Union’s Delegation to the US working on economic affairs. Originally from Rome, Carlotta has lived in London for several years, where she attended the LSE and later worked on international advocacy and communications at the boutique consultancy Portland.



    Our Program in Brief


    All Schools:

    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.

    Strong HCF

    To strengthen the HCF and establish durably in France at the service of Harvard alumni and the wider community.
    To create an institution that thrives independently of the single individuals in charge of it via systematic succession planning, clear roles and responsibilities, 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